Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, March 27, 2011

STAND


“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:8-13 (NKJV)


The Lord’s Prayer---it’s the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples and it’s the prayer said every Sunday in our traditional churches. This prayer is not rambling prose. It is a prayer that gets to the heart of the matter and covers all bases. And it contains our “war cry”.............................

Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matt. 6:10 NJKV)

God’s kingdom is full of love; earth needs that love. Since the beginning of time, Satan has controlled earth because man/woman gave up the dominion given to them by God. But Satan is only Satan and God is God, the all-powerful One. The authority of God was given to Jesus who, in turn, gives it to us. So when your need overflows from your heart, cry out with Jesus, our intercessor.... Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!

At times when our need is extreme, we become paralyzed and mute. We let fears confine our thoughts until distress and anxiety capture us. Sometimes all we can whisper is JESUS. But the power of that name can move us forward to cry out to Him, shouting Jesus’ words back to Him from Matt. 6:10. As Christ’s power begins to fill our souls, we can stand firm in the knowledge of His Word. Then God’s strength will empower us to put on the armor of God and STAND. Together we MPs will raise our voices saying, “STAND FIRM.”

The armor of God is detailed in Ephesians 6 (NJKV) and the first command is: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Then we’re told in verse 11: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Four times we are told to stand and the command “stand” encloses the six times the word against appears. Think of it as a sandwich---all that rises against us is squeezed between standing in the power of God’s might. We can “cut off” our fears by standing firm. God advises us to stand firm all throughout Scripture. Let His words liberate you to withstand Satan’s crafty ploys.

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’” 2 Chronicles 20:17 (NIV)

...continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. Colossians 1:23 (NIV)

For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start. Hebrews 3:14 (HCSB)

THEREFORE, MY brethren, whom I love and yearn to see, my delight and crown (wreath of victory), thus stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. Philippians 4:1 (Amplified Bible)

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. Corinthians 16:13-14 (NKJV)

If we fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:11-12) of faith and remain steadfast, then the marks of our ministry will radiate the glory of God. Read what Paul says about this in 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 (NKJV):

We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “ In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

And we fight with perseverance for our children so that God will.........”open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” Acts 26:18 (NKJV)

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for what you are doing in our lives and the lives of our families. Empower us as we stand firm in the faith of our fathers, believing the promises that are proclaimed in Your Word. YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Armor Prayer


Heavenly Father,

All praise belongs to You for You are holy and worthy to be praised. Bring Your Kingdom here on earth, Lord, for I desire to do Your will and work by Your side as Your warrior bride (Matthew 6:9-13). Come, Lord Jesus!

As the day begins, I ready myself for the task ahead, wearing Your attire! Around my core is Your Belt of Truth for You tell me in Your Word that You are near and all Your commandments are truth (Psalm 119:151). Because the issues of life spring from my heart, I guard it with the Breastplate of Righteousness that my heart may be covered with the blood of the Lamb. And I can say with the psalmist, “God, You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26). Lord, I maintain position wearing the Shoes of Peace, waiting and believing that out of the miry clay You will set my feet upon a rock, causing me to STAND FIRM (Psalm 40:1-2).

God, I lift up that Shield of Faith, extinguishing Satan’s fiery darts while believing You are who You say You are and do what You say You do. I trust in Your holy Name (Psalm 33:20-21). Father, when those darts and doubts assail me, I will take those thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, having the mind of Christ by wearing the Helmet of Salvation (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Dressed and ready, I wield that Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, being warned by the Holy Spirit and keeping Your every command (Psalm 19:7-11). I cast off the works of darkness and put on your armor of light (Romans 13:12). I trust You, Lord God, and stand steadfast and ready to serve (Psalm 20:7-8).

Vigilantly, with praise and thanksgiving, I seek You and Your strength, Lord, with all my heart forevermore (Colossians 4:2, 1 Chronicles 16:11, Jeremiah 29:13). Lord Jesus, I believe all things are possible with You, and where I doubt, help my unbelief. (Mark 9:23-24, 11:24) Make me able to lift holy hands in praise to You without wrath and doubting (1 Timothy 2:8). I stand as a soldier of Christ ready to obey Your commands, for it is in Jesus’ Name that I pray. AMEN.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dreams of a Prince


Dressed in white, he gallops up on a white horse. He only has eyes for her. While he dismounts from his horse and walks up to her front door, Belle (french for “beauty”- see yourself as Belle) eagerly peers out her window with anticipation. She’s been waiting on him for a long time, dreaming of her prince. She felt a strong connection to him when they first met, and she trusted him to return. The prince embodies everything she has ever dreamed of in a companion.

We girls have always dreamed of Prince Charming who would sweep us off our feet or a knight in shining armor who would rescue us. The fantastic fairy tales that we read as little girls are full of princesses who were liberated from their captivity: Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel....they found their Prince Charmings. You may or may not have found a wonderful counterpart in life, but no one fits the description of perfection like Christ. Hear (in your heart and soul) the words of Zechariah 9:9 NKJV:

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and having salvation,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Now don’t be confused by your Rescuer just because He arrives on a donkey instead of a horse. He is humble, respectful, unassuming, and doesn’t force Himself on you. He allows you to make a choice. He is the Perfect Prince; in actuality... a King.

God created us “in His image” and until we’ve encountered His perfect presence, we’re left with emptiness and longing. Our hearts long for heaven, therefore, we seek liberation from our bondage here on earth. That’s why we are drawn to stories of deliverance; our desire for a Deliverer is buried deep within our souls. Once we’ve come face to face with our Creator, our Savior, our King, He presents Himself in all His glory, ready for redemption. (I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. Rev.19:11 NIV) 

We just need to take hold of His garment (I’m reminded of the woman with the issue of blood - Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. Luke 8:43-45 NKJV) and hold on for our deliverance. Amidst all of the crowd and commotion surrounding our circumstances, He turns toward you. He is God and He is capable of making you feel as if you are the only one in the room.

(Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings....Psalm 17:8 NKJV

He calls you and your child by name. (Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. Isaiah 431:1 NKJV

BELIEVE in Him.... He is faithful and true.. it’s not a fairy tale. Say with Mary:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
.” Luke 1:46-47 NKJV

If you have ever flown in a plane, you know that the flight attendants display where the gas masks are in case of an emergency. They tell you to put the mask on yourself first before applying it to your child’s mouth. Initially that doesn’t make sense. As a mother you might say, “Wouldn’t I want to first try and save my child before taking care of myself?” But think about it - if you’re passed out or are struggling to breath, how are you going to be of any help to your child? Dealing with a rebellious child, a prodigal, or one that simply must “do things my way” can be exhausting, crippling you to the point of immobilization. Refuse Satan’s desire to paralyze you. Take care of yourself first by drawing near to your Rescuer, Jesus Christ. He will shine a light in your darkness and scale any wall to get to you. Read about your delivery in Psalm 18:28-30 NKJV:

For You will light my lamp;
The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
For by You I can run against a troop,
By my God I can leap over a wall.
As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the LORD is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

Once He’s rescued you (physically, spiritually, emotionally), believe that He will rescue those you love. Because you have been released from bondage, you can pick up your sword and become part of His troupe that makes war against Satan (who makes war against your children). Fight with King Jesus because He surely fights by your side. (The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:14 NKJV)

Our troupe of MPs spreads far and wide with distance separating us, but God’s Spirit unites us as we fight in prayer for our loved ones. Here’s some reassurance from The Message that speaks to our unity: "There's a lot of work going on and we are spread out all along the wall, separated from each other. When you hear the trumpet call, join us there; our God will fight for us." Nehemiah 4:20 The trumpet has sounded and now is the time to lift up the Sword of the Spirit and pray.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Garment of Praise


“Come, now is time to worship. Come, now is the time to give your heart,” sang the radio alarm clock. Is it 5:00 already? The dogs are poised to begin their day, but I’m not, Sarah thought. Then she remembered: she has a standing date with a wonderful gentleman. He’s downstairs waiting patiently by the fireplace in our usual place. “I don’t want to disappoint him,” she says. “I want him to know he’s first in my heart, but I believe he’ll understand if I begin my day by taking care of the dogs and feeding them.” Food, she thought, I’m so hungry. She hurriedly threw on her robe, stepped into her slippers, jogged downstairs, and turned on the coffee pot. With the dogs satisfied, she poured herself a cup of coffee and settled down into her chair. Grabbing her favorite book that is full of spiritual food, she opened it to Psalms and put on her garment of praise, joyful and ready to be satisfied.....

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
Psalm 8:1-2 (NIV)
But may the righteous be glad
and rejoice before God;
may they be happy and joyful.
Sing to God, sing praise to his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds—
his name is the LORD—
and rejoice before him.
Psalm 68:3-4 (NIV)
Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
Psalm 72:18-19 (NIV)
I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.
Psalm 86:12-13 (NIV)

O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago.

In that day they will say,“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the LORD, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
Isaiah 25:1,9 (NIV)
Sarah is full of praise for her Savior and she can hear him speaking promises to her. She believes he will be faithful to his word. Put on your garment of praise and receive the Lord’s favor.
`The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4


Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king
comes to you,
righteous and having salvation,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Zechariah 9:9