40 Days of Focus: Day 23

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Day 23: A Word of Knowledge

Reflect On: 2 Samuel 7:18-29

“…your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you…”

In 2nd Samuel 7:18-29, David is responding to a word from God given through the prophet Nathan concerning his rule and his family. Much of what the prophet said would not happen in David’s lifetime, yet David responds with a humble confidence believing God’s promise. Essentially, David says, “Let it come to pass for your glory not mine.” God had already blessed David far more than most shepherd boys could ever dream. Still a servant at heart, King David wants nothing more than to be in agreement with God.

God wants to speak over His people. We all have a destiny the God wants to see us fulfill. The heart of David was such that his greatest desire was to be and do whatever God had planned for him. David’s response to Nathan’s prophecy reflects his servant’s heart for God.

What is God speaking over you?  More importantly, how will you respond when He speaks?

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

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40 Days of Focus: Day 22

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Day 22: The God Shepherd- The Divine Presence

Reflect On: Psalm 23

“The Lord is my shepherd…I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long”

The 23rd Psalm contains six of the most recognized verses in all of scripture.  Many people take comfort in the poetry describing God as the Good Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd leads and feeds, restores and adores, comforts and protects. The psalmist reminds us that we are like precious sheep in God’s fold.  The image of sheep and shepherd is so remarkable that people fail to notice that the last two series are not about shepherding at all. The psalmist changes metaphors and describes something just as remarkable, but all together different. In verses 5 and 6 God is the divine host and we are guests at His table.

Reflect upon what it means to dwell as an honored guest in the house of God.  How is this metaphor the same and how is it different from being a sheep  in the Good Shepherd’s fold?  What does Psalm 23 say about how we can experience the presence of God?

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

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40 Days of Focus: Day 21

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Day 21: The Triumph in the Agony

Read and Reflect On: Psalm 22

“They will tell a people yet to be born about His righteousness- what He has done.”

Psalm 22 is a a psalm written by David centuries before Christ, but one that Christ quotes while hanging on the cross.  The sentiments of the psalm express the agony that Christ was enduring in that moment, but also the belief that despite His great suffering, God is worthy of praise and great things are coming for those who bow before Him.  Jesus knew that the moments he spent hanging there on that cross would go into a wonderful message that would gather countless numbers of people into a new Kingdom when they believed in Him.  Jesus was looking past the agony of the cross and straight in to the reality of the resurrection.  It was a painful and lonely place for sure, but a good place.  A place of hope and redemption.  David’s psalms often remind us that sorrow and tragedy are the fertile ground of hope eternal.

Christ’s choice to quote this psalm from the cross gives us an example of triumph.  The cross reminds us that our most difficult places can be redeemed. As we pass the half-way point through the season of lent, let us try and look at suffering and tragedy through the lens of the cross.  Our hope is in Christ and His resurrection. For there to be a resurrection there must be a crucifixion.  Every test can produce a testimony because we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

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40 Days of Focus: Day 20

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Day 20: Ready or Not…

Reflect On: Matthew 26:36-46

“Get up. Let us be going.”

In the Garden of Good Intentions, the disciples were not ready.

As we have seen, they were sleeping.  Never the less, the time had come. Jesus had heard from the Father.  It was time. The disciples would have heard from the Father as well, but as we mentioned, they were sleeping.  Even though He had not yet slept, Jesus was ready for the day.  The day all of creation had been waiting for was about to begin and the disciples were tired. They had not finished sleeping.  “Get up!”Jesus says. Jesus was the “Chosen One” and he was determined to do the will of the Father even unto death.  We too are chosen like the disciples, to do the will of the Father.  Will we stay asleep in the Garden of Good intentions?  Or will we awaken and seize the day of the Lord.

Jesus is awake and alive!  Jesus is still hearing from the Father.  Jesus is  still “The Chosen One” who is determined to do the will of God no matter what the cost.  Jesus is still alert and ready for action.  He does not slumber.  He does not sleep.  He is still changing human history through chosen people like you and me.  Are you still sleeping in the Garden of Good Intentions?  Get up! It is time!  Let us be going!

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

Go to www.onemissionsociet.org/give/thefletchers to partner with us!

40 Days of Focus: Day 19

 

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Day 19: The Accuser

Reflect On: Matthew 26:36-46

“The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak”

Scripture refers to Satan as the “Accuser of the Brethren” and he lives up to that title. When we are weak in the flesh, Satan is quick to point fingers and deride us for our struggles. Like a childish bully, Satan tempts us then teases us when we fail inhales that we will forget our true identity in Christ and the victory we have over Him through the precious blood of Jesus.

When you endeavor to learn the spiritual disciplines of fasting and prayer, know that the spirit goes before the flesh.  Eventually the flesh will catch up to the Spirit of God in you, but it might take some time and faithful practice.  Do not let Satan discourage you as you grow. Learning a new spiritual discipline can e like learning to solar skate.  You are going to fall occasionally, but you will have some successes as well. Celebrate the willing spirit in you and the moments of growth you experience.  Ignore the voice of the accuser, your adversary.  Remember that it is not the discipline that makes you complete, but it is Christ in you the hope of glory!  The work is complete in Christ.  Keep fasting and praying and let who you already are shine through!

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

Go to www.onemissionsociet.org/give/thefletchers to partner with us!

40 Days of Focus: Day 17

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Day 17: Whose Will?

Reflect On: Matthew 26:36-46

“…yet not what I want , but what you want.”

Jesus, in maybe His most grieved state, asks the Father to spare His life. Had he persisted according to His own desires there would be no atonement for our sin. We would be without a savior and without the promised Holy Spirit. Powerless and Godless we would have no hope of a Born-Again experience and life eternal. Instead, Christ submitted Himself to the will of the Father all the time knowing full well that betrayal, beatings, torture, ridicule, pain, and death would be the result.  But He also knew that our salvation and Satan’s defeat would come through His suffering.  Because of Christ’s submission to the will of the Father, we have become Christ’s reward, His prize!  And the Father’s great came to completion through Christ.  If our God, Jesus Christ, can humble Himself in prayer to the point of death and even death on a criminals cross, what attitude should we have in prayer?

If Christ humbled Himself, how much more should we humble ourselves?  What areas of your life are you still holding onto?  What things need to die so that Christ can live more fully in you?  How might you be more submitted to the will of the Father in prayer?  Take some time today to humble yourself before the Father in prayer and see what He will do in and through you.

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

Go to www.onemissionsociet.org/give/thefletchers to partner with us!

40 Days of Focus: Day 16

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Day 16: Peter-ing Out in Prayer

Reflect On: Matthew 26:36-46

“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak…”

As we have been discussing for the last few days, Jesus asked his closest friends to pray with Him, but they fell asleep. Full bellies, quiet place, late hour, comfortable fire glowing warm sleepy light across their faces, they melted away into dreamland instead of praying. Lets give Peter, James, and John the benefit of the doubt.  I bet they most likely started out with good intentions.  I bet they really wanted to pray with and for Jesus.  I am sure they did not want to disappoint their friend and teacher. No one would want to disappoint Jesus!  But they found that the temptation to sleep was a far greater influence than their resolve to pray.  How often is this the case for us?  How often do our current challenges and temptations overwhelm us, telling us not to pray? Its like we look at our circumstances and focus there instead of on God.  The warmth of the fire or the size of the problem influence us more than His presence.

We need a resolve to pray that is greater than our temptation to sleep!  How do we get that much needed resolve?  I do not know for sure what will work for you, but for me I know that resolve comes when I choose to give my attention to God and others.  I find resolve to pray when I dare to enter into the needs of others and receive as a gift the heart of God for those in need.  I find resolve to pray when I focus on God’s presence. It is much harder to listen than it is to speak.  My resolve to pray comes when I choose to intentionally listen instead of trying to fix things with my words.  To listen I need to give God my attention.

The next time you need to stay awake in prayer, give God and others your attention first and see what happens.

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

Go to www.onemissionsociet.org/give/thefletchers to partner with us!

40 Days of Focus: Day 15

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Day 15: The Power of Prayer

Reflect On: Matthew 26:36-46 again.

“He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee…”

Why did Jesus ask these three to go with Him to pray?  Jesus was in great need.  He was grieved to the point of death.  Could it be that Jesus believed that the prayers of his closest friends, Peter, James, and John had the power to change the circumstances that were grieving Him? We can know for sure that Jesus would never have called these three away with Him unless He thought that their presence as he prayed was important.

It is almost scary to think that our prayers hold the power of life and death, but what if they do?  What if there are things that God cannot or will not do unless we pray? How would that change the way that you pray?  Would you value your prayer time more? Would the understanding that your prayers are full of power and purpose change they way you perceive Christ’s admonition to pray for one another?

If you had 12 sticks of dynamite, how would you handle them? Would you throw them over your shoulder like a sack of potatoes?  Or would you handle them with care and respect understanding the responsibility and the power that resides in them?  What purpose would you assign to your dynamite? Applied properly and with care, dynamite is essential for mining and building, as well as many other things. Your prayers are full of power and purpose. Use your power wisely!

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

Go to www.onemissionsociet.org/give/thefletchers to partner with us!

40 Days of Focus: Day 14

IMG_2651Day 14: Stay Awake!

Read and Reflect On: Matthew 26:36-46

“Remain here and stay awake with me… ”

In the Garden of Gethsemane, we find Jesus sorrowful to the point of death.  He asks His friends Peter, James, and John to stay awake with Him and pray.  His sorrow was apparent to them although they still didn’t understand why.  Sadly, Peter, James, and John could not stay awake.  Maybe it was their lack of understanding or maybe it was their full bellies, having just devoured a satisfying meal.  But the fact still remains.  Jesus found His closest friends asleep at a time when He needed them the most.  He needed their prayers and their presence but found them absent, lounging in dreamland. How would that make you feel?

Jesus wakes them up and then says to his most passionate friend, Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with me one hour?” But Jesus’ disappointment does not lead to wrath.  Even at the time of His greatest need, Jesus has concern for them and their future.  He never stops teaching them.  He continues, “Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Unfortunately, after more prayer, He came back to His friends and found them steeping again and this happened not just once, but twice. These hours were the last moments that Peter, James, and John had with Jesus before His Crucifixion. And they slept through them! I wonder what lessons these three disciples missed because they fell asleep. I wonder what they might have experienced with Jesus had they stayed vigilant in prayer.

We are invited, daily into something amazing- communication with the Son of God.  The word “communication” really doesn’t do justice to our invitation.  The word “prayer” only scratches the surface.  The Son of God wants to share His heart wth us.  As friends of Jesus, we are invited into the deeper places of His heart where sorrow and joy, love and determination, disappointment and resolve all reside and are swallowed up in His amazing grace.  God wants intimacy with us and Jesus has made a way and sent Holy Spirit to help us walk in it.

May we learn to say “No” to our sleepiness and yes to the invitation of Jesus.  May we clearly and beautifully learn to seize every invitation God gives us.  Oh the opportunities miss when we stay asleep!

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

Go to www.onemissionsociet.org/give/thefletchers to partner with us!

40 Days of Focus: Day 13

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Day 13: Receive, Find, Enter In

Read and Reflect On: Matthew 7:7-12

“Ask…Seek…Knock”

Often when the words in Matthew 7:7-8 are discussed the focus is on the asking, the seeking, and the knocking.  Prayer is all about theses three. We ask of God.  We seek God.  We knock at God’s door.  For many asking, seeking, and knocking are areas of growth and opportunity in the discipline of prayer. For others, an emphasis on the promises of these verses is more important.

Jesus promises that if we ask WE WILL RECEIVE.  Do you believe Him?

Jesus promises that if we seek WE WILL FIND.  Do you believe Him?

Jesus promises that if we knock He will open up the door and WE WILL ENTER into His presence. Do you believe Him?

It is one thing to ask, seek, and knock.  It is another to receive, find, and enter in.  Ask the Lord how you are doing in the practice of prayer and in receiving his promises.

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

Go to www.onemissionsociet.org/give/thefletchers to partner with us!

 

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