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#UTCOP – When your heart breaks for the world – PRAY

When your heart breaks for the world – PRAY

by Violet Nesdoly

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From the Website of Violet Nesdoly

Violet is today’s guest at #UTCOP. She allows us to post from her blog “Other Food – Daily Devos”. I read her blog from September 23rd and you will be blessed by reading it.

Sometimes we’re not the people for the job on the ground. But we’re always the people who need to respond to the burdens of this world, its weary scattered sheep that move our hearts to compassion, with prayer – Violet Nesdoly.

Read her entire post , When Your Heart Breaks For the World – PRAY, where she discusses David Wilkerson’s book, The Cross, the Switchblade and the Man Who Believed.

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How do we respond to the world’s problems with prayer. (Tweet this)

 

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications.

Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

How Jesus is Our Praying Priest

How Jesus is Our Praying Priest

by Violet Nesdoly

Christ as Mediator - artist unknown

“Christ As Mediator: Christ showing His wounds to His Father”
Artist unknown; Illustrator of ‘Speculum humanae salvationis’,
Germany (?), c. 1400-1500

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25, NIV).

Theologian Wayne Grudem writes about how Jesus is pictured in Hebrews in relation to the Old Testament covenant:

In the Old Testament, the priests were appointed by God to offer sacrifices. They also offered prayers and praise to God on behalf of the people.

In so doing they ‘sanctified’ the people or made them acceptable to come into God’s presence, albeit in a limited way during the Old Testament period.

In the New Testament Jesus becomes our great high priest …. Jesus functions as priest in two ways:

1. Jesus offered a perfect sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 7:279:1224-2810:1-2 and more).

2. Jesus continually brings us near to God (Hebrews 6:19-20 and more)” – Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology p. 626, 627 (of course Grudem expands on these points).

And Jesus does one more thing as our high priest. “He always lives to make intercession ...” (Hebrews 7:25).  In other words, He continually prays for us. 

To continue to read Violet’s post please visit Other Food: Daily Devos

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Jesus continually prays for us.

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications.

Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

Is the Fountain of Living Water Flowing Through Our Lives?

Is the Fountain of Living Water Flowing Through Our Lives?

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted with permission)

fountain-Psalm-46-4

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High (Psalm 46:4, NKJV).

Though there was no actual river flowing through Jerusalem, it seems the city had a subterranean water supply that was the source of various fountains and pools throughout the city (K. R. Dick Iverson – study notes on Psalms, New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, p. 723).

That unseen river makes a wonderful symbol of the hidden life of God for believers
then and still today. (tweetable)

All three members of the Godhead have a part in that flow.

God the Father: He begs the wayward to come back to Him as their life-giver – “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water” – Jeremiah 2:13.

God the Son: After a chapter in which the prophet Zechariah foresees Jesus’ death (specifically Zechariah 12:10) he says: “In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness” – Zechariah 13:1.

God the Holy Spirit: Jesus’ offer of life-giving water to the Samaritan woman:
“‘…but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life'” – John 14:4,

Continue to read The River of God by Violet Nesdoly.

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications.

Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

Do You Pray for Wisdom?

Do You Pray for Wisdom?

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted in part – with permission)

TODAY’S SPECIAL: James 1:1-27

TO CHEW ON: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5

If you’re like me you know this verse, have it memorized, and claim it often as you go through life. Let’s take a close look at its various parts.

Wisdom is the thing we feel we lack and are after here. My Bible commenter explains this request in the context of the book of James:

The wisdom which may be had by asking ‘in faith’ is not intellectual knowledge or philosophical speculation but spiritual understanding of the purpose of trials – John Mark Ruthven, New Spirit-Filled Life Bible notes on James, p. 1751.

Personally I have claimed this promise as one that encompasses more than only the understanding of trials. The meaning of wisdom gives us an idea of its scope:

Wisdom – sophia  means “practical wisdom, prudence, skill, comprehensive insight, Christian enlightenment, insight into the true nature of things” – Dick Mills,  Word Wealth, NSFLB, p. 1501.

Read the rest of Violet’s post in which she cautions us about asking for wisdom. There are some things we need to be careful of. Read her post at Violet Nesdoly.

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications.

Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

What is a Makes-No-Sense Prayer?

What is a Makes-No-Sense Prayer?

by Violet Nesdoly

The Prophet Jeremiah - Michelangelo

“Jeremiah” – Michelangelo (Sistine Chapel fresco)

And You have said to me, O Lord God, ‘Buy the field for money and take witnesses’!—yet the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans (Jeremiah 32:25, NKJV).

Has God ever asked you to do something that made no sense?

That was Jeremiah’s situation on this day.

If we look at the context of our reading, we see the incident that sparked his this-makes-no-sense prayer.

God had asked him to buy back the family farm in the village of Anathoth (Jeremiah 32:7) though he was a prisoner in a city surrounded by the Babylonians (Jeremiah 32:2). It was a symbolic gesture—a sort of down payment on the future. It was his act of obedience and faith in God’s words, “Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in the land” – Jeremiah 32:15.

Jeremiah did what God told him to do, but he didn’t understand.

In his prayer, he unburdened himself to God.

  • He starts out with praise – Jeremiah 32:17-19.
  • He recounts how God has been faithful in keeping His promises to Israel – Jeremiah 32:20-22….but…Israel has been unfaithful at every turn and, to Jeremiah’s mind, deserves the fate that seems imminent – Jeremiah 32:23-24.
  • He ends – ‘And you’re asking me to buy land in this place, when the city is on the brink of falling to a foreign power?!’ – my paraphrase of verse 25.

To read the rest of this post please visit Violet’s Blog – and see how this is important for us in our prayer lives.

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications.

Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

Do I Have to Pray on My Knees?

Do I Have to Pray on My Knees?

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted with permission)

 And so it was, when Solomon had finished praying all this prayer and supplication to the Lord, that he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven (1 Kings 8:54, NKJV).

“I can’t really get into praying until I’m on my knees,” a friend confided to me. Her words  lingered with me, I began making a practice of kneeling when I prayed in my ‘closet,’ and I sensed a change, not in God but in myself. It felt right to be in such a posture before Him.

It’s interesting to see the posture of Solomon in prayer, described in detail by the writer of 1 Kings. I’m glad he included that description, for it adds a jolt of realization about the relationship between God and us. Solomon, despite his giftedness, his touted wisdom, his unusual success spent part of this momentous day in Israel’s history on his knees before God in front of all the people.

The Bible mentions at least four prayer postures.

1. Standing: 

2. Bowing:

3. Kneeling:

4. Prostrate, on the face before God:

To read Violet’s entire post with explanations for each of the postures please continue to read Prayer Posture.

Related Article:

What Should Be Our Posture in Prayer?

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications.

Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

Have You Had an All-Night Prayer?

Have You Had an All-Night Prayer?

by Violet Nesdoly

Jesus praying - Artist unknownJesus Praying – Artist Unknown

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Luke 6:1-16 

TO CHEW ON: “Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles.” Luke 6:12-13

Two interesting facts about Jesus stand out from today’s reading:

1. He had unusual insight into people.

Read further at Violet’s Blog – All-Night Prayer to find out the second interesting fact.

This passage underlines the importance of prayer for us too. (click to tweet)

 

 Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

ASK! WHAT SHALL I GIVE YOU?

“Ask! What shall I give you?”

by Violet Nesdoly (used with permission from January 28, 2013)

Solomon's Dream - 1 Kings 3:5-15

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 1 Kings 3:1-15


TO CHEW ON:
 “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask! What shall I give you?'” 1 Kings 3:5

I love this story! How can one help but be drawn to a king who has the humility to admit, ‘I don’t know how to do this’? How many times hasn’t a similar cry come from my lips, perhaps yours too?

We can learn some lessons for our lives from Solomon’s encounter with God.

To read the rest of Violet’s post – please continue here.

 

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

DO I WANT A POWERFUL PRAYER LIFE?

Do I Want a Powerful Prayer Life?

by Violet Nesdoly

Jesus About to Heal a Boy by William Brassey Hole

 “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.'” Mark 9:23

The demon-possessed youth was a particularly difficult case. His problem was long-standing and the disciples’ attempts at exorcism had failed.

We find two clues about how to get prayers answered in this story of the man and his unfortunate son.

1. Believe
“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes,” Jesus told the father. The dad was quick to ask for help in this department: “Lord, help my unbelief.” I am reminded of Jesus’ experience in Nazareth where Matthew 13:58 says, “He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

I don’t think that means their unbelief limited His power, but it did impact His willingness to work miracles in that place. Jesus chose not to in an atmosphere of doubt.

2. Pray and fast
“Why could we not cast it out?” the disciples asked. Jesus replied,“This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”

But when did Jesus pray and fast for this? He didn’t check out for an hour or so between hearing the man’s request and healing the boy. One can only assume that He meant we can live a life of such earnest waiting on God (with regular prayer and fasting) that we are constantly prayed up and ready for any difficult case that comes our way.

It’s so simple: 

Believe and live a life of prayer-and-fasting readiness. Tweet this.

To continue reading please head over to Violet’s Blog – Other Food – Daily Devos.

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

WHO IS THIS GOD – RULER OF RULERS?

God: Ruler of Rulers

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted with permission)

God – Ruler of Rulers

“He brings the princes to nothing;
He makes the judges of the earth useless” (Isaiah 40:23, NIV).

A while ago Vancouver was in the throes of an “Occupy” demonstration. Every news report and talk show was buzzing with what to do about the tent city set up on the grass near the public library. These malcontents were determined to change the order of society. One proclaimed, stoutly, “I am not leaving until the rich are poor and the poor are rich.”

They will probably not succeed, at least not to that extent. Though such demonstrations may have short-term effects, their long-term impact on history will probably be minimal.

Contrast that with God, pictured here as looking down on our earth globe and seeing its inhabitants as grasshoppers. He has the ultimate say-so over earth’s rulers. Like short-lived plants, no sooner are they established than they feel His frosty breath and wither away.

We have the dissection of one such God-intervention in 2 Chronicles 20. There King Jehoshaphat, threatened by the Ammonites and Moabites, took his problem to God:

“We have no power against this great multitude…nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” – (2 Chronicles 20:12, NIV).

God’s solution came via the words of the prophet Jahaziel, who said:

 “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” – (2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV).

The next day the army entered battle in a very unconventional way, behind the singers and worshipers. Even as the praise began “…the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir … and they were defeated” 2 Chronicles 20:22.

As people of faith, I think we put too little stock in God’s ability to manipulate the course of history. We need to spend less time criticizing and scheming how to make political changes, and more time acknowledging “We have no power, nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You,” and then praise Him for the victory He is accomplishing.

Prayer:

Dear God, thank You for Your sovereignty over nations and their rulers. Help me not to be dismayed by what I see, but to keep praying for the leaders of my country and the countries of the world. Amen.

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.