Trump a spus echipei sale că își vor face întotdeauna timp ca să se roage, indiferent cât de copleșitoare ar putea să devină lucrurile

FOTO captura youtube

FOTO captura youtube

Anul trecut, Pence și Trump au fost atât de ocupaţi cu campania încât el a fost îngrijorat că nu vor avea timp să se roage împreună. Trump a spus mai devreme echipei sale că-și vor face întotdeauna timp ca să se roage, indiferent cât de copleșitoare ar putea să devină lucrurile, potrivit ziarului creștin, The Christian Post.

Pence a fost mulțumit de faptul că Trump a rămas fidel cuvântului său. „M-am gândit că ar putea fi trecut din mintea lui. S-ar putea să fi fost ceva ce-am fi uitat”, a spus el. „Dar, nu, cu siguranta, el a venit direct la mine și m-a apucat de mână și a apucat pe soția mea și fiica mea de mână, și a rugat-o pe Karen să se roage. Și ea s-a rugat.”

Din cauza acestui gest simplu, Pence este convins că devotamentul lui Trump față de Dumnezeu este autentic, și nu este ceva ce el a ales ca mod convenabil de a-și atrage alegătorii.

 Afla mai mult
Vezi si –
Anunțuri

Vicepreședintele american Mike Pence: Rugați-vă așa cum se ruga Lincoln, nu atât pentru a-L avea pe Dumnezeu de partea noastră, cât pentru ca noi să fim de partea lui Dumnezeu

mike-pence-foto-twitter

„Rugați-vă pentru țara noastră. Dar când o faceți, rugați-vă așa cum se ruga Lincoln, nu atât pentru a-L avea pe Dumnezeu de partea noastră, cât pentru ca noi să fim de partea lui Dumnezeu, deoarece eu cred în adâncul inimii că ceea ce a fost adevărat timp de milenii este încă valabil și azi: că dacă poporul Său, care se numește pe sine cu numele Său, se va smeri și se va ruga, El va face așa cum a făcut totdeauna de-a lungul istoriei acestei națiuni: va asculta din Ceruri și va vindeca țara noastră, această națiune sub Dumnezeu, cu libertate și dreptate pentru toți.”

SURSA – http://www.culturavietii.ro

Prayer, the Peace of Christ, and the Glory of God – John Piper

VIDEO by FOCL Online

A.W.Tozer – In Everything by Prayer

Part 1 of 4. Play video to end and next video will be loaded automatically.

1 Phillipians 4:6

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God

This is the key to the treasure house of  God.

Our Father – Don Moen Songs – Cantari frumoase

Photo credit www.staciespielman.com

„Our Father”

Hear our prayer
We are Your children
And we’ve gathered here today, bless me
We’re gathered here to prayHear our cry
Lord, we need Your mercy
And we need Your grace today, yes, we do
Hear us as we prayOur Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Our Father, hear us from Heaven
Forgive our sins we prayHear our song
As it rises to Heaven
May Your glory fill the earth
As the waters cover the seasSee our hearts
And remove anything
That is standing in the way
Of coming to You todayOur Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Our Father, hear us from Heaven
Forgive our sins we pray

And though we are few
We’re surrounded by many
Who have crossed that river before
And this is the song we’ll be singing forever

Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord

Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord

Hear our prayer
We are Your children
And we’ve gathered here today
We’re gathered here to pray

Hear our cry
Oh Lord, we need Your mercy
And we need Your grace today, yes, we do
Hear us as we pray

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Our Father, hear us from Heaven
Forgive our sins we pray

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Our Father, hear us from Heaven
Forgive our sins we pray
Forgive our sins we pray
Forgive our sins we pray
Oh yeah.

Lyrics by www.azlyrics.com VIDEO by kippik61 (73 minutes)

What Is Present When Kneeling to Pray in Jesus’ Name by John Piper

Here’s what is present when we kneel to pray in Jesus’ name:
1. God the Father on his throne sovereign over the universe, with a welcoming,   countenance focused on us.

2. God the Son in his high priestly role, standing as advocate before the throne as a Lamb that was slain with perfect righteousness and with all God’s promises purchased fully in his hand interceding for us.

3. God the Spirit within us, having already inclined us to pray, poised to guide our prayers, put to death our sins, awaken our faith, illumine God’s word, and produce his fruit.

4. The word of God open before us, inspired by God, alive with penetrating power for conviction of sin and indomitable hope, revealing the Father, the Son, and the Spirit to our souls, shaping and guiding our prayers after God’s will.

5. Our sin forgiven, but humbling us to need and love our merciful saving God.

6. God’s grace like a great rainbow of hope arcing from the throne to our soul.

7. Our will captured by these realities, moving words (or only groans) up out of our mind (or only heart) to God with praise and thanks and confession and requests.

(via) Desiring God

Matt Chandler – Prayer – The Nations

Prayer (Part 4) – The Nations from The Village Church on Vimeo.

Matt Chandler – Prayer – Racial Reconciliation

Matt Chandler talks bluntly and straightforward about race and the Gospel.

Prayer (Part 3) – Racial Reconciliation from The Village Church on Vimeo.

‘i commit to pray’ new website launched by Voice of the Martyrs

A place to gather and pray for the persecuted church. Read prayer requests from around the world and post your own prayers specifically for your brothers and sisters who are being persecuted.

Photo credit www.persecution.com

click here for the WEBSITE –

icommittopray.com

a website of Voice of the Martyrs USA

Launched on Sunday, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), www.iCommitToPray.com invites Christians around the world to commit to pray for those who are persecuted simply for believing in Christ.

Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs USA says, “The first request of our persecuted family, when we go and visit them, is that we pray for them.”

This new Web site grew out of the desire to fulfill this request.

“The idea for this site really grew out of activity we already saw on the VOM Facebook page,” Nettleton said. “We often post prayer requests, and we began to see people comment on the post and type in their prayers for those currently being persecuted. And others would be encouraged by that, and add their own prayer in the next comment, and so on.

„At times we could even print out those prayers and show them to the Christians in hostile and restricted nations, and they were incredibly blessed to see very tangibly that Christians around the world hadn’t forgotten them and were lifting them up in prayer. We want iCommitToPray.com to be a site dedicated to that kind of prayer and encouragement.”

Users of the new Web site can post their written prayers and then invite friends to join with them in praying. Having this connection to other believers through social media provides awareness, information, and opportunities to encourage and uphold those who suffer for bearing the name of Christ.

„What we envision for iCommitToPray.com is a great prayer meeting for persecuted Christians. But instead of gathering in a church or someone’s living room, Christians will gather online to pray for the persecuted church,” explain Nettleton.

Pray that this Web site will motivate believers worldwide to pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters. (Source mnnonline.org)

Days of Prayer for our Nation October 18-19, 2013

On October 18-19, the National Day of Prayer will broadcast a 27-hour PrayerCast, featuring the foremost teachers on prayer to equip and mobilize via streaming video. This special event will be FREE but you are encouraged to form, or join, a group in your area at a local prayer meeting or church assembly. The goal is to reach the masses across the globe with the knowledge and understanding of prayer and its application. Will you join us?


Four Ways to Participate:
  1. ATTEND live in Colorado Springs (spots are filling fast)
  2. HOST an event 
  3. FIND an event near you
  4. WATCH from the comfort of your home

Viata lui Sadhu Sundar Singh – Capitolul 10 – Viata Contemplativa – Viata Activa

Citeste

Photo credit www.townfieldchurch.org.uk

,,Caci dragostea lui Hristos ne strange; fiindca socotim ca, daca Unul singur a murit pentru toti, toti deci au murit. Si El a murit pentru toti, pentruca cei ce traiesc, sa nu mai traiasca pentru ei insisi, ci pentru Cel ce a murit si inviat pentru ei.

-Apostolul Pavel- 2 Corinteni 5:14,15

Comuniunea cu Dumnezeu in izolare era dorinta profunda a lui Sundar, insa el se simtea din ce in ce mai constrans sa iasa din singuratate si sa intre in serviciul fratilor sai din mijlocul lumei zgomotoase. El vede marea sarcina pe care crestinii trebuie sa o implineasca pe durata scurtei lor vieti pamantesti. Atunci cand era izgonit si buna vestire aruncata, socotea de datoria sa, fie ce o fi, sa vorbeasca urechilor inchise si inimilor impietrite si era gata daca trebuia, sa pecetluiasca marturia cu suferinta, inchisoarea, torturile si chiar moartea sa.

– ,,Ce dar deosebit este sa fi un martor al lui Hristos, avantaj pe care ingerii nu-l au pentru ca nepacatuind vreodata, ei nu cunosc mantuirea si nu pot astfel marturisi despre puterea rascumparatoare a lui Hristos. Numai pacatosii mantuiti prin har pot sa anunte vestea cea buna! O, cata dragoste  ne-a aratat Dumnezeu refuzand aceasta onoare si acordand-o noua.”

Pentru Sadhu, atunci cand traia cu Domnul, viata din ceruri a inceput deja de pe pamant.

-,,Cerul nu consta numai intr-o promisiune de suprema fericire viitoare, ci si intr-una prezenta. Cel care crede in Mine, a spus Isus, are o viata vesnica. Pentru a fi intr-o zi cu Hristos in vesnicie, trebuie sa fii trait cu El pe pamant.”

,,Cerul pe pamant” – aceasta realitate scumpa lui Sadhu nu este o atitudine egoista, ci trebuie inteleasa ca o iubire arzatoare pentru altii si ca o lucrare fara de odihna pentru a-i aduce la Hristos. Sadhu petrecea zilele si noptile in comuniune cu Dumnezeu, capatand de aici forta ca sa depuna marturie in lumea intreaga. Inaintea zorilor el statea in rugaciune la picioarele Mantuitorului, apoi de-a lungul zilei predica Evanghelia multimilor, luand seama la sufletele care veneau la el cu greutatile sau nedumeririle lor. Barbatul de rugaciune care mereu spunea celor ce-l asculta, rugati-va neancetat, nu de mai putine ori ii chema sa se daruiasca fara rezerve in ajutorul semenilor lor.

El unea intr-o perfecta armonie viata contemplativa si viata activa. Una nu merge fara cealalta.

– ,,Noi avem doi plamani, spunea Sadhu, care deopotriva trebuie sa functioneze. Rugaciunea si lucrul pentru Domnul nu trebuie sa se desparta in viata noastra zilnica.”

– ,,Daca Hristos ar fi ramas in gloria cerurilor, noi am fi fost pierduti. Daca suntem egoisti si traim comod, fara sa ne ocupam de altii, n-am inteles exemplul Lui. Cei mai multi ocaresc  pe cei care isi dau sanatatea, puterea, averea pentru semeni si-i numesc nebuni. Totusi acestia sunt cei care contribuie la salvarea sufletelor. Nimenea sa nu gandeasca ca ceea ce a dat este putin lucru, oricat de infim ar parea acesta. Ceea ce Hristos pretinde, este credinciosia noastra in cele mai mici detalii si in cele mai mici servicii.”

Ca sa fi un martor al lui Hristos, nu este necesar sa fi un predicator elocvent. Unul ca acesta nu este totdeauna un martor. Nimenea insa, fie el barbat sau femeie, tanar sau batran, bogat sau sarac, lucrator sau patron, dascal sau elev, om de afaceri sau preot, nu poate sa se numeasca crestin adevarat, daca el nu depune marturie pentru Isus. Nu este nevoie sa se predice de la inaltimea unui amvon sau la raspantii, de a avea o clasa biblica, o scoala de duminica sau o adunare crestina, acestea nu sunt decat niste forme. Ci, la birou, ca si la magazin, in viata de familie ca si in societate, prin viata curata, caracterul integru, sinceritatea cuvantului, entuziasmul credintei, bogatia dragostei, toti crestinii sa fie martori ai Mantuitorului.”

,,Dati si va va fi dat. Impartasirea intima cu Dumnezeu nu cere nici o calitate exceptionala si nu pretinde sa renuntam la datoriile noastre. Ea se dezvolta in slujba dragostei pentru altii si se stinge, ramanand numai la ea insusi.

Un misticism care se limiteaza la o pura contemplare, omoara adevarata comuniune cu Dumnezeu. In ceruri ne vom bucura fara capat, dar aici pe pamant nu dispunem decat de putin timp ca sa servim pe semenii nostri. Iata pentru ce noi trebuie sa sesizam aceasta unica ocazie.”

Sadhu ilustra aceasta daruire de sine printr-o serie de pilde:

– ,,Pestii cufundati in adancimile oceanului pierd unele din facultatile lor. In Tibet, am vazut un calugar budist stand de cinci sau sase ani intr-o groapa. Mai inainte el avea vederea normala, dar din ce in ce ochii ii slabira si sihastrul deveni orb. Strutul n-are putere sa zboare pentru ca nu si-a intrebuintat aripile. La fel se intampla cu noi. Daca nu intrebuintam darurile pe care le-am primit de la Dumnezeu pentru gloria Lui, riscam sa le pierdem pentru totdeauna.”

– ,,Pentru foarte multi credinciosi pare usor din dragoste pentru Hristos sa mori ca martir, dar Hristos are trebuinta de martori (martir in sensul de martor), care sa se ofere zilnic ca un sacrificiu pentru mantuirea semenilor lor.”

– ,,Suferinta este drumul care duce la comuniunea cu Dumnezeu. Crucea este intocmai ca nuca: coaja are gust amar, insa miezul excelent. Se poate intampla ca intr-un cutremur de pamant, izvoare de apa proaspata sa tasneasca din solul uscat si steril, fertilizand locurile acelea. Tot asa si suferinta poate sa faca sa apara un izvor de viata intr-o inima omeneasca departata inca de Dumnezeu.”

– ,,Intr-o zi un om zari un vierme de matase luptandu-se sa iasa din gogoasa sa. El voi sa-l ajute, sa se elibereze. Insecta facu dupa aceia cateva miscari, dar dupa cateva clipe muri. Omul n-o ajutase ci-i impiedicase doar cresterea.”

– ,,Un altul se gasea in aceiasi imprejurare, insa nu a facut nimic sa ajute viermele de matase, stiind ca din aceasta lupta, insecta va iesi mai puternica pentru viata cea noua. La fel si cu noi, suferintele si nenorocirile ne pregatesc pentru gloria cea vesnica.”

Din momentul cand a vazut pe Domnul, Sundar a avut dorinta pasionanta sa urmeze pe Hristos si sa poarte crucea Lui, pana acolo incat sa moara pentru El.

– ,,Pentru ca ma simt fericit sa impartasesc suferintele lui Hristos, atat timp cat sunt in viata, nu mie sete sa vad intoarcerea Lui. As dori mai degraba sa vad drumul pe care El l-a urmat, cu scopul sa inteleg ceva din ceea ce a insemnat pentru Isus moartea Sa pentru noi.”

– ,,Nimic nu este comparabil cu crucea, in cer si pe pamant. Dumnrezeu si-a aratat dragostea prin ea, umanitatii. Noi am fi ramas mereu nestiutori fara ea. Din aceasta cauza, Dumnezeu doreste ca toti copiii Sai, la randul lor sa poarta aceasta grea povara si dulce. Este singurul mijloc prin care dragostea noastra poate sa se manifeste pentru Dumnezeu si pentru oameni. Ganditi-va la cuvintele lui Isus: ,,Daca cineva vrea sa vina dupa Mine, sa renunte la el insusi si-apoi sa-si ia crucea si sa Ma urmeze.”

Puterea divina ce s-a manifestat in viata lui Sadhu, fie in convertirea sa, in extazele sale, in suferintele sale, ca martor al lui Hristos, sau in salvarile sale in ceasul celor mai mari pericole, isi are izvorul in viata de rugaciune. ,,Dumnezeu poate sa faca mari lucrari printr-un om al rugaciunii”- ii placea sa spuna. Secretul vietii, ca si acela al tuturor credinciosilor lui Dumnezeu, consta in comuniunea lor cu Hristos. De acolo, acceptarile oricaror sacrificii, pacea si bucuria in suferinte.

Cum am spus, in fiecare dimineata foarte devreme, Sundar statea sa studieze Biblia mai multe ore de rugaciune. Adesea i se intampla sa-si consacre o noapte intreaga intr-un loc singuratic, pentru a se intretine cu Dumnezeu. De acolo revenea cu fata plina de seninatate vizibila la toti.

– ,,Dumnezeu nu poate sa dea binecuvantarile Sale cele mai mari decat in rugaciune.”

– ,,In natura exista lucruri frumoase, de exemplu pasari si flori, insa ca sa gasesti perle trebuie sa cobori in adancul marii. Tot asa daca dorim sa avem perle spirituale, trebuie sa ne cufundam in profunzimile secrete ale contemplarii si ale rugaciunii.”

,,Cele mai mari taine ale vietii crestine, precum intruparea lui Isus Hristos, divinitatea Lui, moartea Lui pe cruce, invierea, inaltarea glorioasa la cer, prezenta Lui necurmata in inimile credinciosilor, nu pot sa fie dezvaluite printr-o opera intelectuala sau studiul teologic al Scripturii si sunt revelate prin spirit aceluia care in meditatiune asteapta lumina de la Dumnezeu.”

,,Noi descoperim foarte multe lucruri  despre Isus in Biblie, insa pentru a invata sa-L cunoastem, trebuie sa consacram timp rugaciunei. Daca va retrageti in singuratate cu Dumnezeu, acolo veti auzi vocea Aceluia care singurul poate sa va ajute. Daca cititi din Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu si va rugati fie numai o jumatate de ora pe zi, El vi se va descoperi: voi i-L veti intalni personal si El va va da putere, pace, bucurie. Oamenii de rugaciune vorbesc lui Dumnezeu cum un om vorbeste amicului sau.”

Pentru a sublinia aceasta necesitate, Sadhu a comparat-o cu respiratia. ,,In rugaciune sufletul se deschide pentru Duhul Sfant; Dumnezeu trimite atunci in suflet ca un suflu si el devine un suflet viu. Acela care inceteaza sa respire in rugaciune este mort spiritual.”

,,Un prieten imi zicea: pentru ce sa ne rugam? Este inutil si fara speranta, nu primim nimic! Itrucat ma priveste foarte adesea m-am rugat in tacere, pana ce m-am simtit slabit, fizic sau spiritual si deodata o putere patrundea in toata fiinta mea. Nici o schimbare exterioara nu se produsese, ci in cateva secunde o viata clocotitoare imi umplea sufletul.”

Dar pentru Sadhu, adevarata rugaciune n-a fost cererea a tot ce putem noi sa dorim. Si n-a fost nici acel penibil efort ca sa capatam un ajutor in diversele noastre nevoi. Rugaciunea lui consta inainte de toate in cautarea proprie a lui Dumnezeu. Intr-aceasta este suprema binecuvantare.

Daca Sadhu privea comuniunea cu Dumnezeu ca scop principal, totusi el acorda o valoare reala si rugaciunilor naive si copilaresti, care cer binecuvantari pamantesti. El considera acest stadiu ca o pregatire. Sufletul vine cu toate dorintele sale la Dumnezeu. In prezenta Lui, el se schimba gradual si se incredinteaza vointei divine. Dumnezeu refuza uneori sa raspunda cererilor limitate ale copiilor Sai, cu scopul ca ei sa invete a cauta lucruri mai bune.

– ,,Timp de doi sau trei ani dupa ce am venit la credinta, aveam obiceiul sa solicit gratii particulare. Acum cer cu staruinta chiar pe Dumnezeu insusi.”

– ,,Presupuneti ca exista un pom incarcat cu fructe. Daca poftiti dintr-acesta, sunteti obligat sa le cumparati de la proprietar, sau sa-l rugati, sa va daruiasca. Mergand la el in fiecare zi, cereti unul sau doua fructe. Dar daca va este posibil sa dobanditi pomul, toate fructele va vor apartine. Tot astfel, daca aveti pe Dumnezeu, bunurile cerului si ale pamantului, vor fi ale voastre. Iata pentru ce nu trebuie sa cautati bunurile, ci pe insusi Impartitorul lor. Daca posedati izvorul vietii, veti poseda toate lucrurile.”

Sadhu respingea insa cu energie ideia ca prin rugaciune putem sa schimbam planurile lui Dumnezeu. Ea nu este un mijloc sa castigam pe Dumnezeu pentru cauza noastra, ci ea ne invata sa cunoastem vointa lui Dumnezeu. Este posibil ca vointa divinatatii sa fie contrara cu a noastra si sa ne aduca suferinte, nevoi materiale sau boale. Consolarea noastra este sa spunem, faca-se voia Ta! Pentru crestini, aceasta este prima rugaciune. Acela care si-a potrivit viata dupa vointa lui Dumnezeu, a gasit plenitudinea pacii si a bucuriei. Orisicare ar fi vederile lui Dumnezeu, El lucreaza spre binele nostru cel mare. Toate lucrurile se intampla spre binele celor care iubesc pe Dumnezeu. Cand am realizat aceasta, murmurul si teama dispar de la noi.

Sadhu a insistat asupra necesitatii de a sta linistiti in asteptarea lui Dumnezeu.

– ,,Pentru a gasi pe Dumnezeu trebuie sa se faca tacere. In agitatia si febra vietii cotidiene El tace. Pentru a primi marile binecuvantari ale Duhului Sfant, este necesara o pregatire. Apostolii au asteptat zece zile botezul de la Rusalii.”

Dojenirea pe care Sadhu o face crestinilor, ca sunt prea absorbiti de munca lor, si ca neglijeaza rugaciunea, revine constant.

Un oarecare l-a intrebat; ,,Ce spuneti de omul de afaceri atat de grabit, care dupa ce ia micul dejun in goana, alearga in graba la biroul lui?” – ,,Gandesc ca rugaciunea este pentru el  tot atat de importanta ca si micul dejun raspunse Sadhu, dar lipsa de vreme ce va intra in obiceiul lui sa nu se roage, el nu se va simti intr-atat de bucuros, ca va gasi timpul necesar pentru rugaciune.”

,,Trebuie sa stii sa suprimi multe din ocupatiile secundare ca sa gasesti timp de rugaciune. Se apropie vremea cand toti va trebui sa murim. Moartea nu va astepta pana ce voi veti termina munca. Nu pretuieste oare mai mult, rugaciunea care ne ajuta ca de astazi sa intram in intimitatea Aceluia care singurul va putea sa ne ajute in momentul mortii si ne poate trece in viata vesnica?”

– ,,Un cersetor mergea regulat la un milos ca sa capete hrana ceruta, dupa care pleca bucuros. Intr-una din zile, hrana nefiind inca gata, omul lui Dumnezeu ruga pe cersetor sa astepte cateva momente. Ei incepura sa vorbeasca cate ceva si despre mantuire si cersetorul intelese. Intr-o jumatate de ora, viata sa a fost transformata. El intreaba pe creditorul sau de ce nu-i spusese mai devreme despre mantuire. Altadata veneai sa ceri numai de pomana si plecai numaidecat, dar astazi ai stat aici langa mine si eu te-am putut invata.”

Comentand textul ,,N-ati putut sa vegheati, o ora cu Mine; vegheati si rugati-va ca sa nu cadeti in ispita”, a spus: ,,Pentru ce Domnul a adresat acest avertisment lui Petru? Pentru ca daca Petru ar fi fost in rugaciune in acel moment, el nu s-ar fi lepadat de Invatatorul sau, cateva ore mai tarziu!”

Sadhu a staruit de asemenea asupra miracolelor, care pot sa fie savarsite prin rugaciune, ca si cum Dumnezeu ar voi sa ne asocieze la realizarea planurilor Sale de dragoste si sa aiba novoie de mijlocire pentru a le executa. Ceea ce este socotit imposibil de oameni, devine posibil prin rugaciune. Servii lui Dumnezeu vad producandu-se minuni, pe care inteleptii acestei lumi le declara contrarii legilor naturale. Cea mai mare dintre minuni, si Sadhu a amintit-o de multe ori, este pacea profunda pe care Dumnezeu o da sufletului chiar intr-o cumplita nenorocire.

In ce priveste rugaciunea de mijlocire, Sadhu ii acorda o mare importanta. ,,Eu am doua sau trei sute de fini. N-am uitat numele lor si cand sunt in singuratatea Himalayei, mijlocesc pentru fiecare din ei. Pentru o persoana m-am rugat opt ani in sir, mai inainte ca sa se fi predat Domnului.”

Sadhu la randul sau dorea pentru sine rugaciunile amicilor sai. Astfel la Londra, se ingriji sa-i informeze despre o importanta adunare ce trebuia sa o tina, cu scopul ca ei sa mijloceasca in favoarea sa.

– ,,Adeseori putem sa facem mult mai mult bine prin rugaciune, decat prin cuvant. O influenta ascunsa se degaja din mijlocire si strabate atmosfera spirituala, intocmai ca un mesaj de telegrafie fara fir, care transmis prin unde invizibile atinge prin comunicari misterioase, constiinta acelora pentru care noi ne rugam.”

Rugaciunea celui drept are un mare efect.

– ,,Eu va rog gasiti-va timp pentru rugaciune. Hristos va putea face atunci mari lucrari pentru dumneavoastra si prin dumneavoastra si nu veti fi rusinati si indepartati in ziua venirii Sale.”

Un crestin dintre amicii sai, a spus: ,,Sadhu ne-a invatat sa ne rugam. Rugile noastre sunt astazi diferite de ceea ce erau mai inainte.”

In istoria rugaciunii, Sundar Singh ocupa un loc cu totul special nu numai prin energia cu care afirma importanta ei in practica crestina, dar si in luciditatea si profunzimea conceptiilor sale, in ce priveste acest subiect central.

– Va urma –

R. C. Sproul – The Privilege of Addressing God as „Father”

An older video of a much younger R. C. Sproul:

rc sproul 2Go with a group of Christians, listen to them pray at home, a prayer meeting, or Bible study and invariably, as Christians pray out loud, one after another will address God. How? They’ll start their prayer saying, „Father,” or, „Our heavenly Father.” It’s the most common expression that we as Christians use to address God. And why not? When our Lord taught us to pray, he taught us to say ‘Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name’.

What could be more basic to Christianity than to address God as Father? A German New Testament scholar (can’t quite make out the name through the audio- might be Hermann Samuel Reimarus (1694–1768)) has done a study on prayers  of the ancient Israelite people, and it is his conclusion that there’s not a single example anywhere in extant Jewish literature, including the Old Testament, the Talmud, the Targums, and so on, until the 10th century A.D. where a Jewish person addresses God directly- as Father. That simply wasn’t done. People would speak of the fatherhood of God among the Jewish people, but no one would address Him directly: „Father”. He says you don’t find it till 10th century in Italy. Yet, in the New Testament, we have the record of a Jew, a Jewish rabbi , who has many, many prayers recorded for posterity. And, that in every prayer that he prays, save one, he directly addresses God as Father. And that’s Jesus of Nazareth.

And what Reimarus demonstrates is that Jesus’ use of the term ‘Father’ for God was a radical innovation. Completely unheard of in Jewish liturgy! And what He did in His radical departure from convention, He invited His followers to be involved with. Because, what Jesus teaches about the human race is that by nature we are not the children of God. This was the dispute our Lord had with the Pharisees, who thought that just because they were born Jewish, that they were children of Abraham, that they were therefore the children of God. Jesus said, „You are of your father, the devil. God can raise up children of Abraham from these stones.”

..what Jesus does is defines Sonship in terms of obedience to God. And, because we are not by nature obedient to God, we are by nature children of wrath, the New Testament teaches us, and not universally children of the Father. The only way we ever have the right to call God „Father’, to cry Abba (Father) in His presence is because we have been adopted.   And the biblical message of sonship and daughterhood in the body of Christ is rooted and grounded in this concept of adoption. That only Christ is the natural Son of God, and only if you are in Christ do you become a member of the household of God. It is the church in the New Testament that is called the family of God. It is the church in the New Testament that is called the household of God. And that unique concept of redemption  through adoption is completely obscured when we talk about the universal fatherhood of God. Do you see that?

VIDEO by Ligonier Ministries

God is dangerous apart from Jesus

christ_alone

Piper: The reason Jesus’s name is used is because we have no rights to go to God, except through Jesus. If you try to go to God apart from Jesus, you may be incinerated. God is very dangerous apart from Jesus. He is angry apart from Jesus. He has put Jesus Christ forward to remove His anger and to clothe us with righteousness, so that we can walk right into the flame of His holiness and not be consumed. Jesus is the only hope that any prayer will be heard, so we come in Jesus’s name.

Teach your children what it means to pray in Jesus’s name. THIS IS NOT A THROWAWAY PHRASE! Everything hangs on this phrase. It means: In the name of the One, in whose worth , in whose righteousness, in whose sacrifice we come. And no other way. That’s true, not only for our salvation, but for our supplication. You all know we’re saved through Jesus, and you SHOULD know we pray through Jesus. And they really are the same mediator role. ‘There is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” Don’t come any other way.

I am troubled when people feel like, ‘for the escape from mindless tradition’, we just leave off ‘in Jesus’s name’ from our prayers, and say nothing, except Amen. You don’t have to say it, BUT YOU HAD BETTER THINK IT! And if you’re thinking it, it wouldn’t hurt to say it, so that I know you’re thinking it. And not going any other way. It is not a throw away phrase. It’s not tradition. It’s right out of that verse and its massively important that we come in Christ alone to ask the Father for favor. We won’t get it any other way.

VIDEO by desiringGod

Citat

How does a branch abide in the vine? The branch and vine metaphor of John 15:45

Jon Bloom, in an article from the Desiring God archive  (By John Piper. ©2013 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org) explains the ‘abiding’ in Christ metaphor:

Does Jesus’ metaphor here strike you as a bit odd?

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:45)

Vine branches don’t have to try to abide in vine. They just do. only way they become detached is if someone or something detaches them.

Not so with us. We are strange “branches” that are prone to wander. Staying put in the vine is something we must obey. “Abiding” for us is a discipline.

So why are we prone to leave the “vine” we love? Because we are easily deceived into believing that we are vines, not branches. Remember Satan’s original deception, “You will be like God”?  That’s what we want to be: vines! We don’t want to be branches. We want to bear our own fruit!

This is the ancient sin of pride and it governs fallen human nature. And we Christians remain susceptible to this very powerful and subtle temptation, which is why Jesus spoke this metaphor to his disciples. We struggle to believe that apart from him we can do nothing.

So how can we honestly evaluate the level to which we are abiding in Jesus? One simple way is to examine how we pray in secret. The Bible is clear: Word-saturated prayer is the primary means of abiding in Jesus. That’s why prayer is the chief of the spiritual disciplines and the one we are commanded to be constantly doing:

“[Pray] at all times in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:18); “Continue steadfastly in prayer” (Col. 4:2).

God appointed prayer as the chief of the disciplines precisely because it is designed to undermine our self-sufficient pride. Prayer requires profound humility and faith to exercise. It appears foolish and weak to the worldly-wise and strong. It’s the posture of a dependent child or a beggar. And since its productivity can’t be quantified, it can look like a waste of time.

In other words, prayer forces us to trust God.

This is why we selected “Prayerful Dependence” as one of our stated core values at Desiring God:

We seek our deepest delight in Jesus Christ and acknowledge that we can do nothing apart from him (John 15:5). Our desire is to abide in him constantly, “[praying] at all times in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:18). Therefore, we will be intentional to build prayer into the visible life of the organization at all levels and to cultivate a shared life together of living by faith in God’s future grace for us.

One of our ongoing resolutions at Desiring God is to cultivate more prayerful dependence on Jesus in our spreading efforts. Would you join us? Create your own resolution to cultivate greater prayerful dependence on God. Through more intentional prayer, let’s fight our desire to live like vines together and seek instead to be branches that are joyfully and firmly grafted in Jesus.

One way we want to encourage you in your personal resolution is to encourage you to listen to John Piper’s message, “Battling the Unbelief of Pride.” John draws from Paul, James, Peter, and Jeremiah to explain the nature of pride and how to fight its many manifestations. He includes a helpful section on the role of prayer in the battle. A memorable quote from his closing prayer is, “It is utter folly to be anything but a baby in your arms.”

The counter-intuitive truth is that unless we abide in Jesus through Word-saturated prayer, we will not be able to doanything. Being “devoted to prayer” (Rom. 12:12) isn’t just a romantic idea, it’s mission critical. May the Lord help us believeand live this truth more fully in 2007.

You can read the article in its entirety here- http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/newsletters/you-are-a-branch-not-a-vine

Spurgeon – JESUS INTERCEDING FOR TRANSGRESSORS on the cross

His View From The Cross by James Tissot c. 1895DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 18, 1877, BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.

“And made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:12.

Our blessed Lord made intercession for transgressors in so many words while He was being crucified, for He was heard to say, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” It is generally thought that He uttered this prayer at the moment when the nails were piercing His hands and feet and the Roman soldiers were roughly performing their duty as executioners. At the very commencement of His passion He begins to bless His enemies with His prayers. As soon as the Rock of our salvation was smitten, there flowed forth from Him a blessed stream of intercession. Our Lord fixed His eyes upon that point in the character of His persecutors which was most favorable to them, namely, that they knew not what they did.

He could not plead their innocence and, therefore, He pleaded their ignorance. Ignorance could not excuse their deed, but it did lighten their guilt and, therefore, our Lord was quick to mention it as in some measure an extenuating circumstance. The Roman soldiers, of course, knew nothing of His higher mission—they were the mere tools of those who were in power—and though they “mocked Him, coming to Him, and offering Him vinegar,” they did so because they misunderstood His claims and regarded Him as a foolish rival of Caesar, only worthy to be ridiculed. No doubt the Savior included these rough Gentiles in His supplications. And perhaps their centurion who “glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous Man,” was converted in answer to our Lord’s prayer.

As for the Jews, though they had some measure of light, yet they, also, acted in the dark. Peter, who would not have flattered any man, yet said, “And now, brethren, I know that through ignorance you did it, as did, also, your rulers.” It is doubtless true that, had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory, though it is equally clear that they ought to have known Him, for His credentials were clear as noonday! Our Redeemer, in that dying prayer of His, shows how quick He is to see anything which is, in any degree, favorable to the poor clients whose cause He has undertaken. He spied out in a moment the only fact upon which compassion could find a foothold and He secretly breathed out His loving heart in the cry, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Our great Advocate will be sure to plead wisely and efficiently on our behalf! He will urge every argument which can be discovered, for His eyes, quickened by love, will suffer nothing to pass which may be in our favor. The Prophet, however, does not, I suppose, intend to confine our thoughts to the one incident which is recorded by the Evangelists, for the intercession of Christ was an essential part of His entire lifework. The mountain’s side often heard Him, beneath the chilly night, pouring out His heart in supplications. He might as fitly be called the Man of Prayers as, “the Man of Sorrows.”

Read the sermon in  its entirety here- http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1385.pdf

Do My Prayers Make a Difference?

man pray

via Desiring God  for more resources on Prayer click here

Pastor John Piper sets personal prayer into the context of God’s unfolding redemptive plan and the final victory of God.

He was responding to one man who had lost confidence in the power of prayer and was asking, Do my personal prayers make any difference?

Pastor John responded to the question with a short theology of prayer by explaining the significance of the golden censers (bowls) which hold the prayers of the saints (seeRevelation 5:88:3–4). In part, Pastor John explained the meaning of the passages like this —

Those bowls have two functions. They are censers. They are like incense, and in the presence of God, that incense is really pleasing to him. God loves the aroma of the prayers of his people. Which means that if you are on your face crying out for a lost loved one, or for some difficulty in your church, that very act is pleasing to God. It is not wasted. Quite apart from the answer to that prayer, the prayer itself is precious to God. That is the first meaning.

Second, there’s going to come a day when those bowls are full. In other words, the billions upon billions of prayers that have been prayed — “Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come”— the last one is going to be prayed and God is going to look at that angel and say, “Pour it out on the earth.” And he is going to take the bowl of prayers, like fire, and throw it on the earth and the final purposes of God are going to be achieved.

And I think we need to preach to ourselves that our prayers are part of the causality of the final victory of God. He wouldn’t have asked us to pray that his kingdom come if he didn’t mean for our prayers to be an instrument in the coming of the kingdom.

So it is simply astonishing that when you think of the billions of times the Lord’s Prayer has been uttered, all of those times when it has been uttered in faith, God has put it in the bowl and it’s filling up and filling up. And the day is going to come when that bowl will be poured out as the consummation of the age. So no prayer is wasted.

You can listen to the entire episode here. We followed this episode with another prayer question: “God Hears My Prayers, So Why Should I Pray for Things Twice?” (episode 38).

E.M.Bounds – 11 books you can read online for free

This list will be added to my Prayer page

„Edward McKendree Bounds did not merely pray well that he might write well about prayer. He prayed because the needs of the world were upon him. He prayed, for long years, upon subjects which the easy-going Christian rarely gives a thought, and for objects which men of less thought and faith are always ready to call impossible. From his solitary prayer-vigils, year by year, there arose teaching equaled by few men in modern Christian history. He wrote transcendently about prayer, because he was himself, transcendent in its practice.

„As breathing is a physical reality to us so prayer was a reality for Bounds. He took the command, ‘Pray without ceasing’ almost as literally as animate nature takes the law of the reflex nervous system, which controls our breathing.” -Claude Chilton, Jr., in the Foreword to Necessity of Prayer .

Edward McKendree Bounds was trained and apprenticed as an attorney, but instead of pursuing a legal career, he entered the ministry in his early twenties. In 1859 he was ordained as pastor of the the Monticello Methodist Church in Missouri.

Bounds was a chaplain in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was captured by the Union Army in Franklin, Tennessee and later released. After his release, he strove to build up the spiritual state of Franklin by starting weekly prayer sessions.

Bounds was an associate editor of the official Methodist newspaper, The Christian Advocate, and is best known for his numerous books on the subject of prayer.

How to grow in grace-

In The Necessity of Prayer, (click for free PDF book format)E. M. Bounds quotes this advice, giving credit only to „an eminent old divine”:

Click to read.

Would you be freed from the bondage to corruption? Would you grow in grace in general and grow in grace in particular? If you would, your way is plain.

Ask of God more faith. Beg of him morning, and noon and night, while you walk by the way, while you sit in the house, when you lie down and when you rise up; beg of him simply to impress divine things more deeply on your heart, to give you more and more of the substance of things hoped for and of the evidence of things not seen.

From Chapter 2, „Prayer and Faith (Continued)”

Here is a list of E.M Bounds online books

  1. Power Through Prayer (e-text)
  2. Prayer and Praying Men (e-text) (online book)
  3. Purpose in Prayer (e-text)
  4. The Essentials of Prayer (e-text) (online book)
  5. The Necessity of Prayer (e-text) (online book)
  6. The Possibilities of Prayer (e-text)
  7. The Reality of Prayer (e-text)
  8. The Weapon of Prayer (e-text)
  9. Preacher and Prayer (Google Books) (online book)
  10. Satan: His Personality, Power and Overthrow (online book)
  11. Heaven: A Place – A City – A Home (online book)

How to have quiet time with God

article and photo www.riversouthbay.org

Ever wondered what exactly it means or how exactly you would go about spending time with God?

I came across this article from the River Church of the South Bay that gives one of the best blueprints for spending time with God. What better time than with the START of a NEW YEAR to commit to prayer and study of God’s word. HERE is a great aid that helps just about anyone accomplish this task. Even Jesus had quiet time in prayer with God- “Very early in the morning, while it was till dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed”  Mark 1:35 and how much more do we – “Man cannot live on bread alone but on every word that God speaks”  Matthew 4:4

Topics addressed (with biblical references) are-

Why we need quiet time with God-

  1. We need nourishment from God’s word to grow.
  2. We need to hear from God daily.
  3. We need to draw close to God.
  4. We need the Word which is our best defense against sin.
  5. We need to be corrected when we sin.
  6. We need encouragement and comfort.

What is involved in quiet time?

  1. Bible reading
  2. Prayer time
  3. Journaling and bible note-taking

Then there are some great tips for a meaningful quiet time and then the steps to actually facilitate this quiet time.

Other articles (that can be extemely helpsul to new believers too) on the same website include:

How To Have A Quiet Time With God

Every relationship takes time to develop.  You have to spend time with someone to take that relationship deeper.  It’s no different with our relationship with the Lord.  Spend time with Him.  There is just no other way.  That’s why we encourage every believer to develop the habit of a daily time with God.  As simply as I know how to put it, a quiet time is time alone with the Lord.  If we do not spend time cultivating that one-on-one relationship with Him, we will eventually feel spiritually disconnected from Him, out of touch, restless, dissatisfied and unfulfilled.  After a while we will begin drifting away and are no longer influenced by His presence in our lives.  The fact is we all desire a closeness with God but often aren’t experiencing it simply because we aren’t spending time with Him.  After a while we say to ourselves, “I’m the same old person I’ve always been”, “I’m not changing”, “My relationship with the Lord is stale and stagnant”.  That’s why each day we need to set aside time to spend with the Lord in Bible reading and prayer in order to deepen our knowledge and love for Him that will result in real life change.

When I find myself worrying, it’s an indication that I am not spending time with the Lord.  When I find my mind wandering or my heart hardening to the things of God, it’s again, an indication that I am not spending time with the Lord.  The primary goal as growing Christians is to become “conformed to His likeness” (Rom. 8:39).  Another word for conformed is “transformation” which means “life change from the inside out”.  We can change a behavior or an attitude on the outside, but to change on the inside takes inner transformation.   Whatever is going on in your heart will be mirrored by your actions.  No one can fake it for long.  To change the inside takes a deeper relationship with the Lord.  What we also desire for is congruence.  We don’t want to live one way in public and another way in private.  It takes time with the Lord to bring these two into more alignment and consistency.  Romans 12:1-2 reveals that the only way to be transformed is to read, study and reflect on the word of God.  The two primary elements that are used to accomplish this are Bible reading and prayer.  I have written the following guide to help motivate you and give you the tools you need to begin implementing a quiet time into your daily schedule.

One author says, “In practice we often find ourselves to be “thirsty” Christians: either because we are failing to drink or because God is stretching our capacity for Himself and we need to drink more deeply”.  If you find yourself restless, dissatisfied, and unfulfilled, it’s because you are not regularly drinking in God’s word or you are not going deep enough in the well.  So I encourage you to use this guide and begin to spend regular time with God and drink deeply.           Todd Wendorff

“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life”  John 4:14  NASB-U

“My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken” Psalm  62:1-2  NASU

“as the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God”  Psalm 42:1  NIV

“The one who looks steadily at God’s perfect law . . . and makes that law his HABIT  –  not listening and then forgetting, but actively putting it into practice will be happy in all that he does”  James 1:25  Ph

“Bus his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night”  Psalm 1:2  NIV

Why Have A Quiet Time With God?

The Apostle Paul lists some very specific reasons for why we need to have a quiet time in II Timothy 3:16-17.  He says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work”.  you will find all four of these reasons in what follows.

1.  We need nourishment from God’s word to grow.

Just as we need food for our body, we all need God’s word for our soul.  It feeds us spiritually.  No one eats just one meal a week.  Take in God’s word on a daily basis.

“Man cannot live on bread alone but on every word that God speaks”  Matthew 4:4  GN

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.  Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good”  1 Peter 2:1-3  NIV

2.  We need to hear from God daily.

Relationships grow through good communication.  God wants to speak to us daily from His word.  He wants to reveal to us His direction and give us His insight for our lives.  God often wants to correct us in our ways.  We will need to come with an obedient heart and be willing to repent and learn what God wants us to change in our lives.

“Very early in the morning, while it was till dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed”  Mark 1:35  NIV

“In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation”  Psalm 5:3  NIV

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God,; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground”  Psalm 143:10  NIV

3. We need to draw close to God.

There’s a great worship song that goes, “Jesus draw me close, closer Lord to you, Let the world around me fade away… For I desire to worship and obey.”  Drawing close to God shuts the world out around us.  It allows us to focus on Him and sense His presence in our lives.  We live often by brail in our relationship with God when Jesus wants us to see Him clearly.  We say we love God but our hearts are far from Him because we aren’t drawing close.

“Come near to God and he will come near to you”  James 4:8  NIV

“Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples!”  Isaiah 34:1  NIV

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me”  Isaiah 29:14  NIV

4.  We need the Word which is our best defense against sin.

If you were in a battle, you couldn’t defend yourself without a weapon.  God’s word is a sword that defends you from the enemy’s attacks.  When we have the word of God in our hearts, it acts as a shield and a sword against temptations to sin.

“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm… in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one … and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” Ephesians 6:13-17  NASB-U

“How can a young man keep his way pure?  By keeping it according to Your word.  With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments.  Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You”  Psalm  119:9-11  NASB-U

5.  We need to be corrected when we sin.

Even though it is not easy to hear correction, we know it is always to benefit.  How can we change and grow without it?  God wants to bring correction in our lives when we win.  Are we willing to hear it and confess it before Him?

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”  Psalm 139:23-24  NIV

“Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong”  Job 6:24  NIV

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.  I said “I will confess my transgression to the LORD” — and you forgave the guilt of my sin”  Psalm 32:5  NIV

6.  We need encouragement and comfort.

No one can make it through the hard times without some encouragement and comfort.  We need to know that God cares for us in the midst of trials.  We go to His word to hear from Him and learn how He cares for us.

“My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, “When will you comfort me?””  Psalm 119:82  NIV

“You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed”  Psalm 10:17-18  NIV

What Is Involved In A Quiet Time?

There are three elements of an effective quiet time:  bible reading, prayer and journaling.

BIBLE READING

Spend at least 10-15 minutes each day reading your Bible.  Choose a Bible that you find easy and enjoyable to read (see “A word about Bible Versions”)  Come up with a system of reading that works for you.  Below are some different ideas:

  1. Choose a book of the Bible and read one chapter every day.
  2. Start at the beginning of the Bible and read one chapter in the Old Testament and one chapter in the New Testament every day; you could optionally include one Psalm and one Proverb.
  3. Pick favorite passages or select from the “Suggested Quiet Time Passages” and read one a day.
  4. Purchase a Bible that is designed for daily quiet times (i.e. The One-Year Bible, Women’s Devotional Bible, the NIV Application Study Bible, and many more).
  5. You might want to include a biblically based devotional during this time — such as “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, “Morning and Evening” by Charles Spurgeon, “Grace for the Moment” by Mac Lucado, “Moments with the Savior” by Ken Gire, “Boundless Love” by Woman of Faith Ministries, and many more.
  6. Choose a topic of the Bible and read various passages that relate to that topic.  You might choose Christlikeness, love, joy, patience, compassion, obedience, prayer, God’s word, or any other topic.  You can find the verses in a Naves Topical Bible.  Also look up a word like growth (spiritual) in a Bible Dictionary and read all the verses they list.
  7. Go to one of the websites listed and use the online resources to find subjects and topics to study.

Whatever you choose, make sure to always be reading God’s word.  There is no substitute for the Bible.  You can’t read the newspaper and come away blessed by God.  While you are reading, be open to how the Lord would speak to you.  Be careful not to turn your daily quiet time into only Bible study.  Remember, this is an appointment with the Savior.  He wants to meet with you and relate with you.  This is a personal time of relationship building with Jesus.  Let the word speak to you as you read and reflect.

PRAYER TIME

Begin and end your daily time with prayer.  At the beginning of your time, pray for God to open your mind and heart to what He has to say (Psalm 119:18) and that you will discover new insights from His word.  Pray for protection from distractions and attacks from Satan.  At the conclusion of your time with Him, pray that what you have learned will sink deep into your heart today.

After you have spent some time opening your heart to God’s word, close your time with prayer.  Here are some suggestions of things you might want to pray about (see also “Elements of Prayer”):

  1. Things you saw in the passages you read
  2. How you are feeling
  3. The events of the day
  4. Praising God for who He is (This is very important — Psalms offers many examples of prayer about who God is.  See Psalm 145)
  5. Thanking Him for things you’ve seen Him do
  6. Confessing things that are amiss in your life (Psalm 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart”)
  7. Needs and desires for yourself and others, including your Bible study group
  8. Silent time to just listen to God

Prayer is vital to deepening our intimacy with God.  Don’t overlook this important part of your daily time!

JOURNALING AND BIBLE NOTE-TAKING

Journaling is simply writing your thoughts and reflections about your life and relationship with the Lord in a notebook.  Spend some time writing your thoughts as you spend time with God in His word and prayer.  It can be as simple as writing what’s on your heart.  You can write about what God is teaching you in your Bible reading time.  You can also write about how you are feeling and struggling with.  Develop the habit of writing .  This habit reinforces what God is trying to tell you in your mind and heart.  I believe it is part of a good quiet time because it is a way for you to remember what God is revealing to you during that time.  Look back and see what God is telling you.  Have you forgotten and need to be reminded?  Do you see any patterns or consistent themes?

As you develop and build this time each day, consider writing down notes and thoughts from your time in a journal.  What did you learn?  How are you feeling about what you are learning?  What is God saying to you?  Here are some suggestions of things you can write about:

  1. What you have just read in the Bible.  Write down your insights and impressions from the Word.  Write down a verse or verses that were especially meaningful to you as you read.
  2. Any thoughts or impressions that God gave you as you were spending time with Him
  3. Frustrations, fears, experiences, and events that have happened in your life that are especially significant to you.
  4. Prayer requests and desires of your heart.

Great Tips For A Meaningful Quiet Time

  1. Set a consistent time each day to spend with Jesus.  Early morning or evening, children’s nap times, and lunch hours are typical times.  If your quiet time is scheduled, you are much more likely to keep it.
  2. Get free from distractions (such as, other family members, telephone, TV, email, etc).  Try to eliminate all sounds such as music that might keep you from hearing from God.
  3. Recognize that you were created to be in relationship with God and He desires to spend time with you
  4. If you miss a quiet time, don’t beat yourself up over it.  Realize that you got distracted or chose not to have that time that day.  Just start again.  The longer you wait to start again, the harder it becomes to make it a regular habit.
  5. If you quiet time is dry or difficult, try something new.  You might change the Bible version, change your location, listen to the Bible on tape, or change your routine of reading and praying.  Don’t fall into the trap of a routine that becomes rote.  God wants to spend time with you.  Take a walk or find a new spot to sit.

How Do I Actually Have A Quiet Time?

Using all the elements we have just described above, here is a formula for a great quiet time:

  1. Pick a quiet place to meet the Lord that will work for you.
  2. Have your Bible, notebook and pen with you.
  3. Start with prayer by asking Him to:
    1. Meet with you
    2. Set aside distractions
    3. Reveal to you His word for today
    4. Bring comfort and clarification for your life
  4. Read the passage of scripture you have selected for today.
  5. Write down some of your observations from your Bible reading by answering the following two questions:
    1. what does the passage say generally (What is it teaching me)?
    2. what does the passage say to me personally (What should I do specifically)?
  6. Write in your journal any other insights, thoughts, fears, concerns, praises, or feelings you have from your time with Him.

“Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and the fingertips”

7.  Respond to God in prayer in the following ways:

respond with praise and thanksgiving — “I praise you God for ….”
respond in repentance and confession — “I confess my sin of ….”
respond by asking for guidance –  “Lord, lead me today by ….”
respond with obedience –  “I will obey you in ….”Click here to download the quiet time page.  You can copy this page and make a notebook out of them or transfer these statements and questions to your personal journal or Bible study notebook. Article from www.riversouthbay.org

Previous Older Entries

Blogosfera Evanghelică

ceas

Vizite unicate din Martie 6,2011

free counters

Va multumim ca ne-ati vizitat azi!


România – LIVE webcams de la orase mari

Click pe harta pt ora actuala

 

http://www.clocklink.com/clocks/HTML5/html5-world.html?Vancouver&Chicago&Athens&480&blue