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PRAYER FOR THE WORLD

That your light will shine so brightly, all darkness flees before you.
That your love will cast out all fear.
That your hope, peace and joy will cheer every heart.
That hatred, bigotry, bitterness, abuse and violence will be banished forever.
That your healing presence will restore people and nations in every way.
That you will be exalted and glorified in all the Earth.
That all people will draw together in unity as they submit to you.
That your will is done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.  Amen.

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YOUR KINGDOM COME

When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He included this line:  “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven…”

As I have pondered these phrases, an idea has come to me.  What would happen if Christians joined together for a day of declaring God’s Kingdom reality over the Earth?  Instead of rehearsing the troubles, wrongs and evil we come across, we would recite and declare all that God is and all that He has for His world.  For example, instead of repeating all of the news about the Zica virus and focusing on how bad it is, we would declare that God is Healer; all disease is defeated by Him.
If we hear something about a neighbor, even something true, we can turn it to blessing:
Statement:  “She’s such a nag!
Response:  God bless her and give her peace.  The Prince of Peace rule her heart and mind.””

 

Among other Scriptures, Romans 12 is full of instructions to serve and bless.  I have been learning an important lesson about this:  Blessing tears down curses.  God is so much more powerful than all other forces and entities, there is no contest!  When we agree with Him, His Kingdom reality takes over.

This all sounds a little “goody two shoes” to me, yet it is what we are called to as His people.  In Romans 12:21, Paul exhorts us, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  We don’t do this on our own strength.  IT is only as God lives in us and transforms us that we can have this kind of victory.

Obviously, God would have us respond this way all of the time. The only reason I suggest a day is, we would practice joining together in such a powerful way.  As we “put what we learn into practice,” (Philippians 4:9) we grow in the ways of the Lord.

Are you interested?  Can we set a date and agree to join in blessing?  Then we can share the stories about what happens.  Let me know in the comments.

PRESS ON

When all seems dark and gloomy;
Sorrow steals your song;
Don’t give up or turn aside;
Press on, dear one, press on!

 

When you are feeling weary;
All your strength has gone,
Rest in Papa’s loving arms;
Then rise, dear one, press on!

 

When you feel lost and hopeless;
You can’t see beyond
Circumstances that hold you,
Press on, dear one, press on!

 

Then when you stand in victory;
Knowing you have won,
Rejoice and dance with gladness;
For you, dear one, pressed on!

GOD’S PRESENCE

I need God most;
I experience him best
With others or alone;
At work or at rest.
In the valleys and canyons,
Where shadows grow long;
High on a mountain
When I’m filled with a song.
And on the plateau,
Where boredom seems to reign;
I need God’s presence
in joy and in pain.

 

I call on God’s name
Any time, day or night;
In moments of peace;
If I’ve had a great fright.
As I celebrate victory;
If I’m feeling deep loss;
When I make new plans,
And am counting the cost.
In the darkest of hours;
The happiest times.
Living in God’s presence
Makes my soul shine.