Discipleship Things We’ve Forgotten

“Success is not the pastor or the staff executing all the ministry; it’s them equipping the saints to do the work of ministry.”

“If you seek to build a church, you rarely produce disciples…If you seek to make disciples, you always get the church.”

“Pray about God giving you 3-5 men you can invest your life in for the next 12 months, and challenge them at the end of 12 months to replicate the process. And you watch what God does.”

“Jesus restricted 90 percent of his time to 12 men. And out of the 12, he restricted a large portion of his time to three: James, John, and Peter.”

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Turn Your Worries Into Prayers

Turning your worries into prayers is a simple thing and yet one we constantly fail at. But, when we do get into the habit, the peace of God that comes is truly incredible.

As you can tell, I’ve been meditating of late on the reflections of Henri Nouwen who wonderfully wrote…

From Unceasing Thinking to Unceasing Prayer

“Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is “unceasing.” Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue withour God, who is the source of all love.

Let’s break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen

The age old wisdom is this…

“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.” – Philippians 4:6,7 CEV

Today, make a list of all that worries you and then find a quiet place, thank God that He is bigger than your worries and one by one give thanks for those worries and that God will work mightily in them. Ask Him for strength, patience and peace as you allow Him to do His work! He may simply be waiting for you to turn it all over to Him. Release control and trust Him.

And then you can, stand firm, be brave, be not afraid and watch the Lord save you! (Exodus 14:13)

Prayer for Faith and Trust for 2012

A friend posted this as her prayer for 2012, perhaps some of you can benefit from it too…

“Father, I come to You by faith, laying every fear and worry at Your feet. I am not sure what this year holds for me but I do know You are with me every step of the way. When I am tempted to worry, please remind me to trust You. When fear attacks, I want to choose to pray instead of panic, knowing that You are my Lord and my Shepherd. I praise You for Your faithfulness in my life, even when I don’t understand life’s circumstances and can’t see the next step. I praise You, Lord.”