Finale: Ten Days of Prayer

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5: 22, 23

Over the past ten days, we have been learning about and discussing the various fruits of the Spirit. Should we choose to dedicate ourselves fully to the Lord and His work, these are attributes that will develop and reign in us. Our characters shall be changed, molded ever closer into the image of the Son of God. As we choose to reflect the image that our Heavenly Father designed us to have, others will be drawn and become curious to know what is it that we have, what do we know that makes us so different?

I pray that these last few days have been a great blessing to you; they certainly have been for me. I have watched as God has worked in the hearts of individuals and encouraged them to take steps out of their comfort zone, but in line with will of the Lord. Do you have a testimony of something that has happened to you over these ten days? Or to someone else? Would you like to place a prayer request or share a praise report? My prayer warriors would be honored to pray on your behalf.

Scripture tells us to “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). From these humble beginnings, bowing our hearts in earnest, constant prayer, true revival and reformation can and will take place. May we all strive to become more Christ-like. May we all choose to delve deeper into the Word of God, asking for the Holy Spirit to guide us in our studies. May we remember to focus on the Lord at all times and to rely on Him for our every need. May we surrender to the Lord all that is keeping us from an active, intimate relationship with Him. May we plead for a clean and pure heart of flesh to replace our hardened heart of stone.  May we more often and more earnestly seek the Lord in prayer. May we request and mightily receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord. Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” – Hosea 10:12

Lord Jesus, help us to be prepared for the day when You return to take us to heaven with You. Amen.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

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Self-Control: Ten Days of Prayer

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31

The idea of self-control seems rather foreign in today’s society. We want what we want, how we want it, and when we want it – which is usually, now! The image that comes to mind is that of a smorgasbord: hot food, ready and waiting, and there’s no limit to how much one can take. Well, except for the limit of your stomach capacity. But just because everything is available, doesn’t mean everything should be taken. Some foods should be avoided, others eaten in moderation. Remember that how you feed your body affects your mind – and the same goes for your character! The way you feed certain passions or desires, material or social wants, affects and molds the character. The question becomes, how are you being affected and to what end?

The profundity of the verse from Corinthians quoted above is that is presents two choices for us – our actions and decisions will either bring glory to God or they won’t. In short, everything is spiritual. Everything is spiritual because we are spiritual beings, made in the image of God who “is spirit” (John 4:24). Therefore, we have the grand responsibility of honoring God through our thoughts and actions. We must choose to take care of the body we have been gifted, for it was designed as a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in us (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20) meaning that we have to feed it right, exercise, and give it the air and sunshine it needs to stay healthy.

When we display self-control, we tell God that we trust in Him for all our needs and desires. I don’t need to eat all the food at the smorgasbord in one sitting because I know that my Lord will provide for my every need as He does for the sparrows, and we are much more valuable then they (Matthew 10:31).

So if there is something today that is taking up large portions of your life and you don’t seem to have any control (eating, drinking, sex, addictions to drugs or social media, bad tempers, etc.), ask the Lord to empower you with the desire and will to develop the fruit of self-control. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you can overcome and regain an abundant life in Christ.

Ask the Holy Spirit today to bear in you the fruit of self-control.

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God that He give you strength to have self-control. Praise God for the ways He has given you strength to have self-control in specific situations.

Praise God that His strength is made perfect in your weakness.

Praise God that He is the one who give you willingness and helps you to have self-control.

Ask God to make you willing to have self-control.

Ask God to help you hate the things of the world and to give you love for Him and Him only. Tell Him about those things that you need to learn to hate.

Ask God to remind you every time you are tempted that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Ask God to help you do everything for His glory.

Ask God to help you live a life hidden in Him.

Pray for the united evangelistic and witnessing activities of every Christian man, woman, and child around the world. Pray that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit as we submit to His leading in our lives.

Pray that God will bring to the forefront godly, teachable, and humble leaders for the future who will provide Christ-centered leadership as His church fulfills its heaven-born mandate to the world.

Pray that Christ will bring peace and love into Christian families and homes. Pray that His presence will drive away abuse and stress through the sanctifying power of His righteousness.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God that nothing is impossible with Him and that He has heard and answered your prayers.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Gentleness: Ten Days of Prayer

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” -1 Peter 3:3, 4

Have you met a really beautiful person with an awful attitude? The two characteristics seems at odds with one another, yet we often find this dichotomy around us today. So what makes a person truly beautiful? Most would answer, their character. But what do they mean? What about their character would make them beautiful? Having all the aspects of the fruits of the Holy Spirit  is what makes someone a truly beautiful person, especially the fruit of gentleness.

Gentleness is not an attribute that is very much respected or honored in our world today. What we’re told is that to earn status and achieve our dreams we have to be aggressive, forward, pushy, and at times harsh or even mean. To build yourself up, you must push others down. To have power, you have to take it away from someone else.

How differently works the kingdom of heaven! “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth,” says Jesus in Matthew 5:5. As our example, Christ displayed gentleness and compassion to others even as they oppressed Him and crucified Him. Does this mean that we should let others walk all over us and abuse us? No, but I do believe it means that we are to rely on God for our every need, including protection from those who wish us harm. Instead of retaliating, let us choose rather to show our enemies kindness and thereby “heap burning coals on his head” (Proverbs 25:22).

The only way that we can gain a spirit of gentleness and meekness is by inviting the Holy Spirit to dwell within us that He might bear in us this much needed fruit. When this fruit is planted within us, we remember that God will fight our battles with and for us. When we honor the Lord with our lives, He exalts us to places and positions of power and influence that we often could not have ever imagined. Just read the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis!

Let us choose today to adorn ourselves not only with things that beautify us on the outside, but to put on a spirit of gentleness. Ask the Holy Spirit today to mold your character to become like the character of Christ, for it is a gentle, calming spirit that will create in the world the desire to know Jesus.

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God for the ways Jesus set an example of how to be gentle.

Praise God that He is calling us to learn from Him and that by imitating Him we can have peace.

Praise God that His gentleness is making us great.

Praise God that He teaches the humble His ways.

Ask God to give you His gentle wisdom.

Ask God to teach you how to be gentle.

Pray that God will teach you how to lift up with gentleness someone who is weak and has fallen.

Ask the Lord to teach you to be gentle even to those who are not gentle toward you.

Are there any people and situations in your life where you need to learn more gentleness? Pray for those situations, asking that you will learn from Him how to be gentle.

Pray that God will teach you how to humble yourself.

Pray for Christians schools that they will teach the truth of Christ and the Bible.

Pray for an increased emphasis on small-group outreach, so that all members are participating in personal witnessing and proclaiming God’s great truth in these last days.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God that He does not withhold anything good from His children and that He is going to answer your prayers.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Faithfulness: Ten Days of Prayer

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8

How great is the Father’s faithfulness towards us! Despite our countless failures, missteps, and shortcomings God has remained ever faithful to His people. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (2 Tim. 2:13). God keeps His promises – He will not deny what He has promised He will give. One of His greatest promises to us is that if we ask anything in accordance with His will and in His name, He will give it to us.

Think – what an amazing promise that is! Remember that nothing is impossible with God, all we have to do is have faith in Him and believe not only in Him or on Him, but simply believe Him.

Yet, there is a part that we have to play as well for like muscles faith must be exercised. The day to day decisions we make condition us for how we will respond in times of great trial or great joy. “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10). Choose in each moment of every day to be faithful to the Lord and His desires for your life. Although you may not know where you are going or what you need to do, continue to step out in faith and trust that God is preparing your way before you. We are to walk by faith and not by sight.

So choose to believe God – believe that He loves and is devoted to you. Believe that He cares and provides for you. Believe that He has your best interest in mind and that in His time all things will come together. Believe and have faith, that you may be molded ever closer to the image of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who died to cleanse us of our sins and rose again that we might have eternal life.

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God for His faithfulness and forgiveness.

Praise God for the gift of faith.

Praise God that He does not change and remains faithful even when we are faithless.

Praise God that He rewards our faithfulness.

Pray that God will make you faithful in the small things. Tell Him some of those small things in which you need to learn to be faithful.

Pray that God will give you faith and help you believe.

Pray that God will teach you to walk by faith and not by sight. Pray for specific situations in which you need to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

Pray that you will not trust in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Pray that God will increase your faith.

Pray for your local pastor, asking that God will give your pastor an abundant measure of faith.

Pray that every church leader around the world holds deeply to a faithful spiritual and evangelistic perspective.

Pray for the increased use of Christian literature by all church members and for increased emphasis on literature evangelism, both through hard copy and electronic formats.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God for being faithful and answering your prayers. Praise Him for what He is going to do.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Goodness: Ten Days of Prayer

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! – Psalm 34:8

Have you ever taken a moment to just ponder on the goodness of God? I mean, really dwell on it?

To think that, despite everything that we have done to God – disobeying Him, rejecting Him, dishonoring Him, and even crucifying Him – He still thinks good and loving thoughts towards us. The Lord wants to bestow upon us the bounties of heaven, if we just align ourselves with Him and ask for His blessings. He wants us to share this goodness with others, that we might be a reflection of His character and draw all to Him.

I have heard it said from some people who have been hurt by religious individuals that their religion is to do good. But how can one truly do good without God? Jesus Himself said that no one is good but God. To be good means we must have God working in and through us.

Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you today. Pray that He will instruct and guide you on how to be good to God, yourself, and others that the Lord may be glorified in all things. Share His character and watch Him work.

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God for His goodness toward you.

Praise God that a good man obtains favor of the Lord.

Praise God for specific situations in which you could see His goodness toward you.

Praise God that all things work together for the best for those who love God.

Ask God for wisdom and understanding that  you may do everything in the meekness of wisdom.

Ask God to show you how to manifest goodness toward your family members and your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Ask God to help you show goodness to strangers.

Pray that the Lord will teach you to see and appreciate His goodness.

Pray for increased interest in studying the books of Daniel and Revelation. Pray that people will understand and proclaim the sanctuary service as a beautiful explanation of the salvation process. Pray for clear focus on Christ and His work for us during His life on earth, His death on the cross, His resurrection, His current ministry for us in the Most Holy Place in heaven, and His soon second coming.

Pray for increased participation and commitment in evangelistic outreach by all church members and institutions as they support the ongoing mission of the church.

Pray for the establishment of thousands of “centers of influence,” especially in large cities around the world, and pray that these centers make a huge difference in people’s lives as they experience God’s truth through Christian service.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God that He delights to answer your prayers and that He is going to answer at the right time and in the right way.

May you be blessed and touched by the Holy Spirit!

-Wandering Minstrelette

 

Kindness: Ten Days of Prayer

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” -Ephesians 4:32

God has set a high standard for us as His children, a very high standard. Read the verse above. Remember that He says to love one another as I have loved you. Christ tells us during His sermon on the amount that we are to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect.

“Impossible!” you say, “how can we reach this standard?”

Of your own efforts, it is impossible. But remember, “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

God wants to mold us into the perfect character of His Son, Jesus Christ. He wants us to share the same characteristics of Christ, a major one of which was kindness.

Read through anyone one of the gospels, notice how Jesus regards those who were outcasts, how He respects those in lower levels of society, and how He handles others of a higher status when they come to seek Him. He is kind to all, without regard to race, status, gender, age, or faith. Even His dealings with the Pharisees were a result of kindness since Christ was hoping to lead them away from their firmly held traditional beliefs and open their eyes Him who was the fulfillment of their ancestors’ hopes and dreams. Never did Jesus do or say anything without a direct purpose or to teach a lesson to His followers. More than anything, His kindness touched even the hearts of stone in an attempt to draw them back to God.

We are asked to carry the same drive of sharing kindness to others. Be courteous and respectful to everyone – most especially your enemies AND your family. Sometimes, family can be the hardest group to be kind to, but God tells us that if we ask, He can equip us with the ability to be kind to all whom we encounter day to day.

Invite the Spirit today to come create in you a new heart and mind that seeks to show kindness to all.

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God that He calls us to do into others what we want them to do to us.

Praise God that He can give you the strength to be kind.

Praise God for specific situations in which you could see His kindness toward you. Praise God that He can make you and keep you blameless until He comes again.

Ask God to give you the strength to be kind to everyone, including family members and enemies.

Has anyone been unkind to you? Pray that God will teach you how to be kind to that person. Pray also that God will give you forgiveness in your heart toward that person.

Pray that God will show you how to be kind to strangers.

Ask God to make you a new creation and give you a new heart. Tell Him about the people to whom you need to show more kindness.

Pray that God will give a full understanding of Christ’s method of wholistic ministry, allowing all church members to meet people’s needs and follow Christ’s pattern of service to others.

Pray for a tremendous increase in spiritual support for Christian young people who attend public campuses. Pray that they become vibrant missionaries serving others at public universities and colleges worldwide.

Pray for all members to spend more time in Bible study and prayer, allowing God to fully direct His people according to His will and not ours.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God that whatever you ask in His name and according to His will, He will do for you.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Longsuffering: Ten Days of Prayer

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28

How often do we wish that God’s time was the same as ours. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if only everything happened according to our plans, our desires, and our purposes? In all honesty, no, probably not. God asks us to have patience not to upset or frustrate us, but to give us the chance to show our trust in Him and sometimes, perhaps, even give us extra time to reexamine things and ourselves. Patience truly is a virtue that is not owned by many.

But the word often used in the list of the fruits of the Spirit is “longsuffering.” This is all together a different kind of patience. This isn’t just waiting on God when things are good but you really desire something else, this is trusting in God with every fiber of your being that despite what you are going through, things will turn out all right in the end. This is not proclaiming a prosperity gospel, but it is proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Read the verse a above again – good things will work out for those who love and serve the Lord. Align your will with His, abide in Him, and your faith in His providence will increase and strengthen yourself and others. You may be persecuted for your beliefs, possibly even lose your life. But God has promised good things, wonderful things, heavenly things!

God does not purpose that any should perish, but that all might come to eternal life. This is a choice we each have to make. A choice to suffer long with the Lord just as Christ suffered long with and for us.

Wait upon the Lord. He loves you and cares for you.

Prayer suggestions

Praise God that is the One who gives us the power to change.

Praise God for the ways you see His longsuffering toward you.

Praise God that He never disappoints those who wait on Him.

Ask the Lord to teach you longsuffering.

Ask the Lord to teach you how to repay good for evil.

Ask God to help you see the trials He allows to come upon you as a means to teach you longsuffering.

Ask God to remind you to pray for those who are mistreating you.

Do you know anyone going through trials? Ask for the Lord to teach them longsuffering.

Pray for strong cooperation and unity between the church organization and supporting ministries in the evangelistic outreach of your church.

Pray for God’s truth to be spread.

Pray for any personal burdens on your heart.

Praise God that He has a thousand ways to provide when we see none and that He will answer your prayers.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Peace: Ten Days of Prayer

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27

Do you have peace in your heart?

Do you know what it means to have peace in your heart? A peace that passes all understanding, that is rooting in deep, anchored trust in the Lord – do you know this peace?

Do you know what it is to not have to worry for tomorrow? While we work and diligently attend to the responsibilities before us, we rely on our Father for all our needs. He also heard our desires and works out what is best for us as His children.

Do you understand what true peace is? To recognize that you are not in control and to submit yourself in humble gratitude to it. To trust harder and deeper, to have the Holy Spirit dwell in you as the temple your body was created to be.

Do you know peace? If not, I implore you to invite the Holy Spirit to enter into your life today, this moment, and give you peace. For it is only by the Spirit of the Lord that we will come to know true, enduring, and powerful peace. Submit to the Lord your cares and your plans and watch how He works for you, that He may be glorified.

Prayer suggestions:

Praise God that we find peace in obeying His law.

Praise God that He suffered for us that we might have peace.

Pray that God will give you His peace that passes all understanding.

Pray that God will teach you to abide in Him and in His peace.

Pray that God will teach you to pursue peace with Him and with other people.

Pray that God will teach you to allow Him to fight for you and give you His peace in difficult situations.

Do you know any people who need God’s peace in their hearts? Pray for them.

Do you know any people who are passing through trials? Pray for them, asking for God’s peace to be in their hearts.

Pray for those who are suffering for Christ’s sake, asking that God’s peace will abide in their hearts. If you know anyone in specific, pray for them by name.

Do you know any people who need to make peace with God and other people? Pray for them.

Pray for the protection of our young people from ever increasing worldly influences. Pray that they will focus on the word of God and service to others.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God that He has heard you and that He will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Joy: Ten Days of Prayer

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. –Habakkuk 3:17, 18

While happiness is momentary and fleeting, joy persists and endures. God wants us to be happy, but more importantly, He wants us to be joyful. To have that unshakable faith in His providence, true contentment in any circumstance, and a peace that passes all understanding is to have – no, be – joyful.

Read the verse above again. In all situations, we are called to give thanks and have joy. That doesn’t mean we can’t ever be angry, sad, or frustrated, but having joy does mean that we will choose to respond to those feelings differently, in a more Christ-like manner.

When we have joy, when we are full of joy, we share with others an aspect of our Lord that many need to see and understand. When we are joyful, we impart hope. God brings hope to the hopeless and rest for the weary.

We may be facing trials and tribulations at this very moment, but we can ask the Lord to increase our faith and give us joy down in our hearts in such a way that no one or anything could take them away from us. “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5b).

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).

Prayer Suggestions:

Praise God for the joy that is found in His presence and in following Him.

Praise God that we can rejoice in our infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon us.

Pray that God will give you joy in your heart.

Pray for someone who needs God’s joy in their heart.

Pray that God will teach you to rejoice in trials. If you have a situation in mind, present it to Him.

Pray for those who are persecuted, asking that God will give them joy in their hearts.

Pray for the young people of the church, that they may find joy in following Christ.

Pray for increased emphasis on the wonderful doctrine of biblical creation – that our earth was created in six literal, consecutive days by the word of the Lord.

Pray for any personal needs or anything else on your heart.

Praise God that He already has an answer to your prayer.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Love: Ten Days of Prayer

Wherever a soul is united with Christ, there is love. Whatever else the character may posses, it is valueless without love, not love that is soft, weak, sentimental, but such love as dwells in the heart of Christ. Without love, everything else profiteth nothing; for it cannot possibly represent Christ, who is love (EGW, Signs of the Times, Dec. 28, 1891, par. 18).

Love is one of most misused words in the English language today. I love my parents, I love my pets. I love my school, I love my car. I can love friends, food, and fun activities. I love movies. I love working. I love helping others. I love being on an adventure.

Do these really all mean the same thing? How could they? I cannot love a movie they way I love my best friend. I cannot hold the same feeling for my school as I do my siblings. The English language is inadequate to describe all the types of love that exist.

I’m sure that many have heard of the ancient Greek words used for love: éros, philía, storgē, and agápe. Erotic and intimate love, affectionate regard and friendship, the natural affection of a parent to a child, and brotherly, charitable love. There’s actually more than these-the ancient Greeks had words for stages of love in relationships and different words for attachment to things that could not return the affection, such as an occupation or an inanimate object.

How poor is the English language for the understand of this package of a word! This poverty I believe is shown in our society where much of the type of love that is exemplified, marketed, and encouraged is éros. So many today feel that to love as be loved is a passionate, sexy ordeal always filled with excitement and desire.

Yes, these things are important – but that is not the extent of love. Simply feeling éros will eventually leave a person drained. This is not the kind of love God is calling us to when He asks that we bear it as a fruit of the Spirit.

The love God calls us to is to have a personal, relational connection with Him. To remind us of yesterday’s lesson – it is to abide in Him.

Christ is our example and He asks us to love one another as He loves us. That is a high calling, only one that can be achieved by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us ask Him now to help us love as Christ loves us.

Suggestions for prayer:

Praise God for His unconditional love.

Pray that God will give you love in your heart for the lost.

Pray that God will give you love for your enemies and for those who are persecuting you.

Pray for God’s love to be perfected in His church.

Pray that your life and your church will demonstrate God’s love to all of those around you.

Pray that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. Ask God to show you those things that are separating you from Him, and surrender those things to God.

Pray for loving relationships within Christian families. Pray in a special way for families that struggle or are on the verge of divorce.

Pray for loving relationships within God’s church.

Pray for personal and church-wide emphasis on daily Bible reading and study.

Pray for an increased sense of urgency and a realization by church leaders and members that we are living at the end of time and that Jesus is coming soon.

Praise God for His answers to your prayers.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette