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"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised," Psalm 113:3.

Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, majestic, wonderous, highly exalted and to be praised. Thank You for Your abundant blessings. Transform us into Your image as we gaze on You and praise Your name.


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Friday
Jan232015

ENGAGE: Gather for Prayer

"For where two or three have gathered together in My nameI am there in their midst."

Matthew 18:20 NAS 

"I don't like to pray out loud." Several people have told me that through the years in response to my invitation to join me for prayer. But did you know that it is Biblical for Christians to gather to pray; that it invites Christ's presence? Just knowing that makes me want to stop typing and schedule two or three of us to pray every hour every day for the rest of my life. Taking the time to stop what we're doing for the sole purpose of going to the throne room is POWERFUL! "Do I have to pray out loud?" you may ask. No - I don't see anything in the Scripture where it says they held hands and took turns praying out loud. What it does say is that Jesus taught the disciples to pray, "Our Father." If His suggestion was that we always ONLY prayed alone, wouldn't His model prayer have been, "My Father"? If alone time prayer was ALL that was necessary, why did Jesus take "along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while HE was praying..." (Luke 9:28)  If alone time prayer was ALL that was necessary why did Jesus take to Gethsemane "with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee," while He prayed? (Matthew 26:37) If there were not power in collectively gathering for prayer, then why does Scripture record that in response to Jesus' final words beofre His ascension, "they returned to Jerusalem.... And went up to the upper room ...These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer"? (Acts 1:12-14) Are you missing out on Christ's presence "in your midst" at a prayer gathering - all because your mind goes to how "good" you think you pray? The next time someone invites you to join them for prayer, switch your thoughts from yourself to the glorious reality of Christ's words, "For where two or three have gathered together in My nameI am there in their midst." 

Prayers of My Heart JOURNALING TIP: WEEK at a GLANCE: USE "SOUND BITES." In the squares under the columns of those for whom you're praying, record only the key words of your prayer. For instance, my heart's prayer after worshipping God as HOLY may be, "Lord, increase Keith's and my hearts hunger for holiness." What I record across the squares under our names is the shortened "sound bite": Hunger for holiness." It's exciting to pray MORE PURPOSEFULLY as I fix my eyes in worship on who God is, and know HIS GOAL is to transform us into HIS image.

If you haven't attended a P.R.A.Y. with Passion Conf, based on my book, Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion, come! FEB 21, 9-12 in my home church, Kerrville, TX. Email:mpdanks@tbck.org to register. Email Greg Peschel (gpeschel@tbck.org) to set up a live stream SIMULCAST in your church.

ENGAGE in PRAYER in 2015  

1) USE a PRAYER JOURNAL. WHY? Even if you don't use it regularly, occassional use willl prompt in your mind God's goodness, the prayers He has answered, and your thankfulness to Him.

2) Be a part of a P.R.A.Y. with Passion ACROSS the NATION CONFERENCE. WHY? FEB 21 Kerrville, TX or APRIL 25 Watson, LA.   Invite Debbie to bring the P.R.A.Y. with Passion Conf to your church. Assembling together puts us in a position to hear God and be prompted by His Spirit so we mature and pray more purposefully and live more passionately for Christ. 

Heavenly Father, rouse each of us to engage in prayer for our families, churches, neighbors, and nation with new resolve and fervor. Open our eyes to see the enemy so we take prayer seriously.

Engage in Prayer. Engage P.R.A.Y. with Passion Conference

Friday
Jan092015

ENGAGE: Prayer, Faith, Fasting

"...this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."

Matthew 17:21NAS

Jesus's words caught me by surprise. "You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to me." Matthew 17:17. To whom was Jesus speaking? A hardened Pharisee who discounted His ability to perform miracles? A Sadducee trying to trick Jesus? It was neither. Rather, Jesus's words were spoken in the hearing of a man who brought his demon possessed son to Him for healing and Christ's disciples who hadn't been able to cure him. "Unbelieving and perverted generation?" Is that who they were? Is that who we are? Jesus "rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once." (verse 18) Note what happened next. "Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, 'Why could we not drive it out?' And He said to them, 'Because of the littleness of your faith; ...But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.'" (Mt 17:19-21) FRIENDS, there is something about prayer that we must get our minds and spirits (Jude 20) around. It is more than mindless words being tossed heavenward. Rather, it is fasting from a multitude of other activities and connecting spiritually IN FAITH with the Almighty to worship and draw on His wisdom and empowerment. 

Prayers of My Heart JOURNALING TIP: INCREASE YOUR FAITH. With your journal open to Week at a Glance, 1st Column Labeled "LORD," "set your mind" on Him who is enthroned on High. In quietness and reverence, worship the Lord. "Be still and know that I am God." Meditate on an aspect of God's divinity as you record His attribute. Perhaps, HOLY as you worship Him, "You are holy, Lord." Or, FAITHFUL, as you rejoice over His faithfulness to you. Rather than be as the "unbelieving and perverted generation," we can be prayerful, empowered, and useful to the Master. I've recorded the following attributes of God in my worship this week. 

WEEK at a GLANCE

LORD

Sunday:  Savior

Monday: King

Tuesday: Deliverer

Wednesday: Power fr/on High

Thursday: One Who Fills

Friday: Great

ENGAGE in PRAYER in 2015  

1) USE a PRAYER JOURNAL. Why? When we record an attribute of God in the first column of Week at a Glance it INCREASES OUR FAITH. Then, as we pray for family, friends, church, ministry, USA that we've recorded across the top of the Weekly Page, it directs our minds to PRAY specifically and in relation to God's attribute. We're ENGAGE in the spiritual battle to which we're called.

2) ATTEND a P.R.A.Y. with Passion ACROSS the NATION CONFERENCE to discover ways to pray more purposefully.  REGISTER by EMAIL: mpdanks@tbck.org for the FEB 21 Kerrville, TX, or go to APRIL 25 Watson, LA.  You can also invite Debbie to lead one in your church. 

Heavenly Father, rouse each of us to engage in prayer for our families, churches, neighbors, and nation with new resolve and fervor. Open our eyes to see the enemy so we take prayer seriously.

Engage in Prayer. Engage P.R.A.Y. with Passion Conference

Monday
Jan052015

ENGAGE: Pray about Everything

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

Philippians 4:6

Our 2015 emphasis to actively ENGAGE in PRAYERto PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING, as Philippians 4:6 says. In 2015 we can see victories won and the devil defeated...if we pray. We can maximine our usefulness for God's kingdom...if we pray. Satan has it in for us and our families. Why don't we turn it around and storm heaven's gates with our prayers?

Prayer Tip: If you're using Prayers of My Heart Prayer Journal, label the 1st Column in Week at a Glance with "LORD," as a reminder to begin your day in praise. KING is what I put under LORD today. Then, I ignored the column lines under "Prayers for My Family," and recorded across all the columns: "Serve YOU - mindful of the schemes of the enemy." Next, I recorded specific prayers for Keith, our children and extended family.

Under "Prayers for Others," I recorded:

Friends                Ministry                  Church           US/US               Books               Spking/Conf

 Be prayer warriors   Energetically serve You   Leaders be wise   Hunger for You    Follow Your promptings Complete 2/28 details   (You've customized the Prayers for Others column headings according to the work/ministry in which you're in prayer.)

Actively ENGAGE in PRAYER in 2015  

1) USE a PRAYER JOURNAL. Why? When we look at the names of family, friends, church, ministry, USA, across the top of the Weekly Page, it directs our minds to PRAY specifically. We ENGAGE in battle.

2) ATTEND a P.R.A.Y. with Passion ACROSS the NATION CONFERENCE: 2/21 Kerrville, TX,  4/25 Watson, LA; or invite Debbie to lead one in your church.

Heavenly Father, rouse each of us to engage in prayer for our families, churches, neighbors, and nation with new resolve and fervor. Open our eyes to see the enemy so we take prayer seriously.

Engage in Prayer. Engage P.R.A.Y. with Passion Conference

Wednesday
Dec312014

WE ARE PRAYER WARRIORS

"Take up the full armor of God... Taking up the shield .... Take the Helmet ....  and the sword

Ephesians 6:10-18

Why are Christians called "prayer warriors?"

God has given us battle gear: Armor, Shield, Helmet, and Sword. 

God has named the enemy: devil, rulers, powers, world forces of darkness, spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

God has handed us our assignment: "With all prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit.

ARE WE ENGAGED in the WAR? 

FOLLOWING are 2 OPPORTUNITIES to ENGAGE in 2015. I pray you'll do BOTH.

1) USE a PRAYER JOURNAL. Why? When we look at the names of family, friends, church, ministry, USA, across the top of the Weekly Page, it directs our minds to PRAY specifically. We ENGAGE in battle.

2) FEB 21, 9 a.m. -12 noon CST - ATTEND in PERSON, LIVE STREAM, or set up a SIMULCAST of the P.R.A.Y. with Passion ACROSS the NATION CONFERENCE I'm teaching at Trinity Baptist Church, Kerrville, TX.

YOU and/or your CHURCH can watch via a laptop. Watch at home on your computer OR open the doors at your church, home, a military base, or college chapel and watch. There is NO COST. We're praying for Christians in EVERY STATE in the US and for countries throughout the world to be a PART of this CONFERENCE. If you've been on a mission trip, will you let those to whom you ministered know of this opportunity?  To set up a SIMULCAST group viewing, email Larry Danks, ldanks@tbck.org OR Greg Peschel, gpeschel@tbck.org. Call TBC at 830-895-0100 to register to attend or for more information. 

Also, SEND ME A NOTE and let me know you'll ENGAGE with me in battle by attending the P.R.A.Y. with Passion RALLY either in person or via live streaming or simulcast AND the STATE or COUNTRY in which you LIVE. 

Heavenly Father, please rouse each of us to battle. Open our eyes to see the enemy and warfare as You do. Engage in Prayer. Engage P.R.A.Y. with Passion Conference.

Wednesday
Dec172014

We Are Strong in the Lord

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might."

Ephesians 6:10

Why might this verse be in the Bible? What is the context? Do you recall? If not, you might want to open your Bibles to Ephesians 5-6. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul has been writing that Christians are to be imitators of God, filled with the Spirit; subject to one another. And, now, as if we aren't already convinced that we need God's might to accomplish His will; we're getting ready to be warned that "world forces of darkness; spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" oppose us. To be specific, "the schemes of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11) will overtake us IF we are not being strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Good words, don't you think? Good warnings for us as we approach the celebration of Christ's birth. Be strong!

Heavenly Father, what tremendous warnings You give us. But, do we heed them? I pray that each of us do today and every day. Make us increasingly sensitive to the spiritual warfare around us and to the devil's schemes. Make us increasingly STRONG in the STRENGTH of YOUR MIGHT. 

"Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas," a devotional to strengthen you in your walk with Christ.