Wonderful message girls, praying Doug gets to feeling much better soon, God Bless!
“I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”
I remember when I first became a preacher and had just taken the role of Senior Pastor at a particular church. I was preaching on today’s passage from John about how Jesus prayed for believers. At the end of the sermon, a man came to me with tears in his eyes and said, “Pastor, that’s wonderful… Jesus is praying for me!”
You know, I had never thought about it like that. Jesus’ prayer nearly 2000 years ago has just as much impact on us today as it did the day He prayed it. It’s as if He’s right here with us today, praying for us at every turn.
So let me ask you a question: If you knew that Jesus Christ was praying for you right now, would that make a difference in the way you face life each and every day? If you knew the living Son of God had His hands on you praying over you, then it should change everything!
Time and distance make no difference. Jesus Christ’s prayer is affecting you right now. And you can face the challenges and the battles of life knowing that He has approached the Father for you. Do you believe that? If so, live your life with an unbreakable resolve to make a powerful difference for His name!
Pastor Jack Graham
BECAUSE JESUS PRAYS FOR YOU, YOU CAN OVERCOME ANY CIRCUMSTANCE AND MAKE A POWERFUL DIFFERENCE FOR HIS NAME!
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
(Isaiah 43:18, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Too often, people spend so much time and energy dwelling on the past, dwelling on mistakes, or dwelling on disappointments. They don’t even realize that their focus is keeping them from moving forward in life. But in order to fully experience God’s blessings, you have to let go of those past hurts; you have to forget the former things to make room for the new.
God has a new beginning in store for you, and the way you prepare for it is by getting rid of the old. Don’t spend time focusing on where you’ve been; spend time focusing on where you’re going. When you “forget the former things,” it means you’re not worried about the past anymore. You don’t allow it to dictate your future. You may remember past events, but you don’t feel the pain like you used to. You’ve opened your heart to receive God’s healing. Begin today by declaring that your past is over! Forget the former things and receive the restoration and victory God has in store for you!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for the life of blessing and victory You have prepared for me. I choose to forget the past. I choose to forgive. I choose to open my heart to You and receive everything You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
"For God’s mercy reaches unto the heavens, and His truth unto the clouds" (Psalm 57:10, NKJV).