Four Reasons to Pray for Your Pastor Daily – I could not agree more with this article. Pray for your pastor.
Read the Bible as Your Spiritual Food – 11 great ways to look at reading your Bible
Three Models of Family Ministry – a great video every church ministers should watch and consider
Why Satan Is So Skillful at Tempting Us to Sin – know your enemy well, to be able to defeat him.
The First 15 Bible Verses a Christian Needs to Memorize – We should consider these as part of the scriptures we all should have memorized.
Understanding the Development of the New Testament Canon – I am no Bible scholar, but certainly appreciate how the Bible came to be what it is today.
True Leaders Are Teachable – this is so true. I know I am at my best when I have changed something in my leadership from what I have learned.
Making the Most of Your Bible Reading – great advice here
4 Reasons Why Every Bible Reader Should Do Word Studies – I am not a Bible scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but I certainly do appreciate studying words sometimes and what they meant in the original language.
10 Ways To Resist The Devil – solid ideas here we all should consider
You Have Enough Time to Study the Bible – I agree, we really do what we want to do with our time each day.
Why We Fail at Family Devotions – how true, how true. We make a family devotion too hard I think.
6 Reasons Why I Like to Read Scripture in the Morning – I agree with each of Art’s reasons.
Church Links (articles of interest for local church leaders)
The Gospel Was Given for a Time Like This – Well articulated by Tim Challies
WHAT’S NEXT IN CHURCH TECHNOLOGY? – I think as a church we need to be open towards technology when it helps share the Good News of Jesus.
7 Reasons Mid Size Churches Get Stuck – My church fits in the mid-sized church (200-800). Gotta look close at these stumbling blocks.
Developing a Timeline for Your Church-Wide Campaign – This is a great article on planning for a campaign.
3 NEGLECTED OBJECTS OF STEWARDSHIP – good points for us to consider
Apple Destroyed My Will to Collect Music – I have been an Apple music fan since my first iPod. I agree with the author here, I too have been disenchanted with the new Apple Music features. I have also lost songs that were original and hard to find.
The Power Of Conformity – how quickly those without a moral compass will sway with the winds of conformity. I am so nervous about how our country has changed it moral views and what drives them now.
Court-Ordered Same-Sex Marriage Cannot Deliver on Its Promise – only time will tell, but I so agree with Dr Mohler in this short video.
Calvin & Hobbes – Art Before Commerce – My favorite comic strip of all time. I never understood why these characters could only be found in print, so the title and this video gives the artist reasons why.
How a Gutenberg printing press works – I am fascinated with how the Bible came to what it is today. The printing press was one of those technologies that helped spread the Word! Interesting video on how a printing press works. Now I understand why it is called the printing “press”.
10 Reasons Why the Church Gathers – short, great points
How to Backslide in 9 Easy Steps – I couldn’t emphasise point #1 any stronger. Lack of daily Bible reading and prayer will lead anyone away from Jesus.
Day 40 – pray for Yourself
The last way in which I will cover in this 40 ways to pray is probably the most important. We need to start first of all by praying for ourselves.
Like when on an airplane we are told that in the event of an emergency to put our mask on first before assisting others. You know why? Because if you run out of oxygen then you will pass out and not be able to help anyone – including yourself.
So our prayers should start by lifting up our Father and Creator, and then ask for several things in our life.
I believe our daily prayers for ourselves should include at a minimum the following:
- Forgiveness – we should always start by asking God to forgive the sins we have committed against Him so He can hear us pray to Him.
- Daily portion – nourishment, rest and guidance for the day
- Wisdom – to know the wise thing to do and the courage to do it
- Humble – a posture of putting God 1st, and me 2nd
- Protection – from the evil one who wants to devour and divide
- Power – to stand strong against the evil one and the courage to battle sin
- Guard my heart – we need to be careful, because what goes into the heart comes out in the life
My Prayer for Today
Jesus thank you for the ability to talk directly to You and to hear from you. Please forgive me when I count you as anything but first in my life. Show me today what it is that would be pleasing for me to do for You today. I pray in the only name that I know how – the wonderful name of Jesus!
Day 39 – Pray to be in constant Prayer
Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to rejoice and pray constantly.
Now how in the world can we do that? We have to work, go to school, go to church, eat and sleep. How can I skip those things to be in prayer you say?
Well you don’t skip them. The idea is to constantly be asking God for guidance in all that we do. When I go to work or work is there someone He needs me to talk to? Do I give thanks when I eat? When I decide to go for a walk or watch TV, what does God want us to do in those situations?
I don’t think Paul intended us to do nothing but pray, but to pray in all things we do.
My Prayer for Today
Lord help me to be reminded constantly that You provide all I do and all I have. Help me to remember to first listen to your guidance before I act today. In the name of Jesus I pray.
Day 38 – Pray for those who do not know Jesus as their Savior
We see them every day. They could be family, coworkers, friends, people at the restaurant, or next to you at the traffic light. They could be sitting next to you in church. Who are they – people who do not know Jesus as their personal Savior. As I type this I am reminded by God that this could actually be you.
My heart sinks.
Jesus came to pay the penalty for my and your sins. The Father sent Him as the perfect sacrifice as a payment for the penalty of our sins against God. All we have to do is admit that we are a sinner, repent of our sins, accept the gift of salvation, and dedicate our life to Jesus.
But there are people we know who have never turned their life to Jesus, and some of them will never know unless we tell them. It’s not my preacher’s job to tell them about Jesus – it is mine. And it is yours if you are saved by the grace of God.
So our prayers should include asking God to reveal a person that we know who needs to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ alone. Ask God to reveal that person to you and then ask for boldness to share how Jesus made a change in your life.
My Prayer for Today
Lord I know that I have friends that I work with and family members that I am not certain that they know the free pardon of sin in Jesus. Show me one person today that I can witness to about the love of Jesus and how He alone can save our lives from hell and give us an eternity of hope and joy. In the powerful name of Jesus I pray.