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Stop Apologizing and Start Praying

Is your relationship with God only skin deep? The answer to that question depends a great deal on how “comfortable you are in your own skin”.

It seems that we live in a time where people are constantly apologizing for everything under the sun. At times, we may even apologize for being ourselves and spend a lot of our time and resources trying to be like someone else.

God is not interested in a superficial relationship where we recite in our prayers all the things about ourselves that we want God to change. Even worse, God is not pleased when we put together a long list of things we want Him to change about others.

Although we may be members of the family of God, the Bible tells us that all the members do not have the same function. By His grace, God gave everyone unique qualities and spiritual gifts as He saw fit. [Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-13:13, and Ephesians 4:4-13]

God intended for us to live without apology by praising Him through the use of our God-given talents and abilities to fulfill His purpose for our lives.

When we are “comfortable in our own skin” and praise God for who we are by His grace, we reveal a deep and trusting relationship with God.

Click the link below and be encouraged through this song to live life without apology.

And remember, “the family that prays together stays together”. So stop apologizing as if God made a mistake when He made us. Start praying prayers of thanks with others to have a closer walk with God and to stay connected to one another.


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The Science of Prayer

Have your prayers been answered lately? That may depend on whether you have the right formula which can be found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

God has given an abundance of information in the Bible on prayer, yet so many people wonder why their prayers are not answered.

2 Chronicles 7:14 includes five (5) important variables in the equation of answered prayer: 1) People who are called by God’s name; 2) People who humble themselves; 3) People who pray; 4) People who seek God’s face; 5) People who turn from their wicked ways.

When you add all of those components together, God declared that it is then that He will hear from heaven….

Just think about that for a moment.

The sun is 92.96 million miles from the earth, the moon is 238,900 miles from the earth, and the farthest two stars in the Milky Way Galaxy are 775,000 light years and 900,000 light years away from the earth.

Yet, God can still hear our prayers.

One light year is nearly six trillion miles, which is 9.4607 kilometers * 1012and light travels at 186,000 miles per second (300,000 kilometers per second).

Yet, God can still hear our prayers.

God has created the most powerful communication tool in the universe–prayer. Prayer is not limited by distance, space, or time and neither is God limited by distance, space, or time. Click the link below to gain a better appreciation for the science of prayer.

The Bible gives us the formula for God to hear and answer our prayers. So use God’s formula and remember, “the family that prays together stays together”.


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Transform Your Chains 

Chains are often associated with bondage and oppression. But did you ever think about how chains are actually a series of unbroken connections?

 As we reflect this month on the tragic irony of how chains were used to break generations of families apart, we can be encouraged and empowered by God’s word to transform symbolic chains that separate families today.

 Rather than complain about work schedules that limit time together with your family, make your work schedules a subject of prayer. Rather than struggle with being home sick while at school and far away from family and friends, again make this a subject of prayer.

 Whatever challenges you are facing, make them a subject of prayer and watch how God will transform your chains to become testimonies of deliverance and prayers of praise to God.

 In fact, your relationship with God and others will grow stronger as you become a source of encouragement and support by praying and sharing God’s Word.

 The Bible says, “But as many as receive Him (The Word of God), to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” [John 1:12 NKJV]

 As members of the family of God, try creating family prayer chains to bind your hearts closer to God and one another.

 Each family member may contribute to an electronic prayer chain (e.g. send a text message or email with a scripture text and a prayer to a different family member each day or rotate who you are praying for each week).

 And remember, “the family that prays together stays together”. So start a family prayer chain and stay connected to God and each other.

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Prayer Leads to a Love Connection

Did it ever occur to you that prayer can lead to a genuine “love connection” with God?

Communication is a key ingredient of a close relationship and prayer is simply a form of communication with God.

Now this is the point where some people will say that they don’t know how to pray.

No problem!

God is so wise that He made sure that we always have someone (the Holy Spirit) to translate what is on our heart, so that we never have to worry about knowing what to pray for or misunderstandings due to communication issues.

Romans 8:26-27 says, “…the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

In fact, Romans 8:31-35 points out that our risen Lord, Jesus Christ, also makes intercession for us. This scripture reminds us that God is willing to freely give us all things and that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

As a member of God’s family, with both the Holy Spirit and Jesus praying for you, don’t let anything stop you from taking time each day to pray and talk to God.

And remember, “the family that prays together stays together”. So pray and stay connected to God.

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