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Empowered By Prayerful Lives

How is your prayer life?  Why do you pray?

Seriously, why do you pray?

Without a doubt, avoiding prayer is a sure prescription for anxiety, a way to avoid peace.  To experience the kind of peace that covers all circumstances, the Bible challenges us to develop active, authentic prayer lives.  Prayer with some real substance.  Original thoughts flowing from an individual heart, personal and intimate.  We often do everything but pray.  We tend to want something more.  Even studying the Bible, going to Church, talking to the Pastor, or receiving council seems more tangible than prayer.

What victory the enemy has in winning us over to prayerless lives.  He’d rather us do anything than pray.  He’d rather see us serve ourselves into the ground, because he knows we’ll eventually grow resentful without prayer.  He’d rather see us study the Bible into the wee hours of the morning, because he knows we’ll never have deep understanding and power to live what we’ve learned without prayer.  Satan knows prayerless lives are powerless lives, while prayerful lives are powerful lives!

Read Ephesians 1:15-20

Paul here knows the Power of Prayer, and he lives it!  Are you?

Take some time and pray.  Talk to God, that he may empower His Spirit in you.  Pray and give thanks.  Pray that He will give you a Spirit of Wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you!

Be Transformed: Devo 8-4-11

Hey Guys,

If you are reading this, let me first say good job.  This is today’s first step in transforming your mind.  Also, if you are reading this, that means there is a good chance you where at Restorers last night.  We are gonna continue today with what we talked about last night:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12-2

This verse says a lot.

1st we must ask this question, “what is God’s will for my life?” You have never asked this question, get ready, it’s just a matter of time.  As our daily choices become more important to us, we can find ourselves scrambling, desperate to make the right decision, doing everything in our power to try ro figure out just what God wants us to do.

Sometimes this actually helps us focus.  weighing our choices against God’s word can often provide insight so that we’re able to eliminate at least a few options.  However, at other times looking for the answer to God’s will for our lives can paralyze us so that  we can’t do anything.  We end up not making any decision’s at all out of complete fear that we won’t get it right.  This isn’t how God wants us to live.

Read Romans 12:1-2.  One of the first things to realize is that our lives on the Way are completely out of control, or at least out of OUR control.  Paul tells the Roman Christians (and us) that the best way to live a worshipful life-one that is honoring and pleasing to God-is to live a life of sacrifice, where we give up our control and turn everything completely over to God.  When we do this, we begin to live differently, not according to how the world wants us to live.

The world says, “You’ve got to look out for yourself.  Your destiny is yours to make.  It’s all up to you.”  But along the Way, God transforms us completely from how we used to be, and we become how He intended us to be.  As He transforms us, we start to understand His ways more and more.  So the question of God’s will for our lives may not always be simple to find, but the more time we spend with Him along the Way, the easier it is to recognize.

I’m gonna take the next 10 minutes, and pray for you and me.  I’m going to pray that you take the next 10 minutes to pray for you, me and all the people that God lays on your heart.  Let’s pray that we would seek God’s will by allowing our minds to be transformed by him.

Be a blessing to someone today.  Tell them about this devotional.  Tell them that you did it, that you prayed, and that you want them to do it to.  Feel free to give the sight to your parents, your friends and other kids in the youth group.  What would our lives look like if you and everyone around you went after God with everything they had and allow God to Transform us.

Good job spending time with God,

I love you more than you know,

Todd

The Horizon

Thank you Laura for the reminder that we still have this sight, haha.  I can’t wait for the things that are coming up.  I can’t wait for us all to start spending some more time together.  I can’t wait for you guys to get out of school!

This Friday remember we got the Coffee House Silent Auction.  If you haven’t started praying please begin.  If you want to sing, read, act, whatever, please let Stacy Sipple know.

Remember Kings Island June 2nd.  Look for sign-up sheet in the Lounge (youth room)

Also,  as soon as school is out, we will begin meeting on Tuesday morning @ 9:00 am for prayer and worship time.  Spread the word this will be awesome and could really impact your summer.

Love you all more than you know!

Dr Suess

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t mater and those who matter don’t mind

VOW

I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6

Be Bold!

Hoping everyone is out there Being Bold Ambassadors for Christ.  Just give em the Gospel like they did in the early church (Acts ch 1-5).

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time

Join us This Wed Restorers 6:30 in the Lounge as we dive into what it means to Follow Jesus

Wassup Monday!

Top O’ the week to all.  I pray your weekend was good and I am looking forward to seeing what God is going to do in your lives and mine this week.  Remember this Wednesday @ Restorers we will be on our 2nd week of the new series Who Is God?

I am so proud of all of you that got baptized yesterday!  You represented the youth group and God well.  Also, I am preaching this Sunday, so I ask for your prayers as I spend the week in prep time, by prayer and fasting.  Feel free to join me!

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