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It takes the same amount of energy to worry as it does to pray. One will lead to heighten anxiety and stress and one will lead to peace.
In the mist of all that is going on today, prayer is one of the most powerful tools you have to deal with these current events. As you pray remember the following 6 things:
1) Praise God
2) Thank God for what he has done for you
3) Ask for forgiveness
4) Pray for the needs of others
5) Let God know what is on your mind
6) Ask for His will to be done
(1) Take a moment to stop and think about all that God has done. Looking at the broad picture, one will realize that only God could have done what you see around you. Therefore, He rightly deserves our praise!
1 Cronicles 16:25 – “For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised:”
(2) After looking around for a moment and marveling at all His glory, focus in on what He has specifically done for you. Chances are you will recall many things but they will only be a fraction of what He has actually done in your life.
PS100:4 – “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
(3) Perhaps the best way to cover your bases when asking for forgiveness is to say forgive me Lord for my sins, those I know of and those I failed to recognize.
PS 86:5 – “For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and abundant in mercy unto all them that call upon you”
(4) As you pray, also pray for others and remember as you receive your answers someone may have prayed for you.
1 Timothy 2:1 – “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.”
(5) Think about what you really need. Avoid the temptation to give God a to-do list. He wants to hear from you but remember, He already knows your real needs.
Phil 4:6 “…tell God what you need..”
(6) And finally, you probably don’t need this reminder but when you think sometimes that the answer you got to your prayer was not the one you wanted recall
Luke 22;42 “… Not My will, but Thine be done”.
And in summary:
PHIL4:6 – “Don’tworry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7Then you will experience God’speace, which exceeds anything we can understand. Hispeacewill guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
John 12: 12-16
12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
The King of Israel!”
14 Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:
15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
Behold, your King is coming,
Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”
16 His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.
It is difficult to know what exactly what the multitude thought about Jesus. Did they really understand that He was the Son of God? Or did they look at Him as a King who would deliver them from the Roman oppression? Some were authentic in their worship and knew who Jesus was, but many had no real heart interest in the Lord. Hosanna means “Save now, we pray you.” Many people shouted that the day Jesus entered, but sadly for many the worship wasn’t real. They lifted their hands and shouted, but nothing was coming from the heart. For us, many times we raise our hands, we sing the songs, and sometimes we even cry; but our hearts remain silent. God is not looking for worship or praise from the outside, but He is looking for the praise and worship from the heart. Take time this week and reflect on Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. He wasn’t riding in to be crowned, but to be nailed to a cross for you and for me. He rode in as the sacrificial lamb for the sins of the world.
Hey Kids check out this video: https://youtu.be/Q0yI0X-b8kc
Hi Kids! Watch this Video on Jonah then answer the following questions with your family.
We have been learning about being a humble servant just like Jesus.
Who can tell me what the meal was called that Jesus shared with His disciples?
What did Jesus do as a humble act of service for His disciples at that meal?
What did He tell His disciples to do, also?
Wednesday Night Video: https://youtu.be/bna2nI2Lmgg
Wednesday Night Questions
- With all the suffering in the world, do you believe that God still cares about you? Why?
- When it comes to dealing with hard situations or dealing with people you disagree with, do you find yourself being someone that is disobedient, a deserter, or someone that is defiant? Why?
- Why is it important to think before you act?
- What usually happens when you react on your emotions?
A verse by verse study of Mark: