I’ve been giving this week’s prayer focus a lot of thought because it’s a controversial topic. But the Lord’s love for the world compels me to move forward and say what I have to say about it.
This week we are praying for the women contemplating having an abortion, as well as those women who have had one and live with guilt. It is imperative that we pray from a place of love for these women; if you don’t think you can pray from the position of love and not judgment, then please don’t pray with us on this topic.
Pray for the women who are considering it to have eyes to see and ears to hear that this is a human life, that God has created this little life for a great purpose. Pray for her to have Godly people come alongside her and encourage her to explore options for the baby, to show her love and support, to help her see that this is not the end of her world, but a new beginning for her. Pray for her heart to be filled with the love of God, that it floods and permeates ever fiber of her being and that she begins to see the Way, the Truth and the Life that is Christ.
Pray for those who have had abortions – that they recognize how much God loves them, that they forgive themselves and seek the Lord for healing and wholeness. That they see that guilt is not of God, but that it is a tactic of the enemy to keep them bound.
Thank you for walking this journey out with me. When we pray from the position of love and authority, we will begin to see God change our world around us. We will also be in a better position to hear from Him and more likely to recognize His voice, which in turn helps us become game-changers.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get in the game!
***8/31 NOTE: I’ve been dealing with tendonitis in my foot since about April, and yesterday was the first day I was able to get out in the yard and do any yard work. Needless to say, I didn’t get a vegetable garden in this year, but I did mow the lawn! What a blessing it was to feel productive! Anyway, as I was mowing, this devotional I wrote a few years ago came to mind. So, I’m reposting it again!***
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 6:23
Our property is comprised of three lots, and one of those lots is our yard. Over the last two years or so, I’ve begun to notice some creeping chickweed weaving its way amongst the grass. It appears to be very pretty with dainty purple blossoms and vibrant green foliage. This year, I began my garden prep three weeks later than last and the chickweed is rampant throughout the yard. Getting my vegetable garden put in began with pulling the chickweed out of it and freeing my strawberries from its grasp. After mowing the lawn, I noticed that where the weed has accumulated near the fence, along the foundation of the house and around my fruit trees, there was no evidence that it had been cut by the mower. The weed just bent over and gave the appearance of being cut. After seeing that, I was determined to start battling that invasive weed and started pulling it. It comes up fairly easy as it is more of a vine in its design and in its place was left bare earth.
After my husband asked why I pulled it since he rather fancied the dainty purple flowers, I began to hear the Holy Spirit describe the similarity between sin and chickweed. Sin, in its base form, is deadly. It permeates our very being and chokes any life within us, leaving us destitute, depressed, and desperate. On the surface, sin seems so fun! Sin masquerades itself as “right”, happy, joyful, colorful; it evokes feelings of self-satisfaction and self-importance, among others. The world today is full of sin and debauchery that it portrays as normal and right, but all it’s doing is bringing death to people. People are living with false ideas and little knowledge of the danger of sin. Chickweed has spread rampantly through the garden of this world.
Church, wake up! It’s time to stand on the rock of the Word, powered by the Holy Spirit and fulfilling the purposes of God to introduce pieces of heaven to the blinded people! Jesus Christ died once and for all so that all could be saved, and yet there are so many who don’t realize that their lifestyle choice is sin; their idolatry is sin; their greed, their selfishness, their attitude is sin! Why? Because the Church has sat back for too long, complacent and apathetic, waiting for someone else to go and do something. We cannot be afraid to rock the boat, we cannot be afraid to tell people that they need a Savior. Life is too short and if we are not careful, we too can have a heart full of chickweed, choking out the fruit trees that God has planted there.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of a fresh and bright new day! The mercy and grace that You show us is so tender and we lift our hands and our voices in praise to You! This is the day that You have made, we will rejoice and be glad in it! Father, clear the chickweed from Your Church, replant and fertilize the fruit trees You had planted there so that they may grow and leave no room for the weeds to come back. Father, empower us to fulfill Your purposes here in this world; strengthen our resolve to stand on Your Word; grant us courage and boldness to not sit back and wait for someone else to do what needs to be done. Father, You are worthy of worship and praise, may our lives be living sacrifices of worship and acceptable in Your sight. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Examine yourself and your surroundings today, take a spiritual assessment. Is there anything similar to chickweed that is creeping into your life? What is choking your spiritual growth? If you find something, remove it. Sure, there may be a bare place, but you must fill that empty space with the Holy Spirit. In order to have a healthy lawn, experts say, you must first remove the weeds and then fertilize the grass so that it grows and chokes out the weeds. The more we, as the Church, strengthen ourselves in the things of the Lord, the more we will begin to choke out the sin in the world.
Additional Scriptures: Genesis 3
“God is my comfort and my peace when I am hurt and weary. He is a mighty fortress, my safety and my shield. When I abide in Him, nothing can cause me harm for the weapons of my enemy will not prevail.”
Step into the fortress today.
“Praise to God and gratitude for all He does flow from my lips. His lovingkindness and mercy for me go on forever. I will bless the Lord and forget not His benefits. He has put a new song in my mouth and I will praise His name forever.”
Shout praise today and watch what happens. 😉
“I am the hands, feet and mouthpiece of Christ in this world. I will go where He sends me, do what He asks, and I will see His glory revealed and lives changed. Because I follow Jesus and He goes before and behind me, I will leave a Jesus-trail that will bring healing, deliverance and ministry to those in need.”
Be obedient today.
Good morning and thank you for joining me for another week of fasting and prayer!
Today is a bit different for me as we have a special speaker this week and so we have services tonight and tomorrow night. Since I serve in both the worship and altar ministries, I will be at church at 7pm this evening. What I’d like to do is tie our prayer focus for this week into the message he began to touch on yesterday.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16 NLT). The speaker we are hosting this week says this is a most prophetic verse and we must be motivated by this Scripture. When we get this verse embedded in our spirit, the power of God is released and doors open, giving us the opportunity to minister to the world. If we want to see revival in the church, we must live this verse, for God so loved the WORLD, not just the church.
In a nutshell – today’s prayer focus is that we prophetically live John 3:16 as individuals and as a church, and that we respond to the Lord with “Here I am, send me” not “Here I am, send someone else”. Pray that we have radical faith, radical love and radical grace. Pray that we not fall for the bait of Satan to come to his level, but to stay tuned into the Holy Spirit and react in love and grace.
“The Lord has put His words in my mouth. He has this day set me over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant. My words carry weight and I will use my words to bless and not curse, to call out those things that are not as though they are, to speak LIFE.”
We are made in the image and likeness of God. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, choose to speak life today.
I’ve been thinking about lamps and oil. Yep, thinking again 🙂 We love it when I do that, don’t we? All joking aside – the Lord asked me a serious question, “Do you have enough oil for your lamp?”
Matthew 25:1-13 tells the story of the 10 virgins waiting for the bridegroom. 5 of them had a surplus of lamp oil, but the other 5 did not bring enough. Those that did not have enough left to buy more oil, and those who stayed were allowed into the marriage feast with the bridegroom. Verse 13 concludes the story “So you too must keep watch! For you do not know the hour or the day of My return” (NLT).
I saw a room filled with lamps of all kinds: oil, electric, wax, battery operated. As I looked closer I could see many of the lamps were not lit. I investigated and saw that they were either out of oil, the wax had melted, the batteries were dead, or the electrical outlet was no longer functioning. Walking around the room I began to see angels gathering up the non-working lamps and putting them into a very large container in the back of the room. Each lamp they picked up to move seemed to cause them great sadness, but they were diligent in their work.
I then went to inspect the burning lamps. They oil filled lamps seemed endlessly filled with oil, no chance they will run out, the candle wax lamps did not appear to burn down, the battery operated lamps were fully charged and the batteries were discharging slowly, and the electrical lamps were vibrating with the current. Each lamp had a vibrant glow that captivated and drew me in. There was warmth, safety and welcome in the lamplight. Even the angels brightened with joy as they moved about the room and into the light of the lamps.
Do you have enough oil for your lamp? Our Bridegroom is coming, and this vision/Scripture has a deep message. When we let the cares of this world weigh us down, when we put great importance on the message of man, when we allow our selfish desires and when we focus on distractions we cause our lamps to run out of oil. We lose the connection that provides the heavenly store of oil to keep us ready and watching for our Bridegroom.
We are the light of the world, we must not light our lamp and then hide it under a basket. We must set our lamp on a stand for all to benefit from (Matthew 5:15).
I heard the Lord say “Do you have enough oil in your lamp? Draw nearer to Me for replenishment, stay in sync with My Spirit and wait for Me. Do not hide your lamp, do not look to buy more oil. When you stay close to Me, your Source, you will have an overabundance of oil, enough to remain watchful. Your Bridegroom comes soon, will you be ready?”
We live in a day where it is ever imperative that we seek to hear from the Lord for ourselves, through prayer, praise, worship, reading His word and fellowship. We must continue to draw closer to Him and to remain in the shadow of His wings. Watch, pray and keep your lamp lit.
“I prophesy to the dry bones in my life to live. I watch as they rise up and become covered with flesh. I then prophesy for breath from the four winds breathe on them so they may live again. My dreams are not dead, they have been rekindled and revived. My God is a reviver and a rekindler, especially when those seemingly dead dreams were originally His design.”
Dream living dreams today!
“I may not know what today holds, but I know Who holds today! This is the day the Lord gave me, I will rejoice and be glad. He is my light and salvation, I have no need to fear. Because He holds this day in His hand, I walk with confidence and boldness into my destiny!”
Walk with your head held high!