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7/28/16 7:17 A

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Thank you Darlene

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June 28 - - Persistent in Our Praying,
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Luk 11:9-10

To really understand this scripture we need to see the context in which it is written. We have a parable of this neighbor going to a friend's house at midnight asking this friend to let him borrow three loaves of bread. Stating, a friend of mine who is on a trip has just come to my house and I don't have any food for him!

Suppose the friend should answer 'Don't bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' Well, what would you do then? It says in this parable that the neighbor keep seeking, knocking and asking till the door was open and the bread was given.

I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you EVERYTHING YOU NEED because you are not ashamed to keep on asking.

The words of Jesus “And so I say to you: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For those who ask will receive, and those who seek will find, and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks”.

So how long should we pray?

Just a thought

Church the time has come for us to get serious about our praying. The world is calling out in need of our prayers “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. 2 Chronicles 7:14


My name is Herbert but they call me Herb
I live in Louisville Kentucky the home of KFC. I think this may be why I am on SP now. LOL



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7/27/16 7:53 P

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I goofed last night as I was X-ing out of another sight, the Sparkpeople tab moved and I X-ed out of here too. I had already left part of a message and I was too tired to get back on line.
I need to get here earlier! Then if I goof, I wouldn't be so tired!
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I've heard long drawn out prayers. I've also heard prayers that I was as sure as I could be, came from the persons' heart.

"Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."

After one of my uncles prayed to receive Jesus as his Savior, he said,, "please". He meant it when he asked Jesus to save him. He was serious! The word "please": was wonderful for me to hear. I believe I'll see Uncle Joe in heaven one day!

Several years before he passed on, he went to the place I volunteer to play his guitar and we had a sing along. As he and I were leaving he had tears in his eyes.

Thanks Herb! For this message and the memories it brought up.




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7/27/16 6:55 A

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July 27 - - That they shall be heard for their much speaking
Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

“Do not use vain repetitions”. Once I listened to a person pray a prayer that lasted over thirty minutes and everything that they prayed could have said in three.

Our beautiful prayers do not impress God. Have you ever said, “I wish I could pray a prayer like Billy Bob, he prays such beautiful prayers. We do not impress God with our beautiful prayers. God looks at the prayer being prayed from the heart not the words coming from the mouth.

When I am in dire need of prayer I would rather have a child pray a broken prayer from the heart then someone praying a beautiful prayer from the flesh.

One of the most powerful prayers I ever heard prayed was prayed in three words. “Jesus help me”.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for the shut-ins in our church, as well as those who are widowed and living alone. Ask God to bless and encourage them, anointing their lives with power for ministry as well as help for the needs they face daily.


My name is Herbert but they call me Herb
I live in Louisville Kentucky the home of KFC. I think this may be why I am on SP now. LOL



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7/26/16 7:22 A

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Thank you Darlene

A word from the Word
July 26 - - Do not pray as the hypocrites do.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matthew 6:5

If we’re not to pray as the hypocrites do then I think we need to first look at what makes a person a hypocrite.

The Dictionary says a hypocrite is one who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess. A person who pretends they have faith in God. Pretends to have moral or religious beliefs. A person who talks one way and lives another. The bible has a lot to say about this person.

“For they (the hypocrite) love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen/heard of men”.

If you pray to be heard by man then that is the only one who will hear your prayer.

I didn’t say it - - Jesus did.

Just a thought

Today let pray that believers throughout the church will grow in rela-tionship with Jesus as they follow the path of discipleship.


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I live in Louisville Kentucky the home of KFC. I think this may be why I am on SP now. LOL



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7/25/16 11:23 P

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Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

There was a time when this verse seemed impossible....but today I know that all things are possible with God.
One thing I did that helped was I wrote myself a note and I taped it to a mirror. It says, "but the truth is___" Whenever I saw this note it was and still is a good reminder about telling the truth and it helped because I ended up asking myself if I had said something that wasn't true. I never did remove that piece of paper from my mirror. I probably will if we end up moving. Or maybe I'll leave it there!

I like the prayer!

Thank you Herb!!!


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7/25/16 7:36 A

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July 25 - - Get Your Thinking Right
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Happiness comes from having our mind filled with the right things. If we fill our minds with gloom despair and agony on me then you will have gloom despair and agony on me.

If we are always looking at what we don't have then we will never have what we should have.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8 Think on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. If there be any virtue, praise, think on these things.

In other words “you are what you think”

Just a thought

Pray that our church family will be united in our worship of God, fellowship with one another, and ministry to the community. Ask God to help believers confront and remove issues and problems that threaten this unity.



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I live in Louisville Kentucky the home of KFC. I think this may be why I am on SP now. LOL



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7/23/16 11:42 P

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You asked how awesome is this...it is very awesome. There is no way the author of this Psalm could possibly know. He didn't even know the world was round.
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I appreciate your prayer at the bottom of this message. Good men are being spoken of as bad.
And they are being harmed.

Thanks Herb!!

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7/23/16 7:18 A

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July 23 - - - - As for as the east is from the west
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

Yesterday we spoke of God remembering our sins no more. Today I would like to look at the fact that God separates us from our confessed sins as for as the east is from the west.

At the time that this was written only God know that the world was round or I should say a globe. So no one had the knowledge to know that the east would never meet the west. You can travel east forever and never meet the west. Not so with the north and the south. If you were to travel north when you reached the North Pole you would no longer be traveling north now you are traveling south or I could say north has meet the south.

How did the author of this Psalm know this if it had not been given to him by the Holy Spirit?

How awesome is this?

Just a thought

Pray that God will provide help and protection to law enforcement officers and firefighters.


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7/21/16 11:21 P

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Every now and then I thought it would be good to know the languages of the Bible. I mean the languages the Bible was written in, originally. I'm a bit too old to begin now.

I'm glad you knew what regard meant. I know how to use it in a sentence but that's not the same as knowing where the word came from. Thanks Herb!
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I think there's a little song that goes, God said it, I believe it and that's good enough for me. It goes on but this is all I remember.

A smart young lady once told me, God's will is tailor made. That was very helpful at the time because I was concerned what God would want me to do. I've found His will is tailor made. At the place I go on Thursdays, one of the young men said, in conversation with others, Darlene is one of us. I absolutely know it was God's will for me to go there and volunteer.

Ok, sometimes I do talk a bit much! A bit? More than a bit. Thanks Herb!


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7/21/16 7:34 A

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The word regard come from the Greek word Ra-ah meaning to see either literally or figuratively. So it could read -- If I see iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:".

A word from the Word
July 21 - - Praying in God’s Will
1John 5:14........ "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us”

Yes we need to pray in the will of God. That means that we need to pray for those things that God wants us to have.

How do we know the will of God – or what God wants’ us to have?
One way is to know the Word of God, the Word of God is the will of God. We need to pray in agreement with Gods Word.

For example the Word says in 2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The first thing this scripture says is that God will keep His promise. If God said He will do it He will do it. Then it says that it is the will of God that none should perish but that all should come to repentance. So we know that it is the will of God for all men to repent and be saved. God want’s all men to go to heaven.

Will all men go to heaven? No but it’s not God’s fault. God did everything He could to get them there. If they don’t go it’s because they chose not to go

So I can pray for my family and friends who have not accepted Jesus and know I am praying in the will of God

The Bible is full of God’s will for us all we need do is to look for it

Just a thought

Today let us pray that people throughout the city will open their hearts to the voice of God, and grasp that He has a loving and eternal plan for their lives.



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7/20/16 6:56 P

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What does the word "regard" mean in this verse...."Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:"

I think it could mean to dwell on the iniquity or to obsess about it. I'm not sure so that's why I'm asking. Thank you Herb!!



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7/20/16 12:14 A

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We had company this evening and I am very tired. I hope to be back here tomorrow to reply to your message at that time.

Thanks Herb!



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7/19/16 7:53 A

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July 19 - - Prayer of a Righteous Man
James 5:16........ "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."

I also believe that this scripture is telling us that sin in our lives will hinder our prayers from being answered

So if we want our prayers answered then we need to Take care of that sin in our lives. We must confess our sin and then repent. That means we must ask God for forgiveness but we must also stop doing it.

What if we have sinned against another person what must we do? We need to go to that person and make it right.

Matthew 5:23-24 If therefore thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee,
24 leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
That means that we must make things right with our fellow man.

Sin can and will hinder our prayer from being answered but also keep them from being heard.

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Just a thought

2 Chronicles 714 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.




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7/18/16 10:46 P

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Thank you Herb! This message is very reassuring.

It's not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us.

I think there's a verse that speaks of our "righteousness" as filthy rags.
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Dinner went well yesterday. Our son's future in laws were easy to visit with. All my nervousness was for nothing!



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7/18/16 7:22 A

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Thank you Darlene

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July 18 - - Prayer of a Righteous Man
James 5:16........ "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."

What is the one thing that this scripture is telling us that will keep our prayers from being answered? It says the prayer of a righteous man. So if we want our prayer to be answered then we need to be a righteous man.

What does the world righteous mean? It means to be right with God. There is only one way or one person that can make us right with God that is the Lord Jesus Christ.

2Coenthins 5:21 for he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. “THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN JESUS. Jesus is our righteousness. We are righteous because Jesus is righteous.

When we pray we need to first be made righteousness by the blood of Jesus. We must be born again.


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I live in Louisville Kentucky the home of KFC. I think this may be why I am on SP now. LOL



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7/16/16 6:34 P

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I just read the first few words and thought, (I think there's a song like this). It's all in the name of Jesus.

There's another song that's been on my mind a lot lately and I've been singing it too. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there's just something about that name. Master, Savior, Jesus, like the rainbow after the rain. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let all heaven and earth proclaim! Kings and kingdoms may all pass away but there's something about that name.

Those kinda go along with your message. I wonder how many songs are bringing glorify to Jesus's name. Thank you brother Herb!!



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7/16/16 7:27 A

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July 16 - - In the name of Jesus
"If you ask anything in my name, I will do it." John 14:14

The name of Jesus was and is the power that created the universe. It tells me in the first chapter of John that all things were made by Jesus. John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. ---- Oh the power that is in the NAME OF JESUS.

Now if the name of Jesus has the power to create the world and ever everything thing in the world then don’t you think it would have the power to answer our prayers? When we pray in the name of Jesus we are praying with all the power that is in His name.

So if we want to pray with power then we need to pray with all the creative power that is in the Name of Jesus

Just a thought

Today let us pray that God will give wisdom and direction to the mayor, city council, and all other city leaders.


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7/15/16 11:21 P

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The verse that comes to mind is, He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think.

Believing harder doesn't work. I've been down that road too many times!!

I love the name of this group..."the simplicity of faith". I'm fairly sure those words are biblical.

Thank you for suggesting we tell God how we feel. Yes, He does already know, so why not talk to Him about how we're feeling.

Asking Him to give us the faith to believe is very good!!
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One of our daughters found out today she probably has Multiple Sclerosis. She will be having an MRI of her brain and neck this coming Thursday. Her name is Dawn. Please ad her to your prayer list.

Thank you Herb!!!



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7/15/16 6:55 A

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July 15 - - You must believe
.......whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22

What condition has God place here on prayer? We must believe, what must we believe? We must believe in God and that God can and will and is able to answer our prayer.

I believe that this is where most of us miss it. We try to believe in the prayer when the prayer is only our asking that God move in what we need. I don’t know the number of times that I have been told that I needed to believe harder. Believing harder will not get the job done believing in God and His ability to answer prayer will.

What is the point in praying if we don’t believe that God is able to answer our prayer? Have you ever prayed a prayer and deep inside you didn’t think God could or would answer your prayer? Yes- - we all have

Many times we pray and deep inside we don’t believe that God is able to answer our prayer. We have a friend or a love one has an incurable disease and so we pray but deep down inside we do we expect God to heal them

What do we do when we pray and feel like this? We need to be up front with God tell him how we feel. Tell God you’re having trouble believing for the answered prayer. You might as well tell Him – He already know.

Ask God to give you the faith you need to believe.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that people throughout the city will open their hearts to the voice of God, and grasp that He has a loving and eternal plan for their lives.


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I live in Louisville Kentucky the home of KFC. I think this may be why I am on SP now. LOL



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7/14/16 10:50 P

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Thanks Herb! I had a good day and it was fun being with those I'm with on Thursdays!

By late this afternoon I felt much better! (more centered on Jesus.)

I see two conditions in this verse. Abiding in Christ and His word abiding in us.

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7"

Thank you brother Herb!






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7/14/16 7:36 A

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Have a great day Darlene

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July 14 - - Why Prayer is not Answered
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7

We have looked at numerous passages that tell us that God will give us what we ask in prayer. Yet many Christians pray, including my selves, ask God and often do not receive. Therefore there must be a problem. The problem either lies in our praying or our understanding of the Bible.

Now I don’t think the problem is with the Bible because I don’t believe the bible is ever wrong. I don’t think the problem is with God because I don’t believe God has any problems. So the problem must lie with me or with my understanding of the word.

The promise of answer prayer is in the Word of God but what we often fail to see is that most promises have conditions placed on them. I have a few scriptures that I would like for us to look at for the next few days and see if we can find the condition that God has placed on His promise to answer prayer

Just a thought

Today let us pray for the governors of our states, as well as the state senate and congressional members and leaders. That they will look to God for guidance, for help, and for wisdom as they perform their duties.


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I live in Louisville Kentucky the home of KFC. I think this may be why I am on SP now. LOL



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7/13/16 8:36 P

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I think that's at least one of my problems and it's a big one!! I forgot about grace!!!
I have a book a man made and passed out at a church we went to many years ago and it's all about grace!!!! I hope to find that little book and read it from cover to cover!!

I am also kinda stressed. The word "kinda" shouldn't be there. Our house is up for sale so I'm attempting to keep it nice plus this coming Sunday our son's lady friend and her parents are coming here for dinner. This will be the first time we've met her parents.


I don't remember if I found the following on Facebook or I may have gotten it in an e-mail.

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3).
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If God has something to say to me, I want to hear it too. He knows I do.

Thank you!! You are not only a super teacher, but a good friend.


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Putting those things behind - - - Todays a new day and a new supply of grace.

A word from the Word
July 13 - - Learning to Hear God
Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

We need to avoid foolish praying. We need to learn to pray prayers that will be heard by God.

We also need to learn to listen when we pray. Too often our prayers are one sided. We tell God what we want then we walk away. We need to learn how to listen.

I have a few friends, present company excluded of course, that when they call they tell me what they have to say and then hang up not giving me opportunity to reply. This leaves me totally frustrated. I can just imagine how God must feel when we pray a prayer like this.

Yes God wants to hear from us in prayer but God also wants to speak to us. Give God time in prayer to speak. If God has something to say I certainly want to hear it.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for county, city and state leaders that they will look to God for guidance, for help, and for wisdom as they perform their duties.


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I've been having a really hard time today. I don't know if I'm trying too hard again or if I'm not loving God enough. With all I've been given I am ashamed of myself.

I will write to Jesus, pray and wait on the Lord.

Herb, thank you for being faithful.

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Safe in the hands of Jesus

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July 12 - - Lack of Love Hinders Prayer
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4

Being the friend of the world violates our fellowship with God and hinders our prayers. Notice the use of the worlds “adulterers and adulteresses.” What this is referring to is our being faithful to God giving God all our love. .

You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart mind and soul. That leaves no love for the world and if we give the love that belongs to God to the would we become spiritual adulterers. This will pull us out of fellowship with God the same way unfaithfulness will destroy a marriage. This will also destroy our prayer life.

God loves you and He desires to meet your needs but God expects you to walk with Him in a love centered relationship. Anything less hinders His power and your prayers will not be heard or answered.

Proverb 15:29. The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that God will bless the economic conditions of our country and that employment will be strong.


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7/11/16 11:01 P

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The cat scan results were fine! Thank you so much for praying!!!!

Yesterday I began to be quite nervous about what the results of the cat scan would be. Either last night or early this morning I realized the results already were what they were. They weren't going to change! My being as concerned as I was wasn't helping a bit. That's easy for me to say now, but at the time, I was nervous but by the time the doctor was telling me the results I was ok! .
I know I'm not young. I need to remember He really does have me in His hand.

(You wrote this in a Facebook group....This helped).

"Physical death may claim us but will not hold us. The dead in Christ shall rise at the second coming of Jesus. The soul and the body will be reunited."

Thank you Herb!





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July 11 - - A Self-centered Prayer
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. James 4:2

And when you ask, you do not receive it, because your motives are bad; you ask for things to use for your own pleasures.

James tells them there are times when we pray and don’t get what we ask. The reason is because we ask for the wrong reason or the wrong things. Asking for things that will satisfy our own pleasure. God will not answer that kind of prayer. God is not interested in our selfishness!

James is talking about a prayer that is for our pleasures instead of our needs. We are told to pray for our need. It tells us in the Lord Prayer “Give us this day our daily bread”. Daily bread covers more than just food it covers all our daily needs.

What if God gave us everything we asked? We most likely would be in a mess today. We don't always give our children everything thing that they ask. We do this because we know they don’t need it or it’s not good for them. We love our children and want what is best for them. God’s love for us is even a greater love. Our love is hindered by our human efforts meaning that we are limited as to how much we can do. God’s love has not limited God can do anything and everything.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for our teachers. Let us pray that they will look to God for wisdom as they feed the minds of our young people.. Then let us pray that God will provide, help, and protection for them as they teach.


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I didn't know not praying is a sin. I am glad I began writing to the Lord. That has helped me to pray even when I'm not writing.

I think prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening for His still small voice.

I like Jesus's parable about always praying. I didn't realize this meant not saying amen!! That's really good.

Thank you Herb!!


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Always love to hear great mews,

A word from the Word
July 09 - - Not Praying Is A Sin
And he (Jesus) spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Luke 18:1

We are commanded to pray – 1st Thessalonians 5:17, Luke 18:1. Since we are commanded to pray Not praying is to sin. If we have not been praying we need to repent. Repent means to change directions. Stop not praying and start praying.

There is no substitute for prayer. What you have and what you have not depends on the amount of time you spend in prayer. God expects us to pray. Prayer unlocks the storehouse of heaven. God has so much He wants to give us, God is simply waiting for us to ask/pray.

Men ought always to pray means never saying “Amen”. I found that now when I pray I most often never say Amen because I do not intend for the prayer to end. I carry it with me open.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that God will provide help and protection to law enforcement and firefighters.


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Hi, I have good news! A lady I've been praying for (in my writing to Jesus) told me she asks the Lord to help her every morning. I responded that is a big first step, realizing we need help and coming to the one who can help us.

I don't know where this will go from here, but the Lord knows!! I was almost speechless. I said almost. lol

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Thank you so much for praying for me. At first I wasn't sure whether to ask for prayer or not, but just now I thought I hope if anyone in this group has a need for prayer that they will ask. Like The Bible says, we have not because we ask not.
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There's a verse that says, what does your arguing reprove? All it proves is that a person can argue, nothing more. It doesn't help anyone. I hope to remember this the next time I'm apt to argue.
Taking the time to pray and think would be great! As you said, the answer to our needs is as simple as prayer.

Thank you Herb!!

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I am praying for you Darlene

A word from the Word
July 07 - - You have not because you ask not
1 Where do all the fights and quarrels among you come from? They come from your desires for pleasure, which are constantly fighting within you. 2 You want things, but you cannot have them, so you are ready to kill; you strongly desire things, but you cannot get them, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it. James 4:1-2

These two verses show us a people that are seeking those things they need by a means other than prayer. Did you know that this is the way a lot of people go about life. They try to get everything they need or think they need by any means they can. It says here in James that they fight, they scheme, they plan, they kill, they work, they war and they hate all in an effort to get the things they think they need.

James tells them they are going about it the wrong way. James tells them that the reason they have not is because they ask not, they don't pray.

How many times have we been guilty of the same thing? We try everything using our own energy trying to obtain what we need. We grab and fight for what we think we need when the answer to our needs is as simple as prayer.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for members of the U. S. Congress and Senate asking God to provide for them the help they need in leading this country. Pray that they will look to God for direction and guidance.


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I trust God will work this all together for good as He always has. I was reading something about remembering what the Lord has brought us through in the past.

I found this...

Linda: What would you say to someone who has experienced great loss and pain?

Janet: I would say that God has not forsaken you so don’t forsake Him when you need Him most. He’s the only true source of love and faithfulness in your life and He’s the lifeline that won’t let you sink into your sorrows, even when you think that’s what you want to do. Read the Psalms, play praise music at home and in the car . . . listen to the lyrics and start singing along. Pray continually, and trust and believe that God always answers, sometimes in a still small voice. Look for Him in every circumstance; He’s there waiting to rescue you and give you a testimony of His great goodness and faithfulness.

(I noticed it spoke of that "still small voice")

The doctor ordered a cat scan and that's scheduled for 9 am tomorrow. Then I'm to come back and see him on Monday to discuss the results.

When I stop and think that it is all mighty God I'm going to talk to...or pray to...I'd hope praise would be in my heart for Him. It's stopping and thinking that can trip me up.

Yes, it does seem proper to me too, that we enter into His presence with praise.

Thank you brother Herb!

PS I found a private and silent place!

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All praise and glory to God. Glad your feeling well. Have a great day

A word from the Word
July 06 - - Enter Prayer in Praise
And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 2 Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father's house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch. 3 And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: - - - - Numbers 2:1-3

East side ... that would have been directly in front of the gate or entrance to the courtyard and the tabernacle. That meant that everyone or anyone entering the tabernacle had to go through the tribe or camp of Judah. The meaning of the name Judah is Praise. So in order to enter the tabernacle they had to enter through Praise the same way we enter into God’s presence today.

So when we pray it just seems proper that we enter into the presence of God in praise.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for the President and cabinet of this country that they will look to God for guidance, for help, and for wisdom.


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I want you to know that I'm fine and have been for a couple of days. I think tomorrow will be a consultation.
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As I've said I write to the Lord in the morning and shortly before I go to sleep. This really has helped my prayer life! I know now that I need to read my Bible in silence.
Reading your messages is food for my spirit too.

1st Kings 19:11-12 is great. The Lord wasn't in the wind nor the earthquake or the fire....but after the fire, a still small voice.

Elijah couldn't hear God in the wind, earthquake or fire. He had to be still in order to hear that still small voice. That reminds me of, Be still and know that I am God.

I love this verse.."But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly." Matthew 6: .

Thank you sooooooo much Herb!!!!











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Darlene - Great post and yes I will be praying for you.

A word from the Word
July 05 - - We need a Special Place for our Praying
"But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly." Matthew 6:

It speaks of a time of enter into a closet and shutting the door. When the Word speaks of a closet it is speaking of a closed place away from the distraction of the world a place where you can be alone with God. A place where you can talk to God but a place where God can talk to you. Too often there is so much going on around us that it would be impossible to hear God.

1 Kings 19:11-12 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Elijah could not hear God in the wind, earthquake or in the fire. Elijah had to be still in order to hear God in the “still small voice”. So we need that special place where we can be alone with God where God can speak to us in that “still small voice”


God said if you will I will - - - If you will PRAY I will ANSWER.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for our court system, locally as well as the state courts and the U. S. Supreme Court. Ask God’s blessing and guidance upon judges as that they make decision.


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This message is excellent.

I got this in an e-mail from Joni Erickson Tada and thought it was good.


Trouble for God?
Dear Darlene,

"By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth." Psalm 33:6

It was July 4th of 1997. All of us were amazed when the Martian land-rover, Pathfinder, began sending back color images of the stark, red landscape of Mars. The discoveries sparked a lively interest in other planets in our solar system, including the stars, along with the other untold numbers of galaxies in vast, uncharted regions of the universe.

The overwhelming data about the immensity of outer space also sparked conversations about "who" and "why" the universe was created. During a college astronomy lecture, a student asked his professor, "Why would God go to all the trouble to create all that?" The professor who happened to be a Christian replied, "Trouble? What trouble? Creating the suns and stars was no trouble for God. He accomplished it with simply His word. You and I are the ones who have caused Him trouble."

The professor is right. God created the universe by the breath of His mouth. We were made "new creatures in Christ" by the blood, sweat, tears and death of the Son of God. Our salvation cost God big trouble.

We may stand under a full moon or high atop a mountain on a starry night and be overwhelmed at the greatness and glory of our God and think, Oh, how brightly the stars shine. We are awestruck and amazed. But nowhere does God's glory shine brighter than when we stand in the shadow of the cross. It's one thing for God to make a star; another thing to redeem sinful man to "shine like a star in the universe" (Daniel 12:3). Today, contemplate the humility and love of God in that "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Lord Jesus, thank You for flinging the stars and suns into space with a simple command from Your lips. Much, much more than that, thank You for laying down Your life for me. I'm saved! Oh, God, thank You for taking the trouble!

Blessings,

Joni and Friends
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I am going to see a doctor (a specialist) this coming Wednesday. I have several symptoms that lead me to think I have a kidney stone. I am a bit concerned but I'm not worried. I have the Lord to thank that I'm not worried. I used to be one who told others, worry is like rocking in a rocking chair....it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere. Then I'd worry!

I hope you and Anna had a special independence day. Earlier today I was thinking about the armed forces that have protected our country. Probably because of what I read here!

Our country was established great but as sad as it is, America is not the same today. I agree with you, we do need to get serious about praying for this country! I will add all those that don't yet know Jesus as their Savior.
Freedom of religion is a good place to start. The freedom to worship God anywhere....anywhere we choose.

I love the end of this verse too!! .."and He shall hear me". Ps 55:19

Thank you brother Herb.







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July 04 - - Independence Day
"Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice." 18 He will bring me safely back from the battles that I fight against so many enemies. Psalms 55:17-18

This verse seems so suited for today as we look into Gods Word. Today we celebrate the 4 of July, Independence Day, the day this country was established. Brave men fought for this day and many gave of their lives so that this Declaration of Independence could be signed. This freedom is still being fought.

This country was established under God and upon God’s principles. I believe that this is the reason this country has been blessed in many ways. As this verse says “He/God will bring me safely back from the battles that I fight against so many enemies. I believe this is the reason that after 200+ years we are still singing about our freedom.

But things are changing and God seems to no longer have His place in this country. They have tried to take God out of everything calling this freedom. They stand on the statement that they should have the freedom not to worship or believe in God but by them taking God out of everything they are taking away from us Christians our freedom to worship and believe.

We Christian’s need to go to our knees and cry out to God for this country. Let us take this 4th of July and turn it into a prayer time. As they set off their fireworks in celebration of the day let us set off a few fireworks in the form of prayer. Church we need to get serious about praying for this country.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for Freedom of religion. The freedom to worship God in our churches but not only in our churches but also in our schools, homes, neighborhoods and in state and federal gatherings. - - - - "Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice." Psalms 55:19


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Gralan, it's good hearing from you!!!! Please come back.

I had a rough time praying, but not long ago I began writing to God in the morning and evening. This has helped me a lot to be able to talk to the Lord.

There have been times I need to go somewhere early in the morning and I don't write to God. Of course I could wake up 10 minutes earlier.

My life runs much smoother when I write to Him first.

Thanks Herb and Gralan!!!



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Thanks for the word from the Word. I know that I do not have this habit, yet. As I read this I thought that aside from the times I feel a need to pray, but aside from that having set times includes praise and worship into the day -- Evening, morning, noon. That covers it pretty sure, it does indeed.



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July 02 - - We need a special time for our praying.
"Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice." 18 He will bring me safely back from the battles that I fight against so many enemies. Psalms 55:17-18

We need a time set aside each day for prayer. The scripture tells us that Jesus often spent the night in prayer. Jesus had a special time that He meet with the Father in prayer.

Here in this Psalm we see David in distress. He is in flight from the enemy and has turned to God in prayer. Too often this is where we find ourselves. Troubles all around us with what it seem as no place to go. David prayed, David had a time that he prayed. It says that David prayed early in the morning and at noon. I love it where it says that he prayed aloud. Not to himself but he spoke the words aloud.

David said I will pray to God in the morning and at noon. David had that time in the morning and at noon when he prayed. What time of the day have we set aside for prayer? I am afraid if we don't have that special time set aside, too often, we will fail to pray.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for our mayor, city council, and all other city leaders. That they will look to God for guidance, for help, and for wisdom as they perform their duties.


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July 01 - - Praying the Scriptures
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

I think one of the greatest things we can learn to do is to pray the scriptures. Using scriptures in our praying.

When we pray a scripture we are praying God's word. Speaking back to God what He has already spoken to us. When we pray the scriptures we are simply agreeing with God or I could say praying God’s will. God said it and I can put my entire trust in His Word. We pray the scripture every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer.

What we are doing when we pray the scriptures is building our faith in prayer and also in God’s Holy Word.

Just a thought

There is so much going on in the world today. We need a calling of this country back to God. Today let us pray about the drastic changes that are taking place. The old laws that are being set aside and the new laws that are being placed into effect. Let us pray that these law line up with God and His Holy Word.


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I could say "I agree" after each statement you've made.

I am thankful I am one of His.

Thank you brother Herb!!!

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June 30 - -We Need to Be Humble in Our Praying
Ezr 8:21 - - -humble ourselves before our God and to ask him to lead us on our journey and protect us and our children and all our possessions.

I think the key word in this scripture would be humble. Sometimes I think we need to get on our knees before God and submit ourselves totally to Him.

Knowing who we are in His presence and knowing who God is. God the supreme being of the universe. God the creator but also God the sustainer.

Pray placing ourselves completely under his authority and care.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for a supernatural move of God across our nation, bringing a new sense of revival and trust in God



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When I remember His words...I will never leave thee nor forsake thee, then praying seems easier. Easier may not be the word I'm looking for. Remembering that He is with me brings hope and with hope it is easier talking to Him.

When I read this message earlier today I thought, I'd like to pray just to talk with the Lord...not only in times of need, but anytime.

Thank you Herb!!!

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June 29 - -Faithful in Our Praying
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1

Did you know that most people don't pray unless they need something? We should pray when we need something. Jesus tells us to pray for our daily needs. But this should not be the only time that we pray.

Jesus tells us that we should always pray and not give up. We should pray when we feel like it and when we don't feel like it. We should pray in the morning but also in the evening. Jesus said we should always pray.

People are depending on our Praying. Many times people will ask us to pray for them. Most often when a person asks for pray it because they have a crises in their lives. If you tell a person you're going to pray for them then be sure you do. They are very much depending or your praying.

Prayer is a very serious thing. I find it a good practice that when a person ask for prayer to do it right then and there. Then I write it down so that I won't forget to pray again later.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for God’s protection and provision for our military. Ask that He especially bless and protect those serving in dangerous places and performing dangerous jobs. Ask for His blessing on soldiers and their families as they deal with issues of separation and loneliness.


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This morning there was another discussion about judging in that same group. I didn't comment because I didn't want to say anything I'd be sorry for saying later. This discussion has been on my mind often during the day today. I've prayed about it and I may say something.....if the same discussion is still going on.

And about this....when I was having a very hard time, you didn't judge me. You helped me!!!
Thank you for not judging me!!!!
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We need to keep on praying!

I'm beginning to really love this verse....

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Thanks much Herb!!


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Thank you Darlene

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June 28 - - Persistent in Our Praying,
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Luk 11:9-10

To really understand this scripture we need to see the context in which it is written. We have a parable of this neighbor going to a friend's house at midnight asking this friend to let him borrow three loaves of bread. Stating, a friend of mine who is on a trip has just come to my house and I don't have any food for him!

Suppose the friend should answer 'Don't bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' Well, what would you do then? It says in this parable that the neighbor keep seeking, knocking and asking till the door was open and the bread was given.

I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you EVERYTHING YOU NEED because you are not ashamed to keep on asking.

The words of Jesus “And so I say to you: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For those who ask will receive, and those who seek will find, and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks”.

So how long should we pray?

Just a thought

Church the time has come for us to get serious about our praying. The world is calling out in need of our prayers “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Today let us pray for our court system, locally as well as the state courts and the U. S. Supreme Court. Ask God’s blessing and guidance upon judges, and that they would look to Him for help and direction.


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This is an excellent message!! It encourages us to pray with others.

I saw this message in face-book and I was not happy with a comment that was made. I wasn't sure what (if anything) I could do, so I didn't comment. Instead of hitting "like" I hit "love".

You are so right, it is time we (I could say I) stop talking and start doing. Pray and then do.

A cousin I asked you to pray for a long while back, posted something on face-book today about Jesus that caused me to be hopeful about my cousin's salvation!!! This (in my opinion), is an answer to 2 or 3 asking.....as in Matthew 18:19, 20

Thank you Herb!!!!





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June 27 - -Joining our Faith
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Mat 18:19-20

We have the promise of God that if I join my faith with another person’s faith that not only will God hear our prayer but we have the promise that our prayer will be answered.

So my question would be, what do you suppose would happen if we multiplied our faith by say ten or fifteen praying together. What if the whole church began to pray and agree?

It also tells us in this verse that if we pray together in agreement that Jesus himself will be in the midst or with those who are praying. We could say that Jesus has joined us in agreement with our prayer.

We could say that not only have we joined our faith with another person’s faith but we have also joined our faith with the faith of Jesus. So we have my faith praying along with another person’s faith praying and since the two of us agree as touching we also have the faith of Jesus.

Church it’s time we stopped talking and start doing. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Just a thought
Today let us pray for members of the U. S. Congress and Senate, including our own, asking God to provide for them and help them. Pray as well that they will look to God for direction and guidance as they help to lead the nation.


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Good morning! I wasn't able to get into Sparkpeople last night. It might be because my computer runs slower in the evening.
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God does answer prayer! He hears and answers. I hope I won't ever stop being amazed about Him and the work He has done, does and will do. He does these works one day at a time, as He did in the beginning.

I like that this verse (Matthew 17:20) has to do with a mountain and so does your message. Our mountains and our nation's mountains are too big for us....but not for Him. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think!

Our mountains are smaller than molehills to God who made them.

Thank you Herb.



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June 25 - - Crying Out to God For The Nation
- - - I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20

Now the mustard seed is a very small seed. So when it speaks of faith as a grain of mustard it is speaking of a very small amount of faith. So even if our faith is of the smallest amount it still has power, power enough to move a mountain.

Now our world today, our nation today is suffering from mountain size problems. Mountains so big that they seem impossible to be moved but with faith in God and faith in God answering prayer nothing is impossible. How much faith? Only a mustard seed amount of faith.

Church it’s time for us to go to our knees in prayer. Crying out to God to heal our land, a time of calling our nation back to God. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Just a thought
Today let us pray for the President and cabinet that they will look to God for guidance, help, and wisdom.


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Good point, thanks Darlene

A word from the Word
June 24 -- We Need to Have Faith When We Pray
- - - I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20

This is a time for mountain moving. So much is happing in the world today. Crime and killing seem to be running repaid. Terroir outbreaks all over the world. Each day the mountain seem to look bigger and bigger.

Here in this verse from Matthews’s gospel it speaks of moving mountains. It says if you have faith, having faith when we pray. What is the point in praying if we don’t believe that God is going to respond to our prayers?

And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief Mark 9:24 I believe that this is a good place to start if we are lacking faith. Do as the father of the young child that was brought to Jesus. He told Jesus that the child had a dumb spirit; 18And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: Jesus told him to believe or we could say have faith. The father responded by saying Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

If you feel you lack faith then ask of God. Be upfront with God, you might as well because God already knows. the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

Just a thought

Today let us pray that our church family will be united in our worship of God, fellowship with one another, and ministry to the community. Ask God to help believers confront and remove issues and problems that threaten this unity.


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A strong storm came through this area a little while ago. I think the weatherman said there was a possibility of a tornado. We don't have an actual basement but we have a room under the house that's about 12 x 20. The furnace hangs from the ceiling in this room. We've gone down there two times so far when there was a tornado warning.
The sky was dark here for a while but it looked like the worst of it was going north of us.

When I came here just a bit ago, I realized I didn't pray for the people in the storm's path. I wish I had prayed for those people earlier when it may have done some good. Now is the time for me to pray for that unsaved relative. I don't know where God's word says it but doesn't it say, now is the day is the day of salvation. There are other verses that speak about today or this day. This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad therein.

I just noticed in Nehemiah 4:21 it says...so every day, from dawn until the stars came out at night. It doesn't say what they did the day before or the day after...but every day.

The lady that was with me when I made a "profession of faith" told me she woke up very early every morning to pray. I think she woke up at 4 or 5.

Thank you Herb!



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June 22 - -Answering the Call
Nehemiah 4:21 So every day, from dawn until the stars came out at night, half of us worked on the wall, while the other half stood guard with spears.

We have two groups of workers on the wall. Fist we have those removing the rubbish, cutting the stones and those laying the stones. Second we have those walking the wall watching for the enemy, both groups of workers were very important

This is also a picture of the Church. Those that are working in the church, teach Sunday school, singing in worship, caretakers of the building, those who do the office work, those that take care of the visiting, those who are in the nursery and it goes on and on - Each of these are a very important part of the church.

Then you have those in the church that walk on the wall watching for the enemy. The ones who have been called to Pray, that very special group that God has called to be the prayer warriors in the church.
God is not finished with us. Gods not ready for us to quite. God still had a work for us to do. God is calling us to a ministry of prayer.

God wants you and I to take your place on the wall. God is calling us to be part of an army of worriers who will watch and pray. WE need to pray for our/your pastor that when he preaches on Sunday that God will fill him with the fire of the Holy Spirit. That those who are lost will be saved. That those who have been saved will be drawn into a closer walk with Jesus.

Are you ready to take your place on the wall, watching and praying? Praying for the world, our nation, our state, our city and our neighborhood will come to Jesus the Christ.



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When I got here just now I was thinking of telling you I'm having a tough time managing my time. Time seems to be managing me. But then I thought maybe time isn't mine to manage at all. Time is God's. My time here is His too.
Maybe I simply need to pray for His help concerning time and how I use it..

I have been praying for three people to come to know the Lord. Their salvation is soooo important....as everyone's is!

I'm glad you mentioned the church is not the building (although we call it such)...because I have one (at least one) unsaved relative on Facebook. I hope he reads these.

Thank you again!


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Thanks Darlene

A word from the Word
June 21 - - God gave me this word found in Nehemiah
4:21 So every day, from dawn until the stars came out at night, half of us worked on the wall, while the other half stood guard with spears.

Nehemiah was cup-bearer to the Persian emperor. Jerusalem had been plundered and taken captive by the Babylonians. Nehemiah, 140 years later, heard of how they had been suffering in Jerusalem because of the wall being destroyed.

The book of Nehemiah is the story of Nehemiah rebuilding these walls - but it also God’s message for us today. Nehemiah is a picture of the church and the workers within the church working together to build God’s kingdom.

The church is not the building although we call it such. The church is the believers. The building of the church is the believers working together to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church is also the disciplining and teaching of those who are already believers. It is the caring and ministering to those around us, those who are part of the body of Christ and those who are not part of the body of Christ. It is working inside the Church but also working outside the Church.

I said all of this simply to say this. The church is those who are doing the work of building and those who are doing the work of praying. We do need workers but we also need those who will pray. Yes we are all to pray but there is a very special group who has been called to pray.


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Hi, I want to tell you what I think about the old testament. It is all God's word and I believe He can speak to people through His word very easily whether it's the old testament or new.

For example, Jeremiah 32:17 was without a doubt a verse the Lord used in order to help me realize there is nothing too hard for Him.

The verse in Chronicles is perfect for these times. If My people, who are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.
I may have left something out of that but because you've posted it often, I did better than I thought i would. So thanks!!!
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In a group I was in, I learned that if we don't drop the mop, no one else can or will pick it up! That goes for little jobs and big jobs. In church or out of church.
I'm not planning on "dropping the mop" here at home..lol Maybe one day but not yet.

I'm glad God isn't finished with us yet. I know He's not finished with you because I have so much to learn.

It seems some of the same people get the same jobs. They are nominated and then voted on. My husband and I have wondered why. I guess we should have asked why. But then it would be wrong for us to ask why since they were nominated. This is puzzling. I'll give this to the Lord.

I agree, it's our responsibility to pass on jobs in the church.

Thanks very much Herb!









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June 20 - - Walking the Wall and Watching
Nehemiah 4:21 So every day, from dawn until the stars came out at night, half of us worked on the wall, while the other half stood guard with spears.

I think the biggest problem that we deal with when grow older is we feel that we are no longer needed. There are so many things that we can no longer do. The younger generation has taken our place and this is the way it should be. It is our reasonability to allow the younger generation to do so that when we are gone they will be able to carry on being the church. We must step aside and allow them to take our place

So often this is very hard for us to do. Everything must be passed to the next generation or it will die. All knowledge must be passed to the next generation in order for them to have knowledge. That’s why we have universities.

This is also true with the church. It is our reasonability to pass the church to the next generation. If we do not allow the next generation to become involved in leading the church then the church will die But that means that I must step aside and allow the next generation to take my place. But when this happens – when I step aside it makes me feel as if I am no longer needed. It’s not that I am no longer needed - I’m just needed in other places doing other things.

God wants you to know that you are still very important to Him. God is saying that He is not finished with us yet.

God is calling us into a work of intercessory prayer.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that strained or broken relationships, among families and friends as well as acquaintances, will be restored.


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I had a stomach ache least night. I got here but then suddenly Sparks was gone so I went to bed. It seems to be fine this morning! I sure am glad and thankful.
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A call to prayer..
I remember so well when my husband suggested that my Dad cast in a spot near shore, when the four of us were fishing. My Dad said, about casting to the shore, I can't do that anymore. That really hit me....my Dad was getting old. It hit me so deep that I wrote a little thing about it. Other people's Dads got old, but not mine. Yes, mine too!!

I love that you told those in a nursing home that they have a new ministry...a ministry of prayer. And that is good that you called the lady to pray when you went to visit the children in the neighborhood. People need to know just because they're getting old, doesn't mean they have no worth. I wonder if one of that lady's prayers may have been why a boy or girl came to church.

I have been praying the prayer at the bottom of your message. I didn't anyways but I have been for quite awhile.

Thanks brother Herb!!!








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June 18 - -Is This Scripture for Today?
2 Chronicles 714 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

A couple years back I enter this verse as the heading for my post. I was called down and told that this was not for today that this was given for the Nation Israel.

I agreed with her that this was given to the Nation Israel but I told her that this was also much needed for the church today. I asked her what part of this verse was not for the church today. I asked, was it “If my people”, are we not God’s people by the blood of Jesus. I asked, was it the part that says “who are called by my name”, or we not called by the name of Jesus CHRIST-ions. Or is it, “humble themselves and pray”, or “seek God’s face, or “turn from our wicked ways. Yes I do believe that this was for the nation Israel but also for the church today.

Yes God does what us to humble ourselves before him in prayer, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. Yes and then we have the promise that God will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land. Yes I do believe our land needs a healing from God and yes I do believe that our nation needs a returning to God.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for our city, state, and nation. Today let us pray that people throughout the city will open their hearts to the voice of God, and grasp that He has a loving and eternal plan for their lives.


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June 17 - - A Call to Prayer
2 Chronicles 714 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

As we get older we find that there are many things that we can no longer do but we also find that there are still many things that we can still do. The message that I fell that God has for us who have grown older is a message that is calling us to a ministry of prayer. God has this special group of people, prayer warriors who have been called to stand watch day and night in prayer.

As I ministered in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Homes this is the message that God gave me to take to them. God is not finished with you He simply has a new ministry that He is calling you too, this is a ministry of prayer. God needs people who will give themselves over to prayer.

In my early Christion walk with Jesus He allowed me to serve him in a ministry of bringing children to church. In this Bus Ministry we would spend most of Saturday visiting the children in the neighborhood trying to persuade them to come to church. Each Saturday before I left to visit I would call this lovely Lady who was a shut-in and ask her to be praying as we did the work of visiting. She was just as important as or even more important than the one doing the visiting.

I believe today God is still calling a special group of people to pray. Prayer Warriors ready to do battle on their knees before God in prayer. A ministry of praying and believing.

For the next few day I would like to talk about praying and believing.

At the bottom of each day daily post you will find a request for prayer. I hope or I pray that you are joining me in praying for these needs.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that marriages and family relationships throughout the congregation will be strengthened.


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A white stone...

This white stone fascinates me. I wonder if it's smooth and shiny and I wonder if it's small enough to hold in a hand easily. What we do know is it's white and it's a stone. There's something very important about this white stone. God will be giving each of us this white stone.

I love that it's a stone of acceptance!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wonder what new name I'll be given! Yes, it is incredible that God has a new name (a special name) for each one of His children.

My Dad called our first child (who was a girl)...Princess. He wrote a poem about his Princess.

Awhile ago I mentioned I had written something about a man visiting his mother in a nursing home. I added this as a blog on my Spark page. I think I called it "The Visit".

Thank you brother Herb!


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16- A word from the Word
June 16 - - A White Stone
"Everyone who is victorious will eat of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it." Revelation 2:17
This verse tell us that God has a white stone for us. This is not a bad thing but a good thing.

This is where the term “blackballing a person” comes from. If you desired acceptance into a group they would vote by placing stones into a box. If a black stone was placed in the box then you would not be accepted, you would be blackballed.

A white stone is a stone of acceptance. This scripture is telling us that God has for those who believe in Him a white stone, the stone of acceptance, acceptance into His fellowship, acceptance into His reward and acceptance into the family of God.

But wait that’s not all, on this white stone is written a new name.

Fathers and mothers often show love for their children by giving them special names, Princess, – Angel, – my Buddy - and they do this to show their children special love. . .

Isn't it incredible to think that God has a special name just for us?

Just a thought

Today let us pray for a supernatural move of God across our nation, bringing a new sense of revival and trust in God or our Churches.


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The hidden manna..

"Could it be that Jesus is letting us know that the manna in the Old Testament was a foreshadowing of the new covenant with Jesus as the manna that gives eternal life."

Yes, I think so!!

I didn't connect old testament manna with Jesus being the bread of life in the new. Of course the manna could never have given eternal life or paid the cost on the cross for our salvation.

"It seems proper to say that the hidden Manna is Jesus who is the full, glorious, everlasting manna of God."

I like those words....full, glorious, everlasting manna of God.

Thank you Herb!




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June 15 – The hidden Manna
"Everyone who is victorious will eat of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it." Revelation 2:17

Jesus told the Jewish people. “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead”. The hidden manna that it is speaking of here is the bread that came down from heaven that one may eat and never die. John 6:48-50 Could it be that Jesus is letting us know that the manna in the Old Testament was a foreshadowing of the new covenant with Jesus as the manna that gives eternal life.

I am the true bread from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever and not die as your ancestors did, even though they ate the manna." - John 6:58

Jesus is telling us that He is the manna of the New Covenant and in this manna there is no death. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world. John 6:51

Since Jesus fulfilled and replaced the Old Covenant, we can know that the hidden manna that He is speaking of here is spiritual manna.

In that room were a gold incense altar and a wooden chest called the Ark of the Covenant, which was covered with gold on all sides. Inside the Ark were a gold jar containing some manna, Aaron's staff that sprouted leaves, and the stone tablets of the covenant with the Ten Commandments written on them. - Hebrews 9:4

It seems proper to say that the hidden Manna is Jesus who is the full, glorious, everlasting manna of God.

Just a thought
Today let us pray for God’s protection and provision for our military. Ask that He especially bless and protect those serving in dangerous places and performing dangerous jobs. Ask for His blessing on soldiers and their families as they deal with issues of separation and loneliness.


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With God creating the entire universe, the sun, moon and stars and the beauty of the seasons, mountains and oceans, lakes and rivers, and so much more yet we were God's master plan.

That's beyond amazing!!

I remember so well the day I realized that Jesus loved me...me!! I was alone in the house other than another dog we had so I said, Joey, God loves me!!

Is growing in the Lord realizing more and more that He really loves you?

I know He saved me in January of 74. But the day I told Joey God loves me was different somehow. I knew He loved me....not just the entire world of people (as a whole), but me. I was not nor am I now, worthy! I can't be worthy of His kind of love. Jesus came to set sinners free.

Thank you for this special memory. God loves you!!!

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June 14-This is very good
Everything God created He created for a reason. Each of Gods creations were created as part of His master plan.

What was Gods master plan? You and I was Gods master plan

Ephesians 1:3-6
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

And that is why, when God created man, He said “and this is very good”. God’s master plan of creation was MAN.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for our court system, locally as well as the state courts and the U. S. Supreme Court. Ask God’s blessing and guidance upon judges, and that they would look to Him for help and direction.


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I'm doing better today. Thanks for praying for me! I know the reason I had a tough day so I guess I need to just give this to the Lord. *Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
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Thanks for not only telling us the reasons God made the sun and moon even though there was already light.....but you gave scripture to back it up. The reasons are wonderful but when backed up with scripture, who can argue with that. Yeah!!

Thanks brother Herb!!!





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June 13-Why?
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:16-18

Today we see the sun and the moon as the provider of our light but we have already found out that the sun and moon are not needed for light because light was already there before they were created. So if we do not need the sun and moon and stars for light, why did God create them?

God gives three reasons
First, to bear witness to God’s existence
Psalm. 19:1-6 ¶ The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Second, to reveal God’s attributes or God’s character
Rom. 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

Third, the sun and moon were created for the bring forth of the seasons. By the way the earth is positioned to the sun and moon creates seasons and also the tides in the ocean
Psa. 104:19 “He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.”

Just a thought

Today let us pray for members of the U. S. Congress and Senate, including our own, asking God to provide for them and help them. Pray as well that they will look to God for direction and guidance as they help to lead the nation.



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Hi, I've had a difficult time today. I think I'm really having a difficult time with me. Please pray for an unspoken request.
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I looked up that verse because I wanted to find out who called the sun, sun and who referred to the moon as moon. I think it was Moses. If it was, I wonder why he called the greater light, the sun and the lesser light the moon. Was Moses the first person to call them the sun and the moon?

Thank you Herb! Have a nice Sunday!



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June 11-The greater light and the lesser light
God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. Genesis 1:16

Notice God named the light day and the darkness night but God did not name the sun and the moon God simply calls them “the greater light and the lesser light”. That brings us to the question, why?

God did not intend for them to be anything more than simply the greater light and the lesser light.

Deuteronomy 4:19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.

Of course I know that today we do not worship the son and the moon as our God but we do have other God’s that we do worship. I heard it once said, “Whatever holds first place in your life is you’re God”.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for the President and cabinet that they will look to God for guidance, help, and wisdom.


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That is interesting. I never noticed that God made plants and trees before He made the sun.

I think many people (me included) tend to think plants and trees need water and sun! As you said, His ways are not our ways.

You mention what you would have done. If I made two human beings and they disobeyed me, I'd toss them aside and make two more. I'd probably keep doing this till they obeyed.

But if God had done that, we wouldn't know anything of His extreme love. Love so extreme that He was willing to go to the cross for our sins.

Jesus is the Light of the world.

Thanks again Herb!!

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June 10-JESUS THE LIGHT OF LIFE
God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. 17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, Genesis 1:16-17

Then God placed the sun and moon in the expanse of heavens which would be the sky or the second heaven. What’s so strange about this day of creation is the fact that the vegetation, the plants and the trees bearing fruit and seed exited before the sun. God created the plants and the trees one day before he created the sun and the moon.

Proving again that Gods way are not our ways. I would have provided the light before I created the plants but what we are failing to see is that God had already provided the light. Recall God created light on day one. God was and is the light of day one and this creative light coming from God would have been more than enough to provide life, even plant life.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the LIGHT OF LIFE.” John 8:12 Notice it says that Jesus is the LIGHT OF LIFE, even plant life.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that God will provide for those who are hurting and in need, both locally and nationally. Ask that He move on the hearts of believers to help meet needs in as much as they are able to do so.


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