Monday, July 18, 2016

The Rally that counts: Thanksgiving with Prayer.

The Rally That Counts1 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


Last time I posted we talked about what it means to humble yourself.  My Dad used to say to be humble means that you make others feel like a person in your presence, rich or poor, male or female, educated or uneducated.  That is certainly a good part of it.  We also found that humbling ourselves involves yielding to God and getting on board with His good plan.  In that vain of thought the last few days have been interesting in that with all the grave things that have taken place Holy Spirit has been talking to me about mixing thanksgiving in our prayers.   The Rally that counts be it in a group or be it in your prayer closet will mix prayer for peace, wisdom and healing with thanksgiving to our Great God who made Heaven and earth. 

Philippians 4:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Wonderment about the state of the world, our elections and our future abound, but God wants to give peace to us that will guard our minds through Christ Jesus.  Think about that a minute:  God's peace can guard your mind.  It doesn't mean our heads are in the means when others give way to fear, hatred, or apathy Jesus literally guards our minds through the blood of Jesus. Fear can cripple the mind making it impossible for a person to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit or to move forward.   Mixing prayer with thanksgiving can guard mind of the  American  Christian wondering what is going to happen next, the Russian Christian praying over the new proposed law that would shut the door to evangelism, to the believer in the middle east who faces danger daily for his faith in Jesus along with the grave situations believers face around the world. 

Thank God today for the big and little things. Thank God for our nation.  Thank God that in the midst of world turmoil that He has a plan for us and that He will never forsake His children.  Where there seems to be no way He will make a way.  Make your Rally that counts today a mixture of prayer and thanksgiving.......take these steps with your heart believing His promise to guard your mind in Jesus.

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