Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread… Day 6 of 40 Days of Prayer

“Give us this day our daily bread,” indicates a physical and spiritual need for bread. Bread provides a basic necessity of food to allow us to live. In the spiritual sense, we cannot live without Christ in our daily lives. “Then Jesus replied, I am the bread of life. Whoever come to me will never hunger again.” (John 6:35) In the wilderness, God gave the Israelites a daily portion of manna. The people were told to only gather enough for the day. However, if they gathered more than enough the bread would spoil. This analogy made me think that not only does God provide our daily needs, but God is also our sustenance. He is enough! With Christ in your life, all your needs physical and spiritual are and will be met. Be blessed and be a blessing!

On Earth as it is in Heaven Day 5 of 40 Days of Prayer

As I read the Lord’s Prayer, I realized, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” is a phrase about submission. We have to fully submit to God. Can you imagine one of the angels saying to God, “Lord, I don’t really feel like doing what you said today?” Similarly, we can’t call ourselves servants of the Most High God and pick and choose which laws and precepts we will obey. The Bible tells us that we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation. This requires us to live a Christ centered life, seeking first His Kingdom and all His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33) No where in the Word does it say Me first, and then you God. In fact, we are told God is a jealous God and He will share His Glory with no one. (Isaiah 42:8) In order for us to have a glimpse of His Kingdom on earth, we have to do the will of the Father. More to come…Y’all be blessed.

Thy Will Be Done Day 4 of 40 Days of Prayer

“Thy Will Be Done… ” these 4 words are probably the most challenging of the Lord’s Prayer. We often go to the Lord with our requests, our needs, but we forget that our prayers should be that God’s will be done. Of course, we want, what we want, when we want it. However, our desire should be for God’s will to control our daily lives. God’s will is supposed to be greater than ours. So when we go to the Lord in prayer we need to seek His will. If we are consumed with our needs, wants and desires being met, how are we going to hear what is the will of God? He already promised in Philippians 4:19 that He shall supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory… I know we want the scripture to say all of our needs, wants and desires. But the truth of the matter is all of those things will come when we allow God’s will to lead our lives. Be blessed and be a blessing!

Thy Kingdom Come Day 3 of 40 Days of Prayer

“Thy Kingdom Come” is a petition (request) in the Lord’s Prayer. From my study, it appears that there is some disagreement among Biblical scholars about what this means. Some scholars believe it is a request for the Kingdom of God to reside in our hearts. Other scholars believe it is eschatological or speaking of end times. I tend to agree with the first belief because if we are requesting God’s Kingdom on earth, we are placing a time frame on God’s return. The Bible tells us in Matthew 24:42 that “No one knows the day or hour of the coming of the Lord…”

God’s Kingdom in our heart means we accept the sovereignty of God. That he is King and He will rule and reign in our lives. I think we often say things, but we do not know what they mean. Our words have power. We need to be cognizant of the fact that if we’re asking God to reign, we have to also follow His given precepts found in His Holy Word. Be blessed and Be a Blessing.

Hallowed be Thy Name Day 2 of 40 Days of Prayer

After the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He did what any good teacher does: He modeled. He showed the disciples exactly what they should do by giving a model of prayer. The Lord’s Prayer starts with, “Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the word hallowed means to make or set apart as holy; to respect or honor greatly; to revere. We have to understand how the Jewish people (God’s chosen people) view names. Your name did not just identify you, but was representative of your nature. In the Old Testament, God has approximately 16 names which describe His nature.

In Jewish tradition, you do not write the full name of God to ensure that you don’t cause dishonor or disrespect to His name. This is why we have the saying, ” Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain.” We should not curse or disrespect the name of God. God is holy and His name is also holy and reverent. When you go to the Lord in prayer, you should think of it as a sacred experience. Yes, we should seek God daily, but before we begin our litany of requests we should honor God first. Be blessed and be a blessing.

Lord Teach Us to Pray Day 1 of 40 Days of Prayer

In Luke 11:1, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. This should be the request of every Christian. How can you have direction in your life, if you are not communicating with the One who should be directing you?

The Lord has laid it on my heart to spend the next 40 days in study and increasing my time spent with Him. The number 40 in the Bible represents trial, testing and probation. I believe God is testing all of us to increase our time in pray. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Word says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” We are living in a land that needs healing. I pray you’ll join me in the next 40 days in spending more time in prayer. Be blessed and be a blessing!

The Call to Holiness

A few years ago, I received a word from the Lord. “There is no longer gray, only black and white.” I believed this was to convict me about the sin I allowed to permeate my life. I professed to be a Christian, served in ministry, and yet I was living a lie. I had this attitude that what I did behind closed doors as a single woman was my business. Others may not have known what I was doing, but God did. I repented and determined that my walk and talk matched what I was telling others to do. My friends often ask me why I have chosen to be celibate. “You can still serve God.” Yes, I could, but I would not be living a life pleasing to God. There are no “buts” with God. I am by no means perfect, but when you fully submit to God you have to give God everything. Be blessed and be a blessing.

Bricklayers Conference – What’s your foundation built on?

This weekend I had the privilege to serve and attend the Fearless Bricklayers Conference hosted by Nakia C. Davis Ministries. The theme was “It’s Time to Build Your House.” It was truly a blessed time in the Lord.

As I reflected on the experience, I began to think of a song that I learned in Sunday School based on Matthew 7:24-27. As a child, I always liked the part where the foolish man’s house went splat. I realize as an adult, you need your house built on the Rock. The Rock is Jesus Christ our firm foundation. So when the storms of life come we are able to withstand them and our houses and lives don’t end up flat on the ground. What is your house built on? Y’all be blessed and be a blessing.

Here’s the song… Google says author unknown, but we know who is the author and finisher of our faith.

The Wise Man Built His House

The wise man built his house upon the rock

The wise man built his house upon the rock

The wise man built his house upon the rock

And the rain came tumbling down

Oh, the rain came down

And the floods came up

The rain came down

And the floods came up

The rain came down

And the floods came up

And the wise man’s house stood firm.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand

The foolish man built his house upon the sand

The foolish man built his house upon the sand

And the rain came tumbling down

Oh, the rain came down

And the floods came up

The rain came down

And the floods came up

The rain came down

And the floods came up

And the foolish man’s house went “splat!” [clap hands once]

So, build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ

Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ

Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ

And the blessings will come down

Oh, the blessings come down

As your prayers go up

The blessings come down

As your prayers go up

The blessings come down

As your prayer go up

So build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Handle with Care

Recently, I read a startling statistic that stated “80% of all new converts leave the church.” I thought to myself, “What are we Christians doing that only 20% of the people who turn to Christ remain in the church? We are clearly not handling people with care. I suspect that church hurts play a large part in this exit from church. Gossip, backbiting and cliques are probably culprits. I’m not sure who said that “Deliverance without discipleship is malpractice.” We shout hallelujah when a new soul is won for the kingdom. (I Timothy 2:4) We give them a Bible and say we’ll pray for you. We assume that people know what to do once they get saved. But what happens when they are home alone and they are tempted to return to the things of the world? Those of us that are mature in Christ need to reach out and serve as spiritual mentors or guides along this spiritual journey. Do you remember how you felt when you were a babe in Christ?We must do better and handle our babes with care. Not only will we strengthen our churches, but we will mature the body of Christ. Be blessed and be a blessing.

“I” was the Problem

This morning in my devotion. I was led to Matthew 6:25: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” This scripture stood out to me because I thought about the countless times, I chose to worry about a situation instead of trusting God. Yes, I said choose to worry. It is a choice we make. How can a Christian, one who professes to love God and follow his precepts choose to worry? I struggled with “Letting Go and Letting God,” and it saddens me to think how I allowed things to control my thought life. How am I going to pay this bill? What can I do to fix this situation? You notice that I was trying to fix things in my own strength. When in reality, I was the problem because I would not allow God to handle it for me. I Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your cares (worries and anxieties) upon Him, because He cares for you. Isn’t it time you turned it all over to Him? Be blessed and be a blessing.