Day 23: Risky Prayer

We usually think of prayer as a very safe activity, but in scripture, it is often risky because it carries with it a call to action! Today, Otis Denny joins Pastor Bill Kennon to share about one of the riskiest prayers recorded in the Bible.


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Day 22: Deliverance

Does God lead us into temptation? If not, why did Jesus teach His disciples to pray, “Lead us not into temptation?” In this video, Pastor Jarrod shares the key points from today’s message.


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Day 21: As We Forgive Others

“Never Forget” is a familiar sentiment used to remember and honor tragedies. We must not forget the individual lives that were purposefully laid down or horrifically taken.

During communion, Christ-Followers are reminded to ‘Never Forget’ that Jesus paid for our eternal forgiveness. Romans 6.10 says, “The death he died, he died to sin once and for all.”

And yet, as Jesus was teaching the disciples to pray in Matthew 6.12-15 he prays, “Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

What forgiveness is Jesus addressing?

Pastor Jarrod reminded us this past weekend that Jesus is speaking about Relational Forgiveness – our personal ongoing forgiveness needed as we sin against God and the ongoing forgiveness we will need to extend to others who sin against us.

My Take Away – If I don’t forgive those who offend me, God can’t forgive me. It’s conditional because someone that God has truly forgiven will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to forgive others. A consistent lack of forgiveness in my heart is evidence that I haven’t truly experienced God’s forgiveness.

So, let’s be honest. Some sin is easy to forgive. Yet others, not so much. How do I handle forgiving the person who has REALLY hurt me? You know, the repeat offender?

  1. I acknowledge and believe that God would never command me to do something He won’t empower me to do. I take great comfort in knowing that the same power which raised Christ from the dead is given to me. (Ephesians 1:19-20).
  2. I tell on the person to God. God wants to hear our frustrations, hurts, and pain. In the Psalms, David is always telling God about what his enemies have done. David then allows God to redirect his heart back to Him.
  3. I forgive. Forgiveness is a choice and not a feeling. I state specifically what I am forgiving the person for, often saying it out loud. Hearing it reminds me of the choice I’ve made.
  4. I remind myself that I chose to forgive. I’ve never known ruminating on an offense to bring about any good.
  5. When I can’t extend forgiveness to the person yet, I ask God to give me a willingness to forgive.
  6. I “Never Forget”. I remember the grace and mercy that God extends to me and commands me to extend to others.

Here is a prayer you can pray right now to help you take the first step toward forgiving someone who has hurt you or wronged you:

Father,

You have forgiven me over and over again for which I am grateful. I forgive __name the person____________    for ____name the offense___________.  I choose to extend forgiveness to them, trusting you to deal with them in your time and in your way. AMEN.


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Day 20: Asking Forgiveness

No matter how good our intentions, none of us can obey God every moment of every day. Pastor Jason Ham shares a personal story that brings a unique perspective to our prayer life in those moments.


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Day 19: Praying Scripture

Ever felt like your prayer life was stale or boring? Ever wondered if you were praying the “right” things? Naomi Barringer brings us a game-changing strategy that will breathe new life into your walk with the Lord.


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Day 18: No Longer Slaves

When Jesus modeled prayer for us, He began by saying, “Our Father…”

Nothing will truly make sense in our relationship with God or in the circumstances we face until we get our identity right. When we put our faith in what God’s word says, it empowers us to live in the truth – and the truth will set us free (John 8:32). When we spend time declaring and believing the truth of Scripture about who God is and who He says we are, we won’t fall into the pattern of the world’s thinking but will be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2).

Worship and prayer can be powerful expressions that infuse our God-given identity into the way we live. The songs we sing and the prayers of our confession can embolden us to walk in the power of what He’s done for us. In your prayer time each day, take time to thank God for who He is and believe again in the new identity He has for you.

As you watch and listen to “No Longer Slaves”, take a moment to pray and to reflect on these verses and read how Scripture confirms our identity in Christ:

I am a child of God, safe and secure, forever in His family.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1)

I am no longer a slave to sin.

We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (Romans 6:6)

I can live free from fear because of God’s love.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18)

I can have victory in this life because I have a new identity in Christ.

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 John 5:4)

Do you believe these declarations? Take time to thank God for adopting you into His family. “I’m no longer a slave to fear – I am a child of God!”


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