The Prayerful Word - April 3

  • 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

    Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

    Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

    2 Timothy 4:8 There is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord … will award to me on that day.

    Isaiah 61:3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion — to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

    Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.

    May God turn your foes' curses into blessings, because the Lord loves you. Deuteronomy 23

    May you remember, when you are engaged in spiritual warfare, that the Lord walks among you to protect you and to cause your enemies to fall before you, so be holy just as He is holy. Deuteronomy 23

    May you recall from whence you came and recall the mercies of the Lord in your life that you may show those mercies to others when the occasion comes about for they will speak praise to God for you, and God will bless you abundantly. Deuteronomy 24

    May you always receive the chastening of the Lord with humility and acknowledgement of the Lord's righteousness, for His work is ever redemptive, and never punitive. Deuteronomy 25

    May you be determined to blot out the memory of the lusts and corruptions which are used by the powers of darkness to attack your soul and oppose the work of God as you grow in the Lord and come into maturity of the Spirit. Deuteronomy 25

    My child, do you feel concern that the bloom has left and the beauty is gone from your life, taking the freshness you recall so well and miss so much?
    That eager enthusiasm and energetic zeal is delightful, My love, but is not the end goal or the full purpose of My plan. It is sparked by the contact of My Spirit when you first turn to me. It grows and unfolds before all to see as My life flows into you. It draws attention with its fragrance and beauty from all who see and note the difference in you. It tells them of the change of the seasons from sleeping dormant winter to the spring of life and newness.
    But it is natural and appropriate for the flower to fade and the fragrance to diminish and the petals to fall, My precious one, for there are greater things to come and the work has just begun. The flower of your love for Me merely marks the beginning of the work of maturity and fruit-bearing.
    The blossoms are beautiful and speak clearly of the promise to be fulfilled, but the true joy comes with the appearance and development of the fruit that refreshes and strengthens those who are weary and hungry. My goal in your life is to bring forth fruit that glorifies My Father, fruit that remains.
    Even though the almond flower is beautiful, it is the fruit, rough, hard-shelled, and without the color and beauty of the blossom, that bears the fulfillment of the promise that the blossom spoke so eloquently of. Do not worry if you see the blush of the blossom fade away, My love, for better is to come.

    As you do the work of the Lord and minister in His kingdom, preaching the Word in authority and seeing God confirm it with signs following, may you rejoice only in the fact that you are a citizen of heaven and a child of your heavenly Father. Luke 10

    May you not mistake God's love for special privilege in outward behavior, but understand that the compassion of the Father will lead you to dress for work and dirty your hands, for it pleases the Father to see His holiness shining from His children through the smudges and stains of loving concern expressed for the poor, sick, and needy. Luke 10

    May you give thanks to the Lord, for His mighty miracles give proof that He cares. His timing is exact and His judgment is upright; He holds all things together when turmoil shakes our lives. Psalm 75

    May you forever declare the praise of the God of Jacob, for from Him alone comes promotion and power, and He will cut off the strength of evil men and increase the power of good men in their place. Psalm 75

    May you look for ways to help others, as all good men do. Proverbs 12:12

    May you be filled with good things from the fruit of your lips as surely as the work of your hands will reward you. Proverbs 12:14