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Devotion: Pray to See the Power of God

“He prayed, ‘O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you!’” (2 Chronicles 20:6)

“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him.” (Mark 5:30a, NIV*)

“... That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, …” (Ephesians 1:19-20, NIV*)

“At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:27, NIV*)

The power of God was with Jesus here on earth. It is available to us now. He is coming back with that same power.

When we pray, we are accessing the power of our risen Lord and Savior. When I remember this, I pray for more. I pray to see His power in our world today. I pray for hearts to turn to Him. I pray for healing and hope and help. Because He has the power to do more than what we can ask or imagine.

January is famous for a time of renewal and fresh starts. We all know people with brokenness and hurts who need to experience the power of God in their lives. Maybe you need to experience God’s power in your own life. This month, pray to experience His power. He invites us to ask for it, to want it, and to use it for His Kingdom.

As the children of God, our inheritance in His Kingdom is secure and part of that is access to His power.

When you enter into prayer asking for God’s power, first read this from Job:

Job 38:4-18 (NIV)

4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?

    Tell me, if you understand.

5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!

    Who stretched a measuring line across it?

6 On what were its footings set,

    or who laid its cornerstone—

7 while the morning stars sang together

    and all the angels shouted for joy?

8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors

    when it burst forth from the womb,

9 when I made the clouds its garment

    and wrapped it in thick darkness,

10 when I fixed limits for it

    and set its doors and bars in place,

11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;

    here is where your proud waves halt’?

12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,

    or shown the dawn its place,

13 that it might take the earth by the edges

    and shake the wicked out of it?

14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;

    its features stand out like those of a garment.

15 The wicked are denied their light,

    and their upraised arm is broken.

16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea

    or walked in the recesses of the deep?

17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?

    Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?

18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?

    Tell me, if you know all this.

Who did? God did. In His power.

 

Related Scripture: Mark 5:25-34, Ephesians 1:19-21, Luke 21:27, Book of Job, Luke 24:49

  1. How have you experienced the power of God?
  2. Who do you know who needs to experience God’s power?

 

* emphasis mine

Cara Day

Cara Day

Director of Marketing and Communications

Prepare the Atmosphere

Play some celebratory praise music to prepare the atmosphere for prayer.

Our focus for this month is on the power of God.

Read: 2 Chronicles 20:6 (NASB)

… and he said, “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.

Pray: Thank You for the reminder that power and might are in Your hand, Oh God. Your Word says that absolutely nothing is too difficult for you! As we step into this new year, we have no idea what it will bring to any of us – what joys, sorrows, blessings, or challenges – but, we do know that You are in control and that You love us, so we can put our complete trust into Your hands.

Praise God:

For last year’s blessings

For bringing us safely to this new year

For His promise to guide us

For what He will do in our future, both personally and as a ministry

Pray for Your Group’s Upcoming Outreach Event

Read: Acts 10:38 (NASB)

You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Pray: Lord God, as we lift up our upcoming outreach, we ask you to give us the same anointing that was on Jesus. And, not just Your anointing, but Your power. As we go about our preparations, we want to be doing good – spreading your love to all the women who come. Grant us discernment by Your Spirit, that we might be able to know what each woman needs, whether that be a smile, a hug, an encouraging word, or even something more, something deeper.

Pray for:

  • Courage to invite someone, remembering that our focus is on those who do not know Jesus
  • Acceptance for everyone, especially those who are different from you
  • Unity, as that was the Lord’s prayer for His disciples when He ascended to heaven
  • Protection for the Speaker’s travels to and from your event
  • Responsive hearts to the Gospel

Sharing Your Faith

Read: Ephesians 3:6-8 (NASB)

… to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, …

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:18 (NASB)

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, …

Pray: Heavenly Father, Your Word says that You are not willing that any should perish and through the Scriptures we’ve just read, we know You have made us ministers of the Gospel and have given us the ministry of reconciliation, like Paul.

It is so easy to forget that because You saved us, we can warn others that eternity is coming and give them the opportunity to accept Your Son. Keep that on our minds as we live out this week!

Pray for:

  • Open doors of opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ
  • Specific family and friends who need Jesus
  • Courage to speak when the Holy Spirit prompts

Pray for our Nation and Leaders

Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-4, 8 (NASB)

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.

Pray: In light of Your Word, we choose to offer up thanksgiving for those who are in authority over us. We put our trust in You and ask that Your divine will be done here on earth as it is in heaven.

Pray for:

  • Unity in our country
  • Cooperation between political parties
  • Great wisdom for our leaders
  • A return to God and revival in this land

Pray for Stonecroft

Read: 1 Chronicles 16:9 (NASB)

Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders.

Pray: We do praise You today, Oh Lord, and speak of all the wonders You have performed through Stonecroft. Thank You for the multitude of women who have come to the throne of grace because of this ministry in the past, and we thank You in advance for those who will come in the future! We thank You for all the families who have been affected because their mothers, grandmothers, or aunts were reached by the Gospel through a luncheon, Bible study, prayer group, or outreach.

Pray for:

  • Dr. Naomi Cramer Overton and the Leadership Team as they formulate a plan for the future
  • The finances to continue reaching women for Christ
  • Wisdom and unity
  • Fresh vision and continued focus on those who do not yet know Christ
  • Pray for the new ministry-wide outreach, Where Love Lives, which debuts in February

Pray for Stonecroft Staff

Mandy Coltharp – Accounting Payroll and Processing Clerk

Prayer Points:

  1. I would like to volunteer somewhere outside of the church walls investing in people who are “overlooked” or “forgotten.” I would like to partner with a cause I can joyfully connect with on an emotional level and invest my time, energy, and resources in. So, pray that God would open doors leading me to the perfect opportunity for me ‒ where I can invest myself, the person He has made me to be, and be used to add value to the lives of others so they will feel noticed and significant.
  2. My brother has cut me out of his life. He refuses to interact with me and has yet to disclose why this is. This is painful, and I don’t know how to navigate this situation. Pray that God would fiercely protect my heart from bitterness, reacting in pain, and give me great humility and wisdom in how to navigate this situation. Also, pray that my brother will encounter God in a personal and life-changing way and that God will help him process and heal from whatever is hurting him.

 

Brenda Monroe Accounting Clerk

Prayer Points: 

  1. Pray for us in the Accounting Department as we finish up and close out the 2018 calendar year this month.
  2. Pray, as this new year begins, that I will have my eyes and ears open to all God has for me in 2019.

 

Joan Johnson – Stewardship Manager

Prayer Points:  

  1. Pray as we train the growing wave of young women entering our ministry who want to reach their friends, peers, and communities for Jesus and are asking for Stonecroft’s help.
  2. Pray about helping Stonecroft finish the fiscal year (ending on March 31) well with a balanced budget.
  3. Pray for a successful, productive end to physical therapy for my lower-back pain.

 

Pray for All Divisional Field Directors (DFDs):

Read: Philippians 1:2-4 (NASB)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, …

Pray: Father, we thank You as we remember each of the DFDs who labor hard in Your fields. We ask that You bless them first of all with Your presence, and then with strength, wisdom in finding balance in their busy lives, and courage as they lead an army of young women in sharing the Gospel.

Pray for:

  • Wisdom
  • More workers to join in the effort
  • Creativity in developing new, meaningful outreaches
  • Open doors of opportunity

Stonecroft Board of Directors

Read: Psalm 23:1 (NASB)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Pray: We approach You as Jehovah-Rohi, the Lord our Shepherd, on behalf of our Board and we pray over them the 23rd Psalm.

Pray that:

  • They would have no want
  • That they would be able to lie down and rest
  • That God would lead them and restore their souls (minds, wills, and emotions)
  • That they would walk in paths of righteousness
  • That even in the midst of adversity, they would fear no evil
  • That God’s correction and direction would comfort them
  • That, in the presence of their enemies, they would walk in God’s anointing
  • That goodness and mercy will follow them

Stonecroft International Partners

Read: Psalm 2:8 (NASB)

 Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.

Pray: Oh Holy God, You have said that if we ask, You will give us the nations as our inheritance, so we take You at Your Word. We ask for the nations! We already have a presence in more than 40 countries across the globe, but there are many more and we ask for international partners in those countries, too.

We praise You for Your precious servants who are ministering in remote places where resources are few and where the work is difficult. Show us how we can effectively support them.

Pray for:

  • Our partners in places too dangerous to mention for fear of retaliation, imprisonment, or even death
  • Courage in the face of many difficulties
  • Governments opposed to the Gospel to be blinded to the activity of believers
  • Freedom from oppressive conditions

Share Personal Requests

Pray for each other and any personal requests of your Group.

Closing Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for making Your mighty power available to us today. We ask for this power to bring healing, hope, and help to a world that desperately needs You. We pray that we never forget how You are here with us, using Your power to build Your Kingdom. Amen.

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