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Thursday, November 24, 2016

#72 The Spirit Empowers You to Pray

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: The Spirit empowers you to pray. Do you feel you have so little prayer power? Of course, you do. None of us has prayer power in ourselves. 

   The role of the Holy Spirit is to empower. He wants to express 
His power through you as you prevail for the burdens on His heart.  (Google image, Women-praying)

   Power and love belong to God (Ps. 62:11-12). And power and love He imparts to you as you share and express His heart. Just as He increases your love, so He increases your power as you use it in intercession.

   He as the breath of God will breathe His power into your soul. The more you prevail, the more you will be filled with prevailing love and power. The Spirit longs to equip you to be a mighty intercessor.

   He rejoices to make you what you need to be as His prayer channel of blessing. God longs for you to prevail. He longs to use your prayer. He will gladly empower any Spirit-filled person in prayer if he or she will only pray.

   The more you prevail, the more you will be empowered to prevail. Heaven rejoices when you love as God loves and when you prevail as Christ prevails.

   Make yourself available—respond to the Spirit and take up the burdens of others. Ask God to place His priority burdens on your heart.

   He has specific prayer assignments for you. As you prevail, He will give more to you. Your role will grow, the more you fulfill it. The Spirit is waiting to use you more and more.

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana (With Jean's impressions added)

Mighty Prevailing Prayer
#72 The Spirit Empowers You to Pray 
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 120-121) Zondervan

Forgiving This Thanksgiving

by Lift the Cross of Jesus!
When my mother showed me her paraphrase of the Lord's prayer, one line caught my eye.  I memorized it because, frankly, I needed it, too:
"Lord, help me to forgive those who tread on my faith, my feelings, and my heart."
Amen. If you find yourself dreading the family gathering this Thanksgiving, determine now to forgive all past wrongs as well as whatever may pop up this Thursday! I hope you enjoy some turkey, too!
H  O  P  E  Finchbaugh

Let's pray-  

              A Thanksgiving Prayer by Gwen Smith- 

    "Dear Lord, We come with hearts of gratitude today to bless Your name and to ask that Your hand of blessing would be upon us. THANK YOU, Father, for loving us with an eternal love that stands firm, even when we are unlovable.

   THANK YOU for being faithful, righteous, holy and just, yet willing to see us, Your children, through divine eyes of compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace. THANK YOU for being a God of restoration and renewal in the midst of a broken, pain-filled world.

   THANK YOU for providing for our needs, directing our paths, and establishing our steps. We acknowledge Your sovereignty, Lord, and freshly submit to Your will today. We ask Your BLESSING and GUIDANCE over our children, grandchildren, marriages, families, and loved ones.

   We ask Your BLESSING and GUIDANCE over our country, president, governors, senators, representatives, and local officials. We ask Your BLESSING and GUIDANCE over our communities, churches, schools, workplaces, decisions, and opportunities.

   Please FILL US with the presence of Your joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, and self control today. HELP US to see as You see and to love as You love. HELP US to serve others humbly for the sake of Your name. HELP US to be light that shines in the darkness.

   HELP US to follow Your ways and continually seek Your leading. You are our hope and our strength, Lord. We give you THANKS in all of this and ask for the fullness of Your BLESSING in all these things, according to the power of Jesus Christ who is at work within us through Your Holy Spirit. Amen."

Today's Bible verses-

(Psalm 106:1) "Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

(Ps. 103:1-5)
"Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."

(Taken from Benny Hinn's book, The Biblical Road to Blessing, p. 212).

Today's quote-

D. L. Moody- "A great many people are thinking that we need new measures, that we need new churches, that we need new organs, new choirs, and all these new things. That is not what the church of God needs today. It is the old power that the Apostles had. That is what we lack, and if we have that in our churches, there will be new life. Then we will have new ministers - the same ministers renewed with power, filled with the Spirit."

Today's popular post-

Reach Out Gloria Penwell 
tells us, "I came across a mother and her two-year-old. The boy was riding his Big Wheel. He stopped beneath a tree where a limb draped downward. 
   The branch wasn’t low enough for him 
to touch, but he wanted very much to do so . . . " 

Upcoming posts-

Do You Trust God?
26th- Saturday's post by Jean Oathout

#73 The Spirit Multiplies Your Faith
29th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#74 The Dynamic of Uniting in Prayer
12/1- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Poured Out for Humanity
3rd- Saturday's post by Lee Forbes

Jean's blog (Click to see snippets of recent posts. Then click Older Posts for more. Keep this link to my blog to check it out from time to time, and to share it with other interested folks. Thanks.)

31-day Devotional 
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A sample verse from p. 38-

"There is no place where you can hide
For God will know your need.
Be confident that He can guide
And trust He'll gently lead."

          (Published by Lighthouse Publishing 
                             of the Carolinas. Used by permission).

 A great gift for someone who may need help 
to prepare for marriage, and for those in a 
marriage, wanting some helpful advice.

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