Week of November 22, 2020

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonian 5:16

Sometimes we forget why we celebrate Thanksgiving.  Originally, it was a day to give thanks to God for all the bounty He provided to the Pilgrims that came to this country … and it was celebrated with Native Americans, in particular a man named Squanto.  Few know that William Bradford, governor of Plymouth wrote of Squanto “(he) became a special instrument sent of God for (our) good.”  It is reported that as he lay dying, Squanto asked Governor Bradford to pray for him.

During this week of giving thanks, we will be looking at the reasons we should be thankful from the devotion book Good Morning Lord, Can We Talk?   The following quotes were written by the author of the book, Pastor Chuck Swindoll.  Please take time to read through them and think about the many things you and your family can give thanks for. 

“Looking up … Thank you, Lord: for Your sovereign control over our circumstances, for Your gentle compassion in our sorrows, for Your consistent faithfulness through our highs and lows, for Your grace that removes our guilt, for Your love that holds us close.  Thank You, Lord, for all You are, all You do, all You say.  If we were unable to look up into Your face, Thanksgiving would be just another day.”

“Looking around … thank you, Lord: for our close family ties … for our marvelous church, so many gifted and loving servants; for our strong heritage … for the joy of seeing our children grow and learn; for an occupation that enables us to make a living; for the embrace of a friend who really cares.  Thank you, Lord, for all You provide in such variety and incredible abundance.  By just looking around, we are made aware of how rich we are this Thanksgiving.”

“Looking within … thank You, Lord: for eyes that see the beauty of Your creation, for ears that receive the world of sounds … for the special stimulation of taste and touch, for hands to work with and legs to walk with, for a sense of humor that brought healing and hope, for the sheer delight of know and walking with You!”

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 30

And in the same way - by our faith - the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying.  For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words.  And the Father who knows all hearts knows, of course, what the Spirit is saying as He pleads for us in harmony with God’s own will. Romans 8:26-27 GNT

At times, it is hard to begin praying for someone, especially if you don’t know them.  A good place to start is by asking God to send His Spirit to the other person, because as the verse says, the Spirit knows exactly what we need and will bring that need to the Father.  So even just bringing the name up to God works for the good of the other…and it never hurts to ask Him to show you what your pal needs.

 

Tuesday, December 1

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understand.  Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

Today, ask God to give wisdom to your prayer pal. It is important to know what God thinks and His wisdom is always so much better than anything we can plan.  Request that your friend will open the Bible and take wisdom from it.

 

Wednesday, December 2

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.  They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water.  Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought.  Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.  Jeremiah 15:7-8 NLT

“Pray that God will make your friend strong, fruitful, and flourishing for His glory.”                      Jennifer Clarke

  

Thursday, December 3

May the Lord bless you and protect you.  May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.  May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.  Numbers 6:24-26 NLT

“Pray that the Lord bless your friend and keep (them); that He would make His face to shine upon (them) and be gracious to (them); that the Lord would lift up His countenance upon (them) and give (them) peace.”  Jennifer Clarke

 

Friday, December 4

Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies.  You reach out Your hand, and the power of Your right hand saves me.  The Lord will work out His plans for my life – for Your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.  Don’t abandon me, for you made me. Psalm 138:7-8 NLT

“Ask that when your friend walks in the midst of trouble, God would preserve (their) life.  Claim His promise … to deliver (them) with His right hand.  Remind God of His commitment to fulfill His purpose for (them) and of His steadfast and endless love…  Ask Him not to forsake… the works of His hands.”  Jennifer Clarke

 

Monday, December 7

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 GNT

“God, I’m not okay.  I’m not myself.  I’m drained.  Please calm my mind, heal my heart, and take my worries away.  Amen” Zara.com

 

Tuesday, December 8

But when you pray, go to your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you.  Matthew 6:6 GNT

“It really is beautiful when someone prays for you without you knowing.  It’s the highest form of respect and care.” Daily Inspirational Quotes

 

Wednesday, December 9

So then, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you will be healed.  The prayer of a good person has a powerful effect. James 5:16 GNT

Praying for your friends SO important because sometimes they fight battles they’ll never speak to you about.  Make sure they’re covered (in prayer).  Slotimes1

 

Thursday, December 10

For this reason, we have always prayed for you, ever since we heard about you.  We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will, with all the wisdom and understanding that His Spirit gives.  Colossians 1:9 (GNT)

“God is watching over you.  I know because I asked Him to.”  Love This Pic

 

Friday, December 11

“A friend loves at all times…” Proverbs 17:17

“Nothing proves that you love someone more than mentioning them in your prayers.” -  Talk Amen