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Book Suggestion- “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson

The Circle MakerThere is a legendary figure named Honi who was known for his audacious prayers.  He would pray for rain and it would.  And not just a sprinkling, but torrents of water would fall in places not known for inundation.

Mark Batterson hits the nail on the head with a challenge for all of us to pray boldly, persistently, and for the long haul.  I am personally encouraged in my faith to alter my prayer form.  Rather than vaguely and singly, I am motivated and inspired to take my prayer life to a whole different level.  And not just for my own purposes, but for Gods.  I want my prayer life to honor all that he is in our lives on this planet in our generation.

So briefly, I make the bold suggestion for any and all of you– glean from a local pastor who has made his story available.  A pastor who the Lord has used to plant a church in one of the most influential cities on the planet.  We can imagine how much prayer is need there.

All you CRBCers– I so want you to read this book, that if you present the receipt to me, I will pay you for reading it.  Blessings.

B90X Psalm 106

Golden calf

In Horev they fashioned a calf, they worshiped a cast metal image.  Thus they exchanged their Glory for the image of an ox that eats grass!  They forgot God, who had saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, wonder in the land of Ham, fearsome deeds by the Sea of Suf.  Therefore he said that he would destroy the, [and he would have,] had not Moshe his chosen one stood before him in the breach to turn back his destroying fury (Ps 106:19-23, CJB).

The location of the incident repeated above is originally found Exodus 32.  Quite a group of folks whom Moses had to lead out of Egypt into the Promised Land.

A couple of things that I was thinking about this morning as I read this:

1. There may not be a golden calf in which I have melted down all my gold to replace for God, yet, is there something instead?  Have I forgotten God and created something else in place of Him?  What have I called Yahweh instead of Father?  What have I exchanged my imago Dei for?

2. As a church we are participating in a Seder Dinner this March 7th.  The purpose of a Seder is to remember all that the Lord had done for the descendants of Abraham in setting up for them a land of promise, a land of refuge and peace, and a place to show Father’s glory.  Father was faithful in his promise, but the people were not.  The above says, “They forgot God, who had saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, wonder in the land of Ham, fearsome deeds by the Sea of Suf.”
The main point to a Seder is to never forget.
Not to forget,
not to forget who saved them,
not to forget the great things,
not to forget the wonder,
not to forget the fearsome deeds. 

Father, I pray we never forget all you have done for us.  From all you have redeemed us.  From the old.  From the degenerate.  From the habits.  From the addictions.  From it all.  Help us to have constant reminders of your glory in our lives and the image we possess and how that image is to interact with the world’s we live in.  Amen.

 

Prayer for our Kids Day 31 – Heart for Missions

“Lord, please help my children to develop a heart for missions, a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, your marvelous deeds among all people” (Psalms 96:3).

heart for missions

I love this. I love it because I can’t think of a better way to end these 31 days of prayer, praying for our children to go out into the world and share the Good News with all! Isn’t that the whole point of our entire existence? We’ve spent the last 30 days praying for a solid foundation for our kids; now let’s go be world changers! “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Let’s take this portion of the Lord’s Prayer and apply it in our lives. Let’s continue to pray these attributes over our children and not just stop because these 31 days are over. Even if you missed days and forgot to pray every day, it’s okay, keep this list as a reminder and make it your goal to pray for your kids every day. They need it! I’m going to end with the paragraph at the end of original site this list is taken from. May the Lord bless you and keep you!

“After several weeks of praying through the above list for my children, I discovered an additional benefit to my prayer program; as I prayed with my children each night, the Lord brought to mind the subject I’d prayed for that morning, and I would repeat my request in Aubrey and Aaron’s hearing. Before long, they began to echo my praying, and pour out their hearts in prayer for the very virtues and qualities I desired to see in them. Thus, my simple prayer program not only changed how I prayed, but also how my children pray… and, by God’s grace how they live as well.”

http://www.d6curriculum.com/teacher/previous-quarter/fusion-31-ways-to-pray

Guest post- Rachel Theobald

Prayer for our Kids Day 30 – Gratitude

“Help my children to live lives that overflow with thankfulness, giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Colossians 2:7; Ephesians 5:20).

gratitude line emptyThe thing that continues to stand out to me as I read over those verses is the importance of giving thanks in ALL circumstances and most importantly being thankful to Father. Always being thankful is a pretty hard thing to do. At times I’ve caught myself thinking I was doing a pretty good job at it, but then when I sit back to really look at my life I usually see that I, I fact, am most grateful when things in life are good. Even if I am generally thankful in harder times, that thanksgiving is usually followed by requests. Is that true gratitude if I’m not content in the situation, but asking for Father to help change the circumstances? I don’t think it is. My prayer today is that we will be prayerful about a true heart change, that will allow Father to work in us and that we will truly be thankful in whatever situation we face.

Father does ask anything of us that he hasn’t gone before us and done first. I feel like we should have the same expectations for our kids. We can’t expect them to be thankful if we are not being an example of it first. While we’re praying for our kids let’s be more prayerfully conscience of our actions as we live out a Godly example for them.

Guest post- Rachel Theobald

Prayer for our Kids Day 29 – Prayerfulness

“Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to ‘pray in the Spirit’” (Ephesians 6:18).

The whole verse of Ephesians 6:18 says, “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.”

pray
When I think of praying in the Spirit Romans 8:26 comes to mind, “Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain.” I am overwhelmed with thankfulness upon reading this, how sad our lives would be without the Holy Spirit in us!

Also, I recently started reading “The Prayer of Jabez” and have been praying about it and spending a lot of time thinking about his prayer. I highly recommend reading Jabez’s story, it’s short , a whole two verses, 1 Chronicals 4:9-10. The power in those verses is amazing though; we see a great example of the power of prayer.

Josh and I have been studying prayer recently and have been amazed at what we see in the Bible with how powerful prayer is and how much we feel changed through prayer. Helping our children see the need for prayer in their own lives is so important. Let’s pray over them and pray out loud throughout our days that our children will learn how to pray just be being around us and that they will grow up being around something so natural and powerful.

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald