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A Challenge for Today

I believe the Lord has led me to help increase and spread the use of prayer in the daily lives of all people. Particularly those that don’t attend a church.

I am going to ask you a question about prayer in a moment. Please read on

You may wish to learn more about Don ‘t Delay…Pray!!! ™  or myself before you read on. If so, simply log on to my web site www.dontdelaypray.com. I have a page about my reasons behind   Don ‘t Delay…Pray!!! ™  and my goals. Oh yes, if you visit my website please leave me a comment at “Guest Book”.

To continue:

I fully believe in the church and its mission. However, I feel an added fresh view would help.

Society has moved too far from reasonable basic Christian beliefs and values. A revived Spirt is needed to return to Godly values, be it through prayer.

As some of the media have admitted, people idolize and deify sports personalities whether nor not they live and display a positive moral image. They wear Hats & T-Shirts as a fashionable method to impress others and to identify with stars,

We have become a society of “I have” and I want” material things to give peace and solace.

I am asking volunteers to step out in public, not with a placard that has a political statement or otherwise protest of some sort. But to wear a Don ‘t Delay…Pray!!! ™  T-Shirt for just one day or for two days or three days. Then openly casually go about your normal activities of work or play, in isles of the grocery store, Sam’s Club, or a favorite mall wearing the logo …………………                                                           Don ‘t Delay…Pray!!! ™

Are you willing to speak out in favor of prayer? Is prayer “OK” in schools, sports events, at work? It’s a choice. Are you readyto make a choice for prayer?

What a wonderful way to witness for Christ! What a wonderful way to be able to invite people to your place of worship!! .

Please join me to spread the gospel by Planting SEEDS for Prayer during our every day lives.

I am asking for 10 to 12 of your parishioners to volunteer to order a   Don ‘t Delay…Pray!!! ™  T-Shirt from me and wear it openly in public for a single day or more, if willing, record mentally or in writing reactions (positive or negative) of people they see, greet or just plain encounter during a public excursion.

If so motivated, a brave volunteer may choose to witness or give testimony, with my blessing, and ask people “what do you think” about Don ‘t Delay…Pray!!! ™.

This is might be called just a survey, but it is much more. I believe it will be extremely rewarding for each volunteer! People will see the power of the phrase. They will be encouraged to be bolder and more open in their belief.

***God does want to hear from us through prayer, and often.

Here is where my vision begins

People see T-Shirts with Don ‘t Delay…Pray!!! ™

People will see others stepping out, fearing nothing, to say Prayer is “OK” and needed now!

Then prayer will used by someone new.

Then others will pray more.

Then others will pray with others.

And prayer groups and prayer chains will develop where they were not before.

I am sure many people will experience answered prayers.

I have my own positive expectations for each volunteer, and this is based upon my own experiences, having carried or displayed the phrase   Don ‘t Delay…Pray!!! ™  for several years.

Specifically, …………..    will you and 10 or 12 others in your congregation be willing to order a   Don ‘t Delay…Pray!!! ™  T-Shirt from me and utilize the wearing of the T-Shirt as I have described and share your experiences?

You may go to www.dontdelaypray.com to view samples of each T- Shirt then place order on line, by telephone, text or E-mail.

I am asking for a $15.00 donation for each shirt. This cost pays for the T-Shirt and any shipping involved. Any surplus will be donated to Youth & Family Alternatives and RAP House  · Homeless Shelter. In New Port Richey, FL.

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A Widows Persistence

The Persistence of the Widow

Todays word is PERSISTENCE.

In Luke 18:1-9, Jesus tells us the parable of the persistent widow.

Here we read that a widow appears before a judge to request justice from her adversary. It’s important to note this judge was not a believer in God and didn’t think much of the ordinary man that may be set before him. The judge to whom she brought her request first thinks to ignore her request. However, The judge probably knew this woman or heard of this woman’ She might be like a nasty gnat buzzing him relentlessly until her request was heard. Thus, after contemplating this woman and her suspected persistence, he decided to advance her request. The woman’s persistence has proven to be a great asset.

Jesus concludes with a question. Isn’t or Lord of the highest importance to man? Do we laud Him above all else? What will He observe when he returns? Will he find US persistent in our communications with and requests (PRAYERS) to God. Will we not have lost heart in our prayers?

Don’t Delay…Pray!!!™

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What is Payer to Me?

as I departed the store

What is Prayer to Me?

This morning I began my thought with Don’t Delay…Pray!!!. I turned out of bed. Planted my feet on the floor. And recited one of my favorite verses (Psalm 143:8)1

Suddenly I ask myself, What does prayer mean to me?

What does prayer mean to everyone else?

A long time ago I was given the Acronym A.C.T.S. to structure my prayers.   

  1. Adoration

 C- Confession

  T- Thanksgiving

   S – Supplication

These all fit the bill, so to speak, for me. So I use them when structured prayer is forthcoming.

But what about each daily moment. A moment in which I face an instant that challenges my faith, rise to anger or a fear?

What about the moment caught in the glory of God’s wonderous display of life as you walk out of your home into a cool breeze and sky of blue. “Thank You Lord”. God has given this moment to each individual and it’s my belief He would love to hear of our thankfulness.

How about times of fear or sadness over loss?

 Will God help us veer from temptation, subdue our sadness or give us strength to conquer fear, if we ask for help.?

These split seconds of time in our lives have meaning. God does care about our daily experiences.

Jesus demonstrated his prayer life by continuing to keep communications with God open. The Father always Heard Him (John11:42)2

“And I always know You hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me”

3Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Personally, I have a problem with stopping at 7-11 on the way to work and buying junk food. This is totally opposite of my weight loss goals.

I tell many of the day I found myself in the checkout line with money in one hand and a candy bar clutched in my other hand. At the time, as rare as it had been for me I said a quick prayer. “Lord help me. I don’t need this candy” A moment later, as I departed the store, I found myself clutching money in one hand and NO candy in the other. The candy bar was back on the rack. I sighed a sigh of great relief an instantly knew God had indeed helped me. This was no monumental sign of God’s presence or interceding. It was just a slight moment in time, of my life. God had heard me and helped me.

I tell this story frequently. And I have many other examples since this one. It fills me with great faith in the power of prayer. It fills me with great thankfulness that my God would enjoin me this moment of aid. What a little thing. What a trivial thing to ask of a great and sovereign God. How dare I expect Him to hear my request let alone act to give me help.

I believe God wants to hear from each of us not only frequently bur rather always, in every thing we think say and do in each moment of our lives.

Hence, I return to Don’t Delay…Pray!!!

The Lord awaits our prayers and will “reap a Harvest” if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9)3

Share your thoughts with others. Share your thoughts with me when you sign in to the Guest book.

1Psalm 143:8

Let the morning bring me word of God’s unfailing love

          For I have put my trust in Him.

Show me the way I should go

          For to You I lift up my soul

2John 11:42

“And I always know You hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me”

3Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

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God’s Grace

Today we are able to seek and have God’ Grace in all areas of our daily life. Though we do not deserve nor can earn God’s grace ¹, He has promised His eternal love.²

The key to being in God’s sheltering Care and love is wanting to be there with Him!

Recently our pastor at Next Level Church in Holiday, Florida, spoke a series which expressed the act of “Abiding” in or with the Lord.³

What a joy it is to rest in the Lord…to be near the Lord. In all the chaos, calamity stress and evil surrounding each and every one of us, we may recover to the Lord and his peace.4

 

 

¹Romans 3:22 & 23  …There is no difference, Since all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

²Lamentations 3:22 & 23   The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness.

³John 15:7  If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask what ever you will, and it will be given you.

4 Isiah: 26:3   Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed in thee, because he trusts in thee

 

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Spiritual Life of Prayer

Where Are You In Your Spiritual Life of Prayer?

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”

Many believers find themselves thinking, “Am I still to be found enjoying the graces of God if my efforts in expressing myself in activities have waned? Or when I am experiencing  mental backsliding of spiritual life?”  It is not unusual for one’s faith to show signs of lethargy if not addressed properly. This can actually be a positive thing for a Christian. I’ll discuss this more shortly.

As a Christian, I am humbled with my own reflection of drifting from my spiritual path. I need to frequently tell myself, “Joel, God has not given up on you and He is not done with you yet”. I am always amazed that every time I let myself wander from God’s chosen path, He always helps me return to Him and the path He has chosen for me.

In my reading I have found that a Christian’s measure of grace received is not the key toward which we gauge our spirituality, but rather our ability to carry out God’s commands as Christians to fulfill His will is key.

In our world we experience many forces that diminish our path toward God’s holiness and grace. Satin loves the worldly experiences we have. He encourages experiences that work to expose our soul to diminished spirituality and faith.

When we veer from soul enriching faith, Satin loves to take advantage of our weaknesses. Satin will assume the appearance of an “angel of light”. He will display angelic gentleness. He will tell you that you are just too far gone to receive God’s grace or nearness to God so why bother to try. He will claim you have become too attached to worldly possessions and your faith has grown cold and icy. Your faith has grown too lethargic. He may even tell you your earthly interests have allowed you to have strayed too far for seeking communion with God at church and allowed you to think you can deal with life on your own. And besides, doing things your own way is more enjoyable.

Even more, Satin will work to get you to believe your holy and spiritual duties are just a joke and hypocritical for you in this life on earth. All the while you are left crawling in the dirt and dust each day, missing the love and grace of our Father in Heaven.

We must not listen to the lies of Satin, not for a moment!

We need to wait upon God’s love for each of us in order to rejuvenate our faith and soul.

How shall we do this? What does waiting on God mean? For us as Christians, I believe waiting on the Lord entails meditation, confession and PRAYER.

Meditation : Being constant in your reading and studying of God’s word   via the Bible.

Confession: Truthfully, realizing just where you are in your spiritual  journey.
Prayer: Being constantly devoted to your prayer time with your Lord in  good times as well as times of trouble and strife.

Our tears of loneliness will bring us from crawling in the dust with Satin to standing in the glow of God’s grace and love.

The Angels of heaven and earth will again sing out for you and the gates of Heaven will shine bright as a welcoming home prelude.

Peace be with you,

Joel

                                      Don’t Delay…Pray!!!™

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Daily Prayer

Planting Seeds for Prayer

Daily Prayer

Just a little note to express my thanks to God that I live in a nation in which I am allowed the privilege to share my love of the Lord my savior publicly as well as in private. I like to share in different ways, of course. One way I share is giving copies of Our Daily Bread to people I may know or in most cases I have never met. I also make sure there are copies at my church foyer.

What is Our Daily Bread? Well, it is a 4 x 6 booklet which contains three months of daily inspirational stories to which a passage from the bible is applied for contemplation.

This little booklet gives a reader time with God’s word, application of God’s word in real “shoe leather” and a means for prayer and prayerful thought daily. It’s another added yet simple means I use myself to stay “plugged in” with my maker.

I offer a free booklet to each visitor to Don’t Delay…Pray!!! If desired or needed. I also provide the website so anyone may request a free copy direct from Our Daily Bread on their own. Plus, while at the Daily Bread site a whole myriad of booklets, books and spirit uplifts items are available.

Just in case….

Here is the web site and address for Our Daily Bread:

    www.ourdailybread.org

Our Daily Bread Ministries, P.O. Box 2222, Grand Rapids, MI  49501-2222

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We Reap What We Sow!

 

My cousin sent me a transcript of a Ben Stein Commentary. I was motivated to  post this important view point for all to read.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:
I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

In light of recent events–terrorists attacks, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school .

The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with, ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.