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#UTCOP – A prayer and an answer

A prayer and an Answer

by Rose Harmer

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Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for accepting and loving me! I also thank You for Your family of believers who consistently obey Your heavenly calling and teach us so much.

I confess I long for those wonderful days of camp meetings when we, as young people, would seek Your face until almost midnight. We witnessed the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit through many decades.

We long for revival now in our lives and in our churches.

Rose hears this answer:

My child, I long to fill you each day with My Holy Spirit. You will find peace if you follow My ways and My direction. I am the Potter and you are the clay. As you pray, I will make and mold you after My will. Stay yielded to Me. Seek to really know Me, the giver of life, peace and joy.

Thank You, Lord, for Your direction both in Your Word and by Your Spirit speaking inaudibly to me.
Thank You for my husband and the fact we both desire Your will in our lives.
Thank You for Christian writers, such as Catherine Marshall and David Wilkerson, who inspire us.

Help those people who have asked for prayer. Teach me to know what You want me to do.

I love and praise You, Amen.

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Rose prays a prayer and hears an answer. (tweet this)

 

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

Have You Said a Thankful Prayer?

To all of our Canadian friends and readers – Happy Thanksgiving. Yes – today is Thanksgiving in Canada. Our post is a reminder to be thankful.

Have You Said a Thankful Prayer?

by Tanya, from God’s Character

Thanks

I find myself in prayer quite often, asking God for lots to things. “Dear God, give me grace”, “…I need…”, “…help me…”; these are phrases I us quite often in many of my prayers. And it is good to constantly come to God in prayer.

But, I noticed something very important; my prayers are mostly me asking God for things. Yes we are to ask God for the desires of our heart and He will grant them to us if it is His will.

But more importantly, we are to be thankful for the blessings
He gives to us all the time.
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I don’t know about you, but I want a thankful heart, a heart that does not focus on the cares of this life and sees only the negative things that affect me.

I want a heart that focuses on God’s blessings,
His goodness and love. 
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Prayer:

Dear Lord, I thank You today for all the blessings you have given to me and my family. Help me to see these blessings always and share You goodness with others as I let them know the good things you have done for me. Amen.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

Related Posts

 Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

EMBARRASSED?

Embarrassed?

Too Much Turkey

Yes I am embarrassed – well at least laughing at myself. So Five-Minute Friday connection – missed it for Friday, for Saturday. But Sunday night I thought I could grab a few minutes and posts my thoughts.

Well if anyone paid attention to my post I chose a word that I did a couple of weeks ago – WIDE. Obviously with a different slant – that’s okay. But it wasn’t the word for this week.

And to top it all off I mention that I had trouble with measurement words and proceeded to explain that my husband taught me the right way to name measurements. However, after posting he read it and said: “You still didn’t get it right!” I had written:

 “My husband, after many tries, has finally been able to get it through my thick head which measurement is wide; which is depth and which is length.”

It should have read “height” not “length”. And it should have read “width” and not “wide”.

I know that we are not supposed to edit – and we only write – but really I couldn’t even get the correct word for the post.

I put this all down to turkey; 8 adults; 5 children; and 5 dogs. Lots of fun but I shouldn’t have even tried to add writing during this.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone – and my American friends – just you wait until your turn comes.

Blessings,

Jan

THANK YOU, LORD

Thank You, Lord

by Jan Cox

As Canadians we celebrated our Thanksgiving last weekend and were reminded that it was harvest weekend – a time for bringing in the bountiful gifts of God. Our church, decorated fully with vegetables and corn stalks, looked glorious.

I’m happy our Thanksgiving Day is celebrated at this time of year. Bright, sunny, captivating colours and bountiful harvests. Thank You, God.

We can see it, feel it, smell it, taste it and even hear it. God opens our hearts to embrace Him fully.

And it also opens our minds to know and see Him EACH DAY. Counting His gifts, an act of thanksgiving.

Have you started a gift list? If not, why not start now? Seeing and recording His gifts daily opens our hearts to His joy.

Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts, was given a dare, “Can you count God’s gifts to 1000? I started my list in March 2011 and today I am at 375 and still counting. Ann is still counting too and she is at 2759.

Thanking God is a big part of prayer. My first memorized verse and probably my favourite one is:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

“With thanksgiving” – every prayer remember to thank Him.

Eucharisteo means “Give Thanks”.

And Jesus says to not just give thanks when things are good. We are to do it all the time.

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)

That’s a tough one. Can I trust God enough to thank Him in all circumstances? Not necessarily “for” all circumstances but know He is there “in” my troubles.

Gratitude – a big word – I’m learning.

Prayer:

Lord, we are at different places in our lives. We put our trust in You, thank You for being here with us in good times and bad. We remember to give thanks – Eucharisteo – in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Other Thanksgiving Posts you might enjoy:

Ann Voskamp  A Holy Experience

Violet Nesdoly – Other Food: daily devos

Marlene Hutchins  Marlene’s Space

Grace Fox Daring, Deep, Devoted

Glynis Belec My Journey

My Gratitude List for the Week:  counting up and up … this makes 375

  • My sensitivities to certain foods – awareness of discipline which leads to obedience
  • That early morning stillness when my brain, body, mind and soul come together
  • Sensing my heartbeat
  • Awareness of my breathing
  • Sensing the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • A new room for my Mom with a beautiful view
  • A wonderful friend
  • Great kids
  • Patient husband waiting while I spend time with my Mom
  • Snowball’s exuberant nature
  • Rain holding off for the drive home

THE IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER (part 2)

The Importance of Prayer (part 2)

by Janis Cox

Prayer used to be something I said before a meal, at bedtime and when I really needed help.

My thoughts on prayer have changed over the years, through studying the Bible, taking courses (Living Prayer) and reading many resources. (See my list below)

To me prayer has come to mean a living conversation with our Lord. Until I started to practice it on a consistent

SAYING THANKS

Saying Thanks

by T. L Wiens

    “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 KJV).

I listened to Charles Price talking about giving thanks in our prayers. How often don’t we resort to pleading? But this verse says our requests should come with thanksgiving.

When my son lay in bed, his small body being ravaged by meningitis, the pleads went up. Watching your one year old hang one step from death is hard. I didn’t feel any peace. Then I started to sing praises to God. His Peace followed.

That was more than twenty years ago and I’d forgotten how much thanksgiving changed my prayer life until Charles Price reminded me.

Thanksgiving should be a major part of our prayer life. For me, the reminder hit home and my prayer life is taking a turn back towards thanksgiving.

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Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010.

Visit her website.

THANKSGIVING FOR GOVERNING AUTHORITIES (PART 5)

This is the last in a series on praying for our governments by T. L. Wiens. You can read the others at Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4)

Thanksgiving for Governing Authorities (Part 5)

by T. L Wiens

It’s easy to give thanks for God’s goodness in our lives. A bit harder to find things to give thanks for when it comes to governing authorities. At a time when our country seems to be on a slippery slope of antichrist policy, the last thing on my mind is giving thanks for the leadership of the day.

It’s hard to find a specific prayer of thanksgiving for governing authorities but we see in David’s actions towards Saul, the respect and love for an authority even when Saul wanted to kill David.

2 Samuel 1 shows an eulogy of praise for Saul from David:

“They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?”
“I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,” he answered.
David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?”
Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the LORD’s anointed.’”
David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):
“A gazelle lies slain on your heights, Israel.
How the mighty have fallen!
“Tell it not in Gath,
proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.
“Mountains of Gilboa,
may you have neither dew nor rain,
may no showers fall on your terraced fields.
For there the shield of the mighty was despised,
the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.
“From the blood of the slain,
from the flesh of the mighty,
the bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.
Saul and Jonathan—
in life they were loved and admired,
and in death they were not parted.
They were swifter than eagles,
they were stronger than lions.
“Daughters of Israel,
weep for Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and finery,
who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold”(2 Samuel 1:12-24 NIV).

These words echo the times David bowed to Saul’s authority and accepted his position of king.

I know my attitude towards my government needs adjusting when I look at these passages.

I know my prayers for my government will change after looking at these prayer models. I need to make sure I’m making supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving for those men and women who take on the task of leading our country. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance and my obedience, prayers for authorities and governing officials can become an effective part of my prayer life.

And I also read in Colossians:

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians: 1:15-16 NIV).

PRAYING FOR GOVERNMENTS

Praying for Governments

by T. L. Wiens

I must confess to having a hard time praying for political leaders when I dislike so many of the policies they instate. But it is a command.

David of the Bible demonstrated respect for King Saul in ways that to me often seemed to go beyond reasonable. David understood that God appointed Saul and therefore, as God’s appointed, David had an obligation to respect that.

And today, like Saul and David were appointed Kings over Israel by God’s authority, our leaders are appointed by God.

Romans 13:1 (NIV)tells us so.

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

I Timothy 2:1-4 (KJ) says:

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Not only do I need to pray but I need to give supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanks. That’s a tough request when I struggle with political agendas and policies that are contrary to all I believe to be Truth. Surely God doesn’t want me to agree with these things that are contrary to His Word?

What are supplications, prayers intercessions and thanks? It is clear that I must investigate these to truly understand how to be obedient to God’s command in this area.

To be continued next Monday.

PATH TO PRAYER

Path to Prayer by Kimberley Payne

Today is the first day that we look at how to pray. Although our goal, I believe, is to make prayer a living, breathing moment we need to start at the beginning. Follow a PATH to prayer.

Our guest blogger today is Kimberley Payne. Kimberley takes a look at one method that can help us focus on our talk with God.

PATH TO PRAYER

Years ago, if I felt that I wanted or needed something I would ask my brother and sister-in-law to pray for me. My brother was a Pastor and I felt he had a “direct line” to God. Of course, I would only ask if it was very important or something I thought worthy of prayer.

My own prayers consisted mostly of reciting words I had memorized as a child, such as the Lord’s Prayer. If I asked for something I wanted, I left it to chance. I believed it was happenstance if my prayer was answered and I thought that it couldn’t hurt to ask.

My prayers today are much different. Today my definition of prayer is not just reciting words or asking for stuff, but rather it is a conversation with a loving Father.

In my book, Fit for Faith, I follow the acronym P-A-T-H to prayer:

P stands for Praise. Prayer is not just about asking for things but it is about telling God about the things you adore about Him. He is praiseworthy. Many times I open my prayer time with praise, letting God know how much I appreciate and love Him.

A stands for Admit. I admit that I am a sinner and confess my sins. Sometimes I admit something obvious like gossiping – other times the Holy Spirit reveals to me where I have sinned. 1 John 1:8 states that if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

T stands for Thanksgiving. I thank God for all that He is and all that He does for me. Some days my prayer time is spent entirely on thanking Him.

H stands for Help. This is the time when I can ask for His help and bring my requests to Him. I can pray for my own needs and the needs of others.

I have no trouble spending fifteen minutes a day in prayer, especially when I consider prayer to be more than reciting memorized words or just asking for things. I challenge you to spend fifteen minutes each day following the PATH to prayer.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2 NIV).