After The National Day Of Prayer 2015: After The Cry

Daily Devotions for Friday: by Christina Farris
5/8/2015

2 Timothy 1:5 KJV
(5) When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

The cry after the National Day Of Prayer should be to press on in faith in Jesus. It not about sitting by idly and being forced to go about daily in the direction not built by the hand of God, but going in the direction God has established for each of us. One of the downfalls of the next day begins with forgetting to teach the children of compassion and love of Jesus. If they know the compassion and love of Jesus, one never has to worry about them searching to long in the world for that same kind of love, because it does not exist. The unconditional price of love of the world is not always clearly seen until it is to late. If all our children see is the love from the world, they will never come to know the grace of God unless someone tells them.

The next day what are you doing the next day after kneeling before the throne of God with your country? Did you do it only to go about not demonstrate the love of God the next day? Did you go back to the sin of the world? How can we expect change if evil after repentance is not shunned. Not evil people shunned, but the evil acts of sin shunned. I can remember being young and naïve and listen to the other girls in school begin to talk about their immoral lives with their boyfriends. I remember sitting wonder how am I a witness beyond their tales. Then I to started dating and realized it was not so easy to be innocent. One of the most important things we can teach our young people is life is hard outside in the world, yet we are tempted as the world. As a believer temptation beckons only to be pressed down, or stomped upon if our desire is to follow God.

At a young age I had not learn to deficient between Christian behavior and world behavior because it was not taught in that manner it was more of a command ofjust do not do those things. Simple instruction of do not do, did not even work in the garden for God. God told Adam do not eat that fruit and Eve said take a bite. How much peer pressure says do it because we are, and peer pressure of the world does not change. Peer pressure of the Christian society is no different it is be like everyone else and do not sin.

The other day on NBC Local News I heard where they are taking five or ten people in an examine room together that have common ailments. It is supposedly therapy session during exam. Everyone treated the same in the exam room. All I could think this could be positive or negative. Then I remember the prisoners of war and the concentration death camps of how they lined people up. Where are we going and what is society doing?

Are we lining up ready for death camp of hell or going toward heaven individually. Are we pressing on for Jesus despite the crowd. Are we looking only to our parents convictions as being our own, or being only because of who our parents were. Faith is individual and God’s love and compassion to fit our needs is individualized. That daily commitment to God is not corporately, but individual. Every Christian in a crowd is different then the other even if God is ironing out our garment of faith we wear. Permanently pressing His mark on our lives.

How we respond to God individually is a commitment and promise of golden pathway or a walk to hell. Church is corporate worship fun for the moment and innocent only to be destroyed by the outside walk if not following God. Where are you today in you individual faith. Timothy faith was learned by his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice, yet it was individual commitment. He might of received instruction from Paul but his walk was His own. I can not walk in your shoes for you nor you for me. Yet my legs will have to take me down the road unless you carry me. There better be a reason you are carrying me for God through Jesus carries our burdens of sin and buries them at the cross, but not for us to continue in sin, but to live a life for Him. God purpose to help us to begin anew when we commit to His way of living. Jesus carrying us is to enable us to walk the path of God. One can be like a pack of cigarettes all must be ignited, but only smoke one at a time. God might ignite more then one of us at one time, but I guarantee all of us will not all burn the same length or have the same strength. God empowers us individually though it might happen corporately.

Dear Heavenly Father Help us the day after to continue in faith, not corporately but individually with you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 2 Timothy 1:9-10 KJV
(9) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
(10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Daily God’s Promises: Romans 12:2-3 KJV
(2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(3) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

National Day of Prayer 2015: Hear Our Cry.

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris
5/7/2015

1 Samuel 1:1-19 KJV
(1) Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:
(2) And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
(3) And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
(4) And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
(5) But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
(6) And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
(7) And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
(8) Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
(9) So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
(10) And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
(11) And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
(12) And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.
(13) Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
(14) And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
(15) And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
(16) Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
(17) Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
(18) And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
(19) And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.

The cry of Hannah was heard by many women in scripture, from Rachel, Elizabeth and Mary. The cry of the women is often seen because of childlessness, yet our nation is starving for rebirth of faith across our land. People have forgotten the Lord. The National Day of Prayer event hardly mentioned in our nation history, yet one day a year. The believers cry to God in one accord by God’s Spirit, both young and old alike. Whether in a crowd or alone. Our churches empty because of lack of desire for God. The call for repentance that call for tears, the call for the people to come home to God’s house of worship.

Though Hannah prayer was for herself because of the mockery of man, we hear the same mockery of the world laughing at the empty churches across America. Even coming in to mock God pretending to be the saints of God for the profit and gain of their own pockets. The temple of where Hannah worshipped was in need of restoration to the Lord. For Eli sons were crooked, and yet Eli was a man of God. Though he accused Hannah of being drunk, she was not. Eli told Hannah may she receive her request to the Lord and God honored Eli’s words. Hannah in six years would bring her son and dedicate him for life to the Lord.

It is time for the church to get on their knees and pray. It is time for the church to seek him for their barrenness. It is time for the church to repent before the Lord. A yearly national event to seek God, and to repent of sin, was attended by many of the Jewish faith of Israel. Hannah and her husband journey to the temple was because of this yearly event. Yet it was the time of the national sacrifice to the Lord. Today our sacrifice for the saints have been paid once and for all through Christ death and resurrection. There no more need for sacrifice. Christ had paid the price for all our sins. His blood covers all our sins.

Hannah cry mimic’s the church not in sacrilege, but in honor and respect of the saints that press on in faith, holding to the traditions of repentance and seeking God for His blessings. Hannah knew she was spotless, and so is the church. The church covered by the redeeming power of Jesus. No longer guilty of sin. The church does make mistakes, but Christ has paid their debt. Hannah a woman of God and was a saint, purged her sins and offered the yearly sacrifice for sin. Yet she was not blessed as other woman, only blessed by a husband that loved her. God heard Hannah plead and granted it. God loves his church, and knows their struggle and their desire for birth. Though they might be old, they are not forgotten by God. God will bring life anew as long has they keep faithful.

Dear Heavenly Father may the cy of your church be heard today first for repentance and then a cry for birth and growth. May your church grow and may you find your people worthy to be called the bride of Christ. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 1 Kings 8:28 KJV
(28) Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:

Daily God’s Promises: Matthew 6:9-10 KJV
(9) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
(10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

National Day Of Prayer 2015: Reaching The Throne of God

Daily Devotions for Wednesday: By Christina Farris

6/6/2015

Luke 9:28-31 KJV
(28) And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
(29) And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
(30) And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
(31) Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

Have you reached the throne of God either from heaven or from earth? Moses and Elias reach the throne of Jesus while on earth, and Moses reach the throne of heaven with the elders and even ate with God in the heavenlies before their sin of killing, because of the golden calf. If we ignore this account of Moses in heaven both from his present state of life and death, the hope of salvation seems less real. Yet the truth of the matter is God’s people relationship was restored from the worship of the golden calf as well as the slaying of idolaters.

Are you reaching heaven, are you praying to the point you envision heaven. Is that really possible. The truth of the matter is God still speaks to the saints. Jesus still speaks to His flock. He never quit speaking to those who seek Him. John had a vision while praying on the Lord’s day in Revelations. Ephesians talks of speaking to the saints. Yet these accounts are not the norm for most that pray, yet why are we not praying to reach heaven?

If our nation would fall on their needs and pray as in the days of Moses, transfiguration and Revelations, maybe more would be accomplished in our nation. Maybe we would see the laws change back to the ways of God and not the ways of man. Maybe we would see a nation fall on her knees in repentance.

Are you taking time to reach heaven today? Are you talking to God about not only yourself and your love ones but our nation today? Get hold of Jesus and you will see our nation change for His glory.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to grab hold of you through prayer and taking time to know your word and the truth of your ability to still speak to your children as yesteryears. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Mark 9:2-4 KJV
(2) And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
(3) And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
(4) And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

Daily God’s Promises: Revelation 1:12-14 KJV
(12) And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
(13) And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
(14) His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;