Today there is a reading on a small devotional book by Max Lucado. GRACE FOR THE MOMENT, VOLUME II. I hope that it touches your heart as it touched mine.
God’s business is putting things right. Psalm 11:7 The Messenger
God never gives up. When Joseph was dropped in the pit by his own brothers, God didn’t give up.
When the delivered Israelites wanted Egyptian slavery instead of milk and honey, God didn’t give up.
When Peter worshipped Him at the supper and cursed Him at the fire, He didn’t give up.
And when human hands fastened the divine hands to a cross with spikes, it wasn’t the soldiers who held the hands of Jesus steady. It was God, who would not give up His only son before He would give up on you. (From: Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado.
Friends, because God is a God of grace and mercy and loves you that much, He will never give up on you. If you are going through a low spot in your life, I hope that knowing how much God loves you will encourage you today. God’s plans are for your good and His glory. Jeremiah 29:11. Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO
“Kingdom Praying – and all these things will be added to you.”
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Seeking God first, above all else, is a huge subject. I will attempt to narrow it down to “praying for God’s kingdom.” When I first started praying, my prayer life consisted of praying for my family, my friends in need and maybe my Pastor. Many of the women in WPI have told me that they prayed the same way. Those are good things, and God loves to hear and answer our prayers. However, I never once thought about praying for other topics regarding our society and issues that will impact the future of our children and grandchildren.
“How did I come to the realization that my prayers could make a difference beyond my family and friends?” I believe it was when I realized that God heard and answered my prayers for the good of my family and friends and for His glory. Somehow, I was impressed to pray for the greater things on God’s heart, to pray for His kingdom to come, and His will to be done on earth (in our cities and nations) as it is in heaven.” God is waiting for us, His children, to pray His heart for His eternal plan for mankind. He is entrusting us, His children, to pray His eternal plan into existence in the world. What an honor and privilege to be used of God in that way!
Earlier I mentioned topics, and you may be wondering what topics? I am referring to the prayer topics on the WPI home page menu under “Prayer Focus.” Our prayer topics are: Churches and Ministers, Government and Military, Families, Education, Media, Arts and Entertainment, Business, Special Issues Concerning Your City and Nation, Christian Organizations. We end our time of prayer by praying for our personal requests.
Friends, I would like to challenge you to visit the WPI home page, and start praying for your city and nation daily, weekly or monthly. The amount of time you spend on these prayer topics is up to you and the Lord. I believe that God will give you a great sense of wellbeing and joy when your prayer focus is kingdom-focused. You can be assured He is using your prayers to bring about HIS will into each and every area of our society.
Please take my challenge and begin praying for your city and nation.
My prayer for you: “Heavenly Father, Thank you for entrusting Your children to pray Your will from heaven into their city and nation. Please speak to their hearts and increase their faith in believing that You are the God of the impossible and that there is nothing too hard for You. I ask You to hold them close to Your heart and let them know that their prayers are precious to You to answer for their good and Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”
Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO