Thankfulness…

Colossians 2:6-7

New International Version

Spiritual Fullness in Christ

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Great Lord Jehovah:

I thank you for Everything. I thank you for everything that stretched me, strengthen me, molded me and posture me to worship. May my mouth, heart and life continually sing your praises and magnify Your name.

In times of uncertainty, I thank you, because I know you are with me. In times of joy, I thank you, because I know you are the Joy Giver. In times of bondage, I thank you, because you are a Strong Deliverer. In times of sickness, I thank you, because you are the Master Healer.

In all things, I give thanks to You. Keep me close to you Lord and never let me stray, in Jesus name. Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis

What Shall We Call Him?

Isaiah 9:6

New International Version

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Father God,

In this season, we pause to say, “Thank You.” There is so much happening in our world today. We will never take so many things for granted. We are thankful for our health, our basic needs being met, and being able to reach out to our loved ones.

You gave us the ultimate gift, because we took for granted our personal relationship with you in the Garden of Eden. You came in the form of a human, with full knowledge of what the end would be.

You came and we can forever call you, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Might God, Everlasting Lord, Emmanuel, Holy One, King of Kings. May we never again take for granted the Grace you have shown us. In Jesus name, Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Love God, Love People..

Mark 12:30-31

New International Version

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.

Father God,

The season of 2020 has brought so many things boling to the surface. We have taken our eyes off of you. Hatred, political unrest, pandemics, and so many other things have our focus. Man has looked to man for the answers. Lord God, bring things back into focus. Our eyes have been roaming for answers when the answer has been in front of us the whole time. May we return to our first love, which is You. As we love you, we will be authentic in our love for our fellow man. In Jesus name, Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Waving Goodbye…

Proverbs 3:5-8

New International Version

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.

OUR PRAYER

Father God, we know that you know the end from the beginning. We trust you in the process. We pray for our country and our leaders. May peace be restored to our country. May every spirit that is not like you be humbled and brought to its knees in submission to you, Jehovah.

In the time of anger, confusion and unrest, we line up everything by the plumb line of your Holy Word, Your Holy character and Your Holy order. We know that you are not the God of confusion. We place our complete trust in you and we understand that you alone have the final word.

We praise you right now, as we dance like David danced, and tell our worries goodbye. We are standing in faith and place our COMPLETE trust in you alone. We seal this prayer and offer it to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. Amen

Rev. Marcia Davis

I’m Sorry (Again). Please Change Me…

Psalm 51:10-17

Living Bible

10 Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires. 11 Don’t toss me aside, banished forever from your presence. Don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 13 Then I will teach your ways to other sinners, and they—guilty like me—will repent and return to you. 14-15 Don’t sentence me to death. O my God, you alone can rescue me. Then I will sing of your forgiveness,[a] for my lips will be unsealed—oh, how I will praise you.

16 You don’t want penance; if you did, how gladly I would do it! You aren’t interested in offerings burned before you on the altar

17 It is a broken spirit you want—remorse and penitence. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not ignore.

OUR PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, we cry out to you for forgiveness and deliverance. We are sorry for breaking your heart over and over again. We know that you dont want one more “I’m Sorry,” but you want to see a change in our heart, mind, and finally our actions. Create in us a clean heart, Lord. Let not our prayers be words only, but through the victory we have in your Son, Jesus Christ, we know we have the victory. Help us not to listen to our flesh, but allow the Spirit of God to rise up in us. In the precious and holy name of Jesus. Amen

Rev. Marcia Davis

I’m Blessed…

Deuteronomy 28:6-9

New International Version

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him.

OUR PRAYER

Father God, we bless you for going before us to prepare a way. You have promised us, in your Word, when we come and when we go, we are blessed because our faces are turned toward you. No matter what it looks like, we are blessed. No matter what man says, we are blessed. Continue to lead us by your Holy Spirit and by your Word. In the name of our Redeemer and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Hope Restored…

Romans 15:5-6

New International Version

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

OUR PRAYER

Precious Father,

All praises belong to you today and every day. Thank you for our daily dose of hope. May we share the hope we have in you with those you have ordained for us to encounter. May the love of Christ be ever present in our hearts, minds, and actions. We lay all of our fears, worries and anxieties at your feet. We know that no matter what comes, our hope is in you alone. We lift these prayers to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis

We’ve Come This Far…

2 Corinthians 5:6-10

New International Version

6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

WE’VE COME THIS FAR BY FAITH…

OUR PRAYER:

Dear Heavenly Father:

We bless your name in knowing that there is none like you in the earth, above the earth or below the earth. You have the final say in our lives. We walk by faith, in You, and not by sight. We know that you are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. Our bodies bow in holy reverence to your presence in our lives. We know that the King of Glory, the Lord Strong and Mighty is in this place. Our gaze is ever on you. Guide our steps in a way that pleases you. In the name of our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis

I’ve Got You…

1 Peter 5:7

Revised Standard Version

 Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.

OUR PRAYER:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Some days we have so much anxiety and fear about the things we cannot control. Thank you for reminding us that when we turn our face towards you, all of our problems will diminish. Thank you for just wanting to hold us and cradle us in your arms. We find our rest and peace in you. We love you, Lord and bless your name. In Jesus name. Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Faithfulness…

Lamentations 3:22-26

Revised Standard Version

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,[a]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is thy faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul that seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

OUR PRAYER:

Father God,

We thank you for your faithfulness toward us. We honor and adore you, Lord. In You we have our purpose and our destiny. May our walk be ever pleasing in your sight. We ask this in the name of your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Pastor Marvin L. Winans