UICM’s Latest Book Release Shows How To Pray Effectively During the Eight Prayer Watches

As a follow-up to, Watch and Pray: Understanding the Eight Prayer Watches, United in Christ Ministries of Canton has released a new book titled, Watch and Pray: How to Pray Effectively During the Eight Prayer Watches.

Many of us have difficulty praying because we are not quite sure how to pray effectively or when to pray. To receive the prayer results that we desire, we must be strategic in our prayer life.

Read an excerpt from the “Introduction” of Watch and Pray: How to Pray Effectively During the Eight Prayer Watches: 

“Prayer is key to our survival as Believers in Jesus Christ. Because of Christ’s work on the cross, we have access to God, our Heavenly Father, and the privilege to communicate our needs and desires to Him. We cannot live a healthy spiritual life without prayer, yet, prayer is one aspect of the Christian life that many struggle with for various reasons.

Some Christians become discouraged when their prayers are not immediately answered. They assume that either God is not listening or He does not care. Others may receive an immediate response to prayer, but the answer is not what they expected. And, they miss out on the blessings God has for them because they failed to receive the way He chose to answer their prayer.

In praying that God’s will takes precedence in the situations for which we are praying, we are following the example Jesus Christ set for us. On the night of His arrest and betrayal, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray because He knew what He was about to face. In agony, Jesus prayed to His Father to allow “this cup”—or His tragic death—to pass from Him. However, Jesus knew that to save His own life meant that the human race would be eternally separated from God.

So, Jesus did not pray to  have His way in the matter, but He prayed that God’s eternal plan and purpose be done through His death on the cross (Luke 22:42). If Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done—in the most extreme circumstances—how much more should we pray that God’s plans and purposes be carried out in our lives?

To avoid becoming discouraged or worried that somehow we are not praying correctly or in a way that God will answer, we must learn how to pray effectively so that we can always keep in step with God and what He wants to do in our lives. What does it mean to “pray effectively?” To pray effectively means that we ask the Holy Spirit to help us pray so that God answers our petitions and His plans and purposes are carried out in our lives… Continue reading

“God Wondered”

 

“God Wondered.” This very statement should lead us to ask, “What was God wondering about?” Isaiah 59:16b has the answer, which is of great importance to Believers in Jesus Christ: “He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.”

The violence, injustice, and chaos displayed in our world today should make God wonder why Believers in Jesus Christ have not used their God-given authority to intercede on behalf of their nation, those in authority, family members, the unsaved, and everyone whom the Lord places upon their hearts. When we pray for God’s intervention, we will see changes in our society, in general, and individuals, in particular.

When we pray for others by the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are actually intervening on their behalf to God. Unfortunately, many of us believe in prayer, but do not truly believe in the power of prayer. This is because we have not seen answers to our prayers—or at least, the answers we expected. And, if God does not answer our prayers the way we want Him to, we become discouraged. However, we sometimes fail to realize that God does everything for our good and for His Glory.

While some Believers are experiencing glorious answers to prayer, many others are living in defeat and wondering why God will not answer their prayers. What believers of this mindset do not realize is that if they do not pray according to God’s will—and be willing to follow what God speaks to them as they pray—defeat is guaranteed. Continue reading

Go Through Your Open Door in 2018!

We have entered into 2018—a year of open doors and new beginnings. How do we know that this is the year of open doors? Because this is the year 5778 on the biblical calendar, or what we like to call, “God’s Divine Calendar.” (To find out more about the biblical calendar, read our book, God’s Divine Calendar.)

On the biblical (also called the, “Hebrew calendar”), the last two digits of a year show what is in store for that year.  For instance, in the Hebrew language, the alphabets have a numeric value. The number “78” —the last two digits of the year 5778—are linked with the Hebrew letter “Ayin” (70) and “Chet” (8).

The letter, “Ayin” means, “to see, to discern,” while the letter “Chet” (pronounced “heth” or “het” ) means “resurrection” or “new life” and is a picture of a doorway or gateway. So, this is the year to see our doorway to a new beginning. 

Despite the chaos going on in the world, God is moving His people forward to reach the destination to which He has called them. So, in 2018, get ready to go through your door of opportunity and  into new territory to do things that you have never done before or thought of doing. Remember, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).

God has removed whatever stumbling blocks that may have stopped us in the past—finances, cooperation from others, illness, fear—so that we can run the race He has for us. God will bless us with whatever we need to carry out the assignments He has given to us. There are many things that God wants us to do but we must be willing to do exactly what He tells us to do—and when He tells us to do it.  Continue reading

Christmas Prayer

Heavenly Father, this is our Christmas prayer to You. We thank You from the depth of our hearts for sending Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior!  

Jesus, Eternal Son of God, we honor, praise and glorify You for becoming Emmanuel, that is: God with us. Out of Your unspeakable love, You left Your Heavenly Home, and took on our human nature by becoming flesh and blood. You were born in a lowly stable, and placed in a manger. You humbled Yourself so that we can sit together with You in heavenly places. 

Holy Spirit, we thank You for being our Comforter, Advocate, and Guide Who leads us into God’s truth. 

During this Christmas season, we join the angels in praising God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Glory to God in the Highest, peace on earth to men of good will. 

Holy Spirit, may You lead others who do not know the Savior, to Jesus Christ, the Light of World, so that they may be partakers of the new birth. For Jesus died and rose again to take away our sins so that we can be heirs of God’s Kingdom. 

We rejoice for the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, and with all the angels of God and the hosts of heaven, we praise and worship God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  To the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, authority, and power, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.

In God (or Guns?) We Trust

Embed from Getty ImagesSince our last post, there have been two major shootings that have rocked the nation. On Sunday, November 5, a 26-year-old man entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and started shooting people attending the service. Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people, including the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter, and wounded 20 others. He was later found dead in his vehicle, after suffering three gunshot wounds, including a self-inflicted shot to the head, according to media reports.

In another mass shooting, a gunman shot into a crowd of people attending the Route 91 music festival outside of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to media reports, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others from his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel. Media reports further said that Paddock shot himself to death before police arrived.

The two shootings prompted a nationwide discussion on gun control, a hotly-debated topic that surfaces every time a mass shooting occurs. This time, the discussion had a different twist because a church was involved. So, pastors joined the discussion on whether guns should be legally allowed in houses of worship as part of the security measures that many churches already have in place. Naturally, the issue divided many churchgoers. Some felt that it is wise to carry a concealed weapon in church for protection against a potential shooter while others believe it is wiser to trust God—and not a gun—for protection. It also spawned a debate over whether prayer is useless since the Texas shooting victims were in church.

The point of this post is not to take a stand, one way or the other, on guns in churches. Christians have their own viewpoints about this, and this post will not change those viewpoints. The point of this post is to ask the reader, “Do you trust in God or do you trust in a gun to protect you?” Continue reading

Prayer Alert: Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean

Embed from Getty ImagesLet us remember to pray for the people in Central Mexico and Puerto Rico who are recovering from natural disasters that devastated their lands.  

On Thursday, September 7, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck  in the Gulf of Tehuantepec off the southern coast of Mexico, near state of Chiapas. More than 100 people were killed and many others injured.

Nearly two weeks later, on Tuesday, September 19, a 7.1 earthquake struck in central Mexico, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands. According to media reports, the quake occurred on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, which killed an estimated 10,000 people.  

The following day on Wednesday, September 20, Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico with a vengeance. Relief efforts are slow in coming and much of the island’s infrastructure has damaged. Many people on the island still lack food, water, and electricity. Getting around the island remains difficult because of the debris that still remains from the winds of Maria that destroyed buildings.

In all three natural disasters, lives have been lost, and many survivors are still in need of new homes, food, jobs, and mental health assistance. Piles of rubble from collapsed buildings remain in both Mexico and Puerto Rico. More has been lost than has been reported in the media. 

Hurricanes Irma and Maria also wreaked havoc on the Caribbean Islands, such as Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Government officials are still appealing for help from the international community. On some islands residents still have not returned to their homes. Barbuda’s mandatory evacuation order was recently lifted. Only a few construction crews and relief workers had been on the island. Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States, said the evacuation meant “that for the first time in 300 years, there’s been no one living on Barbuda full time.”

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Rosh Hashanah: A New Year on God’s Divine Calendar

We have entered a special and sacred time of the year. Rosh Hashana (which, in Hebrew, means “head of the year) begins a New Year on the Jewish Calendar and is observed from the evening of Wednesday, September 20 and ends on the evening of Friday, September 22. 

Most importantly, this is the most sacred time of the year on God’s Divine Calendar because Rosh Hashana begins a 10-day period called the High Holy Days. It is also called the “Days of Awe” and “Days of Repentance.” The 10 days end on Yom Kippur, which is Hebrew for “Day of Atonement.” 

Yom Kippur (which also means, “covering for sin”) is traditionally observed with a period of intense prayer and asking God and others for forgiveness. This year, Yom Kippur begins on the evening of Friday, September 29 and ends in the evening of Saturday, September 30.

God ordained Yom Kippur as a sacred day for a nation, as well as individuals, to deal with their sin (Leviticus 16:29-30). In the Old Testament, Israel’s High Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies, the innermost chamber of the Temple in Jerusalem, to present a sacrifice and ask God to forgive the sins of the people. The annual ritual served as a reminder that perfect atonement had not yet been made.  

Believers in Christ are not under the Old Testament Law because Jesus Christ became the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sins. Although Jesus Christ has fulfilled God’s Law, Christians can still use this 10-day period to reflect on the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross and draw closer to Him.  Continue reading

God Is Speaking. Are we Listening?

God has been speaking to His Church through recent events and the question is: “Are we listening?”  As the herald of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Church has not represented the Kingdom of God well in this world system. Our ears are deaf to the voice of God and our commitment to Him is lukewarm, at best.

God is using the elements—wind, rain, and fire—to wake up His Church in America because we have fallen asleep. The Church has been fairly quiet about the Opioid crisis and has not condemned racism or spoken out against the division and violence that permeates this country, as witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia in August. While a few voices have spoken up to repent on behalf of the country, overall the American Church has been silent.

Thankfully, some local churches are stepping up to help hurricane victims in the Caribbean Islands, Texas and Florida, where the harsh winds, hard rains and epic flooding destroyed church buildings, houses and other structures. Additionally, calls for prayer have come for the wildfires to come under control in parts of Oregon and California, and for Mexico after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit on September 8.

God is raising up new voices that are starting to be heard. These people not afraid to speak judgment over the Church for forsaking the ways of God—as spelled out in The Holy Bible—and creating its own way to worship while enjoying this world system. (Click HERE to read warnings for America given by God to Pastor Benjamin Faircloth.)

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Prayer Alert: USA in Crisis!

United in Christ Ministries of Canton issues a call to all Believers in Jesus Christ to pray that the United States of America will withstand the shaking that is going on across the land at this moment. 

To say that this country is in crisis is an understatement. News reports on any given day show suffering, hurt, anger, violence and even murder—seemingly without any consequences. We have truly become the Divided States of America! Yet, our country is still one nation under God who loves us and will do whatever He deems appropriate to bring us back to Himself .

It’s up to the Church—not the denominational, brick-and-morter building that Christians visit on the weekend, but those who name the Name of Jesus Christ—to step up and do our part and pray for this country.

We are witnessing the devastating effects of what happens when the Church and its leaders take their focus off of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to conform to societal norms and enjoy the pleasures the world’s system has to offer. We commend those local churches and leaders who are not ashamed or afraid to promote Jesus Christ for fear of being called, “traditional” and “religious.” Continue reading

Prayer Alert: Hurricane Harvey Crisis

Embed from Getty ImagesHurricane Harvey survivors begin the daunting task of re-establishing their lives after an epic and unprecedented flood devastated life as they once knew it. 

On Friday August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast and was downgraded to a tropical storm that left a path of destruction in the Houston area. 

Photos of boats on flooded streets rescuing residents, and helicopters airlifting men, women and children to safety will be etched in the memories of the American public for quite some time. 

In 2005, another great American disaster—Hurricane Katrina–displaced thousands of people. Many never returned to New Orleans and it appears as if we are about to see the same scenario in Texas. 

Where are displaced residents whose homes were destroyed going to go? And how will uninsured homeowners pay for repairs? Even homeowners who have flood insurance through the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program may be willing for a while to get money from the program that is $25 billion in debt. Continue reading