Living Free - Aug. 23, 2013


Today's Scripture

"For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires." (Hebrews 4:12 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

"The most beneficial lesson I ever learned was to pray scripture over myself. This began when I was given a list of apostolic prayers—prayers the apostles prayed for members of the early church. Examples are Philippians 1:9; Colossians 1:9-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; Philippians 1:9-10. The Psalms are also excellent for times of prayer.

"The relevancy of these ancient prayers reaches through time. As I disciplined myself to take time to pray, I used these prayers to keep me from becoming bored or giving up during my times of personal prayer. These prayers have the potential of becoming the cry of our hearts and not merely ritualistic words." There is power in God's Word!

Here are a few more Scriptures to get you started: Psalm 19:14; 51; 86:11; 143:10; Ephesians 1:17-20; and Ephesians 3:16-19.

Consider this …

As you read God's Word, find other verses you can use as personal prayers. Many of these prayers will become so personalized you will pray them throughout the day. As you develop your prayer life, God will help you identify places of confusion and will transform your heart and revolutionize your life.

"My heart's cry is that through the Scriptures, God will enable each of you to identify stumbling blocks in your life that prevent you from living the life you were created to live. I pray each of you will discover the closet of prayer where the manifest presence of God will empower you to live victoriously."

Remember, the only way you will learn to pray is by praying. "Just do it."

Prayer

"Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you." (Psalm 86:11 NLT)

These thoughts were drawn from . . .

Lessons Learned: Moving from Homosexuality to Holiness by Tammy Webb-Witholt. This group study offers biblical tools, along with an abundance of hope, to anyone struggling with homosexuality. It is also a great group for anyone desiring a deeper walk with God. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study.

 

 

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