More Prayer Is Beneficial

If you’ve read my most recent posts you might be wondering, “Did Charlie just take two months to spend more time with God? What a huge commitment!”

The answer to that is No and Yes. I want to be truthful and say that I have been worshiping God a little more often in the last couple months. The last almost two weeks has meant even more time spent with the Lord and the last few days have been pretty intense. Actually, fervent would be a better word. I don’t want to get into a fervent-off with anyone, but I am definitely more fervent than I was 13 months ago!

Below are a couple of potent prayer passages from BibleGateway.com that I find practical and powerful in everyday life:

Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.

James 5:16-18 The Message

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The Message

As I write this I just noticed that both passages come from Chapter 5, verses 16-18 in both James and 1 Thessalonians. Maybe these will be easier to memorize in tandem because of the chapter and verse being exactly the same.

Prayer makes a difference and more prayer makes even more difference!

Our son’s moving back in today and there’s a lot going on, so I’ll be back later this week.

Keep praying, Brothers And Sisters!

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Spend More Time With God

Today I intentionally spent hours in the presence of God. I know God is immanent (everywhere), but I mean paying attention and listening for God as well as reading the bible and praying [again, praying includes listening].

After having a good conversation with a friend from Tennessee who’s more experienced in gifts like the prophetic I drove to Solana Beach to get a haircut at my favorite place, the Cove Barber Shop.

On the way I felt the Lord nudge me with “Do You Love Me?” and I can even sense that it was the version from the movie, “Dirty Dancing” by The Contours. I discovered The Blues Brothers version first and both are below.

Here’s something to consider:

Is Holy Spirit singing this to the church? Keep in mind that if God is singing the lyrics they would be sung with perfectly pure intentions, unlike how humans often sing them.

Press On, Brothers & Sisters, Press On!

Triple Surprise

At this moment I’m listening to Shawn Bolz and I highly recommend you listen to this! When I heard Deuteronomy I knew I wanted to include it in this post AND THEN, Shawn shared two more verses. Here are the verses and the Shawn Bolz video:

Deuteronomy 8:18

Ephesians 3:20

Habakkuk 2:2

You may notice that The Message translation adds a verse. My best guess is that Eugene Peterson felt those verses need to be linked. I hope you also like the way Shawn Bolz reads the verses as I do.

Press On, Sisters & Brothers, Press On.

Why Reblog Rae 24 Times?

If you’re like me you haven’t read Revelation very much because so many people want to talk about the enemy and forget that the book of Revelation is about Jesus. Listen to Jerame Nelson from the Fire & Glory Outpouring long enough and he will get around to mentioning that fact. (Incidentally, Jerame & Miranda’s new site is ElishaRevolution.com.)

After hearing him preach that enough times I finally read Revelation a few weeks ago. Something else I didn’t really know or had forgotten is the 24 elders who are mentioned in Revelation 4:10-11. (Read the verses at Bible Gateway in two translations side-by-side!) I believed that a way to highlight the 24 elders and help us remember them was to reblog Rae’s posts from RealAsTheStreets.org 24 times. So that’s what I did. Hopefully, doing that has gotten your attention!

In addition, the first song below is based on Revelation and it’s about Jesus, not his enemy.

Press On, Brothers & Sisters, Press On.