God’s Plan for a Better Tomorrow

by Guest Blogger Bob Santos

I confess. There are days when I just want to power down all my electronics and
escape from the world. I know (as I sit at a computer and type) that technology has
its benefits. But there are drawbacks as well. It seems as though we are constantly
exposed to a world of dysfunction.

Today, we struggle with unjust business practices, an over-sexualized culture, and
toxic politics. Middle-class opportunities are slipping away. Gone are the days
when young children could maintain their carefree innocence at least into junior
high school. And as much as we look to our political parties to build roads to a
better future, our political system has proven its inability to even fix itself.
What would you think if I told you that the Lord has a plan to improve our lot, and
it isn’t all that complicated? Would you believe me? Would you want to get
involved?

The principles are quite simple. God’s plan for a better tomorrow involves His
people coming together with one heart and in one Spirit to pray.

The Body of Christ

If we consider the reasons that the church has lost so much influence in our culture,
there is one that quickly rises to the top of the list: we are divided. Jesus once said,
“Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself fails” (Matthew 12:25 NASB).

If we understand the nature of Christ’s body, we recognize that all genuine
followers of Jesus are members of the church. There aren’t many churches in a
community, but rather one church with various expressions.

We might say that we separate ourselves for biblical reasons, but if our theology is
truly accurate, shouldn’t we be coming together rather than breaking apart?
I am not suggesting that we ignore sin or avoid difficult conversations, but that we
honor our Lord’s directives to preserve the unity of the Spirit and to build up the
body of Christ.

Neither am I saying that our beliefs are inconsequential. Rather, our unity is found
not through uniformity but through Christ and Christ alone. We truly are brothers
and sisters in Christ, members of His body, and members of one another. And as
we come to pray, the Lord imparts an anointed blessing of life to transform our
communities.

Community Prayer Initiative

It is with this mind-set that Search for Me Ministries, Inc. has created the
Community Prayer Initiative. The initiative itself is not complicated. Church
bob-santosleaders in a community use the Community Prayer Devotional to facilitate thirty
days of united prayer within their communities. And as momentum grows, other
steps to bless the community can be prayerfully taken.

The Community Prayer Devotional accomplishes three primary purposes:
1. It draws the people of God in a community together.
2. It actually gets them praying.
3. They pray with one voice about the same issues.

Search for Me Ministries has endeavored to make the Community Prayer Devotional accessible to all. Free PDF copies can be downloaded from
Smashwords.com. The Amazon Kindle version is only .99. And paperback copies
“personalized” for a community can be purchased at a significant discount. (Please
click here  for more information.)
No doubt, we live in a challenging and tumultuous era. But our good God has by
no means abandoned us. Exciting times are ahead for those who set their hearts to
pray with one heart and through one Spirit!


Bob Santos is the founder and president of Search for Me Ministries, Inc.—a ministry devoted to helping to form and equip a generation of world changers for Christ. Bob has written eight books which all touch on topics relevant to spiritual growth. He and his wife Debi live in Indiana, PA and have two adult children.

Touched by the Master

See the source imageby Guest Blogger Jason Moore

Many have outstretched hands reaching for a touch. In a recent trip to Asia, God made this thought of “being touched by the Master” personal to me.

We quietly entered the building under the cover of night. The concrete building had that familiar musty smell. We got into the elevator and went to the eighth floor.

As I entered the apartment, I glanced around the room. Many faces met my eyes . . . brothers and sisters with fervent hearts with one purpose—to hear the Word.

We were packed into this small apartment; the air was warm and stifling and most sat on the floor. The fellowship was full of joy and thanksgiving. Many had worked all day and were physically tired, but the anointing quickened.

The music began hushed, and eyes closed and hands rose. God was moving heart to heart, and strength was being administered. The sound was angelic as hearts reached for God in worship. Then silence and prayer began. Thankfulness and faith were dripping from their lips with tears of joy—the Father was there.

As the Bible was opened, focus was heightened and pens scribbled with the eternal word that touched their hearts. Time seemed to stand still as heaven came down; four hours seemed to be minutes.

My heart was touched to see the lives of these Chinese believers. This was an illegal meeting as far as their government goes, but to them, missing it was not an option. As we filed out quietly, the smiles and burning hearts were refining my heart. The Spirit seemed to say, “The fire burns till the gold reflects the face of the Refiner, vessels fit for the Master’s use.” As they passed by, I prayed, “Lord, please hide each one in my heart and cause me to remember the price of the gospel.”

The power of a touch. Jesus was in a great crowd and said, “Virtue has gone out of me, Who touched me?” The healed woman came timidly out of the crowd. “Daughter, you are made whole.” One touch.

The work of God is beyond anything natural, and it is not limited to our faith. His loving touch changes our world. “And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly” (Mark 8:23-25 KJV). The blind man, when he was first touched, didn’t see clearly, but the second time he saw with understanding.

We can be the same. In prayer, the blindfold comes off. The scales fall from our eyes. We begin to realize the power of a touch from God. Our hard heart can be made soft and receptive again.

Life doesn’t make sense unless the Lord touches us again and again in prayer and meditation. Prayer draws us into the limitless resource of the Eternal. Prayer is the breath of the believer, our weakness leaning on His omnipotence. Let’s discover His beauty and be renewed with personal power. Bow before God and let him put his hands on your eyes so you can see Him in action today.


Many thanks to our guest blogger, Jason Moore. Please visit his websites: jasonfmoore.com and About Me

About Jason Moore

family christmas.jpgPassionate about reaching people from all walks of life, Jason Moore has been involved in worldwide mission work and discipleship since the age of sixteen. While living in Ukraine, he completed his internship in church planting, resulting in three new churches that continue to thrive today.

As a graduate of Maryland Bible College and Seminary with a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies, he leads the Pastoral Care team of Greater Grace Church in Baltimore, MD. He serves as a guest speaker in churches throughout the United States and overseas. With his wife, Leah, and son, Carson, he is dedicated to guiding people in discovering the riches of God’s grace.

His Strength

2018-9-24Are you experiencing a struggle in your life? Facing a decision? Feeling anxious? We all reach those points in life . . . sometimes daily.

The problems may be diverse . . . but the answer is always the same. I think this graphic expresses it well. The key is to remember that we don’t have to face these things alone. In fact, we will probably fail miserably if we try to. The only answer is found in Jesus.

  • His strength
  • His wisdom
  • His peace

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Philippians 4:6-8 AMP

 

 

Home

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Recently at church a chorus we sang include the phrase, “You are my refuge, my home.” You are my home. That resonated with me. I recalled the way I feel during my quiet times with the Lord. I feel at home.

Home is supposed to be our refuge. A place we feel safe. A place we can relax and be ourselves. A place we can be encouraged and comforted. A place where we are loved unconditionally. Being in the presence of God offers all that and more.

I know that ultimately our eternal home is in heaven. This earth is not our home. But we can sense that feeling of being home during those moments we quietly spend with Jesus, letting the world fade from our thoughts and focusing on Him.

I encourage you not to neglect your opportunities to be “home.” Don’t get too busy to spend time with Jesus. Be willing to shut out the world and truly experience the joys of spending time at home with Him.

“Be still, and know that I am God!”
Psalm 46:10

 

 

Pray for This Ministry in Uganda

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Jacob Olowo

Please join me praying for Jacob Olowo in Uganda. He has not yet been able to begin his ministry but does want to. He explained it this way:

Currently I don’t have a registered Ministry as you know its quit expensive but as believers we have acquired a piece of land where if we get some funds can start off the Ministry premises and registration.

I request that with your great work on this globe, pray for us to have our Ministry succeed in order to have good coordination and even receive many people who will air out many problems to be prayed for.
Here are Jacob’s prayer requests:
  • Pray for my family to live peaceful including my children
  • Pray for me to have money that can open up a project or Ministry that can start helping the needy i.e orphans, vulnerable children, widows, disabled persons, people living with HIV etc.  
  • I  request that I continue with my education which I did not complete (Diploma level)
  • Pray   for my children to always get tuition fees for their  study
  • Pray that we continue having rain because without it many people live without food for example my country is now is starvation season and many have lost lives due to failing to acquire what to eat.
  • Pray for my community to have electricity, safe cleaning water and even good roads, or many infrastructure i.e a health centre
  • pray for me to be financially stable such that I can involve in opening many projects to help people in communities
  • Pray for me to start moving on even a motorcycle but not a bicycle which I have so far used it for many years.
  • Pray for young girls to continue with their education but not drop out of school due to early pregnancy.
  • Pray for me to build a house for sleeping and can accommodate many people  or visitors
  • Pray that I get many gardens which I can plant crops for both domestic  and  commercial services

Please pray for this church in Romania

2018-2-6_baptism1Please join me in praying for these church planters (Michael and Mihaela Gravitt) who are currently pastoring and growing a church in Sibiu, Romania. I am blessed to be personally acquainted with this ministry since at one time I was in the same church with Michael and Mihaela in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Michael describes the ministry this way:

We are church planters who are currently pastoring and growing a church in Sibiu, Romania.  More specifically, we launched, 5 years ago, a church that especially cares for people who came to the Lord from the streets and orphanages of Romania.  We have a great variety of members, but our number one goal is to be a church that cares for the hurting and the broken.

We accomplish this by Sunday services, worship events, seminars, discipleship, prayer, meals, fellowship, financial support, youth camps, Christian radio programs, and on and on!  Basically we do what we have to do to meet the needs of the people God sent our way.   We are a growing church, and we have growing needs!  What a joy!!!

And here are the current prayer requests from Michael:

1. We need GREAT wisdom in helping hurting people.  Some of their burdens are very large!

2. We need DEEP anointing in all that we do!  People from the streets and orphanages need a chain-breaking anointing!

3. We are in the process of starting a House Of Prayer on our campus!  God, send the prayer warriors!!

4. We need Prayer and Financial support for what we do here.

 

Pray for the Street Light Ministry in Pakistan

Please join me in praying for the Street Light Ministry in Shah Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. I recently connected to Imran Sajjad on Linked In. He sent me this information about himself and his ministry:

I was born in a Christian family, baptized and blessed in Christ. At a very early age, I used to spend most of my time with clergy men. I was weak in my curriculum study, but I was fond of reading Urdu translated books regarding Christianity. I am third in my family; belonged to a marginalized family that’s why I have to earn money for my family in my playing days. With this great responsibility, I was passionate to find out truth and I also want to provide my services for the salvation of God. I want to tell this reality to each and everyone in the world. Actually, I was working in a computer shop where I got to know about the usage of computer and access of internet. One day Jesus sent my boss in ministry for a job and his president was the Bishop, he was finding good, faithful persons for his ministry and for his management. He really appreciated my work which I  had done for his ministry. He offered me to work with him and my answer was yes, I did work with that ministry for two years. After that God used me in other ministries & organizations  too, but I thought there is something hidden which ministries are not doing. Ministries are misusing their talent for their own profit, and these things really hurt me, so because of that I stopped working with them. I then worked out with  the people in the street life, which was my basic plan, that I should do something for them.

Thank God He chose me to save many souls and to help those who really need the help, so I started this ministry which is named:  (The Street Light Ministry & Foundation)
I have some plans for this street life like:
•             Working for the nation’s future
•             Women’s education
•             Helping the poor and needy people
•             Sharing of the Gospel with people
I am really thankful to God, my friends, family, and all of those who are supporting me for these projects.

In the meantime I give thanks to all of those who are reading this and I hope that everyone will cooperate with me in this very common issue which every developing country is facing, may God bless you all, Amen.

Our brother has need of a ministry building and van or car. Please pray for God’s anointing and provision for him and this ministry to do all God is calling them to do.

 

 

Please join me . . .

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The Christian Church is under attack around the world. Almost daily we see end time prophecies being fulfilled. We must band together as Christians to encourage one another . . . to pray for one another . . . to glorify God in all we do . . . and to reach the lost.
I have started a blog that I hope will help draw believers together to pray for ministries around the world. And that’s the name of the blog . . . PrayForMinistriesAroundTheWorld.blog.

I am posting praise reports and prayer requests I am receiving from ministries around the world. And more and more people are following the blog so they can join me in praying for these ministries. I hope you will join us.

“Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers
for all believers everywhere.”
Ephesians 6:18 NLT

Here are just a few examples of the ministries we are praying for:

From Bungoma, Kenya

KIBACHENJE CHURCH WATER NEED:

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Sister Irene looking at the new borehall being dug. We pray and hope to finish it as God enables.

Due to a big need for clean, safe domestic Water in the area, BY FAITH we started digging another Borehole Well as we expect the Lord to complete it; The Borehole is expected to go down over 40 feet and needs Culverts, Cementing and a Manual or Electric Pump and possibly Storage. All by His Spirit…

Read more.

 


From Andhra Pradesh, India

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Sharing the Gospel

Beloved Sister, Reaching the unreached with the good news of gospel of Christ with a great burden. I drove along with our team to many houses in the Tribal villages by walk to share the good news which change their lives. I know many people are perishing without knowing the gospel. The villages that we minister don’t have facilities for proper  living. They eat wild roots and honey most etc. . In our second visit one of the village ‘GANDIKOTA’ we have distributed provisions (Rice & Dhal). They are so excited. It’s our spiritual responsibility to share the good news to the unreached and people who didn’t hear the gospel for the first time in their life. It’s challenging thing because I worked among Non-Christians . And I was financially week. I request each and every one to pray for the efforts that we have been doing in difficult areas for the extension of the Kingdom.  Read more.


From Visakhapatnam City, India

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Water project in 2016. By God’s grace, they were able to reach out to even more people this year.

WATER PROJECT to HINDUS & MUSLIMS (Non Christians) who can read in our Language (Telugu). By this Project many came to the knowledge of CHRIST and wanted to WALK in the LIGHT. Pray that these people stand for Christ in these end days.

Read more.

 

 


From Pakistan

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Hello, I want tell you about the Pakistani Christian peoples how spend spiritual life in Pakistan. They don’t know about God and Bible but they are just naming Christian but they nothing know about Christianity but I am go there and tell about the God and Bible and now they know what is importance of God in our life. Now they accept the Jesus Christ. I am work outreach peoples.


I invite you to browse through the many posts already there and follow the blog so you can join me and others in praying for these ministries. And tell others about this prayer opportunity.

“Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers
for all believers everywhere.”
Ephesians 6:18 NLT

Pray for Persecuted Christians

hand of a prisonerOpen Doors reports a significant increase in attacks against Christians during 2014-2015. Last year, more than 7,000 Christians were killed for their faith, which they note is “almost 3,000 more than the previous year.” The largest areas of growing Christian persecution occur in the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. Those numbers are expected to scale upward.

In general, persecution of Christians is increasing, “and the rate of increase is accelerating”, said Lisa Pearce, chief executive of Open Doors UK and Ireland. The nature of persecution was also changing, she added. “It used to mean several years in a forced labour camp. Now it means watching your loved ones being beheaded.” TheGuardian.com

In a nation uniquely founded upon the Judeo/Christian ethic and “Freedom of Religion”, Americans have been witnessing committed Christians being persecuted in their own country. Over the last six-plus years, there have been rapidly expanding attempts to marginalize, demonize, and criminalize the free practice of the Christian faith in the US Armed Forces and in the United States in general. Restoring Liberty

The astounding increase in persecution around the world should not surprise us. The Bible warns us about increased persecution in the last days. Jesus painted a vivid picture for his disciples:

Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?”

Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.

“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:3-12 NLT)

Paul described last days persecution to Timothy this way:

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! (1 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT)

lightstock_62135_xsmall_user_6214500Ignoring the reality of the horrors of persecution taking place around the world . . . and on the beginnings of persecution right here in the United States . . . will not make it go away. It’s here to stay. And it will impact our lives more and more.

So what can we do? God doesn’t want us to leave the answers to others. Every believer needs to act according to God’s individual plan for him or her. Some may run for political office. Others may take a stand against the evil by making others aware of what is happening. Some may join organizations that are making a positive difference. Different gifts. Different callings. But every believer needs to pray. And to pray most effectively we need to be aware of what is happening here and around the world.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18)

On FindChristianLinks.com you will find links to websites and ministries that can help keep you informed and guide you in biblical ways to pray. I am searching for more links to help all of us make a kingdom difference. Please visit a page I just added: Praying for Persecuted Christians. On this page you will find links to more information about persecution taking place and well as links to prayer guides. I had been praying for those being persecuted but wasn’t sure the best ways to pray. These links offer biblical ways to pray. I’ve been using one of them and plan to use others. Very helpful.  Please send me links to websites you have found helpful so I can add those as well.

Other pages that could help you stay informed and suggest ways you can make a difference include News from a Christian Perspective and Blogs from CBN .

Would love to hear your thoughts. Please get in touch.

Karen Burkett

 

 

We Are Not Alone

lightstock_157088_medium_user_6214500“But when faced with the reality that God wants more than twenty minutes of my day or a day of the week, the foundation I stood on was shaken. . . . In order to love God at all, I must give him my all.” -Seun Otukpe

The loss of a loved one. Divorce. Natural disaster. Cancer diagnosis. . . . The list could go on and on regarding events that cause pain and anguish in our lives. It’s in the immediate aftermath of these events that we become susceptible to wallowing in our fears and pain, and ultimately become particularly vulnerable to Satan’s lie that we are alone and that we must carry the burden on our own. We put validity behind this lie of Satan by believing that giving God everything is equivalent to giving him one day of the week, or even twenty minutes every day. In essence, we put God in a box and believe that “school, love, family, friendships, food, and even pain” are our responsibility (Seun Otukpe in “Give It to God”). When in reality, God wants us to trust Him in the midst of our pain, to deliver us from our pain in His timing, and in every other aspect of our lives.

But how do we show we trust Him with these things? Even before that, how do we build this trust? Prayer. Philippians 4:6-8 (ESV) says it this way:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

The words of Vaneetha Rendall help to further express what “prayer” means with regard to building trust in the Lord to deliver you from despair . . . “And when I [say] pray, I don’t mean a rote recitation of requests and mindless words. I mean really praying. Speaking to God as honestly as I would a friend. Praying through a Psalm. Desperately crying out to him. Asking him for specific help. Expecting him to answer.” It is this type of prayer and communion with the Lord that builds our trust in Him and ultimately transforms us.

So I challenge you, don’t (intentionally or unintentionally) put God in a box by believing some aspects of your life are meant for you to deal with alone, while others are for Him. ALL aspects of your life are His as “every square inch of this universe exists under his sovereignty.” Check out Seun Otukpe’s full article here.