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Category Archives: Prayers Posts

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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Welcome to our TYJSite 1 5/5 (1)

TYJSite.com – Thank you Jesus Site from Philadelphia, PA in the United States is a Christian (Acts 2:38 KJV) Site created to honor God: Jesus for his daily provisions and blessings in our lives. This Site is also about caring, sharing, help and encouragement for everyone. We will post Christian related News or Information to have good positive impact on the daily lives of Believers (and others) in serving God: Jesus.

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Eight Rules for a Blessed Day 1 5/5 (1)

TODAY I will not strike back . . .
If someone is rude, if someone is impatient, if someone is unkind, I will not respond in a like manner.

TODAY I will ask God to bless my ‘enemy’ . . .
If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly, I will quietly ask God to bless that individual. I understand ‘enemy’ could be a family member, neighbor, co-worker or stranger.

TODAY I will be careful about what I say . . .
I will carefully choose and guard my words being certain that I do not spread gossip.

TODAY I will do something kind for someone (But I will do it in secret) . . .
I will reach out anonymously and bless the life of another.

TODAY I will treat others the way I wish to be treated . . .
I will practice the golden rule, “Do unto others as I would have them do unto me,” with EVERYONE I encounter.

TODAY I will raise the spirits of some who are discouraged . . .
My smile, my words, my expression of support, can make the difference to someone who is wrestling with life.

TODAY I will nurture my body . . .
I will eat less. I will eat only healthy foods. I will thank God for my body.

TODAY I will grow spiritually . . .
I will spend a little more time on prayer today. I will begin reading something spiritual or inspirational. I will find a quiet place (at some point during this day) and listen to God’s voice.

(From: UPCI Ladies Ministries – Women of Worth – Posted November 30th 2018 @ 4:15 PM by: Peggy Readout – https://ladiesministries.com/programs/women-of-worth/article/2018/11/eight-rules-for-a-blessed-day)

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Three Steps to Answered Prayer by Vesta Mangun 1 5/5 (1)

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened”(Matthew 7:7-8).

What makes a prayer really a prayer? The saying of it? Or the hearing of it? Or is it the answering of it? Most Christians pray superficial and shallow prayers. We pray like children in a sandbox throwing up sand toward the sky.

Prayer is not a mystical gift which binds the hands of God to do as we wish. Prayer is the communication between a father and his child. Jesus Himself prayed constantly as an illustration to us, and He taught on prayer to help us understand and answer our questions. We know these verses well; most of us can quote them. But, in our familiarity, we may overlook important concepts. I believe, in these verses, Jesus Christ revealed three elements to real prayer. Each of these elements must be active for the prayer to reach fruition.

The Principle of Asking

“Ask, and it shall be given you…”

In verses 9 and 10 of Matthew 7, we see the child’s humble asking. He asks his father for bread and fish. The child knows his father can provide and has confidence that he will do so. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Psalm 2:8 says, “Ask of me, and I will give thee…” And in Psalm 145:18 we read, “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”

Prayer is not shopping for an answer; prayer is asking expectantly for an answer. Jesus taught us to ask, “Give us this day our daily bread…” The blind man called to Jesus by the way, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” When Jesus asked him his need, he said, “Lord, that I might receive my sight…” Peter, when sinking beneath the waves, said “Lord, save me.”

One would think that this principle would be a simple one. But, “Ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2). How many times have you heard someone say, “Why didn’t you just say so?” Sometimes it is hard to get to the point. The passenger who hails a cab must tell the driver where he wants to go. The lady who walks in the grocery store has a list. The Christian who would communicate with his Heavenly Father must ASK! Our prayers must not be like political speeches, with flowery language but saying nothing.

The first great principle of prayer is to ask.

The Principle of Abiding

“ … Seek, and ye shall find…”

The second great principle of answered prayer is to seek. This word, “zete”, means to seek in order to find out by thinking, meditating, and reasoning; to inquire into. God continually calls on His people to seek Him in His fullness.

“But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Jehovah, will I seek” (Psalm 27:8). “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, that seek him with the whole heart” (Psalm 119:2). “I love them that love me; And those that seek me diligently shall find me” (Proverbs 8:17). “Seek ye Jehovah while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). “And ye shall seek me, andfind me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). “ … That he is a rewarder of them that seek after him” “Hebrews 11:6).

(Information CONTINUES online at: https://www.worldnetworkofprayer.com/a-praying-life/three-steps-to-answered-prayer/)

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Intercessory Prayer by Ingunn Turner 1 5/5 (1)

“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:9).

Recently, while sorting through our family members’ clothing and preparing for the transition from winter to spring and summer, I came across two small T-shirts with these words printed on the front: “My mom prays for me”. They were given to our two boys from the Daughters of Zion several years ago, and I never had the heart to give them away. They are a precious reminder of the fact that as mothers, we earnestly pray for our children. In fact, we tend to pray more fervently and more frequently for the ones who are close to us, especially when there is a need. Intercession, or intervening for another, happens when we willingly put ourselves in someone else’s place and pray on their behalf. Interceding in prayer for someone far away or for someone we don’t know may not always seem natural to us at first, but a heart and readiness to pray for our own children, whether natural or spiritual, is something we are often more ready to do.

“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30).

God is searching for anyone who is willing to intercede – to stand in the gap before Him – on behalf of others. We live in a world in desperate need of God. Our first priority is to pray for and meet the needs of our own children, who have been given to us. But it doesn’t stop there. A gate into intercessory prayer is to see any person we are praying for as if they were our own child, sister or brother, dear parent or closest friend. We need to be willing to care about the salvation of others, as we would care for our own family members.

Intercessory prayer requires a true humbling of the heart. We don’t intercede for other people because they are worthy of it, or because there is some gain in it for us. Moses interceded over and over again for people who rebelled against God and were given over to their own selfish ways. Many people we pray for may not know exactly what they need, or how to get out of their mess. They need our help.

As women of God, we need to rise and intercede on behalf of our neighborhoods, our cities and our nations. Will you answer the call?

Note Ingunn Bakke Turner was born and raised in Norway. Nate and Ingunn Turner are UPCI missionaries to Estonia and pastor in the capital city of Tallinn.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl August 2019 – UPCI LM ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 1 5/5 (1)

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Pastor Don Rogers
“Declaring your Battle Position in Prayer”

Unknown, and yet well known. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier represents soldiers who have died fighting for America. Their remains were never identified. Unknown, and yet well unknown. Since 1935 for 365 days a year and 24 hours a day a soldier walks and guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Each guard takes 5 to 8 hours to prepare their uniform for this duty.

Read more at: https://files.constantcontact.com/aebf4de5001/c03a7b3a-131f-4967-be07-122e7166bdce.pdf

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