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Day 40 of 40 Days of Prayer

April 14, 2018
By LLCA

Day 40

Time to Pause

“The only way to experience the fullness of Jesus’ love

is to let Him fully into our lives.”

Lord,

You are able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask.  We invite you to go deeper into our lives today, and for us to see You do more than we could dream possible.  Help us not let the distractions of our lives or our own human desires keep us from experiencing Your love to the fullest.  Your vision for our lives is so much greater than that of our own.  Help us remember that.  Forgive us when we are short-sighted.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

 

Think about, discuss or pray about the verses below that relate most to your life:

Ephesians 3:16-18 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ

Ephesians 3:19 And to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Day 40 Devotion

Time to Pause

We live in such a crazy world of deadlines, commitments, and opinions.  Sometimes it feels like we’re barely keeping our heads above water.  The frantic pace of life leaves most of us incapable of appreciating the hidden things. 

These are the moments we need to simply pause, take a breath, and soak in Ephesians 3:14-21 which is a wonderful reminder from Paul of how much MORE God wants for our lives than our short-sighted vision shows us. 

It describes that relationship that Jesus is calling us to and the only way to experience it is to let Him fully into our lives.  God works through us by His Holy Spirit’s guidance.  The distractions of life can all too easily drown out the whispers of the Holy Spirit showing us how loved and cherished we are by our creator. 

Our lens is infinitely smaller than God’s picture and His plans for our lives.  Don’t limit God.  He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.  The best case scenarios in our heads are nothing compared to what God promises to do!   If that seems very foreign to you, then perhaps it is a good time to pause, take a step back, and begin to soak Him in. 

 

 

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Day 39 of 40 Days of Prayer

April 13, 2018
By LLCA

Day 39

“Humility means being small enough to see the greatness of something, to feel unworthy of it, and to feel privileged to be able to enjoy it.”

Lord,

Thank You for Your continual gifts of salvation, comfort, encouragement, life, and so many other countless other blessings, Lord.  Help our lives be an overflow of a Spirit-filled relationship with You.  Please search our hearts and reveal to us any selfishness or other hindrances to sharing we are struggling with.  Help us not do good out of obligation but with a heart of gratitude and joy.  Thank you for Your commandments and let them always be as sweet as honey to our mouths.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

 

Think about, discuss or pray about the verses below that relate most to your life:

Mark 12:29-30  This is the most important: ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is One Lord, 30and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

 

Day 39 Devotion

Fulfilled… or Offended?

Believe it or not, most people do not like hearing about giving money.  The very idea of giving sets off this internal war. Whose money is it? In the 40 Days of Prayer, we have been seeking to understand financial stewardship from the Bible.  We live in a world where talking about money is not done and just plain off-limits.  But… Jesus didn’t think it was.  He tells us that our attitude on giving and how we view our material things is a window to the condition of our hearts.   We are told these things because he loves us so completely that He wants us to experience Him to the fullest.  He wants us to be all in and that, also, includes our money.

You may already connect with a number of ministries in addition to your church giving.  You are following God’s command to love God with all your heart, mind, and soul and to love others as yourself.  He says these are the greatest commandments.  You are a vessel for God to use to show his glory and love to others.   The unrelenting joy we feel when we fully allow His spirit to invade the deepest parts of our hearts is utterly priceless.

Oftentimes, though, we allow ourselves to get stuck.  There are so many options and so few resources to go around.  I want to encourage you to pray over this and let God’s Holy Spirit guide you.  Sometimes, our mere indecision stops us from doing anything at all. Giving is NOT about putting you or your family in any jeopardy, but it IS about showing faithfulness with all that you have.  Is this where you are today?  In the end, you might be missing out on the impact it’s meant to have on YOU.  Ask Him and act on His leading.

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Day 38 of 40 Days of Prayer

April 12, 2018
By LLCA

Day 38

Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed

 

Gracious Father,

Thank You for forgiveness and for the salvation you freely offer each and every one. May we never take that gift for granted.  Thank you for our many blessings and help us strive to bless others with what we have.  Mold us and change our hearts to give glory to You.

In Christ Jesus,

Amen

Day 38 True Inspiring Story

A Piggy Bank of Giving

Any time Linda had coins in her wallet she would empty them out into a piggy bank.  She dedicated to doing this for a whole year.

She had hoped she would save a few hundred dollars over the 12 months to buy something practical and useful for a child in the Philippines her family sponsored.

At the end of the year she was pleasantly surprised. All their coins had amounted to just over one thousand dollars!

She couldn’t believe it.  And yet she had hardly noticed the difference in their bank account as it had just been a few coins gradually taken over each week.

Linda thought about how this applied to her life. It was certainly an important lesson for her in giving. There are times when we are asked to give sacrificially and at times we are called to give a little.

Our giving may not seem like much sometimes but if we are truly committed to having a heart like Jesus for others, it can accumulate to something much more important.

God can do amazing things through us when we give of ourselves.  It does not just change the person receiving but it changes the giver as well.

 

Think about, discuss or pray about the verses below that relate most to your life:

Matthew 17:20 …Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

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Day 37 of 40 Days of Prayer

April 11, 2018
By LLCA

Day 37

Seeing Through the Lens of an

Eternal Perspective

 

Our Prayer Today:  David’s Prayer

 

Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life…Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but ­only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.

 

Psalm 39:4-7

Day 37 Devotion

Invest in Eternity

It’s a law of life. Material things wear out, give out, and burn out.  For example:

 

•The computer that suddenly refuses to boot up…

•The favorite sweater pulled out of storage in the fall which the moths found during the summer…

•The light bulb that flashes to dark…

So what will last? What are things truly worth our limited time and concentrated focus, because they’re not going to be thrown onto the next pile of trash or tossed into the thrift store donation box?

The Bible tells us that these are the things that will last: God, His Word, and People (the righteous).  Since God, His Word, and people are eternal, what will last is what’s used wisely for God, His Word, and His people.

Because this life is so brief, we might conclude it’s inconsequential. Nothing could be further from the truth! The Bible tells us that this life lays the foundation upon which eternal life is built. Now is our chance to invest our lives in eternity.

Suppose I offer you a thousand dollars today to spend however you want. Not a bad deal. But suppose I give you a choice—you can either have that one thousand dollars today or you can have ten million dollars one year from now, then ten million more every year after that. Only a fool would take the thousand dollars today. Yet that’s what we do whenever we grab onto something that will last for only a moment, forgoing something far more valuable that we could enjoy later for much longer. This present life is but a brief window of opportunity to invest in what will last for eternity.

So do something eternal today:

•Dig into God’s Word and let it seep into your soul.

•Spend some quality time with people, going deep, speaking truth.

•Look for an opportunity to give away your time and treasure to help others.

•Share the Good News of Jesus with someone you meet today.

 

Think about, discuss or pray about the verses below that relate most to your life:

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms”

1 Peter 1:24-25 The old life is a grass life, its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers; Grass dries up, flowers droop, God’s Word goes on and on forever”

When Jesus uses sheep and goats to illustrate the final judgment, He concludes with these sobering words about the people of this earth

John 3:16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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Day 36 of 40 Days of Prayer

April 10, 2018
By LLCA

Day 36

Seize the Opportunity

God uses moments in life to

move us into new waters of faith.

 

Gracious Loving Father,

Help the things that will be important to us once we meet You face to face be what is most important to us right now. Give us wisdom to discern what will please You most.  Thank You for giving us the choice to say no to some things so that we can say “yes” to You.  Keep us from the temptation to procrastinate in our obedience, drawing closer to You, and serving others. Help us to live now the way that we ought and, Father, forgive us when we don’t.  We love You and praise you today.

In Jesus’ holy name,

Amen

Day 36 Devotion

“Ob Portu”

Hundreds of years ago when people mainly lived near the oceans, the word opportunity was coined.  It came from the time when ships needed to wait until the tide was in before heading out to sea, otherwise the ship would run aground. In the Latin language, the word “ob portu” described the perfect moment when time and tide converged for a ship to get underway.

Into every person’s life come some God-ordained opportunities.

  1. You’ll know it’s the right time when an urgent, life changing need—something that has eternal and significant value—converges with your ability.
  2. At just the right moment, urgency and ability come together.
  3. And at that exact moment, you have the opportunity to fulfill a divine purpose God intended for you.

Is it time for you to move forward in some special way?

As we reflect back on the 40-day journey we’ve been on, let’s ask ourselves this question.  How is God working in your heart and the lives of others to move out into new waters of faith and service for His glory?

 

Think about, discuss or pray about the verses below that relate most to your life:

 

Colossians 4:5b “Redeem the time,” or “Make the most of every opportunity”.

Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom..”

Judges 14:4 His father and mother had no idea that God was behind this, that he was arranging an opportunity against the Philistines. At the time the Philistines lorded it over Israel.

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