Posts with the category “a-call-to-pray”

Thursday, May 26 | Day 26
by Robert Click on May 26th, 2022
1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. Scripture Insights In Paul’s first recorded letter to Timothy, a young leader appointed to give guidance to the Ephesian church, Paul offers Timothy advice for his con...  Read More
Wednesday, May 25 | Day 25
by Robert Click on May 25th, 2022
Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Scripture Insights Psalm 145 is a powerful psalm of praise written by David. The first stanzas declare the greatness of a God who is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love. This God is mighty, and his kingdom is everlasting; it will endure through the end of time, from generation to genera...  Read More
Tuesday, May 24 | Day 24
by Robert Click on May 24th, 2022
Matthew 9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Scripture Insights Everyone loves seeing the harvest, and at times God provides glimpses of the harvest to encourage us. However, we are not the “Lord of the harvest.” God is! Certainly the harvest happens in many sea...  Read More
Monday, May 23 | Day 23
by Robert Click on May 23rd, 2022
Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. Scripture Insights One of my favorite songs, written by my friend Dr. Terry Toler, is titled “He Still Speaks.” What a great thought: God speaks to us; we can know his voice. But what is equally amazing is that God listens. The psalmist powerfully ...  Read More
Sunday, May 22 | Day 22
by Robert Click on May 22nd, 2022
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Scripture Insights As the apostle Paul concludes his prayer, he shifts his focus to the one to whom he is praying. He declares that God is capable not onl...  Read More
Saturday, May 21 | Day 21
by Robert Click on May 21st, 2022
Psalm 115:1 Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Scripture Insights When I was fifteen years old, the walls and shelves of my bedroom displayed my glory. I had trophies, ribbons, and awards. Today, our social media walls are filled with photos of accomplishments, opinions, and selfies to highlight our glory. This seems harmless, but big p...  Read More
Friday, May 13 | Day 13
by Robert Click on May 13th, 2022
2 Chronicles 20:6 Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Scripture Insights The rhetorical question at the beginning of this verse is a reminder that we are not praying to just any run-of-the-mill god. We are calling out to the God of heaven, the one and onl...  Read More
Thursday, May 12 | Day 12
by Robert Click on May 12th, 2022
John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. Scripture Insights At times the world seems to have gone mad. Most of us would rather be transported out of it. “Beam us up, Jesus,” would be our prayer. The disciples probably had similar thoughts. Jesus made some pretty awful predictions about what would be ahead for them: others will try...  Read More
Wednesday, May 11 | Day 11
by Robert Click on May 11th, 2022
John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. Scripture Insights Directly from the heart of Jesus, he has called each one of us to bear fruit, to be productive in ministry, and to win people to the Lord. And it all begins with prayer. Our prayers must alw...  Read More
Tuesday, May 10 | Day 10
by Robert Click on May 10th, 2022
John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Scripture Insights Have you ever forgotten where you left something? We all have misplaced an item. Our human nature is to forget. Backtracking is a way to remember where that item is. I begin by reversing my actions in my mind and reme...  Read More
Monday, May 9 | Day 9
by Robert Click on May 9th, 2022
Luke 18:1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Scripture Insights As a children’s pastor, a favorite song was “Pray,” by Mary Rice Hopkins and Gary Hopkins. “Pray” tells how Daniel, Jonah, Abraham, Sarah, and Jesus faced every challenge with prayer. The chorus states when we need a friend, are in trouble, or need to talk to someone, we ...  Read More
Sunday, May 8 | Day 8
by Robert Click on May 8th, 2022
Luke 10:2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Scripture Insights Farmers understand this metaphor all too well. I once made my living as a potato farmer in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. We invested a lot of energy and work to get every potato into the bin before winter. We knew wha...  Read More
Saturday, May 7 | Day 7
by Robert Click on May 7th, 2022
Luke 6:12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Scripture Insights Jesus is a great example on whom to model our life of prayer. Practical applications come to the one who spends time delving into the different practices of his prayer life. This passage from Luke highlights one of those practices—spending time alone with his Father for sign...  Read More
Friday, May 6 | Day 6
by Robert Click on May 6th, 2022
Genesis 1:3 And God said . . . Scripture Insights Our first encounter with God in Scripture is in the creation account of Genesis 1. Notice that all God’s actions in these verses originate from his voice. Nine times in twenty-nine verses we find the words “God said . . .” At the spoken word of God, the universe and all it contains came into being. When God speaks today, I think we can all agree th...  Read More
Thursday, May 5 | Day 5
by Robert Click on May 5th, 2022
Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Scripture Insights Jesus links our privilege of being forgiven by God to our responsibility to forgive those who offend us. In Luke 11:4, the correlation is just stated “forgive us . . . for we also forgive everyone.” In Matthew 6:14-15, after Jesus tea...  Read More
Wednesday, May 4 | Day 4
by Robert Click on May 4th, 2022
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Scripture Insights “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Matt. 4:1). Before beginning his public ministry, Jesus established the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting, which helped him to resist temptation. Prayer was the means thro...  Read More
Tuesday, May 3 | Day 3
by Robert Click on May 3rd, 2022
Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Scripture Insights Our four children grew up knowing they could ask Roxanna and me for anything. They grew up that way because we gave them permission to ask us for anything. Now...  Read More
Monday, May 2 | Day 2
by Robert Click on May 2nd, 2022
This then is how you should pray: . . . Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. . . . For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Confessing sin—other people’s sin—is an obsession in our culture. Conversations regularly turn to the details of someone’s transgression. I think the little boy overheard in prayer had it rig...  Read More
Sunday, May 1 | Day 1
by Robert Click on May 1st, 2022
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Jesus spoke these words from a hillside with his disciples and a crowd around him. The verse for today is from the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7). It is found in a section where Jesus is talking about fasting, praying, and giving. Jesus b...  Read More
A Call to Prayer | Introduction
by Robert Click on April 21st, 2022
From our earliest days, the Nazarenes have been known as people of prayer. The holiness movement, which gave birth to the Church of the Nazarene, was bathed in prayer. It was through intentional times spent in prayer that the Holy Spirit was poured out and people were transformed. These followers of Christ began to reach out and minister to a world that was in desperate need of hope. As individual...  Read More