Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.19.14

Show us Your faithful love, Lord, and give us Your salvation. I will listen to what God will say; surely the Lord will declare peace to His people, His godly ones, and not let them go back to foolish ways. His salvation is very near those who fear Him, so that glory may dwell in our land. Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace. Truth will spring up from the earth, and righteousness will look down from heaven. Also, the Lord will provide what is good, and our land will yield its crops.
 
 Psalms 85:7-12 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father there are numerous examples of believers and nonbelievers who changed their ways and committed to live their lives as followers and servants of Christ. I pray for Your guidance throughout my journey. I pray for Your protection, and that You protect my family. Protect us from ourselves, from others, and from the enemy.
 
 Father lift up those who feel lost, abandoned, weak, beat down, defeated, betrayed, and manipulated. Those who have lost their homes, cars, jobs, health insurance, personal belongings, life savings, or anything else of human value—-I pray that You restore their hope and help them to see the victory that awaits them.
 
 People only change when they have become new creations in Christ, and I pray for this change. Father help us to connect with others on our street, in our neighborhood, and in other churches, so that we can spread Your love, reflect Your light, and awaken the dormant servant within. I humble myself in my prayer and in my walk. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 I read that the primary work strategy for a church is the action and practice of prayer, and that God only answers the prayers of those who are right with Him. We have to get right by thinking right, speaking right, living right, and treating others the same way Jesus did/does.
 
 We have to first start with ourselves, our immediate family members, next is our extended family members, and then we can branch out. We have to get right by God and surrender to the four points that we discussed on February 12, 2014 (Note: Read that post here). If we can’t surrender to these four points then we can’t sufficiently and sincerely change. How can we then be helpful in our families, communities, and elsewhere? We can’t possibly serve God fully, because we won’t give 100 percent of ourselves over to Him.
 
 Here is another point to consider, if we can’t love, honor, respect, forgive, repent to, build up, support, and pray for our own family members then how can we possibly commit to doing these things for anyone outside of our family? How dare we try to help, pray for, convert, administer to a stranger when we won’t accept the burden of helping, praying for, converting, or administering to a person we call family through blood or marriage.
 
 Start with your family first, if they decline, push back, or run away, then pray for them and leave it to God.
 
 When your relationships and ways are right within your family (or you have exhausted your options, and have left it to God to untangle and fix) then you have an extra layer to your foundation. You can branch out to friends and neighbors, engaging in mutual prayer, respect, support, and forgiveness. It then becomes more natural to expand to our community and beyond.
 
 I pray for all of us. I pray that we confess our sins to God and those we have sinned against. I pray that we let go of any doubt and double-thinking (straddling the fence of decision). I pray that we obey God immediately. I pray that we confess our faith and share our testimony with others.
 
 Question of the Day
 1. What do the four points I mentioned today have to say to us and our churches?
 
 To read the entire message discussing the Four Points click here
 
 Share your comments about today’s message and responses to the Question of the Day, below this post or email me at BreakingBreadWithNatasha@gmail.com
 
 Love always,
 
 Natasha
 
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 Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant unless otherwise noted. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com Copyright 2009-2013 under Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted.
 
 Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.
 
 
 

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