A short spiritual insight, answer to prayer, or prayer story with a scripture will be posted once or twice a week until June 7 when postings will become daily. Beginning June 7 you are urged to join us for 40 Days of Prayer with daily Prayer Prompt postings scheduled to end July 16 when Spanish Camp Meeting begins. Come here often for updates.
May 13, 2015 - Today’s Scripture: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw night to you” James 4:8 KJV.
Keep watching for "40 Days of Prayer" leading up to Oregon Camp Meeting. Join your Oregon Conference friends June 7 through July 16 in 40 days of focused prayer. Preparation for Campmeeting begins long before the actual event. It begins at home. I think my first question is, “How did Jesus prepare to be open to His Father’s will?”
"As a man he supplicated the throne of God till his humanity was charged with a heavenly current that should connect humanity with divinity. Through continual communion he received life from God, that he might impart life to the world. His experience is to be ours.” ---Desire of Ages p. 363
Prayer: “Father, keep me in continual communion with you.”
--by Brooke Stafford with Corleen, Prayer Ministries Team
April 20, 2015 - Today’s Scripture: “Commit thy way unto the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him:” Ps 37:5, 7 KJV
Several weeks ago I was visiting with a young pastor. I asked, “ What did you learn in 2014?” I knew that there had been a serious division over an issue in his pastorate last year. He responded, “I learned to turn problems over to the Lord. He works things out with better answers than I could ever dream of.” “You probably learned the best lesson it is possible to learn in life!” I responded.
Prayer: Jesus, send your Holy spirit to remind me to always talk to You about my problems. And then give me the willingness to let go and let You work them out in your timing.
-- Brooke Stafford, Prayer Team member
THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF SELF – A PRAYER
Lord, You said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up this cross and follow Me” ( Mt. 12:24). These words of Yours, these very hard-to-understand words, are even harder to live! Part of the problem is that we don’t know what You are asking of us, part of the problem is that we do. Help us to realize what You are doing in our lives Lord and how You are doing it. You are changing us into Your likeness—and You are doing it day by day, decision by decision. Thank you for this incremental wonder, and help us to work with You in bringing it about. And so we ask. . .
May we feel the weight of that cross on each thought we think so our thoughts can die and Yours be given life.
May we feel the hardness of it’s wood over every word we speak so our words can be silenced and yours be heard.
May we feel the roughness of it’s surface against all we do, so that what we do is what You would do if You were here. Because You are here through us.
When we are tempted to think more highly of ourselves that we should bring to mind You did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped. . .You humbled Yourself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross (Phil 2:6-8).
When we are tempted to respond to harsh words by returning the harshness, help us to realize the example You set for us on the cross, that while you were reviled, You uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Yourself to Him who judges righteously. You gave forgiveness to your executioners, to a thief, and to Your mother, you gave a son.
May we never grow weary of living like You, Lord. And may we never seek rest from the responsibility of that cross, understanding that our dying to self is not a one-time crucifixion but a way of life; life eternal!
--by Joan Fuller, Prayer Team Member
The Very Gates of Hell
We all know the story: Sixteen of Rome’s finest were assigned to keep an eye on an aging preacher who had embarrassed the empire and ended up in jail. At 2:30 am (my calculation) a brilliantly illuminated angel appears and wakes up Peter—though not the prison guards. This story is full of exclamation marks. That loud clang you hear is strong Roman handcuffs hitting the stone floor, though the guards sleep comfortably through both that and the commotion that follows.
Peter follows his accomplice down the long hall, each steel gate swinging open unaided as they approach. Now, in the fresh night air Peter has a decision to make: What to do next. He heads for John Mark’s family home where he is certain the church will be praying for him. And it is as he imagined.
I am intrigued by how frequently the new church gathers to pray. They discover that as personal prayer is the lifeblood of the Christian, corporate prayer is the lifeblood of the church. My friend Dwight Nelson likens individual prayer to a light, but corporate prayer to a laser. A single light can illuminate a large place, but a laser can drill a hole through steel. A Christian praying takes hold of the arm of God; a group of Christians interceding together launches an assault on the very kingdom of the enemy. Jesus said, “…I will build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Hell itself cannot withstand the onslaught of a praying church.
Even a few … Jesus said, “If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you. …” “And after they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly” (Acts 4:31). The pattern is too consistent to be coincidental.
So, dear Lord, bring us together to pray. For our kids; for our churches; for our communities; for our broken world. Make us a laser-focused, praying people. Again. Please. Amen.
(From the book, “Just A Minute” by Don Jacobson. Used by permission.)
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