House of Prayer and Celebration

Mid-Willamette Valley Prayer Group (HOPC)

January 15, 2014 9:40 PM
by Roger

Thursday AM Prayer Focus - For New Jobs

January 15, 2014 9:40 PM by Roger

Please pray for new companies to come to Albany.   Also for existing companies to thrive and prosper and grow creating more jobs.   Pray for empty storefronts, warehouses, business offices to be filled.   Pray for new major employers to come to Albany.  Please pray for laid-off workers from Ray's Food Market and Albertson's to find other work quickly.

January 8, 2014 10:21 PM
by Roger

Thursday AM Prayer Focus - 13566b

January 8, 2014 10:21 PM by Roger

"What kind of prayer focus is that?   It doesn't mean anything to me".  Many prayers are like that - they really don't mean anything to the One who hears it.   Oh, I don't mean to insult the Omniscient God of the Universe.   He know what we are thinking and feeling.  He know what we want, and what we truly need.  But perhaps what we are asking is as foreign to His purpose and plan for us as the numeric code above.

 

True prayer isn't at all about what we want.  But it's all about what God wants. 1 John 5:14-15.  We don't know how to pray,  Romans 8:28.   I believe that true prayer starts with God wanting to do something in our SAR  (Spiritual Area of Responsibility).   So He reveals His thoughts and feeling to us 1 Corinthians 2:10-13   When we ask Him to do the very thing He wants to do, He then is free to act accordingly.

 

If we don't have a clear idea of what to pray,  let's spend the time praising and worshiping Him with hearts full of gratitude.

January 1, 2014 7:26 PM
by Roger

Thursday AM Prayer Focus - For tender hearts

January 1, 2014 7:26 PM by Roger

Heb.4:7,  "... Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts."

Today could be 'a back to normal routine' kind of day.  Take down the holiday decor, shampoo the rug,  wipe the grandkids' finger prints off of the window.   Back to work - gotta pay for all the bills coming   We resolve to try harder at being good.  Gotta eat smaller portions for a while, but all in all, life goes on.   It's a new year.  But many things don't change at all.

 

But everything could be different.   When God speaks into our lives everything changes -  if we will accept what He says to us.   Hebrews 4 tells us of a Sabbath rest for the people of God - a day in which we quit striving,  pushing to make something happen.  God calls us to a life where we relax, trusting in the finished work of Christ.  He invites us to enter into His rest,  His completed work.  What are you striving for?   Let it go.

 

Let's pray for ourselves and for one another to have tender hearts that hear His voice.

December 18, 2013 9:49 PM
by Roger

Thursday AM Prayer Focus - Joy for our city

December 18, 2013 9:49 PM by Roger

The angel told the shepherds "glad tiding of great joy for all the people ..."  Luke 2:10

This joy is not just for us who know the story,  it's for all the people.  It's for everyone in our city.   Let's pray for this joy to be ours this year,  for joy in the stores,  for joy in busy traffic,  for joy in the workplace,  in our schools,  in our homes,  in our churches.

 

Let's pray for joy unspeakable and full of glory.  But then, let's make every effort to express it to our neighbors.

 

There is a remedy for the holiday stress.   It's good news of great joy in the incarnation.   There is a remedy for the loneliness, depression, and desperation that settles into a soul at Christmas time.   It's glad tiding of great joy for all the people.  A Savior was born who saved us to the uttermost.   Let's pray for outbursts of joy - for everyone.

December 11, 2013 9:49 PM
by Roger

Thursday AM Prayer Focus - For self discipline to live within our means

December 11, 2013 9:49 PM by Roger

TV commercials pressure us and especially our children to think that we have to have stuff.   Banks and credit card companies do not talk about responsible use of money, but rather on managing our debt, which is assumed to be a normal part of life.   Family traditions, memories from our past, false guilt, manipulations, and pride goad us into bigger and better, more impressive gifts than what we previously gave. 

 

Can we pray for ourselves, and for one another, that we would include something of ourselves in the gifts we give,  that we would value a personal touch above a store-bought item,  that God would enable us to bless those we give a gift to and not just meet some imaginary obligation.

 

Can we pray for families in our community to not spend money they don't have

December 4, 2013 8:29 PM
by Roger

Thursday AM Prayer Focus - Lonely, grieving, depressed

December 4, 2013 8:29 PM by Roger

In our blessings of this Advent season, let's be sensitive to those around us that feel their loneliness even heavier at Christmas,  and those who are grieving the loss of a loved one and this is the first Christmas without them,  and those who habitually enter into a dysfunctional depression every year about this time.    

 

Lord, would you give us Your eyes to see these people?    Please grant to us an opportunity to encourage and comfort those with Your Holy Spirit's comfort.   And then, Lord grant us grace to interrupt our agenda to touch them with a smile, a word, a prayer, and even more as You direct us.

November 20, 2013 9:06 PM
by Roger

Thursday AM Prayer Focus - Blessed are the peacemakers

November 20, 2013 9:06 PM by Roger

A week from today is our Thanksgiving holiday.  Many families will gather together for a holiday meal.  Some of those families have broken relationships, tensions, even open conflict.  Today, let's pray for

 

1. estranged family members to be willing to come to the gathering.

2. God's abounding grace to help everyone to show consideration and honor to all family members

3. a "peacemaker" to find a key to unlock the prison-house of unforgiveness.

4. reconciliation and restoration.

5. grateful hearts. 

November 13, 2013 9:15 PM
by Roger

Thursday AM Prayer Focus - Feeling the heart of God

November 13, 2013 9:15 PM by Roger

Angry about injustice?     Worried about a loved one who is out of control?   Heartbroken over the plight of the poor,  maybe even someone you know,   maybe even someone in your own family?   Concerned over a friend or neighbor in a troubled marriage.   Are you wanting to do something to help?    Before you pray,  ask yourself,  "Where do those feelings come from"?   They are nothing less than a reflection of God's heart.   He feels those very things and shares His heart with you so that you may pray.   And when you pray,  you are asking Him to do the very thing He wants to do.  Expect Him to act.

 

"And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out (without measure) into our hearts, by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."   Romans 5:5

November 6, 2013 10:22 PM
by Roger

Thursday AM Prayer Focus - Only believe

November 6, 2013 10:22 PM by Roger

Jarius came to Jesus because his daughter was dying.  He had heard about Jesus and thought that He might help.  Jesus agreed but was caught up in a traffic jam.  We know that feeling of frustration.  Desperately late and hitting every red light in town.

 

Finally, it was too late.  Someone came from Jarius' house to say, "Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher any more."    We can feel that hope evaporating into thin air.  And we can feel the heavy dark sadness overcoming the heart of Jarius.

 

Jesus heard the report and turned immediately to Jarius saying, "Do not be afraid,  only believe, and she shall be saved."   We know the rest of the story, of how Jesus raised this 12 year old girl up from the dead.  But listen to this instruction to Jarius.   In the light of devastating news,  don't give into hopelessness.   Only Believe.   It's never too late for Jesus.  And nothing is impossible for Him.

 

Do you have bad news that you have just received?   Only believe.  Don't stop believing. Jesus is on His way and you will have what you requested of Him.

October 30, 2013 10:15 PM
by Roger

Thursday AM Prayer Focus - a real life

October 30, 2013 10:15 PM by Roger

I suppose all of us have always had a yearning at times to escape reality.  That is not a new modern trouble with our culture.    It's just that we have gotten to be so good at it.

 

Consider mood altering drugs and alcohol.  We can change the way we feel about almost anything or anyone with chemicals.

Consider plastic surgery.  We can alter our appearance to the point of no recognition.   If I were wanting a daughter to look like my beautiful wife, wouldn't it be good to know that the appearance of my wife was a true representation of her family's genetic pool?

Consider the wonders of our electronic communications.   I don't have to interact with a checker at the grocery store.  I don't have to have a personal phone conversation.   I don't even have to go outside, if I don't want to.  I can recreate an electronic fireplace scene,  an electronic aquarium,  I can take virtual tours of buildings and cities.   I can drive down the streets  of Queens, NY looking at all the storefronts and apartment buildings, without ever leaving Albany, OR.

 

Of course every grade school boy and girl knows that zombies and vampires are real

 

Maybe we have lost a bit of reality.  Could we ask God to keep us connected to those parts of life that are real, even if they hurt, or frighten, or frustrate us.