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From: GodLife <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2013 10:52:50 +0000
Subject: Keep Praying!
Scripture: ""These were [the Lord's] instructions to them: "The
harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is
in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His
fields." (Luke 10:2).
Sometimes, it seems there is too much to pray for, and not enough
people praying. As of this writing, tremendous upheaval and civil war
are occurring in at least three countries the Middle East. Governments
in the West are spying on each other and bullying their own people.
Other people around the world are disagreeing over their differences,
while those in power persecute those with minority views or looks. How
can God work with all this? Does He care about you and the people you
are praying for amidst all this turmoil?
God Does Care
Scripture tells us, "This is real love — not that we loved God, but
that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our
sins" (1 John 4:10). His love extends not just to His people, but to
all people; "God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only
Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish" (John
God Hates Evil
Scripture makes it clear that God despises when we humans hurt one
another. "The Lord hates ... haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that
kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do
wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord
in a family" (Proverbs 6:16-19). Instead, He says, "I the Lord love
justice" (Isaiah 61:8).
God Wants Us to Pray
Although it might feel like we're praying against an unending tide of
evil, Jesus told His followers "that they should always pray and never
give up" (Luke 18:1). The Apostle Paul reminded us to "pray in the
Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be
persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere" (Ephesians
6:18). We can trust that God will rule over everything -- from great
events around the world, to the hearts of the people you love: "we
know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those
who love God and are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).
Prayer, Care and Share Jesus
* The Prayer, Care and Share Jesus(PCS) series is a guide to help you
PRAY and CARE for others and SHARE your faith in Jesus *
Expanding Your Prayer
(The "Take 5" Challenge continued from last week)
Scripture: Luke 10:2
For the past few weeks, we've been challenging you to choose 5 people
who don't know Jesus, whom you feel God wants you to reach out to. We
call it the "Take 5" Challenge. The challenge includes PRAYING for
God's blessing on them, for them to accept Jesus as their Savior, to
befriend them, and to CARE for and encourage them. (If you didn't get
a chance to read that prayer letter, and choose 5 people to pray for,
you can find out more here: Take 5 Challenge
The first part of the Take Five challenge is to pray for the Lord's
blessing on the people you're ministering to daily. Also pray that
they will meet Jesus as their Savior. You can even set aside 5 minutes
at the same time every day to pray about these things. You can do this
while you're getting ready in the morning, or even in your car.
If you make this part of your daily routine, you may start feeling
more blessed than usual! Here are some suggestions of ways you can
expand on the prayer for the people you minister to:
•In Luke 10:2, Jesus asks us to pray for workers in the harvest
because the harvest is so large. Today, with over 5 billion of the 7
billion people on earth not knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior, we need
many workers in the harvest, so please pray for workers in the harvest
in all communities on earth. This can even include prayer for people
who minister on the ground and on the internet.
•In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, the Lord commands us to pray for all people
including those in authority. You can pray for those in authority in
your country, community, government, business, church, in media,
education, law enforcement, justice and so on.
•A third suggestion may be to pray for the peace in other countries.
These are just suggestions. We encourage you to pray for anything God
puts on your heart.
Your PRAY NOW Challenge: "Lord, I pray now for my Five, for workers
in the harvest, for those in authority, for the peace of Jerusalem and
for salvation for the Jews. Help me to stand before you daily for
them. In the Name of Jesus, Amen."
How is it going?
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tell us about your experience with the "Take Five" Challenge, or
anything else that has touched you by using this guide to help you
grow in your faith!
Just for You
Do you want to pray like a mighty person of faith? Click the link to
learn more about the importance of prayer in your daily life in the
Sharing the Gospel with Malcolm Riley series.
Do you need guidance in maintaining your faith and prayer life? We
have trained followers of Jesus who can help you figure it out. Click
here to share your story with us.
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Will you pray this week:
• The Lord of the harvest will send more workers to His fields.
• God will let you and the people you minister to know He cares.
• God will guide our leaders and bring justice to the world.
• You maintain faith and prayer despite adversity.
• The people you minister to will accept Jesus as their Savior.
Where can you go online to discuss praying for your friends and family
and the world? Visit the GodLife Facebook Page
where we can daily gather to share our stories, to express ourselves,
and to pray for one another!
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