40 Days of Prayer – Week 7

EQUIPPING & ENGAGING YOU IN 40 DAYS OF PRAYER.

“When God Says NO”  

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” Jeremiah 33:3.

Over the past 6 sessions, we have looked at ways to connect with God through prayer. As you have watched, discussed and reflected on these lessons, your understanding of prayer should have increased. Maybe, your prayer practice has been affected. However, some may have gone through this study and still asked themselves, “why pray when all my prayers seem to come back no or even unanswered”. Scripture tells us to call on God as He is listening but some can’t help but think He’s never answering.

This week’s lesson builds on words the prophet Jeremiah spoke to God’s chosen people about God wanting to answer us. It touches on the types of answers God does provide and more importantly helps understand what God’s answer may be “no”.

To assist you with this week’s study, download the material below and listen to the video link include for this week.

HERE IS THE MATERIAL NECESSARY FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.

1.  Week 6 video is called: “When God Says No

2.  Download Week 7 – When God Says No (blanks). 

3.  Download Week 7 – When God Says No (blank response)

4.  Download Week 7 – When God Says No (small gp guide)

5.  Daily thoughts – the daily thoughts are available in weekly increments.  However, you can find them daily on the MCF FACEBOOK PAGE.

May God bless you as grant you wisdom as you continue this journey of prayer.


DAILY REFLECTIONS – WEEK 7

Preparation:

Find a quiet place where you know you will be uninterrupted.
Have your bible and journal ready.
Read the suggested verse several times.
Consider reading the verse using different versions of the bible.
Contemplate the questions being asked and then record or verbalize your response.

By now you have formed a habit of contemplating on God’s word.  Continue in this practice by using a different book of the bible and contemplate on one verse per day and ask God to reveal Himself to you each day by using these questions.

What did you hear?  What did God say to you as you read today’s Bible passage?
What word or phrase was most meaningful to you?
What do you think?
What does this passage mean to you?  How does it apply to your life?
What is your prayer?

40 Days of Prayer – Week 6

EQUIPPING & ENGAGING YOU IN 40 DAYS OF PRAYER.

“How to pray for Healing and Restoration”  

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins, and I will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

There is a story being told in 2 Chronicles and if you read the passages immediately before and after 2 Chronicles 7:14 the context of this message may make sense. Solomon had just dedicated the temple and God visited Him and said, I heard your prayer and will accept your sacrifices here but I want to hear from you; I want to hear from the people.

A.W. Tozer said when addressing Christians, “the world is not our playground, it is our battlefield”. The world is corrupt and it is broken and wants to kill the message of the gospel. Do you think God can heal it? Do you think God can bring healing to countries, communities, workplaces, families and to our individual bodies? Of course, He can, but He wants to use us as first responders. He invites us to take the Gospel to those places that require healing and share His Good News.

Much of the damage we deal with day-to-day is even beyond the ability of governments to fix and we know the only way creation will be restored is with God’s help and with that help, we can take back our families and communities. This week’s lesson looks at the subject of healing and restoration and begins with a reminder; if we ask God and seek His ways, we will see miraculous change.

To assist you with this week’s study, download the material below and listen to the video link include for this week.

HERE IS THE MATERIAL NECESSARY FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.

1.  Week 6 video is called: “How to Pray for Healing and Restoration.

2.  Download Week 6 – How to Pray for Healing and Restoration (blanks). 

3.  Download Week 6 – How to Pray for Healing and Restoration (blank responses)

4.  Download Week 6 – How to pray for healing and restoration (sermon transcript)

5.  Download Week 6 – How to Pray for Healing and Restoration (small gp guide)

6.  Daily thoughts – the daily thoughts are available in weekly increments.  However, you can find them daily on the MCF FACEBOOK PAGE.

We have been discussing the weekly sessions during an online gathering and invite you to join us on Monday to be part of this group for an hour, starting at 8 PM Atlantic time. We connect using a video conferencing tool call ZOOM. You will need to download a ZOOM app for your computer or mobile device to participate.  Those wishing to join can advise Nicole by contacting the MCF office and indicating you wish to join in the Zoom discussion. An email with further instruction will be sent to you.


DAILY REFLECTIONS – WEEK 6

Preparation:

Find a quiet place where you know you will be uninterrupted.
Have your bible and journal ready.
Read the suggested verse several times.
Consider reading the verse using different versions of the bible.
Contemplate the questions being asked and then record or verbalize your response.

NOTE: the same questions are asked each day.

DAY 36 – 2 Chronicles 20:6  

DAY 37 – 2 Chronicles 20:7-9  

DAY 38 – 2 Chronicles 20:10-12  

DAY 39 – 2 Chronicles 20:15-17   

DAY 40 – Hebrews 11:6  

40 Days of Prayer – Week 5

EQUIPPING & ENGAGING YOU IN 40 DAYS OF PRAYER.

“How to pray throughout the day”  

“Rejoice always, pray continually….” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Paul’s guidance to the Thessalonians has caused some anxiety amongst followers today because they can’t imagine what it means to pray continually. They envision the requirement involves praying as 18th-century spiritual leaders who often woke very early in the morning and prayed for hours, only to repeat the same later in the day and evening. They can’t imagine talking with God for long periods of time after all “what do I have to say to Him”.

As we have been learning on this journey, there is more than one way to talk with God and the wonderful news is that He does not expect us to adhere to a format, posture or even schedule. He wants humility, sincerity and honesty and will guide us to find ways to pray in this manner.

This week’s lesson touches on what it means to pray continuously and offers suggestions on how to do that. When you listen to the lesson and reflect on what is being taught you will look at the ideas and say “ “I can do that”.

To assist you with this week’s study, download the material below and listen to the video link include for this week.

HERE IS THE MATERIAL NECESSARY FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.

1.  Week 5 video is called: “How to pray throughout your day

2.  Download this copy of Week 5 – How to Pray Throughout Your Day  (blanks). 

3.  Download this copy of Week 5 – How to Pray Throughout Your Day (blank responses)

4.  Download this copy of Week 5 – How to Pray Throughout Your Day (sermon transcript)

5.  Download this copy of Week 5 – How to Pray Throughout Your Day (small gp guide)

6.  Daily thoughts – the daily thoughts are available in weekly increments.  However, you can find them daily on the MCF FACEBOOK PAGE.

One great way to grow is to discuss your faith understanding with others.  Several people have started a small group to look at the 40 Day of Prayer study and are finding their time together rewarding.  If you’d like to engage in a discussion group you may join us on-line Monday evenings as we gather for an hour, starting at 8 PM Atlantic time.  We connect using a video conferencing tool call Zoom.  You will need to download a Zoom app for your computer or mobile devise to participate.   Those wishing to join can advise us by contacting the MCF office and indicating you wish to join in the Zoom discussion. An email with further instruction will be sent to you.


DAILY REFLECTIONS – WEEK 5

Preparation:

Find a quiet place where you know you will be uninterrupted.
Have your bible and journal ready.
Read the suggested verse several times.
Consider reading the verse using different versions of the bible.
Contemplate the questions being asked and then record or verbalize your response.

NOTE: the same questions are asked each day.

DAY 29 – Jeremiah 29:13  

DAY 30 – John 15:7  

DAY 31 – Proverbs 8:17  

DAY 32 – Daniel 9:4   

DAY 33 – Daniel 9:9  

DAY 34 – Daniel 9:18  

DAY 35 – Daniel 9:20-23  

God – not guilt

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 22:9

We are vulnerable people. Our hunger, our tiredness, and even our intellect betray us. While we seek God’s presence the evil one lurks nearby to subtly attack us in seemingly innocent, yet powerful, ways. When we face trouble, he hints that God’s love is not unfailing. He suggests the words of a Christian brother or sister are hurtful causing us to feel slighted. He recognizes when we have put aside the armour of God, even for a short time, and then he moves closer to poke at our vulnerabilities. Initially, the fallout from these attacks appear minimal however, he will initiate a second assault. He will either block our efforts to recognize our behaviour and seek forgiveness, or he will play on our emotions, specifically guilt.

Guilt can be a valuable emotion as it helps us recognize that we may have done harm. However, because it can be painful and we may seek ways to soothe our feelings by making up for our actions. We may pray because we think that is what we must do. Neither God nor our friends want a relationship fed by guilt. Satan driven guilt plays on emotions. It interferes with repentance as it causes prayer and other communication to become a responsibility instead of rehabilitating necessity. Instead of speaking with our hearts, we say words to make the guilt go away. The guilt is like a veil placed before our eyes distorting our perception of God and His truth and His desires for us.

We are vulnerable to the powerful suggestions of the evil one who seeks to trip us up as while we seek a relationship with God. James 4:7. Praying helps build our relationship. Reading and studying scripture helps us understand what it means to submit to God and it should lead us to recognize our need to be obedient to His word. Because we are vulnerable we need all the help we can get.

Pray to build a relationship with God, not to hide from guilt. When we are weak, vulnerable and seemingly ineffective, God remains strong, loving and with us. Seek His strength, recognize His grace and talk with Him. Pray because you want to, not because you think you must.

40 Days of Prayer – Week 4

EQUIPPING & ENGAGING YOU IN 40 DAYS OF PRAYER.

“PRAYING IN FIVE DIMENSIONS”  

When Moses spoke the words “Hear, O Israel: …” (Deuteronomy 6:5), they followed comments about the need to follow God’s commandments and preceded a warning about the consequences of failing to do so. He offered the idea that this commandment was the greatest. During a conversation Jesus had with an expert in the law, He was asked what the greatest commandment was. Jesus turned it around and ask the individual what he believed. The law expert replied, “Love the Lord your God…..” (Luke10:27). Jesus affirmed this as being the correct response. Knowing the importance of obedience and love is to our relationship with God, the question we may ask from these commandments is “what does it mean to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind?”

This week’s lesson touches on praying in a multidimensional way that engages God in all levels thereby helping us love Him and our neighbours, with our whole being. It is called “Praying in five dimensions”. To benefit from the study, download the material below and listen to the video link include for this week.

HERE IS THE MATERIAL NECESSARY FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.

1.  This week’s video is called: “Praying in five dimensions

2.  Download this copy of Week 4 – Praying in Five Dimensions (blanks). 

3.  Download this copy of Week 4 – Praying in Five Dimensions (blank responses)

4.  Download this copy of Week 4 – Praying in Five Dimensions (sermon transcript)

5.  Download this copy of Week 4 – Praying in Five Dimensions (Small gp guide)

6.  Daily thoughts – the daily thoughts are available in weekly increments.  However, you can find them daily on the MCF FACEBOOK PAGE.

We are hosting a weekly discussion forum. This takes place on Monday evenings  at 20:00 Atlantic time and will run for 1 hour. During this time, we are looking at a couple of items in the week’s study and talk about them. Those wishing to join can advise us by contacting the MCF office and indicating you wish to join in the Zoom discussion. An email with further instruction will be sent to you.


DAILY REFLECTIONS – WEEK 4

Preparation:

Find a quiet place where you know you will be uninterrupted.
Have your bible and journal ready.
Read the suggested verse several times.
Consider reading the verse using different versions of the bible.
Contemplate the questions being asked and then record or verbalize your response.

NOTE: the same questions are asked each day.

DAY 22 – 1 Chronicles 16:11 

DAY 23 – 1 John 1:9  

DAY 24 – Psalm 32:1-5  

DAY 25 – Ephesians 4:32   

DAY 26 – 1 Corinthians 13:5  

DAY 27 – Colossians 3:23-24  

DAY 28 – Psalm 115:1  

40 DAYS OF PRAYER – WEEK 3

EQUIPPING & ENGAGING YOU IN 40 DAYS OF PRAYER.

“Who do you think you are talking to?”  

Our mission at the MCF is God’s mission; to bring news of God’s wonder to all creation so that all can acknowledge and enjoy Him. Acknowledging God leads to a realization that we are created for a purpose and are not mistakes or accidents.  Acknowledging God leads us to see the world in a different light; to see a world that was created well, with us in mind. Acknowledging God also leads to a realization that we live in a fallen world that needs saving and God’s mission will bring about restoration for all His creation.

We choose to take this journey into prayer because we know that God’s plan includes having us work alongside Him sharing and showing people the way to salvation and restoration. We want to help you communicate with God because we know that to work with Him, you will need to understand His plan; clarity and understanding are significantly enhanced through good communication.

In this week’s study, we will be looking at the question “who do you think you are talking to?”

HERE IS THE MATERIAL NECESSARY FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.

1.  This week’s video is called:  Who do you think you are talking to?

2.  Download this copy of Week 3 – Who Do You Think You Are Talking To? with blanks for you to fill in.

3.  Download this copy of Week 3 – Who Do You Think You Are Talking To? with blanks filled in.

4.  Download this copy of Week 3 – Who do you think you are takling to (sermon transcript)

5.  Download this copy of Week 3 – Who Do You Think You Are Talking To (small gp guide)

6.  Daily thoughts – are available in weekly increments on our website.  However, you can find them daily on the MCF FACEBOOK PAGE.

We have started a weekly discussion group to talk about some of the issues raised in the lessons. It takes place on Monday evening starting at 8:00 PM Atlantic time and is conducted on a media platform known as Zoom. All are invited to participate. To join you will need to acknowledge your desire by informing Nicole at the MCF office. You will also have to download an app for whatever device you own.  A message will be sent to you on Sunday with connection instructions.

W. Tozer wrote, “what comes to your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you, because it affects everything else in your life.” Join us this week as we look at the One hearing and answering our prayers.

Join us and grow closer to yourself and to God.


DAILY REFLECTIONS – WEEK 3

Preparation:

Find a quiet place where you know you will be uninterrupted.
Have your bible and journal ready.
Read the suggested verse several times.
Consider reading the verse using different versions of the bible.
Contemplate the questions being asked and then record or verbalize your response.

NOTE: the same questions are asked each day.

DAY 15 –  Matthew 6:9-13

DAY 16 – Ephesians 3:17-19 

DAY 17 – Psalm 107:15 

DAY 18 – Romans 8:28 

DAY 19 – Romans 12:1

DAY 20 – Mark 14:36 

DAY 21 – Matthew 6:34 

Witness

“Who is going to harm you if ……..” 1 Peter 3:13-16

The Super Bowl is a staple of the American winter diet and although viewership was down for last week’s game it was still watched by an estimated 103 million people. The result was an upset in some people’s eyes. While being interviewed after the game the winning quarterback was asked: “how do you explain this win seeing that nine years ago you were coaching in high school?” Quarterback Doug Pederson, without hesitation, replied “I can only give the praise to my lord and saviour Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity”.  On live TV, in front of 103 million, he unashamedly acknowledged Jesus as Lord of His life.

In Peter’s second letter he offers advice on Christian living and behaviour not only within the Christian community but in the world.  He almost suggests we must strut our stuff before others letting them know we are a child of God and our hope rests in Him. But as todays passage suggests, we must also be able to talk the walk. When asked, we must be able to share why Jesus means something to us. Peter warns not to be arrogant about the way we witness but to humbly share, without fear or hesitation, that Jesus is the Lord of our life.

Evangelism, the spreading of the Christian gospel, appears difficult to many because they have been undercover Christians for so long. They are afraid to jump out in the open and speak and do as Christ commanded. But, we are ALL called to let others know about Jesus. We should be prepared so that when we are in front of a TV camera, standing amongst friends, or sitting at a coffee shop and are asked “why are you like you are?” we can also boldly, and unashamedly declare ‘“I can only give the praise to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ”.

As Easter approaches we have the consumer world to thank for preparing our friends and neighbours to hear the real story of Easter. They suspect there is a deeper meaning and we can shed some light on the truth. Be prepared to do so. Reflect on what Jesus means to you and see if you can sum that up in under 5 minutes. Talk with God about your desire to tell people about Jesus and be prepared for divine encounters to occur. Mostly, live your life for Jesus by loving God with your whole being and loving others. When you do this, you will be a witness to something great that the world is seeking but don’t know where to look. You can point them in the direction of hope.

40 DAYS OF PRAYER WEEK 2

EQUIPPING & ENGAGING YOU IN 40 DAYS OF PRAYER.

“A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO PRAYER”  

HERE IS THE MATERIAL NECESSARY FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.

Today we start week 2 of the 40 Days of Prayer Study. To benefit from the study, download the guides below, all the material necessary for your participation.

1.  This week’s video is called:  A Beginner’s guide

2. A Beginner’s Guide to Prayer with blanks for you to fill in.

3.  A Beginner’s Guide to Prayer  with blanks filled in.

4.  A beginner’s guide (sermon transcript)

5. A Beginner’s Guide to Prayer (Small gp guide)

6.  Daily thoughts and reflection are posted on the MCF Facebook page.

Lastly, this Monday night, 19 February at 20:00 Atlantic Time, we will host a discussion forum on a media tool called ZOOM. It will run for only an hour and we look at a couple of items in this study material. Those wishing to join should advise Nicole at the MCF office NLT 15:00 Sunday 18 February. Reply to this email and indicate that you wish to join in the Zoom discussion. An email with further instruction will be sent to later Sunday evening.

Talking with God is a blessing and we are invited by Him to be blessed.


DAILY PREPARATION FOR WEEK 2:

Find a quiet place where you know you will be uninterrupted.
Have your bible and journal ready.
Read the suggested verse several times.
Consider reading the verse using different versions of the bible.
Contemplate the questions being asked and then record or verbalize your response.

NOTE: the same questions are asked each day.

DAY 8 –  Romans 8:38-39

DAY 9 – 2 Timothy 2:13  

DAY 10 – Hebrews 13:5 

DAY 11 – Psalm 139:17-18

DAY 12 – Matthew 7:11

DAY 13 – 1 Corinthians 2:9

DAY 14 – John 1:12

Focus

Recently I was listening to a pastor speak on the topic of prayer and as often happens, he prayed to start. I found myself agreeing with him as he spoke to God and then he did something that threw me. He cracked a joke. In the middle of praying he made a joke. The joke was not offensive and was related to the Super Bowl. However, it stopped my focus and turned me off. Why?

Jesus, became a man for many reason including helping him connect relationally with people. While growing up, He would have spent time in the company of other children laughing and playing. As he grew older He interacted with other adults and certainly those encounters weren’t always serious. While on the road with mostly the same people day-in and day-out someone must have cracked a joke or two or maybe even pulled a prank. Just as Jesus wept at the effect Lazarus’ death had on others, I’m certain He also laughed when the occasion called for it. So why did a joke during a prayer stop me in my tracks? Was I being legalistic thinking that there is a certain posture we must take during prayer? Was I being too reverent thinking God wants us to be serious when talking with him?

I believe it struck me because I realized he was no longer talking with God but talking to us. It is something we all probably have noticed during a prayer gathering. There are those who intentionally or unintentionally change their prayers into preaching or a bible verse recital. Their intention, when they started, may have been to speak with God but somehow, they became distracted by the people present and started to address them. Scripture shares: “The Lord would speak to Moses face-to-face as one speaks to a friend “Exodus 33:11a”. This does suggest a less formal posture is acceptable. However, it does not suggest that when talking, God and Moses were less focused on each other. I’m certain we would feel slighted if, during a conversation with a friend, they suddenly made a remark that was obviously not directed at us but meant for people standing nearby. You might wonder if the conversation was over or if it had even started. Upon reflection, I acknowledge that I have made a joke while praying. However, listening to another doing it made me realize the negative effect it could have on others, including God

If our prayers are not directed at God, why pray? The pastor’s joke distracted me because it was obvious that he was not talking to God but was saying those words for those listening. He became conscious of all those listening except God; he put God on hold for the sake of a laugh. Now, when I am sad or happy, suffering or being reflective I know I bring those moods to the conversation I’m having with God; especially during spontaneous prayer. I don’t try to change thinking God wants me serious; I tend to go as I am. However, I should want to direct my prayer, no matter how short or long, to God.

Prayer time is when we communicate with God. If we are in a group setting, we generally are praying with others or on behalf of them. It probably is not the time to try to say something wise or funny just to please our friends who may be listening. It is a time of joy where we humbly approach God to honestly share with Him. It is a time when we connect to the One who is always listening for us.

40 DAYS OF PRAYER WEEK 1

EQUIPPING & ENGAGING YOU IN 40 DAYS OF PRAYER.

“DO YOU REALLY WANT TO GROW”  

HERE IS THE MATERIAL NECESSARY FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.

1.  This week’s video is called:  Do you really want to grow up?

2.  Download this copy of Week 1 – Sermon Guide with blanks for you to fill in.

3.  Download this copy of Week 1 – Sermon Guide with blanks filled in.

4.  Download this copy of Week 1 – Sermon Transcript

5.  Download this copy of Week 1 – Small Group Guide

6.  Daily thoughts – starting Saturday 10 February the daily thoughts will be available in weekly increments.  However, you can find them daily on the MCF FACEBOOK PAGE.

We will host a weekly discussion forum. This will take place on Monday evenings starting 19 February at 20:00 Atlantic time and will run for 1 hour. During this time, we will look at a couple of items in the week’s study and talk about them. Those wishing to join can advise us by contacting the MCF office and indicating you wish to join in the Zoom discussion. An email with further instruction will be sent to you.

It seems unimaginable that the all-powerful One who spoke the universe into existence wants to communicate with us. The one who own the stars in the sky, the fish in the sea, and the breaths that give us life, wants to spend time with us hearing about our desires, troubles and joys. It is not science fiction or some unbelievable tale, but a gift spoken by the Risen Saviour to His disciples when asked to be shown how to talk with God. Join us and grow closer to yourself and to God.


DAILY REFLECTIONS – WEEK 1

Preparation:

Find a quiet place where you know you will be uninterrupted.
Have your bible and journal ready.
Read the suggested verse several times.
Consider reading the verse using different versions of the bible.
Contemplate the questions being asked and then record or verbalize your response.

NOTE: the same questions are asked each day.

DAY 1 –  John 15:5-7

DAY 2 – John 15:15-16 

DAY 3 – Philippians 4:6-7 

DAY 4 – John 16:23-24 

DAY 5 – Psalm 37:4

DAY 6 – John 14:12 

DAY 7 – John 14:13-14