January 5: Nine words recognizing Who our God is.

And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

Matthew 8:2
Niels Larsen Stevns: Helbredelsen af den spedalske,Healing of the Leper

This leper believed that Jesus could cure his disease. Not that Jesus was an intermediary who could ask God to cure his disease. But that Jesus Himself had the power to make him clean. Yes, Jesus did make the leper clean – because He has the power! The fancy term for all-powerful is “omnipotence.”

As we’re making an extra stop in our day this week to pray at noon, take a  moment to thank God for his Omnipotence. He has the power to save you from all of your problems! Nothing is impossible for our God!

Got any rivers you think are uncrossable? 
Got any mountains, you can't tunnel through? 
God specialises in things thought impossible 
He does the things others cannot do!
-Oscar Eliason

(Learn about the story behind the song “Got any Rivers?”)

January 4: Seven words that changed a life

1And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Luke 18:13

Sometimes we take prayer for granted. We think highly of ourselves, and lowly of our God. As we’re pausing this week for prayer at noon – take a minute to ponder how big of a gap there is between man and God, and thank God for hearing our prayers!

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Luke 18:14

January 3: A 5 Word Prayer & Thanksgiving

And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

Luke 17:13

The ten lepers made a short prayer to Jesus, and He answered. The lepers point out to us the power of short prayers, but there’s more!

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

Luke 17:14-15

Jesus was glad to hear their prayer, but He was also glad to hear their thanks! As we pray – don’t forget to thank God for answered prayer!

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Luke 17:17-19

January 2: So I prayed.

As we’re starting the year, we’re looking at the short prayers of the Bible. For many of us we remember God right before a meal and right before bed. But God is always with us! 

Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Nehemiah 2:4

Nehemiah was talking to King Artaxerxes, and he paused mid-conversation for a quick prayer. This week – let’s try to set a new habit in our lives of pausing this week at noon to pray.

As we intentionally pause for a moment at noon, we can ask God to help us pray throughout the day at other times too!

January 1: The Shortest Prayer in the Bible

Pray without ceasing

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Growing in prayer isn’t about just praying longer, but more frequent. Today we’ll look at the shortest prayer in the Bible.

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Matthew 14:30

Three words counted for a prayer, and that prayer worked! This year – before you commit to spending three hours each morning in prayer like Martin Luther, start by making sure that you don’t forget about God during the course of your day.

Here’s an easy way to get started! Whatever your smart device – iPhone, Google, Alexa, say “Hey Siri/Ok Google/Alexa, Set a daily reminder at noon to pray.

It’s amazing how fast the day can go by without a conscious thought of God. Every day at noon when your device beeps – stop and pray. It doesn’t have to be long, but it will start to change your life!

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January 13: A seven word plea

For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

Nehemiah 6:9

God has given us a job to do, but sometimes we think we can do it in our own power. Nehemiah reminds us that if we want real success, we need God’s strength.

Today let’s make sure that we confess our pride and seek His power!