Month of Prayers for Your Clergy – Day 17

October is Ministry/Clergy Appreciation Month. What better way to show your gratitude and support than to pray for those in charge. Pray God’s name and word back to Him. He likes that.

Pastor’s Prayer Life

Romans 8:31, 34:…If God is for us, who can be against us? Jesus Christ (Messiah Yeshua) is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Isaiah 61:1: LORD Who Anoints Me to Preach Good News

How to pray: that Pastor’s quiet time before the Lord encourages him to persevere as he:

~worships God in the splendor of His holiness (Psalm 29:2);

~praises God for His attributes (Psalm 71);

~offers thanksgiving for God’s bountiful blessings (Psalm 26:7;107:22;Ephesians 5:20);

~exhibits an attitude of confession and repentance before God (Psalm 51:10) and an attitude of forgiveness for those who have grieved him (Ephesians 4:32);

~brings his petitions to God in complete faith that they will be heard and answered (Psalm 5:3;55:17);

~makes intercession for himself, family, friends, enemies and congregation (Ephesians 6:18);

~luxuriates in God’s unfailing love that surrounds him (Psalm 32:10).

Prayer/Blessing for you, the pray-er

Morning dawns. I enter my secret closet of prayer, closing the door on today’s cares. We commune. I listen and feed on Your words as I rest in You, my True Pasture (Jeremiah 50:7).

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Forgiveness – Anger

“Aren’t you angry?” my sister asked. She was referring to my recent divorce. For 48 years I had been a major financial contributer. Yet, by man’s standards, my husband ended up with far more money and possessions.

I think about Jesus. Did He feel anger when He stood before Lazarus’ grave? Were His tears for the grief of the sisters? Probably. Was there more? Absolutely! He was angry that His creation experienced death – the result of Satan’s anger in not fulfilling his desire to be like or better than God.

When the apostles asked, “Show us the Father,” was Jesus angry? Possibly. He had given them His time, attention and instructions. Mentoring them for His ministry, they failed to see the Father reflected in the Son.

When Peter challenged Jesus and, at His command, stepped out of the boat, was Jesus angry that a wave of doubt and disbelief slapped Peter’s feet and he began to sink? Perhaps. Peter lost faith in the one who controlled the wind and water. His action denied Jesus’ deity. “I invested time in you, and this is what I get in return? What a waste!” Jesus could have said.

What about the time Jesus was teaching the crowd and many turned away, never to follow Him again? “Who can understand His words?” was their reasoning. “What simpletons. What ungrateful people. For these I am going to the cross?” Jesus could have, in hurt and anger, refused to die for them. After all, He had the power to lay down and take up His life. Such anger would have been Satan’s delight.

Death of a life or marriage must follow steps of healing and restoration. Anger is one of those steps. The nice thing about stairs is that they lead to a landing. I am never to linger on a step but use it to get to where I can walk in progress.

I can display my anger to Jesus because He understands. If I display it to others, whose reflection do they see? Jesus? He displayed anger once in the Temple because money-hungry men took up space that should have been occupied by Gentiles seeking to worship. Satan was triumphant in manipulating people’s greed. Jesus was angry and called a halt to it.

God shares His glory with His children. If I make an open display of anger, I am responsible for who receives the glory – God or His enemy.

When people observe how I handle angry situations, may their view of Jesus’ character not be distorted, nor His glory diminished, nor His Sovereignty questioned.

Anger is only a tool that reveals who I am – God’s servant or Satan’s pawn.

Read more on this subject. Take advantage of a free e-book download for the next two days – Jan. 17th and 18th.

Forgiveness God Style, B.L.Wade:http//www.amazon.com/dp/B00945xPZY/?tag=akoebel-20

Angry at God, Yourself and Others, Dr. Lynda Irons: http//www.amazon.com/dp/B009AHTE9W/?tag=akoebel-20

Love Your Enemy – A Letter from God

Dear Child,

Love your enemy. It is a healthy attitude.

A person once said, “I destroy my enemies by making them my friends.” The wisdom behind this statement is not so much about forming new relationships. It is about a healthy mind set.

Look at your enemies in a different light. Look for similarities in your background, value system, ethics and vulnerability. Those could be keys to explain what motivates them.

Look for and assess positive characteristics. It could minimize your hurts caused by their actions. Analyze their point of view. This will give you more realistic expectations. Look at their negative behavior. That will validate the boundaries you set.

I told you in My Word that if your enemy is hungry or thirsty, give him food and water (Proverbs 25:21,22). This causes two positive results. Your kindness puts you in a position for My blessing. It also disarms your enemy.

Love,

Wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:24)

Excerpt from Forgiveness God Style

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Praying God’s Name and Will

Forgiveness is part of God’s will and name. But an important part of God’s forgiveness is ignored. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 He states that if people would meet His conditions then He would forgive their sins and heal their land. The land that needs healing is the hurt caused by those sins. Please make use of a free download being offered October 18th and 19th on Amazon.com. The book is Forgiveness God~Style by B. L. Wade

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Praying God’s Name

May I follow Your instructions to always show a forgiving spirit toward those that would abuse and malign my character and reputation. May I also be able to forgive myself that I might reflect Your image as Forgiver. (God’s name found in 2 Chronicles 7:14)

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