When I Think About The Lord…

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Psalm 135:1-3

Living Bible

135 Hallelujah! Yes, let his people praise him as they stand in his Temple courts. Praise the Lord because he is so good; sing to his wonderful name.

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Precious Lord,

We bless you this morning. We thank you for always being a God who hears our cries and our supplications to you. We lift up people all over the world suffering from the effects of the COVID virus. I especially lift up to you the people of India. I can feel their hurt, pain, and sorrow. Father, we cry out on their behalf and ask that you rescue them from their trials. Even though we are of different faiths, you created us all. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I stand in the spiritual gap for my brothers and sisters in India. Clear any unseen forces that may be causing death, destruction and lack and usher in healing and peace, in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord, my Healer, my Comforter and my Redeemer, Amen.

Rev. Marcia

Keeping Hope Alive…

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Isaiah 61:1-3

New King James Version

The Good News of Salvation

61 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to [a]heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To [b]console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

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Glorious Lord,

We bless you this morning. Father, so much of our country is in turmoil and unrest. Bring peace and rest to the hearts of your creations. Father God, we ask that you send out your heavenly forces to battle for the heart and soul of human beings. Fortify heaven’s holy army to fight the forces of darkness, strife, and confusion. Let us, your servants, remember that we cannot be silent. We do battle on our knees, in our prayer closets, and in our secret places, as we intercede in prayer to you. Hear our prayer, Lord, and remove the scales the enemy has places over the ears, eyes, and hearts of humans. We lift these prayers to you, in the power and holy name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis

When Temptation Comes…

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Recently, I was facing a common temptation that has typically won in my life. When this temptation rears its head, I’m usually not strong enough to resist. I felt weak, but at the same time I didn’t want to give in. I was sitting alone and God simply said in my spirit, “Say out loud what is going on.” I felt silly; I felt like I was a kid running to my parents telling them that someone was picking on me, but that is exactly what God wanted me to do and say. I simply said, “Lord, the enemy is trying to get me to do (insert temptation here), but I don’t want to do it. Please help me.” In that every instant, the Holy Spirit lead me to find some worship music on my phone. I started playing it and the atmosphere began to change. It felt so good not to give in. Prayer doesn’t have to be formal or eloquent, it just has to be effective.

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James 5:16

King James Version

16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Ephesians 6:10-18

GOD’S WORD Translation

Put On All the Armor That God Supplies

10 Finally, receive your power from the Lord and from his mighty strength. 11 Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil’s strategies. 12 This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world. 13 For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days.[a] Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground.

14 So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God’s approval as your breastplate. 15 Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace. 16 In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Also take salvation as your helmet and God’s word as the sword that the Spirit supplies.

18 Pray in the Spirit [b] in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God’s people.

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Father God,

Thank you for hearing our prayers and for providing a way of escape, when we cry out to you. Thank you for reminding us that you, Lord, are always with us. All we have to do is cry out to you. Continue to mature us in our faith and in our spirit. We welcome you into the driver’s seat. We lift these prayers to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Grateful…

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Hebrews 12:28-29

English Standard Version

28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

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Precious Lord,

We come to you this morning with thankful and grateful hearts. You didn’t have to wake any of us up this morning, but those who were assigned to wake up, you allowed it to be so. May we use this day to glorify the Kingdom of God. May we use this day to share the love of Christ. May we use this day to speak life and love into each and every sentient being we encounter. Bring peace into our heart, our land, and our government. In the matchless and powerful name of Jesus we do pray, Amen and Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis

God is Still Able…

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Ephesians 3:14-21

New King James Version

Appreciation of the Mystery

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father [a]of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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Dear Precious Lord,

We know that you are able to do anything but fail. Even though we will never be able to comprehend your thoughts, as they are so much higher than ours, we still trust you and we know that you won’t fail. We lift up our prayers to you and we say let your will be done, according to the will of heaven. Bring our heart, mind, and will in unison with yours, in the matchless and holy name of Jesus, we lift this prayer to you. Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis

Peace Be Still…

Special Note: I love my husband Anthony’s heart for God. He knows the power and authority of calling on the name of Jesus. Anthony also says the same phrase that Jesus did, whenever he senses confusion, chaos, or unrest. He will simply say, “Peace be still.” The atmosphere obeys Anthony, not because he is special, but because the atmosphere knows under whose authority he is speaking.

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Mark 4:37-39

New King James Version

37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

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To the Lover of our Soul,

Lord Jesus, thank you for showing, teaching and reminding us of the authority and power we have in your name. We were created in your image. In scripture, you often remind us that the same authority you have we also have, because we are family and we are connected. May we use our spiritual muscles more each day. May we take control of the atmosphere, like you taught us. May we remember that as long as we pray, according to YOUR WILL, whatever we pray for shall be done. Mature us and grow us up. In your name we pray, Jesus, Amen.

Rev. Marcia Davis