Spiritual Stewardship - Not Secular Slices
And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 And He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?" 27 And he answered, "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." 28 And He said to him, "You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE." - Luke 10:25-28
Among my friends and family I am known as, “the Pie Queen.” I love pie! Fruit pie, cream pies (especially Key Lime,) Chocolate pie, cold, baked, even chicken pot pie. It is not that I have a big sweet tooth, nor is it is not that I eat dessert every day, or even every week. What I love about pie is that you usually eat it with people who are very close to you.
Think about it; you have probably had many business meals or “eating meetings.” Business breakfast, lunch and dinners are a part of my schedule every week; but dessert is personal, private, savored with the people you are closest to. A sweet slice and a great discussion is a great way to end a day.
Individual servings of pie come in a slice, you may desire the whole pie, but you are given a piece; a small portion of a big pie. Sadly, I hear many Christians talk about their relationship with Jesus as if it were a pie. Somehow we have taken the wrong mentality that our life is a pie and we slice it up between work, worship, family, recreation, rest, and other activities and responsibilities. As Christians we have adopted the wrong mentality and vocabulary of “spiritual” and “secular.” God does not see our life, the life He gave us, sliced up by spiritual and secular activities; it is ALL spiritual!
From our first thought in the morning to our last thought drifting off to sleep, we are consecrated and separated, “holy unto the Lord.” Now I know some of you are thinking, “I have to go to work 8-10 hours every day, or more; how can I dedicate ALL of my life to “spiritual” things? The man who asked Jesus this vital question about life in Luke 10:25-29 was a lawyer, not a religious leader. “What shall I do…?”
The answer is simple, we do ALL that we do; work, worship, family, recreation, rest, etc… with our heart, soul, mind, and strength focused on Jesus. Your place of business is your mission field; it is where God has placed you for His purposes to be fulfilled. We do not live to work: we do not even work to live. We live to live out our personal relationship with Jesus Christ at home, church, shopping, vacationing and at work. We do not slice off a portion of life and give it to God; He gets the whole pie! By committing to pray, and live out Christ’s character through the power of the Holy Spirit in ALL that we do, we fulfill the mandate to love the Lord with ALL of our heart, soul, mind and strength. We also open up every area of our life for His blessing. God is seeking an intimate relationship with you, not a quick nod at breakfast and out into the world we go. He desires to share wisdom, knowledge, strength, joy, discernment and direction all day. We are selfish, and foolish, when we think it enough to give God a slice of our life’s pie when He is the one who gave us the entire “Pie” to begin with. It is His…ALL His. Even the lawyer understood that life, even eternal life is an inheritance; a gift, that we cannot earn, but ought to steward well.
If you would like to find some more information about living out your faith at work, there are many wonderful Marketplace ministry leaders such as John Maxwell, Os Hillman, Ken Blanchard, Michael Anthony, James Estep Jr. and many others, who have written books, share at conferences, and even have daily devotionals or emails you can subscribe to.. Invest some of your time learning and listening about how to live your whole day and your whole life walking and working in the Spirit… nothing could be sweeter…not even pie. Know that I am praying for you!
- Kathy Branzell, Director
National Observance – Thursday, May 1, 2014
Cannon House Office Building – Caucus Room 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance – Mr. John Bornschein, Vice Chairman National Day of Prayer Task Force
Opening Remarks – Mrs. Shirley Dobson, Chairman National Day of Prayer Task Force
Scripture Reading – Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, President of Hope of the World Ministries
Blowing of the Shofar – Rabbi Neal Surasky, Chosen People Ministries
Prayer of Blessing – Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J. Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives
Prayer for the Nations – Ambassador Bobby Little and Ambassador Zoran Jolevski (Republic of Macedonia)
A Congressional Welcome – Congressman Robert Aderholt (Alabama)
Worship – Don Moen
Prayer of Repentance – Jeff Noel, National Prayer Committee
Judicial Branch Remarks – Judge Maurice Foley
Prayer for the Judicial Branch – Dr. Dick Eastman, Every Home for Christ
Personal Remarks – Dr. James C. Dobson, Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk
Legislative Branch Remarks – Congressman Mike McIntyre (NC, 7th District)
The Legacy of Prayer in America – The Honorable Bob McEwen
Military Remarks – Major General Joseph S. Ward, Jr.
Prayer for the Military Branch – Chaplain Wayne Brittian (LTC)
Keynote Speaker – Anne Graham Lotz, Honorary Chairman National Day of Prayer Task Force
Prayer for the Executive Branch – Mr. David Butts, Harvest Prayer Ministries
Prayer Challenge – Mr. John Bornschein and Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
Closing Song – Don Moen
This program agenda is tentative and subject to change.
This special observance was hosted by Congressman Robert Aderholt (Alabama, 4th District)
Anne Graham Lotz, 2014 Honorary Chairman and daughter of Rev. Billy Graham, delivered a powerful message on prayer and repentance at the National Observance of the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. Her 29-minute appeal to God's people was one of the highlights of the solemn assembly in Washington D.C. and was viewed around the world in more than 200 countries.
The 2014 National Observance was broadcast on DirecTV channel 365 and streamed LIVE on this website.[hr]
National Observance in Washington DC - National Day of Prayer Task Force
A restaurant in North Carolina is giving customers a 15 percent discount if they pray in public.
Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem gives the discount for anyone who takes the time to appreciate their food before digging in. Although the restaurant has been offering the special for four years, a recent Facebook post featuring a receipt with the discount has gone viral, highlighting the practice.
Jordan Smith was on a business trip when she got her discount. She told HLN that she and her colleagues "prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, "Just so you know, we gave you a 15 percent discount for praying."
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Mary's Gourmet Diner gives a 15 percent discount to those who pray in public.
- First it is a matter of seeking, claiming, and making use of access to God through Christ (Ephesians 2:18).
- Then, the Christian adores and thanks God for their acceptance through Christ and for the knowledge that through Christ their prayers are heard.
- Third, they ask for the Spirit’s help to see and do what brings glory to Christ, knowing that both the Spirit and Christ himself intercede for them… (Romans 8:26-27, 34).
- Finally, the Spirit leads the believer to concentrate on God and His glory in Christ with a sustained, single-minded simplicity of attention and intensity of desire…supernaturally wrought.
May each of this bring you new spiritual intensity.
P.R.A.Y. for Today
Praise God for accepting you through Christ; Repent of any failure to use your access to God through Christ; Ask for His Spirit’s power in living this day in integrity; Yield to Him by doing what is right wherever you’ve been tempted to do otherwise.
- Shirley Dobson, Chairman
I spend a lot of time helping missionaries and those associated with missions to learn how to pray more effectively for those they are trying to reach with the Gospel. Any Great Commission Christian will passionately desire for all tribes and nations to hear and respond to the good news. There are good and accepted ways for us to reach out to an unreached people group.
Can you imagine a missionary attempting to bring the Gospel to a tribal group by:
* refusing to learn their language
* condemning all of their cultural practices
* refusing to spend time with them because their lifestyle might affect you
* in effect, cursing them by criticizing everything they did.
Hollywood is very much a tribal group. Thought not unreached in a technical sense, they are still predominantly pagan. My friend, Karen Covell, who founded the Hollywood Prayer Network in 2001, speaks often of her Hollywood Tribe. When you accept that perspective, you suddenly realize how often we have found ourselves using those absurdly poor ways listed above of reaching a tribal group. How often have you heard Christians (yourself?) denounce and condemn Hollywood? In the process, we have forgotten that we are speaking of people for whom Christ died and who He loves completely.
Can I share with you three reasons why I pray for the Hollywood tribe?
- Because Christ loves them and I want to please Him
- Because I have asked the Lord to give me a love for lost people and Hollywood is filled with lost people.
- Because the entertainment industry is perhaps the main instrument of cultural transformation and Christ needs to be overseeing that transformative process.
Our prayers are making a difference. We are increasingly seeing more movies and shows that reflect biblical values coming out of Hollywood. What once was a values wasteland is beginning to be transformed. Churches are being established in Hollywood that target the entertainment industry. Christians that once cursed Hollywood are coming to bless Hollywood. God is reclaiming His lost Hollywood tribe!
One very practical, hands-on way you can pray for Hollywood is to join many of us this fall who are coming to pray during The Summons: Hollywood. From October 1-5, hundreds of Christians will be coming to learn from Hollywood professionals how we can be praying for them, and of course, we will be praying. Prayer walking at key strategic places and prayer drives through places that desperately need us will take much of our time. My friend Steve Hawthorne describes prayer walking as praying onsite with insight. You will pray with much greater intensity and focus as you join us in Hollywood for The Summons. You can register at: www.hollywoodprayer.org
See you in Hollywood!
David Butts, Chairman of the National Prayer Committee
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On June 28, a prayer mobilization effort began to pray for 30 days for the Muslim World - concluding on July 27.
The 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World is a prayer focus which coincides yearly with Ramadan, an important month of fasting and religious observance for Muslims. Christians worldwide are called upon to make an intentional effort during that period to learn about, pray for and reach out to Muslim neighbors.
Join the millions of Christians around the world who regularly participate in this largest ongoing international prayer focus on the Muslim world. A new full-color prayer guide booklet—available in both adult and kids versions—is produced each year, and is a proven tool helping Christians to understand and to persistently pray for Muslim neighbors and nations.
The editorial work for this prayer movement was initially coordinated in Australia, then in France and is currently managed in Germany. The North American edition has been published continuously since 1993 by WorldChristian.com.
It is our sincere desire that Muslims around the world would have the opportunity to freely understand and consider the Good News—Jesus Christ. To learn more and to join in this 30-day prayer movement, click here
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Pray! on each of the first 7 days of July
Pray! and fast on July 7th for 7 hours (of your choosing)
- For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world.
- For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His church, in our nation, and in our lives.
- For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening.
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Greetings Prayer Warriors! I pray that your summer season is in full swing with picnics, time at the pool and family vacations filled with precious memories that will last a lifetime. For many people, just the mention of the word, “summer,” brings back memories of playing outside all day, sleeping a little later, camping, or a sweet change of pace from our otherwise hectic schedules throughout the school-year.
I have some sweet memories of summers gone by, but I also have memories of stress-filled summer days as my dad, an Air Force pilot, was “serving” away from home. I was known as a, “military- brat.” This was not a summary of my behavior, although I had my moments; but rather the nickname given to the children of those in the military. Years later, knowing that it was a difficult life, I was proud to become a military wife. I grew up in the “olden days,” before email, cell phones, Skype, Facebook and Facetime. When my dad was gone, he was GONE! These memories keep me on my knees praying for our military families, knowing that there are many families who are not focused on S’mores and catching fireflies this summer; they are just trying to get through the challenges of each day while their loved-one is away.
If you talk to any military family, they will tell you that as soon as their military spouse, in most cases a husband, leaves, there is an “enemy attack” that they have to face on the home front too. Inevitably, the washing machine, car or something else, breaks. It is not usually a quick or cheap fix. Ask a military family, and they will tell you about major losses, trips to the hospital, a significant change in their children behavior or sleeping patterns, and many more “battles,” they had to face and fight as their military loved one served away from home. The frontline and the home front would both be entrenched in “enemy fire.”
As I pull from my own memories to pray over military members and their families each day, I think about the Old Testament warrior. One of the Hebrew words for, “Warrior” is the Hebrew word that is transliterated “Gibbowr,” and is defined as: “champion, great, helpers, heroes, men of outstanding, mighty, strong, and valiant.” Those are some really great words that not only describe the Old Testament soldier but that also describe the men and women who are willing to serve and sacrifice so much for the liberty and safety of our nation today.
In addition, many of the Old Testament “valiant warriors” had armor-bearers. These brave servants served the warrior. They had a variety of responsibilities including carrying a large shield to cover the soldier and carrying a variety of weapons so that the warrior was prepared for a multiplicity of attacks and combats. The armor-bearer would sometimes walk ahead as protection and then rotate behind to make sure the job was done; protecting the warrior from everything from distractions to death. The armor-bearer acted as their close confidant, encourager and could strategize in the heat of battle to make sure the warrior could fight with optimum focus and strength.
I see today’s military family as a modern-day “Armor-bearer.” The military spouse and children protect their warrior with prayer and bravery, while also fighting the home front battles that could otherwise distract and discourage their military family member serving away from home. Our military men and women face dangers that many of us cannot even imagine. They risk their lives daily, while sacrificing summer memories, holidays with their family, attending their children’s school, sports, recitals and other events. They are not at home to deal with the broken appliances, trips to the hospital or principal’s office, natural disasters, and other home front crisis and yet they must maintain their focus and strength to complete their mission.
I want to leave you with several prompts; first, please continue to pray fervently for our military and their families. Secondly, if there are military families in your church or community, seek ways to serve them – be their armor-bearers. If you are close to them, offer to help with mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, childcare, bring a meal once in a while, or other ways that will lift their burden. I always love to see people randomly approach military members at the airport, restaurants or other places to thank them for their service. If you ever have the opportunity to say, “Thank you,” to our warriors, or their families, do not hesitate, they need to know you recognize and appreciate their significant service and sacrifices.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force sends our sincere thanks and prayers for our military members and their “armor-bearers.”
- Kathy Branzell, Director
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