LifeLines Weekly Devotion

February 24, 2020

The Importance of Prayer

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:20-21).

One of the most important prayers that I have learned is one that my mentor shared with me. She calls it the three-point prayer, and she heard it on the radio. I will share it with you to the best of my ability.

  1. Tell the Lord your concern. Lord, did you see that? Did you see how my teenager talked disrespectfully to me? Did you see how my teacher looked at me with enmity? Did you see how my co-worker belittled me in front of others? Did you see how my friend attacked me verbally?
  2. Pray for yourself. Pray to change your mind and heart. Pray for guidance. Pray for your circumstances. You know me, Lord. You know my vulnerabilities and my sensitivities. This is how I’m feeling, or this is what I’m thinking. I’m hurt; I’m angry; I’m frustrated; I’m confused. Please help me deal with this in a Godly fashion, or help me cope with this in a Christ-like way. Please help me see this differently. Help make me strong enough to handle this situation. Transform me. Help me to grow in patience, kindness, and goodness. Help me to be forgiving.
  3. Pray for the other person or people that triggered the emotions or thoughts. God, you know them. Lord, you know what their insecurities, vulnerabilities, and struggles are. You know what that person needs. Lord, please meet that person’s needs. Pray God’s will into that person’s life.

Lord, as I pray, may I become the person that you intended for me to be. Father, as I encounter others, I ask that you give peace and comfort to that person. Holy Spirit, allow me to encourage others into bearing more fruit for your kingdom. Amen.

Your sister in Christ,

February 17, 2020

What is in your tool box?
Also day by day from the first day until the last day, (Ezra) read from the Book of the Law of God.     – Nehemiah 8:18

Imagine you’ve hired a contractor to carry out some major remodeling on your home. You open the door to find a man dressed in his casual clothes and no sign of tools or workers. Expressing surprise, you ask him if he is there to begin work and he says, “Yes, I am.” When you ask where his tools and workers are, he says “Well I’ll figure it out.” This is a man who is not “toughly equipped” for his job. (2 Timothy 3:16) Don’t show up for the job of life without the tools you need. Let the Word of God thoroughly equip you for life.

Dear Lord, May I always believe the Bible against the opinion of any man. Help me to understand your instructions so that I may make a daily application in my life. Then turn around and give you thanks.
Two Fingers

P.S. Thanks for the wisdom to write and share Your thoughts and mine. To my followers: my new assignment is the 3rd Monday of each month

February 10, 2020

Psalm 90:12  “Lord, teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

Once in a while I like to read a book in the Bible as I would a book I’d pick off the shelf.  I read it for content and history, rather than application.  Nehemiah was my most recent selection.  

I’m not a Bible scholar—in fact I haven’t even taken the time to research Nehemiah the person.  All I know is that I was really taken with his leadership, his willingness and perseverance.  He saw that the wall surrounding Jerusalem was falling apart and he felt called to rebuild it.  So he beseeched the Lord God of heaven for help.  

The first thing Nehemiah needed was time off of work, so he boldly asked this of the King of Persia.  Considering they were in bondage to a foreign king, this couldn’t have been easy, so you know that the Lord had to have been directly involved in the result!  

Next he needed recruits so he brought the task before his fellow Israelites.  One by one, household by household, he went.  Each family, each person offered their time, talent and goods to make the repair happen.  Men and women of all occupations, along with their households all pitched in.  Amid the scoffing and disbelief of their pagan onlookers and the sabotage that took place (even at the hands of some of their fellow countrymen) they worked diligently filling holes, repairing the wall, securing the gate.  

When it was completed they all listened to Ezra read the World of God.  They repented of their sins.  They glorified God.  And God called for them to celebrate!

This is an example of stewardship at its best!  Just think of the possibilities here.  What would happen if Christians came together in prayer?   What would happen if Christians loved and encouraged each other, cooperated with each other, worked together to build up the kingdom of God?  

Father, I want to obtain a heart of wisdom.  I want to love until I’m asked why.  I want to pray as though I expect an answer.  And most of all I want to be open to your Spirit, to willingly follow your leadership and to recognize that there is much to be done to build up your kingdom here on earth and that it must begin with me.                                                                                                                                                                             

I love you, Kathy

February 3, 2020

Motor Mouth…Here we go again.

Proverbs 13:3 “Those who control their life will have a good life, opening your mouth can ruin everything.”

As time passes one would think we have learned the art of conversation.  Keep the mouth shut…do not be quick to judge…let the other person have their way (own thoughts). However for me this does not seem to be the case. I, at 80 years of age, still try to control my sister and continually judge her decisions. Instead of praying for her, I am mentally judging that she is again making the wrong decision for life.

Family members do not necessarily walk the same path that we do in our walk with the Lord. We should not be quick to judge how they live. This is for the Lord. Simply pray for the family member and let the Lord do his work.

Lord, please give us the wisdom and strength to keep our mouth shut in dealing with others. We are not to judge. You are the great God; let us remember this in all situations. In Jesus name I pray.

Nan Cords