7 Days of Prayer

SUNDAY

A Heart Free From Pride

MONDAY

Prayer for Expressing Gratitude

TUESDAY

Prayer for Strength

WEDNESDAY

A Prayer for My Wife

THURSDAY

Prayer for a Worthy Family

FRIDAY

Praise to the Father

SATURDAY

The General Thanksgiving

Today’s Morning Prayer: A Heart Free From Pride

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My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.
~~ Psalm 131

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
~~ James 4:6

“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. ”
~~Saint Augustine

I give thanks to You, heavenly Father, for protecting me through the night and granting me another day. I ask You to fortify me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit, and give Your peace to my soul, that I may be free from all needless anxiety and worry. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to You, so that Your will may be my will.

Today, make known to me, and take from my heart, every kind, form and degree of pride.

Today, empty me of self, and awaken in me the deepest depth and truth of that humility which can make me capable of your revealing light.

Today, do not allow attribution to me, for the good that you perform in me and through me, but rather, that all honor be to you.

Today, may your presence in me, and your work through me, testify of your holiness and saving grace.

Help me to die to self each day, and continuously seek your glorification in all that I think or do.

This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, the exemplar of humility.

Amen.

The Power of Prayer

The power of prayer should not be underestimated. God most definitely listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”

~~ 1 John 5:14-15

I stumbled upon the following video by a young man from the UK (nickgulliver). It is a short presentation about prayer using bible verses and references, set to the music ‘Surrender’ by Marc James.

How to Surf the Web and Help the Poor

More than 200 verses in the NIV Bible refer to those who are “poor” or “oppressed.”

We know God loves all people equally. Yet there is special place in God’s heart for the poor and vulnerable as evidenced throughout the Bible:

Leviticus 23:22 | Psalm 12:5; 140:12; 146:7-9 | Proverbs 19:17; 21:13

Isaiah 3:14-15; 25:4 | Zechariah 7:9-10 | Luke 1:52-53 | James 2:5

God’s compassion is most evident in tender attentiveness toward poor women and children:

“You shall not abuse any widow or orphan. If you do abuse them, when they cry out to me, I will surely heed their cry”
~~ Exodus 22:22-23

God identifies with the poor so strongly that caring for them is a way of expressing our love for God.

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord”
~~ Proverbs 19:17

but,

“those who oppress the poor insult their Maker”
~~ Proverbs 14:31

So what are YOU doing. I know, I know, you’re busy, maybe a little apprehensive about volunteering at the shelter. But, if you are reading this post you have Web access and the Web has made it easy (an understatement) to help, for free.

There are many sites that allow you to give money to them by simply clicking on a button and then viewing advertisers. The advertisers pay a small amount to the charity when you view their ad so you are able to donate to a cause of your choice without spending a cent of your own money. Some even make it fun (FreeRice.com).

The links below are just a few, check these out, surf for others that might touch your heart more. Remember:

The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
~~ Matthew 25:39-41

FreeRice.com

CharityClickDonation.com

The Hunger Site







You Search...We Give!

Mini Manna: By Grace Through Living Faith

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
~~ Ephesians 2:8-9

You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
~~ James 2:24

Are these two passages contradictory?

The two passages are not really in conflict, because James and Paul were each talking about two different kinds of works and emphasizing different aspects of salvation.

Paul emphasized that the grace of God saves, and man cannot earn his salvation by merit. The fact that God’s grace saves, does not relieve us of the responsibility to obey God in order to receive the benefits of that grace.

We are saved by many things:

  • “For in this hope we were saved” (Romans 8:24).
  • “…he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9)
  • “… the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
  • “and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also…” (1 Peter 3:21).

All of these save because salvation is “by grace through faith” . That faith is a Living Faith.

A living faith is a faith that works, that obeys the commands of Christ. When we let God’s love flow around us, cover us and support us it leads us to a living faith. A living faith manifested through the “fruit of the spirit“: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.