Your Kingdom | Discipleship Prayer Day 10

When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, the first request is “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The kingdom of God – the jurisdiction, domain, or administration – is found where God’s will is being done, the purpose and mission of God is being carried out, and the name of God is holy, sacred, and honored.

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Thankful Hearts | Discipleship Prayer Day 9

Coming before God with humble and thankful hearts requires awareness of how far we have fallen short (Rom 3:23), the great sacrifice that was made for us (Rom 5:8), and the great love we have in that has been poured into our hearts (Rom 5:5).  We are able to bow before God, with humble hearts full of gratitude for all of God’s grace and mercy, and be made new, beginning and journey that would have seemed impossible prior to Jesus’ arrival on the scene.

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Holy and Worthy | Discipleship Prayer Day 6

Isaiah reminds us, though, that while God does dwell in a high and holy place (God is God after all), God also is very close to the contrite (crushed, repentant, remorseful) and the lowly in spirit (humble, poor, common, ordinary). In other words, God knows us, this world we live in, and the messiness of our lives. And God desires to be near us.

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Triune God | Discipleship Prayer Day 5

It should be no surprise that the image of a Triune God is difficult to understand. When we live as though God sits far away on a heavenly throne, disconnected from our daily lives, all that can be seen from such a distance is a vague silhouette of oneness. But when God is Emmanuel—with us, connected, personal, unafraid to get his hands a feet dirty by walking with us in the scruffiness of our lives—we can begin to see more of God’s true identity.

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Holy Spirit | Discipleship Prayer Day 4

Holy Spirit — Our Strength, our Comfort, our Helper and Guide. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ―  Romans 15:13 (NIV) “Holy Spirit…Our Strength…” By the power and strength of the Holy…

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Faith over Fear?

Faith over Fear is not the fulcrum of our decision making. Love is.
Faith expressed through love, makes us free to love others without fear, because love drives out fear, allowing us the freedom to love openly, unapologetically, and without limit.

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Jesus Christ | Discipleship Prayer Day 3

In Scripture names also carry much deeper importance than simply distinguishing one person from another. Names function as descriptions of ones personal nature (Barnabas—Son of Encouragement), physical characteristics (Esau—”hairy,” or perhaps “red”), family relationships (Jonah, Son of Amittai), calling, purpose, or identity (Jesus Christ, the Messiah). “Christ” was not a family like “Smith” or “Jones,” but rather the Greek (Kristos) version of “Messiah” which meant “anointed one.”

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Heavenly Father | Discipleship Prayer Day 2

As we come into God’s presence in prayer it is important to begin with praising God for who God is – most high, most holy, most loving, and much more – and remembering that it pleases God to love and be loved. As we come before the Lord, seeking to be renewed and re-created in the Imago Dei (image of God), it is God’s pleasure to give the gift of renewed goodness and re-created perfection (wholeness and purpose) to those who sincerely seek the face of God. 

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