Prayer


Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

November Newsletter

Dear Partner,

This is such a nice time of year – the leaves are changing; the temperature is changing; even the time is changing. But it’s also the time of year that we get together with friends and family to thank the Lord for all that He has done in our lives. Really, we should take the time every day to be thankful for all that God has done and is doing in our lives.

Psalms 145:2 says, “Every day [with its new reasons] will I bless You [affectionately and gratefully praise You]; yes, I will praise your name forever and ever.”

It’s important to spend time on a daily basis giving thanks and praise to God. You can do this on your way to work; while getting dressed; during your prayer time. We all have the time to praise and thank God for His goodness!

Ephesians 5:20 says, “At all times and for everything, giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.”

Thanksgiving can be such a powerful force in our lives. No matter what you are going through, learn to give God thanks and praise. Thank Him that you are saved, alive, delivered; that your eyes, ears, mouth, and body work. Thank him that you have food to eat and clothes to wear. Thank Him for your family members, for bosses, employees, and the leaders in your life. Thank Him that He never leaves you or forsakes you. Thank Him for the fact that He is always faithful! No matter where you are in life or what you’re going through, be thankful that God is with you and that He will help you.

Psalms 34:1 says, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

David wrote this when he was on the run from King Saul. He was at a very low point in His life, but he still made the decision to praise the Lord. You might be in a difficult time right now in your life, but please make the decision to praise and be thankful for what God has done in your life. When we thank and praise God for what He has done, it causes our faith to rise up on the inside of us and it gives God something to work with.

A while back I had this phrase come up in my heart from the Lord:  “If you will remember where you’ve come from and what I’ve done in your life and be thankful, I will build upon on it and begin to turn things around.” I really believe that it’s time for things to turn around for people in the body of Christ – and one of the things the Lord is going to use is your thankfulness for what He’s already done. Be thankful!

So let’s don’t wait until Thanksgiving Day to be thankful. Let’s start today! Take a moment right now to praise and thank God for His goodness!

We are thankful for each of you! We appreciate the prayers, the love and the support that you show this organization.

Trey Johnson

Monday, October 24th, 2011

October Newsletter

Dear Partner,

We are so excited about what God is doing in people’s lives.  Paul tells us in Phillipians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”  Be confident that God is doing a good work in you and He isn’t going to stop as long as we stay in relationship with Him.  Do you believe that?  Speaking of belief, how is yours?  How is your belief doing?  Do you ever stop and think about what you are believing today?  I want to encourage you to do that right now.  Think about what you believe!

See, what you think determines what you believe.  And what you believe determines what you expect.  And what you expect will affect the way that you act.  Thinking affects believing; believing affects expectation; and expectation affects behavior.  So think about what you are thinking about, what you are believing, what you are expecting, and how you are behaving.  Now back to our question – how is your belief today?

Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

In order for us to be who God has called us to be and live the life that He desires us to live, we must believe that He is!  He is what?  He is… Almighty, all knowing, all powerful, present everywhere, the giver and creator of life.  He is…  the “I Am”!  He is… our protector, provider, guider, director, healer.  Do you believe that He is?  Think on these things.  Choose to believe what the bible says about Him and watch your expectation begin to rise.  Soon you will behave like you are expecting God to do great things in your life.

Not only is it important to believe in God but it’s also important to believe in your potential.  See, potential is a picture of what you can become.  Learn to look at what could be, and start moving toward it instead of looking at what is today.  That’s why it’s so important to spend quality time with God and discover how He looks at you – because He looks at you from the perspective of your potential.  He knows there is more in you.  He believes in you!  It doesn’t matter what others think of you, where you come from or what stands in front of you.  It’s about what lies within you and if you can bring it out.  That’s where belief in God, belief in your potential and also belief in yourself comes in!  Believing in yourself is so important.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Out of your relationship with God, you not only develop belief in Him but you will also develop belief in yourself.  It’s one thing to believe that you have potential, but it’s another thing to believe you can fulfill it.  God believes you can be the person He created you to be.  Do you?  Start today believing in God, believing in your potential and believing in yourself.  Take it one day at a time and ask yourself, “How is my belief today?”  As you connect your belief in God, your belief in your potential and your belief in yourself, you are one step closer to being who God has created you to be.

We believe in you and are praying for you.

Trey Johnson

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Prayer

It’s good to know that God cares about every area of our lives. He desires for each of us to be all that He has created us to be. Whether that’s a fireman, a school teacher, doctor, lawyer or salesman, the list could go on and on. But the truth is that you are the only one who can truly know what God has created you to be. He is your creator and there are certain things that He has designed you to do. He wants to share those things with you. One way He will share those things with you is through prayer.

Most of the time when people think of prayer, they think of it as a way to get God to change something for them. They see prayer as a way to get results, and God wants us to get results or He wouldn’t have asked us to pray. But have you ever thought that God wants results also? What I mean by that is that God designed prayer as a way to get results in us, first, and then through us. His desire is to have a relationship with us where our heart and His heart get into alignment; our desires and His desires agree; where His will becomes our will. This is what was taking place in the garden of Eden when God and Adam were walking and talking together. Adam’s heart, desires, and will were coming into alignment with God’s. From that place of relationship with God, Adam also received his assignment from God.

Genesis 2:15 “And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.”

In Genesis 3, you see where God came walking into the Garden in the cool of the day to speak with Adam and Eve. God has always desired relationship with man. That’s one of the reasons He made us in His image and His likeness – so He could have fellowship with us. He didn’t make animals in His image, or anything else in His image. He made us in His image.

Once again, God wants prayer to bring results, but He wants it to bring results in us first and then through us after that. So when you pray, ask yourself, “How do I approach prayer?”  Do I want to live my life any way I want and then when I pray, expect results? Or do I approach prayer with the mindset that God wants results in me, then when my heart, desires and will are in alignment with His, I will get results through me. Remember the purpose of prayer.

Psalms 33:11 “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.”

Isaiah 14:24 “The Lord Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.’”

His heartbeat and purpose for prayer has been and always will be to get results. Results in us first, then through us after that. I want to encourage each of you to keep coming to God and allow results to take place in your heart and in your life.

Keep God first in everything you do!

Trey Johnson