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power of prayer

DO WE PLAY MORE THAN WE PRAY?

Do we play more than we pray?

If there is power in prayer – why are we not down on our knees more often? Why do we not prioritize it?

Looking back on a blog from 2011. Yes 6 years ago. I edited it a bit but this could impact your life this morning. I pray it is so.

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado

Do we play more than we pray? There is power in prayer.

And if there is power in prayer – why are we not down on our knees more often? Why do we not prioritize it?

This has reemphasized my need for constant prayer.

Jesus says, “My house will be called a house of prayer” (Mark 11:15-17).

Take a look at our churches:

Are we putting prayer as the focus of our services? Or do we put the sermon, the Scriptures and the music?

Why do most churches get a good turnout to a concert (sometimes with a fee), than a prayer meeting?

How many of your congregants actually come to prayer meetings?

Take a look at ourselves:

We no longer have the physical Tabernacle with the Holy of Holies but we have Jesus inside us. Therefore the house of Jesus is inside us.

Let’s think about our lives and how we do God’s work. In what spirit do we do our work – our job, our relationships, our family, our marriage, our kids, our friends, our neighbours? Are we in sync with the purpose of God’s house? Are we prayerful?

Is what I am doing for the glory of God or for myself? Am I saying and even thinking the things He wants me to think and say? Am I prayerful?

I know when we pray God intervenes because God hears our prayers.

Today we are seeing more marital problems, child rearing problems and strife in the workplace and we know that it is essential that we pray for God to intervene in all these areas. His power and grace are needed – now more that ever before.

There is power in prayer.

If we join together and pray; if we come to the throne of grace and petition for all parts of our lives – what power can be unleashed by our Father in heaven? Scripture says:

“ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2 KJV).

Then let’s ask. Let’s be bold and see how God works in and through us. Let’s be prayerful. (tweet this)

Let’s ask for ourselves, for others and for our world.

My Gratitude List:

84. Great day visiting grandkids
85. Beautiful sunny warm day
86. My daughter preparing a yummy lunch
87. God blessing my writing
88. Daffodils poking through the soil
89. A new camera to try (lots of instructions)
90. All this energy of Christ that so powerfully works in me

Other posts on the power of prayer:

http://www.otherfood-devos.com/2011/05/pure-and-passionate-early-church.html

http://skipperclan.com/2011/04/21/my-house-shall-be-called/

Prayer:

Oh Lord, I pray that we can learn to pray for all things at all times. I pray that you will teach us the power of prayer. Help us to look to you for all our lives. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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The Tabernacle Came Alive – Podcast

I love how God puts experiences in our paths – just at the right time, too. Read how I saw the Tabernacle come alive – right out of the Old Testament.

The Tabernacle Came Alive

I podcast every Tuesday at Hope Stream Radio. You can hear the podcast by going here:

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The Show Notes for The Tabernacle Came Alive

A couple of weeks ago I had read in Exodus 25 the instructions for building the Tabernacle. The reason I had decided to read that particular passage on that particular date is all God.

Over the next 2 years I plan to study God’s Word by going through a 2-year Reading Plan. On February 14 the passage to read was Exodus 25.

I have always been fascinated with the depiction of the Tabernacle. I look closely at the drawings in my Study Bible. But I never could feel the experience.

Until now.

On February 14, the same day I had read Exodus 25, my hubby and I signed up to visit the  experience which is an interactive display that is setup for a few weeks in one area and then moves on to another area.

Churches are asked to volunteer. They the church invites everyone in the community. For the small sum of $5.00 per person we are given an amazing experience. I found it particularly meaning as we are in a desert in Arizona and the dry, desert heat and sun reminded me of what the weather might have been like in the Sinai Desert at the time of Moses.

After being given a brochure to read about the Scripture and the tabernacle, we were given audio connections. We were linked together in twos.

Tabernacle - Reading the Scriptures

Walking through the experience tied together to my husband was very moving. As we stood at each station my connection to God and my hubby felt powerful.

We learned about the white linen garments that were worn by the priests.

We tossed wood on the fire at the Altar of the Burnt Offering.

Tabernacle - Altar of Burnt Offering

Tabernacle, Tabernacle Assignment, 03-04-2012, Ted Miller,

We cleansed our hands in the Laver.

Tabernacle - The Laver

Once inside the tent, after our eyes adjusted to the lower light, we stood in front of the Lampstand, blew out a candle and relit with a prayer.

Tabernacle - through the curtain

Tabernacle - Lampstand

Tabernacle, Tabernacle Assignment, 03-04-2012, Ted Miller,

At the table of the Bread of the Presence we took communion together.

Tabernacle - Bread of the Presence

Standing in front of the Incense Altar we breathed in the aroma and watched the smoke curl upwards.

Tabernacle - Incense Altar

Then with a stick of incense in our hands we entered the Holy of Holies that housed the Ark of the Covenant. We stood. We thought. We experienced.

Tabernacle - Art of the Covenant

Tabernacle, Tabernacle Assignment, 03-04-2012, Ted Miller,

Everything was done in silence while listening to the audio recording. In every word we heard Christ was exalted and the explanation given of how He became the offering to God for our salvation.

As we exited the tent, which had been very hot, we felt a beautiful breeze.

I felt a freedom from all the old trappings that had been necessary for God’s people – until Jesus. (click to Tweet)

I felt elated. As I smiled up to the Heavens, I thanked God for Jesus, for His sacrifice that opened the doors to my relationship with God.

If you ever have a chance to take this Tabernacle experience I would love to hear your thoughts.

May I pray for you and me,

Lord Jesus. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for your determination to walk towards Jerusalem to certain suffering and death. May we be as bold as You were in going where God leads us. As we walk these weeks of Lent with You, help us to learn more about You and get closer to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Until next time, read through the chapters in Exodus and Mark. Learn about each journey following God’s people and obeying Him fully.

I love the words from Mark 9:28,

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

And let us follow the words from Proverbs 28:1

The wicked flee though no one pursues,
         but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Here is a YouTube video of the experience.

 

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Word of God Speak – What does it mean that God came down?

Word of God Speak – What does it mean that God came down?

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My husband made the figures of exotic wood. Simple but meaningful.

I bought a Bible journal this week. It is a double column English Standard Version. I have always wanted that version and this one seems perfect. Now I will have space to paint, practice some lettering and learn my verses even more.

Using the SIMPLE Method of Study I will be looking at our Scripture for this week.

S – Say the verse out loud.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14, NIV).

I – Using study notes, references, footnotes, delve into the passage.

The Greek for “made His dwelling” is tent/tabernacle. In Exodus 40:34-35 we see that God’s glory filled the tabernacle.

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

Jesus revealed Himself to us as God through his miracles, His death and His resurrection.

We have seen His glory.

Grace/truth reminds us of the unfailing love and faithfulness of God.

Psalm 26:3 – For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
    and I walk in your faithfulness

A beautiful post by Beth Willis Miller also looks at John 1:14. 

There are so many references in my Bible for this verse. But I like the one in Hebrews the best.

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery .(Hebrews 2: 14-15, ESV).

Once again God has brought me back to the topic of slavery – human trafficking being the latest of this world’s evil – through Satan. See more on my Monday Musings how I am trying to bring attention to this travesty. Can A Dress Change the World?

M – Make a list of thoughts and questions to ask God

It is so amazing to me that we have now the ability to talk to the Father through Jesus. Back before the birth of Christ, the Lord rested in the Tabernacle and could not be seen. And even though we cannot SEE Him we know Him. I love that passage we studied. We can connect to Him.

What new ideas will I learn from studying His word in 2016? What new connections will He bring to me? Our community has become one of encouragement and joy. I hope to meet and talk to more of you in the coming year.

P – Pray. Talk to God and most importantly listen to Him. What is He telling you today?

L- Life Application – What did I hear today?

This entire month of December I have been hurting – hurting inside about those who are hurting – all those who are abused by others. I keep praying for God to show me how to help. I started with wearing a dress through December to show support for Ratanak International. I showed videos, I put my plea out on social media. I connected. Even my local paper in Haliburton is running a story about this. I am excited to see what happens.

I know God is leading me somewhere. I will continue and watch where He leads.

We are called to look after those who cannot look after themselves. That is many people.

Can a Dress Change the World?

I played with my grandkids in a dress.

Janis Playing in a dress

I played pickle-ball

Pickle-Ball-Dress-Janis-Cox

and tap danced in a dress.

tap dance dress

 

It is a simple thing, wearing a dress, but it made me think – feel, and understand. Wearing a dress every day in December – it’s been mind-changing.

A great article written by Sue Carr Tiffin in The Highander. Check out page 18. Talking about Violence Against Women.

E – Exit with a Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for leading me to wear a dress this month of December. You have opened my eyes to see, my heart to melt, and my mind to process more than I ever had before. I have been broken. I have been surprised. I have been blessed. As I head into 2016 please continue to open doors where You want me to go. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tweetable:

God came down. He dwelt among us. The Word became flesh. (click to Tweet)

Except for Tuesday when I join Creative Tuesdays (stained glass)  I am taking next week to study His Word, pray for direction, and pray for a word for 2016. Happy New Year everyone. See you on December 30 for Creative Tuesdays and January 2 for Word of God Speak. Of course, Monday Musings too.

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