“If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest and try again. If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.
Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven, a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” Matthew 18: 15-20 (Message)
Prayer: O God, we thank you that we can come to you with our confrontations and hurts. With your guidance and your Son’s presence, we can work it out. Point us to the paths of obedience and strengthen us to follow your commandments, in Jesus name. Amen
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10 (KJV)
“When I think of the Prayer Path and Labyrinth I picture:
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No matter when I am at the Prayer Path, Sunrise, Sunset, or in between, I know that God is there with me. His presence is with me through all thick and thin times. Just being on the Paths or Labyrinth calms my inner self. I can talk to God as softly or as loudly as I need. I can walk slow, fast, run or jump, even scream if I want to.
When I go myself, I take pencil and journal. After I walk the Labyrinth or sit at a station, I can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit guiding my words or directing me in silence to listen to God.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I thank you for being there for me and for all those who journey on the Prayer Path and Labyrinth. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
“This is why I tell you: do not be worried about food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more that clothes? Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds? Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it? Matthew 6:25-27(NIV)
I used to worry all the time. It seemed to be part of my personality because I can remember being a young child in school and feeling great apprehension about lots of things. I could fret over anything and everything. Even when I was young, I worried about school, grades, and making friends. I worried about my family’s health and wellbeing. As I grew older, some on the things I worried about changed, but the anxiety was still there. “What if this happens? What would I do if…?” were thoughts that were hard to banish from my mind at times.
Eventually though, I changed. At first I didn’t really realize how different my thinking had become. But with a little self-reflection, it was clear: I was free! My deepening faith helped me to get past the worry and anxiety. God is in control so I do not need to waste time and energy fearing what the future holds.
Prayer: Lord, I place all on my worries and anxieties into your care. When my worries come upon me let me recognize that you are in control. Amen
“Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it up. Some of it fell on rocky ground and when the plants sprouted, they dried up because the soil had no moisture. Some of the seed fell among thorns bushes, which grew up with the plants and choked them. And some seeds fell in good soil, the plants grew and bore grain, one hundred grains each.”And Jesus concluded, “Listen then, if you have ears!”Luke 8:5-8 (TEV)
One of my favorite childhood memories is the weekends and summers spent at Uncle Sid and Aunt Stella’s in the big city of Youngstown, Ohio. I lived out in the country with my parents and eleven brothers and sisters.
Uncle Sid was a master gardener. He could win prizes for his flowers or vegetables that he grew in his small city lot. I helped him plant seeds, weed and tend to his garden and fruit trees. He would let me pick the biggest tomatoes or the ripe apples from his garden.
He was also a Christian with a strong faith. He attended church, had his daily devotions, and prayed before each meal giving thanks to a bountiful God. He was not only planting seeds in the garden 656with his faith that they would grow, but he was planting the seed (word) in me that I might grow in my faith.
We witness to others by what we do or say, but sometimes it is more from what we do with our lives and how we live. We can all be God’s farmers planting the seed of His world in the lives of others. Some will not even listen. Some will accept it, but soon fall back into sin. Others will hold on for awhile, but slowly lose interest. And some will, on taking root and develop into full fruition, being ready at the time of harvest, that they might be the pick of the crop to gain God’s heavenly reward.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are the creator of all things. Plant in us your seed so that we might spread your word in every heart. Amen
“To man belongs the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue. A man’s ways seem innocent to him but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. The Lord works out everything for his own ends.”Proverbs 16:1-4 (NIV)
Prayer time is so beautiful when I pray the scriptures. God speaks and often gives me direction. The Prayer Path behind Zion Church is an example of God speaking through prayer. For me the Prayer Path has been an example of God’s promises and teachings coming alive. I have seen him provide all that has been needed at just the right time. I have seen people from all faiths come together, love each other, provide for each other in need and worship and pray together. I have seen things not succeed when our hearts were wrong and we were not putting God first.
Every time I walk the Prayer Path and the Labyrinth I am reminded of God’s faithfulness, reminded to trust our Lord for He provides what I need and to believe that it will be far better than I ever expected.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for all of the good things on this earth and in my life (as they are the successes) and we know that all good things are from you. I ask that all of our hearts stay open to you. Put you first and that all we do is committed to you. May our faith and belief remain strong, I pray, these things in Jesus name. Amen
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (NLT)
When I am down I give my
Pain to God,
God is the one and only
Father in my life right now.
If God were a human I would
Never leave his side.
God is an awesome God.
If you are hurting and don’t
Know what to do,
Just give it to God
And pray for it.
God is an awesome God.
If you have sinned and want
Forgiveness, he will forgive you.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for being my friend, for walking beside me through my journey of life, for loving me unconditionally and for being my safe place to fall. Amen
“ Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10(NIV)
With all the hustle and busyness of this past week, take the time to focus on God and His Son and listen. Go ahead, go give yourself some “me” time with God. It is permissible.
Go find that comfy chair, relax, take a couple deep breaths and exhale, concentrate on today’s Bible verse, “BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.” Say the verse over and over till you are totally centered on God. Relax! God is there with you.
Prayer: Father God, I thank you for this quiet time with you. You have refreshed me both physically and spiritually so that I might be able to serve you. Amen