by One Church | Aug 26, 2018 | 21 Days of Prayer - Aug 2018
21/21 Days of Prayer
Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
My daughter is tenacious with her expectations. The other day, her bed frame had broken in her room. We went online and found her a new bed frame and ordered it. My day at the office had been particularly long and stressful and, when I finally got a chance to go home, I picked up my kids to take them to youth community group. As we got in the truck, my daughter saw that her bed had come in and was sitting by the garage. She said, “Thanks for putting that together for me while I’m at group tonight, dad!” I told her how long my day had been and that I would do it on another day but as she got out of the truck she said,“Can’t wait to see how my new bed looks when I get home.” I probably don’t need to tell you what I did when I went home, but I will. I put the bed together!! Expectation is a powerful thing. My daughter was willing to ask and expect me to do something for her and she just knew it would get done.
What are you expecting God to do for you right now?
Are you just praying over your meals, or are you praying and expecting for great things to happen in your life? Start expecting great things. Start asking for things that are too big for you to do on your own. God wants to move on your behalf in a big way, but He wants you to ask, expect, stand, and believe that He can and will do it for you.
Lord, I want to thank you that You can do exceedingly, abundantly, above all I can ask, think, or imagine. (Now take a few minutes to pray big! Write down some big things you are believing God for and expecting Him to do for you.
I hope this 21 days has brought you closer to God and that you feel refreshed, strengthened, and ready to do everything God is calling you to do. He loves you so much and He cares about you more than you could ever realize!
by One Church | Aug 25, 2018 | 21 Days of Prayer - Aug 2018
20/21 Days of Prayer
2 Timothy 2:8-9 (NKJV)
8 Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, 9 for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.
This is one of my favorite scriptures in the New Testament. Paul is writing to his son in the faith from a prison and, even though he is going through hell on earth, he says, “The word of God can not be chained.” Paul is reminding us of a simple but powerful truth.
That truth is: the word of God is bigger than every circumstance you are facing in the moment.
I don’t know what hardship you may be going through but I know this: there is a promise in God’s word that you can cling to. The word of God shouldn’t be a last resort; it should be our first response when difficulty arises. Maybe you’re struggling in your health; start claiming the word of God over your health. If your marriage is on the rocks, start claiming scripture over your marriage. Maybe you feel bound to an addiction; claim the word over yourself until you are free. Remember the word of God is bigger than your situation!
Lord, thank you for Your word. Thank you that it’s a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Thank you that all the promises in Your word are yes and amen through Jesus Christ my Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.
by One Church | Aug 24, 2018 | 21 Days of Prayer - Aug 2018
19/21 Days of Prayer
Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
I love the story about 2 boys that were placed in two different rooms. One was negative about everything so he was placed in a room full of all the newest toys. Within an hour, he was complaining about how he had nothing to play with. The second boy was put in a room full of horse manure. When they went to check on the boy, he was no where to be found! Eventually they saw movement and the boy’s head peeked out of the rancid pile. They asked the boy what he was doing? The boy replied, “With all this horse manure around, there is bound to be a pony around here somewhere!!”
Your thoughts are more powerful than you realize.
We have a choice everyday to see the positive or the negative in our lives. We can complain about what’s wrong, or we can be thankful for what is right. I have learned over the years that you seem to get more of what you talk about and focus on. Here, we get an amazing reminder to think about the good things that are happening around us, not the bad.
God, help me to shift my focus to the things that are right in my life. Thank you for all the things that are going well. In Jesus name, Amen.
by One Church | Aug 23, 2018 | 21 Days of Prayer - Aug 2018
18/21 Days of Prayer
John 15:7 (NKJV)
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
How bold are your prayers? I have to be honest: sometimes my prayers aren’t nearly bold enough. I’ve been around great men and women of God and hear the things they are asking for and I’m blown away! One of my favorite bold prayers comes from Reinhard Bonnke, the famous evangelist from Africa. The story is told that in prayer one day he felt like the Lord asked him if he wanted a million dollars. Pausing momentarily Reinhard replied, “No, but I’ll take a million souls.”
He had the audacity to ask God for a million people to come to know Christ over money!
What an ask!! I dare you to start asking God for things that seem impossible to you.
God, forgive me for limiting You in my life. Give me boldness to pray big things in Your name! (Take a few minutes to pray about some things you’ve stopped asking God for.)
by One Church | Aug 22, 2018 | 21 Days of Prayer - Aug 2018
17/21 Days of Prayer
John 8:36 (NKJV)
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
I recently heard about a man that had lost his prized goat. He looked everywhere and couldn’t find his goat anywhere. The phone rang a little later that night and a police officer informed him that his goat had been hit by a car. Grieved, the man got in his truck to go and get his prized goat. When he arrived at the incident scene, he looked down in the bar ditch and saw his goat. But to his surprise, the goat wasn’t dead. It had been tied up on the side of the road. The man pulled out his pocket knife and cut the goat free, but the goat wouldn’t budge. Even though he had been set free he still thought he was bound. The man picked him up and set him on his feet, and finally the goat realized he was free.
Do you know that you have been set free?
When I first realized this, it changed everything. Most of us are praying for God to set us free but, if you are in Christ, He has already set you free! The only thing we have to do is walk in that freedom!
Lord, Thank you that I am free! That what used to hold me bound no longer holds me because you have set me free!
by One Church | Aug 21, 2018 | 21 Days of Prayer - Aug 2018
16/21 Days of Prayer
Ephesians 2:2-5 (NKJV)
2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
Have you ever looked at old pictures of yourself? One of my favorite old pictures is of Crystal and I on the day we got married. We both have huge smiles on our faces! I love that picture for a lot of reasons, but one of the main reasons I love it is because it reminds us how far we have come and how much we have been through.
It’s good to look back every now and then to remind ourselves of how far we’ve come.
That’s what Paul is telling us in this scripture… that we should look back at who we were before Christ came into our life so we can see how far He has brought us!
Lord, I am so thankful that I’m not the person I used to be! Thank you for transforming me and making me a new creation In Christ Jesus. Thank you for giving me life and life more abundantly!