We are given power…

“… we are given power to meet the demands and the needs that are waiting for us in the ministry yet to come.

From my morning readings in “The Power of His Presence” by Ray C. Stedman.

 Moon Rise behind the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm by “Caveman Chuck” Coker

Moon Rise behind the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, a photo by “Caveman Chuck” Coker on Flickr.

I always think the power must come from me.  I’m doing this, aren’t I?  But no.  Things go much better if I look to Him for the wisdom and the power.

Our circumstances may not change…

“Our circumstances may not change as a result of our time in prayer, but we will be changed. The problem or crisis we’ve prayed about – the chronic illness, the shattered relationship, the financial struggle – may still be there. But something will be changed within us: the inexplicable peace of God will displace our anxious thoughts.”

from “Friend of God, the Legacy of Abraham, Man of Faith” by Ray C. Stedman

Bible Study by .:[ Melissa ]:.
Bible Study, a photo by .:[ Melissa ]:. on Flickr.

Our tendency is always to ask God to change the world in answer to our prayers.  But sometimes it is much more fruitful to ask Him to change us, to change our hearts, to change our expectations.  I often find that, when I am feeling lost, alone, overwhelmed by things in my life, prayer helps me remember that God is always beside me.  If I feel alone, it’s because I am facing the wrong direction.  I need to remember to turn around, and see the loving Father who is always there.

 

What is the function of the fruit of the Spirit?

“What is the function of the fruit of the Spirit? Why does God enable these qualities of love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, patience, meekness, and self-control shine forth from our lives? Is it for our private enjoyment? No, God produces the fruit of the Spirit in our lives so that we can share this fruit with others.”

from “Friend of God, the Legacy of Abraham, Man of Faith” by Ray C. StedmanGuatemala: compartiendo manzanas by xeni

Guatemala: compartiendo manzanas, a photo by xeni on Flickr.

Sharing.  That is what NeedlePrayer is about for me.  It’s sharing my joy, my sadness, my longing, my faith. It’s about reaching out to others, offering them the road to the blessings God has given me.

 

The greatest force…

“The greatest force in the world today, without a doubt, is love. And yet it is the kind of power that does not threaten or break apart or destroy; it gathers and heals. … So the dove is an apt symbol of the new life our Lord came to teach.”

From my morning readings in “The Power of His Presence” by Ray C. Stedman.

 

Holy Spirit by h.koppdelaney

Holy Spirit, a photo by h.koppdelaney on Flickr.  Used under Creative Commons Attribution License.

The power of love is something each of us can own and claim.  It is there for us regardless of our class, job, strength, health, intelligence.  We can claim the dove and do His work, in our everyday life, by the little things as well as the big.

Faith is the answer to fear…

“This is why people become afraid – because they lose faith. Faith is the answer to fear

“‘Remember, the boat will not sink, and the storm will not last forever. That is having faith – to remember those facts.”

From my morning readings in “The Power of His Presence” by Ray C. Stedman.

Jesus calming the sea by cruisingat60
Jesus calming the sea, a photo by cruisingat60 on Flickr.

When I’m having a bad spell or things are going wrong, it’s easy to get sidetracked into anxiety.  But once I remember to take it to God, all is easier.  The boat will not sink – I will make it through my troubles with God’s help – and the storm will not last forever.

The Spirit descending on Him like a dove…

“The Spirit of God must come upon us. This is not so that we can perform dramatic acts, but, rather, so that we can have a new quality of life that is beautiful and resistless, yet quiet and gentle.”

From my morning readings in “The Power of His Presence” by Ray C. Stedman.

Saturday Early Morning by Recovering Sick Soul
Saturday Early Morning, a photo by Recovering Sick Soul on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons Attribution License.