Words are buckets, carrying meaning, purpose. Proverbs says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21 KJV That’s a scary thought! Yes, it’s true, words ARE important. They create. Hope. Joy. Peacefulness. Laughter. And words destroy…yes, they destroy.
Granny, just plain Granny, was a character we all, staff and kids alike, loved. I was in charge of the children’s ministry and Shirley was the pianist, lover of kids and my partner in everything that went on in Children’s Ministry. Shirley decided to stretch herself by developing a grandma costumed character. Granny was the […]
I’d love to tell you about a lesson my granddaughter Ashlyn taught me on love. Click here to listen. My grandchildren teach me all kinds of things. I’m surprised at how often my grandchildren are the teachers and I’m the student. Both Brayden and Ashlyn were excited to be spending the night with us. Karyn […]
Our time in Denali National Park was limited. The Alaska Pipeline was actually number one on my “Had to See List.” And we wanted to see the North Pole. We wanted to see Fairbanks and eat in at least one of Guy Fieri‘s suggested places on Diners, Drive–Ins and Dives . We wanted to see Seward and Haines. I […]
With an elevation of 20, 237 feet, Mt. Mckinley is the highest mountain peak in North America. Our highest elevation, east of the Mississippi river is in the Appalachian Mountains. It is Mt. Mitchell at 6,683. That means Mt. McKinley’s summit is 3 times our highest peak. You would think with a summit that high, you […]
The calliope of colors was mesmerizing. The unseasonably cool morning was a great companion as I sipped coffee and watched the sunrise. Curled comfortably on the porch enamored with God’s billboard and the soothing sound of a gentle breeze blowing through the leaves. Soft, little creatures climbed from their hiding places and began their morning […]
It was July 9, 1776. It was five days after an acceptable revision of Thomas Jefferson’s radical, life altering Declaration of Independence had been accepted by 12 of the 13 colonies. Copies were distributed to assemblies, conventions and commanders of Continental troops. The New York Convention approved the action of the Continental Congress on this […]
I’ve always loved stories. So it was a natural progression for me to love the narratives of the Bible. I must admit many of them have been a total mystery to me. Mysteries that I’ve pondered and studied to understand the truth cloaked inside. The Garden Mystery One mystery from the pages of Scripture that […]
December 7, 1941 started off like any normal Sunday morning. Hawaii- a beautiful, tropical paradise! While war raged in Europe, Hawaii was tranquil. The American flag flapped loudly back and forth high on its pole at Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, Oaho, the Pacific headquarters for the American fleet. Even in December, the warm glistening […]
Jenny, my daughter in law, sat Keri in her time out chair for the third time with the warning, “If you do this again, I’m going to take away your bears.”
Keri, who is barely two years old, replied, “No way!” None of us are sure where she got the expression, but sometimes problems, situations and just life can leave us with an even stronger, “No way!”
Seeing our brand new grandson brought back memories of how I felt when I was left all alone with my firstborn, Jason, for the first time. I remember standing at the door when my mom left, almost frozen in place with the realization of the enormous task that I had before me. I was totally overwhelmed with the responsibility of nurturing and equipping a child for life.
As I touch the velvety skin of my newborn grandson I am reminded of the gravity of parenting. And while there are few responsibility, in my opinion, no responsibility, more important than parenting, there are other responsibilities and problems that can immobilize us. Challenges that leave us shaking our head, declaring, “No Way!” Regardless of what you are facing, I want to remind you there is a way. I’m not talking about gritting your teeth and struggling through it. I’m talking about thriving instead of merely surviving.
But how do we live out that truth while facing day to day struggles and outright battles.The secret is– face all of life armed with prayer and Scripture. Scripture for wisdom and insight; and prayer that invites God into your situation. I love mixing Scripture into my prayer time, like you mix other favorite ingredients to make an incredible combination, like carmel and chocolate. I will move on without staying on that rabbit trail. Praying the Scripture has enriched my prayer and built my faith to expect answers from God.
If you’ve ever heard me teach on prayer, you know I’ve prayed the Redemptive Names of God for many years. But in my quiet time I began to ask, “Why are these seven names of God considered redemptive names?
F.F. Bosworth credits Mr. Scofield with identifying the redemptive names. On page 30 of Christ the Healer, Mr. Bosworth quotes from the Scofield Bible.
“Jehovah is distinctly the redemption name of Deity,” and means the self-existent One who reveals Himself.” These seven redemptive names, he says, point to “a continuous and increasing self-revelation.” He then says, “In His redemptive relation to man, Jehovah has seven compound names which reveal Him as meeting every need of man from his lost state to the end.”
I got excited. The cross is where Jesus paid the penalty for my sins and purchased my salvation. Jehovah wants to reveal himself to me, to us, so we can discover more clearly who He really is. We see Him revealing Himself all through the Old Testament, but in order for a name to be a redemptive name, it must be directly linked to the cross.
I stood at the door of this year like I stood at my front door when Jason was a tiny infant, “No way!” And then my thoughts went to “Which way? Why that way and not my way?” and back to, “No Way!!” But instead of focusing on the challenges, I began to think about taking the revelation of Whom He really is into my challenges. Because His redemptive names are related to the cross and the work of the cross is completed, I can boldly ask for what He purchased at the cross. I prayed sorta like this.
Father, I am so thankful that you are JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH. You are with me. Because of the blood of Christ you pulled me close. (Ephesians 2:13) You are not far away shouting to me, but you are right here with me in the middle of all the decisions I have to make. I am not alone as I face this situation. As I face my day I take you with me.
Thank you Father, that you are JEHOVAH-RA-AH, my shepherd. (John 10:11) You lead me, you guide me, you nourish me and provide for me just like a shepherd does his sheep.
Thank you Father, that you are JEHOVAH-SHALOM, my peace. (Colossians 1:20) I will not be afraid. I will trust in you. Thank you for your peace that is far beyond normal, natural peace. Your peace is big enough to flow into all my being, all my situations, into every area of my life.
Thank you Father, I am so glad that you are JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU, my righteousness. (2 Corinthians 5:21)I could never achieve it. I will never earn it by being good enough. I don’t deserve it, but I receive it because Jesus makes me righteous, in right standing with God. I take off the rags of shame, rejection and guilt, and put on the spotless robe of right standing with God. I am humbled and honored to receive your lavish gift.
Thank you Father, that you are JEHOVAH-NISSI, my victory. You always cause me to triumph in Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57) I am confident in your ability to help me do what I should do. I shake off self doubt. I shake off unworthiness because you value me. I thank you that you make me worthy. You enable me to win in every situation.
Thank you, Father, thank you that you are JEHOVAH-RAPHA, my healer. You heal my body! You heal my emotions. You make me completely whole. I claim your promise. I stand on your word.
Thank you, Father, that as I step into this situation, JEHOVAH-JIREH, you are my provider. You meet all my needs. I am so thankful that your provision is complete. Your provision includes finances, wisdom,favor and direction. I am so thankful.I praise you Father, for revealing your nature to me through your names. I thank you that because of the finished work of the cross, your redemptive nature is available to flow into every area of my life.
Thank you Father, for revealing the scope of salvation that was purchased at the cross through your redemptive names that reflect your redemptive nature.
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Quoted from F.F. Bosworth’s Christ the Healer I changed the verses to NIV version.
JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH is translated “The LORD is there,” or present, revealing to us the redemptive privilege of enjoying His presence. Ephesians 2:13 NIV (©1984)”But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.”
JEHOVAH-RA-AH is translated “The LORD is my Shepherd.” John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
JEHOVAH-SHALOM is translated “The LORD our Peace” and reveals to us the redemptive privilege of having His peace.
John 14:27 “My peace I give unto you.” This blessing is in the Atonement because “the chastisement of our peace was upon him” when He Colossians 1:20 NIV (©1984) “and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU is translated “The LORD our Righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 He becomes our righteousness by bearing our sins on the Cross. Therefore, our redemptive privilege of receiving “the gift of righteousness” is an atonement blessing.
JEHOVAH-NISSI means “The LORD is our Banner,” or “Victor,” or “Captain.” And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:15 It was when, by the cross, Christ triumphed over principalities and powers that He provided for us, through the Atonement, the redemptive privilege of saying, “1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
JEHOVAH-RAPHA is translated “I am the LORD thy Physician,” or “I am the LORD that healeth thee.” 1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.This name is given to reveal to us our redemptive privilege of being healed. This privilege is purchased by the Atonement. The redemptive chapter of Isaiah (Isaiah 54) declares, “Surely he hath borne our sicknesses and carried our pains.”
JEHOVAH-JIREH means “The LORD will provide” Romans 8:32 NIV “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Genesis 22:8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” v14 “So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided. And the two of them went on together.” KJV “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”and Christ was the offering provided for our complete redemption.
“Just do it” is a motto I live by. Keira has that same mentality. We were unloading a trailer of fill dirt, when Keira found her shovel and joined us. She picked the dirt up by the handfuls and dropped it onto the shovel. She’ll learn. And while I have accomplished a lot by diving in and just doing it, I have also discovered there are benefits that come with increased knowledge. As a little girl I didn’t know anything about prayer, I just talked to God relationally. Later, I discovered examples and clues in Scripture that enriched my prayer time. I still talk with God about everything, but I also enjoy other kinds of prayer too.
Often, different types of prayer get all rolled up into one group like a pot of soup; causing us to miss the benefits that are derived from savoring the unique and distinct flavors of different types of prayer. Let me explain. Most of us know a lot about asking God for things, that’s the “Prayer of Petition.” The Bible gives us a firm foundation for asking boldly and expecting results. But that’s only one kind of prayer.
And like a cook that is given an unfamiliar spice, we struggle with how to use different types. Without embracing and practicing the different kinds of prayer, our prayer time can lack depth and scope. My intention is not to merely put a name on a type of prayer, but enrich your prayer life to include different types of prayer, so you will operate in them with authority, confidence and boldness.
As a believer we each have a right and a responsibility to pray.
Jesus didn’t say, “Well, just in case you want to pray sometime.” No, He said, “When you pray.” Prayer is a right and a responsibility of every believer.
It is a privilege to pray.
As His child you can enjoy all the benefits of belonging to God’s family. You have access into the very presence of God, not because you earned it, but because Jesus paid the price for your sins. And prayer is also a responsibility, and that responsibility includes prayer for others. “1 Timothy 2:1 NIV I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–” To intercede for someone is to make earnest, heartfelt requests for them. That kind of praying continues until you feel in your spirit you have touched heaven or until the answer arrives.
We get a glimpse of intercession in the story of the widow woman and the unjust judge in Luke 18:9-14. She wanted to save her son so she interceded for him.
When you realize you have a dog in the fight, you’ll intercede.
No, really. I know this is a crude analogy, but when you’ve got a dog in the fight, you care about the results, otherwise you don’t care. Every believer has a dog in the fight, so to speak, because we are part of a family of believers. Family is important! We take care of family and that includes interceding or taking someone else’s need to God in prayer.
Let me explain with a story from Bruce Wilkerson’s powerful book “Beyond Jabez.” He tells about going into a stadium arena early for a Promise Keepers event where he found a small group praying. The presence of God was so real that he slipped into a seat behind the group and waited until they finished. They explained that they were a part of a group of churches in that city that had been praying every Friday night for a hour and a half for the last year for this event.
But why? Why did they pray so hard for so long? It wasn’t their event! They weren’t speaking. It wasn’t held in their church. They weren’t getting paid.
- They cared.
- They understood the power of persist prayer.
They prayed because they cared. They cared because they connected with God. In that connection they began to care about the things God cares about. They saw His heart. They saw a glimpse of what God wanted to do with an upcoming men’s event in their city. They got it. God’s vision rubbed off on them. They began to partner with God through prayer for His will to be done. James 4:2b “And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it.”
Ask God to stretch your vision to include others. Ask God to stretch your faith. Maybe that stretch will be gradual, but keep hanging out with God. Keep praying your relational prayers. Keep asking God to meet your needs, but then pause long enough to expand your prayer to include, “Father, who do you want me to pray for?” Listen. Pray.
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She is a very intelligent woman, she never allows a grey hair to emerge without coloring it an appropriately modern sandy blond. She dresses sharp, still cuts her own grass and makes the best coconut pie in the whole world. Others have claimed theirs is the best, but I will vouch for the fact, they don’t even come close. And for Christmas she got a smart phone that made her feel totally stupid instead of smart. She still remembers having her first phone installed in her house. It was a black, rotary dial phone that sat on an end table in the living room. The tech savvy giver gave the very intelligent, elderly lady a quick overview of the basics and sent her home to enjoy her “smartphone”.
But at home, when it rang, she couldn’t figure out how to answer it. She put on her glasses and saw a bright green flashing, “Answer” on the screen, but no matter how hard she pushed what she thought should be a button, the phone continued to ring. It was infuriating! She couldn’t even use the phone to make a call, she had no idea how to turn it on. There was nothing on the phone to push or flip, she wanted to throw it, but instead she got some advice from a five year old. Not really, but we all know tons of two years olds that understand how to operate a smart phone. Not because they are smarter, but because they aren’t afraid to try it.
It’s hard for people that are addicted to smartphones to understand that anyone wouldn’t know how to use one. We know that phones aren’t just for talking anymore. We research everything with them. We experience a plethora of sights and sounds from around the world. We store information. Interact with our friends. Check the weather. Catch up on what’s happening in the world. Send texts. Read our emails. Find restaurants. Get directions. The list is absolutely endless. Smartphone users understand the value of being connected.
And so do smart prayers, they just connect with heaven instead of the internet. They understand how to touch God’s throne instead of a phone. That elderly lady may be struggling with how to use a smartphone, but she will tell you “I pray.” She prayed her way through the great depression. She prayed her way through wars, and drought and sickness. She prayed her way through hard times as a share cropper’s wife, living in a small one roomed house with cracks in the floor big enough to see the chickens scurrying below. She prayed over her children. She prayed over big bills and tiny wages. She praised over victories and wept tear puddles over unbelieving family members. And she did more than survive, she thrived. She thrived because she knew prayer was more than talking, it was connecting. She knew prayer was connecting with a God who healed, who saved, who helped her pay bills, who provided. She connected with God and her life is a testimony that it works. Her life says, I pray.
She didn’t take a course on prayer, she just prayed. She didn’t make a list of prayer postures, or wonderful words that would wow God or grab His attention, she just prayed, like the two year old that shows you how to take a picture with your smartphone, she didn’t talk about prayer, she lived it. What about you? Do you pray?
Yes, we are busy, much busier than she was. She ironed everything with a heavy real cast iron that was heated on the fireplace, gathered and chopped the wood for the fire, started the fire, cooked the meals, not from a box, but jars of foods she had grown, harvested and preserved. I’m too tired to continue describing her day, maybe we aren’t as busy as she was, then why don’t we pray?
Too busy to pray, we insist! Yet we spend hours, tons of hours, regularly, on our smartphones because they connect us with our friends, the world, they entertain us, they inform us, they remind us- enough already, this is not a commercial and I hope you are not picking up your keys to go buy another smartphone so you can double your fun. We use our phones because we enjoy the experience and the benefits. And if you don’t pray, you can’t possibly know it’s benefits.
I can’t answer for you, but it seems that the reasons we don’t pray would include thoughts like:
- I don’t really need anything, so I don’t need to pray.
- I’m doing fine without prayer.
- I don’t feel like I need to pray.
- What difference would it make if I did pray?
- Prayer isn’t on my list of fun things to do.
- Let somebody else do it.
- I’ve got better things to do.
- I’m not really sure how to pray.
- I’m not really into the whole prayer thing.
- And last, but not least, I don’t care what you say Pat, I’m still too busy to pray.
It all boils down to one thing, if we don’t pray, it’s because it is not important to us.
E.M. Bounds sums up the issue with “The little estimate we put on prayer is evidence from the little time we give to it.”
Prayer gets a lot of bad advertising.
If you listen to the in-crowd, they make it sound like praying is for dilapidated old folks or weird people that can’t help themselves. We don’t want prayer in our schools, or in our government and if we didn’t pray over our food it would be extinct from our homes as well. We don’t understand why divorce rattles the window panes of our homes and unrest and fear rattles our sleep. We shake our heads at shocking acts of violence, wince at the long lines of drug and alcohol abuse that end at the gutters of life, and blame everyone, and everything, including God, for the problem. We blame everything, everything, except our prayerless life for the problem.
Yet the strong voice of John Wesley, echoes down the halls of time to remind us, “God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.”
And the voice of a wealthy young man that traded everything to give his life as a missionary in China extols the secret of prayer “The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!'” (J. Hudson Taylor)
The challenge…God’s challenge from Jer. 33:3 is a call to pray. Not fancy words, not a fancy position, but to call out to Him.
I don’t pray:
- I don’t pray to change God, I pray to change me.
- I don’t pray to give God advice, I pray to get advice.
- I don’t pray because God needs the attention, I pray because I am desperate for His presence.
- I don’t pray because I feel guilty if I don’t, I pray because I am guilty and He sets me free from the guilt of sin.
- I don’t pray because I feel like I need it, I pray because I need it whether I feel like it or not. It is a spiritual discipline that produces spiritual results.
- I pray when I know what to say and when I don’t know what to say.
- I pray when I’m sad and praise when I’m happy.
- I pray when I’m on top of the world and I pray when the world’s on top of me.
- I pray when I have time, and when I don’t have time, I make time.
- I pray…because I’m in love and I’m in love because He loved me first.
I know it’s old fashioned, more old fashioned than a black, rotary phone. I know I’ve rambled and rattled on like an old lady myself, but somebody’s got to share the good news. Prayer is not something to dread or hurry through. Prayer connects us to God…it just doesn’t get any better than that.
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