Their Plans Prompt Our Prayers

Their Plans Prompt Our Prayers

Tragic Prayers for Tragic Times

This posted Friday, Feb 25th, and is followed today with a similar theme around prayer.

Specifically, how do we pray during tragic times?

But in the post below, YOU WILL SEE BEHIND THE SCENES what the Ukrainian church is doing while their nation is being invaded by Russian forces.

Their Plans Prompt Our Prayers

Are you like me? My heart hurts to see what is going on in Ukraine. And I want to help.

So, I ask, “How can I help?”

  • You can stand on a street corner & wave a Ukrainian flag
  • You can give money
  • You can join a pro-Ukrainian parade
  • You can paint your face azure & yellow
  • You can write pretty poems
  • You can mock politicians

All of these we’ve seen on FB, Tw & IG, right?

But, there is another idea. . .
Why don’t we hear what the church in Ukraine is doing and prayerfully come alongside them?

Last night I saw this article from the SBC (https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/4-reasons-why-christians-should-care-about-whats-happening-in-ukraine/):

Those that have chosen to stay are committed to meeting the needs of their neighbors as they are able, and have said, “When this is over, the citizens of Kyiv will remember how Christians have responded in their time of need.”

How did that prompt you to pray?

Let me give you another peek at what the Ukrainian Church is doing.

A friend of mine (now living in Pennsylvania) started a church in Ukraine with another gentlemen, who is still there. He hasn’t been on social media for 23 hours, but as my friend is quick to note, he may just be saving his battery.

These were his last words:

How does that prompt you to pray?

Shortly before the text above, came this brief exchange:

Is any of this giving YOU hope?

I trust you are getting hope and motivation to pray for the church in Ukraine.

Again I ask you, how?

May I simply suggest, that you come to the Lord HUMBLY (Psalm 138:6, Proverbs 3:34, 1 Peter 5:5b).

I think we’ve lost the art of coming in to the Lord’s presence with humility. We don’t need bombastic praying (https://markmirza.com/glass-packs-on-our-praying/) or prayer filled with lots of words (Ecclesiastes 5:2, Matthew 6:7).

If you’re going to take the time to pray, then don’t run the risk of your prayers not being heard.

Ukrainian Church Plans Prompt My Praying

I watch what the Ukrainian Church is doing and I want to do my part. So, I plan to pray as follows.

Maybe this will help you also:

  • Pray for the resources of Ukrainian Christians who are helping their fellow countrymen.
  • Pray for opportunities to supply needs and the boldness to act when a need is seen.
  • Pray that each opportunity to engage their fellow countrymen, allows for a testimony of hope.
  • Pray for more connections with soldiers and with civilians.
  • Where there are tears and panic, pray these Ukrainian Christians will have a peace which transcends everyone’s understanding.
  • Pray they’d have such peace that they are embarrassed.
  • Pray for all Ukrainian Christians to be reminded that our residence is in heaven, not here on earth.
  • Pray for the freedom to shed tears.

Honored to serve,

PFA Prayer Prompts

PFA Prayer Prompts

FOR USE:
January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2022
3:55am till 5:00am (Eastern)

Below are each week’s prayer prompts.

Bring them to the prayer call, and/or use them on your own.

NOTE: Where a verse is bold, THAT is our focus.

NDP PRAYER FOR AMERICA

FOCUS: BUSINESS/ECONOMY

JANUARY 6, 13, 20, 27, 2022

GOD’S BLESSINGS (Jan. 6th)
Work principles in Proverbs

  • BEGIN with Colossians 3:23
    Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men (Colossians 3:23 NASB 1977)
  • Idle [Lazy] hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring riches. (Proverbs 10:4 HCSB)
  • Dishonest scales are detestable to the LORD, but an accurate weight is His delight. (Proverbs 11:1 HCSB)
  • “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness [perversity] of the treacherous destroys them.” (Proverbs 11:3 ESV)
  • “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits [fantasies] lacks sense.” (Proverbs 12:11 ESV)
  • “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied [fully satisfied].” (Proverbs 13:4 ESV)
  • Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through [honest] labor will multiply it. (Proverbs 13:11 HCSB)
  • Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3 ESV)
  • Better a little with righteousness than great income with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8 HCSB)
  • The Lord demands fairness in every business deal. He established this principle. (Proverbs 16:11 TLB)
  • END with Titus 2:7-8
    in everything. Make yourself an example of good works with integrity and dignity in your teaching. Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us. (Titus 2:7-8 HCSB)

GOD’S HEART (Jan. 13th)
A heart after God in the workplace

  • Even on the jobsite we can be an example to our kids & grandkids. . .
    But from eternity to eternity the Lord’s faithful love is toward those who fear Him, and His righteousness toward the grandchildren of those who keep His covenant, who remember to observe His precepts.
    Psalm 103:17‭-‬18 HCSB
  • Remembering Christian business owners who put their trust in their own abilities. . .
    His throne is above the heavens and He is sovereign over all
    Psalm 103:19 (Paraphrased)
  • Sometimes, in the workplace, because of our previous actions, we need to remember God has forgiven us. . .
    As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
    Psalm 103:12 HCSB
  • Business owners responsibility. . .
    Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
    Philippians 2:3‭-‬4 HCSB
  • Business owners motivation. . .
    Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully.
    Psalm 24:3‭-‬4 HCSB
  • When the Lord is with a businessman/woman. . .
    When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made everything he did successful, Joseph found favor in his master’s sight. . .
    Genesis 39:3‭-‬4a HCSB

GOD’S MERCY (Jan. 20th)
God’s Mercy In the Workplace

We have been praying for Christians in the workplace. Let us now consider…

  • Workplace Bible Studies
  • Workplace Prayer Meetings
  • Sharing Christ with Colleagues

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER PROMPTS…

  • God’s Mercy to Us Prompts Us to be Living Sacrifices
    Romans 12:1 (HCSB)
    Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.
  • Tender Mercies from God
    Psalm 40:11 (KJV)
    Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
  • The Ultimate Sign of Mercy from us
    Matthew 18:21-22 (HCSB)
    Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus said to him, “but 70 times seven.
  • Alive with Christ, What Greater Mercy Could We Have
    Ephesians 2:4-5 (HCSB)
    But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!
  • We May Grudgingly Give Mercy, God Delights in Giving Mercy
    Micah 7:18 (NASB)
    Who is a God like You, who pardons wrongdoing And passes over a rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.
  • Do You Need Mercy? Cry out to Him
    Psalm 130:1-2 (ESV)
    Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
  • God’s Mercy is Great and He Does not Give Us what we Deserve
    Nehemiah 9:31 (KJV)
    Nevertheless for thy great mercies’ sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.

GOD’S GRACE (Jan. 27th)
God’s Grace in the Workplace

How do we handle persecution in the workplace?

  • May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
    establish the work of our hands for us—
    yes, establish the work of our hands.
    Psalm 90:17
  • Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
    Hebrews 4:16
  • The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
    Psalm 103:8
  • And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
    1 Peter 5:10
  • For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
    Titus 2:11-12
  • For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
    Matthew 6:14
  • However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
    Acts 20:24
 

Blessings,

 

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