Prayer Requests & Praise Reports- July 31st

Father,
You are our assured keeper of the Word.
No one knows the hour but the Father. Prepare us to be ready.

Light of the world,
You are the pure example. Make straight the Way of the Lord.
Immerse us in bright understanding.

Holy Spirit of the Living God,
Fall afresh on us. Solidify our ground. Fortify our hearts with songs of deliverance. We move narrowed and forward away from all things false.

We are not alone. We possess love divined by grace. Your holiness surrounds us. We will fear no evil. Though our enemy encompass us, You stand in the midst unmoved. Heaven opens and we see Truth shining in glory and majesty. No weapon can stand against us. The small foolish gods are revealed in weakness and fallen character. They exalt themselves crumbling with odious self-deception. Whom shall we fear.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Increase Your wisdom in us. Impart to us wisdom to overcome the enemy’s devices. None shall have me but You O, Lord.
For the Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

We will love one another with genuine love. You shall not fail O, Lord. Your presence cannot be forgotten We are children of Eternal Righteousness. We have begun the new beginning, Finisher of our soul.

Check our seal. Keep us unspoiled from contamination. Preserve the good work that You began in us. Present us to the Father filtered through Your mercy that endures forever and we will forever exalt the Gift that changed our future.

You are worthy of better, but this we give; our day. We will rejoice in it.

Jesus, all for Jesus.   ~clean hands pure heart~


Past Prayer Requests

Mary Bullock-  I would greatly appreciate any prayers for my son. He is 29 and is heavily medicated for his mental illness, plus he has many health problems also. It is such a struggle dealing with all his mental and health problems, but he is such a blessing to us. You are so right about the stigma and misinformation that seems to abound about mental illness. It is so comforting to know that there are others who really do understand the daily struggle.

Allan-  Our nephew’s wife has M.S. and it is progressing incredibly fast. She had what they are calling a seizure yesterday. Twice her jaw has dislocated but yesterday it popped back into place.  They have found another new lesion on her brain.  Please keep Tiffany, her husband Jeremy, and their two children in prayer.

Dorci- I have two different headaches, one of them every day, (for a little over 3 years) the other at least a few times a week. (for about 8 monhts) It’s very draining physically and emotionally. Sometimes I don’t even go to church on Wednesday nights because nights are when the headaches are the worst.

Dorci-  I don’t want to have happen to others what has happened to me. I don’t know if anything will come of this, but I’m going to start praying and asking the Lord if there’s anything He would have me do to reach out to them. I’ve had a break from serving for a year and have recently started praying about what, if anything, the Lord would have me do next.

Shawn Sells-  Keep Shawn in prayer for wisdom as he seeks to continue his ministry to those with mental illness in his church.

Anne-  Hello Allan – I was very touched by your story as well as Shaun’s reporting of stepping out in faith to find a way to support those struggling.
I am currently in the darkest depths of depression I have yet experienced – can’t imagine things getting any darker. Bringing myself to even type an effort. But you were so kind to think of me that I did not want to leave you hanging without thanking you. May God grant me freedom from my depression and anxiety as He has so mercifully done to you – so much so that you can be a support and comfort to your mom and son.
I am feeling more and more like an inconvenience to everyone.
Pray for me.

Okie Preacher-  Please keep Okie Preacher in your prayers. He has been diagnosed with mononucleosis.

Tomorrow, he will be seeing a heart Dr. He has been experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness, and nausea.

Allan-  Three days ago Stephen and his girlfriend let us know there is a baby on the way. I was in shock initially and didn’t respond as I would have hoped. We are in a much better place and are supporting them as they move forward. Please pray that this child is born into the best environment possible.

I’m going to be a Grandfather! :)

Okie Preacher- My wife and I have been going through some very difficult times since we left our last church pastorate. I would rather not go into detail at this time, although I may in the future.

There are many things that are currently distracting and many hurts from the past that need healing. I have been advised by a good friend to perhaps consider taking a sabbatical for a period of prayer and reflection, which I am inclined to do so at this time.

Please pray for us as we wait on God for healing, guidance, and direction.

Dorci- I would love it if people could pray that our son Eric would fall in love with Jesus and would follow Him with all his heart. Thank you.

miniErunner- Please pray for my best friend’s father. He was just diagnosed with throat cancer and will be starting intense chemo within the next few weeks. Please also pray for his wife and 2 daughters. Pray that they will stay strong through all of this. Update – Surgery was done and his voice box was removed.  He will now undergo further treatment.

Set Free-  Please keep us in prayer we are in need of a place to worship. Things have taken place where we share a building and I believe they are looking for ways so that we can move from there. I know it has to be God who opens the doors to where he wants us to be. I also know that the enemy does not like the progress we have made in spreading the Gospel. Thanks again!

Cash-  Hello, friends. May I ask you to pray for me and my family. I just lost my job on Tuesday. It was a good job with really good benefits, so we’re job searching now.

Dorci-  I have some weird issues with my lower legs, swelling, pain, etc. They’ve done ultrasounds but haven’t found anything.

Dusty- Continued prayer for deep depression.

Rachel-  Continued prayer as she struggles with bi-polar disorder.

Past Praise Reports

Shawn Sells-  Their second meeting went well with a few new attendees.  Continue to pray for this ministry and for those who have taken the step to attend.

Anne-  Praise report:
#1 I’ve been offered a job
#2 My dr’s and counselor had suggested starting part-time if possible.
#3 The position is designed to start as part time and grow gradually

I am so grateful for the encouragement and prayers from all of you!

Holding all the above prayer requests close to heart, that they too will be answered in ways better than anyone could have ever imagined or expected.

Blessings to you all
Anne

Allan-  The biopsy I had came back negative.

Susan-  Allan – I wanted to take this time to express my appreciation to you and your prayer partners in keeping my husband in prayer. This Tuesday is another exciting day for us they will remove the catheter from his chest where he was hooked up for the dialysis treatment. I learned that only 6% make it off of dialysis so with that in mind I know that it was a miracle of God and the prayers of Gods people that he made it to where he is at now. I only share this so that others can have hope that God is on the throne and we don’t always understand his ways which are not our ways. I believe our work is not done here in our ministry and only God knows why he brought healing to my husband. All I know is that I’m so grateful for the opportunity to continue on for the work of God’s Kingdom & to serve God’s people. I’m also happy to hear the news of your Son Steven & your Mother. We will continue to keep everyone in our prayers. Thanks Allan to you and my beautiful Sister.

Love Always,
Susan (Your Favorite Sister In Law)  :)

Allan- My mother’s surgery was successful.  She was without pain and walking the following day.

Long Term Prayer Requests

Natalie Tan-   She is battling an eating disorder and has a tough battle ahead of her. There is a new article posted that is about her. She puts a face to eating disorders and is a young woman that will need prayer.

Nene - Prayer for her father to be saved and to come to a place of peace. Father and brother have been estranged 27 years.

Dorci-  I just have a praise report that in almost 3 years of suffering with daily headaches I am finding some relief. I still have them every day, but I have times during the day when I don’t have one at all, and at night they are usually not as bad as they have been.

anne-  Keep anne in prayer as she has moved and struggles with dark bouts of depression and deals with anxiety. There is much trouble with extended family and anne will need a job.

Allan- The wife of our nephew has MS .

Allan-  We have a niece who is coming out of ten years suffering with Anorexia. She is now battling depression and would covet our prayers. She is a beautiful young Christian mother with a fantastic husband and two adorable young boys.

Thinking Out Loud

Just got back from taking Daisy for a nice walk.  She really lives for them.  You know you’ve arrived when at 55 you follow your beloved pooch with a plastic baggie in your hand!  I wonder who’s the boss at times!

I came across a brief article that touches on a very interesting topic that I would like to address at some point.  Mental illness and crime is a whole lot more than a strategy used by the defense employing “insanity” to either lessen or totally remove responsibility from one who has committed a crime.  Some pretty horrific crimes have taken place where the topic of mental illness has been introduced.  Maybe it was a person who stopped taking medication or a person who slipped through the cracks in the mental health system.  What do we as a society do when someone who is obviously sick murders another?  Do we make a distinction during trial and sentencing or simply punish the crime?  Here is a brief story about a man who robbed banks because he was “stressed.” The story is so short I’ll print it below.  From the AP.

A Detroit man who began robbing banks to fix his mother’s plumbing has been sentenced to just two years in prison, a significant break.


//

// U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman says Jimmie Lee Fortune was an “outstanding citizen” before he turned to robbery last year.

The 29-year-old Fortune pleaded guilty in March to stealing nearly $14,000 from five banks in suburban Detroit. Prosecutors agreed not to charge him with three more.

Fortune’s sentencing range was approximately five years to six years in prison. But the guidelines are not mandatory, and the judge settled on two years today.

Fortune says he robbed the first bank to fix his mother’s plumbing and get his driver’s license reinstated. He says he continued robbing banks because he was “stressed.”

I watched a movie on Netflix titled “Henry Poole Is Here.”  It’s a freebie if you have Netflix and I suggest you view it.  There’s some swearing but the story itself is very good.  Here’s the little review I wrote about the movie.  Let me say not many people have read it!

“There are times you find gems when you least expect them. This movie is one of them. I wouldn’t have bothered viewing it had I not seen a blog where the film was mentioned. That being said I found this movie in no way comedic. It is more likely a tearjerker/drama. The movie tells the story of a man (Henry Poole) who has received news he is dying. So he purchases a home to live out his life. Henry’s idea of living out his life is to give up and become a recluse while he eats and drinks his days away. Henry’s journey takes a huge detour as the result of what takes place in the lives of other characters we are introduced to. God, whom Henry seems to have issues with is also introduced although Henry would rather God and what He represents takes a hike. The story is not over the top or preachy. It tells one main story and a few others to tie things together. If you’re the type who can survive a movie without special effects and want to be challenged and maybe even uplifted then I would encourage you to watch this gem. If you hate to read then this movie definitely isn’t for you but I dare you to watch it anyway.”

My wife asked a question the other day that I’m sure many have asked in their lives.  Why?  A woman who is a friend of her father is in her early 90′s.  Her mind is going and her health is frail.  It seems she could have died any time during the past few years.  Yet she lives on.  Why doesn’t God take her instead of her still being alive?  At times it does seem best to let a person die when looking at their situation.  And we wonder why God doesn’t take them.  Some of us won’t even allow ourselves to entertain such thoughts but God knows them anyway.  Trusting ourselves and those we love to His perfect will is not as easy as it might seem.  God knows that and loves us no less for asking honest questions.  If you have tough questions don’t be afraid to express them to God.  They don’t make you a spiritual failure.  He can handle the tough questions but so often we may not like what He says in response.  There’s no crime in asking “Why” when you or a loved one is visited with a mental illness.  We serve a big God.

I’m in hog heaven.  I discovered a science fiction series that aired beginning in the late 90′s and went for ten years.  The first four seasons are free on Hulu.  The series is Stargate  SG-1 and it is awesome.  Guess what I’m doing in my spare time?  :)    If you haven’t checked out Hulu then click here. They have tons of old television shows and I believe some movies.

The Dodgers and Angels are both in first place yet I don’t have a lot of hope for them in the post season.  It would be cool if they met in the World Series.  I have no idea who I’d root for.  Manny Ramirez is made of Teflon as far as Dodgers fans go.  Vin Scully says next season could be his last.  No Chick Hearn or Vin Scully??  I listened to them as a kid.  They were and are the best at their craft.  The NBA made a huge mistake in not letting Chick do post season games.  He would have been awesome.

I have a new monitor for my computer.  It’s big and has an awesome picture.  I use it to watch my movies and Hulu.  I use headphones and they add a ton to viewing.  You really hear so much more than without them.

We have new neighbors moving in.

I’m having a yard sale on Saturday if I get stuff ready.

Could someone use thirty pounds??  I’ll give it to you at no charge!!  :mrgreen:

Feel free to think out loud if you choose to respond.

God bless!  Allan

You might Have Combat PTSD If……

I have “borrowed” this humorous article from our friend Cash.
He operates a blog here.
Cash is a Gulf War vet who suffers with PTSD.
Cash now has a sense of humor!
Allan

–If you think the term “The Great Depression” refers to the month you spent in the psych ward at the VA, you might have combat PTSD.

–If before you mow your lawn, you sift through it w/ a stick searching for landmines and booby traps, you might have combat PTSD.

–If your local police department refers to your house as “Fort Wack,” you might have combat PTSD.

–If your neighbors politely suggest you replace the barbed wire and sandbags with a fence, you might have combat PTSD.

–If your significant other morphs into an enemy troop in the middle of the night, you might have combat PTSD.

–If, when startled, you feel like you drank a venti at Starbucks, shot up meth, then snorted a line of cocaine, you might have combat PTSD.

–If your neighbor has asked you numerous times why you pace the perimeter of your yard at 3 in the morning, you might have combat PTSD.

–If every time you walk in a room, you “slice up the pie” looking for every exit point and find a chair w/the back to the wall, you might have combat PTSD. (contributed partly by AMyracle).

–If your knowledge of psychotropic medications surpasses that of your psychiatrist, you might have combat PTSD.

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Lessons On Forgiveness

I originally ran this article a little over three months ago.  This blog has a group of core readers and then there are those who are new that come and go.  Because of that and the reality there are times I have nothing new to share I will simply do what the television industry has taught me.  RERUNS!!  :)   This also happens to be a topic that never grows old and many of us (ME) could benefit by reading the article again.   Allan


DEFINITIONS AND KEY THOUGHTS

What Forgiveness Is and Is Not

Forgiveness is giving up your right to hurt back. It does not diminish the evil
done against you, nor is it a denial of what happened.

Forgiveness does not take away the consequences the other person will face
because of his sin.

Forgiveness is letting go of your right to hurt the other person as he hurt
you.

Forgiveness is an act and a process. Feelings may not be immediate, nor easy; usually it is difficult and uncomfortable.

When you make a decision to forgive, God gives you the grace
and strength to forgive and to keep on forgiving.

Forgiveness is not weakness. It is the most powerful thing you can do. It breaks the hold that evil has on your life. Refusing to forgive allows evil to continue to hurt you; forgiveness helps stop the destructive power in yournlife.

Forgiveness does not depend on the other person’s actions. It is not probationary

(“I will only forgive as long as you don’t hurt me again”).

Forgiveness is not about the offense or the one who has offended you; it is about trusting God to take care of you.

Forgiveness does not mean forgetting. Forgiveness does not require you to become a “doormat.”

Forgiveness does not require you to open yourself up to the offender to be hurt again. Forgiveness is a gift you give the offender. Trust, on the other hand, must be earned. You must still have boundaries with the person.

Forgiveness does not wait for the offender to repent. It is not about the person who hurt you repenting, it is about you deciding to forgive.

Forgiveness is about how much you trust God to take care of this for you.

Reasons to Forgive

It sets you free to move on with your life.

It refuses to allow that person who hurt you to have any more power in your life.

It opens up your relationship with God (Matthew 5:43-48).

It keeps you from becoming bitter, and thus protects those around you from having to deal with a bitter person.

It keeps you from becoming like the person who hurt you.

Unforgiveness doesn’t hurt the perpetrator at all; it only hurts you.

There is a difference

between mental

forgiveness and gut

forgiveness. For

example, when a

person has had an

affair, frequently the

wronged spouse will

choose to forgive

with the head right

away, but it will take

the gut months to

catch up.

—CHARLES STANLEY

When did Jesus forgive

you for your sin?

Two thousand years

ago on the cross.

Two thousand years

before you came and

begged his forgiveness,

forgiveness

was there—ready,

rich, full and free.

—JOSEPH M. STOWELL

WISE COUNSEL

Often a person does not forgive because he doesn’t understand what forgiveness is. He doesn’t want to let the person off the hook. He needs to understand that forgiveness lets him himself off the hook and refuses to allow the perpetrator any more power in his life. Forgiveness sets him free to go on with his life.

Using scripture from Biblical Insights, learn that forgiveness is not about the offender or the offense—it’s about you being free from the need to retaliate.

Empathize with yourself and validate the evil that has been done. Don’t minimize it.

Grieve the offense and the losses that have resulted from it.

Human power alone

is not sufficient to

reach full forgiveness.

There is an

element of forgiveness

that is divine. It

cannot be reached

without God.

—FRANK MINIRTH

ACTION STEPS

1. Acknowledge the Hurt

Don’t minimize it or deny it. It happened.

Don’t make excuses for the offender. It was wrong.

Write it down. Journaling is a great way to work through anger and hurt. It organizes your thoughts and helps you acknowledge the truth as you see it in black and white. Sometimes writing a letter to the offender is helpful. Do not send it, but writing it is cathartic.

2. Identify Your Emotions

When someone hurts you, you experience hurt and anger. These emotions are not sinful, but are a normal response to an offense.

It is important to identify how the offense made you feel and then to express it. After writing down the offense, write down how you felt when the offense happened and how you have felt since then.

3 Set Boundaries

Decide what you need to do to protect yourself from letting this person hurt you again. This involves how you react to the offender. For instance, you can be polite without being her best friend. You can listen without taking her advice. Write these boundaries down in your journal.

Spend as little time as possible with unsafe people. Unsafe people are those who continue to hurt you without regard for the damage it does in your life.

Don’t continue to look for approval from a person who has hurt you. Just as you don’t pay full price for damaged fruit in the grocery store, don’t pay full dollar for the offender’s approval. Recognize that, in a sense, he is damaged and is never going to be able to give you what you need.

Recognize also that you do not need his approval in order to live a free and fulfilling life. The only approval you need is God’s.

4. Cancel the Debt

Write the blank check of forgiveness. Write in your journal that this day you have released that person from the debt he owes you. You may want to write down the offenses they have done and then write “Canceled” or “Paid in Full” over them. You may want to burn the letter you wrote expressing your grief and hurt.

5. Make “Stones of Remembrance”

After God parted the Jordan River so the Israelites could go through on dry land, God told Joshua to have each tribe choose a stone to be piled up as a memorial to what great things God had done that day. Those stones served as a remembrance for the people and their children in times to come (Joshua 24).

It is good to have something “concrete” to help you remember the day you set your offender free.

6. Remember to Forget

When Corrie ten Boom was reminded of an offense someone had done to her, she responded, “I distinctly remember forgetting that.”

Though you never really forget, you can remember that you forgave.

7. Recognize God’s Hand

God is in the offense; you were not a victim of Satan. Offenders are like tools in God’s hand to make you what He wants you to become. God is going to use this offense in your life for His plan.

Ask God to help you figure this out. Ask Him to show you how He will turn this into something good in your life.

Ask God to help you love the offender. Compassion is a type of love that feels pity for the offender and wants the best for him. Praying for the offender will help your feelings for him move from not wanting harm to come to him to wanting the best for him. Then you will know that you are truly free.

When you don’t

forgive someone,

in some way that

person is in jail, and

you are the warden.

You’re incarcerated,

too, because you

have to make sure

the prisoner stays

there.

—KERNEY FRANSTON

BIBLICAL INSIGHTS

He shall restore its full value, add one-fifth more to it, and give it to whomever it belongs, on the day of his trespass offering. And he shall bring his trespass offering to the Lord, a ram without blemish from the flock, with your valuation, as a trespass offering, to the priest. —Leviticus 6:5, 6

The Old Testament offerings were designed so that the offender might receive
God’s forgiveness. But the wrongdoer also had to take responsibility for his or
her behavior by making restitution to the person who had been wronged.

We, too, must take responsibility for the effects of our sins on others. We need
to be reconciled not only to God, but also to those whom we have wronged.
Biblical law holds us responsible for our own behavior.

And when [David] had called for Absalom, he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king. Then the king kissed Absalom. —2 Samuel 14:33

Despite all that Absalom had done, David allowed for the possibility of reconciliation
by forgiving his son. Absalom, however, had no tears, no repentance,
no change of heart. Indeed, Absalom would eventually try to take his father’s
throne (2 Samuel 15:10).

One person can forgive, but it takes two to reconcile. Forgiveness does not
guarantee reconciliation. Forgiveness, however, does put salve on those who
are willing to let go of the hurt and wrongs done by others.

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” —Isaiah 43:25

When the guilt of past sins weighs us down, we must remember that when we
seek forgiveness, God “blots out” our transgressions and forgets our sins.

“Blotting out” sins pictures wiping the slate clean. Whatever sins we have committed,
God promises to erase them. He knows what we have done, but He
treats us as though we have never sinned.

Because God has forgiven us, we must forgive ourselves.

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” —Matthew 18:21, 22

Don’t even keep count; just keep on forgiving.

Jesus then told a parable about a man who, after receiving great forgiveness for
a large debt he owed to someone, refused to forgive a person who owed him a
small debt. Jesus was illustrating that we sinners have been graciously forgiven
by God—and are being forgiven daily, over and over again.

We should be just as gracious in forgiving others. To refuse to forgive shows
that we have not understood how much God has forgiven us.

“But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

—Mark 11:26

Jesus stated that God’s forgiveness of us is somehow related to how we forgive
others. When we accept God’s forgiveness of all the wrongs we have done Him,
we should be so grateful that we willingly offer that same kind of forgiveness to
those who have wronged us.

To refuse to forgive others shows that we do not appreciate the forgiveness God offers us.

Intellectual and

spiritual forgiveness

are important,

but you must work

through all the stages

to achieve emotional

forgiveness. You

must feel the pain,

feel the anger, weep

for the losses; then

you can forgive with

your mind, spirit and

heart.

—SHARON SNEED

PRAYER STARTER

Lord, you servant has been deeply hurt. I want to let go, to be free of the pain, but I am finding it very difficult. The emotions go all over the place and I don’t want this pain affecting me one more waking moment. Can you help me let this go?

Can you help me to forgive this offender as he has been forgiven by you? Can you give me a free life once again? . . .

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

As they say in baseball it’s the dog days of summer.  So I figured I’d turn to the Rolling Stones for motivation for whatever happens to follow!

Through the years certain lyrics become stuck in my psyche.  Why, I have no clue.  The title of this article is the name of a Rolling Stones song from my youth.  The complete phrase is as follows.  “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try some time you just might find, you get what you need.”

Interestingly enough I would bet I’m not the only one who has heard teaching that we pray for our needs and not for our wants.  In fact if God granted us our wants life could get pretty messed up because the fact is we have no idea what we need and many times the things we want aren’t in tune with God’s plan for our lives.

I’m going to keep this brief in hopes maybe one person will take me up on my offer.

You might suffer with depression, bi-polar disorder, OCD, PTSD, anxiety, or an eating disorder.  When these afflictions impact our lives strongly we tend to pray according to what we want.  Typically that is to be free from the affliction.  I don’t see a thing wrong with that prayer but have learned that there will be times when that prayer isn’t answered in the affirmative.

Has anyone reading this article experienced what I’ve described?  Maybe you could share a little about it and how God has worked in your life.  Your words might be just what somebody needs to read.  God bless!  Allan

Psalm 13:1  How much longer will you forget me, LORD? Forever? How much longer will you hide yourself from me?
Psalm 13:2  How long must I endure trouble? How long will sorrow fill my heart day and night? How long will my enemies triumph over me?
Psalm 13:3  Look at me, O LORD my God, and answer me. Restore my strength; don’t let me die.
Psalm 13:4  Don’t let my enemies say, “We have defeated him.” Don’t let them gloat over my downfall.
Psalm 13:5  I rely on your constant love; I will be glad, because you will rescue me.   Good News Bible.
Psalm 13:6  I will sing to you, O LORD, because you have been good to me.

Continue In Prayer. Streams In The Desert, July 26th

"And there was Anna, a prophetess . . . which
departed not from the temple, but served God with
fastings and prayers night and day" (Luke 2:36,
37).
 
No doubt by praying we learn to pray, and the
more we pray the oftener we can pray, and the
better we can pray. He who prays in fits and
starts is never likely to attain to that
effectual, fervent prayer which availeth much.
 
Great power in prayer is within our reach, but we
must go to work to obtain it. Let us never
imagine that Abraham could have interceded so
successfully for Sodom if he had not been all his
lifetime in the practice of communion with God.
 
Jacob's all-night at Peniel was not the first
occasion upon which he had met his God. We may
even look upon our Lord's most choice and
wonderful prayer with his disciples before His
Passion as the flower and fruit of His many
nights of devotion, and of His often rising up a
great while before day to pray.
 
If a man dreams that he can become mighty in
prayer just as he pleases, he labors under a
great mistake. The prayer of Elias which shut up
heaven and afterwards opened its floodgates, was
one of long series of mighty prevailings with
God. Oh, that Christian men would remember this!
Perseverance in prayer is necessary to prevalence
in prayer.
 
Those great intercessors, who are not so often
mentioned as they ought to be in connection with
confessors and martyrs, were nevertheless the
grandest benefactors of the Church; but it was
only by abiding at the mercy-seat that they
attained to be such channels of mercy to men. We
must pray to pray, and continue in prayer that
our prayers may continue.  --G. H. Spurgeon
 

Beautiful Christian Music. Praise & Worship, July 25th

Song List

1.  Freedom-  Jason Upton

2.  When The Tears Fall You Are Never Alone-  Newsboys

3.  Eagles Wings-  Hillsong

4.  My Soul Longs For You-  Misty Edwards

5.   Miracle-  Jeff Leslie

6.  Just A Closer With Thee-  Mahalia Jackson

7.  You Never Let Go-  Matt Redman

8.  Lead Me To The Father-  Vineyard

9.  Everlasting God-  Brenton Brown

10.  Revelation Song-  Kari Jobe

11.  Amazing Grace-  Judy Collins

12.  Guilty Pleasure

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