What a gift we have been given! Our heavenly Father knows we need to talk with Him regularly, daily. He delights in our prayers and wants to hear from us. Prayer requires no special talent, no speaking ability, no special equipment or training. We can pray silently, shout it out loud or sing our prayers. We can pray when we're all alone or with a group of people. Prayers are always heard, even when the words don't come easy. You can't 'wear out' a prayer; it always fits and it's always heard. This is one of the gifts Jesus delivered when He overcame death on the cross. He "tore the curtain" between heaven and Earth, we are no longer separated from God. We can talk directly to the creator of the universe and He hears us!
We can (and do) pray for our own wants and needs but we can also pray for others, even people we don't know. This is called intercessory prayer (praying on behalf of another), bringing the cares, burdens, joys, and sorrows to Him. We are strengthened by prayer because the Holy Spirit works in our hearts when we pray. Let our prayer warriors take up your battle and bring it to God. You can call the church at 816-358-1919 or email us and we will pray for you. Your prayers can be anonymous, no one will contact you (unless you ask us to).
Below you'll find some daily prayer sentences and a prayer focus for February:
As the Father has loved me so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. John 15:9
One of the definitions of love in the dictionary is “the benevolent affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to God.” That sounds like we love him because he first loved us, very powerful words for Christians! Out of this original love from God flows all other kinds of love – marital love, love for family, friends, church, and country.
The Bible tells us to remain in God’s love, but our sinful nature doesn’t always make that easy. We have to make a conscious effort to always think before we act or speak, evidence that we are remaining in the love of our heavenly Father.
Dear Lord, thank you for loving me and sending your Son to die for my sins. Thank you for the love of my family and friends. Help me to be an instrument of your love in the world around me and let your love shine in me, especially to those who don’t know you. In your name, I pray. Amen.
Monday: Give me strength, Lord, to love others as You love me.
Tuesday: Dear Jesus, thank you for dying for me, the greatest gift of love.
Wednesday: Holy Spirit, guide me to touch the hearts of those who don't know Jesus. Amen.
Thursday: Thank you, Lord, for the love of my family and friends.
Friday: Heavenly Father, open my eyes and heart to those in need around me.
Saturday: Lord, thank you for the peace that comes from knowing you love and care for me. Help me share this peace.
Sunday: I worship You, I praise You, and I love You, Lord.