21 Days of Prayer: Day 7 – The Word of God

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-11 (NKJV)

God has given us the answers to our problems and challenges. It is His Word. Every answer or solution we need is found in the Bible. Spending time in God’s Word daily will give you godly wisdom, which will make your way prosperous and give you good success.
Each time we speak God’s Word, we give voice to His Word and when angels hear His Word given voice- they respond! Find out what God’s Word says about your situation, believe it and declare it. God’s Word cannot return to Him void; you will see what you believe and confess come to pass!
When you are going through a tough time, it is not enough to know that God’s answer to the problem is “somewhere in the Bible.” Find the scripture in which God has promised the solution. Meditate on it until the truth of that scripture is revealed to you. When you do this, the enemy cannot prevent that Word from God from bearing fruit in your life.

Thought for the Day:

Spending time in God’s Word daily will give you godly wisdom, which will make your way prosperous and give you good success.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from Isaiah 55:10-11 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • How can you make meditation of the Word of God a greater priority in your life?

Scripture References: Joshua 1:8; Psalm 103:20; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23

SUNDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Your Needs (Be Specific) and Thanksgiving For All That Was Prayed

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 7

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:

But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him.
1 John 2:5 (NKJV)
  • The Word of God – Father, may my child fall in love with your Word and grow to find it more “precious than gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 6 – Grace

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)

In this verse, a profound truth is being declared. It says we are saved by grace through faith, not one or the other. Think of it this way-grace is what God does; faith is what we do. It takes both working together to receive salvation.
God’s grace has provided not only for salvation but also for every need of your life. That provision is not based on whether you are reading the Bible enough, praying enough, or going to church enough. Before you ever had a financial need, God created the provision. Before you were sick, God, through grace, provided your healing (1 Pet. 2:24). Before you ever became discouraged, God blessed you with all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3). That’s grace.
God anticipated every need you could ever have and has met those needs through Jesus before you existed. All The Lord is asking in return is for us to, with our life, purpose to daily honor and appreciate (faith) the finished works of Jesus Christ (grace).

Thought for the Day:

Grace is what God does; faith is what we do. It takes both working together to receive salvation.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from Ephesians 2:8-9 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • Are there areas in your life that are going well that you tried to take credit for?
  • How can you daily show honor and appreciation to the finished works of Jesus Christ?
Scripture References: John 1:14-17; Romans 1:16-17; Titus 2:11

SATURDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Current Vision of the Church

Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NKJV)

 

Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:

  • Connect People to God – Weekend Services
    • Pray for the lost to be saved
  • Connect People to Family – Small Groups
    • Pray for Leaders and Groups
  • Connect People to Purpose
    • Pray for people to take their Next Steps
  • Connect People to the Community
    • Pray for all who serve others

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 6

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:
Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake, That He might make His mighty power known.
Psalms 106:8 (NKJV)
  • Grace – Father, may my child come to know who You are and experience your grace all of the days of their life. I thank you that they walk in the gift of no condemnation. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 5 – Vessel

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? I Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV)

One of the most amazing truths of the Christian life is that when we trust in Christ as our Savior, His Spirit takes up residence in us. He’s not just “out there” any longer. He’s living in us. In the same way that Christ stepped out of heaven and came to earth to communicate His love, forgiveness, and power to us, His Spirit steps into the life of each believer to impart wisdom, encouragement, and strength to us-every day. Always, He is literally as near as our breath. We are never alone.
Housing the Holy Spirit also brings responsibility. We represent the King of kings to every person we meet, and we are His ambassadors to those around us (2 Corinthians 5:20). Realizing we are God’s temple transforms our character into the image of Christ by causing us to become aware of what we think, say, do, and value.

Thought for the Day:

The Spirit of God resides on the inside of each believer to daily impart wisdom, encouragement, and strength.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from 1 Corinthians 3:16 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • As God’s temple, are there areas of your life that need to be remodeled? What is one step you can take today in that process?
  • How does knowing the Holy Spirit lives within inspire you? How does it challenge you?

Scripture References: Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17–20

FRIDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Dream Team and Small Groups

And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. I Corinthians 12:28 (NKJV)

 

Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:

  • Pray that God would send the right people with the right heart to fill all helps ministry needs within our church.

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 5

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:

….he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
II Timothy2:21 (NKJV)
  • Vessel – Father, my heart’s prayer is that my child will know Your purpose for their life and will be used in a great way by You!  I believe they will have powerful testimonies and be salt & light to all people around them. I pray that they will walk closely with You and be vessels that honor You in all things. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 4 – Love

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. I John 4:10-11 (NKJV)

You may know that God cares for you, and loves you, and that He demonstrated His love for you by dying on the cross for you- but do you believe it? It is one thing to know about the love that God has for you, but another thing to actually believe it in your heart.

It is one thing to know that the sun shines on us during the day. But it is another thing to believe that the sun is still shining even though we don’t feel its warmth and all we see are dark clouds. Sometimes we are slow in believing God’s love for us when we are going through a tough time. But God wants you to know and believe that He loves you in the midst of the deal falling through, when that job is slow in coming, when you are having problems on the job or when your child still refuses to come home.

God wants to love you with all that He is and all that He has. He loves you unconditionally regardless of who you are or what you have done because His love is not dependent on you but on Himself. He will never stop loving you. The more of His love you receive, the more you will fall in love with Him. The more you fall in love with Him, the easier it becomes to walk in love with others.

Thought for the Day:

It is one thing to know about the love that God has for you, but another thing to actually believe it in your heart.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from 1 John 4:10-11 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • How is love defined in 1 John 4:10 different from the love the world teaches?
  • Are there barriers in your life that try to convince you that God does not love you?

Scripture References: Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37-40; 1 John 4

THURSDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Intercede for the Lost

Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

I Timothy 2:4 (NKJV)

 

Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:

  • Win Souls for the Kingdom
  • Clear Soul-Winning Strategy
  • Pray for More Laborers
  • Pray to Reach 400 Unique Souls in 2017

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 4

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:5 (NKJV)
  • Love – Heavenly Father, I pray my child receives the love you have for them.  My prayer is that everywhere they go, they will know You are with them and for them. Let them have an appetite for spiritual things and to continually grow in You.  I pray that they will love You with all of their heart and trust in Your grace to help them fulfill the purpose You have for their life. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 3 – Excellence

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)

Excellent people exceed expectations. In other words, they go the extra mile, they do more than is asked, and they take extra steps in ensuring they deliver the highest quality. If people were to describe your work, would excellence come to mind or simply mediocrity? Mediocrity is the enemy of the believer. Doing just enough to get by or believing for the bare minimum in life does not bring glory to God and the excellent spirit within you.

Excellence does not necessarily mean the absence of mistakes, but it does mean the presence of faith and determination. To be excellent at whatever God has called you to do, you must first ask for His strength to accomplish the task and then, secondly, His endurance to complete it. The true goal of excellence is to do the best you can with what you have at every moment.

Thought for the Day:

To be excellent at whatever God has called you to do, you must first ask for His strength to accomplish the task and then, secondly, His endurance to complete it.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from Colossians 3:17 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • How would doing everything “in the name of the Lord Jesus” transform what you have to say and do today?

Scripture References: Daniel 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Philippians 3:7-14

WEDNESDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Supplicate for the Saints 

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

Ephesians 1:18-19 (NKJV)

 

Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:

  • Be bold to lay hold of God’s provisions for us
  • Receive all God has in store for us, be led as to who God wants us to bless
  • That the saints will receive the breakthroughs they’ve been believing for
  • Pray for uncommon miracles
  • Great wealth for God’s people
  • We’ll walk in the fullness of the blessing
  • Obedience with our finances as it relates to tithes and offerings
  • Greater prayer life
  • Pray for sensitivity to the Spirit’s leading for sudden miracles, blessings, open doors, new beginnings for the duration of the year
  • Spiritual Growth and Development
  • Strong marriages and families
  • Successful singles
  • Jobs, careers, businesses
  • People will take their Next Steps in their spiritual journey
  • Pray as the Spirit leads

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 3

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:
“….whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)
  • Excellence – Lord, give my child the motivation and desire to do their best without added pressure.Let them be alert with clear thinking at school, at home, and wherever they may go. I pray for diligence and not laziness. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 2 – Protection

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” – Psalm 91:1-2 (NKJV)

Everyday, we are bombarded with news of conflicts, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, diseases, and new strains of drug-resistant viruses. You may be tempted to ask yourself, “Is there a place where I can truly be safe?”

Yes, there is! God foresaw all these things, and He has promised in His Word protection from every evil known to man. There is no trap set by the devil that our Father has not already delivered us from. Our responsibility is to trust Him and take Him as our Refuge. Make a daily decision to find rest in Him as your dwelling place, and know His angels are watching over you right now. They give heed to the voice of God’s Word. Refuse to live gripped with fear by choosing to speak what God’s Word says concerning His promise of protection for you and your household.

You have access by faith into the secret place of the Most High where no evil can touch you. There is no need to fear living in these times because the Lord is your Refuge and Fortress.

Thought for the Day:

There is no trap set by the devil that our Father has not already delivered us from. Our responsibility is to trust Him and take Him as our Refuge.

Connect & Reflect:

  • What specific word or phrase from Psalm 91:1-2 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • Do you find yourself gripped with fear after listening to the news and media report on what’s going on in the world? How can you protect your heart against the negativity in the world today?
  • How can you practice being in God’s Presence on a daily basis?

Scripture References: Psalm 91; John 17:14-23; Hebrews 1:14

TUESDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Spiritual Authority 

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Ephesians 1:17 (NKJV)

 

Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:

  • Apostle Frederick and Dr. Betty Price
  • Pastors Joel and Patricia Gregory
  • Linked UP Church Ministerial Staff
  • The Dream Team & Small Groups
  • Pray the Lord will Send the Right People with the Right Heart to Help Fulfill the Vision
  • Greater Measure of the Spirit of Wisdom
  • Revelation and Anointing for the Gregorys as they Lead their Congregation Forward

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 2

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.  

Psalm 3:3 (NKJV)
  • Protection – Heavenly Father, I pray for physical and spiritual protection over my child. Let them keep away from those who would seek to harm them. Give them common sense and awareness of their surroundings. I pray that they would not give into temptation and be led astray by false teachers or bad influences. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 1 – Wisdom

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself. – Ephesians 1:7-9 (NKJV)

The wisdom of God awaits the person who surrenders to the leading of the Holy Spirit. God’s richest blessings are accessed by those who follow after His Spirit, instead of being directed only by their senses and current circumstances. In order to live a life led by the Spirit, you will have to consecrate yourself to God’s plan for your life instead of following after a plan of your own making.

Setting aside time in your day to spend time with the Lord helps to refocus you on your true calling and purpose. Throughout the next 21 days, we will embark on a journey that places you in a position to not only hear but also act on the wisdom of God. To know the will of God is the highest of all wisdom. Living in the center of God’s will rules out all falseness of religion and puts the stamp of real sincerity upon our service to God. The Bible reveals that God has a plan for our life and when we choose to trust Him, He will direct and lead us in the fulfillment of this plan.

There is a peace that comes with having the wisdom of God concerning His plan for your life. Peace with God, peace within your heart, and the joy of fellowship with Christ have in themselves a beneficial effect upon the body and mind, and will lead to the development and preservation of life.

Thought for the Day:

The Bible reveals that God has a plan for our life and when we choose to trust Him, He will direct and lead us in the fulfillment of this plan.

Connect & Reflect:

  • What specific word or phrase from Ephesians 1:7-9 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • Why does it please God to make known to you His will for your life?
  • How can you practice becoming more sensitive to the Spirit of God on a daily basis?

Scripture References: Proverbs 4:7; Isaiah 11:2; Proverbs 8:11

MONDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Natural Authority 

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV)

 

Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:

* President Donald Trump

* Vice President Mike Pence
* United States Senate
* The United States Congress
* The U.S. Supreme Court
* U.S. Governmental Departments
* Presidential Advisors
* All U.S. Military Forces
* Governor Nathan Deal
* Lt. Governor
* State Senator
* State Representatives
* State Courts
* State Board of Education
* State Elected Officials
* Mayors
* City Council Members
* County and Municipal Courts

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 1

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:

Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. 1 Kings 3:9 (NKJV)

  • Wisdom – Heavenly Father, I pray that my child develops a discerning spirit and wisdom in choosing the right friends. Grant them a clear understanding of right and wrong as well as absolute truth. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

Sunday Service Jan 8 – Update

 

Greetings Linked UP,

 

PLEASE READ THIS COMMUNICATION IN ITS ENTIRETY.

Both Sunday Services (9:00am & 11:00am) scheduled to be held at the Marietta Performing Arts Center on tomorrow are hereby cancelled. The building will be closed.

 

We will not have our normal scheduled Services due to pending extreme and inclement weather. Subfreezing temperatures through tomorrow afternoon coupled with very icy conditions and the increased potential for black ice after night fall have necessitated this decision.

 

However, God has provided us a ram in the bush! I will still deliver this Sunday’s teaching to you with an Online Modified Service livestreamed via Periscope and Facebook Live at 10:00am (EST) in the morning. You will be able to view the livestream from your electronic smart devices (cell phone, lap top, computer, etc.) by visiting: www.periscope.tv/linkedupchurch or www.facebook.com/linkedupchurch .

 

We will be kicking off our 21 Day Fast, so please tune in to join me in praising and worshipping the Lord for what He has done and is doing!

 

I look forward to coming before you tomorrow morning at 10:00 via Social Media!

 

In His Service and for His pleasure,

 

Joel Gregory

Senior Pastor