April 15 – Teach Me To Pray

“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

Evidently the disciples were impressed when they heard Jesus praying. The close, sweet communion He had with His Father became obvious to them as they watched, and the miraculous power He gained through that contact was awesome.

Praying to the Father consists of six specific areas:

1) PRAYER begins with PRAISE.

2) PRAYER continues with THANKSGIVING.

3) PRAYER involves CONFESSION.

4) PRAYER delights in INTERCESSION.

5) PRAYER invites PETITION.

6) PRAYER ends with LISTENING.

Learn well. Do not miss out on the blessing of prayer! It is through prayer that actual communion with your Creator IS possible.

PRAY:
‘Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.* To You be the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forevermore, I pray. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

*Luke 11:2-4

April 14 – Praise it Away

“Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.” Psalm 149:1

Praise in song is a powerful tool. David, the psalmist, must have mastered the ministry of music well, because even King Saul’s troubled soul was comforted and refreshed by the skillful hands of David upon the harp. (See I Samuel 16:23.)

Many Scriptures have been put to music and are like medicine in times of trouble. Here are some that are sung at Christian Retreat:

FOR FEAR (Psalm 27:1): “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?.. .”

FOR DEPRESSION, HEAVINESS (Isaiah 61:3): “He gives me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…

FOR SICKNESS (Romans 8:11): “If that same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwell in you… it shall quicken your mortal body. . . .”

Praise away your problems today with Scripture in song!

FOR JOY (Psalm 96:1): “Sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.. .”

PRAY:
“Maker of music in my soul, I will open my mouth to sing praises to Your Name today in all circumstances. As You heal my sicknesses and resolve my problems, I will dance in jubilant triumph. Amen.”

 

 

April 13 – A Holy Calling

“Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” II Timothy 1:9

Isn’t it great to know that you have been called to a “holy calling”? It is the purpose for which you have been created… that is, to be holy and able to have fellowship with God.

In the beginning, man was created “in the image of God.” (Genesis 1:27) God has always taken a personal interest in man. When Adam and Eve sinned, God clothed them and made a way of atonement. Through the death and resurrection of His Son, the Father made a way for all men to be reconciled back to a right relationship with Him.

God is always leading you upward in the path of holiness and righteousness. His desire for you is to be HOLY. . . separate from the sin of the world and set apart for His service.

Peter refers to the promise of God to make you a partaker of His “divine nature”so that you can escape the “corruption that is in the world through lust” (See II Peter 1:4.)

Friend, you have got it made! “If God be for [you], who can be against [you]?”(Romans 8:31b)

PRAY:
“Hallelujah! Thank You, Father, for calling me into a sanctified life-style which is to reflect Your image With You by my side, I cannot lose. Amen.