Prayer Alert: Pray for California Wildfire Survivors

For the past two weeks, wildfires have blazed a path of destruction in Northern and Southern California. The “Camp Fire” in Northern California’s Butte County, which began on November 8, 2018, has been called “the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.” 

The Camp Fire has, so far, killed 83 people, destroyed over 17,000 homes, apartment buildings, and other structures. The fire essentially wiped out the communities of Concow and Paradise. 

The Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in Southern California also started on November 8, the same day the Camp Fire started. So far, three people have died in the Woolsey Fire which has destroyed over 1,640 structures. 

With houses literally burned to the ground, many fire survivors say they have no where to go. What’s more, some survivors did not have renters’ insurance or homeowner’s insurance. Those who have homeowner’s insurance may find out that their policy will not cover all of their temporary living costs or the costs to rebuild.  Continue reading

Helping Others Overcome Grief

Listen to the daily news or talk with someone you know and you are almost guaranteed to hear about someone who experienced a traumatic event or a sudden or unexpected loss of a family member or close friend.

Whether the event was a natural disaster, a death by an act of violence or by natural causes, people who are experiencing trauma or going through the grieving process may feel confused, frustrated, and alone. 

Fortunately, with God’s Holy Spirit to guide us, we can provide the emotional and spiritual support that people need. One of the most important ways of doing this is to point them to God’s Word and His love for them. 

Jesus said in Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” We can encourage our friend or family member to turn to Jesus for comfort and ask God for supernatural strength that only He can give.  Continue reading

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