Saturday, November 26, 2005

Prayer Walking - Faithful to the Call

Mari and I, have been faithful to the burden God has placed on our hearts to prayer walk a different community every Friday. This week we did not walk, we parked the van on 8th Street (a main business area in our city,) and prayed right were we could see all the traffic. We may not have walked, but we still journeyed to another location to pray.

One of the main topics that was upon our hearts was in the area of breaking strongholds in the life's of our loved ones. It seems life is not easy for either of us, but through it all, we both have joy that only comes from God's heart.

Sounds like James words..."Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when ever you face trials of many kinds..." James 1:2

We used a prayer from "Shattering your Srongholds,"found on page 171, by Liberty Savard.

I am thankful to have prayer partners like Mari, who are faithful to come along side and intercede. Praying for teens, holiday shoppers, our pastors, and church family, were some of the other prayer concerns. We asked God to continue to call forth others who are burdened to pray for their local community.

From the Message a verse from 1Peter 2:12 that is worth pondering concerning loved ones not following the Lord: "Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives."

Amen!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

We Have a Great God

If you cannot believe, love from the bottom of your heart and don’t have so many questions about your faith. Just give your love to everyone! Most people are unable to express themselves about formal faith; but everyone understands what love is. Let love surge up in your heart and you will be one with God. If you are looking for a way forward, if you belong to those who strive for the kingdom of God, for a new heaven and a new earth, then love! God loves the world. Anyone can see that, otherwise God would not have wanted to make everything new.

Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, from You Belong to God, Blazing the Trail.

Answered Prayer

My husband and I help out a young single mom and her little girl Haley, who is two years old. We have known Haley and her mom, since she was six month's old. Haley is a joy to have around, to be able to spoil, to play with, and to love. Murray and I have become her REAL LIFE GUARDIAN ANGELS!

Weekly I write down items I need, my to do list, and prayer request, and daily I lift them to God for His provision, and guidance. I was thinking of Haley and how nice it would be to buy a kitchen center for her, I added this to my weekly need list. Money, however is limit right now, so I prayed. I told no one about Haley having very little for toys, or my desire that she would have a kitchen play center. Last night when I arrived home from work, a neighbor had dropped off a few toy items for Haley that her girls had grown out of.

Sitting in my living room was a new to me and now Haley, Fisher Price Kitchen center. This may seem like a coincidence, but the thing is, I told no one except God. I believe it was a gift from Him. Today, when I went and thanked my neighbor for her gracious gift to Haley, we both started to cry because of the love that was shared. I also had a chance to share about my heart prayer and God's goodness to us when we thank Him and pray.

Father God, thank you for placing Haley into the life of my family. Thank you for caring for the fatherless and those who do not have much. I thank you for opening a window to share of how you care and move in the life's of those who seek you through prayer.

Love to hear your thoughts.

World Network of Prayer

For those of you who like information on prayer and prayer incentives check out this world network of prayer online, wnop.org

The weekly prayer points have been very insightful, informative, and inspiring.

Wow, I have a lot of encouraging words that start with in...

Something New from Japan

Every Monday I help my friend Glenna, organize prayer requests she recieves from missionaries, the prayer list is called "Friends in Foreign Places." Yesterday, one of the prayer request came with insights on how to pray for people around us.

Victor, Jodi, Elisa and Abby Morrison are missionaries in Japan. I wrote Victor and asked if I could use his prayer insights on this blog, He said, yes! Following is an unedited version of Victor's request. One more thought, hopefully Victor will share more insights in the future and thank you Victor for the encouraging words.

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Prayer Starts from John 6-7 by Victor Morrison

This week, I want to give you three categories of people to pray for each day of the week. I know people who fit in each of these categories, but I don’t feel comfortable writing their names over the Internet, so please just pray for these each day, and God will fill in the blanks. The categories all come from some specific impressions I had the other day when I was reading John chapters 6 & 7, so you can open your bible, hit your knees and pray the following. It will only take three minutes per day, but it will change eternity for at least 21 people! Actually, it is my conviction that as you pray through this list, the Spirit of God will probably bring to mind the names and faces of others around you who also fit these profiles, so let’s pray for all of those we know who fit these descriptions.

Your Missionaries to Japan,
Victor, Jodi, Elisa and Abby Morrison
IMB Tokyo

Monday:
Pray for those who are silent and try to hide their opinion of Him, John 7:13, 50
Pray for those who have been surprised by Him, John 7:14-15
Pray for those who are misunderstanding Him, John 7:19-20, 34-36

Tuesday:
Pray for those who are not responding to Him, John 7:26
Pray for those who are opposing Him, John 7:30, 32, 44
Pray for those who are divided over Him, John 7:43

Wednesday:
Pray for those who do not believe, John 6:33, 64: 7:5
Pray for those who are afraid of Him, John 6:19
Pray for those who have received Him, John 6:20

Thursday:
Pray for those who complain about Him, John 6:41-43, 61; 7:12
Pray for those who argue over Him, John 6:52
Pray for those who offended by Him, John 6:60-63

Friday:
Pray for those who have betrayed Him, John 6:64, 70-71
Pray for those who are walking away from Him, John 6:66
Pray for those who are ready to believe in Him, John 6:67-69; 7:31

Saturday:
Pray for those who are interested in Him, John 6:2
Pray for those who serve Him, John 6:8-13
Pray for those who are fascinated by Him, John 6:14-15

Sunday:
Pray for those who are challenged by Him, John 6:60
Pray for those who try to manipulate or control Him, John 6:15; 7:3-10
Pray for those who are searching for Him, John 7:11

Prayer Tip from Robin:
You could use these prayer incentives on your prayer walk. Ask Jesus to lead you in prayer for people he has laid on your heart.

"And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve him, to love the name of the Lord, and to worship Him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant-these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer." Isaiah 56:6 Victor this is my prayer for you today! "JOY!"

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Walking Tips

Okay this is way too funny...maybe the next thing I try will be prayer skiwalking check it out!

On a more serious side, since snow is starting to cover Canada, I thought tips on walking in winter would be a good idea. Adapted tips from Peterborough moves.

Winter Walking Tips


1. Plan ahead and give yourself lots of time to get where you are going, don’t rush. ( I need to learn this one!) Walking with God does not have to be done in a hurry.
2. Proceed with caution when walking across a street when cars are hidden from view by snow banks. Watch out for cars that can’t stop at intersections because of ice.
3. Be careful not to slip, if you do and are falling backward, bend your head and back forward as not to hit your head on the pavement.
4. Slippery areas can be tricky, take small steps, and be prepared to fall and roll.
5. Whatever you do don’t take short cuts unless you want to get bogged down by snow! Stay on designated paths or walk on grassy patches if the walkway is icy.
6. Have proper footwear for walking in winter.
7. Do not forget to do warm up exercises after ten minutes of walking.
8. Always watch out for cars when walking on the road, they have more power....

If you have more ideas please add them...

My friend Sarah has a great tip: When walking on ice shuffle and slide. Thank you Sarah for the tip!

Walking tip from Robin:
Have shoes with good tracks on the bottom. Mari, told me about some straps for your runners that help with walking on ice. I need to find a set.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

a funny thing!

I fell asleep during Wednesday night prayer!

I heard everyone praying, but my mind was resting in thoughts of heaven, and my mouth would not and could not utter a word. This reminds me of quote I read once, that it is better to fall asleep on the breast of Christ then not to have gone there at all. I actually felt warm, loved, and content... Too Funny!

One more thought: Snow has finally come to Saskatchewan, and I am going to be committed to prayer walking all winter, especially with Mari. It was lovely outside tonight, the snow was lightly falling, and the light from the street lights reflected off the snow bringing a glow to the darkness. Even in the black of night the presence of God was all around. I think prayer walking is becoming a habit I like!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Extravagant Love

"Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that." (The Message) Ephesians 5:2

Suddenly, I awoke from a sound sleep with the profound urgent sense to get on my knees and pray concerning a loved one. What came to me was, "Robin, you need to love, and extravagantly as I love you. Pour it out from your very soul." Oh, sure sounds easy, but in this situation it will take more then just doing, or trying, it will only happen as I walk close with Jesus, leaning on him every step of the way. And only by the power of the Holy Spirit will I be able to pour it out from my soul upon another. Romans 5:5 "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."

Mari and I were obedient in our commitment to prayer walking this week. Our date with God was a divine appointment, we both had other things we could have done, but through our obedience we were blessed by God. God revealed to us many things to bring before him, the one thing that stood out was how he desired to pour out his love upon people as they turn to Him. God is extravagant with His love even when we do not walk with Him.

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (NKJV) Ephesians 5:2

And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (NIV)Ephesians 5:2

Who has God placed in your life that needs to experience extravagant love?
How have you personally experienced the love of God in your life?

Father thank you that you have demonstrated your great love towards us while we are still sinners, Christ died for us. Thank you that your love is not stale, or stingy, but extravagant. Thank you Jesus for loving us extravagantly. Amen.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Give Thanks

Psalm 100:1-3

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
Come before him with joyful songs,
Know that the Lod is God
It is he who made us, and we are his,
we are his people, the sheep of his
pasture.

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.

Prayer Walking

Prayer walking in Saskatchewan during the winter month's is going to need a special touch from the Holy Spirit, concerning being disciplined. Motivation is going to be a must. Thank goodness I have a partner to join me every Friday. I will have accountability. Here I am grumbling about winter and it has been a mild winter so far. Thanksgiving should be the heart thought not complaining. Oh well, looking ahead to the month's ahead, I am sure, challenging days will come.

My prayer walk partner did mention you can buy straps for your runners that have little spikes in the bottom to be able to walk on ice. I have been looking for them but to no avail. I am sure one day I will find them.

Father thank you for grace and Your provisions even when it concerns going out in bitter weather. Grant to Mari and I the motivation and discipline to stay on course with the vision you have given us over the winter month's. Keep us from stumbling or harm. Fill us with Your power and lead us in prayer. Help us to prepare for the spring and to know what Your heart is concerning teaching others about walking with you. Thank you Jesus for leading us in this journey of prayer.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

© Robin Sloboda, November 10, 2005

P.S To my special mentor and encourager(you know who you are.) Thank you for encouraging me, I am writing more....

Monday, November 07, 2005

New Turn

Over the last ten month's prayer walking has been a main focus, and it still remains a main theme in my life. My friend Mari and I have committed to walking each community in our city claiming God's word and asking God to call forth others to birth small prayer groups to cover the communities in prayer.

Walking with Yeshua was started to log my journey as a prayer walker. My desire is to continue using this log to journal this journey and to use it to motivate others.

A few weeks ago, Mari and I did a Jericho walk around Walter Murray, a local high school. It was the most amazing prayer adventure to date. Praise and worship filled most of the time, but spiritual warfare for the souls of these teens was heavy upon our spirits.

I love to hear your journey in prayer please leave comments.

May this log continue to bring Glory to Jesus as I continue to walk with HIM.

© Robin Sloboda, November 08, 2005