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Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer where we will pray as a church for the Central Campus Worship Center Renovation and for God to move through His church and use this new worship center for His glory to reach people for Christ!  To receive a daily reminder to pray, download the Central Baptist Church App and enable notifications for a daily push notification!  We start our 40 Days of Prayer on Tuesday, July 6, 2021!

Each day God will take us, at Central, through our own worship experience and this guide will be simple and to the point, allowing us to pray together over a small passage. If you do not have a system of a quiet time, I would suggest the following:

  • Adoration - (3-5 Minutes) Praising and worshipping God by giving honor for who His is: Father, Lord, Savior, Healer, Provider, Comforter, etc. Ps. 95:8
  • Confession – Ask God to search your heart and bring to mind any sin in your life. Whatever comes to mind, confess it and repent of it. I John 1:9
  • Thanksgiving –(3-5 Minutes) Thank God for what He has done in your life, family & church. Ps 100:4
  • Supplication – Pray for the things God brings to mind and the following prayer requests. Use the Lord’s Prayer Outline found in Matt. 6:9-15
Tuesday, July 6, 2021    Worship Him
“Thus, I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.” Ps. 63:2-3

I have great memories of worship in our sanctuary at Central. All of us, together, worshipping the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We have seen spontaneous baptisms, heard great preaching, celebrated Him in great mission conferences, and sent out missionaries all over the world – He has done great things! Oh, in Him and in His lovingkindness, we have a future and I can’t wait to worship together with you in our new freshly renovated Worship Center on August 15! Let’s prepare spiritually in these 40 days as the worship center is being prepared for our gathering.

  • Ask God to give you an uninterrupted worship time today wherever you are.
  • The flooring people are way behind –Pray that they be finished by July 12 .
Wednesday, July 7, 2021    Thirst for God
“O God, you are my God, I shall seek you earnestly; my soul thirsts for you, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Ps. 63:1 NASB

In these hot dry days of July in Arkansas, a refreshing rain is so welcome! it is not hard to imagine a dry and thirsty land without rain. Likewise, we, the people of God,  need a fresh spiritual rain, as our spirits cry out thirstily for a new encounter with the Living God! Would you memorize and pray this scripture back to God all week long with me? (Don’t be scared – I’ll only ask you to memorize one verse a week)

  • Ask God to make you thirsty for Him and keep on asking Him until it happens!
  • The seating arrives July 12 and installers start laying out the grid on top of the floor that must be finished. Pray that all flooring and grid work be done on time.
Thursday, July 8, 2021    Longing for the Word
“Your words were found and I ate them. And your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.” Jer. 15:16

In these summer days, let’s ask God for a personal and cooperate revival. As we read the Word of God there will be verses that jump out at you that are for you at that moment. Whatever that word says is God’s personal invitation for you to immediately obey. Jeremiah must have been a good Arkansan! He put applying the word in a good colloquialism of  the day – “I ate ‘em!” When we devour God’s Word it becomes a delight and your hungry soul is fed. If you do not have a Bible reading plan, go to the Central Baptist App and click on the Bible at the bottom of the screen to follow the prompts and read along with a bunch of folks at CBC and feast on the Word of God.

  • Ask God to grace you with a hunger for the Word and desire to obey Him.
  • Ask God to bring a member to mind that you haven’t seen in a while. Pray for them and give them a call.
Friday, July 9,2021    The Battle is Real
“And the tempter came and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread,’ But He answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Matt.4:3-4

Do you sense that you are in a battle spiritually? Jesus knew the battle is real and life is not easy. Jesus knew that the Word of God was living, active, and powerful. He knew He must have the Word of God in his mind to do battle at the moment of temptation.  I remember Pastor Josh preaching about this recently and saying that most of us do not wield a sword of the Word in a spiritual battle but a tiny pocket knife. Are you struggling to remember scriptures in your daily battle with the enemy? Take memorization seriously and begin today. Putting together a building is not easy either. The battle is constant coordinating sub-contractors, meeting deadlines, and making sure things work. As we remember to pray for Pastor Bill in supervising this great work, let’s ask God to refresh our spiritual building in the Word of God.

  • Join me in asking God to stir our heart to memorize the Word and be good soldiers.
  • Pray for audio visual to be installed by August 1. Need 2 weeks for testing and calibrating. Very Critical for lighting and sound in first service.
Saturday, July 10, 2021    Are You Thirsty?
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matt. 5:6

As God creates this spiritual hunger in our lives, there begins to be a hunger spiritually to obey everything you read and hear from the Word of God. You begin to savor that Word. My wife can tell you how much I love to eat good things. My garden is coming in and the tomatoes are so juicy and good. As a young boy, I learned how good it was to slop mayonnaise on two slices of bread, add a slice of bologna with a liberal slice of a vine ripened tomato. I would bite into it and just let it sit of my tongue savoring that blessed taste. You’ve been there - right? Oh, how God wants us to savor His Word and let it sit in our hearts until that Word is ripened into a changed heart.

  • Pray that you will stop and savor the Word of God that you are reading today. Take a deep drink of that Word and satisfy your thirst.
  • Keep praying for the flooring to be finished by the 12th!
Sunday, July 11, 2021     Be Ready 
“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” I Pet. 3:15

When we tuck the Word of God into  our hearts, we set Christ in our hearts. We prepare daily for the people God will place in our path who need to hear an accurate and powerful account of the hope that is in us - the wonderful Gospel! So be ready with a full heart. Now let’s get ready and encourage everyone in your house to go to church this morning. I know we are scattered in the Family Life Center, the Loft, and in the Special Events Room. God has someone for you to meet today and encourage or be encouraged by. Pastor Archie has been before the Lord and has a Word from Him to share with us. It will help ready us for the days ahead.

  • Pray for the Spirit of God to use Pastor Archie as He delivers what He has heard from God.
  • Pray for the Life Group Leaders as they facilitate their Groups to learn and encourage each other.
Monday, July 12, 2021    The First Love
“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Rev.2:4

I remember it like yesterday. It was so clear and so pure. I felt deep conviction of lostness as a 9-year-old in a 2-week revival. The conviction was so heavy on this small boy’s heart. The Spirit of God gave me the courage to take one step then two steps to go talk to the preacher. There in front of that small church I accepted Jesus into my heart and peace and love flooded my soul. In those hot dusty days of August 1957, after lunch I would go sit in the swing under the trees, tune my Truetone Transistor Radio to KSUD West Memphis, and listen to Gospel Music. I would sit and sing those songs along with the radio and worship the Lord. Just me and God for hours. I need a revival of loving God like I did at first. What about you?

  • Ask God to reveal to your heart where you are in worshipping Him. Do you need revival?
  • Today is a big day for contractors to begin laying out the grid for the seats. Pray that they will sense the presence of the Lord as they work.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021    A Love Revival
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all you soul and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the prophets.” Matt. 22:36-40

Imagine with me a church full of people that loved God so much that it spilled over into the neighborhoods until it filled the whole city! Are you sensing like I am that we need a love revival? It begins by letting the Spirit of the Lord examine you and me until our love for God lets him manage our days. In these 40 days of prayer let’s seek Him with all our hearts. Take time today to get alone with God and love on Him.

  • Ask God to raise us up in refreshed love for Him and our neighbors.
  • As God refreshes us pray that all goes well in placing the seating, audio, lighting, and finishing touches.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021    His Spirit Calls
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Eph. 5:22-23

As the Spirit of God moves upon our hearts in these days, the love of God takes its rightful place in our lives. Notice in the fruit of the Spirit, love is first. When our love relationship with God is first, then we will find that joy comes rushing back with awesome peace. Yes, peace in the storms of life we are facing with unbelievable patience and kindness. The goodness of God will overflow us and we will see his faithfulness, and gentleness will be our approach to others with godly self-control. This will become His Story acted out in our lives through the Person of the Holy Spirit. Oh, how God is getting us ready for awesome days of revival!

  • Pray for yourself, your spouse, and your family to have a love revival of God.
  • As God accomplishes your day through you, pray for those you encounter.
Thursday, July 15, 2021     And They Fasted
“While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting…” Acts 13 2a

Ministering to God and fasting seem a remote or non-existent practice of the church in general in the United States. I trust it is not so at Central, but I think you would agree that we need to get serious in areas of our faith in the days that we live. In the early church, ministering to God and fasting was the norm. Would you agree with me that we need a revival in our church that would affect spiritual awakening in our community?  As I have read about great revivals, they began with fasting and prayer. In the book of Acts, a revived church prayed and fasted and the first missionaries were sent out. Let’s get before God and repent of not ministering to Him in fasting and prayer. He has so much he wants to accomplish through us. Let’s not miss it.

  • Ask God to show you how He wants you to fast and minister to Him.
  • Take a few minutes this week and drive by the church plant - pray for the workers to experience His love as they complete the work in a timely way. You may come in and prayer walk around the halls of the worship center.
Friday, July 16, 2021   First Place or No Place
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” I John 2:15

I love to fish and I love to travel and see the beautiful world God has created. As I grow older, the travel bug seems to wane. But when the love of these things and even people overshadow the love of God, then we have a very serious problem. Dear people, God takes first place or no place. It’s that simple. Under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we need to seriously ask do I love the world and the things in the world more than Him. Are you a workaholic? Then your God is your work. The love of God is not in you. Are you in love with a person or the things you have more than God? If so the love of God is not in you. This is hard talk but that is what God said. The only choice we have is to repent.

  • Pray to the Lord to seriously deal with you heart and reveal the truth to you and repent.
  • Ask God to let your focus be on worshiping God, not on the beautiful worship Center.
Saturday, July 17, 2021    The Big Three
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lust; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” I John 2;16-17

Dearly beloved, when a Christian loves the things of the world or a person more than God, they are in a very dangerous place. There is only lust of the eye, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life in the world. When God begins a work in you, He will complete it, even when severe discipline is necessary. He loves perfectly. If any activity, thing, or person takes you away from God being first and your worship of Him, then repent of it  We are in the world but not of it.

  • Pray and ask God to examine your heart of where your love is concentrated. If anything or any person is higher than God then repent
  • Pray for the seating, lighting, sound and audio-visual be installed properly and timely.
Sunday, July 18, 2021    A Bad Habit
“…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Heb. 10:24-25

Our pastors have concluded that we have developed a “stay at home” culture to watch the services online. We are most thankful for our incredible media department to make streaming possible. However, now is the time to reassemble. Let me ask you, how can you stimulate another believer that God has arranged for you to encourage if you are AWOL? How can you relate to someone sitting alone at the coffee bar who may be lost and God wanted to use you to witness because your testimony would identify with that person, but you were not there? Plus, it’s a command, not a suggestion. Come on! Kick the habit and let’s get back in the game! “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind.” II Tim. 1;7

  • Pray for Bro. Archie as he preaches and God’s Spirit be free to convict people to return to Him. Doing that in person on site is powerful, because the Spirit makes you sensitive to the needs around you!
  • Pray that the excitement builds to be back in the Worship Center on August 15.
Monday, July 19, 2021    Love Check
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” I John 4:7-8

As a saved kid, I just loved to go to church and be with God’s people. That has never changed because love was born in my heart. I love to sing, pray, and study the Word. I just love God and everything His is in. I am not perfect by a long shot as my wife can tell you, but like the song goes, “God’s still working on me…” But a love check is something we all need to examine. Dearly beloved, there are members of Central who are not saved. They don’t know God or the love of God. They miss more than they attend. They love the world and all it contains more than God. The hardest person to win in America is not the Muslim or the Mormon. It is the one who  thinks he is saved but is not – the unsaved “Christian”. The word “Christian” has morphed in today’s vocabulary to church membership, an identity with grandma, a philosophy of living, and others…  Check out your love of God and His People.

  • Pray for those on our church rolls that are lost to fall under conviction and be saved.
  • Pray for all workers and contractors in our renovation to have an opportunity to receive Jesus!
Tuesday, July 20, 2021    A Love Challenge

“You have heard it said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matt. 5:43-44

Maybe your anger level topped out in the recent election, the media’s handling of the situation, and the decisions that seem to rock your boat. Mine did. Then, memorizing the above verses did a number on me. I would suggest you memorize them. These words come from Jesus. As far as I know, He never voted (probably they didn’t vote then), never signed a petition, or  never protested the government. Matter of fact, His sternest words were not against the government but against the religious leaders. Who are you angry at? Your enemies are just acting like the pagans they are. We are to pray for them, as Paul did after being beaten wrongly in the Philippian Jail. Note: that action opened the door of the gospel to the enemy and the Jailer was saved. Come on folks, let’s get our thinking right. Jesus related to sinners! I was one.

  • Take time right now to pray for our national, state and local leadership and ask God to work saving love through you and repent of hate.
  • Seating arrived on the 15th. It will take 14-16 days to install, so pray that all is done with seating by the end of the month.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021    Brrr! It’s Cold in July
“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matt 24:12-13

As I write this, we got a reprieve from the muggy heat of the mid-south. Can it be cold in July? Maybe not temperature wise, but love can grow cold. Lawlessness is becoming rampant, even in our own city. It seems like we are having a rash of murders, sex crimes, and thievery. Nationwide our cities are being trashed and burned, so love is waning and respect for each other decreasing. Another crisis is even worse and that is people departing the faith. Endurance of the believer is a must. Endurance in prayer, fellowship with one another, witnessing in tough situations, with total dependence on God. Our only hope is a major revival of the church in this land, that produces a spiritual awakening -  the heat of God to chase the cold spiritual lethargy from our presence. Get ready – revival is coming!

  • Pray for a mighty revival of Central Baptist Church and the Bible Believing Churches of Jonesboro.
  • Pray that our Worship Center will be filled to capacity of people repenting and seeking God.
Thursday, July 22, 2021    Blessed be the Name!
“Now I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, ‘For the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.’” Rev. 12:10

In my quiet time with the Father this morning, I was using a hymnal and singing to Him the praise song of ‘Blessed Be the Name”,  written by Charles Wesley in 1739.  The third verse begins this way, “He breaks the power of canceled sin, Blessed be the name of the Lord! His blood can make the foulest clean, Blessed be the name of the Lord!”. Wesley knew that simply because you have confessed your foul sin and God has forgiven you, doesn’t mean that the enemy won’t accuse you of it before the Lord. BUT, the kingdom of Jesus Christ has come with all the authority of the Father to cause you to stand firm in the power of His blood. Wesley knew that he could claim the blood of Jesus over the first-person thoughts that the accuser puts in your head like, “I’m not good enough to pray or to talk to God because of _______________ (you fill in the blank). You may have applied 1 John 1:9, but the thought keeps coming back and you tend to believe it, because it comes in the first person of “I”. Charles Wesley faced these dark thoughts with the power of the blood over canceled sin. Stand up and bless the name of Jesus and the power of His blood. Believer, when you confess your sin, He is faithful  and just and will forgive your sin and cleanse you from all unrighteousness! Believe it, because God can’t lie!

  • Now bless the name of Jesus and sing “I never shall forget that day, Blessed be the name of the Lord! When Jesus washed my sin away, Blessed be the name of the Lord”. (words, Charles Wesley, 1739, alt; Refrain, Ralph E. Hudson, 1887)
  • Ask God to forgive your sin of prayerlessness because you think your prayers aren’t answered because of the past. It’s a trick of the enemy. Confess it and get on the firing line. Pray!!!
Friday, July 23, 2021    Saturday is Coming!
For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore, let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.” Heb. 4:10-11

Everyone looks forward to Friday so you can get to Saturday – a day of leisure to recharge your physical and spiritual batteries. I fear we, as believers, have fallen into a worldly view of rest. In these verses, rest is defined as ‘self is dead and Christ is alive in us’, directing and empowering our lives, which is His life now lived through us. The first verse of this chapter is stunning, “…let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.” (4:1)  When God’s Word speaks to you and you that see your life path needs changing, most of us make an internal resolve to fix the problem. Then you find yourself repeating the same sin. This is not rest. What you should be saying is, “Oh God, You are right and I am wrong, would you grace me with the desire and power to see the change in my life and join You in accomplishing this change.” (Phil 2:13)  God not only saves you; He also sanctifies you. Enter His rest by agreeing with Him that you can’t change yourself, but this sin is not like Him and not like you want to be. By His grace, repent and ask, “Please work change in me.” Let us enter His rest so everyday can be a spiritual Saturday.

  • Ask God to point out the repetitive sins in your life and agree with Him that you need His desire and power to repent of it.
  • Pray for tired hands and worn out bodies to be strengthened so that the seating and Audio Visual are finished by August 1 – Just 9 days from now!
Saturday, July 24, 2021     “Stand at Ease!”
“If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that you may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.” Ps. 130:3-6
In the grueling training of Army Officer Candidate School, I loved to hear the commanding officer yell, “Stand at ease!” That meant I could put my hands behind my back, look around a bit, and move my left foot to the left in a rest position. To be at rest was an order, and if one did not do it, you heard, “Soldier, I said ‘Stand at Ease!’”. Confession of our sin is an order,  and joining God in letting Him give us desire and power to accomplish departure from that sin, begins an “At ease” or spiritual rest in our lives. Welcome to Saturday – a rest from your work to correct yourself but allowing God to do it through you. Isn’t it great that God does not keep a record of our sin? If He did, not one of us could stand. He wants us to realize the great power He has so that we might have an awesome reverence of Him. You soul is so designed by God to anticipate the wonderful Word of God to speak peace and hope in the new morning of forgiveness. Then, people around you will see God at work in your life and not you at work. Oh, watch for the morning – the new beginnings of believers at rest in the reality of new relationship with our Father, through Jesus the only Mediator, in the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit!

  • Thank God for His release from all iniquity in your life! Rejoice with Him in your favorite praise songs today.
  • Pray for workers on the construction site to hear about Jesus and be saved!
Sunday, July 25, 2021     Open Ears!
“He opens their ear to instruction, and commands that they return from evil.” Job 36:10

Elihu was imperfect in his counsel to Job in that he did not know what had taken place conversationally in the heavenlies between God and Satan, but he nailed it in this passage.  Believers, it is God who opens spiritual ears to His instructions and commands. Our pastor has spent hours in prayer and study and he had to pray, “Lord open my ears to your Word for the people.” He has been faithful to obey God and is ready to proclaim that truth to us today. Now, it is our responsibility to ask God to open the ears of our hearts to hear and apply the Word. As we hear  a message from God’s Word, it is good to pray,  “Lord, open my spiritual ears to your instruction. I agree with You that this Word is from You and I need to adjust by __________________ (you fill in the blank). Give me the desire and power to accomplish this in my life.” We want to have open ears to the Lord all of our lives – right? Ok, now let’s worship in Spirit and Truth -  Who is a Person!!!

  • Pray for Pastor Archie to preach in power and boldness to deliver God’s Word to us, that we have spiritual ears to hear and hearts to obey what God tells us individually.
  • Pray for the Worship Team  as they focus us on praising God.
Monday, July 26, 2021    Purpose in Suffering
“Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.” Phil. 1:12-14

Honestly, the past week I have been stumped on what to write next, but clearly the Lord spoke to me to go to the book of Philippians. Dear saints in the Lord, we are about to go through some suffering. You may personally hear and experience some terrible things in the days to come. Oddly enough, suffering of the saints brings about boldness among the brethren to speak the gospel boldly. I trust you are sensing a unique boldness to speak for Christ everywhere you find yourself? Love for those you see perishing everyday around you and, on the news, should cause prayer from our hearts for their salvation! The bad are only going to get worse without Jesus. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good news of Good things!”. ( Romans 10:15b) We have very good news to the lost. Paul looked beyond the suffering to the glory that would be revealed in him through the Lord.

  • Be alert and prayerful for His purpose to be fulfilled in you!
  • Pray for workers as they lay out the grid for the seating. Both the seating and the audio/visual must be complete by August 1.
  • Pray for each believer that comes in contact with the workers to pray with them and for them, looking for opportunities to share the gospel.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021    The Insanity of Suffering
“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you…’”  John 15:20a)

Nik and Ruth Ripken were appointed as missionaries by the IMB to Malawi, then South Africa, and finally Somalia. They worked out of Kenya due to the Somalian War. Under the duress of war, famine, and Muslim extremism Nik and Ruth faithfully ministered to the Somalians. Over time they were able to lead over150 Somalian Muslims to Jesus. In 1992, through the IMB news releases, CBC learned of the brave and consistent work of the Ripkens. So, one Sunday Night, our pastor led Central to unanimously give $100,000, earmarked to purchase a new organ, to the outreach in Somalia to be managed by the Ripkens. They were thrilled and Central had a part in seeing these Muslims come to Jesus. To the Ripken’s dismay, all but 4 of these Somalian believers were martyred for their belief in Jesus and one since has died to disease. Greatly discouraged, they came home on furlough. Through much prayer and healing, the trilogy of  The Insanity of God, The Insanity of Sacrifice, and The Insanity of Obedience, was penned from their experiences and from interviewing believers of the persecuted church throughout the world.

  • Pray that we will be prepared in our suffering to glorify God in His way, no matter the circumstances.
  • Rejoice that we will be counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus!
Wednesday, July 28, 2021    Preparation of Discipline
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My People…” II Chronicles 7:13

God does not leave His people to their own devices for long. It is obvious that God’s People, yes, you and me, are head strong in continuing in our prayerlessness, our negligence of obeying the Word of God, negligence in gathering to worship together, to witness, and to bear the fruit of the Spirit. So, He will send discipline. Our missionaries in Washington State tell us that they are experiencing a heat wave in a state where the summers are usually mild.  Lake Mead, at Hoover Dam,  is at an all-time low, and water rationing is a must in Nevada and Southern California. The church is under attack in many places in our land. Many teachers in schools and universities are teaching unethical thinking, racism, and moral corruption to your children under WOKE and CRT (Critical Race Theory)  ideologies. Oh, dearly beloved, please wake up! We are in the hands of a loving God who insists that we return to godly living, devouring the Word of God, and walking with Him in prayer. We want to enter our newly renovated worship center as a revived, effective people.

  • Get alone with God today with your Bible in Hand and ask God to reveal to you how you need to repent and align with the plumb line of God. If you do not know where to read, go to Galatians 5:16-26.
  • Pray for the Spirit of God to hover over our renovation project to see that flooring, seating, and audio-visual are done timely and correctly.
Thursday, July 29, 2021     A Name Sake
“…and My People who are called by My name…” II Chronicles 7:l14a

One day when I was about 7 or 8 years old, my Dad said something to me that made a profound impact on my life. He said something like, “Son, don’t ever forget that you are my boy and you have got a good name. Don’t disappoint me or lie to me.”  I had a deep respect for my dad and I never wanted to disappoint Him. A year or so later, I became a follower of Jesus and that deep respect and yearning began to spill over as well, to never wanting to disappoint Jesus, who had given me a name, “My Child”. Unfortunately, like us all, I have disappointed Him, which grieved my spirit, brought me to repentance, and forgiveness. One of the aspects of our relationship with God is that we take on a kinship and a name. “My People” is a name, a relationship that everyone around you knows. He has other names for us like followers, disciples, friends, saints, ambassadors, some apostles, teachers, evangelists, pastors, servants, deacons and others. We carry His Name. The question today is, “Do you reflect the name that God has bestowed upon you as His Children… “My People?” If  you sense that you haven’t honorably worn the name that He has given you, ask Him to reveal to you how you have disappointed Him.  Our God doesn’t hold grudges or hold back forgiveness.

  • Then, very sincerely ask Him to forgive you and restore you. He can’t lie, He forgives!
    • “I will get up and go to my Father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.’ So, he got up and came to his father, But while he was still a long way of, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” Luke 15:8-20
  • Pray for wisdom for our staff and contractors in all the decisions to be made today on the building renovation.
Friday, July 30, 2021     Humbling
“…and (if) My people who are called by My name humble themselves …”

The word “humble” means to “have or show a modest or  low estimate of one’s own importance.” Even though we have a name given to us as God’s children, when we have departed from Him in self dependency and sin, we must humble ourselves before God. Maybe you have already humbled yourself in these days of discipline and repentance. Then, would you begin to intercede for other believers who have not humbled themselves before God in deep sorrow? “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” Ps, 51:17b I get the message that God, our Father, is dead set on disciplining us until He measures that our whole heart has returned to Him. Then, He lifts us up and there is joy in the morning! Keep your eye on that goal of restoration and great joy. There is one word in the segment of scripture that we just read that scares me. It is the word “if”. There is no doubt that we are under discipline as a nation. Will we turn to Him with our whole heart?

  • Pray for yourself first, then other believers that God brings to mind to experience the job of humbling ourselves before the mighty hand of God. Let’s bend our spirits before Him!
  • Pray that all seating and audio-visual sub-contractors be diligent to persevere and get everything installed properly.
Saturday, July 31, 2021    Lift Your Eyes 
“…pray and seek my face…” II Chronicles:7:14b

Remember growing up when you had done something wrong, and you ducked your head in embarrassment of getting caught?  I’m afraid I remember several occasions like that. One day, I misbehaved and my mother was scolding me; I guess she thought she wasn’t getting through. She put both a hand on each side of my face and lifted it up where she could look straight into my eyes, face-to face. Our Heavenly Father is like that. He looks us straight in the eyes and desires that we seek His face so that we will see our need to reflect Him. Haven’t you noticed that in most of our prayer times, it is seeking God’s hands? We want something from Him like a new job, healing from a sickness, or passing a college exam, etc. Nothing wrong with seeking God’s hands, but rarely is it about seeking the reflection of God in our lives. God gives a vivid picture of the church in latter times In Revelation chapters 2 & 3. Lets honestly seek God’s face today and pray through a few of the things found in these passages. Remember, we are praying through a process of peeling the onion – layer after layer.

  • Ask God to bring to your mind where you might be convicted of some of the following and also pray for fellow believers. Pray …
    • that believers realize where they have fallen from God and repent
    • that they return to their first love
    • that they awake from spiritual sleep and rise to the knowledge of God
    • that they become faithful to death
    • that they be strong in persecution
    • that they embrace sound teaching
    • that they refrain from immorality
    • that they allow the Holy Spirit to search their hearts and repent of hidden things
    • that they be alert to the coming of the Lord and live daily a sacrifice to Him
    • Revelations 2&3
Sunday, August 1, 2021     And Pray
Jesus said, “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed by your name. Your kingdom come. You will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:9-10
Remember, we are to first seek God’s face and not His hands. Jesus directed all of His prayers to His Father. He instructs us today like this “Pray, then, in this way.” Jesus wanted us to see that all spiritual activity was addressed to the Father, Who is the Great Initiator. Jesus had emptied Himself according to Philippians 2:7, not only to pay for our salvation, but to role model our relationship to the Father. We should be totally dependent  upon our Father. Then we praise Him for Who He is by hallowing and magnifying His name. His name reveals Who He is like,  El-Elyon or The Most-High. Secondly, He brings us to Kingdom Activity. The Father’s will is carried out in an instant and perfectly done in Heaven. As we join the Father in Kingdom Activity, He wants us to know His will and how it is to be done on earth. Let’s join Him in prayer today. Remember, we first seek His face and not His hand.

  • Praise Him for Who He is. Here are some names to get you started: The Holy One, Justifier, Sanctifier, Peace, Presence, Healer, Provider, Shepherd, Joy, Love, etc.
  • That the Father’s Kingdom Come. Pray things that you know will bring in the Kingdom. Pray that…
    • The lost be saved in our services
    • That you be active in sharing the gospel to  bring in the kingdom of God
    • That you be sensitive to His will and obey immediately