Archive

Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Prayer

June 10th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is Devotion to Prayer.

The early church was made of imperfect people who were committed to the Gospel. As the Holy Spirit moved among them, their witness for Jesus had a great impact on the world.

One of the dynamics of the first-generation church was their intentional commitment to prayer.

Acts 2:42 records that they devoted themselves to prayer.

God moved in response to their prayers. Acts 4:24 says that they raised their voices together in prayer to God. After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

In this way, we see how prayer invites God’s presence into our gatherings and moves God’s people toward unity and courage.

Devotion to Prayer is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Categories: John Shirk, Staff Pages Tags:

Faith Building Verses-Hebrews 4 14 to 16

May 31st, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verses are Hebrews 4:14 to 16.

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Worship is a way of life that includes prayer. Jesus is our Mediator. He lives to intercede for us. A relationship with God is possible because of Jesus who died for us and rose again. Prayer is an opportunity to have a conversation with God-to tell Him what is on our mind and heart, and to seek the perspective of God’s mind and heart. We have access to His throne of grace anytime of the day, anywhere we happen to be.

These Faith-Building Verses inspire us to draw near to God in prayer in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Categories: John Shirk, Staff Pages Tags:

Faith Building Verse-2 Chronicles 7:14

May 9th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Second Chronicles 7:14.

The LORD says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will 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.”

This verse was specifically focusing on the nation of Israel. God would respond to the earnest prayers of His people to bring an end to droughts and plagues in their land. This verse also has relevance for believers today.

Just as humility, prayer, and repentance were the pathways to healing for the Israelites, so we can experience God’s forgiveness today by trusting in the One gift that God has provided for our redemption. That gift is Jesus. He came to offer us forgiveness and a place of belonging in His family through faith in His name.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to humility, prayer, and repentance to follow Jesus in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Awakening Night

April 21st, 2022 No comments

Join us for a night of inspiration with Rafael Cruz (father of Senator Ted Cruz) & more.

Be inspired to pray, vote, and engage as we get our marching orders together as the Body of Christ in America to make a difference in this moment of history.

Register here to attend (free):
https://christiansengaged.org/events/awakening-night-pa

Categories: Tags: , ,

Prayer in the Park for our Nation and Community

January 30th, 2022 No comments

The Prayer in the Park event will be held indoors at the City Gate Ephrata location 100 E Main St Ephrata PA 17522 on Sunday January 30th from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. Join with us as we pray for our nation and our community. Find us on Facebook

Categories: Tags:

Faith-Building Verses Acts 17:26-28

January 28th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verses are Acts 17: 26 to 28.

The Apostle Paul said, “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”

This insight reveals that we are not here by accident, but rather by providence. God made us for the purpose of knowing Him. He is not distant from hearing the cries of our heart. He is near enough to hear our humble prayers and to save us from our sins. He has the power to restore us to a right relationship with Him through faith in Jesus.

These faith-building verses inspire us to call on the name of the Lord in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Daily Challenge-Prayer Support

October 15th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to support our pastors and spiritual leaders in our prayers.

When we pray for our leaders, we not only support their work but also become partners in their ministry.

In Second Corinthians 1, verses 10 and 11, the Apostle Paul said, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”

So, God hears and responds to the prayers of His people on behalf of our leaders. We can pray for them to be a bold witness for the Lord. Pray for their protection-from harm and from evil. Pray that their work would prosper as their relationship with God prospers. And pray about how we might partner with them to reach people with the Gospel.

Take the Daily Challenge to support our pastors with prayer on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Categories: John Shirk, Staff Pages Tags:

Daily Challenge-Commitment to Prayer

June 8th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to be committed to prayer.

Ephesians 6:18 encourages us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Every day is an opportunity to approach God in prayer with the confidence that He hears us, He loves us, and responds to the prayers of His people.

When someone comes to our mind, that is a good time to pray for them. God may be bringing a particular person to our mind so that we lift up their needs to the throne of grace. There are additional ways that we can be a supportive friend, but prayer is a good starting place.

Take the daily challenge to be committed to prayer on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Categories: John Shirk, Staff Pages Tags:

Daily Challenge-Yield to God’s Will

March 30th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK-In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to remember Jesus’ prayer in the Garden just before He was arrested.

Jesus understood the gravity of the moment.  Hope for the human race depended on the mission of Jesus. That time was approaching for Him to be handed over to the Gentiles for crucifixion. He was in great anguish.

In Luke 22:42, Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

The next day, Jesus hung on a cross. This request is a powerful reminder that Jesus was God’s Plan A, and there was no Plan B.

Jesus yielded to His Father’s will, even though it was the way of suffering. His example moves us to be humble before God and submit ourselves to His plan whatever the cost.

Take the daily challenge to remember Jesus’ prayer in the Garden and yield to God’s will on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Daily Challenge-Stay Connected to Jesus

March 2nd, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to stay connected with Jesus every single day.

The importance of relying on Jesus for each step of faith is highlighted in John 15:5. Jesus said to His followers, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

One of the ways that we remain connected to Jesus is through prayer. Relationships thrive through open communication. Prayer is how we can have a conversation with God.

Another way to have a conversation with God is to read the Bible. That is where God’s Word communicates to us and tells us how to live a life that pleases Him. When we follow through on God’s plan for our lives, there is fruit that brings glory to God.  Jesus said in John 15:8, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

Take the daily challenge to stay connected with Jesus every single day, every step of the way on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Word of Encouragement-Pray

February 25th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Word of Encouragement is “Pray.”

Author Ray Stedman has said that when you take the whole range of Bible teaching on the subject of prayer, you will find that prayer is simply conversing with God. As the famous hymn declares, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!”

Jesus taught us to how to pray in Matthew chapter 6, verse 9.

“Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be your name,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts and we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

Find encouragement in prayer to the God who made us and loves us in the Year of Endurance.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com