January 2014

Responding To God's Invitation To Come

Final Prayer Thoughts

Respond to God’s Invitation to Come
(January - Week 3)

Mark 6:31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."

Luke 18:16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

Mark 14:34, 37 "Stay here and keep watch." ... Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping.  "Simon," he said to Peter, "are you asleep?  Couldn't you keep watch for one hour?

Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.

(5). "We hear it said that a man will suffer in life if he does not pray; I question it.  What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him which is nourished not by food but by prayer."  
[Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest]

Prayer thought: God encourages always to come and know him.  The invitation is not based on crisis or availability but on everything and always.

The Next Generation

Final Prayer Thoughts

The Next Generation
(January - Week 2)

(1). Exodus 3:15 God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has sent me to you.'"This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.

(2). Psalm 71:17-18 Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. 18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.

(3). Psalm 145:4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.

(4). 1 Samuel 3:7-10 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 8 A third time the LORD called, "Samuel!" And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening.”

(5). Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

(6). “Praying Samuels come from praying Hannahs. Praying priests come from ‘the house of prayer.’ Praying leaders come from praying homes.” [E.M. Bounds, Praying and Praying Saints]

(7). Prayer thought: How will the next generation learn to call on God; hear of God’s mighty acts, or know how to listen to God? One must teach them to pray. Our generation is called to pray for and teach the next generation.

Prayer Leads To Action

Final Prayer Thoughts
Prayer Leads to Action
(January - Week 1)

(1). Genesis 12:24-15 Then he prayed, "LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, 'Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,' and she says, 'Drink, and I'll water your camels too'--let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master."15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder.

(2). Acts 10:30-33 Cornelius answered: "Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 31 and said, 'Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. 32 Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come.

(3). Acts 16:25-26 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone's chains came loose.

(4). “Action without prayer is arrogance, prayer without action is hypocrisy.” [Jose Zayas]

(5). Prayer thought: The church does not lack in action and ministry; it lacks in the prayer that precedes action and ministry. When we pray we find that God acts, does ministry, and invites us to participate with him.