“Think and Oh Give Thanks “

Think and Oh Give Thanks”

It’s the Season of Thankfulness. We should think of the Lord’s goodness and “Oh Give Thanks” unto the Lord. Thankfulness means “to express gratitude. We ought to thank God every day all year long. God’s Word says that, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God”. (Colossians 3:17).

I challenge you to stop and think and “oh give thanks” to the Lord. Think about how you can thank God during this month and beginning this week of November 11 through November 15 and throughout this Brag on God: Think and Thank series. Some people confuse praising God with thanking Him. What’s the difference? When we praise God we celebrate Him for who He is. When we thank God, we celebrate Him for what He does. For example we praise God because He is great and He is love. We thank Him for loving us so much that He sent Jesus.

Remember to give thanks unto the Lord for all that He has done. Thank God for his timing and faithfulness in provision. Thank God for His peace. Think about His goodness to you and how He has allowed you to see another day. He has protected you from dangers seen and unseen. He has….

Begin to think and thank the Lord. Think and meditate on his loving kindness to you. Then begin to thank God and brag on Him.

During this season let family and friends know you care and show it ( show and tell-Do). During this Holiday Season of joy , celebration and gathering with family and friends(and really all the year) remember those grieving from lost(divorce, death, rejection, failure). Pray for and remember those who are suffering from illness and depression, the poor and lonely . This time of year is often depressing to some. Pray for them and then—- DO. Give a smile, a hug, an encouraging word, a touch, a donation, feed them,give a gift, a visit, support and provide resources. We are God’s ambassadors created to do good works.

Please mediate on the scripture of thanks daily.

Brag on God : Season of Thankfulness Think and Thank.

Be thankful. #seasonofthankfulness #bragonGod #whatareyouthankfulfor

Day 11 Brag on God -Think of the Lord’s loving kindness to you. Think of His goodness to you. What are you thankful for? Now thank the Lord.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1

Day 12- Brag on God during this Season of Thankfulness – Think and Thank. Think of how you have sooooo much to be thankful for. Thank the Lord. Tell the Lord what you are thankful for. #Seasonofthankfulness #thinkandthankGod #BragonGod

I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise. Psalm 138 : 1-2

Day 13: Brag on God. Think and Thank. Think of how the Lord worked things out. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136.1 #thankful #bragonGod.What do you have to be thankful for? This month and everyday praise and thank the Lord for His daily benefits. How many of you know that it was God who “did this or that” for you.? Say thank you

Day 14: Brag on God. Think and Thank. Think of how the Lord daily loadeth us up with benefits. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136.1 #thankful #bragonGod. This month and everyday praise and thank the Lord for His daily benefits. Remember how God made a way, worked it out for you and protected you from dangers seen and unseen.

Day 15- Be Grateful. Brag on God with a grateful heart. Be grateful, thankful and know, walk and talk like you are blessed.Think about the grace of God in your life. So much to be grateful for (in spite of the violence in this world)

O give thanks unto the Lord! Call upon His name; make known his deeds among the people! (1 Chronicle16:8-10) #BragonGod

Day 16- Brag on God with thanksgiving and praise. Think about His goodness to you. Thank Him for all He has done for you. What are you specifically thankful for? Thank Him for all He has done!

Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Day 17- Brag on God and be Grateful. Tell Him how grateful and thankful you are. Think of His grace and greatness. Now let Him know you are grateful.

Walter Hawkins Lyrics from Be Grateful

(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Grateful

(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Be Grateful

Because there’s someone else who’s worse off than you

Be Grateful (Be Grateful)

Because there’s someone else who’d love to be in your shoes

Be Grateful ( Be Grateful)

Oh yeah!

My God said he’d never, never forsake you!

Be Grateful (Be Grateful) oh yeah!

God said he would, he would never, never forsake you!

Be Grateful (Be Grateful) oh yeah!

Be Grateful Hallelujah!

Oh! Be Grateful

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader” ldfaygo@gmail.com copyright 2019

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Think and Thank the Lord for 30 Days of Thanks

November is the Season of Thankfulness. This month November Think and Thank the Lord for his many blessings. Brag on God for 30 days of thanks. Everyday give thanks. Of course we should always give thanks unto the Lord every day of the year. Every Praise is to my God , my Deliverer , my Healer, all of my worship. When you see me dancing.( I love to dance -praising Him ( and in the natural too )……… every Praise is to our God!!! Of course we should have grateful hearts all the time. Giving thanks is remembering what the Lord has done for you and to you , your family and the community. Praise is honoring the Lord for who He is – the Lord of Lords, the everlasting King.

Therefore, we should have thankful hearts for the great things God has done in our lives. In Psalm 107 some verses state:

“ O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever”. Psalm 107:1

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” .Psalm 107:2a

“Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men! Ps. 107:21

“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Ps 107: 22

Accordingly, remember to give thanks unto the Lord for all that He has done. Think about His Goodness to you to you. The Lord has allowed you to see another day. He has protected you from dangers seen and unseen. God has done so much so tell it.

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Can you remember a time when you did something wrong but it worked out for your good?” Carol, a Christian friend shares her story that one day she was reading from the book “Power of Praise” while driving. She realized this was a NO-NO – reading while driving. She said, “It was like I was drawn to keep reading. When I stopped at the traffic light on 7 Mile and Hubbard on my way to tutor some children at a home school, I was still reading when the light changed and I didn’t take off. There wasn’t anyone behind me so no one blew a horn. I just kept on reading and the next thing I knew a car came speeding by going through the green light. I yelled, “Thank You Jesus!”.

Carol explained,”I still had time to go, but I just sat there through another red light and thanked God. Also, I had to give my heart time to slow down because it was racing a mile a minute.  Just the thought of what might have happened If I had not been reading, “Power of Praise” scared me. l would have been hit”.

Carol remembered to thank God for protection for dangers seen and unseen and for protecting her from her own negligence. She wrote this prayer of Thanksgiving.


A Thankful Prayer

Most grateful Father, thank You for opportunities to be able to give You thanks and praise even when I am not following You according to Your Word. I thank You for being God by Yourself for there is no other God like You. “Oh that men would praise the Lord for His mighty Acts.” I praise You for being a God that never slumbers nor sleeps. Amen by Carol Turnbough

So right now begin to think about the Lord’s goodness and thank the Lord. Think and meditate on his loving kindness to you. Then begin to thank Him and brag on God. Tell the Lord how grateful you are and then tell others about Jesus Christ and His goodness to you. Brag on God.

Here are 3 to 7 Days of my “Thank You” to the Lord.

Day 3 Brag on God. Think and Thank Jesus ( all month long and every day) He is good . Meditate and think on all He has done for you and give thanks.

“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Ps 107: 22

Remember to give thanks unto the Lord for all that He has done. Thank God for His loving kindness to you. Thank Him for his grace, gentleness, greatness. God is good all the time.#Godisgoodallthetime.

Day 4 Brag on God. Praise Him and tell the Lord how thankful you are for Him. Think and Thank. Think of how He came to your rescue time and time again. Give thanks to the Lord all month long.(all the time) #BragonGod #thinkandthank

We are commanded to enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise ( Ps. 100:4). The giving of thanks and praise is the key that opens these gates more quickly than anything else. Try it.

Think and Thank. Praise His name .What are you thankful?

Day 5 Brag on God. It is a Season of Thankfulness-Think and Thank. Think and Thank. First, think of how he has forgiven you, blessed you anyhow in spite of you, worked out situations etc. Second, begin to thank the Lord. He is good . Now say why and give thanks.

“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Ps 107: 22

Remember to give thanks unto the Lord for all that He has done.

#BragonGod #GiveThankstotheLord

Day 6 Brag on God. Think and thank Him in the season of thankfulness. (All this month and everyday throughout the year)

The Lord, God, the Everlasting Father would love to hear from you. Think about how He delivered you from a situation or habit , picked you up out of depression, forgave you for your sins, and blessed you anyway in spite of you. Say thank you and why.

And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Psalm 107: 22.

Day 7 Brag on God– Think and Thank. In this Season of Thankfulness, think about how many times the Lord has worked out a situation for you that seemed impossible to do, gave you favor, showed mercy to you, delivered you, forgave you…. Count your blessings. Name them one by one. Give Him thanks all this month and as you should every day.

O give thanks unto the Lord! Call upon His name; make known his deeds among the people! (1 Chronicle 16:8-10)

“The Prayer Leader” Linda Fegins ldfaygo@gmail.com copyright 2012, 2019

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School Prayers for Praying Parents

School Prayers For Praying Parents

Your child, grandchild ,niece etc from Pre-K through college need united school prayers for praying parents, church members and the community for the issues they face at school and on college campuses. School prayers for praying parents united in prayer along with others can transform our schools and deliver them from violence, disorganization, and poor administration. See Days 10 to 17 below for Praying Parents for their children. Read the prior posts for Days 1-9.

Through united school prayers by praying parents that is consistent , God will give us the power, wisdom, knowledge, and creativity to solve the many school problems that plague our city schools and school board. Through prayer the right leaders will arise to enable the community to come together to take productive and strategic action to transform our educational system and our schools.

Accordingly we want to encourage our parents and pray for their strength to meet the needs of their child, grandchildren etc. to prepare them for school and to help with homework. Let us pray and put as I always say “put hands and feet” on those prayers and take strategic action to make a difference in our school systems.



Here is a short prayer for parents written by Moms International Prayer for Moms but is applicable to all guardians, caregivers and family members:

Dear Praying Mom and Dad,

May you know that God’s divine power has given you everything you need for a godly life through your knowledge of Him who called you by His own glory and goodness. From 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

May our Loving Father bless you as you bring each concern for your child and school to Him in prayer. May you delight in His presence as you draw closer to Him, trusting in His goodness toward you and your family.

Moms in Prayer International

Pray for the school your child attends as you drive your child to school. Pray for a school in your neighborhood. Encourage your children to pray for their school and teachers.

God will surely hear and be pleased at the unity in His Body and for united praying parents.  Through prayer, families, our children’s lives, and our world can be changed.


Praying Parents join with PROJECT PASS-Praying Always for Students and Schools lead by the Intercessory Prayer Ministry of Messiah Baptist Church in Detroit, MI . We want you to provide the name of your child, grandchild, niece, nephew etc and their school/ college (Pre-K through college) We will be praying for them all school year long Last week we sent you Prayer Points for  Students (Day 1 through 9) read prior blog post.

Parents and the community need to unite in prayer in our neighborhoods and on the school grounds to serve as prayer warriors who battle in the spiritual realm for the lives of children and teenagers as they go off to school and colleges for at least a half hour to one hour each day.Through united consistent prayer, God will give us the power, wisdom, knowledge, and creativity to solve the many school problems that plague our city schools and school board.
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Welcome to Days Ten(10) through Day Seventeen(17) of PROJECT PASS: Praying Always for Students and Schools ~ September 1-30, 2018.





Daily Prayer Points for praying parents are as follows: PROJECT PASS-Praying Always for Students and Schools Back to School Prayer Campaign
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Day 10- Grace-
Pray that your children will grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ; that each student will hear of and accept God’s forgiving grace and learn of God’s great love and provision for them. Pray that God’s grace will reflect in their behavior at school and in their desire to learn and gain knowledge in the classroom. (2 Peter 3:18)

Day 11-  Desire to learn-
Pray that your child will have a desire to learn, develop a love of learning and desire to be a life-long learner. Pray that he/she will be motivated to do their very best academically. Father, I pray that _______(name children) will be motivated to seek wisdom and gain understanding from the school books and his/her teachers.(Proverbs 4:7)

Day 12- Learning
Pray that your children will be serious minded and work hard to acquire both secular and spiritual knowledge. Pray that the Lord will bless ______ with clarity as he/she studies. Pray that the Lord help him/her to be diligent in doing his/her homework and school/college assignments. May _____ avoid procrastination and may he/she do his/her work as unto the Lord. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Day 13- An Excellent Spirit-
Pray that your child will be confident in his/her abilities as a student. Pray, Father I ask that you give my child(ren) knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom that _________(name child(ren) may be excellent in all his/her school work and activities and in her/his college courses and class papers and projects.( Daniel 1:17, 5:14).

Day 14- Help with Learning Issues-
Lord you are a very present help in a time of trouble. , I pray that any learning issues or learning disabilities of a student will be brought to light and overcome by the right help from teachers, parents and counselors. Lord, I pray that students that are struggling with their studies will be encouraged and their minds strengthened. May they not feel shame or worthless. (Psalm 46:1)

Day 15- Excellent Education
Pray that with parents, teachers, and administrators working together that the educational system will provide your child(ren) _______ and all students with sound training and an excellent education to equip each student to meet the challenges of life. Pray that students will acquire character, knowledge, and skills to become godly productive citizens in a global economy and will fulfill their God given purpose in life. (See 1 Tim 4:8)

Day 16 – Integrity

Pray that those students who tend to be overcome with pressure to get good grades, will not compromise right values and fall into cheating. Pray for those who have challenges with their studies not to cheat as well. Ask God to strengthen the character of your child(ren)________ to do what is right, to overcome the temptation that comes to him/her in every situation at school and in the community. Pray that your child(ren) will walk in integrity. (Prov. 11:3; Prov. 10:9)

Day 17 – School Systems

Pray: Father, we bring before You the _______ school system(s) and all educational systems and the teachers, principals, school boards, and administrators who are in positions of authority within the school systems(s). We pray for skillful men and women full of godly wisdom to oversee the school system(s) to provide the right learning environment, and that will overthrow detrimental business and educational practices and will execute sound educational practices that are fair and just for all students no matter their economic status or race. We plead the blood over the school systems and schools and declare they are free from the way of evil and free from evil persons in authority and corrupting influences. (See Proverbs 2:10-12, 21-22; Proverbs 18:10;2 Corinthians 2:14)

#PROJECTPASSPrayingAlwaysforStudentsandSchools #Back2SchoolPrayers

Add your child’s, grandchild, nephew, niece name and school/college here:

Action Plan:

1. Join us in praying for our school age children, youth and college students this month. Write the name of your child, teen, and college student, age, and the name of their school and college.

2. Pray daily for our children for salvation, protection, academics and more. Follow the daily prayer focus.

3. Adopt a school to pray for in your neighborhood or in any place throughout your city. Pray for the school of your child ‘s school or colleg

Pray fervently, “The Prayer Leader”, Linda D. Fegins  copyright 2017, 2018, 2019

     

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Back 2 School Prayer:Project PASS

Back 2 School Prayers: Project PASS by Linda Fegins

Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children” (Lam. 2:19)

We begin Project PASS Praying Always for Students and School on September 1 and started the prayer points for Days 1-5 in the blog post earlier this week. Please encourage others to pray along with you for our children. Let’s unite in praying Back 2 School Prayers and follow the prayer points for Day 5-9 of Project PASS below.

We need to consistently pray united back to school prayers for the protection of our children, parents, teachers, the school board and the entire school system. PROJECT PASS-Praying Always for Students and Schools want to partner with you so we can unite in praying for our children, teen and young adults. Through prayer, families, our children’s lives, and our world can be changed. God will show us how to use the power that believers have within through the power of the Holy Spirit to transform our schools and deliver them from violence, disorganization, and poor administration. Through united consistent prayer, God will give us the power, wisdom, knowledge, and creativity to solve the many school problems that plague our city schools and school board. Through prayer the right leaders will arise to enable the community to come together to take productive and strategic action to transform our educational system and our schools.

Here is a short prayer for protection. If you read Day 1-5 prayers we prayed for the protection of children, for teachers, peer relationships and wisdom. Review those prayers too in our previous post on September 1, 2019

Prayer of Protection

Lord in the name of Jesus be a very present help to my son/ daughter__________________ (state their name) as he/she goes out to play, goes to school, walks on the school ground and sits in the classroom , attends college and faces the challenges and responsibilities in our society.

Lord build a hedge of protection all around the school building, playground, bathrooms, classroom and hide them under the protection of your wings as in Psalm 91 in the name of Jesus.

Lord in the name of Jesus we pray that you cover my children and the children and youth around the world through the blood and “stay the hand of violence against the children and staff of the school. Dismantle any plan to bring harm to them. Expose any weapon brought on the school premises and render it harmless”fn.1.

Keep our home safe from all fear and dispatch your angles to protect my children at school, on campus, on the playground, on the bus and walking home from school. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Join  PROJECT PASS-PRAYING ALWAYS FOR STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS~ September 1-30, 2019.
Join PROJECT PASS – Praying Always for Students and Schools  for our month-long prayer campaign for all students from pre-K to college and other educational institutions and schools. We will pray all year long for your student and their schools.  State your child’s name, school, college, and age and we will pray for you. You can send them to me at the email below and/or you can also add your child’s name and school/college for the lives of children, teens and college students attending schools and colleges around the world. Let’s begin to cry out to the Lord for the students, teachers, educators, and school staff in our communities. Cry out today “Lord bless our schools”, See Lam 2:19 and then also specifically and scripturally pray daily.

Pray for the school your child attends as you drive your child to school. Pray for a school in your neighborhood. Encourage your children to pray for their school and teachers.

PROJECT PASS –Praying Always for Students and Schools will daily provide you with prayers for your child . Below are prayers for four days that you can pray for each day or pray each of them daily. Please submit your child’s name and school.

Day 6- Intimacy with God
Draw my children in a personal relationship with You that they may taste your goodness and long for you. Let them know you will watch over them at school and that they are not alone at school when mother and father cannot be there. ( Ps. 27:8 ;34:8; John 14:16-17).

Day 7- Obedience and respect
Lord I pray that my child shall walk in obedience to me as a parent and will be obedient and respectful to his/her teacher, principal and to authority. I pray that he/she will obey the classroom and school rules and procedures. Lord grant my child____________ a wise and obedient heart that will appropriately obey You, me, school authorities and lawful authorities that it may be well with my child.

Day 8- Self-control
Pray that your child will learn self-control and have the discipline to use it in even the toughest of situations. Even a child (________) is known by his/her acts, whether (or not) what he/she does is pure and right. (Prov 20:11 AMP)

Day 9- Purpose
Pray that God’s plan and purpose will be manifested in the lives of your children at school and in the world; that _______ (name child) will do good works at school and in the community. Pray that the learning abilities, skills, and talents will be recognized and nurtured by teachers, administrators, and parents. (See Micah 6:8; Eph 2:10)

Action Plan:
1. Join us in praying for our school age children, youth and college students this month. Write the name of your child, teen, and college student, age, and the name of their school and college.
2. Pray daily for our children for salvation, protection, academics and more.
3. Adopt a school to pray for in your neighborhood or in any place throughout your city. Pray for the school of your child ‘s school or college.
4. Pray daily- I pray in Jesus’ name that every child and every school throughout the world will be covered in prayer.


Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader”  ldfaygo@gmail copyright 2019, 2019

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Students-Project PASS

Welcome to the First/Second Day of PROJECT PASS: Praying Always for Students and Schools ~ September 1-30, 2019. 
Join us ( Messiah’s Intercessory Prayer Team-Attend our Back to School Rally September 28) for the all year long prayer initiative Project PASS for students and schools with a special kick off for our month-long prayer campaign for all students from pre-K to college and other educational institutions and schools . Add your child’s name and school/college . We will pray for your students all year long. We plan a special project of Project PASS for college students.


Parents and the community need to call for united prayer for the lives of children, teens and college students attending schools and colleges around the world. Let’s begin to cry out to the Lord for the students, teachers and school staff in our communities.
Cry out today “Lord bless our schools”, See Lam 2:19 and then also specifically and scripturally pray daily.
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Action Plan:
1. Join us in praying for our school age children, youth and college students this month. Write the name of your child, teen, and college student, age, and the name of their school and college.

2. Pray daily for our children for salvation, protection, academics and more.
3. Adopt a school to pray for in your neighborhood or in any place throughout your city. Pray for the school of your child ‘s school or college.
4. Pray daily- I pray in Jesus’ name that every child and every school throughout the world will be covered in prayer.
5. Prayer Focus for today Day 1 and Day 2
Day 1- Protection and Spiritually
Lord we pray a hedge of protection of our children, teens and young adults as they return to school grounds and college campuses.( Psalm 91)We pray for a productive school year in a safe environment for our children and youth. Stay the hand of violence, evil and bullying. We pray that your child will understand the Gospel and learn to apply biblical principles to every aspect of life. Lord, lead my/our children to trust in Jesus for his or her eternal salvation so that they can be a light at school, the community and everywhere they go. ( John 3:16, 10:28-29)


Day 2- Relationship to the teacher
Pray that your child will develop a deep respect and appreciation for his/her teacher and will act respectful of all authority figures. Father, may the student, staff, and teachers experience a positive respectful relationship and Your love in profound and authentic ways ( John 13:35)

Day 3- Relationship to peers

Pray that your child will develop a close bond with his peers at school and at college and that he/she will choose friends wisely. Lord provide my children with friends at school and in the community who are supportive and truthful. Keep them from relationships that provide negative peer pressure and would draw them into temptation and away from You. ( Prov 27:5-6; 1 Corn 15:33)

Please add your children names so we can pray for them and their schools and colleges.

Blessing to parents, students, and the community. Prayer fervently, Linda D. Fegins #PROJECTPASSPrayAlwaysforStudentsandSchools LDFaygo@gmail.com

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Praying in the Midst of Mass Shootings by L. Fegins

The evil and senseless mass shooting tragedies of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio mark the 22 mass killing of 2019 in the U.S., according to the AP/USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder database that tracks homicides where four or more people were killed — not including the offender. The 20 mass killings in the U.S. in 2019 that preceded that weekend claimed 96 lives.

Shootings and killings at our schools , churches and in our community have broken my heart, pricked my heart and raised some controlled righteous anger, as it has others also. Lord have mercy. Pray for the families. How can we pray in the midst of mass shootings?

Call upon the Lord “Lord we need thee and we call upon you”. Psalm 145:18. Then after we pray and continue to pray, arise let us take righteous action to stop and address this evil.

We want to pray proactively  using the Word of God as a source of our prayer. So how can we pray when such senseless tragedies arise? I have prayed, read some articles written by great intercessors such as Sandra Higley and Lani Hinkle , and others and sought God’s Word.

How can we pray in response to the mass shootings in the midst of death, pain, shock and anger? What do we do to address this evil? Sandra Higley and Lani Hinkle in their article “ Praying in the Middle of Senseless Tragedies” copyright 1999 stated:


“When we hear about yet another random act of violence, our first response is usually to pray away the pain or pray that this will never happen again. But how can we pray beyond the fear and shock, beyond the most obvious needs, for the issues of the Kingdom?” Id.

In the wake of evil mass shootings and senseless tragedies that are becoming more and frequent here are prayer points that can lead us to the throne of grace. In the midst of pain , heartbreak and actions that defy human understanding we still must pray and seek the Lord. The following prayer points will serve as a guide for your prayers in the wake of the evil we see.


Praise

Though it is difficult, start with praise. Focus on God’s character.

Praise God that He is sovereign, that He has ultimate control over it all, and that nothing takes Him by surprise (Is. 45:5-7). ( Sandra Higley and Lani Hinkle supra),


Petition/Intercession

Ask God to use this situation to bring unprecedented spiritual openness to people affected by the tragedy, and ask Him to show His face to them.
Ask God to bless the ministry that will be thrust upon the church(es) or community affected by the tragedy. Ask Him to empower them with a powerful witness when they are called upon to speak about or reflect on the situation.
Ask God to stand against the enemy’s attempts to make families experience unresolved anger or guilt over the loss of loved ones.
Ask God to focus the minds of public officials on the need for prayer and to provide people who will continue to pray for the situation.
Ask God to equip leaders who will be called upon to mentor and minister to people in the aftermath of tragedy (Heb. 13:20-21).
Ask God—for yourself and others—for a passion and love for Christ that drives out fear (1 Jn. 4:18).( Sandra Higley and and Lani Hinkle)

Thanksgiving

Thank God that the enemy has made a tactical error since persecution/trial has always strengthened the Church, and that God will use for good what Satan has intended for harm (Gen. 50:20-21).
Thank God for the people who will be drawn to seek God’s face because the overwhelming nature of the tragedy leaves them nowhere else to turn (Jon. 2:1-9).
Thank God for a vivid reminder of your own mortality and vulnerability, asking Him to prepare your heart and spirit for a faithful response when you are faced with tragedy personally.
In the case of martyrs: thank God for the blood of martyred victims, whose number will reveal God’s ultimate glory (see Rev. 6:9). (Sandra Higley and and Lani Hinkle)

Furthermore, pray as follows:

1. Pray for God’s peace and comfort to fall upon all affected. (Pray Psalm 86:17)

2. Pray that this trend of school and church shootings would cease, via the power of God and wisdom of police and security experts. (Pray Psalm 11:5)

3. Pray that American politicians would unite in the midst of this tragedy and work together to lead a safer country instead of fighting and blaming. Pray that politicians would not seek to destroy their “political enemies” in the heat of this proverbial summer. (Pray Psalm 32:3-4)

4. Pray that Christians would respond to this in compassionate ways instead of using this event to merely push opinions of gun control. (Pray Psalm 116:5)

5. Pray for a sweeping revival to come to America. We must come back to God. (Pray Psalm 9:9) (5 Ways Christians Should Pray Following a Mass Shooting Dr. Jeremy Roberts, Pastor)

Fervently pray,
Linda Fegins “The Prayer Leader”copyright August 2019
ldfaygo@gmail.com

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Marvelous Miraculous Manifestation Monday

Most people dread Mondays. I encourage you to have a new attitude about Monday’s. I love Mondays. I call it Marvelous Miraculous Manifestation Monday. Why celebrate Monday?I see Monday as a new day of opportunities for the week and a new start for you this week.

It’s Marvelous MIRACULOUS Manifestation Monday. On this Marvelous Monday, praise God for His unfathomable love for you!! Praise Him for daily loading you up with benefits. Know that God is your Provider . Expect Victory. Expect a burst of overflow. God specializes in things that seem impossible. “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37:ESV. God is amazing and can “ fix it”, bring you through ,will never leave you ,will help see you through and He listens and answers prayer. Believe and obey His Word. Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Keep praying, pressing forth and pursuing the dreams God has placed in your heart.

Remember to seek the Lord daily and to pray without ceasing 1 Thess 5:17.

So this Marvelous Monday take heed of this Word and remember Christ is praying for you and making intercession for you and others.

David Chotka from his book quotes the scripture below and writes below as follows: The Living Christ is praying for you now: “Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25, RSV).

A primary reason Jesus lives is to pray—for you, for me, for everyone who calls on His name. R. A. Torrey sees this as the motive to pray: “I know of nothing that has so impressed me with a sense of the importance of praying at all seasons, being much and constantly in prayer, as the thought that that is the principal occupation at present of my risen Lord. I want to have fellowship with Him, and to that end I have asked the Father whatever else He may make me, to make me at all events an intercessor, to make me a man who knows how to pray, and who spends much time in prayer.”

Jesus, I am in awe of the fact that You live to intercede for me!  Help me to join in Your ministry by being a faithful intercessor.  Give me a deep desire to spend time seeking Your face on behalf of people and situations around me and across the world. 

–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer)by David Chotka. This resource is available

Linda Fegins “The Prayer Leader” ldfaygo@gmail.com August 2019

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Encourage and Reflect on Father’s Day

“Encourage one another and build each other up” 1 Thess 5:11

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, Malachi 4:6

Father’s Day does not get the same overwhelming celebration as Mother’s Day. Fathers have an important role in the family and in the lives of their children. This month as we celebrate Father’s Day let’s honor reflect and encourage the father figures in our lives. Pray for fathers, who may not be perfect, but who love their children, train their children, protect their children and have good relationships with their children. I challenge you to share positive comments and reflections about the father, father figures, grandfathers, uncles, mentors and committed men in your life. Please share your story and comments.

Whether we’re celebrating our dads, stepdads, brothers, sons or other father figures in our lives, these men need to hear what a difference their lives and love makes.1 Thessalonians 5:11 CSB reminds us to “encourage one another and build each other up,” and Father’s Day is a chance for us build up the men in our lives.. Lift those dads up; celebrate their unique calling; remind them how much they’re appreciated every single day. This Father’s Day we can pray for the special men in our lives spend time with them and remember those who are no longer here.

Reflection

Fathers can be protective strong and stern, yet heartfelt and gentle. Let’s share precious stories so that we can encourage them. A couple of years ago on Radio station 1200 AM in the city of Detroit, John Mason, of Mason in the Afternoon, was asking for positive reflections and comments about one’s father, grandfather or a father figure. One reflection, by a man who called into the radio station to comment, touched my heart. He stated that his father taught him many things by his actions. He said he learned how to be a father and the protector of his family from his father. “When I was about 7 years old I went “trick or treating” on Halloween with some friends”, said the caller. “ A bigger boy stole our bags. All I could remember was seeing a flash go by and jump the fence. Next thing I knew I had my Halloween bag back. It was my father who jumped that fence. He had been watching and covering me all the time”. That story brought tears to my eyes because the actions of the father symbolized the love the heavenly Father has for us in that he watches over us and protects us. For the now grown caller it taught him how to watch over his family. Another gentleman called in and stated he “learned how to respect women because of how he saw his father respect and treat his mother”.

Prayer

We should pray for others. Prayer is a simple gift we can pray for the men in your life anytime and anywhere. Pray for their strength and guidance , spiritual growth , protection and health. Thank God for that father , grandfather or uncle’s presence in your life. Pray for grace and encouragement in their brokenness and in their daily lives.

A Prayer:

Lord in the name of Jesus, we thank you for fathers who love, train, provide for and protect their children. We pray that fathers will look to God as their ultimate spiritual father of their household, serving and caring for their children and families; Lord may absentee fathers change their mindset and lifestyles to nurture a relationship with their children. We pray that the Lord will turn the hearts of the father toward their children and the hearts of the children toward their fathers. Malachi 4:6. Lord may our children see the godly character of the heavenly Father in the lives of their dads.We pray for single fathers who are raising their children without a spouse to share the love and responsibility for their upbringing. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

You can also pray for:

-Salvation

-Strength and Spiritual Growth
-Men would seek God and honor His faithfulness, wisdom and truth
-For fathers identity to be centered in Christ-like servant leadership
-For vision in their lives that would serve family and serve and advance God’s purpose
-To be the honorable priest and leaders of their homes
-We call fathers back to their children to love, nurture and teach them.
-That fathers will look to God as the ultimate spiritual head of their homes.
-That absentee fathers would change their lifestyle to nurture their children and wives
That children will see the character of the heavenly Father in the lives of their dads.
-Fatherless children- that loving and nurturing father figures and mentors will arise in their live
-Men’s Health- June is Men’s National Health month pray that fathers and men will obtain prostate cancer and other physical examinations.
-Boys who need father figures ; may they find mentors and father figures.

Remembering:

Honor the memory of fathers who have passed on.. Proverbs 10:7 CSB says: “The memory of the righteous is blessed.” Spend time reflecting on the legacy your father left-how did they honor or show the love of God? What did they teach you about life, and how can we pass that wisdom along to others.

Jeanette Johnson’s father has been dead for many years but she talks about her father frequently with love and respect. Her honor and respect for his wisdom radiates from her heart for this man who only had a third grade education, but was full of wisdom , strength, and integrity who provided for his children and adored his wife and owned land and property and feed neighbors who were poor. When she speaks of him you can hear and feel the respect and honor she has for him.

Again I challenge you to share and leave your positive comment and reflections about your father, grandfather, stepdad or father figure. Share the color of the loving, positive, supportive relationship you had with the father figure in your life.

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader copyright2019 LDFaygo@gmail.com

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Always Pray -The Atmosphere of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Jesus said to the disciples “…men always ought pray and not lose heart.”

I hope that you had time to join other believers all over the nation in praying for our country, families, and the world.

I know this email is late in the day, but I wanted to take advantage of the atmosphere of prayer that is present in the spirit realm right now. Our Father is always available to us. He is always open to our prayers, but while our hearts and spirits are bent toward Him because of the prayers we prayed for our nation, I thought why not take advantage of the residue of this day and call on the name of Jesus in corporate prayer for women. I’ve shared the prayer below

Father,

We gather as a group of your beloved daughters with humble and contrite spirits. First we offer you thanksgiving for the many gifts that you have given us. Our hearts are fully aware of your grace, your mercy, and the abundance that you have afforded us, so we’re grateful. We are a body of women who know that we serve a good, good God.

We repent of our sins. The sin of fear, lack of faith, and impatience. The sin of not believing who we are in Christ because if we knew who we were, we wouldn’t be fearful. We wouldn’t lack faith. We wouldn’t be impatient. We would be a people who walked in confidence that you are rich in kindness.

God help us to know what even as we struggle in individual areas of our lives and even though we are sometimes pressed on every side by trouble, we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed but we don’t give up and quit.

I pray for our relationships. Those with spouses, children, parents and friends. Help us to remember your word, even as we deal with relationships that may be difficult, that WE are salt and light. Help us to not be weary in well doing. We WILL reap a harvest if we faint not. Help us not to faint Lord. Strengthen us.

Help my sisters to know that daily time in prayer with you and in Bible Study will strengthen them and draw them closer to you. That in you we find comfort and peace.

Bless the marriages of my sisters. Bless our children. We proclaim that our children will grow up and not depart from your teachings. Where we have come up short as parents, you will take up the slack with your love. Your love covers a multitude of faults.

We seek the conviction of the Holy Spirit as we live our lives. We want to please you. We need to the Holy Spirit to speak to us and guide us. We desire the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Conviction is correction. It’s a way of turning us out of the path of sin. Help us to know that conviction is not condemnation. Release us from feelings of condemnation and ineffectiveness. We are your righteousness in the earth and there is no condemnation to those whom are in Christ Jesus.

Help us to walk in the truth of your word…that we are beloved regardless of who we are or what we’ve done simply because Jesus redeemed and restored us to a God whose image we bear. Thank you for your loving kindness. Thank you for your promises. Thank you for your grace.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Meditative Scriptures:

Ephesians 1:6-8 – To the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,  which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 4:7-10, 5:7 – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we walk by faith, not by sight. (NKJV)

Galatians 6:9 – And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (NKJV)

In His Service,

Rhonda McKnight

www.RhondaMcKnight.net 

Love One Another on National Day of Prayer

 

National Day of Prayer

Thursday   May 2, 2019

Theme: “Love One Another”.

Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” John 13:34

Thursday May 2, 2019, is National Day of Prayer -The National Day of prayer focuses are Government, Church, Military, Family, Education, Media, and Business . The Theme for 2019 is  “Love One Another. John 13:34 is the national Scripture for this year: ““Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” John 13:34.

Many in our nation sense a growing division and hostility among the people of this nation. We have seen an increasing lack of civility and grace in how we communicate with one another in almost every sphere of society beginning with those in government leadership roles.

 

The apostle Paul urged that “requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone…that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (I Timothy 2:1-3). It is time for us to P. R. A. Y. as a nation corporately and individually ,in this turbulent time of open racism, rumors of wars and aggression, and troubled communities and cites. Pray that we will truly love one another as Christ has loved us. We need to go before the Lord to seek through prayer that we walk in love and for “peaceful and quiet lives” – for ourselves, our families, our neighbors, friends and our nation.

Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.

Every year, millions of Americans, in tens of thousands of meetings across all 50 states, come together for unified public prayer for America. Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the president of the National Day of Prayer.

The NDP emphasizes prayer for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family (I Timothy 2:1-6). Pray for each of the areas. For guidance in how to pray for these areas see the prayer points below.

Let us continue to pray for our nation in prayer gatherings and in our homes. God throughout His Word tells us to pray that He may heal our land. 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Continue to pray for our nation as the “prayers of righteous persons are powerful and effective”. James 5:16. The sovereign Lord listens to our cries, waits to intervene on our behalf and to deliver and transform the ills of our nation. (See e.g. Zephaniah 3:17). Prayer is required and imperative for believers individually, and corporately as a nation, to pray continually throughout the year, not just on the National Day of Prayer. There is a need for faithful, preserving intercession for our leaders, government, families, education system, the legal system, churches, the armed forces and the media. Our prayers will impact generations to come if we continue to seek the Lord’s guidance and protection and be obedient to His Word.

 

HOW TO PRAY OUR 2019 THEME, LOVE ONE ANOTHER, INTO THE SEVEN CENTERS OF INFLUENCE IN AMERICA FOR
THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, MAY 2, 2019

“Love one another, just as I have loved you.”
John 13:34

GOVERNMENT

  • Federal: executive, legislative, judicial
  • State: executive, legislative, judicial
  • Local: executive, legislative, judicial, police, fire, first responders

Pray for these leaders and civil servants to Love One Another by valuing one another, respecting one another, and working together for the greater good of our nation.

MILITARY

  • Courageous and wise leaders
  • God’s protection
  • Continual dependence on God

Pray for all military leaders and personnel to Love One Another because love is a powerful force when unity is critical to victory.

MEDIA ARTS

  • Communicators of truth
  • Sharing inspirational stories
  • Respecting others

Pray for all persons who are working in media and arts to Love One Another by respecting all persons and sharing inspirational stories that illustrate the power of love.

BUSINESS

  • Leaders of honesty and integrity
  • Creators of economic blessing
  • Helpers and givers to local community

Pray for business leaders to comprehend their great opportunity to create powerful, effective, and productive teams and businesses that win when they Love One Another.

EDUCATION

  • Highly values truth
  • Expects excellence
  • Prepares students to win

Pray for administrators, teachers, and faculty teams who will Love One Another so they can create a culture of love and respect for every student. Pray for students to rise up together, loving one another and making a difference in the future of America.

CHURCH

  • Biblically-based, Christ-centered
  • Holy Spirit-empowered
  • Great Commission-driven

Pray for pastors and churches to model and exemplify Jesus’ words, Love One Another, to a world that needs the love of Christ desperately. Raise up a Love One Another movement across America.

FAMILY

  • Follow the Bible
  • Practice forgiveness
  • Love One Another

Pray for families to live Jesus’ teaching, Love One Another, to create families that follow the Bible and practice love and forgiveness
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More Specific Prayer Points for the 7 Prayer Focuses:

Family
In you all the families of the earth will be blessed. Genesis 12:3 (KJV)
If a house is divided against itself , that house cannot stand. Mark 3:25
• Pray for unity and love in family units that reaches out in hospitality toward others. Romans 12:9-13.
• Pray for God centered relationships among family members.
• Pray that parents will be bold to instruct their children in God’s way of living and lead their families to pray together.
• Pray for relationships between parents and children that it be one of love, respect, honor and obedience.
• Pray for a return to the biblical mandate to train children at home.
• Pray that families will follow godly principles.
• Pray for our youth –their safety, protection, obedience, purpose and excellence.
• Pray for families dismantled by divorce to be healed
.• Pray that Christ forgiveness would dissolve anger, bitterness and strife in relationships among family members.
• Pray for the family and for elected leaders and the members of our judicial system as they consider proposed legislation and various court cases related to marriage and the family to preserve what God intended.

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Government

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty 1 Timothy 2:1-2
• Pray for righteousness to prevail in this nation. Righteousness exalts a nation Proverbs 14:34.
• Pray for our leaders, as well as the judges in our courts. Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity.1 Timothy 2:1-2.
• Pray that leaders will be granted divine wisdom, guidance and strength to fulfill their important roles; leaders to make wise decisions.
• Pray for righteous judges and judgments in every court (Isaiah 1:26).

 

Marketplace and Business
Exodus 31:3-4 (AMP)
And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and ability, in understanding and intelligence, and in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship,
To devise skillful works….
• Pray that business women and men of integrity, fairness and courage will arise .May God bless those who base business practices in righteousness.
• Pray that God will raise up His ambassadors in the workplace that will have influence.
• Pray for the economy, that new companies will come to the region.
• Pray for sound and fair businesses, for favor, new contracts, witty ideas and creativity and for solutions to problems to help the community.
• Pray for the workplace- for fairness and fair pay and to be free of harassment and prejudice.

Military-Armed Forces : Psalm 5:11; Psalm 59:1

  • Pray for discernment and protection from the of the United States’ enemies that are among us, even as others plot against us from afar.
    • Pray for divine protection and guidance for our armed forces. Ask God to intercede for military chaplains and loved ones at home.
    • Pray for the courageous troops, and their families, who are actively serving our country each day ¬ not only at bases around the world, but also here within our borders. Our soldiers daily place themselves in harm’s way in order to defend the way of life we hold dear as well. ..
    • Pray for those who have lost a loved one in battle. These grieving families have paid the ultimate price. Ask that God’s comfort would be upon them in a special way.

Media

  • Pray for truth and morality to be presented. Ephesians 4:29
    • Pray for the entertainment industry and their deliverance from vices such as materialism, promiscuity, substance abuse, and violence.
    • Pray for wholesome and truthful offerings and acceptable alternatives for families to replace the media’s often biased and immoral offerings.
    • Intercede on behalf of the actors, musicians and athletes our young people seek to emulate.

Education

  • Pray for safety, morally sound instruction and wholesome environments.
    • Pray for students who are trained in righteousness as well as sound educational curricula. II Timothy 3:16
    • Pray for our nation’s public school teachers, administrators and students. Ask the Lord to raise up a new generation of dedicated educators who will commit themselves not only to an honest, accurate presentation of all subject matter, but who will also serve as positive role models for their students.
    • Pray for our local school boards

 

Church

  • Pray for unity and boldness in proclaiming God’s Word. Ephesians 4:11-16
    • Pray for the Lord to provide pastors and spiritual leaders with strength and avenues of accountability so that they may maintain steadfastness in their vital callings.
    Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader ldfaygo@gmail.com