Posts Tagged ‘pray’

Lift Up Your Light

Friday, September 8th, 2017

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

1. LIFT UP YOUR EYES. Sometimes we put our noses to the grindstone trying to figure out the intricacies of a problem, when what we really need to do is take a step back and look to Jesus. When your eyes are focused on Him instead of on the problem, you aren’t denying reality—you are looking to the One who has the answer.

2. LIFT UP YOUR NEEDS IN PRAYER. You can actually know and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Take some time to pray and open yourself to what God wants to tell you. Pray constantly—pray in the Spirit, pray with your understanding, pray the Scriptures—pray about everything!

The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130 NKJV

3. LIFT UP YOUR WORD INTAKE. Spend a little more time in your Bible. The Word of God will equip you, guide you, and make you effective for all that God has called you to do. As we enter into a season when society is becoming aware of their need for Jesus, the Scriptures will help us to distinguish between fleshly reasoning and God’s wisdom and understanding. (Hebrews 4:12).

4. LIFT UP YOUR VOICE AND REJOICE. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4a). If you are going through the proverbial darkness before the dawn, remember that you are fighting a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12). Keep on rejoicing! God is going to get you to the other side, and along the way He will open doors and increase opportunities for you.

Press On,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I look to the Lord and I am radiant, and my face will never be ashamed (Psalm 34:5). I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles, and I run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

light, noun
Any device serving as a source of illumination. The quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light. A device for lighting or igniting fuel, charges, or fires.

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People of One Purpose

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:2

1. GATHER TOGETHER. When the Early Church prayed together, things happened. When the apostles Peter and John were released from prison and told not to preach God’s Word, they gathered with their own companions and “lifted their voices to God with one accord” asking for boldness to preach the Gospel and for signs and wonders to take place (Acts 4:23-31). In the next chapter, we see their prayer in action – people getting healed and saved (Acts 5:12-16). When we gather together, united in spirit, prayer changes things.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. Prayer makes power available (James 5:16). We are on assignment in our everyday lives to be people of prayer: private prayer, silent prayer, praying in the Spirit, praying with our understanding, praying in agreement, praying in faith, and praying together in corporate prayer. We can take every part of our lives to God in prayer.

3. FACE OFF WITH RESISTANCE. The Holy Spirit wants to equip us for effectiveness. When we face off with resistance and don’t quit, we get results. If fear tries to come in, we can’t fake it or talk ourselves out of it, but we can conquer it by using the Word of God and the Name of Jesus. Now is the time for the Church to get hold of how powerful God is and how significantly available Jesus is to help us as we lay down agendas and keep our hearts in one accord.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I thank You that the heartfelt and persistent prayer of a believer can accomplish much (James 5:16). Help me speak Your Word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the Name of Jesus (Acts 4:29-30). Let Your love be poured out in my heart through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Gather, verb
To bring together into one group, collection, or place. To bring together or assemble from various places, sources, or people.

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Gather”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 27 July 2016.

How to Take Courage

Friday, May 20th, 2016

As night fell, the boat was in the middle of the lake and Jesus was alone on land. The wind was against the disciples and He could see that they were straining at the oars, trying to make headway. When it was almost morning, Jesus came to them . . . He said to them at once, “Don’t yield to fear. Have courage. It’s really me—I Am!” Mark 6:47-50 TPT

1. RECHARGE your spirit. Jesus’ words are spirit and life (John 6:63). We know that when life gets dry, the living waters of God can turn things around. Jesus often drew away to pray and get with God. Take time to wait upon the Lord. Spend time with Him and watch yourself gain new strength!

2. REFUSE to worry, but pray about everything. The wind of adversity is part of the fallen human condition – so don’t be surprised or tempted to quit when you encounter a fiery ordeal. Instead, take courage! God is an ever present help in time of need. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is with you always, even to the ends of the earth.

3. REPLACE the oppression mindset by fixing your mind on Jesus. If you’re dealing with oppression and trials, or going through a mourning process, turn your eyes to the One who has His eyes on you, even in the darkest situations. If you’ve grown weary or dull or feel like you’re straining at the oars, remember this: Jesus said to have courage, so reach out and take it. When you trade heaviness or sorrow for a garment of praise, you will receive renewal and anointing.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will not fear, for God is with me. I will not anxiously look about me for He is my God. He will strengthen me, He will help me, He will uphold me with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

cour·age, noun
The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Courage.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked TPT are taken from Mark: Miracles and Mercy, The Passion Translation, copyright © 2015. Used by permission of BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC, Racine, Wisconsin, USA. All rights reserved.

Let God Be Your Security

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The Lord’s faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in him. Psalm 32:10b NET

1. BE HONEST. Church is an atmosphere where it’s okay to have a problem but not okay to stay stuck. God wants us to look Him in the eye and deal with things honestly. He has complete sufficiency to deal with sin, guilt, and shame—His mercy triumphs over judgment (1 John 1:9).

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. Psalm 32:3, 5

2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. The Lord is a rock in the middle of the storm (Psalm 18:2). When you feel vulnerable, He is a high tower (Psalm 144:2 KJV) and a security for those who trust in Him (Psalm 91:1). We can run to Him and be saved (Proverbs 18:10). If you are grief-stricken over something, turn it into a prayer. Don’t worry about anything—instead pray about everything (Philippians 4:6 NLT).

Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found. Psalm 32:6a

3. SING PRAISES TO GOD. The devil will try to steal your song, but when you refuse to shut your mouth and instead sing praises to God, your voice is like a battering ram in the darkness. Remember all the times when God has preserved you from trouble and stir yourself up by way of reminder!

You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; you surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will be glad in the Lord and rejoice—I will shout for joy because of what God has done (Psalm 32:11). When I feel unsure, God will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go; He will counsel me with His eye upon me (Psalm 32:8). God is my hiding place and will preserve me from trouble. He surrounds me with songs of deliverance.

se·cu·ri·ty, noun
The quality or state of being secure. Freedom from danger: safety. Freedom from fear or anxiety.

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Security.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 04 May 2016. NET New English Translation Scripture quotations marked “NET” are taken from New English Translation: NET Bible electronic edition Dallas, TX : Biblical Studies Press, 1998. Used by permission. All rights reserved. NLT New Living Translation Scripture quotations marked “NLT” are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me. Psalm 57:2

1. GET READY. “Lord, what do You want me to do?” (Acts 9:6 NKJV). We want to find out what God has purposed for this next year, both as a church and as individuals, and then believe Him for the boldness and courage to accomplish it. This is not of human manufacture, but rather complete reliance on the strength and wisdom that God supplies.

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay. Acts 13:36

2. TAKE AIM. This hopeful scripture totals the ups and downs of David’s life into one statement: “He served the purpose of God.” In everything we do, we are aiming toward Jesus’ purposes.

3. FIRE FORWARD. You can take aim on God’s purposes this year and bust out into all that God has for you. Don’t think that missed opportunities or the indiscretions of your youth have ruined your destiny. God’s mercies are new every morning. If you listen to Him, you’ll find your way to people who need the prayers you pray, the message you voice, and the gift you have.

Aim High!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Here am I, Lord. Send me. Speak through me. You are the author and finisher of my faith. Reveal what You have for me to do in 2016. Order my steps (Hebrews 12:2, Psalm 37:23). Pull me out of depression and lethargy. Help me to walk on fire for You, in Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen.

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Fueled & Aflame

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3

MAKE JESUS FIRST. There are a lot of voices and responsibilities vying for our attention, but true life is knowing Jesus. We have an invitation to develop a relationship with Jesus, to make Him our priority. As we set our affections on things above we are preparing for what’s ahead (Colossians 3:2).

I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8a

PERSEVERE. It’s the grace of God that causes us to continue. Breakthrough doesn’t happen overnight – it takes a persevering spirit to see something all the way through. Look to Jesus. It’s not by our might or power but by the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).

Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Romans 12:11-12 The Message.

MORE TO DO. God is not done with you. Your whole life doesn’t have to be dictated by the hurts and the harshness of what’s happened up to this point. God is calling you to press past uncertainty, insecurity, and inferiority and obtain the fullness of what He has for you. Pray big bold prayers, take steps of faith—Jesus is coming back!

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER.
God, help me to lay aside weights and encumbrances and the sin which so easily entangles, and run with endurance the race set before me. I fix my eyes on You, Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). I won’t just survive and maintain, but by the grace of God, I will see Your purposes come to pass in my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

ex•pec•tant, adj.
Hopeful. Marked by eager anticipation.

Copyright © 2015 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Expectant.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 21 Oct 2015 .

Prayer Brings Breakthrough

Friday, June 12th, 2015

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” Mark 11:22-23

1. Foundation of Faith – God
Have faith in God. This simple yet powerful statement reminds us that God is looking for people who will pray in faith. You are able to pray the prayer of faith when you have spent time in God’s Word, seeking out His will about a particular subject (Romans 10:17).

2. Function of Faith – Believe, Speak & Pray
When you delve into the Word and become aware of God’s promises, it produces confidence in your approach to life. Mountains represent looming things that don’t seem like they can move, but go they must—overwhelming situations, a rebellious child, a broken heart, troubled marriages—you know that things will turn around because Jesus said they must.

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:24-25

3. Qualification of Faith – Forgive
Show mercy, be quick to forgive, and be quick to ask for forgiveness. Take time to realize the value of prayer in your everyday life. Look to God and trust Him for clarity on the decisions you have to make on a daily basis. As we pray according to the Word of God, the breakthrough will come!

Pray This Prayer
God’s ear is inclined to my prayer (Psalm 116:2; Proverbs 15:29). I draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). God, I need wisdom today and I have confidence that when I ask according to Your will, You hear me and I know I have the requests I ask of You (1 John 5:14-15).

Trust, noun
Reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.
One in which confidence is placed.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2015 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Trust.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 09 June 2015.

Understanding the Times

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command. 1 Chronicles 12:32

1. Lift Up Your Head (Luke 21:28). Just like the sons of Issachar understood their times, we can discern what God is doing in our world and in our lives. By contrast, in the New Testament Jesus told a group of people: “You did not recognize the time of your visitation” (Luke 19:44b). Lift up your head so you can understand and not miss what God is doing!

2. Fear Not. I Am with You (Isaiah 41:10). Nearly one third of the Bible is prophecy. God gives us a heads up about things but He doesn’t want us to be freaked out. What do we do? We don’t ignore the problem. We do keep our feet on the ground, our heads held high and our eyes on Jesus.

3. Pray Without Ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16). Take time to pull away from the busyness of life to get alone with God. As you spend time with Him, the Holy Spirit will show you what to pray about and how to pray—for your kids, about your job, for your city and your nation.

4. Take Wise Action Steps. If you study biblical teaching on the end times with a spirit of faith, it will activate, energize, inform you, and show you the next steps of obedience. Then you can courageously pray and learn how to take specific, deliberate action.

Pray this Prayer
God, I know that the Gospel will be preached to all the nations and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14). Help me to discern my times and to know what to do. I proclaim You as King of kings. I acknowledge You over all the nations and I believe that my country and the nations of the world will be filled with the Gospel of Jesus. I pray You protect and rescue those who are persecuted. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

un·der·stand, verb
To become aware of the nature and significance of; know or comprehend.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Soul Prosperity

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2

1. Hear the Word. So many things are vying for our attention, but we are responsible to tend to our souls (the mind, will, and emotions). God tells us to “in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). The right response to pressure, decision-making, and mood changes is to get back into God’s promises and ponder them. As we receive God’s Word, it will change the way we think.

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. James 1:22

2. Be a Doer of the Word. We must be willing to take action on what God says. If God says pray, pray. If God says give, give. If He says forgive, forgive. If God says don’t gossip, bridle your tongue. If God says cast down imaginations, do it. If He says resist the devil, resist the devil. As we hear and obey we will increase our capacity and advance.

And I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake. Philemon 1:6

3. Finish Strong. Don’t grow weary, don’t shrink back, and don’t surrender to the vicious attacks of the devil (Isaiah 55:11). As you humble your heart and receive God’s Word, you will succeed in what God sends you to do. You are not where you’ve been, and you are not where you’re going to be. The best is yet to come.

Daily Confession based on Romans 12:1-2
By the mercies of God, I present my body a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is my spiritual service of worship. I am not conformed to this world, but I am transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I may prove what the will of God is—that which is good, acceptable, and perfect.

pros•per, verb
Greek: euodoo
To help on the road, succeed in reaching; to succeed in business affairs; have a prosperous journey. –Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, NJ.

The Secret Place

Monday, August 4th, 2014

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

Activity and achievement are not the same thing. Activity can cause us to forget that the best part of Christianity is Jesus. Before the fall of man, Adam and Eve walked and talked with God in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). That’s what Jesus is inviting us to now—closeness and connection with Him.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8

You can change people’s lives from your prayer closet—your front porch, the living room, the clothes closet. Put away your phone and draw near to God. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, let all the lesser voices back off, and focus on the goodness of God. When you read the Word, let it get into you. Meditate on a fixed scripture for a period of time. Ponder it, absorb it down into your insides—marinate in it, steep in it.

Pray This Prayer
Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul. (Psalm 54:4). One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.” (Psalm 27:4, 8).

“It will cost something to walk slow in the parade of the ages, while excited men of time rush about confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run, and the true Christian is not much interested in anything short of that.” —A.W. Tozer (1897-1963), pastor; written June 3, 1950.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968,1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Tozer, A.W. “Quality versus Quantity.” The Alliance Weekly 338. 3 June 1950: Web.