Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Prayer at Dinner


Prayer should always come from the heart, 
for God can see your motives and know when it's 
sincere prayer or if you are just going through the motions.

But it's hard for many of us to pray for a group in public
or be the one picked to pray at the dinner table
with your family/friends.


Like myself, 
it's hard to be sincere about your prayer 
because you are focused on the "right" words to say 
or focused on what other people will think about your prayer.

How can we prevent this? 
How can we give a sincere prayer that isn't just
"God is good, God is great, thank you for this food, Amen."?

Typical, right?


Here's how:
  1. Write out a prayer you want to say at dinner or in front of a large group, and memorize it. 
    • WHY? Memorizing your prayer doesn't mean it isn't sincere. It actually helps you to remember the prayer you wrote without having to focus on coming up with new words, which enables you to focus more on the meaning of the words you are saying to God and for those around you to hear. 
    • REMEMBER: You aren't praying to those around you, you are praying to GOD. If they have a problem with your prayer not being "good enough" or sounding right, then their motives are wrong when praying and are not focusing on God during your prayer. 
  2. Here's an example:
    • Dear God...Father....Creator....you created me. You created everyone here at this table today. We are YOURS. You created each and every one of us, as well as each ingredient that was put together to make this food we are about to eat. Please help us to honor and glorify you with our lives, as our lives only exist because of you. Thank you Father for the health, safety, and freedom we are privileged to have today. Please continue to watch over us and help us to remember you in all we do. Thank you for sending your son to die on the cross for our sins. Bless this food and the hands that have prepared it. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

True Meaning of Christmas (in pictures)


Christmas is not far away...

But December is not the only month we should 
remember to do these things!




Prepare your hearts and minds to:

give with a generous heart,
love thy neighbor as yourself,
be quick to forgive,
slow to get angry,
and glorify God in all your
actions,
thoughts,
and words.


Christmas is not just about giving and receiving presents.
Christmas is not the only time we should give to others.
Christmas is not the only time we should spread joy and be nice to each other.
Christmas and Easter are not the only times we should 
celebrate the birth of Jesus and what he did for us.
Christmas and Easter are days we STOP our normal schedules (work, school, errands, etc.) and be thankful for the birth and death of Jesus.



But it was never meant to STOP there....
We should ALWAYS take time out of our day to STOP 
and thank God for all He has done for us.



In Heaven, we are constantly praising God in peace, joy, happiness and awe of Him. God wants us to praise Him more than twice a year. God wants us to serve Him (by serving others in His name) more than twice a year. God wants a relationship with each of us every day of the year, and through that, we praise Him always and glorify Him in all our ways.



Remember these things this season, 
before and after Christmas time.


"Jesus is the Reason for the Season!"