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One Thing Prayer

Chilly —  January 8, 2015 — 6 Comments
Due to subzero temperatures, crazy windchill and predicted snowfall; Courage Church has cancelled our midweek Equip prayer meeting & Bible study. However, we can STILL pray and encourage each other online and through social media!  So, take 40 minutes this evening, grab your journal, some post-it notes, a pen and a Bible — then use the following guide to focus your prayers. Then post one or two things that God spoke… Cool?  Go for it!

One Thing Prayer // 40 Minute guide

PRAYER POST-ITSlowly and prayerfully speak each passage of Scripture, out loud, several times. Then pray to apply the truth to your life. Listen for specific ways the Holy Spirit may instruct you to respond. Write it down & obey. (Spend 5 minutes per passage)

One thing I ask of the lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the lord all the days of my life, delighting in the lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. Psalm 27:4

Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? … You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 1 Peter 3:13,15

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. Philippians 1:3-5

Trust in the lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6

H
umble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 
8Come close to God, and God will come close to you. James 4:7-8

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 take joy in doing your will, my God, 
for your instructions are written on my heart.” Psalm 40:8


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ever be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.  
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:11-12

Give thanks to the lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.  Psalm 107:1-2

In the comments, please share ANY prayer request or answers to prayer! We would love to pray with you and rejoice with you!  You are NOT alone and you are LOVED! Big time!

Fast Thoughts

Chilly —  January 2, 2015 — 1 Comment

We are in the midst of our 40 Days of prayer and fasting. I always have high expectations for extended times in His presence and this time I think I’m MORE excited then I can ever remember! I’ve really been sensing that we’re standing on the precipice of a unique breakthrough. It’s thrilling! I’m also sensing that this season of prayer will be infused with extreme joy and contagious energy – not hype – as we sacrificially press harder than EVER before!  You don’t need to be “here”, geographically, to join us – perhaps God’s been stirring you to a new level of adventure in your journey of faith. If so, JOIN US!

Here’s some details to give you insight…

In Scripture we see several purposes for fasting.

  • It’s part of the discipline of self-control; it’s a way of sharing that we depend on God alone and that we draw all of our strength and resources from Him;
  • It’s a way of focusing totally on Him when seeking His guidance and help, and of showing that you really are serious in your quest;
  • It’s also, at times, an expression of sorrow and deep repentance, something that a person or community will do in order to acknowledge failure before God and seek his mercy. Great moments of reconciliation come through these seasons of grace.

imagesWe tend to think of fasting as going without food. But we can fast from anything. If we love music and decide to miss a concert in order to spend time with God, that is fasting. It is helpful to think of the parallel of human friendship. When friends need to be together, they will cancel all other activities in order to make that possible. There’s nothing magical about fasting. It’s just one way of telling God that your priority at that moment is to be alone with Him, shutting out whatever is necessary in order to go deeper with Him.

I think we often focus (and talk about) too much what we are “giving up” rather than WHO we are pursuing. If you’re just giving up food but changing nothing else, that’s called a diet not fasting. But, when we become so consumed with Christ that our need/desire for food or other things becomes less important; wow! Breakthrough is close at hand!

Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. Bring the leaders and all the people into the Temple of the LORD your God, and cry out to Him there. Joel 1:14

Expecting MORE, chilly

The Daily Watch

Chilly —  December 29, 2014 — 7 Comments
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IF you’ve read my blog or have known me personally, for very long; you know I’m all about using a daily journal for my prayer and Bible study. Well, as we begin 2015 my church and I are ALL doing the same Bible reading plan (start it on January 1st) and adding this simple journal guideline to our daily devotions. We are also committing to prayer & fasting for the first 40 days of the year!  We would love for YOU to join us to! 

Let’s GROW together!

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Jesus said, “Could you not WATCH with me one hour?” Matthew 26:40.

 At the top of your page write date and when you start & end devotions:

Today’s date: _______________ Time in: ________ Time out: ________

Simply write a: WATCH down the left side of your journal: 

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Knee Deep

Chilly —  October 31, 2014 — 2 Comments

A few quotes I’m reading today…

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“I lack the fervency, vitality, life, in prayer which I long for. I know that many consider it fanaticism when they hear anything which does not conform to the conventional, sleep-inducing eulogies so often rising from Laodicean lips; but I know too that these same people can acquiescently tolerate sin in their lives and in the church without so much as tilting one hair of their eyebrows.” Jim Elliot

“Important as it is that we recognize God working in us, I would yet warn against an over preoccupation with the thought. It is a sure road to sterile passivity. God will not hold us responsible to understand the mysteries of election, predestination and the divine sovereignty. The best and safest way to deal with these truths is to raise our eyes to God and in deepest reverence say, Oh Lord Thou knowest. Those things belong to the deep and mysterious Profound of God’s omniscience. Prying into them may make theologians, but it will never make saints.” A.W. Tozer

“What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men, men of prayer.” E.M. Bounds

“He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other.” C.S. Lewis

I must strive for a deeper passion that pours from a deeper prayer life…
and, it’s on my knees where the deeper depths are found.