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Category Archives: Prayers Posts

Filling Our Home with Prayer by Kimberly Reinking 1 5/5 (1)

A mother wears many hats and, as I have heard many times, “works from sunup to sundown.” We need to clean the house, wash the dishes, cook a healthy dinner, plus take care of the kids. Not to mention, be a happy wife! We love, nurture, and care for others all day long. However, when we fall into bed at night, the kitchen floor may be sticky, the laundry not folded, and dinner a frozen pizza, but if prayers were lifted for our children, the day has been a success.

No matter their age, our kids need our prayers and to learn from the example we set. A toddler or preschooler may mimic our actions, grade school kids may ask questions, and a preteen or teen may be obstinate or act uninterested in what we are doing, but they are all watching us. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Letting prayers permeate the atmosphere of our homes will be the most significant part of our day. Its effectiveness and overriding importance will be evident to our children as we pray with them and for them. It is our responsibility to model faith and trust in a merciful God. As it says in Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Taking our needs and our children’s worries and fears to God will be etched into their hearts and minds and will become a natural part of their lives that will be hard to stray from.

By filling our homes with prayer, we are creating a sanctuary. Our children will recognize the peace they feel after returning from school or activities filled with outside influences. Matthew 6:6 tells us, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Shutting the door to our homes and filling it with praise and worship will be asking His goodness to flow through every room and allowing His blessings to spill over to our children. A mother is the gatekeeper of her home, and there is no better way to insulate the inside than with prayer.

Let us continue to wear every hat our children need, but we must not forget the role they need most: a praying mama. So, be the cook, maid, chauffeur, or nurse, but our checklist is insignificant when it is not accompanied by a house of prayer.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl November 2019 Newsletter – UPCI LM – ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)

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What Prayer Produces by Pastor Phillip Hofstetter 1 4/5 (1)

Truth be told, there is a realistic lack of prayer time not only in the church, but in it is leadership. It is not that people don’t necessarily want to pray. It is not that people don’t pray, but it is the quality of the prayer and the time spent in prayer that is the concern. There should not be less prayer, but more prayer. The encouragement needs to come from those who do pray effectively to those who don’t pray very much. The focus is to change the deficit of prayer. There needs to be a will to overcome the tendency not to pray. The busyness of schedules prevents the most needed thing of all…Prayer Time. A mind to pray is what is needed.

There needs to be a purpose for prayer. There needs to be an intentional time to pray. Incentive, Initiation, and Desire, are words that describe what it takes to actually enter into a quality prayer time. A greater prayer life takes time, and is progressive. Start your day with prayer. Set your prayer times to pray and keep it. The results will lead to more prayer.

Some of the things that prayer produces:

  1. A greater relationship with Jesus.
  2. A greater understanding of His will.
  3. A growing sensitivity to the leading of the Spirit of God.
  4. A greater recognition of His presence.
  5. Problems are revealed by the Lord, along with what it takesto resolve them.
  6. A greater understanding (revelation) of who God is and of His Word.
  7. A greater leadership ability.
  8. True effectiveness comes through intimacy with God.
  9. Quality of what is done for the Lord is improved.
  10. Revival in you, your church, and those around you.

Pastor Phillip Hofstetter, Guest Writer
District Prayer Coordinator, Florida District

(Information from: The Praying Life Newsletter – World Network of Prayer – wnopadmins@upci.org)

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Lessons in the Storm 1 4/5 (1)

He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. (Psalm 107:29)

Everyone loves a sea when the waves are gentle and the boat is under control. An adventure at sea is thrilling, until a storm rises suddenly, leaving no time to get back to shore. Even the most experienced sailors cannot out smart nature every time.

Life has seasons of storms for everyone. Storms do not care about titles, position, wealth,education, lineage, or many of the things that humans use to rise above socialdespondency. Though we try, we cannot control life completely.

In the gospels (Matthew 8, Mark 4), we find the disciples at sea, in the midst of a storm,along with Jesus who was asleep on a pillow. The boat was about to sink, the waves werepouring in, and the disciples were scared for their lives. Yet Jesus was at peace. It’simportant to remember, He was in the boat, in the storm, along with them. They did nothave the modern navigation equipment of our day, and the storm would have blocked theview of the stars they used to guide them. They were completely at the mercy of the sea.

READ more at: https://files.constantcontact.com/aebf4de5001/d02f7de2-206b-400b-9d37-b47a94134240.pdf

(From: World Network of Prayer – The Praying Life Newsletter – wnopadmins@upci.org)

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Jesus Loved Judas by Crystin Latta 1 4/5 (1)

“Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me” (Psalm 41:9…)

When considering difficult people, we must be careful to distinguish between truly dangerous people (who wish to destroy us) and those who are merely “different.” Culturally speaking, I have been called a godsend in some places and a nuisance in others. If we are honest, cultural differences can sometimes be deemed “difficulties.” But what does the Bible teach us?

Sometimes the only thing that makes a person difficult to us is the way we perceive them. If someone does not carry themselves in a way that pleases us, we may immediately dislike them. This may cause division and blindness toward their gift and purpose in God.

The Bible says we must esteem one another as better than ourselves. Humility will help us have patience. (Read Ephesians 2:1-8.) Pride can become a wedge between believers. Demanding that others conform will stifle the beautiful diversity of gifts and abilities. Everyone comes to the table with something different to offer. We need wisdom in dealing with souls; we are, after all, fishers of men.

First Corinthians 13 speaks of love. It also says we must believe all things and hope all things. Every commentary I’ve read said that means to believe the best about people. It doesn’t mean we ignore their sins. It means we have faith the same God who started a good work in us is at work in their lives as well.

The Bible teaches God looks on the heart, while man only sees the outside. Many people have been hurt by those who claimed to be able to discern what’s wrong with other people. I’ve done this too. Discernment was given to judge between false teachers and God’s teachers. We can only judge the fruit. I’ve observed people who were considered difficult in one setting flourish and thrive elsewhere. People miss our growth and blessings when they only want those who are like them around.

Laban was a truly difficult person with evil intentions. A great man of God hit the nail on the head when he said, “The greatest lesson of Laban is don’t be that guy.” Rather than trying to control the Labans around us, we must be sure to not be him.

The three Hebrew boys and Daniel didn’t try to overthrow the oppressive government they served. They didn’t protest or rise against them. They just kept on being godly.

Lastly, Jesus didn’t gossip about Judas to the other disciples. He didn’t laugh at him behind his back. Jesus (like most pastors I know) kissed his Judas. Loved his Judas. He even covered his Judas.

Don’t worry about exposing everyone who does you wrong. There is purpose in the pain. Faithfully and patiently walk through each season, bearing one another’s burdens. Try not to make a habit of judging everyone else, but look to God and seek after wisdom in changing yourself. Once you make it through to the other side, the seemingly difficult ones will separate themselves from the wolves. And they will come under your influence willingly. Keep Christ at the center of all you do, and God will build you up in Him.

Love without agenda. Love without seeing people as a means to an end, then see how your perspective of them changes.

Crystin Latta, is wife to Darius Latta and mama to Kaiya and Cady. Crystin and her husband are both licensed ministers with the UPCI and her husband is also a sailor in the US Navy.

Information from: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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Boldness in Prayer by Glenda Alphin 1 5/5 (1)

“No, I don’t want the blue one; I’d like the pink one instead, please.” “Can I have that burger with mayonnaise instead of mustard?” “Excuse me, but this is mine.” “Mommy, can I have that?”

Every day, humans profess opinions, desires, and wants. We have no problem with speaking boldly when it comes to self-preference or self-preservation. Why is it, then, that we struggle with boldness in prayer? This is something I have been working hard to apply, and teach others, for years; we must be bold when speaking with our Heavenly Father. Our pastor, William L. Sciscoe, taught us that to receive specific answers, our prayers must be specific. Being specific requires one to be bold.

Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (NKJV). I remember when we led a kid’s prayer room in the early 2000s. We taught the children they didn’t have to be shy when praying; they could talk to Jesus about whatever was bothering them. And, we impressed upon them the necessity of believing. Boldness without faith isn’t really boldness, it’s simply loud talk. Those children would line the downstairs hallway (or be laid out in the floor of a room), speaking in tongues and asking the Lord to move in the service that was about to happen. More than once, we would enter the sanctuary and watch as it came alive in the Spirit because of the young ones’ bold prayers.

What are we missing, ladies? What are we failing to understand? So many times, we let our circumstances cover up our minds. The enemy makes us forget that we must daily choose to speak boldly to ourselves, to the enemy, and to our situations. For the past couple of years, my self-talk has sounded something like this: “I am stronger than this.” “I can do all things through You, Jesus.” “Enemy, you will not win with me!” “Satan, you are done here!”

In 2012, our youngest daughter approached me during a house service and began to boldly proclaim a miraculous healing of the bursitis wracking my lower body with pain. I was instantly healed! That prayer was the result of training that prayers for scrapes or sickness happened before band-aids or pain reliever. I confess, I do not always remember that thought process. However, the key is to not let our humanity win, remembering that “in Him we live and move and have our being . . . ‘For we are also His offspring'” (Acts 17:28).

Practice boldness. Embrace it and watch what God will do!

Note: Glenda Alphin is an ordained minister with the UPCI and works alongside her husband in pioneering missions works in Finland and Iceland. She is first a wife and mother but is also Granna to two beautiful little girls who complete her world.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl September 2019 – UPCI LM – ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)

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How Far Will Your Prayers Reach? 1 5/5 (1)

“We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God” (Psalm 78-4-8).

In Chronicles, it is said that Asaph was a descendant of Gershom the son of Levi and he is identified as a member of the Levites. He is also known as one of the three Levites commissioned by David to oversee singing in the house of Yahweh. He wrote many of the Psalms and in this one he is showing how important it is to pass our faith in God down to the next generation, that they might pass it on in turn to their families. I am sure that Asaph spent many hours in prayer for his children and those that would come after them.e who

In the book of Nehemiah, we can see how those prayers were still being answered many years later. Nehemiah 11:17 reads: “And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer:” Mattaniah is also mentioned in other verses in Nehemiah. So, we see a man, several generations removed from Asaph, still following in his footsteps in prayer and worship in the Temple.

We never know how far our prayers will reach. No doubt most of us can look back and remember parents, grandparents and even farther back who loved God and spent time in prayer for their families. God heard every one of those prayers, stored them up and there are people serving the Lord today because of them.

Our prayers do not die with us, they will continue until the end of time. That is why we need to take our children and our grandchildren to the Lord in prayer every day. We pray that the Lord will be with them and with the generations to come.
Also, there may be some young people in your church, who do not have parents and grandparents praying for them. We can become a spiritual parent to them and take them to the Lord in prayer, that God will keep them and bless them, and bless the families that they will have.

We will never know who prayed for us, maybe many generations ago. We cannot comprehend how far our prayers will reach in the future. But we need to be faithful in praying and leave the results with God.

(Info from: Anne Johnston – SISTERS Military Newsletter – August 2019 – UPCI Ladies Ministries sisters@upci.org)

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IT’S A SMALL, BIG WORLD 1 5/5 (1)

My favorite attraction at Disney World is “It’s a Small World.” The theme song sticks in my mind as I have always loved visiting and learning about countries around the world.

In the last 20-30 years, international travel has become much more common. Consequently, we have also seen the migrating of many people to other nations. Many do this in hope of a better lifestyle and future for their families. When people change geographical locations, they take with them their customs and familiar habits.

It has intrigued me to watch the evolving of international cuisine into a cross cultural industry. Years ago, a British person would have never thought to put curry sauce on chips. In Scotland, we would have never dreamed there would be haggis curry. Tacos were for Mexicans and pizza and lasagna were Italian dishes. Now we have taco pizza and taco lasagna. Chinese curry is a popular dish. Grocery stores have many international foods.

Whereas years ago, a trip to another country was a big adventure, today it is routine. There are times my husband and I go to another country for one day which would’ve been unheard of years ago.

It used to be that communication with another country could take days or weeks. Now, through social media, it can be instant. Meetings and teaching sessions can take place through various technological means, bringing people together from around the world.

Also, the church has become a place for many cultures to blend together. It’s not uncommon to have dozens of nationalities in one church.

Indeed, it would seem the world has become smaller as so much is more easily accessible. Everything from travel to food to international friends to teaching and business can be accommodated so quickly. What once seemed so removed from us is now at our fingertips. Has the world truly become smaller? It would seem so when thinking of international accessibility. However, in reality the world is just as big as it ever was. There are more nations now than ever and more people live on planet earth than ever before. Our task of reaching this world is as great as it’s ever been. The challenges can seem insurmountable.

My heart is challenged to make good use of all the accessibility that I now have to nations and people around the world and to bring them the Gospel by every means possible. You never know who might be reached by your witness and take it back to their own nation and spread the Gospel. You never know what a positive impact can be made through technology. It would be wonderful to see social media have more positive impact than negative.

I am challenged to allow the Lord to burden me more for needs around the world. Whether it be through travel, the food I eat or the Home Bible Studies and Bible School lessons I teach via Skype or the people I meet in my church and in my city, I want to expand my ministry to reach around the world.

One of the best things I can do for the international community is broaden my vision of prayer. I am not called to every place but I can allow a burden of prayer to grip me as I am exposed to the cultures of others. There is no limit to what we can all accomplish through prayer and making ourselves available to be used anywhere by any means. Our prayers can indeed impact nations as well as individuals. When you read the news and learn of situations in other places, don’t just pass it off as having no value to you, but rather, make it a matter of prayer. Do not underestimate the valuable effect of your prayers. God’s love is truly displayed through your intercession for those you have never met but whom you choose to care deeply about.

May we all be challenged to do our part in reaching this small, BIG world!

Jerolyn Kelley, Missionary
United Kingdom, Ireland and Channel Islands
Europe/Middle East Prayer Coordinator
(Information from: WNOP Prayer Connect – World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org)

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