ABC’s of Thanksgiving – Letter C

Ephesians 5:20 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tell me to always give thanks to God in all circumstances in Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua. Always being thankful no matter what? Really? But that’s God’s command to believers. So, just what does this mean?

~Cancer is a curse. How can I be thankful when I see my mother suffering?

~Change that is unexpected seems like a curse. How can I accept that with gratitude?

~Divorce is unwanted and so destructive. How can I find anything good in such a curse as this?

God, You commanded me to always give thanks in all circumstances. Why would you say that? You are All-Knowing/Omniscient (Isaiah 46:10 implied). Surely You know things that happen to me aren’t all blessings. If that were true, being thankful would be easy. But life isn’t all good. Bad things happen. How can I obey Your command in those situations? I don’t understand.

Child,

My commands are light to your eyes (Psalm 19:8; verse 9 Tanakh). They reveal how I work, and what I expect from you. They are a yardstick measuring your devotion and loyalty – even when you don’t understand.

I am God Who Turns Curses into Blessings (Nehemiah 13:2). I delight in showing you how easily I do that. Can gets people’s attention like nothing else. I want them to draw close to Me that otherwise wouldn’t happen. Disease is a curse. Seeking My help and will turns the curse into a blessing.

I am Chief Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6; Psalm 118:22). Change is a tool I use to move you from one path to another. A new path to travel that will provide blessings never found on the old one.

I Comfort with a Rod and Staff (Psalm 23:4). These are shepherd tools used to keep sheep from straying into enemy territory. I removed you from your abusive home in order to keep you safe.

Child, practice looking beyond the “curse” situations. That’s where you will see Me. Be thankful that I see the other side of the curse – its blessing!

Love,

God

Champion of the Poor and Needy (Psalm 140:12 implied; verse 13 Tanakh)

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Month of Prayers for Your Clergy – Day 28

October is Ministry/Clergy Appreciation Month. What better way to show your appreciation and support than to pray for those in charge.

Pastor’s Soul (Mind)

Psalm 119:66: Teach me knowledge and good judgment (good sense and knowledge) for I believe (put my trust) in Your commands (commandments).

Zechariah 7:12 implied: LORD Who Honors a Teachable Spirit

How to pray:

~that Pastor continues in wisdom to apply what he has learned from studying God’s word;

~that, as Pastor deals with people, God-given wisdom would help him offer the best advice;

~that, as Pastor deals with various situations, he will have the knowledge to see the big picture;

~that Pastor not be discouraged when people refuse to obtain available help through his mentoring.

Prayer/Blessing for you, the pray-er

Jesus/Yeshua, You are my Advocate/Contender (1 John 2:1 implied; Isaiah 49:25 implied). Give me a sensitivity to the needs of people around me this day. Show me how to help them, how to speak words of comfort, so that I might follow Your example.

Month of Prayers for Your Clergy – Day 25

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 Spirit

Colossians 2:10, 15: …you have been given fullness in Christ/Messiah, who is the head over every power and authority…and having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Genesis 2:15 implied: Initiator of Work

How to pray: Bless Pastor with the joy of living in God’s trust which allows him to work alongside God in:

~changing situations meant for harm into good;

~defeating satan’s plans to hinder spiritual growth;

~revealing God’s wisdom in dealing with pain and suffering;

~reconciling sinners to God through Jesus’/Yeshua’s sacrifice as the atoning Lamb.

Prayer/Blessing for you, the pray-er

May my life radiate with joy in spite of unpleasant circumstances. I recognize you, LORD, as Examiner and Tester of the Righteous (Jeremiah 20:12 implied).

Prayer for the Congregation

Luke 8:39: (To the demon-possessed man that was healed, Jesus/Yeshua said,) “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus/Yeshua had done for him.

Psalm 18:3 Worthy of Praise

How to pray: that each member of the congregation:

~be both hearer and doer of God’s word;

~speaks with boldness as he/she witnesses to others;

~brings no shame on himself/herself because their actions don’t match their words

Month of Prayers for Your Clergy – Day 20

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 Physical Well-Being

2 Corinthians 12:8, 9: Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take away from me (the thorn in my flesh). But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness…”

2 Corinthians 12:9: Sufficient Grace

How to pray:

~Pray against discouragement.

~Pray that, in the midst of any physical affliction, Pastor is reminded that God is in charge and will bring about good to him and glory to God.

~Pray that Pastor is reminded that Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) suffering helps us relate to Him. In Pastor’s suffering he can better relate to those that cross his path.

Prayer/Blessing for you, the pray-er

When fear invades my mind and dread encompasses my emotions, let me remember that I am not alone for You, my God, are my Ever-Present Help (Psalm 46:1).