Anyone who is having troubles should pray. ... When a believing person prays, great things happen. -James 5:13,16 NCV

THE PASSION OF DEVOTION





 Revelation 4:8  "Day and night they never stop saying "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."

The passion of devotion lies in prayer.  The spirit of devotion fills the hearts of God's children and characterizes their worship.  The inspiration and center of their joyful devotion is the holiness of God.  That holiness of God claims their attention and inflames their devotion.

There is nothing cold, nothing dull, nothing lifeless about them or their heavenly worship.  What zeal!  The ministry of prayer, if it be anythinbg worthy of the name, is a ministry of passion, a ministry of tense longing after God and His holiness.

Father God, I long to be in Your presence, singing praises with a spirit of passion and devotion to You.  I love You,  Amen

~The Power of Prayer by E.M. Bounds



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Faith Tested by Fire




         
     Father, the flames of devastation may turn our possessions into ashes, our hopes into tears, and our dreams into nightmares, but our faith in you will enable us to persevere through it all.

1 Peter 1:6-8 (ESV)
     6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

     Thank you Father that our tested faith gives evidence of our love for you, our belief in you and our joy in you, that  surpasses understanding. It is faith with a reason though it doesn’t know all the whys.

Andrea Crouch’s Song, expresses it so well, “Through It All”
v.3

I thank God for the mountains,
and I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
For if I’d never had a problem,
I wouldn’t know God could solve them,
I’d never know what faith in God could do.

Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God.
Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

     Thank you Father that because of your Sovereignty, goodness and wisdom we always gain more than we lose. We praise you in Jesus Name. Amen!




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God above, there is no one like you. You are the one, true God. The only God that I worship, the Alpha and Omega. I need to know that you have gone before me. I see no solution for the problems I’m facing. Remind me that you are not perplexed by the struggles I face so that I may be comforted by your all-knowing power.

Be near to my family and friends who are suffering. Their pain is paralyzing, but you are greater than anything they face. Thank you for your perfect will. May it be done in my life as I seek you. In your name alone, amen.

Max Lucado

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waken us from our apathy


O Christ, our Morning Star,
Splendour of Light Eternal,
shining with the glory of the rainbow,
come and waken us
from the greyness of our apathy,
and renew in us your gift of hope.

Amen.
... Bede the Venerable

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He is mighty

Jesus is a mighty warrior who has already won Victory over the enemy.

He is good.

He is strong.

He is powerful.

We need our prayer lives to reflect what we know to be truth.

Lord,

We know that you are the One who can conquer all things. We know that you can do the impossible. We know that you are the One who works miracles. We lift up our petitions to you today believing and trusting that your Word is TRUE. We lift up our burdens to you today knowing that you can work and move and do mighty things in us and in others. Today we ask for healing and restoration. We ask for revelation of truth. We ask for sweet ministry to this who are hurting. We ask for guidance to those who are lost and confused. We turn all of our burdens over to you with the complete knowledge that you are in control and that your will prevails over our desires. 

We love you, O LORD, and we give thanks today for what will take place through the power of your Word and the power of who you are. In the mighty and matchless name of Jesus, 

Amen

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walk in step


Heavenly Father,

We praise you, O gracious God, for your faithfulness You are a God who keeps his promises and we lift your name on high for being one worthy of our praise and trust.

There are so many things in this world we cannot trust. We can't even trust our own hearts sometimes, as they are mired with sin and selfishness. So God, guide us. Protect us! Keep us from the sin with which we are so enamored. Guide in your way and your way alone.

Show us what the desires of our hearts should be, O God. And guide us in your way, everlasting. Help us to walk in step with your spirit, so that we may proclaim your goodness and your glory to the world.


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BREATHE ON ME


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 Genesis 2:7  "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."

O Dear God, when You formed man in Your image out of the dust of the ground, You were building a temple. And as a creature of the dust, I too am a temple.  You have placed my name above the door and now You stand at the door and knock, waiting for me to invite you in.  Lord of heaven, come and be Lord of this piece of earth.  Come fill this temple with the living breath of Your Holy Spirit.  Make it a place of worship.  Find Your rest within its walls.  Be enthroned on my praises.

Breathe on me,
Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew.
That I may love what Thou dost love
And do what Thou wouldst do.
~Edwin Harch (1886)

 Maranatha Worship Bible
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