A Gathering of Friends Focus Points for Lent

Questions/Focus Points to ponder throughout Lent:

  • Who is God? What is my relationship with God?
  • How do I grow in my relationship with God?
  • What happens if I fall?
  • Be bold and honest and put on the whole of armor of God everyday. Reading Ephesians, Chapter 6: 10-24, for more information regarding “The Whole Armor of God.”
  • Turn all of life over. We leave our cares and worries at the cross.
  • Here are two prayers to consider utilizing during Lent:

The first is a prayer from my second book, “30 Messages of Hope, Message #2: Deliver Me, O’ Lord” (to be published in 2011)

“Lord, I place all worries, all my fears, all the issues that are none of my business on your altar. I relax and I go free in the name of Yeshua, Jesus. Amen.”

The second prayer some of you are familiar with, the prayer of St. Michael:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in this day of battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God the Father rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O’ Prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through this world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen!

Praying Well Through Lent: The Deep Things of God

As we approach this ‘Season of Lent’, we are to search the deep things of God.
We are required to go deep for 40 days, like a runner chasing a ball.
Are you contemplating changes in your life?
Place all your burdens on the Lord and enter this Lenten Season expecting definite results.
When you enter the deep, quiet places of God, “Go into the closet, and shut the door. Pray to your heavenly Father in secret”.
Oswald Chambers, in his book, My Utmost for His Highest, explains going to pray with the Father this way:
“Jesus did not say – Dream about thy Father in secret, but pray to thy Father in secret. Prayer is an effort of will. After we have entered our secret place and have shut the door, the most difficult thing to do is to pray; we cannot get our minds into working order, and the first thing that conflicts is wandering thoughts. The great battle in private prayer is the overcoming of mental wool-gathering. We have to discipline our minds and concentrate on willful prayer.
We must have a selected place for prayer and when we get there the plague of flies begins – This must be done, and that. “Shut thy door.” A secret silence means to shut the door deliberately on emotions and remember God. God is in secret, and He sees us from the secret place; He does not see us as other people see us, or as we see ourselves. When we live in the secret place it becomes impossible for us to doubt God, we become more sure of Him than of anything else. Your Father, Jesus says, is in secret and nowhere else. Enter the secret place, and right in the center of the common round you find God there all the time. Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God”.
Get ready to go deep. Amen.

Asking for Help

In the Book of James, Chapter 5, verses 13-15, James writes, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him.”
We know James is describing one who is ill, or out of sorts.
Perhaps, this passage relates to you.
Maybe, you are suffering from a physical malady, or you are distressed about a situation going on in your life.
You qualify for God’s help. Why?
As a ‘Child of God’, you have a right to be here and a right to ask for help.
In every situation, steps need to be taken in order to assist one in need, and that’s you!
However, as one in need, the first step is asking for help from others. We are not equipped to carry the burdens of this life alone.
In this case, the help you need is prayer.
This week take the plunge and ask someone you trust to stand in the gap and pray for you!

How Do I Have Faith in the Midst of Adversity?

It is not during the times when all seems well, the economy is humming and prosperity abounds that one should express, or embrace her/his faith, especially if you are one that works with others in a ministry capacity.

It is during times of despair and near hopelessness that one must act,  step out in faith and not cower away. Why?

Well, it’s easier to hang one’s head low, or plant one’s head deep into the sand, never seeing the light of day again.

For some, this becomes the ‘easier, softer way’, but in truth it is the more difficult path, it is not?

The following passage taken from the 6th Chapter of Matthew reminds us what faith means:

Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food and your body more than clothing?

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are?

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”

Jesus Come Into My Heart

“Jesus come into my heart; fill me with your presence, your Holy Spirit.
I cast out anything that is not of you, Lord.
I am filled and I am whole.
Let me remain always with you, Lord.
Jesus, come into my heart, Amen and Amen!”

(30 Messages of Hope, Message #1: Prayer, page 50)

View the interactive teaching to accompany this passage God’s Promise

Gathering God’s Blessings One Day at a Time

How does one gather in the blessings of God? Is it possible for one to do this? Is this a task that is out of your reach?

Well, anguish no more. God says, “I hear you, loud and clear.”

Why is it so impossible for one to receive God’s great blessings for His children?

Did he not make us in his image and likeness? Did he not promise that he would be with us always?

He did promise to be with us always, until the ends of the earth.

So, let us go back to the previous question, “How does one receive God’s great blessings one day at a time?”

Is there more than one blessing to receive on a daily basis?

Are you limited? God isn’t limited, why should you be?

Take a moment each day, get centered and quiet. Allow the Spirit of God to fill your being. Then, ask God to come into your heart.

Don’t get discouraged if you do not feel something right away. Sometimes it is one’s doubts and fears that block another from the light of God’s Love and Spirit.

If you practice daily getting centered and quiet, you will soon feel the presence of God in your heart and Spirit.

As you experience this being at one with God, open your hands and ask for God to shower his blessings upon and he will.

Although this may be considered a subtle or quiet experience, the results are everlasting, just like God. “His name shall be everlasting, counselor and prince of peace.”

What will you do with the blessings? Will you share the blessings you have freely received from God with another, or will you hoard it for yourself?

In order for one to truly be blessed is to share her/his blessings with another.

This is not a difficult task or duty. The only reason one struggles with this being described, as a difficult task is one who is lazy or selfish, but that is not you, is it?

In the process of sharing with another, you will find that everyday for the rest of your life you will continue to receive all the blessings of the universe in your midst.

Gathering of Friends Prayer

Dear God,

Since you are the creator of every blessing, we pray you bring peace to all our sisters and brothers in distress.

Bless all who cross our path, knowing you will supply their every need, just as you have supplied ours.

Give us the wisdom to be an example of love, respect and kindness to each other.

Help us to learn to share a message of hope to all.

All this we affirm in the name of Yeshua, Jesus. Amen!

Copyright © 2010.  Patricia A. Zorn.

The Quiet Place: A Time of Prayer & Healing

“In his presence is power and there is power in his presence. We must be in Christ’s presence everyday.”
(30 Messages of Hope, Message #1: Prayer, page 15)

During this New Year, it is a time of new beginnings.

This is also a time to let go of that which does not work, allowing one to embrace all the good that God has in store for this new year!

Do you yearn to be in His presence for a time of prayer and healing? Take a moment to visit “The Quiet Place”