Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year! Entering the New Year In Prayer


The Word:

Read: Jeremiah 29:12-13
Additional Reading: Mark 11:17, James 4:2, Matthew 7:7, Hebrews 4:16

It’s that time of year again as we draw to the end of one year, and reflect on all that has taken place in the past. We look forward with the hopes of better things to come in the New Year. It’s been an especially challenging year for many of us for sure and for some it’s been a year of blessings upon blessing. Regardless of what end of the spectrum you’ve experienced, it’s still a perfect time to reflect on all the Lord has done in your life and to take a perspective, or “pulse” check to see where you are in your walk and life with the Lord.

He calls each of us to seek Him with all of our heart and promises that we will find Him and He will listen. Enter the New Year focusing on building and enhancing your prayer life. Based on His Holy Word we know that He wants our churches, the Body of Christ as whole, and ourselves to be “Houses of Prayer” or in sum, focus ourselves on prayer as He emphasizes that prayer should be a priority. If the Lord wants us to pray, and it’s a true priority to Him, then why don’t we in turn really pray! In Fact, the Lord is the best role model of this for us as He constantly went to pray to the Father and He called His Disciples to pray many times. Each of us should be a house of prayer as we are His temples. (See 1 Corinthians 3:16) Not only this but He just plainly deserves our prayers and everything we are. Not to sound somewhat cliché but we should really become true “Prayer Warriors”, as this life is a real battlefield, spiritually and physically.

In Jim Cymbala’s book "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire", he has this to say about the apostles priority of prayer,

“The apostles had this instinct: When in trouble, pray. When intimidated, pray. When challenged, pray. When persecuted, pray.”

What a great observation! What a truly awesome challenge for us- Can we like the apostles, make prayer our priority in every circumstance, even when we’re not facing troubling times? Just making prayer so much a part of us that we pray throughout the day or set a special portion of the day a side to, intercede, cry out, praise, thank, communicate, etc., with Him through prayer! He wants to hear from us. It pleases Him so much when we focus our attention on Him through prayer.

Why not forget the New Year resolutions this year and consider instead, seeking God’s will for your life and telling Him the desires of your heart. Pour yourself out to Him through your fervent prayers. Renew or begin making prayer a vital part of your life- every day! This can begin with you and I then maybe, just maybe, our example of a prayerful (and prayer full) life will spread to the Body of Christ as a whole, then on into every Christian Church locally where ever we live around the world. We can then be the houses of prayer, as the Lord would desire us to be. Why not make this year an even more special New Year, by entering it in prayer. Seek Him today with all of your heart and be encouraged that He desires this and is ready and waiting to hear from you.

Ring in the New Year with Prayer!

Questions To Get Started With:

-Will you make prayer a priority in your life this New Year?
-Will you “pray in” the New Year this New Year’s Eve?
-What kind of changes do you need to make in order for prayer to be a priority?
-If prayer is already a priority for you, what can you do to encourage others to pray?
-Do you know someone that can help you be accountable to your commitment to the Lord in your walk with Him?
-Consider keeping a prayer journal chronicling / highlighting your prayer times with Him, answers to prayer, the revealing of His will for you over time, etc. This is a great exercise for us to make a habit to see Him at work in our lives.

Blessings, 

rlk

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful day everyone!
Here's a little Christmas Fireplace for your enjoyment:

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Beginning of Wisdom

Wanted to share this devotional with you that I received earlier this week.

God Bless,

rlk

The Beginning of Wisdom



"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever." (Psalm 111:10)

This age has rightly been called the "age of information." With multitudes of books and periodicals in every field of study and practice, with billions of dollars devoted to all kinds of research, and now even the "information superhighway" of the Internet. It seems everyone and every organization is posting information of some sort on its own website and email. The world is almost drowning in information.

"But where shall wisdom be found and where is the place of understanding?" (Job 28:12). Job's urgent question can never be answered "online," but only in an ancient book. "Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding" (Job 28:28).

This spiritual truism is found often in that Book. King Solomon, to whom God had granted special wisdom (1 Kings 3:11-12), penned divinely inspired words when he wrote: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge," and then "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding" (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10).

If anything is missing in our information age, it is surely the fear of God, at least among most people--even most religious people. But, as our text says: "A good understanding have all they that do his commandments."

From our New Testament perspective, we now know that "in |Christ| are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3). "And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment" (1 John 3:23). Herein is true knowledge and understanding and wisdom. HMM

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Keeping Christmas


Wanted to share a link to a great post that will help you keep Christmas and have a very, very, practical perspective on Christmas. 

Check out the following link.

http://gunnarspeaks.com/2008/12/25/keeping-christmas/

Blessings in Christ,

rlk