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Love on the First Day of Lent

 

Happy Love Day to all. Remember Love Never Takes a Holiday. Remember to Love God, love your neighbor and love one another. John 13:34-35, God is love. Please pray for marriages, relationships and families.

Today is also is Ash Wednesday and the 1st day of Lent. Lent is a time when we should evaluate and reflect on our love for God in how we love Him by obeying His Word, love others and walk in love.

The Lenten Season (February 14 to March 30) is a time of repentance, self-examination, fasting and prayer in preparation for Resurrection Sunday (Easter). “Renewing our sense of who we really are before God is the core of the Lenten experience”. (Pastor Orville K. Littlejohn, my Pastor, “Our Focus for Ash Wednesday”). So today seek God with a repentant heart (See Joel 2: 12-24) and let us honestly search our hearts (Psalm 139:23-24)

Meditate on the scriptures listed below and pray the focus points and what the Holy Ghost places on your heart.

Prayer Focus for February 14, 2018
– February 14- Repentance and Loving God

Scriptures: Deut. 6:1-9 Matt. 22:34-40 Psalm 139:23 Psalm 51 Psalm 66:18-19

Repent: Of not loving God with all of your heart, soul, and mind and of allowing other things to fill and occupy our lives.

Meditate, pray, and write down other areas for which you should repent.

Reflect on what way you want to improve your prayer life and to deepen your friendship with God.

Pray:
• For Christ to bring people near enough to God to experience the Father’s loving delight in His Son for people to love and follow Jesus.
• Pray for forgiveness for what you have done to others and how you have failed to obey God and to forgive others who have wounded you.
• For household salvation for friends and family.
• It is Christ’s eager desire that you know God by drawing near to Him. Open your life to God. Accept His invitation. He’s summoning you to seek His face.
• Pray for MEN – Pray that men will seek God and honor Him with an integrity that unites their lives in faithfulness, wisdom, and truth; that their vision of masculinity would be a Christ-like servant leadership in the family, church and world.
• Pray for God to strengthen your prayer life and deepen your relationship with him.
• Ask God to fill you with joy in his presence.
• Intercede for the church in our community to be filled with fresh love for God and to demonstrate His love to those around us-both in the church and among those who do not yet know Christ.

 

It is important to note that a repentant heart is not limited to a special season or time of the year. If we want to have effective prayer lives which bring forth life transformation and healing of the land, repentance must become a part of our lifestyle. Despite the benefits of repentance, we are resistant to the thought of repentance. Repentance isn’t a popular word. Our culture encourages us to do whatever we want when we want. TV, music videos and movies very rarely show the consequences of our sins.

It is one thing to know that you have done something that is wrong. But it is another to be saddened and sorrowful about your actions and determine that you will turn away from that sin and never do the act again. To repent “I” or “we” must come to terms with and acknowledge that we have sinned and then turn away from such sinful behavior and be reconciled back to our loving Lord. Therefore, repentance is a change of mind that involves both a turning from sin and turning to God. Christ began his ministry with a call to repentance. (Mathew. 4:17). We must examine every attitude, every motive, every action and ever word of evil. Repentance means that you are deeply godly sorrowful and hurt about what you have done unto the Lord and that you are determined to do all that you can not to commit that sin again. “Repentance means we are sorry about our sin to the point of grief, and we have turned and walked away from it”. Stormie Omartian, “The Power of a Praying Woman” p. 40, Harvest House Publishers, (2002).

By Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader. ldfaygo@gmail.com

 

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Love and Pray!

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Happy Holidays with love.

May your Christmas and the Holidays be a Day and week  of Love that will lead into the New Year. Give the Gift that keeps on giving… LOVE! Give some and Receive some.Thank God that when the fullness of time came, Jesus came for YOU and me to make us sons and daughters. See Galatians 4:4

Hug on your loves ones and friends and let them know you care( even that relative who can be challenging some times). Time is precious so enjoy family and friends and get  rest. Also take time to write your specific  goals  with deadlines(SMART goals) for the New Year. In addition take some time for  reflection on what you have accomplished this year. Write down your top ten achievements this year. Write down the challenges that you have managed to overcome and handled well.
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) and suffering from illness and depression. Have compassion for the poor and lonely. This time of year is often depressing to many. Pray for them and then—- DO. Give a smile, a hug, an encouraging word, a touch, a donation, feed them, give a gift, visit them, and provide support and resources. We are God’s ambassadors (workmanship) created for good works. (Ephesians 2:10) Put hands and feet on your love and prayers.

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I am inviting you to join Girlfriends Pray , founder Dee Marshall,  on New Year’s Eve December 31, 2016 at 7AM to 7PM to hear women of faith intercede for  people ,especially women , around the world. Let us bring in  2017 praying without ceasing 1 Thess 5:17. Join Girlfriends Pray New Year’s Eve Pray-A-Thon… Dec. 31 12 Hours of Prayer with Women Faith Leaders … 7am est to 7pm est 712-775-7031 code 943334 (This is the 5th Pray-A-Thon where mighty women  faith leaders pray on New Year’s Eve Dec. 31 which usually last 24 hours)

Happy Holidays! Blessings to you and  your family for a healthy, prosperous and loving great New Year!

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader.

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Dream Big!

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As we honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ,”the Dream” and reflect on what he achieved that many thought was impossible we know that faith makes things possible.”With God, all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26. Praise the King of Kings that downloaded “The Dream” into the great dreamer, Dr. King’s heart.

What dreams have God poured into your heart? What do you know you know you need to step out in faith and do. Pray and ask the Lord. Seek His face. Listen. Prayer is a dialogue not a monologue. Then DO what He tells you to do.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Dream Big. Believe. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”Matthew 21:22. Pray without ceasing. 1Thess. 5:17 . Do/Act. Faith without works is dead . Walk by Faith. Faith make things possible , not easy. Don’t quit or grow weary.

Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be discouraged, for the Lord God , my God, is with you. 1 Chronicles 28:20 NASB

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Day 32 and 33 Walk in Truth and Love – Prayer Journey

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DAY 32 – March 15 Demonstrate Truth in Love
40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transforma
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We are continuing to press on in these 40 Days of repentance and prayer. Seek the Lord with your entire heart. Invite the Holy Spirit to search your heart and to reveal areas where forgiveness, insight and transformation need to occur in you and in the church.

Scriptures: Psalm 85: 8-13; Zechariah 8:16-17; John 8:31-36; Ephesians 4:15

Repent: Of not walking in truth or demonstrating truth in love; of using truth as a weapon that wounds rather than as a revelation that sets people free; of telling the truth without a loving attitude or expression but just to prove a point, ego and without real concern for the people .

Pray:

• Confess to the Lord the ways you have not walked in love, mercy, loving-kindness, and goodness.
• Pray for you to grow in grace and to come to the revelation of the love of God in His truth; and an understanding that truth without love is not a true reflection of Jesus Christ.
• Pray for the church to come to the revelation of the love of God in His truth; and an understanding that truth without love is not a true reflection of the Jesus Christ
• Pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit that believer will come to faith because the church and people would walk in and demonstrate truth to them in love.
• That truth would increase in and through you and the body of Christ bringing liberty to all.

DAY 33 – March 16 Demonstrate the Life of the Spirit
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. Invite the Holy Spirit to search your heart and to reveal areas where you are not demonstrating, on a consistent basis.the fruit of the Spirit.

Scriptures: Romans 8:12-14; Ephesians 5:15-21; Galatians 5:22-23

Repent: Of living according to the flesh and its desires rather than the Spirit of love; of failing to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit, especially to those who do not know Christ as Savior and Lord; of failing to have faith in the Lord and to surrender to His Word and the Holy Spirit.

Pray:

• Confess to the Lord the ways you have not walked in love, and in the fruit of the Spirit.
• Pray for forgiveness and restoration by the power of the Holy Spirit to walk in the Spirit.
• Intercede for all believers to be lead by the Holy Spirit to grow in maturity, faith and to walk in the fruit of the Spirit.
• To walk in the fullness of Christ’s grace as members of the body of Christ, demonstrating His love, mercy, grace, and power to the world.
• Praise God for the Holy Spirit and that He lives within us, enabling and empowering us to walk according to the ways of Christ.

The Prayer Leader

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Day 28 Demonstrate the Love of Christ in Relationships

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DAY 28 – March 11 20- Demonstrate the Love of Christ in Relationships
40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation

We have been pressing through these 40 days of prayer and repentance. How have you been challenged, growing, laying aside weights and sin, and being renewed toward transformation? God is love and He wants us to demonstrate that love in our relationships with the “saved” and those who do not know Jesus Christ personally. We should live as a demonstration of His love, grace, mercy and truth so that we will glorify Him and so that someone may be saved through Him. Invite the Holy Spirit to search your heart to reveal areas where transformation needs to occur in you and in the church.

Scriptures: Ephesians 5:25-33; Colossians 3:19;John 3:1-21; 1 John 3:1-23; 1 John 4:11,20-21

Repent: Of declaring that we love others when demonstrating lack of love and concern for those who are lost and without Christ; of speaking love, but not showing love and mercy through deeds that touch the lives of those in the world around us; of not loving as the Word states especially within the household of faith , the family unit and our neighbor.

Receive: A fresh cleansing from the sin of not loving as Christ loves.

Pray:

• Confess to the Lord the ways you have not loved and honored the lost, your neighbor and family members.
• Ask the Lord to do a work in your heart that will release you from any spirit, thought or unforgiveness that blocks your relationship with those who do not know Jesus Christ, your neighbor and family members.
• Pray that the Holy Spirit will empower you to forgive and for each of you to forgive each other.
• Pray for healing of broken or embittered relationships.
• Pray for relationships with your children and that as a parent you will demonstrate that love with encouragement, time and healthy discipline.
• Pray that children will love, respect and obey their parents.
• Pray for the church to be a living force of love in the neighborhood, city and world.
• That you and the church will be known by your love for one another and for your love for those who are lost and do not know Jesus Christ.
• Pray that the church and you show your neighbor, those who do not know the Lord, and the world genuine love in word and in deeds.
• That the church be delivered from the spirit of legalism and released into a Spirit of truth love and liberty of the Spirit.
• Pray for a deep love and respect between church members and also between family members. Pray for reconciliation where they are at odds.
Linda D. Fegins, The Prayer Leader

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Day 21 Pursue Reconciliation 40 Day Prayer Journey

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DAY 21 – March 5- Pursing Reconciliation in Truth and Love
40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation

The initial week of the Lenten season we were praying about our personal relationship with the Lord. We focused on what should be our primary pursuit of loving the Lord with all heart. The second week we focused on our relationship with our family relationships and the third week our relationship with those in the body of Christ. Today we must focus on repentance and reconciliation in broken relationships in our families and with friends and loved ones and between and among congregations.

Reconcile means-to change, exchange, reestablish, restore relationship, make things right, remove an enmity. Describes the re-establishing of a proper, loving interpersonal relationship which has been broken (Word-Wealth, the Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Nelson Publishers, 1991

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:16-18; Colossians 1:19-23

Repent: Of not being properly reconciled to the Lord and to His children, our family, friends, and other congregations; of allowing disagreements, arguments and self pursuits to keep you separated from others in your family, community and in the body of Christ; of not submitting to the Spirit of truth and love; of not submitting to God’s desire for us to love one another and to be reconciled to one another; of_____________________ ( fill in the blanks) .
Meditate, pray, and write down other areas of which to repent and for persons and situations that God places on your heart to pray about or to take action.

Pray:

• Repent for the times you have been unforgiving, judgmental, and stubborn
• Ask for forgiveness and for the mind and heart to tear down the wall of division among family members, communities and various congregations and Christian leaders.
• .Ask God to stir a continual heart of repentance in you.
• Pray for families to be burdened with Christ compelling love to be reconciles to one another; for truth and love to cause individuals to pursue reconciliation with those they have suffered a break in a relationship or from whom they have been separated.
• Pray for believers throughout our city to be burdened with Christ’s compelling love to be reconciled to one another.
• Pray for believers throughout the city to pursue reconciliation with those from whom they are separated or with whom they have suffered a break in relationship.
• Pray that the enemy of unity who works division by accusing brother against brother would be defeated by the power of love.
• Ask the Lord to free people from Satan’s trap of isolation, unforgiveness and separation and lead them to the gift of repentance and reconciliation.
• Pray that our family and community will be redeemed and restored through an outpouring of God’s gift of repentance.
Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader, ldfaygo@aol.com

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Day 19/20 40 Day Prayer Journey to Transformation

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DAY 19 – March 3- Pursing God in Corporate Worship, Prayer and Praise
40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation

Scriptures: Acts 4: 23-31; Acts 12:5 ; Psalm 95; 2 Chronicles 5:2-14

Repent: Of not worshipping according to the patterns set by the Lord- See e. g., Psalm 95, 150 ; of failing to cultivate an atmosphere of worship personally that honors God and welcomes the Holy Spirit in the corporate gathering.

Meditate, pray, and write down other areas of which to repent and for persons and situations that God places on your heart to pray about or to take action.

Pray:

• Pray for our worship services that the Spirit of Praise and Worship come from sincere hearts and that we will see the manifestation of mighty works.
• For your church and yourself to increase in true corporate prayer.
• For you and your congregation to open our mouths to praise the Lord in unity.
• That congregation will seek the Lord in one accord.
• For a fresh passion for worship among the believers to arise
• That the walls of division created by personal preferences and styles which do not honor the Word of God to be torn down.

DAY 20 – March 4- Pursing Unity and Cooperation
40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation

The initial week of the Lenten season we were praying about our personal relationship with the Lord. We focused on what should be our primary pursuit of loving the Lord with all heart. The second week we focused on our relationship with our family relationships and the third week our relationship with those in the body of Christ. Today we will pray about relationship with the church in our city.

Scriptures: John 17:20-26; Psalm 133; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 2:14-22, 4:1-6

Repent: Of operating in disunity, separation and division towards followers of Christ who do not attend our own congregation or jurisdiction or who have differences of belief on the non-essentials of the faith; of allowing things that were never intended to unite us to divide us; of allowing prejudice and pride and an unteachable spirit to keep us from working together in the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Christ wants His bride to come together in the unity of the Spirit and in love.

Meditate, pray, and write down other areas of which to repent and for persons and situations that God places on your heart to pray about or to take action.

Pray:

• Ask for forgiveness and for the mind and heart to tear down the wall of division among various congregations and Christian leaders.
• Intercede for the body of Christ to function according to Christ’s finished work on the cross-in love, unity and harmony.
• For individuals and congregations to begin pursuing unity and cooperation with other believers.
• For congregations to come together for the advancement of the kingdom of God
• For congregations to come together to make a difference in the city of Detroit and in your city.
• For congregations come together to pray for the city and community on one accord.
• Pray for our worship services that the Spirit of Praise and Worship come from sincere hearts and that we will see the manifestation of mighty works.
• For your church and yourself to increase in true corporate prayer.
• For you and your congregation to open our mouths to praise the Lord in unity.
• For a fresh passion for worship among the believers to arise.
• That the walls of division created by personal preferences and styles which do not honor the Word of God to be torn down.

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader ldfaygo@aol.com

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Day 14/15 40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation

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DAY 14 – February 26-Walking under Leadership and Authority
40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation

We have being praying for a spirit of repentance in all areas of life. First, for a week we sought the Lord in repentance in our relationship with God. Last week we prayed about our relationships in our family. Today and for a few days we will pray about how do we function together as a body of Christ-worshipping, serving and loving as one.

Scriptures: Mt: 8: 5-13, 28: 18-20; Rom 13:1-7; 1 Pet. 5:1-11

Repent: Of ways in which we have rejected Godly authority; of presuming personal authority that does not line up with what the Word of God states about the order of authority in the church; of speaking evil of church authority and leadership.

Meditate, pray and write down other areas for which you need to repent.

Pray:
• Pray for God’s divine or order to be established in righteousness, truth and justice within the church and in our local congregations.
• For God to raise up men and women of integrity, faith and love to places of spiritual authority throughout the church and the city.
• For a revival of biblically based Holy Ghost directed of God’s governmental order in the church
• Pray for Pastors and those in spiritual leadership.
• Pray that churches will become houses of prayer where we truly seek the Lord about everything.

DAY 15 – February 27- Walking In Authority
40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation

We have being praying for a spirit of repentance in all areas of life. First, for a week we sought the Lord in repentance in our relationship with God. Last week we prayed about our relationships in our family. Today and for a few days we will pray about how we function together as a body of Christ-worshipping, serving and loving as one. How do we handle the authority God has given each of us in the body of Christ? Do we walk in integrity and maturity of character? Do we exercise our spiritual gifts in love?

Scriptures: Luke 9: 1-6; 10: 1:1-12; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; 13:10

Repent: Of walking in the world’s expression of authority rather than in God’s way of humility, servanthood and submission; of walking in self-proclaimed authority rather than in the authority that comes from Jesus Christ and according to his appointment or assignment; of trusting in personal authority, skills and power rather than in the power of the Holy Ghost working in us.

Do : Meditate, pray and write down other areas for which you need to repent.

Pray:

1. Praise God for the authority and power He has given to us in Him.
2. Confess the times you have substituted man’s knowledge and way of exercising authority for God’s vision and way for walking in authority.
3. Pray for forgiveness and understanding of God’s divine order and way for walking in authority under God first and then for those who God position us under their care and then authority in which God has given by assignment and apportionment by grace..
4. Pray for a release of godly authority for all believers to walk victoriously over the wiles of the enemy.
5. Pray for leaders and the body of Christ will walk in Christlike character that will encourage and edify others, rather than cause evil ways to seek into the body of Christ and discouragement.
6. Ask God to increase your fervency to seek Him in the exercise of your God given authority and in all things.
7. Pray that leaders in your church will not allow programs and strategies to become idols, replacing their ability to hear the heart of God.
8. Pray for greater discernment for false prophets and false doctrine and teachings in messages.

Linda Fegins , The Prayer Leader, February 2013

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Day 12 Prayer Journey to Life Transformation

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DAY 12 – February 24- Honoring One Another in Love
40 Day Prayer Journey to Life Transformation
(see prior posts for earlier days)

We have been praying this week about our relationships with our family members. We must begin to deal honestly with negative and sinful attitudes and actions within our homes. God wants our homes to be demonstrations of His love to the world. A lot of what goes on in the home affects our children.

Scriptures: Romans 12:9-21 Philippians 2:1-4

Repent: Of not honoring family members and others who are in close relationship with us: of thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought; of being unwilling to respect and honor others in humility and love; of____________________(feel in the blanks)

Meditate, pray and write down other areas for which you need to repent.

Pray:

Pray for forgiveness and grace to honor and give preference to our families and close relationships.
• Pray that a spirit of humility would permeate our families that will release love for us to honor and prefer one another
• Pray that holy honor for spouses, parents and children would be restored in our speech, attitudes and actions.
• Pray that the spirit of honoring our parents would be restored in the speech and actions of children
• Pray that family members and church members will have a strong and growing love for God and for others.
• Pray that the church would walk in love for one another without hypocrisy and out of a pure heart..
• Pray for a desire for prayer to be stirred up within all family members and that answers to prayer will occur to build faith and consistency.
• Pray that your family and/or friends will experience rich times of praying together, playing together and worshipping together.

Linda Fegins

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Thank God for His Love for You

Praise God for all His spiritual benefits. Thank God for His unfailing love for you. You can trust Him not to forsake you. Seek His face. No matter what you are facing this Monday morning or this week you are an overcomer and an achiever. You can make it through, around, and over because “Jesus” can work it out for you. You take care of the possible and trust God for the impossible. “God’s Little Instruction Book for Women”.”They that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Psalm 9:10

Praise Him in the middle of your mess or problem. Pray. Listen. Hear. Prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue. Believe. Trust.
Walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess 5:17. ” We can do more than pray after we have prayed ,but we cannot do more than pray until we have prayed” A.J. Gordon.

Prayer focus points:
Pray for protection and covering for those who are facing Hurricane Sandy.
Pray for those sufferring from domestic abuse.Pray for deliverance, self esteem , way of escape, renewed mind. http://www.ladyofprayer.com/?p=958
Pray for your buisness and your sister’s business in honor of Women’s small buisness month. http://www.ladyofprayer.com/?p=935
Pray for fairness, integrity and no voter suppression during this election.
Pray for our children -against bullying and suicide.

Linda Fegins October 2012

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