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Reformation Day, A Reflection

In my previous post (which I realized was my hundredth!), I mentioned that I would share some thoughts regarding the sermon shared on the morning of Reformation Day in the Schloßkirche, the church where Luther nailed his 95 Theses. This post is that promised reflection.

The reverend preaching the morning of Reformation Day shared an interesting and concise sermon about Luther (I mean, it is the 500th anniversary, after all). His opening remarks about the relations between the Lutheran and the Catholic Churches caught my attention immediately. According to the reverend, the two are together coming to an understanding of justification by faith and not by works, in an attempt at ecumenism that will bring unity rather than the division that Luther never intended to cause. If that is true, wonderful; if not, I wonder what Luther would have to say about the conversations that have been held between the two bodies.

Another interesting aspect of the sermon for me was the idea of “releasing Luther” from the layers of tradition and misunderstanding that have developed over the centuries and to return to the roots of who this man was. Luther was then presented as a driving force in the socio-economic changes of his time and a clarion call of spreading love to those around us, to lift up the desolate as Luther did. This is the face of Luther that we need to see and share today.

With all due respect to the reverend, I do have a few challenging comments in regards to the last couple of points.

I do not doubt that over time Luther has been misunderstood and his platform for change misconstrued to serve the purposes of others who desired to use his name and cultural ties for their own gain and propaganda (for example, the 400th anniversary of the nailing of the Theses took place in the middle of World War 1 where the Germans used Luther as uniting factor to push their military agenda).

I also absolutely agree that reading authors of old for themselves and within their own context is extremely important. Too often we base our opinions on what other people have studied and not what we have studied for ourselves. Of course, not everyone has the ability to read medieval German, handwritten manuscripts, but reading a translation of Luther’s works rather than relying on the summarizing and quotation of scholars is already a great step in the right direction.

And social action is absolutely important, but from the Christian point of view it is not the whole story. To say that Luther was a social activist is fine (although he is famous for his anti-Semitic views, another reason why the German military chose to herald him during war efforts), but the reason he chose to live a life of service and education to his Christian brethren in the way he did was a result of a theological understanding. To present Luther as a social reformer alone, while much “safer” in today’s general post-modern society, does not fully depict the magnitude of Luther’s discovery. Social gospel, without the declaration of the gospel of salvation, is incomplete and cannot stand.

On a day as special as Reformation Day, wouldn’t it make more sense, instead of speaking entirely about Luther, to speak about what he had discovered from reading the Bible? Should not the focus be on the special message of Scripture that he “uncovered” that then led a revolution not only in how people understood their relationship with God, but also their relationship with each other?

I once read a fantastic scholarly paper on the study of theology. In it, the author claims that at it’s core, theology is the study of relationship. This is what the Reformers, like Luther, were seeking to understand in their study of Scripture.

The author continues by stating that if we were to simply continue promoting the work of the Reformers such as Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and others, that we would actually be doing them a great disservice. If we want to truly honor the work of the Reformers, we would continue what they had begun; indeed, press forward with what those who had lived long before the official Reformation had started.

A continuous, personal search of Scripture and the seeking of its application to the life is the only way to truly celebrate the discoveries and honor the sacrifices of those who felt the high importance of knowing God and living for Him above all else.

While we can celebrate the works of great men and women who have had profound impacts on our planet and worldviews, often without the slightest intention of doing so, let us be careful not to venerate them as more than humans that allowed themselves to be greatly used by God.

Martin Luther wasn’t perfect—far from it. Neither are any of we. But we are all on a spiritual journey that, by the grace of God, will lead us to a deeper and greater understanding of who He is, how much He loves us, and how we can share that love to those around us.

Luther actually summarizes this thought well in the following couple of quotes:

“This life therefore is not righteousness but growth in righteousness, not health but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be but we are growing towards it, the process is not yet finished but it is going on, this is not the end but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.”

“A Christian is never in a state of completion but always in a process of becoming.”

As we have now entered into the 500th year since the Reformation is recognized has having officially started, let us all take the time to ask of ourselves, “How can the Reformation continue in us?”

When we do, and then ask God to do His good work in our lives, true change will take place in our lives and perhaps even in our communities.

Who knows? There may even be another Luther among us; perhaps it could be you.

Regardless of our wider role in the history of the world, we can all be assured of this: God loves you and wants a relationship with you. He has done everything that is needed to show you how much He loves you and wants you. He desires to save you by grace, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ—all you have to do is accept Christ’s sacrifice on your behalf.

May we, like Luther, choose to stand firm in the Word of God and the love of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

May we choose to say, “I am Yours, save me.”

And may the coming days be filled with a true revival and reformation that will bring each of us into an ever closer relationship with our God.

To God be the glory. Amen.


Mini-Reformation Tour, part 5

Reformation Day!

To be in Wittenberg for the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was truly a dream come true.

In order to make spend this special day to the fullest, we left our AirBnb early in the morning. An English service was being held at Schloßkirche at 8am and since Stephanie hadn’t yet seen the church, we decided to attend.

We arrived shortly after 7:30am and things were already PACKED. High security measures were being taken because of the large gathering as well as the anticipated attendance of political figures such as Chancellor Merkel for the afternoon services.

Schloßkirche seemed at capacity when we arrived, but the ushers actually led us all the way to the front to sit in the choir chairs. Actually, we got to sit in the ancient chairs of the knights and ruling lords who would attend services there. It was super cool!

Our advantageous seats allowed us to have perfect views of everything going on.

The service was very different from what I’m used to. For one, there was considerably more congregational participation. A stalwart aspect of Luther’s ideology in how worship services should be conducted, it was definitely highlighted in the program through readings, written prayers, and songs. I had never heard a chanted Psalm before, so that was pretty special.

The sermon was quite thought provoking. I’ll share my opinions about it in a future post.

To end the service, everyone joined together to sing (what else?) Ein Feste Burg. What a special moment to be singing this powerful hymn on this special day in the church that “started it all.”

Once the service had finished, we were encouraged to leave quickly in order for the staff to prepare for the 10am German-language service. This time we did get to walk through the Theses Door, which was very cool.

After leaving the church, we made our way to the other side of the village for breakfast and then to a special 360-degree panorama art installation by Yadegar Asisi. The work is enclosed in an enormous cylindrical building attached to a smaller building with an introductory exhibit that leads to the installation.

The panorama was at least two stories tall, and featured the village of Wittenberg as Luther would have known it. It looked like a combination of painting, photoshop, and some other medium I can’t quite name.

Lights and sounds were used to enhance the experience and make the viewer almost feel as if they were there in the early 1500s.

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We then returned to the Lutherhaus so Stephanie could enjoy all the wonderful artifacts and history that we saw on Sunday.

Right next door is the Melanchthonhaus, where Luther’s friend and colleague, Philipp Melanchthon used to live. This house wasn’t as crowded and seemed to have a better flow of foot traffic than Lutherhaus. The entire exhibit was more engaging, interactive, and appeared to be geared towards children.

Mommy, who had always liked to read and learn about Melanchthon, was surprised to discover that he was only 1.5 meters tall–just about her height!

Afterwards, we popped into Stadtkirche, or St. Marien’s Church. The sanctuary is enormous! Much larger than Schloßkirche, though not necessarily as detailed. This was the church that Luther worked, preached, and was married in. So much history everywhere!

There were other museums and lectures that we could have attended, but by the time we left Stadtkirche, we were all rather hungry.

We decided to dine at the Wittenberger Kartoffelhaus and enjoy as traditional of a German meal one can have being vegetarian. Fried potatoes and eggs, yes!

The rest of the evening was spent wandering around the festival. Theater performances, booths, and music were everywhere! Many people were dressed in period costumes, which made me wish I had something special to wear. Should have gone to the Maryland Renaissance Festival this year… oh well…

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Overall, the day was special, festive, and thought provoking.

I’m so glad that Mommy, Stephanie, and I were able to be in Wittenberg on this high day of celebration. I’m incredibly thankful for our AirBnb hosts that made it possible for us to visit this wonderful place and who were so kind and accommodating to us.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our adventures and enjoy the pictures. I recorded several portions of our trip that I hope to put together in a short video. Be on the lookout for it!

Until the next adventure–Auf Wiedersehen!

–Wandering Minstrelette

Mini-Reformation Tour, part 3

First, I would like to say that my mother and I are safe. The wind storms that have been blowing through Northern Europe and Berlin has announced a state of emergency. Here in Wittenberg, we had rain and strong winds, but nothing too extreme. 


Schloßkirche, or Castle Church

I have wanted to visit this historic site for years, and the fact that I was able to come at such a high time is amazing. 

Our AirBnb hosts, Michael and Gudrun, have been wonderful to us. Not only did they pick up up last night, but Gudrun dropped us off early this morning in the middle of town to explore. 

And I’m so glad! It allowed us to visit Schloßkirche (Castle Church) before the crowds began to arrive. Let me tell you, standing before the Theses Doors, where Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517, has me a little “star-struck.” 

The original doors are no longer there, unfortunately, but the new ones fully depict the Theses and caused me to pause and imagine the moment that a rebellious, truth-seeking monk acted out a thought that would change the world forever. 

There’s a lot more I could share, but I think I’ll save that for the end of the trip. 😉

After visiting the visitor’s center, we discovered that the church was holding a service, so we decided to join. The inside of Schloßkirche is very beautiful, and it seems to have had a lot of work done on it since Luther’s time. 

Both Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon are buried there, and an original printed copy of the Theses and a few other documents are on display under the magnificently carved pulpit. 

Luther’s Theses printed by Jakob Thanner in Leipzig in 1517; only 87 are on this page. I believe the others are on the reverse.

Mommy and I would have had a chance to go through the Theses Doors if we (meaning I) hadn’t spent so much time looking at things. But we ended up discovering a visitor’s center/museum attached to the church filled with amazing images and information. 

You know, as a child I never enjoyed history. Now, I can’t seem to get enough of it. Somewhere along the way, I made the connection of how the past affected my present, and it’s relevance suddenly helped me not only find it interesting but enjoyable to study. 

So going through this center was like being in a candy shop for me. Not only was there a lot of information about Luther, but other lesser known Reformers that had just as significant of a role in spreading the new found truths of Scripture to the world. Not everyone got the limelight, but that does not in any way diminish their work or accomplishments. 

Many of these, such as Jonas Justus, Johannesburg Bugenhagen, Lucas Cranach, Johannesburg von Staupitz, and others were remarkable educators, supporters, and believers of Martin Luther and the mission God had endowed him. 

It’s important to remember that the Reformation was not a one man show, but a movement that began long before Luther and is continuing long after. Being here in Wittenberg, where Luther worked and lived, has helped me understand this more than ever before. 

The afternoon was spent walking around the city, enjoying the other historic attractions and watching people prepare the medieval market place that tomorrow will be filled much celebration. I’m going on Tuesday, so no worries–there will be pictures. 

We also visited Lutherhaus, on the opposite side of Wittenberg from Schloßkirche. A museum made of and built around Luther’s home, it was filled with artifacts of his life, told his story, and shared his legacy. 

A very fancy pulpit
A copy of Luther’s German New Testament with woodcut images. This is depicting a scene from Revelation.
An original copy of Luther’s “Table Talk,” written conversations that Luther and his friends had around a table discussing theological ideas.

The remains of what used to be Luther’s study room.

When I saw one of the letters written in Luther’s own hand, I will admit I teared up. Not necessarily because the document of great historical or theological significance, but the fact that it was something Luther had touched… It made me wonder about the person he was, the thoughts he had, the emotions he felt, the trials he went through…

It was not unlike the feel I had standing before the Ishtar Gates when I was in Berlin two years ago. 

I felt I was before some sort of timecapsule, and it was incredibly humbling. 

A letter to Kaiser Karl V from Martin Luther explaining why he chose not to recant at the Diet of Worms.

Have you ever had a moment like that? 
So, we had a day full of Luther today and will likely have it so again tomorrow. 

Barring any train cancellations, we hope to be in Eisenach to gain some more insight and for some new adventures. 

Until tomorrow!

-Wandering Minstrelette 

Christ Reflected in the Church

“I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” John 17:23, KJV

After the family, the next most obvious place where Christ should be reflected is in the church.

“Well, duh,” you might be thinking, but when we sit down and look back at all the interactions with our fellow congregants, who are the true church, could we say that we have reflected Christ to them?

When the water started leaking into the children’s Sabbath School classrooms, when there’s a dispute with the church board on how to distribute funds to the various ministries, when there’s a disagreement in how the church social should be handled – do we always remember to reflect Christ?

Of course, the answer is: no. There are times when attitudes or situations get the best of us and we allow our worldly, sinful self to come through and treat our brothers and sisters in Christ quite poorly.

I just read an article last night in Visitor Magazine, a Seventh-day Adventist publication, about the rise in litigation among church going folks. The article begins:

“We are living in very litigious times. Born again Christians today in the United States file 4-8 million lawsuits every year, often against other Christians, spending $20-40 billion. There are approximately 19,000 church-scarring conflicts in the U.S. each year (an average of 50 per day). Even if Christians sue at only half the rate of non-Christians, the number of lawsuits would be 4 million, reports Ken Sande, founder of Peacemakers Ministries, in his article “The High Cost of Conflict Among Christians” (Feb. 15, 2015, peacemaker.net project).”

It goes on to say that “Critics of court-based litigation efforts today contend that the only winners are the attorneys.” There must be ways, Biblical ways, to settle disputes from the church within the church – and indeed there are. I would encourage everyone to read the above mentioned article for more information.

But I would like to say this: In the true practice of medicine, the concept is to prevent disease and illness before it starts rather than merely handling the symptoms and effects once its arrived. Of course there will be disputes and disagreements in church bodies, because they are filled with different kinds of people with different kinds of opinions and above all – we are all sinful.

If we were to remember to put Christ first in everything, most especially our disputes, then His image will be reflected not only to the members within the church, but in the outer community as well.

May we always seek to keep Christ before, beholding Him that He may shape and mold our characters. When we experience difficult, challenging, and aggravating situations, may we seek His counsel and guidance above all that we will maintain and cultivate the image of His body in our church.

Here’s a rather long, but completely relevant quote from Ellen White in her book That I May Know Him, p. 153:

“There is nothing that can so weaken the influence of the church as the lack of love…The people of the world are looking to us to see what our faith is doing for our characters and lives. They are watching to see if it is having a sanctifying effect on our hearts, if we are becoming changed into the likeness of Christ. They are ready to discover every defect in our lives, every inconsistency in our actions Let us give them no occasion to reproach our faith.

“It is no the opposition of the world that will most endanger us; it is the evil cherished right in our midst that works our most grievous disaster. It is the unconsecrated lives of halfhearted professors that retard the work of the truth and bring darkness upon the church of God.

“There is no surer way of weakening ourselves in spiritual things than to be envious, suspicious of one another, full of faultfinding and evil surmising…

“When you are associated together, be guarded in your words…. If the love of the truth is in your heart you will talk of the truth. You will talk of the blessed hope that you have in Jesus. If you have love in your heart you will seek to establish and build up your brother in the most holy faith. If a word is dropped that is detrimental to the character of your friend or brother, do not encourage this evil speaking. It is the work of the enemy. Kindly remind the speaker that the Word of God forbids that kind of conversation. We are to empty the heart of everything that defiles the soul temple, that Christ may dwell within. Our Redeemer has told us how we may reveal Him to the world. If we cherish His spirit, if we manifest His love to others, if we guard one another’s interests, if we are kind, patient, forbearing, the world will have an evidence by the fruits we bear that we are the children of God. It is the unity of the church that enables it to exert a conscious influence upon unbelievers and worldlings.”

Prayer Suggestions:

Praise God that He is joy, peace, patience, and so much more.

Praise God that He has called His remnant church to be a light to the world.

Praise God that He will finish the work He has started in the church.

Ask God to show you the sins that you need to confess privately. Claim His victory overs those sins.

Ask God for forgiveness for times when you allowed envy, suspicion, or faultfinding toward your brothers in your heart. Pray for a new heart, filled with love and compassion.

Thank God that He forgives you according to 1 John 1:9.

Ask God to prepare your heart to receive the Holy Spirit.

Pray for your family to be united and that peace and love would rule our churches.

Ask God to purify the church so visitors will sense the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Pray that church leaders will work in love, compassion, and unity to finish the work Christ gave us to do.

Pray for the worldwide unity of every congregation and church entity, based on respect for God’s Word, humble prayer, the Holy Spirit’s power, respect for accepted church policy/process, and full engagement in the mission of the church.

Pray for humility in our lives so we will be united in our submission to God’s leading and the process of the church.

Pray that we will devote more of our time to eternal values through Bible study and prayer, allowing God to fully direct His people according to His will and not our will. This will help keep us close to God and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to reverse trends of worldliness that threaten God’s church in our daily lives.

Pray for the protection of our young people and all of us from every increasing worldly influences. Pray that we will focus on the Word of God and service to others. Pray that the local churches will sponsor young people in mission outreach and service opportunities.

Pray for any personal needs you have.

Thank God for what He has done in His church and will do through the church.

Thank God that He is willing to cleanse, purify, and lead the church.

Thank God that Jesus prayed for the church that we might be one.

Thank God that He is working in on the hearts of the people you are praying for.


May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

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

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


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