2020 VISION 5
May 2020

Well, here we are. We’ve discussed PRAISE, REPENT, ASK–now we’re ready to approach the subject call YIELD.
For many of us, maybe even most of us, this is an extremely difficult step because yield means submission, letting go, giving over control.
We may PRAISE and honor God, recognize our sin and REPENT, then present our requests, enumerate our needs, plead our cause—ASK, then foolishly ignore our Father’s request to trust Him or take certain actions as he leads.
TRUE STORY EXAMPLES
1. A young married man with two small children needed a job. He prayed and ask God to “give him a job.” The man’s father went to his house to find him sitting with his feet on the coffee table, surfing the channels on TV. The dad asked how his job search was going. “Oh, I prayed about it and God will send something my way.” Dad asked where he had applied. “Well, I haven’t applied anywhere but I know God will provide. I thought about going back to my old boss to see if they need anyone but I’m sure he’ll call if there is an opening.”
Hint: when we pray and sense God prompting,
take the initiative and pursue the prompt.
The young man later acknowledged that he didn’t want to work, he just wanted an income!
2. I have been looking for a missing briefcase for weeks. I’ve prayed, even repented for being careless while hoping I didn’t leave it somewhere. I’ve looked in the garage to see if it was set aside when the car was being cleaned out. I looked in the bedroom and closet, I checked my “parlor” bookshelves, behind chairs, and under tables. It just wasn’t here.
Admittedly, there is nothing of monetary value or great importance in the case but I had a list of addresses and a book of sermon notes and felt foolish for my carelessness. So, once more I petitioned God for any glimmer of hope. I asked Him to let me see what He saw.
I kept thinking I should look again on the floor of my closet but I knew I’d done that. I would have seen it any number of times I was there! But I had asked, I was prompted, so I looked one more time. Nope, it wasn’t where I had sensed I should look. I kept pushing aside a strap attached to a bag on the other side of the panel I was searching. Finally, I was so frustrated with the strap I yanked it. It was attached to the object I had been searching for. It was the shoulder strap on my briefcase.
Yielding is, to me, the difficult step to answered prayer. I tend to think I can fix, do, say what is necessary to have everything work out for me. Only God knows all things. Submit, yield, trust and allow Him to move on your behalf.
BOTTOM LINE: Luke 9:35 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, my Chosen One; listen and obey and yield to Him!”
Psalm 37:5,7 Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in Him also and He will do it. Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him
Proverbs 16:3 Commit you works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him] and you plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance]. AMP
PRAISE
REPENT
ASK
YIELD
2020 VISION 4
April 2020
I sought the Lord [on the authority of His word], and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him from all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [with awe-inspired reverence and worship Him with obedience], and He rescues [each of] them. O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:4,6-8 AMP
Definitions for review:
Prayer is the spiritual communion with God, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, and/or confession.
Praise is a combination of giving thanks, paying homage (respect, honor, reverence) to God. It can include worshipping in song and remembering we are children of the Most-High-God.
Repent means to feel and express sincere regret for having transgressed (committed an offense) against another person or disobeyed God.
Many of us believe that prayer is telling God what we need and/or want and sometimes even telling him how and when it should take place.
Now we will discuss the “Ask” step. The Bible clearly gives permission and highly suggests that we should ask for what we need. Jesus said, “Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. Matt. 7:7-8
God is a caring Father and he always hears every word we address to him. Nowhere are we instructed to have a ritualistic routine. However, when Jesus was asked about how to pray, he gave a model for prayer that began with Praise then Petition, then Repentance and finally Submitting to God’s divine authority.
I think of prayer more as though I am conversing with someone in the room rather than placing a phone call. Throughout the day I intersperse Praise, Repentance, Asking and Yielding in my “conversations” with my Father. Some days when I am especially grumpy, I spend a LOT of time in repentance for my attitude. Of course, I tend to ask for something every few minutes. “Lord, help me find” or “show me how” or “protect our President,” “harness our congress,” “bless our church family,” etc.
The point is: P raise Honor God
R epent Gain liberty and stay free from bondage
A sk Freely tell God your needs and wishes
Y ield Allow God to love and bless you
Here’s something to think about: Jesus said, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Matt. 6:8b Yet a few minutes later during his Sermon on the Mount he says we should “keep on” asking, seeking and knocking. What? Think about it. I’ll try to remember to revisit this thought next month. Meanwhile, think about it.
BOTTOM LINE: This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him; that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us. 1 John 5:14 AMP
 
2020 VISION 3
March 2020
Definitions for review: Prayer is the spiritual communion with God, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, and/or confession.
Praise is a combination of giving thanks, paying homage (respect, honor, reverence) to God. It can include worshipping in song and remembering we are children of the Most-High God.
Last month we explored the joy, the privilege, and the necessity of praise. Jesus gives us a format we call the Lord’s Prayer which began with praise. Read Luke 11:2-4 and Matt. 6:9-13. The Praise model
Repent
Ask
Yield
Is similarly formulated. This month we’ll be discussing the Repent step. Again, the Lord’s Prayer includes this vital step.
Repent, as Jesus taught in the Luke and Matthew passages, means to
feel and express sincere regret for having transgressed against another person or disobeyed God and his principles. When we transgress, we commit an action that goes against a law, rule or code of conduct; an offense.
Sometimes the Repent step seems to meet with resistance in our minds. What we fail to realize is that conviction (God’s willingness to show us our error) is a gift for growth and advancement in our spirit. Conviction leads to repentance if we are willing to take that step, and repentance leads to a liberated, bondage-free existence. With repentance we have just taken the steps to give our Spirit wings. I choose to soar rather than slog along in my muck.
Psalm 139:23-24–”Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
This Psalm basically says, “Look deeply, O God. What do you see that I need to know about me? Reveal it to me and show me how to go on from here.
In a nutshell, that is the essence and substance of Repent. 1. Give God access to your heart/mind, 2. Give him permission to reveal it to you; 3. Acknowledge error/sin; 4. Confess it and receive forgiveness and freedom.
Simple but difficult! What I mean is: It’s not complicated but it is challenging because it requires so-o-o-o much transparency.
Look at how David went to God with his sin. Psalm 51:1-2—“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
Notice that David recognized God’s Love, Mercy, Compassion and his ability to cleanse, wash, blot the heavy burden of sin from his heart.
Bottom Line: Good News! Transparency in God’s presence is a very safe place.
 

2020 VISION  2

Praise

February, 2020

 

Definitions for review:  20/20 VISION is normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet.

            PRAYER is a spiritual communion with God, as in supplication, thanks-giving, adoration, or confession.

 

Last month I shared the 2020 VISION, to pray weekly for at least an hour, for our national government, our local government, for the Christian Community at-large, and for my personal relationships.

 

I had a bookmark that read: PRAISE

                                                      REPENT

                                                      ASK

                                                      YIELD

 

I have used this as a formula to assist in staying focused in prayer.  I am passing it along in case some of you find it difficult to concentrate when life pressures keep interrupting your thoughts while praying.

 

I once read that the late David Wilkerson, founder of Teen Challenge in New York City, felt the Lord was directing him to pray for one hour daily.  He set a time, went into his office, shut the door and turned the telephone off.  He did well for 20 minutes but began to think about things he needed to do, calls he wanted to make, etc.  He reportedly felt like giving up after three days of running out of things to pray about but he decided to start the fourth day with praise and worship.  When he prepared to pray for the needs, he noticed that over thirty minutes had passed while he was simply enjoying praise.  Within a short time, people were finding that David Wilkerson was very hard to contact before lunch—he was spending up to three hours in prayer and not even realizing that so much time had passed.

 

 

Praise is a combination of giving thanks, paying homage (respect, honor, reverence) to God, worshiping in song, and taking time to remember we are children of the Most High God.

Like David Wilkerson, I find that I can become so engrossed in praise, that I lose track of time and may find an hour is way too little time.  That’s a good thing.

 

Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord.  How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

Psalm 150:2 & 6 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.     Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord.

Psalm 100:2-3 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

 

It’s no wonder the Psalmist, David, was called, “a man after God’s own heart.”   He actually loved to praise God.  Note that David gave thanks, payed homage, worshiped in song, and recognized that he was a child of the Most High.

 

Finally, my personal practice to praise first prepares my mind and spirit for the next steps in the  PRAISE   format which we’ll be exploring in following months.

                                  REPENT

                                  ASK

                                   YIELD

David recognized this in Psalm 100:4-5  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

 

As I enter “his gates and his courts” of prayer and Spirit-to-spirit communication,

I’ll enter with thanksgiving and praise.

 

BOTTOM LINE:  1 Peter 2:9  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him called you out of darkness his wonderful light.

 

Blessings,    kitty

2020 VISION
January, 2020
20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.
I was curious to know why we call normal vision 20/20. Now I know. But the bigger question at the moment is: What is my 2020 vision for myself and my closest associations? I can’t, nor should I, try to assume a vision (plan for the future) for anyone but myself but I must plan how I will interact, assist, encourage and pray for those with whom I associate regularly.
Kassy and recently reviewed our budget and adjusted according to projected needs and made plans and decisions regarding needs versus wants and how to better build our savings. Now we have a vision of how we will spend or not spend.
In November I felt prompted to spend an hour in prayer each Tuesday for a year with a focal point for each week. First Tuesday (because that will be election day—first Tuesday in November—is dedicated to our nation; 2nd , local government, i.e., state, county, city; 3rd, the Christian community which includes H.A.G., our district, other Bible believing denomination, etc., 4th, my family and close friends. I now have a vision/plan for prayer for this year.
One spiritual principal upon which I firmly stand is that: Prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.
With Pastor Ivar’s permission, I will be implementing my 2020 vision this year to share some insights I have gathered regarding prayer.
According to various dictionaries, prayer is “1. a solemn request for help or an expression of thanksgiving to an object of worship, 2. an address (such as a petition) to God.” These definitions are the ones most commonly held by the majority of people—even believers in Christ.
The better definition is: a spiritual communion with God, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession.
Prayer is NOT SIMPLY talking to God and giving Him a list of petitions then hoping for the best. But it is communion and communication with God. We will be visiting this subject in coming months.
Meanwhile, here’s the Bottom Line: James 5:16b from the Amplified Version: The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) is able to accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].
God bless your 2020 the visions it generates