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From the Newsletters page.

Here we will post to share some of the Newsletters information from the different UPCI Organizations such as the Men's and Ladies Ministries.

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"Your Joy Shows."
A life of joy is marked by an outward expression of what bubbles up from within. Isaiah said, "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation" (Isaiah 12:3). This entire chapter is saturated with the overflowing joy of a heart thrilled with its salvation and desiring to exalt the God who gave it.
The Feast of Tabernacles (see Leviticus 23:33-36) was a joyful celebration to commemorate the wondrous ways God kept the children of Israel and led them through the wilderness. Although their hearts were rebellious, fearful, and full of unbelief throughout their wanderings, that was not where God wanted them to focus their attention.

Instead, God reminded them of all the good things: their miraculous deliverance at the Red Sea, the pillar of cloud to shade them by day, the pillar of fire to give them light by night, bitter water made sweet, manna, quail, the rock that followed them providing water, clothing and shoes that didn't wear out, defeated enemies, deliverance from fiery serpents, and more.

The Feast of Tabernacles was eight days set aside for reflection, remembering, rejoicing, and recommitment. It was a time for joy. It was on the last (eighth) day of this feast that Jesus, overcome with the way in which they celebrated ritualistically (talking about joy without being joyful), cried with a loud voice,

    "'If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing on Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified" (John 7:37-39, NKJV).

Every day for eight days they carried pots of water up the hill into Herod's Temple with great pomp, singing psalms, professing joy, and quoting Isaiah 12:3. But, again, it was another case of lips saying one thing, while hearts were fully occupied elsewhere.

God's heart was frustrated, vexed, and weary of their dividedness. They could not serve two masters. They needed to make a choice. Lukewarm, half-hearted, lip service was repugnant to God. Like He warned Laodicea, lukewarm things would be spewed out. Only earnest, honest, hungry hearts were ready to be filled, and He actively sought such to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

The joy these hungry hearts would find would be "unspeakable and full of glory" (I Peter 1:8). So much so, that the world would take note, and would grow hungry and thirsty to find it for themselves. The whole Book of Acts is replete with joy-seeking, spiritually thirsty souls who longed to be filled to overflowing. That's how the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6).

Our God is the author of joy, and that true joy is found in Jesus through the infilling of His Spirit.
(Information from: UPCI Ladies Ministries Newsletter - ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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"Doing Normal Better."

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV)
We have all just gone through, and perhaps are still going through, unusual never-before-experienced times. For weeks it seems as though someone hit the pause button and life as we knew it came to a halt. Now things are slowly returning to normal—whatever that means. Just this morning I picked up a magazine with “The New Normal” splashed across the front. When I opened my inbox, the subject line on an email from a local business questioned, “Back to Normal—Or Can We Do Better?”
   
All of this talk about normal makes we wonder: what is normal and do I really want return to normal?

    If normal means I take God’s everyday blessings for granted, then I don’t want to be normal.

    If normal means returning to a fast-paced, stressful schedule, I don’t want that normal either.

    If normal means feeling distracted as I sit in church making a mental to-do list, help me not be normal.

    If normal means not taking time to tune in to the concerns and needs of my friends, then normal is not good.

If there is indeed a better way to do normal, what would that be? The answer may differ for each of us, but hopefully the question will cause us all to stop and consider changes we would make in our lives. What lessons have we learned in the past weeks? Allow me to suggest a few things that will help our new normal be a better normal.

    A better normal means being more intentional about keeping in touch with family and friends. If I can’t meet with them in person, I can call, text, do a video chat, or even use snail mail to stay connected. If I am feeling isolated, they probably are also.

    A better normal means covering my pastor and other church leaders with prayer each day. They faced many new challenges as they worked to keep us spiritually strong while physically separated from the church body.

    A better normal means offering mercy to those I encounter, even if they are rude and impatient. I have no way of understanding the stresses and worries others face. Even if I am wearing a protective mask, I will put a smile in my eyes to cheer them.

    A better normal means making God the absolute center of my existence. Each day I will dedicate time to my relationship with Him and will allow myself to relax and recharge in His presence.

John 10:10 tells us the Lord came to give us life and wants us to live that life abundantly. That abundant life is available to each of us. Even when life takes a sudden detour, even when my life looks starkly different, I can still avail myself of His abundance. He is there to guide my steps, provide strength, and give me joy to replace my stress and worries.

This devotion by Mary Loudermilk was originally posted on the More to Life website. Subscribe today to receive fresh inspiration in your inbox each morning. What better way to start your day than with the Word of God!
(Information from: UPCI Ladies Ministries Newsletter - ladiesconnections@upci.org)

EXPECTANCY: "The Master's Touch"
 "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole" (Mark 5:28).
 
Expectancy is defined as the state of thinking or hoping that something (usually pleasant) will happen. It is the anticipatory belief or desire of something that is expected.
 
"Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles." A lady that is expecting in the natural indicates that a birth is forthcoming. Truly, childbirth is a miracle...a new creation. The woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:28 expected a miracle. If she touched Jesus, with expectancy, then surely she knew that He would touch her with a miracle.
 
Humans possess five natural senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. "Touch" places us in direct contact with our world. When we touch something, we become closely involved with it. We touch thousands of things every day in our lives without even thinking about it. We touch objects. We even affect change in the objects, or even the people, we touch. But there is nothing more powerful than the touch of God!
 
Jesus touched a leper, and he was healed. His touch changed "Jacob" (deceiver) into "Israel" (a prince having power with God). His touch changed Moses from a murderer to a leader. His touch can remove sicknesses. His touch can raise the dead. His touch can open blind eyes. His touch can unstop deaf ears. His touch can lift up the down and out. His touch can change us on the inside. His touch can make all things well on the outside! If you are expecting, then God desires to birth something great in this season...a new beginning!
 
Are you seeking God with EXPECTANCY? Touch God with your prayer, and He will touch you with His power!
 
Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer

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United in Christ.
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience...what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them... All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (II Timothy, Chapter 3).

In the chapter above, the Apostle Paul shared with us behaviors we witness in these present times we are living in and warns us to keep clear of those who deny the true power of God by saying, "from such turn away," because we are fully aware of the true power of Jesus. Therefore, it is important that we fervently continue to press forward in faith as one Body and Church of Jesus towards the straight and narrow path that leads to salvation and eternal life.
 
Pray:

    For God's Spirit to bind, strengthen and keep us physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
    That we are UNITED, according to His Word, to be victorious over all persecutions, trials, tribulations and temptations that may come our way.
    For God to show Himself strong for His church to continue growing as stated in the book of Acts and to pour out wisdom, knowledge and understanding to every individual and organization that has a hunger and thirst to receive the true gospel of Jesus, our only omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent heavenly God.
    Steadfastly, for we know as the end of this world draws near, the love for violence and vulgarity will continue to go viral like a virus because there is no vision to view beyond the visible.
    Continually, for it is vital for us to be vigilant because the enemy of our soul is like a vicious viper seeking victims in various places.

No value of vanity can fill any void except the love of Jesus our God, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the First and the Last, the Author and Finisher of our faith who provides vegetation for His sheep in the valleys. Therefore, as virtuous vessels in God's vineyard, we must stay "united for the kingdom of Jesus" and obey His voice to be victorious over the enemy by the power of Jesus vested in us!
 
Parvesh Bhola
Intercessory Prayer Team
Georgetown, Guyana UPCI

(Information from WNOP Prayer Connect Newsletter - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)

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"What to Do While Waiting on the Lord" by Liane R. Grant.
Not too many of us enjoy waiting, especially if we are on time and someone else is late. The longer we wait, the more frustrated we get, because we are not doing anything except waiting.
 
Have you ever been tired of waiting on the Lord? He's promised an answer, but you think He's late in providing it. Maybe it's time to activate faith AND works. Continue believing that the answer is coming, but don't stop doing the good things you know to do while you are waiting.
 
"And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me" (Acts 1:4).
 
When I envision the scene in the upper room before the Day of Pentecost, I don't see the disciples sitting around yawning and getting frustrated, even though Jesus hadn't told them how long they would have to wait. I envision instead a group of people full of faith who were praying, studying the Scriptures, and encouraging each other. They were completely prepared when the Holy Ghost fell!
 
So, it seems when we have to wait on the Lord, we should consider it as a time of preparation and faith-filled works, not a period of inactivity.
 
"A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come." (Luke 19:12-13) As a translator, I feel that this verse could easily be misinterpreted. "Occupy" can mean to take up space, or to distract yourself. The New King James version of this verse makes it clearer: "Do business till I come".
 
While we wait on God for something, are we making the most of what He has already given us? Here's another verse where the word wait could be misinterpreted. "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether . . . ministry, let us wait on our ministering" (Romans 12:6-7). This scripture is not telling us to delay ministering. Again, the NKJV says it more clearly: "let us use it in our ministering".
 
It seems the biblical way of waiting is an active waiting, quite different from the typical idea of "waiting around." We have so many opportunities to learn, grow, and develop by using what God has already blessed us with. If we are waiting for more, let's wait actively, combining faith and works!
 
Note: Liane is a certified English/French translator and author of Order My Steps and the "Schedule Solutions" series on Amazon. She and her husband Scott are missionaries in Quebec, Canada. Liane serves as the Quebec Ladies Ministries President and is the founder and project manager of The King's Translators, a group of volunteers dedicated to providing apostolic resources in French.

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"Waiting in the Obscured Path" by Von de Leigh Hatcher.
In January of 2018, I was offered a temporary job assignment in another town which would advance my career but take me away from my church, family, and friends. As I prayed and sought God's direction, God spoke to me. The words he said were from Isaiah 48:17.
 
"I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go" (NKJV).
 
Instantly, I felt peace. The fears of the unknown had clouded my faith in the all-knowing God. So, I determined to trust Him with my path forward.
 
I moved to the new town, worked, and began to serve in multiple capacities in the church I began to attend. However, I always remembered that my assignment was temporary.
 
The next year, in July, my best friend and her husband were severely burned in an explosion. A few weeks later, my supervisor told me that my assignment would end within a month. I was told to move out of the apartment that my company provided. My life seemed to stop.
 
I questioned God. Had God led me here only to take away everything He had provided? My path forward was obscure once again, and I had no idea where God planned to lead me. I filled out job applications and looked for another place to live. I listened to James Wilson's song "Wait on the Lord" repeatedly. For weeks, I had job interviews without job offers.
 
I reminded myself: "But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV).
 
Finally, I sat at work and looked at my calendar. It was a Tuesday. My last day of work was that Friday. I had to leave my apartment that Saturday. I bowed my head and prayed, "God, I know that Your time is not my time. But, Lord, You once walked this earth as a man. I have four days before I am supposed to move, and I do not know where I'm moving. Please remember that four days, for me, is not a lot of time."
 
Two hours later, I received a job offer! Within that same hour, arrangements were made for me to move into a newly renovated house that my church owns and now rents to me. God continues to provide my every need!
 
Has your world stopped? Is your path hidden from your eyes?
 
"Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord" (Psalm 27: 14, NKJV).
 
Note: Von de Leigh Hatcher attends The First Pentecostal Church of Westlake, Louisiana. She is an LSU alumna and works for a local engineering firm.

(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl June 2020 Newsletter  - UPCI LM - ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)
 


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"The Reset."
What is the rest we are told to enter into? Scripture bears out that in our day “the rest” is the Holy Ghost.But how do we apply rest to our stressful lives, and walk in the peace God has intended for us? How do we walk in the Spirit, and not follow the unproductive ways the flesh? Have you ever watched an eagle soar effortlessly on the wings of the wind? We cannot help but be a little envious of this ability, while at the same time watching in admiration. Even though we cannot physically achieve these heights, we can go there in the Spirit when we consistently position ourselves to enter into His rest. First, we must practice consistent,daily prayer. We must make the time to connect with His Spirit at the start of our day, in spite of any resistance we may face. We must have a mind to persevere, positioning ourselves to soar above the situation(s) we are currently in.Then,we will be able to rise above the storms of life,until we are sitting in heavenly places with the Lord Jesus Christ. Positioning may not sound like rest, but in reality we are taking on His light yoke. God is not limited by time or space. He is one who enables the eagle to soar.

READ more at; https://files.constantcontact.com/aebf4de5001/17d49daa-be91-4802-a008-4cf1564bea63.pdf

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"The Discipline of Fasting."
Excerpts from Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

What is Fasting?
Throughout Scripture, fasting refers to abstaining from foodfor spiritual purposes. It stands in contrast to the hunger strike, or for health reasons such as dieting. Biblical fasting always centers on spiritual purposes.

Scripture Describes Different Types of Fasts

The Normal Fast
This involved abstaining from all food, solid or liquid, but not from water. In the forty-day fast of Jesus, we are told that “He ate nothing” and toward the end of the fast that “He was hungry” and Satan tempted Him to eat, indicating that the abstaining was from food, but not from water(Luke 4:2).

The Partial Fast
The Bible describes what could be considered a partial fast: that is, there is a restriction of diet, but not total abstention. Although the normal fast seemed to be the custom with the prophet Daniel, there was an occasion where for three weeks he “ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over” (Daniel 10:3).

The Absolute Fast.

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Prayer Walking Basics
Adapted from PRAYER WALKING by Steve Hawthorne.

Prayer walking is praying on-site so we can pray with greater insight.There are three ways this is accomplished. First, as we observe things around us with our natural eyes, we see things we can pray about. This is called responsive insight. Second, we pray for the Spirit to open our understanding and spiritual senses so we can “see”what God sees and “hear” what God hears. As God shares this information,He can also speak to us about specific things to pray for. This is called revealed insight. Lastly, we can research the demographics and history of the area we will be praying in. History affects the future and can give us understanding of why things are the way they are in a specific area. This is called researched insight.

READ more at: https://files.constantcontact.com/aebf4de5001/61f24bfe-9ce7-458d-873f-e75f1b41e700.pdf

(Information from The Praying Life Newsletter - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)

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"Lessons Learned from Hezekiah on Prayer."

The Assyrian king was busy subduing nation after nation when he sent a letter to Hezekiah.  The gist of the letter was this; "Hezekiah, don't think for one minute that your little God is going to save you from me. I will remind you that Assyria has dominated every other nation in this part of the world. None of their gods saved them and your God won't save you."  So Hezekiah went to prayer.
 
What can we learn from Hezekiah?
    In his time of need, his prayer was immediate, not an afterthought.
    He got alone with God. 
    He was transparent and open with the Lord.
    His prayer was humble and respectful.
    His prayer showed dependence on God.
    His prayer was bold.
    His prayer was based on personal faith and trust in God.

What situations are you dealing with today? Are you feeling helpless on your own and you desperately need God to answer?  Get alone with God, spread your needs out before Him honestly, humbly and boldly and then allow Him to work in your situation, as you wait for His response.
Have a blessed week.
WNOP
(Info from: WNOP Prayer Connect - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)

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"Prayer for Feeling Overwhelmed."
 
Feeling overwhelmed? If you are having feelings of being overwhelmed, whether it is from family, job, circumstances or you have no idea why, you are not alone! We are living in a season of chaos and disturbances. It is affecting our nation, our world and our daily lives. Whether it is gas prices fluctuating, earthquakes or a new threat of terrorism, it seems we all are living on the edge.  So how do we equate that with, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace...." (Isaiah. 26:3a)?  I think it is because we need to take to heart the rest of that verse! "...whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee." We can't let our situations and distresses become bigger than our God! Let me show you an example of His vastness, because if you can be reminded of how big He is, you can rest and be in perfect peace in the midst of all turmoil.
 
In Psalm 147, there are two back-to-back verses that show how intimate He is with you to take care of your personal needs, yet how infinite He is to prove you can trust Him with EVERYTHING! Verse 3 says, "He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds."  How much more personal and intimate can you possibly get? Trusting someone to heal your heart, which harbors our fears and anxieties, and to bind your wounds, which may be self inflicted or from others. Then at the same time the next verse says, "He appointeth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names." We don't have a number large enough to number all the stars, yet this tells us He put them there and named everyone of them!
 
If He is vast enough to handle our universe and close enough to care about our heartaches, then the problem with feeling overwhelmed must be our problem. I think He is big enough to take care of any feelings of lack or insecurity on our part. We just need to shift our focus off the problems and onto Him! We must get our eyes off of what surrounds us and get them on the One who is in control.
 
Meditate on and pray the following scriptures. You will leave negativity behind when you realize you are not defeated!

    I Peter 2:24-By His stripes you are healed!
    Ephesians 1:7-Through His blood your sins are forgiven!
    II Corinthians 12:9-His grace is sufficient and His strength is made perfect in our weakness!
    I John 5:4-5-We are overcomers of this world!
    Galatians 1:4-He will deliver us from this present evil world!
    John 14:27-He will give us peace!
    Ephesians 4:23-He will renew the spirit of our minds!
    Matthew 10:1-He healed all manner of sickness and disease!
    Mark 3:15-Power to cast out demons!
    Philippians 4:19-He will supply all your need according to His riches in glory!
    III John 2-That you will prosper and be in health!

Terri Spears
First Lady/Prayer Coordinator
First United Pentecostal Church
Blytheville, Arkansas
(Info from: WNOP Prayer Connect - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)

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"Prayer for Missionaries" from Wendy Gerky.
As I was praying for specific needs of missionaries for financial blessings, wisdom for ministry, and protection, the Lord quickened the account of Ruth and Boaz to me to use as a guide. 

Just as missionaries are called to leave their homelands to GO, Ruth left her home and all that she knew as "normal" in order to follow the Lord.  Her life changed significantly in the moment of her decision to GO.  When Naomi charged Ruth to return to Moab, Ruth's response was: "And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me" (Ruth 1:16-17). Ruth committed her entire life to follow the Lord.

It is said of Naomi and Ruth, "...and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest" (Ruth 1:22). Ruth found herself in the midst of Harvest season! 

"Therefore, said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest" (Luke 10:2). Missionaries have answered the call into the Harvest! 

As Ruth labored in the Harvest, Boaz an Old Testament type of Jesus, makes extraordinary provision for her.  Follow along in prayer for missionaries as inspired from the Book of Ruth.
PRAY:

    Pray that missionaries will trust in the Lord's promise to never to leave them nor forsake them.  As Boaz blessed the reapers, pray that missionaries will be blessed with a constant anointing of the Lord. (Ruth 2:4) Jesus intercedes for His people today. (Romans 8:26-27)
    Pray for endurance for missionaries to continue from morning until.... (Ruth 2:7)
    Pray for the Lord's direction to be revealed to the missionaries to GO into the field chosen by the Lord. (Ruth 2:8)
    Pray for protection of missionaries from harmful influences. (Ruth 2:9)
    Pray for missionaries to drink deeply from the vessels of water drawn especially for them. (Ruth 2:9) Lord, provide rivers of living water. 

    Pray for missionaries to maintain a spirit of humility to receive the necessary grace provided by the Lord. (Ruth 2:10) Your grace is sufficient! (II Corinthians 12:9)
    Pray for constant integrity of missionaries as they represent Jesus. (Ruth 2:11)
    Pray for missionaries to have a vision of a full recompense and full reward.  Pray for constant encouragement to keep their eyes on the prize. (Ruth 2:12; Phil 3:14)

    Pray for missionaries to find favor with the Lord in all they do. (Ruth 2:13)
    Pray for comfort for missionaries.  Pray they would enjoy a committed, intimate relationship of friendship with the Lord. (Ruth 2:13)
    Pray that the Lord will provide physical and spiritual bread for missionaries. (Ruth 2:14)
    Pray that the Lord allows missionaries to not only glean the edges of the field but the sheaves as well. (Ruth 2:15) (He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126:6)
    Thank Jesus for laborers that GO into the Harvest and for His abundant blessings.

Wendy Gerky
District Prayer Coordinator
Rocky Mountain District
(Info from: WNOP Prayer Connect Newsletter - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)

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"Nine Steps of Intercession" from WNOP.
Nine Steps of Intercession Most Christians have a desire to impact the kingdom through their prayers. Often, we jump in and start praying for everything that we can think of that needs prayer. While this may have some impact, Spirit-led prayers are more effective. The following are proven steps that help prepare us to be effectively used in intercessory prayer.

REPENT:
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord won’t hear me.”(Psalm 66:18)
Before we go before the throne of God on behalf of others, we must have clean hands and a pure heart.
RELATIONSHIP CHECK: (first with God, then with others)

With God
Am I putting Him first in my life?
Am I trusting Him fully?
Am I spending time in His Word?
Am I obedient to the leading of His Spirit?

With Others
Is there anyone I need to askfor forgiveness?
Is there anyone I need to forgive?

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(Information from: The Praying Life Newsletter - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)

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"Confronting Goliaths Through Prayer."
Jesus instructed us to pray for the harvest. He also told us that we would be witnesses to the uttermost parts of the earth. Surely, then our prayer influence extends to these regions as well. Besides praying for world missionaries and tangible needs in many nations, we shouldn't shrink back from, but instead wage spiritual battles against spiritual foes active in regions around the globe. Beyond praying daily for a powerful end-time awakening, we can pray against spiritual forces of the enemy at work on the earth.

If this is done by a few, that's good. But how much more powerful would it be if millions of people were praying regularly against specific strongholds of the enemy that oppose end-time revival? Suicide and the heroin/opioid addiction epidemic seem to be some of the "Goliaths" of our day. I believe we're soon to have such a massive move of God that we'll see these spirits dealt severe blows. Before the end of this age, I believe we'll see people powerfully delivered, and the world will look to God for healing, salvation, and deliverance.  

Jesus is soon to return and is counting on us to reach the broken, spiritually-diseased people in the world who desperately need His help. Now is the time to pour our hearts into God's work as never before. God will use us in supernatural ways as we totally surrender to Him and stay continually full of His Spirit. We have powerful influence in the spirit realm through prayer and spiritual warfare. I've prayed against the spirit of suicide for some time that has waged war on our veterans and military personnel, but now it's becoming a greater problem in the population at large. There are many strongholds we can pray against to help dismantle the work being constructed by the enemy. There are others you may add to the list, but with God's help we can pray to bind the spirit and the strongman of the following:

    Suicide and euthanasia
    Mental illness
    Islam and Catholicism
    Atheism
    Cancer/COVID-19
    Heroin /Opioid addiction
    Abortion
    Human trafficking

Allison Gaff
Alexandria, Louisiana
(From: WNOP Prayer Connect Newsletter - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)

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"The Paradox of Prayer."
In chapter two of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon seemed to be expressing frustration at the futility of life. This may cause us to take pause since we would expect this King, who was endowed with wisdom and riches, to have only positive things to say about life. But when we look closely at what he was trying to convey, we see what appears to be a paradox. A paradox, according to an initial Google search, "is a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement in logic that, superficially, cannot be true but also cannot be false." We understand that the Word of God is true, and that Solomon's words present us with what could be a conflicting view of God's goodness and provision. But what he was saying is that all things are vanity unless we enjoy what we have worked for, and what God has blessed us with. A day void of prayer robs us of that ability.
 
As the cross is foolishness to those who perish, so may prayer seem absurd and a waste of time to those who don't believe. Faith is hoping for those things we cannot see as if they were already there. And prayers must be prayed with expectation based on our knowledge of God's goodness. Our prayers must be prayed as more than spoken words, but as actual words of life. All things hoped for must be realized in the spiritual realm before they can exist in the physical realm. If we choose to worry, instead of focusing on the good things God has given us, we will be robbed of our joy and our prayers will be in vain. Thanksgiving is an integral part of productive prayer. We are admonished to "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving" (Colossians 4:2).
 
Prayer is more than paradoxical, it is a reality where dreams live and flourish; where hope is found and given; and where the love of God is demonstrated through the everyday miracles of life, which are so often taken for granted. Prayer goes beyond logic or human understanding, and is a force to be reckoned with. Consistent, daily, unceasing prayer is the most powerful activity believers can participate in. Praying without ceasing is "God consciousness". A continual awareness of God may also seem paradoxical, but has eternal results, and is necessary to be what God has called us to be. Walking that narrow path that leads to life requires us to have the ability to hear God's voice, to know His ways, and to walk in the Spirit. To really appreciate all God's goodness, and live an abundant life, we must know Him. Consistency is the key to have all we need, and an eternal foundation to build on. The true paradox of prayer is that even though God may seem far away, He is in reality very close to those that call on His Name.
 
Beth Marie Evans
International Christian Fellowship
Brookfield, Illinois
(From: WNOP Prayer Connect Newsletter - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)

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"Shedding Light on the Dark Things."

From the beginning of creation, God has made a distinction between light and darkness. He is the Great Emancipator, but also the Great Separator. God is not willing to let anyone perish, but scripture also makes it clear that God does not force His will on anyone. There is a perfect will of God for His creation, whether mankind wants to embrace it or not. It is God’s will for light to overcome darkness, and righteousness to overcome wickedness.

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"Praying the Word: Why and How."

Have you ever wanted or needed to pray for someone, and you had no idea how to pray or what words to use? Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” This tells us that reading and obeying God’s Word will help keep us from sin. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” God’s Word can help us build our faith. Did you know there is another powerful use of the Word of God? Did you know you can use His Word as a prayer? As a matter of fact, it is the most powerful way you can pray. Praying the Word is like super-charged praying.

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"Set to Seek the Lord."

So often we fall into a rut of praying for me and mine. If all is well in our world, we tend to think this is the case globally. Unfortunately, that is not so. There are many things that desperately need our prayers. Make time this week to seek the Lord on behalf of needs bigger than your small world. Ask Him to guide you to the global causes that need your prayers.

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( All information above from: The Praying Life Newsletter - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org )


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Return Unto Rest, Oh My Soul! - from Danielle Lee.
Just like everyone else these days my world is looking vastly different than it did even a month ago. With no onsite church services, restaurants, stores, or places of entertainment open, I find myself with more quiet time than I am used to. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but am I using this time to my benefit spiritually, or am I just filling it with more distractions and worry? I have to admit that in the past few weeks, I have dealt with more anxiety than I ever have before. In short, I have been struggling to find the rest my soul needs. I know I am not alone in feeling this,  and it's a really heavy burden to bear. However, God's Word shows us just how to conquer this!
 
This morning while reading the Word I read one of my very favorite passages, Psalm 116. It's a perfect picture of how God wants to give us rest. This is a trying time, many have lost their jobs or they may have a family member or friend who is sick with the virus. There is just so much that is unknown, but in His word He gives us perfect hope! We have access to a God that wants to give us the peace we need to get through this storm. The psalmist wrote it all perfectly. If we follow this method, we will find rest and walk in the land of the living when this trial is over!
 
I hope this Word gives you hope as it has given me this morning. I pray that you believe that God is in control and He really does know exactly where you are. Call on Him when you are feeling overwhelmed and He will answer. He is the Master of the wind, and He will speak peace to your storm.
 
"I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living" (Psalm 116:1-9). 
 
Danielle Lee
WNOP Administrative Aide
( Info from: WNOP Prayer Connect - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org )


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BE THE CHURCH! - from Claudette Walker.
I had been with the Lord for several hours last Monday morning. At 7:40 am I was standing in my kitchen when He began to dictate this message to me for all of His people.
 
The Lord said, "Oh, that My people were as aware of the virus of sins and weights that can so easily beset them as they are aware of the Coronavirus! The finish line of your race is near!! I need for my people to DISTANCE THEMSELVES from all sin and distractions. FOCUS ON ME as a bride focuses on her groom the days before the wedding. BEHOLD, I COME QUICKLY!! Check your lamps to make sure they are full of oil!! Be FULL OF MY SPIRIT! Seek to be LED BY MY SPIRIT in these days of turmoil and uncertainty."
 
Prayer Focus:

    Ask God for a SPIRIT OF PRAYER. Ask the Lord to pray THROUGH YOU according to His will. Pray often in tongues. REPENT!!
    PROTECTION for all of us from the virus. Anoint the windows and doors of your home.
    HEALING for all of those worldwide who have the virus.
    WISDOM for all government and health officials to make wise decisions.
    WISDOM  for ALL Pastors and Missionaries to shepherd their churches via technology.
    Pray for creative ways to witness and teach Bible Studies. Invite people to watch our services online.
    Pray for CONVICTION for those who do not know God. Pray they will be led to Apostolic websites and hear TRUTH preached.
    Pray for PRODIGALS all over the world to be drawn to return to the Lord.
    Ask for FINANCIAL PROVISION for all of those who now have no income. Our evangelists now have no meetings, and thus no income.
     Pray that all saints will be faithful to give their tithes and offerings so the church bills can be paid.
    PROTECTION for all who work in the medical profession and for first-responders.
    PRAY AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF FEAR that is rampant in the earth.

I encourage you to fast as the Lord leads you. We need to be informed, but do not let your spirit be pulled down by a steady diet of the news. Remember to quote and live Philippians 4:8-9. We must THINK ON THINGS OF GOOD REPORT. Watch anointed sermons. Listen to anointed music. Take regular PRAISE BREAKS THROUGHOUT THE DAY. Sing to the Lord. Dance in your homes. Have verbal testimonies of all that God has done for you. Read the Word often.
 
We must more than ever...BE THE CHURCH!!!
 
Claudette Walker
Faith Apostolic Church of Troy
Troy, Michigan
( Info from: WNOP Prayer Connect - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org )


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Unto Us the Cross is the Power of God by Pastor Don Rogers
 "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" (I Corinthians 1:18).

The act of Calvary represents history's most powerful demonstration of love by Jesus Christ. All because it exploded an unparalleled power against evil and a superior love for humanity never seen before. All hope, miracles, strength and sustaining love flows from the finished works of Calvary by Jesus Christ. Every act He performed through Calvary was for redemptive, reconciliatory and relationship purposes (Hebrew 4:15).
 
1.     His trial and court case with the Sanhedrin (Isaiah 53:3-4):
  Was for power to be released to help us when we experience the slander.
  Was for power released to help us when we experience character assassinations.

2.     His scourging and beatings (Isaiah 53:5):
  Was for power to be released for our physical sufferings we would experience.
  Was for power released to give us our physical healing.

3.    The crown of thorns (Philippians 2:5):
  Was for power released for our mental and emotional healing.
  Was for power to be released for strength and endurance for the mind.

4.    The nail piercings of His hands (John 20:27):
Was for power to be released to help us with service ministry and loving others.

5.    The nail piercings for His feet (Romans 10:15):
  Was for power released for our jobs and ministries.
  Was for carrying the Gospel.

6.    The piercing of His side (Ephesians 5:30):
  Was for power released to be His Bride.
  Was for power to learn how to receive his kind of superior love for us.

7.    The robe Jesus wore (Isaiah 61:10):
Was for power to walk in our identity.
Was for power to walk in holiness living.
 
Calvary is FINAL! It is our total source for power and passion when engaging in spiritual warfare and intimacy with Jesus Christ. Regarding this message, let's pray through faith these areas into the natural, based on Calvary's finished Works (Colossians 2:14-15).
 
Pastor Don Rogers
The Pentecostals of Wisconsin
District Prayer Coordinator
Wisconsin District
(From: WNOP Prayer Connect - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)


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"Spring 90 Day Prayer Journey" from Don and Dy Anne Long
It is almost time again for our Spring 90 Day Prayer Journey for our beloved prodigals.  As in the past, we will begin on Wednesday, April 1. Our theme this year is 'Welcome Home.'

We pray and fast for our prodigals to return, but have we thought about the personal responsibility and commitment of loving them home and then loving them to complete restoration?  Loving prodigals requires a cost; a complete trust in Our Heavenly Father and submitting fully to the process within us and them. 

As the rooster crowed the second time on that early morning in Jerusalem, the Apostle Peter realized what he had done.  He had failed Jesus.  We can only imagine how he must have felt.  Jesus knew.  He didn't send a word of reprimand, or "Remember what I said you would do," or "I told you so." He didn't put him through steps of earning back his place with the eleven. 
 
Peter didn't need to be told how wrong he was.  He already knew just as our beloved prodigals know.  Jesus simply had the young man dressed in white by the tomb that day to include Peter by name, when he announced the instructions to the women where they could go to find Jesus.  That was His 'Welcome Home' sign.  He could return and he would be safe.  Just come home.  Your welcome is waiting.  He even trusted him with the message of The Gospel on The Day of Pentecost.
 
Having the heart of Jesus with our prodigals takes time in His presence and The Word.  It takes much intentional preparation and commitment.  It takes spiritual warfare and rest; rest in our minds and bodies.  It takes persistent childlike faith and trust. 

We love them when they do not deserve to be loved just as Jesus loved us and sacrificed His all for us when we were yet in sin and unlovable.  The heart of Jesus says you may not feel you deserve to be loved but, "I want you home.  You are welcome.  I am here until you are healed and whole.  I won't preach to you.  I won't quote or send scriptures in text.  I won't re-preach sermons.  I won't look for opportune times to manipulate your thoughts.  I won't judge or condemn you when you fall.  I won't try to change you.  I'll trust Jesus to do that.  I'm just going to love you.  His Spirit within you will lead and guide you.  We can trust that process.  You and He will do this together.  With healthy boundaries understood by both of us, I commit to love you until..."
 
As we approach the eleventh 90 Days of Prayers For Our Prodigals Prayer Journey, let us think and pray about The Father in Luke 15.  His heart had been in preparation while waiting for his wayward son.  We don't know how long the son was gone.  We just know that 'gone' can mean anything.  Praying and preparing in trust, takes intentional focus; not on just the son but also on The Father.  When the son returned, the Father's heart received (Greek: dechomai...warmly receptive, welcoming) him.  He had no fear of the days ahead or the restoration process.  His heart was perfectly aligned and prepared. 

Lord, prepare our hearts as we pray for Your covenant children's return to You.  There has been no greater or more important time on God's timeline up to this time for bringing home Your Covenant Sons and Daughters!  Let us be mindful of the work You desire first in us.  Help us to align our 'Welcome Home' with Yours.  In Jesus Name, amen. 

With a deep longing for the harvest,
Don and Dy Anne Long
POA HOPE Prayer...for prodigals and those who love them.
Pentecostals of Alexandria
Email: hopejer3117@aol.com
( Info from: WNOP Prayer Connect - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org )


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A Corporate Prayer against the Coronavirus: A Temple Dedication by Pastor Don Rogers
In I Kings 8:5-40, the real focus was the dedication of Solomon's temple with an emphasis on bringing the Ark of the Covenant back into the temple. The temple dedication is also about you and I during this time of unprecedented attack of the coronavirus on our country. Therefore, we are asking God to hear our prayers corporately for the rededicating of our values, our ambitions, and our personal lifestyles to reflect a greater honor and reverence for God's laws. This is preceded with the rededication of our personal ark, and pursuing intimacy with the covenant God of Israel in fellowship and obedience.
 
The Ark represented the highest form of prayer intimacy for the people of Israel. Lord help us to examine our personal intimacy with You, Oh Lord, in prayer, that we would desire to know You in a deeper way in the fellowship of suffering and be made conformable to Your death. May this be included in our prayers for ourselves, our families, our churches and our nation.
 
Solomon offered burnt animal sacrifices. This represents our repentance to God for the sins of our nation and our churches. We are appealing to God's sovereign love to forgive His people and heal the land according to His ways and law. We are praying for those who do not recognize the sovereignty of the God of Israel, that they would recognize and give glory to the One true God of Israel who controls all human affairs. 
 
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost, the very body that the coronavirus is attacking, is the Body of Christ. We, like Solomon, must rededicate our bodies to the One true God of Israel. To implore his mercies towards our country, our government officials, our medical leaders and our families. To give them wisdom and unity to work together to restore order and civility to our nation, which belongs to you.
 
We ask these things in the Name of Jesus Christ. And we declare King Solomon's words in our corporate prayer together, "Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray..." (I Kings 8:30).
 
Pastor Don Rogers
The Pentecostals of Wisconsin
Wisconsin District Prayer Coordinator
(Information from: WNOP Prayer Connect - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)


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Who is That God?
by Reverend Wilson Hudson
In Daniel chapter 5 there is a phrase that has arrested my attention; it is when the King asked the three Hebrews, Who is "That God" that shall deliver you out of my hand? It would be easy to discuss the call to compromise, to grapple with the difficulty of Daniel's helplessness or the danger of disobeying the Kng's command. But the real focus of our attention should be upon the King who was so sure that His hand was stronger than the one he had never seen in action.

So many in our day have seen what man's hand has been able to accomplish with limited ability and strength. But when faith was placed in the fire, the fire became a platform to reveal the presence of "That God" who was able to deliver His faithful ones in the fire, through the fire, and after the fire.
 
When we take time to ponder how we should pray for those in times of crisis, perhaps these points can be taken from  Daniel chapter 5 to guide us.
 
Pray:

    That what they believe about "That God's" delivering power will become stronger.
    That they will have the courage to stand for "That God," when others fall away.
    That their confidence will not be in the circumstance, or the outcome, but in "That God."
    That they will believe that "That God" was with them in the crowd and in front of the King, and that He will not forsake them in the fire.
    That they will know that when they stand up for "That God," that He will not only stand up for them, but he will stand with them.
    For them to know that it is their unwavering faith in "That God" that sustained them and brought the victory.
    That they will be able to see those who opposed them and that their total trust in "That God," will cause them to confess that "This God" is the only one that can deliver from the hands of men.

Reverend Wilson Hudson
District Prayer Coordinator
West Virginia District
(Information from: WNOP Prayer Connect - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)

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"Understanding in the Midst of the Plague" by Beth Marie Evans.

No matter what comes our way, when we are on God’s side. He will make us overcomers. God promised His people that if they walked in His ways that they would be protected from the diseases of Egypt. The world and Egypt are typified in Biblical terms to mean one and the same.

The plague that has recently come upon the earth should be of no surprise to those who know, believe, and therefore, live God’s word. We shouldn’t be surprised because we know God judged Israel for idol worship and sacrificing their children, which are only two current violations of  His word. Today our children are sacrificed in many ways. Two ways our children are being sacrificed are through abortion and not training children up in the way that they should go. We see the evidence of this today in our world.

It is important that the people of God “understand” that our world is in serious trouble, and those of us that have knowledge must also get understanding. It is not enough to know God’s Word; we must understand what God is saying in this hour. We must demonstrate God’s Word and be able to say to a lost and dying world, “This is the way to go.”We must “understand” God sees what is going on and is beginning to shake and divide.

Hebrews 12:27 says,“Now this, ‘Yet once more,’indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.”The word “shaken” as used here means to cast down from one’s (secure and happy) state, to move, to agitate the mind, to disturb. Many will not understand this, but those who know God must have understanding like the children of Issachar who understood the times and become an expert in war like Zebulun.

Pray...
1. We would have understanding of the times, knowing what we should do (I Chronicles 12:32).
2. We would walk in unity, keeping rank in the Body of Christ(I Chronicles 12:33).
3. We would not be double-minded or allow fear to cause us to lose faith (I Chronicles 12:33).
4. For wisdom to know the difference between what is true and false (James1:5).
5. For understanding to know God in the midst of uncertainty (Proverbs 4:7).
6. That God would enable us to know who He is calling at this time (John 15:16).
7. That the Church will draw close to God, and truly know Him (Matthew 27:22-23).

Please add to this list as God inspires you in prayer. “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright” (Psalms 33:1).

Beth Marie Evans
Prison Ministry/Apostolic Author
International Christian Fellowship
Brookfield, Illinois
(Information from: The Praying Life Newsletter - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)


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Passing Faith in the Miricle Worker to the Next Generation by Mariann Starin.

"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children . . . talk of them when thou sittest . . . walkest . . . liest down, and . . . risest up" (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
 
"The unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and . . . in thee also . . . stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not . . . ashamed of the testimony of our Lord" (II Timothy 1: 5-8).
 
At my mother's funeral, a pastor who was a product of my parents' pioneering ministry in New York testified of how my mother's extraordinary prayer with simple faith caused an extraordinary shift in how he viewed prayer early in his walk with God.
 
During an already difficult financial situation, his house had been robbed. His neighborhood had many drug addicts who stole cash to immediately turn it into drugs in their veins. He came to church devastated, not knowing how he was going to survive the next week. My mother's advice that "We will just pray to Jesus that the thieves will return the money" seemed simply crazy under the circumstances. With no other options, he half-heartedly joined her in her fearless faith-filled prayer.
 
Upon returning home, to this young man's amazement, the thief had returned the full amount with a note of apology. This forever changed this young man's prayer life and relationship with God. He realized that God truly can do the extraordinary; we just simply have to believe that He can and ask.
 
How did my mother, who was raised during the Great Depression with little resources, come to believe this simple fact that we simply expect (believe) and ask (faith) Jesus, the miracle worker to work miracles? Her father had been used by God to pray for the sick and even experienced the dead miraculously raised back to life. His living model caused the prayers for the miraculous to be understood by her as the normal privilege of any child of God. She herself had been miraculously healed of asthma.
 
Although the financial circumstances of my childhood were much better than that of my parents, their living model taught me also to bring concerns to the feet of Jesus, first - no matter what. Fearless faith-filled prayer is the always-available conversation of life with answers and solutions.
 
When I became a Register Professional Nurse, my life and job experiences just reconfirmed that if people understood how much medical professionals do not know, there would be less trouble trusting God. A patient once singled me out from the medical team to thank me for my silent heart-prayer, which only God could have allowed them to see, as the reason for their restored health in their life and death moment.
 
Your living example overcomes doubt and demonstrates to the next generation a pattern of fearless faith-filled prayer to the miracle worker. Train up a child from birth by simply always including them in the prayer process in all life's situation. Pray for and pray with your children; have your children pray for you. You will both be amazed by Jesus, the miracle worker.
 
Note: Mariann Starin is the daughter of pioneering church planters and a Register Professional Nurse. She and her husband, Mark, have been Global Missions-Representative to The Middle East since 1984. She is mother of Angelica and Alexander and grandmother of two.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2020 Newsletter - UPCI LM - ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)


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Miracles Still Happen Today by Anne Johnston.

"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." (Isaiah 65:24)
 
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a miracle as "an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs."  A miracle is an event so marvelous that it seems it was sent from above.
 
Sometimes, we may not realize we are receiving a miracle until we look back later and realize just how events have transpired. "God takes circumstances and adds the power of the miraculous."
 
A couple of years ago, I was experiencing a lot of pain in my chest and arms, so the cardiologist sent me for a nuclear heart scan. They found nothing wrong with my heart but advised my family doctor that there was a suspicious lump.
 
After several mammograms and ultrasounds, a growth was discovered, and surgery was scheduled. Thankfully, they got it all and results were that I would not need chemo or radiation.
Because routine mammograms are not done here in Quebec for someone my age, if the heart scan had not seen a problem, the cancer would probably not have been discovered until it had progressed to something far more serious. Thank the Lord it was small and discovered early.
 
Through prayer, God gave me peace through the whole process and His assurance that whatever happened, He was in complete control.
 
"The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion" (Psalm 20:1-2).
 
It is so wonderful to belong to the great family of God and know that we can depend on their prayers when we are facing situations in our lives. Thank God for my miracle.
I believe in miracles, and I know that the Lord performed one in my life. He was in complete control through the entire process.  I give Him the thanks and the glory for what He has done.
 
Note: Anne Johnston is a graduate of UPBI (now Northeast Christian College) in New Brunswick is a minister's kid who has been involved in various aspects of gospel work most of her life. A mother of three and grandmother of six, she attends West Island United Pentecostal Church in Pointe Claire, QC and is a member of The King's Translators.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2020 Newsletter - UPCI LM - ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)


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Shut and Locked by Mary Loudermilk

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” (John 20:19, ESV)
Life has taken some unusual twists and turns for all of us in recent days. Our minds are filled with questions as we try to understand how things could have changed so rapidly. Our schedules are altered (or canceled) and social interactions are limited. New phrases mix into our conversations as we talk about “sheltering in place” and “social distancing.” Many of us had never heard of coronavirus until it crashed into our comfortable world a few weeks ago. Now uncertainty surrounds us. We are limited in what we can do and where we can go.

This week while thinking of various friends now facing difficult situations, I realized I cannot be there in person for them. One friend lost a family member. Another is currently in a rehab facility with no visitors allowed. Still another is a shut-in with health issues. A fourth is out of the country and alone. Because of current restrictions, I am limited to calls, texts, and email messages. As I prayed for each one, I realized how limited I am in what I can do. But then God reminded me that while I have limitations, He does not.

John 20:19 is part of a passage of scripture relating events following Jesus’ resurrection. Suddenly, life as the disciples knew it no longer existed. For over three years they had walked and talked with Jesus. Their hearts were stirred as they heard His teachings and saw Him perform the miraculous. Now? Now they were hiding, locked in with their fears and uncertainty. Where should they go? What should they do?

Then Jesus stepped into the locked room.

“Peace be with you.” Yes, peace was exactly what His disciples needed. His presence in their midst and the words He spoke allowed them to look to the future. This moment in time was not the end. It was the beginning of something even greater than what they had previously known.

As I meditated and prayed that evening, God reminded me of some things.

    Walls cannot lock Him in or keep Him out.
    Borders do not restrict His movement.
    Viruses do not cause Him to fear.
    Regulations do not limit Him from coming near us.

God has no limitations on what He can do. I may not understand how He will use this current situation for His glory, but I don’t have to understand. All I need to do is trust.

When the children of Israel left Egypt on their journey to the Promised Land, they found themselves in a difficult place. The sea was behind them and a wilderness lay ahead. At that point, they saw very little to encourage them. But God had a plan to draw Pharaoh and his army into position so He could destroy them. God’s reality was very different from the people’s perception.

“For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in’” (Exodus 14:3, NKJV).

It may look like we are bewildered by current circumstances and that we are shut in by a wilderness, but in reality, God will use the things happening in our lives for our good and His glory. I cannot be with my friends during these difficult times, but God will be. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Nothing is impossible when He steps into the room.

Don’t put limitations on God’s power. He has none.

Information from: Pure Ministry - UPCI Ladies Ministries - ladiesconnections@upci.org


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Keep Trusting by Karen Harding
One of my favorite hymns is "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus." I want to encourage someone today to keep trusting. Turn it over to Jesus. It is so hard, when we are going through something, to relinquish control. The thing is, when we let go, He takes over. I'd rather let Jesus work it out. He knows a lot more than I do. He knows what's best for me.
   
Get into His Word. Trust him. Jeremiah 32:27 says, "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?" The answer is no! Lord, there is nothing too hard for You."

I trust Him. He has never failed me. He will never fail you either. His Word declares, "And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him" (Psalm 37:40). He is waiting for us to let Him help. Psalms 121:1-2 reminds us to do this: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."

We don't have to know how He will do it; we just need to trust that He will. He will give us peace. He will answer our prayers. He still heals. He is still our provider. He is still a way maker. He is everything we need. Don't stay up all night worrying about things. Let Him stay up and handle it. Let Him work it out. Stop fretting and start trusting. God's got this. Can somebody say amen?

Information from: Pure Ministry - UPCI Ladies Ministries - ladiesconnections@upci.org


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Praying During the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic
By Lisa Marshall, Global Missions Prayer Leader

In this time of uncertainty, the church must look to God for our answers, our protection, and our hope. While the needs are great, we must not forget that our God is greater. During these tumultuous times, we may not be able to gather for prayer together, however we can pray confidently knowing when our faith unites with His power, all things are possible.
Prayer Guide
Declare the Sovereignty of God. Praise Him for being:

    our Savior, Lord and King
    the Great Physician who can heal as well as reveal insights for medical treatments
    the Prince of Peace who can calm panic, reduce fear, and bring unity
    the Wonderful Counselor who gives wisdom and brings comfort
    the Almighty, for whom nothing is too hard

    Pray for an end to the virus's spread. The coronavirus did not take God by surprise; He is still governing and sustaining the world. Pray for God's healing mercy and that He would graciously bring this pandemic to an end. Pray for healing for all those affected by the virus.

    Pray for the worldwide Body of Christ. Pray we will rise to the occasion and be a shining light to people and societies that are filled with fear. Pray that in the midst of fear, people will get desperate and turn to God and Truth. Pray for a worldwide harvest of prodigals.

    Pray for government leaders. At all times, Christians are called to pray for those in positions of authority (1 Timothy 2:2). This is especially true during a time of national emergency. Pray for the president, vice president and his team, governors, mayors, and all those making decisions related to public health and safety. Pray for a spirit of bipartisanship as lawmakers work together to protect people. Help them to know what to do, when to do it and the proper steps to take. (Daniel 2:21b-22)

    Pray for healthcare workers and first responders. Pray Psalm 91 protection upon doctors, nurses, emergency responders, and other medical professionals who are doing research on the coronavirus.

     Pray for church leaders. Pastors around the country are making difficult decisions related to public worship and the safety of their members. Pray that pastors will have wisdom to faithfully shepherd the congregations under their care, even if they are unable to physically gather (I Peter 5:2). Pray that Christians will love their neighbors well during this time (Mark 12:31).

    Pray for the vulnerable. Authorities tell us that those immuno-compromised people are especially at risk as the virus spreads. Pray for protection for the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, and those facing financial hardship. Pray for students who are being required to vacate university and college housing with very little notice. Over the next few weeks, there will be many opportunities to meet tangible needs. Pray that God's people meet these opportunities with wisdom and grace (Matthew 25:35-40).

    Pray for honest reporting. Christians should pray for those in the news media. Pray that reporters and journalists would accurately report updates about the status of the virus, and not seek to peddle conspiracies, politicize the threat, or stoke fear where it is unwarranted.

    Pray for the economy. Pray the economy will recover quickly from this unexpected pandemic. Pray that the necessary supplies the public needs will be replenished in a timely manner.

    Pray for a spirit of generosity. During this time, churches will face a loss of income at a time when there are many opportunities to meet physical needs. Pray that God's people will manifest a spirit of generosity and sacrificially give of their time and resources to meet needs that will arise (II Corinthians 9:6-8).

    Pray for a posture of trust. Scripture teaches us that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (II Timothy 1:7). Pray for enduring faith during this season of heightened fear, anxiety, and confusion. Appropriate precautions should be taken, but Christians must continue to rely on God and trust His purposes and plans (Romans 8:28).

     Pray for the spread of the gospel. In this time of great anxiety, pray that God's people would be ready to meet the world with the comfort and hope that only the good news of Jesus Christ can offer.

     Pray for the family and friends who have lost loved ones. To date, thousands of people have died as a result of the coronavirus. Pray for those grieving the loss of these people. Pray for healing and wellness for those who were in close contact with these victims before they passed.

(Information from: Pure Ministry - UPCI Ladies Ministries - ladiesconnections@upci.org)


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Still Raising the Dead by Rhonda Burk.


Without realizing it, we are teaching our children continuously. Through the words we speak, the actions we take and what they hear in the house of God, these will form our children for the rest of their lives. Proverbs 22:6 tells us, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." This scripture is a promise many need to be reminded to hold on to.
 
Brother Erik was raised by a mother who taught him to pray. He not only had witnessed a beautiful life of prayer, but now, with children of his own, it was time to put what he had learned into practice. He, his wife Tara, and their children Meagan, Nolan, and Mason loved living away from it all. One of the benefits of living outside of town was the privilege of owning their own farm animals. Meagan took a strong liking toward chickens, and they began buying her a few. This story is about one of those chickens, who was ironically named "Darkness."
 
As the family prepared to leave home for the day, no one thought anything about the container of water left close to the chickens. Darkness, however, was a little too curious and fell into the water while they were away for the day. Upon returning home, Megan found the horrible site of Darkness floating, stiff as a board, in the water. He had been in the water long enough for it to steal all of the life and light out of Darkness. Sadness gripped the heart of these parents, but the faith that was passed down from grandmother gripped Meagan's heart.
 
"We have to pray, daddy," yelled Meagan. And for a few minutes pray they did, while holding the stiff body of Darkness in their arms. Nothing. No movement. This is when Meagan stood firm upon a belief that had been drilled into her since she could understand English. "But you said God can do ANYTHING, if we pray in Jesus name that ANYTHING is possible. Please, Daddy, let's pray again." By faith, Meagan stretched her uncut hair across Darkness.
 
It was a couple of hours later when the sputtering, choking sounds of life coming back into the body of Darkness, turned the praying into praising. God had once again fulfilled his Word and His promise. Darkness was full of light and Meagan's faith was impacted for life.
 
"When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also" (II Timothy 1:5).
 
Note: Rhonda Burk, Illinois District ladies President, is a sinner saved by grace, a student first and then a teacher, a blessed wife, mother of three, grandmother of five, licensed minister with UPCI, and First Lady at Landmark, Bethalto, Illinois.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl April 2020 Newsletter - UPCI LM - ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)


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A Focus on God’s Attributes

I’ve always been able to hold up my end of a conversation without difficulty. Except, that is, when it came to prayer, and particularly when I tried to express my praise to God. Attempting to begin and end my prayer times with praise and adoration, I often found myself flat-out speechless. I wanted to praise God with all that was within me, but I couldn’t think of one sensible thing to say. I recently read a book called Invading the Privacy of Godby Cecil “Cec”Murphey. The book describes how Cec’s prayer life was revolutionized when he settled on the practice of praying God’s attributes as praise. I began  imitating  that  practice  in  my  own  times  of  praise,  and  over  the  course  of  a  few  months,  I developed a “program of praise” that has proven wonderfully helpful. It has opened a door for me, and my praises to God now flow freely from my heart and lips during prayer. I focus on one attribute of my awesome God and Father each day, using the Scripture-based sentencesas “praise starters.” At the end of each month, I start the list over, combining traits when the month is shorter than 31 days.

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(From: The Praying Life - World Network of Prayer - wnopadmins@upci.org)


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A Passion To Pray by Tim Massengale.

In  the  opinion  of  many,  of  the  many  spiritual  disciplines nothing  is more  important  than  prayer. Nothing will quite impact our spiritual development like a well-developed prayer life. However, prayer has sadly become one of the most neglected of disciplines in our hurried lives. If you hunger for a closer  walk  with  God,  the  following  six  points  will  help  you  to  develop  your  prayer  life  in  a  more meaningful way.

The importance of prayer. With God, everything revolves around relationship. God desires you to know Him, to love Him, and to make Him the number one priority of your life. While He desires our service, it falls a distant second to relationship.

In Luke 10:38 we read of Jesus in the home of Mary and Martha. Martha was focused on service, taking care of her guests. In contrast, Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and drank in the words that Jesus spoke. Martha complained that Mary was not helping. Jesus told her that Mary “hath chosen that good part” and that Martha should not be so “careful and troubled about many things."

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