No Matter What, Give Thanks! by Song of Joy

No Matter What, Give Thanks!

 

“ 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?” One day I was reading from the book “Power of Praise” while driving. (I know, I know it was a NO-NO – reading while driving.) 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 and ran the green light. I yelled, “Thank You Jesus!”.

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.

I remember another time when I and two  of my daughters  were returning from shopping for a family of 3 for Angel Tree. Angel Tree is an organization that showers children with gifts whose parent/parents are incarcerated. As we were leaving the store the aroma of the popcorn was so overpowering that I broke down and purchased 3 bags. I reminded the girls to be very careful and not to drop one kernel because we were not to be eating in the car. Guess What? You may be thinking, “The girls dropped kernels.” Right! But not only did the girls drop popcorn but I did my share, but it’s how that will make you say, “WOW.”

We stopped at a traffic light (yes, another traffic light- but I wasn’t reading) on Grand River and Beech Daly to let a couple of Fire Trucks go by, but the vehicle behind me, plus 4 others didn’t stop. The Buick behind me pushed us under the Van that was in front of me. Each time there was a bump we were going even further under the van, yelling “Jesus” and throwing popcorn. It was a sight! When it was over, all the popcorn was out of the bags all over the car. When we got out of the car and I asked the girls if they were OK. My next statement was, “Daddy is going to get us. We got popcorn all over the car.” We jumped back in the car and proceeded to pick-up the popcorn before my husband, Javan got there. Psalm 34: 8(a) says, “O taste and see that the LORD is good”. Well, that popcorn tasted good, but the goodness of the LORD tasted even better!

When we got home the 3 of us headed to the basement and we prayed and thanked the Lord that we didn’t get hurt. I even got some olive oil and anointed our heads and necks so we wouldn’t be sore the next day.

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  called “Song of Joy”. – Song of Joy teaches and ministers to children and youth. She loves to praise God with her whole heart. She writes songs and skits to the glory of God and serves on  the Music Ministry of Messiah Baptist Church in Detroit, MI. She also serves on the Christian Education Administrative Team and teaches Sunday School.

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Celebrate Fathers! Share Your Story.

Scripture: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and spite the earth with a curse. 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. There are many quiet good black fathers  and we  need to celebrate them . This month as we celebrate Father’s Day let’s honor and 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. The week prior to Father’s Day I challenge you to share positive comments and reflections about your father, father figures, grandfathers, mentors and committed men. Please share your story and comments.

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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. ” I learned how to be a father and the protector of my family from my father”, he proudly said.  He went on to  explain that “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”.

The admiration Kim Bracey has for her father shines through every time she speaks of him. Kim Bracey will tell you she thought her father was “God” for the longest because he provided for her and was there every time she needed him. Rene Wallace shared that her over 70 year old father , who has now passed, still talked as if this middle aged daughter was his responsibility. Jeanette Johnson’s father has been dead for over 12 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. It was touching to hear their comments.

Please share your positive experience with your father and what your relationship means to you.

Linda Fegins , The Prayer Leader prayactwrite@gmail.com 2017

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Remember Fallen Soldiers

On Memorial Day we  remember the brave men and women who gave their lives for us so that citizens of the United States of America can have access to freedom.

Celebrate the lives of the courageous individuals who sacrificed their lives for citizens of the United States. Remember the fallen men and women soldiers and pray for their families.
Remember and pray for our missing in action soldiers.
Remember prisoners of war. Pray for their deliverance and their families.
Remember our wounded soldiers. Pray for their physical, mental and emotional healing and to receive the proper benefits in a timely manner.

Pray for families as they travel and gather together to celebrate-Pray for traveling mercies, safety, joy and love.

Remember soldiers who may not have received the honor due to them. The picture reflects Lena Horne with a group of Tuskegee Airmen on January 1, 1945. There are countless photos of Ms. Horne visiting Tuskegee Airmen and other military personnel to show her support for their service. She also showed her support for them by refusing to perform for segregated military audiences during World War II.

Linda Fegins , the Prayer Leader

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OFFENSE: DON’T FALL INTO THE TRAP – Minister Bernice Johnson

 

OFFENSE:  DON’T FALL INTO THE TRAP

 

Being offended is an experience not unique to any of us.   We’ve all been there, but few are honest about the price we pay to hang out at this “non-luxury” location.  Let’s call it Maximus Offense Hotel.  It’s very costly to stay there and the only amenities are hurt, anger, regret, feelings of exclusion, bitterness and revenge.  Most places we have traveled or spent time at were introduced to us through someone we know.  Perhaps a parent, school teacher, friend, colleague, or simply perusing through a travel magazine and having that special place catch your eye.  Introduction to the Maximus Offense Hotel can be just as varied.  Once there, it’s easy to renew that reservation over and over and over unless one refuse to pay the high cost and understands that almost anywhere is better than hanging out there.

 

As I began to write this article, the question arose in my mind, “when was the first time in my life that I can look back and say I was offended?  As you are reading this article, it might be helpful to reflect to the time that you were first offended.  The first I remember anyway, was when I was 19 or 20 years of age.  Surely I’d experienced disappointment before then, but this one sticks out as the one I truly never forgot.  Some members of my family were talking with great excitement about going to Mastoris Restaurant in Bordentown, NJ.  No one bothered to invite me.  They spoke as if I wasn’t even listening.  Desiring to be included, I decided I’d just invite myself, so I did.  The response was one of a tolerant “yes” rather than the enthusiastic “we’d love to have you join us” that I was anticipating.  Off we went and boy was it a worthy introduction to the Maximus Offense Hotel.  Going forward from that day, I felt with this group of family members that the same exclusion they showed me that day, would become their modus operandi regarding me.  Was this deliberate, or did I attract the behavior they had shown me based on my own failed expectations of them and my flawed depiction of myself?

 

I’ve learned in life that by example, you teach people not only how to treat you, but also mirror the perception you have of yourself to them.  It’s non-coincidental that certain people are seemingly always offended and others aren’t.  Anyone come to mind?  Is it you?  Lord have mercy!  Like the song “say my name, say my name” are you at this moment thinking of a name?

 

WHAT IS OFFENSE?

 

I like Oxford Dictionaries’ definition: “annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself or one’s standards or principles”  If I had to pull one word from this definition to sum up how one feels when there is an offense, it would be DISREGARD.  Every offense has a measure of one believing (whether true or not) that his/her feelings, character, importance, or worth as been disregarded.  Truth and or reason don’t ride shotgun in the vehicle of Offense they are out of sight and out of mind.  The front seat passenger is accusation and the driver is deception.

 

Have you been in offense? Are you parked there right at this moment?  Great! There is deliverance for us all and I mean once and for all, as we realize like never before, who the real culprit is.  It’s not your relative, your co-workers, and definitely not your spouse.  It’s the one that God’s word says is the GIVE UP THE RESENTMENT “accuser of the brethren” Revelation 12:10 –  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  Satan makes accusations and as Believers we are to cover wrongs done to us with love, and to forgive.

 

DOES A WRONG DONE JUSTIFY OFFENSE?

 

Luke 17:3-4 Amplified

Pay attention and always are on guard [looking out for one another]! If your brother sins and disregards God’s precepts, solemnly warn him; and if he repents and changes, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him [that is, give up resentment and consider the offense recalled and annulled].”

 

Wow,.  Holding on to offense and resentment is too heavy a weight for any of us to carry.  Here are a few steps to take toward forgiveness and annihilating offense.  Is this easy? No way.  Is it possible? Absolutely!

 

Confess, be honest that you are offended

I John 1:9 – being offended is an act of “unrighteousness” God can cleanse

 

Take authority over those unwanted thoughts

II Corinthians 10:5

 

Meditate on scriptures about forgiveness (God’s word cleanses from wrong thoughts/behaviors)

Ephesians 5:25-27

 

Don’t rehearse it by talking about it, confession bring possession good or evil.

Mark 11:23 you will have what you say, talk hurt feel hurt

 

KING SAUL WAS AN OFFENDED PERSON WITH A CLOUDED VIEW

 

Offense can sometimes be linked to jealousy, which we’ll discuss at another time.  King Saul was in offense the same as many people today experience it.  Offense takes your eyes off the gifts, value and relevance of your worth and who you are.  You than focus only on what someone else has and the superiority to yourself, that you perceive they have.  Saul had great strength, ability, knowledge, wealth and purpose.  Nevertheless, once he got into offense over David’s success and favor with God he stopped valuing his own worth and began to see David as his enemy.  David on the other hand humble and secure, refused to retaliate even when he knew Saul was seeking his life at every hand.

 

Offense sets a person up to become their own worst enemy and eventually to self-destruct.  Saul wasted the rest of his life basically trying to get rid of David.  Saints and sinners alike know that someone else’s failure doesn’t guarantee the offended person’s success.

 

People disappoint us and we will inevitably fall short of other’s expectations.  Decide once and for all to lay aside the weight of offense.  Walk in forgiveness and let go of ALL OFFENSE.  Go ahead, do it now and run your race well.  Press toward the mark of the “High Calling” of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).  Lastly, as First Lady Michelle Obama said “when they go low, you go high.”

MINISTER BERNICE T. JOHNSON copyright 2017     

Bernice earned her degree in Mental Health/Social Work from Oakland Community College in MI and studied Social Work at Marygrove College in Det., MI.  She is a graduate of Word of Faith, ICC’s School of Ministry, and was ordained by Bishop Keith A. Butler.  Bernice now serves as an Elder at Wake Chapel Church, Raleigh, NC under Bishop J. Jasper Wilkins.  She authored “The Perfect Blend” and “Can We Talk” a blended family workbook.

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Blessed Mother’s Day

 

Blessed Mother’s Day to the women of the world. Mothers who

Pray for us,

Nurture us.

Defend us,

Protect us,

Sacrifice for us,

Train us,

Believe in us,

“Whip us”,

Chastise us,

Travail for us

prayed for us,nurtured us, defended us, trained us, chastised us, “whipped us”, stood by us, prayed for us continuously, travailed for us., sacrificed for us and Loved us…..

Thank you Mother, “Ma”,”Mama”, “Ma Dear”, Grandmother, Grandma, “Aunti”, “Miss Sue”,  Mrs. Smith…………… etc……..

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader

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For Your Great Name’s Sake !

The National Day of Prayer, May 4, 2017 theme this year is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us…Heal Us! Taken from Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God…”.

Scripture tells us again and again that our fervent prayer is effective. Our loving God responds to His children’s earnest pleas in mighty ways that avail much, and ultimately determine the course of history.

At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray.
Let us pray corporately and individually over our families, government etc so that we can glorify God and heal the land and our families. Let us not take it for granted for the freedom to call out loud and worship the Lord freely.

The National Day of prayer focus is Government, Church, Military, Family, Education, Media, and Business. God is in control of this nation. Let us not take for granted this day of prayer, designated by Congress, signed into law by the President of the United States. Former President Obama signed the same  when he  was the leader of our nation as well as other Presidents. We should be praising and praying to the Lord for this nation every day in light of the freedom we enjoy and the present evils we observe  that threaten the peace of our nation and the community.

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 we need to go before the Lord to seek through prayer, “peaceful and quiet lives” – for ourselves, our families, our neighbors and friends and our nation.

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). I believe that 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.
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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. May God frustrate plans and practices which escalate injustice.
Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader” ldfaygo@gmail.com

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 ( April 2017)

 

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Praise Is What I Do, Now! by Song of Joy

Praise Is What I Do, Now!

September 5, 2001, I was reading a Detroit Free Press Magazine and I saw an article that said,” A Moving Experience – Moved By The Spirit.”

September 18, my friend, Daisy and I attended our first Higher Praise Worship Ministries dance class of 12 weeks under the leadership of Susan Hawthorne-Parks.

My purpose in enrolling in the praise dance class was to help me overcome the fear of speaking, moving and being free with my worship to the true and living God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit. I knew my praise to God was to be something that I present to God to acknowledge my deep passion and appreciation of who He is and all that He has done.

But I needed to overcome the fear expressing myself in public and what people might be thinking about me expressing myself. I was brought up at Messiah Baptist Church where basically the congregation witness to the truth  at times by saying “Amen”, a few shouts, clapping of the hands and patting of the feet to the music.

However, there wasn’t a praise language begin expressed. That “outer praise” was not there. You notice I said “outer praise”, because no one knows what goes on inside of a person. My Mom, back in her younger days was not one who did a lot of rejoicing or praising. She would clap her hands, shed some tears and nodded her head, but that was about it. But now, Mom can be teaching Sunday School or walking around the house and be talking about God and let out a “Shout of Joy – Hallelujah”.

Since I wasn’t around “praisers” and I wasn’t really taught much about how to praise the Lord. I never matured in that spiritual area. I really didn’t have true praise in my heart, mind, soul, body or on my lips because I was just plain old afraid.  I even used the excuses, “God can hear me. He knows my heart”. “Everybody don’t show praise the same way. It’s not for you anyway.” My favorite one was, “It don’t take all of that.” I didn’t even have the courage to open my mouth boldly in church or at home and say, “Lord I really Love You, I Adore You, I Honor You, I Magnify You. You’re an Awesome God and there is none like You. Hallelujah!” Not to mention, I wouldn’t dare stand up by myself and clap my hands in a service. No Way!

“Song of Joy ” aka Carol Turnbough

 

But Thanks Be To God! 16 years later the praise seeds that were planted during those 12 weeks  gave me a breakthrough in not being afraid to only praise and worship . The class taught me how to submit in praise and worship. My praise life has increased 1,000 times more and, “ Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for” this Praiser, Carol, Song of Joy!

Prayer

Lord God, thank You for not giving me the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, thank You for The Spirit that has lifted up a standard against him. Glory to Your name for a lifestyle of praise and thanksgiving. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Song of Joy

Carol

Carol Turnbough – Song of Joy teaches and ministers to children and youth. She loves to praise God with her whole heart. She writes songs and skits to the glory of God and serves on  the Music Ministry of Messiah Baptist Church in Detroit, MI. She also serves on the Christian Education Administrative Team and teaches Sunday School.

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Day 40 of 40 Day Prayer Journey :Worship the Lord to Life Transformation

DAY 40– April 9  Seeking to Rise Spiritually  by Worshiping God Together                                  40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation

 

 

This is the last day of the 40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation. Let us worship the Lord with our whole heart. As these 40 days of repentance, fasting and prayer draw to an end, we must make a commitment and set  our minds to press onward to consistently seek the Lord in prayer and worship and to intercede for your city, family , nation and others. Jesus has been with us on this journey through ups and downs, struggles to stay on course, to stretch out of our comfort zone and to grow in the Lord.  Let us give Him the praise He deserves. We must hold fast to the transformation in our lives we have experienced. May we rally together to transform our city with the presence of Christ.

 

The number 40 is a significant number. In the Bible 40 is a specific time period associated with a period of testing, trial, probation or chastisement. “The number 40 is a indication that God is ready to birth something new out of pain or challenge”. Kingdom Principles for Everyday Living by Stewart Perrilliat. It rained 40 days and nights , Moses was on the mountain with God for 40 days and nights,  and the Israelite wandered for 40 years before entering the Promised Land. Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. Believe with great expectation that this 40 Day Prayer Journey will develop a more intimate relationship with the Lord, a casting off of “old garments” and a renewed mind and heart which will result in transformation in your life.

Scriptures:  1 Chronicles 16:7-36; Psalms 95, 96; John 4:21-26

 

Repent:  Of failure to humbly worship the Lord for who He is –Kings of Kings, Holy, Loving, Lord; of not gathering with other believers to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth; of not giving our all to the Lord as an act of worship; of not worshipping Him with your whole heart  but only in form; of not magnifying and lifting high the name and person of Jesus Christ; of not participating in praise and worship of the Lord-personally and corporately; of not giving the Lord the honor that is due His name; of_____________________.

 

Pray:

  • Pray for the church to have a Christ-centered worship experience in spirit and truth that will please the Father.
  • For and receive a heart revived to passionately and completely worship the Lord, simply because He is worthy of our praise, worship and adoration.
  • Pray for sincere and honest exaltation of the name of the Lord, born of the Holy Spirit and the Word.
  • Pray for humility and unity among believers that will give rise to worshiping the Lord in the beauty of His holiness throughout the church.
  • Pray that the people of God will see themselves how God sees them.
  • Pray that you will be able to share an encouraging word today with someone.
  • Pray for people to be saved this day.
  • Pray for believers to be filled with expectant love for Christ and that He would manifest Himself in such a way that rocks the church and the nations.
  • Pray that you and members of the church will worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.
  • Praise God – that He reigns now and forever. Amen!
  • REJOICE!!!——–This is the last day of the 40 Day Prayer Journey. Rejoice that God, the Exalted One, gives us the privilege of celebrating and honoring His rightful place as the Almighty Lord and King of Kings. Praise God that His name is above every name and that at His name every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Hallelujah! Jesus is alive and is our soon coming King.

Spiritual Rise Check Up- Write responses in a journal or notebook

Do you spend time praising God by identifying His attributes?

 

Spiritual Rise Act

Dedicate an extended time to praise this week. Meditate on passages like 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 and Psalm 145: 1-7. Write out your own prayer of praise. Adopt the rule of no asking or supplication for the first five to seven minutes of your prayer time.

Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader” has served as prayer leader and teacher/trainer on the “Prayer Boot Camp” with the Global Missions Prayer Force and as a guest intercessor and volunteer for Girlfriends Pray a global prayer ministry. She served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years( later Director over the Prayer Ministry) for the Lydia Circle Christian Business and Professional Women. As part of the Lydia Circle she has lead over a dozen prayer boot camps, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa and was on the prayer team of a medical missions trips to Jamaica  under the leadership of Rev. Jackie McCullough. She serves as the Prayer Leader of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry of her church.

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Day 39-40 Prayer Journey(40 Days) of Praise and Worship to the Lord-to Life Transformation

    DAY 39– April 8 Exalt His Name

                                    40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation

 

We are continuing to press on in these 40 Days of repentance and prayer to seek the Lord and for true transformation to occur. Jesus has been with us on this journey through ups and downs, struggles to stay on course, to stretch out of our comfort zone and to grow in the Lord.  Let us give Him the praise He deserves. Praise Him and exalt His name.

                 

I hope you have been encouraged to grow in daily meditating on the daily scriptures that apply to a specific focus, fasting and writing in your journal. Even if you made small improvement don’t you give up. It takes discipline and getting out of our comfort zone to look at the “man or woman in the mirror” and to repent. God wants you to seek His face in intimate communion, consultation, and listening. He wants you to intentionally seek His heart and voice in everything that you do. He also wants us to obey His Word.  During these 40 Days you should want and God wants to see transformation in our hearts, mindset and lifestyle. He wants us to grow in the power by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

 

Scriptures:   Exodus 15:1-2; Psalm 34:1-3; Psalm 99; Philippians 2:5-11

 

Repent:  Of not magnifying and lifting high the name and person of Jesus Christ; of not participating in praise and worship of the Lord-personally and corporately; of not giving the Lord the honor that is due His name; of_____________________.

 

 

Pray:

 

  • For forgiveness for not praising and honoring God as we should.
  • That the spirit of true praise and worship will break out in the church.
  • That you will faithfully magnify His name and give Him the honor and glory due Him.
  • Praise God that He is the Exalted One; that His name is above every name, and that every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Christ is Lord.
  • For assurance of being able to hear as God’s children the voice of the Lord,
  • Intercede that you will find a place to be quiet and sit before the Lord , expecting to hear what He has to speak today.
  • For grace to walk in humble obedience to hear His voice.
  • For ears to hear from the Lord in the way He has chosen to speak to and through His children;
  • That the church will have a deep desire to hear His voice as a corporate

 

DAY 40– April 9  Seeking to Rise Spiritually  by Worshiping God Together Forever

                                    40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation

 

This is the last day of the 40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation.  As these 40 days of repentance, fasting and prayer draw to an end, we must make a commitment and set  our minds to press onward to consistently seek the Lord in prayer and worship and to intercede for your city, family , nation and others. Jesus has been with us on this journey through ups and downs, struggles to stay on course, to stretch out of our comfort zone and to grow in the Lord.  Let us give Him the praise He deserves. We must hold fast to the transformation in our lives we have experienced. May we rally together to transform our city with the presence of Christ.

 

The number 40 is a significant number. In the Bible 40 is a specific time period associated with a period of testing, trial, probation or chastisement. “The number 40 is a indication that God is ready to birth something new out of pain or challenge”. Kingdom Principles for Everyday Living by Stewart Perrilliat. It rained 40 days and nights , Moses was on the mountain with God for 40 days and nights,  and the Israelite wandered for 40 years before entering the Promised Land. Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. Believe with great expectation that this 40 Day Prayer Journey will develop a more intimate relationship with the Lord, a casting off of “old garments” and a renewed mind and heart which will result in transformation in your life.

Scriptures:  1 Chronicles 16:7-36; Psalms 95, 96; John 4:21-26

 

Repent:  Of failure to humbly worship the Lord for who He is –Kings of Kings, Holy, Loving, Lord; of not gathering with other believers to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth; of not giving our all to the Lord as an act of worship; of not worshipping Him with your whole heart  but only in form; of not magnifying and lifting high the name and person of Jesus Christ; of not participating in praise and worship of the Lord-personally and corporately; of not giving the Lord the honor that is due His name; of_____________________.

 

Pray:

  • Pray for the church to have a Christ-centered worship experience in spirit and truth that will please the Father.
  • For and receive a heart revived to passionately and completely worship the Lord, simply because He is worthy of our praise, worship and adoration.
  • Pray for sincere and honest exaltation of the name of the Lord, born of the Holy Spirit and the Word.
  • Pray for humility and unity among believers that will give rise to worshiping the Lord in the beauty of His holiness throughout the church.
  • Pray that the people of God will see themselves how God sees them.
  • Pray that you will be able to share an encouraging word today with someone.
  • Pray for people to be saved this day.
  • Pray for believers to be filled with expectant love for Christ and that He would manifest Himself in such a way that rocks the church and the nations.
  • Pray that you and members of the church will worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.
  • Praise God – that He reigns now and forever. Amen!
  • REJOICE!!!——–This is the last day of the 40 Day Prayer Journey. Rejoice that God, the Exalted One, gives us the privilege of celebrating and honoring His rightful place as the Almighty Lord and King of Kings. Praise God that His name is above every name and that at His name every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Hallelujah! Jesus is alive and is our soon coming King.

 

Spiritual Rise Check Up- Write responses in a journal or notebook

Do you spend time praising God by identifying His attributes?

 

Spiritual Rise Act

Dedicate an extended time to praise this week. Meditate on passages like 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 and Psalm 145: 1-7. Write out your own prayer of praise. Adopt the rule of no asking or supplication for the first five to seven minutes of your prayer time.

 

Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader” has served as prayer leader and teacher/trainer on the “Prayer Boot Camp” with the Global Missions Prayer Force and as a guest intercessor and volunteer for Girlfriends Pray a global prayer ministry. She served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years( later Director over the Prayer Ministry) for the Lydia Circle Christian Business and Professional Women. As part of the Lydia Circle she has lead over a dozen prayer boot camps, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa and was on the prayer team of a medical missions trips to Jamaica  under the leadership of Rev. Jackie McCullough. She serves as the Prayer Leader of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry of her church.

 

 

 

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Day 36-38 of the 40 Day Prayer Journey Growing by the Power Within to Please God

 

We are nearing the end of this 40 Day Prayer Journey “Growing by the Power Within to Please God: Repenting for a Renewed Relationship With God”. Philippians 2:13 . Just a few more days to go. I hope you have been blessed and have sincerely begun to grow in prayer and your relationship with the Lord during the Lenten Season and always. As you walked this forty (40) day prayer journey and adventure of repenting and praying toward the desires and promises of God to enable us to grow by the power within to please God, share your experiences. Let each of us grow in grace, in service and deed, in love for God and each other and into a lifestyle of individual and corporate prayer.

This is a daily prayer journey. The daily prayer points in this guide begin with stated scriptures applicable to the focus of the day. You are invited to seek God’s face to enable you to grow in the actions and thoughts that please God. You want to confess, repent and turn from actions and thoughts that grieve the Lord.

During the Forty Day Prayer Journey daily read the suggested scriptures. Meditate on the Word asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you and reveal in your heart how He wants you to respond personally and on behalf of your church or city. This is an opportunity for personal repentance.

Ask the Lord to search your heart for thoughts and actions that are sinful. (Psalm 139:23-24) Allow the Lord to examine your life thoroughly.

During the 40 Day journey each of us are opening ourselves to be joyful by what pleases God and grieved by our actions, walk and talk that displease Him.
Pray the specific daily prayer points as well as other prayer points that the Holy Spirit brings to your heart. It is suggested that you write in a journal your reflections and what the Lord is saying to you.

DAY 36 – April 5– “Growing to Please God by Increasing Our Personal
and Corporate Prayer Life”

Paul Prayed Constantly

Scriptures: Colossians 1:3, 9; Romans 1:9-10; 10:1

Pray:

  • Pray for an increase in your desire to consistently pray for others.
    • Confess to the Lord if you don’t like to pray for others or don’t pray for others or think it is boring. Is it because you don’t love them as you should? Confess that also.
    • Pray for an increase in your ability to see the good in others, for a deep sense of care for the well being of others and for confidence that your prayers will make a difference in their lives.
    • Thank the Holy Spirit for His ability and willingness to purify our prayers and to help us when we don’t know how to pray very well (Romans 8:26).
    • Thank God for others in your family, congregation, or circle of friends. Tell God the specific things about them for which you are thankful.
    • Pray for your Pastor .
    • Pray that grace to minister and serve together in love, honor, and humility will exist throughout the church.

DAY 37 – April 6 – “Growing to Please God by Increasing Our Personal
and Corporate Prayer Life”

Elijah: An Ordinary Man Who Prayed Powerfully

Scriptures: James 5:17-18; Read the full story of Elijah’s prayer victory in 1 Kings 17-18

Pray:

  • Praise God for the power that makes powerful praying possible.
    • Thank God that he hears and answers the prayers of ordinary persons and makes it possible for us to pray powerfully.
    • Ask God to reveal to you what he wants you to pray about and to help you pray earnestly and persistently.
    • Pray that God will cause his church to grow strong in prayer and be effective in ministry.
    • Pray that men, women, boys, and girls will be happy to be enlightened and empowered of the things of God.
    • Tell God that you are available to pray earnestly and persistently about anything that He lays on your heart and that you will listen for His direction. Now listen for God’s directions.
    • Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring victory over all unrighteousness.
    • Pray for the Arts and Entertainment Industry-that God will inspire artist and those in the entertainment industry with creativity and wisdom that reflect God’s beauty and truth; pray for salvation of those in the industry; and that those who come to follow Christ will follow Christ with courage and take a stand for Jesus.

DAY 38 – April 7 “Growing to Please God by Increasing Our Personal
and Corporate Prayer Life”

David: Finding Renewal Through Confession

Scriptures: Psalm 51:7-10 (For background to this confession, read 2 Samuel 11-12)

Pray:

  • Praise God for His mercy. Mercy means that God does not treat us as we deserve.
    • Thank God for conviction or “good guilt” that drives us into the arms of His forgiving love when we confess.
    • Confess any wrong you are aware of that remains unconfessed. Repent.
    • Ask for a clean heart, a renewed life and a steadfast spirit.
    • Pray that God will give his church sensitivity to sin and a readiness to confess when and if that is needed.
    • Thank God for His unspeakable gift. JESUS 2 Corinthians 9:15
    • Pray for God’s people to stand still and hear His voice.
    • Pray for those who have lost a love one and the loved one didn’t know Christ.

 

Linda Fegins “The Prayer Leader” serves as an intercessor and teacher/trainer with Global Intercessors Prayer Force. As part of the Lydia Circle she has lead over 8 prayer boot camps, all night prayer services, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa. As a former Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years (later Director over the Prayer Ministry) for the Lydia Circle Christian Business and Professional Women trained many to pray the Word with fervency and power.  She served on the prayer team of a medical mission’s trip to Jamaica under the leadership of Rev. Jackie McCullough. She serves as the Prayer Leader of the Intercessory Prayer Team of her church. Linda serves as an intercessor and volunteer for Girlfriends Pray, a global prayer ministry. Contact her at ldfaygo@gmail.com ldfaygo@aol.com

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