Psalm 115:18 NKJV – Adoration Prayer

But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!

Sometimes we have to step back and meditate on the things the Lord has given us. If you don’t this world will begin to pull us back into a belief that what we have is what we have worked for. Well, I’m here to say I don’t believe that. At one time, I believed that, but I’ve changed. Thank You, Jesus. What I have now is so much less than what the world would think as being necessary, but in reality I have so much more. Am I making any sense here? Just keep reading. I’ll begin to clarify myself.

When I met Jesus and accepted Him as my Savior and the purpose of my life, I had to give up the world. I had to leave the world behind and follow Him. I made that choice. There were people who didn’t understand my decision. Some thought I’d get over God and come back. Some thought it was “nice” and they were glad I was “happy now”. I’m not condemning them. I have no regrets. I’m just speaking the truth. I continue to live and work in the world, but what I found to be important in my life and a priority has changed. I am now addicted to God. God healed me of my addictions to the world.

So sometimes it is vitally important that each of us spend some time in prayer but not ask for anything. What do you mean? Pray without asking? Yes. Prayer is a conversation with God from your heart. You can pray without asking. There is something very powerful in prayer without asking. Prayers of love and adoration to Almighty God Himself. Let me ask you something. When you were growing up, did you like when your mom or your dad or a relative or even a teacher called you out and told someone how special you were? I know I did. We all would love to hear how we were loved and how much we meant to someone? That’s human nature and it is birthed in us. To give and to receive love. How much more important is it to pour out that kind of heartfelt love and adoration to the Lord. To tell Him how much He means to us and how much we love Him. To recall the blessings He has given us. To thank Him for the times we felt His presence. So below, I’ve put together a list of some of the things I thank God for and cause me to bless His Name:

  • Before Jesus died, he prayed for me in the garden (John Chapter 17. You really need to read this and let the Holy Spirit get this into your heart)
  • Jesus gave His life for me so that can spend eternity with Him. (When He was on the cross, we were on His mind)
  • God causes the sun to rise each morning for me and the day and His mercy is new. (It’s a promise – Lamentations 3:22-24)
  • God loves me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • God is slow to anger (Psalm 103:8)
  • My lovely bride, Nancy, who I cherish and celebrate each new day with her. (My great gift from God)
  • My Son, Daughter and Son-in Law who love Jesus and call Him Savior

And the list can go on and on and on. My point is there is such a thing as prayer without asking God for anything. I call it Adoration Prayer. I believe that this kind of prayer is received by God as a first fruit offering. Because, let’s face it. Without God we have nothing. But with God, all things are possible.

Precious Lord, thank You. You are a great and glorious Lord and I worship You. O how I love You, Lord. I sing praises to You and worship Your Holy Name. For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing. Now and forever more. Let everything that is within me, Praise the Lord. I will shout of Your goodness day and night. Bless the Lord, O my soul. In Your Name, Jesus. Amen and Amen.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Isaiah 12:2-3 NLKV – A note of encouragement

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for ‘Yah’, the Lord is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation. Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation

Recently, dear friends of my wife and I sent us a card of encouragement that included the above Scripture. What a blessing it was to receive their love and encouragement in the Lord. God is the source of our salvation. The double reference to the name of the Lord is a poetic emphasis on the certainty of salvation provided by Yahweh, the covenant God.

As God’s children we know Him in a personal way. My wife and I know Him in a personal and a relational way. We spend time with God. We talk to Him and He speaks to us. Our prayers are our conversation to Him. So our knowledge of God comes from the study of His Word and the daily time in prayer with Him.

When we have conversation, many times God returns to us His loving care and provision for me and my wife. That’s the relational part of our time with Him. He loves to pour out His love. Our dear friends returned the love the Lord has for them to us. The time they took to send us a quick note illuminated the love of Christ that lives in them. And isn’t that what we all should be doing? Love others as Christ loves us.

The Scripture verse says a lot about where our trust should be found. Trust in a Holy and Almighty God; the source of our life and our salvation. It says “with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Our joy comes from an everlasting spring that fills His wells and provides for us all that we need including eternal life. That is why this short note meant so much to us. It reminded us of the covenant relationship God established with His people. That He will be our God and we will be His people, forevermore.

Our strength to endure each and every day in this world comes from God. He gives us strength. He enables us to be courageous in trials and troubles, in sickness and tribulation through His gift of faith. God proves Himself faithful to His promises, which in turn enables us to trust Him every day. And our courage and strength begins with the time my wife and I spend in daily prayer. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV)

Friend, we as believers are called to have a growing faith, build up by prayer and the encouragement of others. Our confidence is a God-given assurance which produces spiritual maturity and stability, so we may withstand the adverse conditions of life. The key to our staying strong and trusting God no matter what begins with a relationship. Daily prayer and seeking the presence of God is the wellspring that we can tap to receive everlasting and restorative joy. The Lord is your strength and your song. Let Him fill you up to overflowing.

Dear Lord, thank You that You are our strength and our song. Thank You that we can trust You and not be afraid no matter what we are facing. Thank You Lord for our dear friends who encouraged us in our time of need and shared with us Your Word. Teach us Lord to turn towards You and trust only You instead of the promises of this world. Pour out Your favor and blessing upon our dear friends as they shared Your love in them with us. Lord, You are our strength and our song. You have become our salvation. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Matthew 5:14 NKJV – Walk in the light

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Scripture often uses light as a symbol of the people of God, and especially the manner in which believers are able to reflect the glory of God in a dark world of sin.  God is the source of the light.  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1 NKJV)

Believers are called to live in His light. “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7 NKJV) We are able to walk in the light of Jesus because of the shedding of the blood of Christ; His voluntary substitutionary sacrifice that paid in full God’s penalty for sin.

It is important that believers bear witness to Jesus Christ in the world.  The world needs to see the light of Christ in us.  The world needs to see that believers are different; that we are set apart and carry with us the love of Christ who gave His life for us.  It’s important to remember, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NKJV)

Jesus Christ’s total giving of Himself, shown supremely in His obedient suffering and death on the cross, reveals God’s amazing love for sinners.  And the world needs to see the love of Christ in us in order to push back the darkness of the world so that the light of Christ is illuminated.  I know and have known people of faith that when they enter a room, the light of Jesus Christ causes everyone to stop.  My eyes are immediately fixed upon them.  They walk in the fullness of God’s light.

Friend, the power and the fullness of God rests in all of us as believers.  We possess the light of Jesus Christ and God desires that this light shine brightly.  The responsibility of every believer is to represent Jesus Christ in the world.  So in our times of prayer and intimacy with God, let’s seek ways for the light of Jesus Christ to shine brightly in our lives.  Let’s ask God to show us where His light can touch others around us.  Let’s ask God to guide us to those who He desires for the love and the light of Jesus to impact them.  Let’s ask God to fill our days with opportunities to demonstrate that Jesus is alive in us and we are a city that is set on a hill that cannot be hidden.

Dear Lord, thank You that Your light pushes back the darkness of this world.  Thank You that You gave Your life for us so that we too can carry that light in our lives.  Lord, we pray that Your light would shine brightly in us and touch a world.  Open opportunities for us to reach those who are lost.  May Your love and light catch their attention.  May we be obedient and share Your love and light with them.  Help us to always walk in the light as You are in the light.  In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Matthew 9:27-29 NKJV – Though they had no sight, they still had faith

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”

The two men were men on a mission.  It says that they followed Jesus.  This took some effort.  They were blind.  Now we don’t know how far it was that they followed, but it does say that they cried out.  Now, if I think about this, it appears to me that they were more than following. More like pursuing Jesus.  Pursuing to the point that they cried out to Him.  They wanted Jesus’ attention; they weren’t getting any closer to Him.  So they cried out.  “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

They recognized Jesus as someone who would not push them aside, but minister to them.  Others may have pushed them aside, but not Jesus.  They cried out and honored our Lord with their request.  Grace and mercy are qualities of Jesus by which He is compassionate, accepting, and generous.  Jesus responded to their cries.  He looked upon them with compassion.  He accepted them for who they were and the condition they were in.  And He was generous in His response.  Jesus will always respond to pleas for mercy and grace.

I believe we all can remember a time when we found ourselves looking at ourselves or our circumstance and thought that God couldn’t possibly look at me and respond.  I was too messed up.  WRONG!!!  All the Lord asks is we have faith.  That we see him as these two blind men.  Oxymoron?  Blind men seeing?  But what I mean is this.  Though they had no sight, they still had faith.  Faith allows us to see through the eyes of the Lord.  Faith allows us to be blinded by the natural, and see by the supernatural.  Faith brings us to the point of complete recognition that it is only the Lord that can help.  “And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.” (Matthew 14:35-36 NKJV)

Effective prayer depends on faith, especially on a willingness to fully trust in God’s faithfulness to His promises for His people.  I’ve been writing recently on our dependence upon God and how our faith is demonstrated by our belief in Him.  God will help those who depend on Him.  “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:2-4 NKJV)

Our God is to be trusted.  “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7 NKJV)  Friend, the blind men knew where their help would come from.  They didn’t need to see Jesus.  They simply believed.  Jesus asked them if they believed that He could do what they desired.  They said two little words.  Not a long drawn out prayer.  A simple, humble, broken, sincere reply to Jesus’ question.  They said, “Yes, Lord!”  So I must ask you this.  Do you recognize the power and the presence of Jesus?  Do you seek help through something you can see or do you seek help from the One who you cannot see? Do you honor Jesus by addressing Him the way He deserves and then simply ask Him to pour out His mercy upon you?  And when the Lord replies to you, “Do you believe?” can you reply “Yes, Lord”.  Tough questions?  Yes.  Some might think I’m asking the obvious.  But am I really?  Where is your belief today?  Where do you place your trust and faith?  When you pray, are your words focused on the One who can change all things?  If your answer is yes, then Jesus will respond. “According to your faith let it be to you.”

Dear Jesus, thank You for Your mercy and grace.  Thank You that You will respond to our faith when we seek the true giver of good things.  Lord, forgive us when we seek with our own eyes on the things that are natural to fix the things we need a supernatural touch for.  May we see with Your eyes.  Have mercy on us Lord. We believe and give You praise.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Matthew 10:30 NKJV – Details, details, details…

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

The Lord is in every “detail” of your life.  Hallelujah!!!  The Lord’s hand is on every detail no matter how small we think it is.  The Lord’s care for us covers everything.  Did you know that God reigns over ALL creation and that His will is the final cause of all things?  Did you get that?  It’s His will that is the final cause.  So I want you to think about that statement for just a little bit.

So has anyone else found themselves thinking about those times when you realized that even though you didn’t think God’s hand was upon you, it was?  A few have come to my mind while thinking about what I was going to write.  The incidents in my life happened and I hadn’t prayed.  I didn’t even feel I put any thought about seeking the Lord and yet when it was done, I had been blessed beyond measure.  Some of those times I received an answer to a question I had been pondering for a while.  And even times when the Lord poured out His protection and covered both myself and my wife.  God is in the business of details.  He is sovereign over the minutest details of life.  Just what our Scripture verse says.

Now if the Lord knows the very hairs of your head, how is it we sometimes think we have all the answers or we can work things out ourselves?  Hello?  Is anyone hearing me?  No condemnation here, but seriously?  The Lord sustains all life and even the universe.  Everything around us would come to a cataclysmic end if the Lord did not sustain all things.  He provides every need to every creature and is willing to keep on sustaining so that His will can be completed and His purpose established.  Folks, it’s not about us!

The Lord is not passive or remote from His creation.  The Lord was and is dynamically involved in all the He has made.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (John 1:1-3 NKJV)  So if we know by His Word that the Lord is involved in every aspect of our lives, why is it we decide to walk outside of His will for our lives?  Or even why is it we don’t believe the Lord can understand our needs when we pray?  Or worse yet, why is it we pray with doubt?  Why is it that we let doubt even have any foothold in our lives?

I think it’s probably a trust issue.  I think that we all have been let down and abandoned by the world from time to time so that we find it hard to trust anything.  Even hard to trust the Lord.  But listen to me.  It’s Jesus who will bring the entire work of creation to perfection.  “He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.” (Ephesians 1:9-10 The Message)

Friend, let’s go back to our foundations Scripture verse.  The Lord is alert to all of our needs.  The Lord is actively involved in our continual care and He is aware of everything that is happening or will happen to us.  He is our Shepherd.  The Lord’s watchfulness means that He hears all of our prayers.  “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers.” (1 Peter 3:12 NKJV)  Our lives, our security are never threatened.  He loves us with an everlasting love and there is nothing that can change His love for us.  Nothing!  Proverbs 28:25 (NIV) says, “But those who trust in the Lord will prosper.”

Precious Lord, You are greater than our minds can imagine.  Lord, You know every detail of our life; big or small.  Lord, You are sovereign over all things.  Thank You Lord for watching over us and caring for us with an everlasting love.  Help us Lord trust You in all things.  Thank You that You are not far from us and that You know our every thought.  Forgive us Lord when we think we got everything covered.  Transform us Lord in our belief that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  We love You Lord and give You praise.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!