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Just Pray – National Day of Prayer

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful. (1)

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.” (2 Chron. 7:1-3, NIV)

What would happen if every Believer’s prayer was as powerful as the one Solomon prayed? So powerful that the moment you finished speaking, fire fell and God’s glory filled the place where you stood? Powerful! But what if the Believer would just pray, speaking sincere, simple words? Now, that’s powerful!

Our prayers unto God is our very own weapon that fights the enemy and keeps us standing when others have fallen (Eph. 6:14-18). As Believers, our prayers are so powerful. Why? Because we are God’s children, His beloved, adopted into His royal family. Not only that, but because of His Son, Jesus Christ, we have confidence that anything we ask according to His will, He promises to hear and answer us (1 John 5:14-15; Matt. 21:22). The Believers prayers are effectual and mighty! It works and it changes things. It’s how we communicate with our All-Powerful Father!

So, what if every Believer was united in prayer, praying like it was the last time? What if we prayed as if tomorrow was no more (because tomorrow is not promised)? What if our prayers were so sincere, so fervent, and so heartfelt that every word would prick the hearts of all who heard it? But if we would only pray? Pray until something happens, until things change. People wouldn’t remain the same. We wouldn’t be the same.

Oh, that we would only pray, this evil world that we live in wouldn’t dominate us. This world wouldn’t victimize us, scare us and rule over us. On the contrary, through prayer and surrendering to the Holy Spirit, we would be victorious and free! We would be led by Jesus’ marvelous Light. But we must pray. Pray like never before, and through our prayers, God does the impossible.

Lost souls, confused minds, the broken are waiting on us. Our sincere prayers are potent, releasing captives, healing the sick and making the broken whole. Sisters, isn’t it time we prayed like never before? Isn’t it time we stop all the nonsense, the foolish things that divide us, and just pray to our Heavenly Father? Isn’t it time we pray in earnestness and with compassion? Pray for God’s people. It’s time for us to come together, without hidden agendas, but as a unified body of Christ, and just simply pray.

Nothing more, nothing less. Just pray.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chron. 7:14, NIV)


Oh, great and holy Father! We so desperately need You. Lord, we can’t do anything without You. Father, we cry out for our nation. We cry out for this dying world. We cry out for our families who don’t know You. We cry out, lifting them up to You. We lift ourselves up to You. Lord, we don’t want to be content with doing nothing. We don’t want to be satisfied with the way this world is. Father, convict us today. Give us a compassion for Your people, a heart that wants to make a difference, a mind that’s set on being an atmosphere changer. Give us the will and the wisdom to change our homes, change our communities, and our world. Father, set us on fire for You! We intercede for Your people. We build up, encourage, and reach out to the hurting. As Believers, we don’t want to wait on the next person to make a difference, but help us get up, get moving and get busy doing something. Just the smallest thing can make a drastic change. Help us to not let those who are weak fall by the wayside, but help us be the one to change another person’s life for the better. We ask and pray this prayer in Your Son’s holy name. Amen.

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The story of Job is a wonderful story filled with action! In this story, there’s a great meeting in Heaven. There’s the Holy God, angels, a good guy (whose name is Job), and his family. Of course, every great story has to have a bad guy who does evil, causing trouble and turmoil for the good guy.
As with any great story that has great characters, there has to be a great plot! This story opens up describing Job’s bountiful and obedient life. Job’s story is jam-packed with blessings and favor from God, with riches and honor! On the other hand, this great story is also filled with great sadness, terrible sickness, agonizing pain, loneliness, loss, and even death.
In your Quiet Time, read the entire story of Job. It’s a real page turner!
One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them. “Where have you come from?” the LORD asked Satan. Satan answered the LORD, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” Then the LORD asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless-a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Satan replied to the LORD, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” “All right, you may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence.” (Job 1:6-12, NLT)
Job’s story, a true story indeed, gives the wonderful principles to the Believer. Here are some Biblical truths we can pull out from today’s passage of scripture.
1. God pours out His favor and places a hedge of protection around those who reverence (fear) Him, stay away from evil, live a life of integrity, and a life of worship. God’s favor on Job made him the richest man in Uz (Job 1:3b; Ps. 1:1-3).
2. Satan can’t penetrate God’s hedge of protection (Job 1:9-11).
3. Satan goes to and fro seeking whom he may devour (Job 1:7; 1 Pet.5:8).
4. Satan recognizes Believers who have God’s favor resting upon their lives (Job 1:8-11).
5. Satan asks permission from God to test Believers, having a desire to separate them from God (Job 1:8-11; Luke 22:31).
6. Sometimes, God test Believers and, sometimes, God allows Satan to cause havoc in a Believer’s life (Job 1:8; Ps. 11:4-5).
7. God has confidence in the Believer, just as He had confidence in Job. After the testing, God will allow the Believer to come out as pure gold (Job 23:10; Ps. 11:5; Ps. 66:10-12)!
8. God allows trouble, adversities, and hardship to fall on the just and the unjust (Job 1:1-22; Matt. 5:45). 
With all the testing that Job went through, in the end, he passed the test! As a rewarded, God gave Job double for his trouble (Job 42:10).
It’s Monday…..Already! My sister, our challenge for today is this: Live under the umbrella of God’s favor by living a life of integrity.
Reverence God, worship Him, and stay away from evil. Like Job, when trouble comes our way, may we be able to pass the test! Having faith in God, we can say, “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold!” (Job 23:10, NLT)
During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE  on God’s Word, WATCH to today’s music video and keep walking in freedom!
*Originally posted 2/4/13

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

*Dress to Impress: The Perfect Outfit

Half-length portrait of great African model wearing lovely dress sitting on the vintage sofa in front of the wonderful wooden table looking attentively at the photographer

We are familiar with this statement, “Dress to impress” and sisters we know how to do just that! One weekend I searched for the perfect shoes. I needed a nice pair of heels that would match nicely with my gold dress. I searched and searched, even asked my husband to help me (my husband hates shopping!), but he patiently went with me to several stores. Eventually, I found the right pair, the perfect pair!

That following Sunday, I got dress for church and got annoyed at how long it was taking me to get dressed. I pulled and tucked. Straightened and primped. I made sure my outfit and hair was perfect. Everything had to be perfect to match those perfect shoes. But then, I noticed how I was making such a fuss over what I was wearing and how I looked. I noticed how I was using so much time and energy in my appearance that I felt drained as I left the house later than I wanted.

As I rushed to church, I thought to myself, “Man! I put all that time and energy in my appearance, making sure my outfit was flawless, that I failed to focus on what was most important!” I failed to draw all my attention to the One who is perfect.

Instead of concentrating on how I would take advantage of a brand new day pleasing the Lord, I focused more on my outer appearance!

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. (1 Pet. 3:3-4, NLT)

Filled with Your Spirit – Mary Alessi

Sisters, we go to church all dressed up. We take pride in looking good and smelling good. We’re meticulous about what we have on, how our shoes, hats and purses match our outfits impeccably. We love it when our hair and makeup are flawless. We enjoy hearing those compliments about how well we look and there’s definitely nothing wrong with that! Everyone enjoys looking good. I know I do!

But how often……

Do we spend that needed time and effort striving to make our inner beauty perfect like Christ? How often does the inner woman compliment the light of our Savior? How often do we take the necessary measures to make sure our inward beauty matches our outward beauty? How often do we dress to impress our Heavenly Father? How often do we make sure our lives line up with what we sing about, praise about, teach and preach about on Sunday mornings? How often?

As we dress to impress, and as we adorn ourselves with outward beauty let’s not fail to do what’s most important.

Let’s strive to…..

Dress up our inner beauty with the virtues of a Godly woman and live a life that’s pleasing to God. (1 Pet. 3:1-7; Prov. 31:10-31; 1 Tim 2:10).

Daily allow God to clean us from the inside out, as we dress to impress Him, inwardly and outwardly (Matt. 23:25-28; 1 John 1:7-9; 2 Cor. 7:1).

“Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!”
(2 Pet. 1:3, MSG)

Happy Friday! Let us dress to impress!



*Originally posted 4/23/12.

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.