Ways Jesus Prayed

Jesus gave us an example of words to pray in the Lord's Prayer.  Although some believe  that the only way to pray is on your knees, others feel it is ok to pray standing up or sitting down.  Did you know that Jesus prayed in various positions?  

Jesus prayed: 
  • Crying (Hebrews 5:7)
  • Face down (Mathew 26:39) 
  • Kneeling (Luke 22:41)
  • Sitting (Matthew 26:20,26-27) 
  • Standing (Mark 11:25)
  • On the Cross (Luke 23:33-34)

Some think you should pray first thing in the morning and others feel at night is best.  Did you know Jesus prayed at different times of the day?

Jesus prayed at:  
  • Morning (Mark 1:35)
  • Meals (Luke 24:30)
  • Evening (Matthew 14:23)
  • Night (Luke 6:12)
In many of the scriptures, Jesus also prayed:
  • Alone / Privately 
  • For individuals
  • In groups / Publically 
  • Over followers
  • With family and friends

What posture do you use when you pray?  Humbly prostrate, kneeling in supplication or adoration, standing ready for victory, or sitting and listening for God?  Do you lower your head, close your eyes, or raise your hands? When do you pray?  Morning, noon, or night?  Where do you pray?  Do you pray only in church?  Or do you pray in the car, at work, at home, on trips? Also, what and who do you pray for?   The important thing is for you to pray everyday.

Why Are Words Displayed on Screens in Church?

Some churches display Bible or song verses on large screens at the front of the church.  Why do they do that?  To help you retain what you hear by also seeing it and allow you to better participate in the service.  It is a teaching tool.  Why do they want you to learn at church?  For your edification as well as so you may be blessed.  How?

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, 
burst into jubilant song with music;" - Psalm 98:4 (NIV)

With songs, you are blessed by singing praises unto the Lord.  In the old days, most churches had hymnals so you could follow along in the song service.  Some churches have hymnals still; others provide both a screen and hymnals, while some only have projections to screens.  If you are not singing along, you are missing: joy in your heart, spiritual uplifting of your soul, and blessings upon your mind/body.  So don not  just be entertained, join in!  Sing along and clap your hands.  The words are there to help you learn the song.  If you do not know the words, you can listen, read, and learn for next time – so no more excuses not to sing and miss your blessings.  Experience the joy of praising God!

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, 
so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. 
Then you will be prosperous and successful.” - Joshua 1:8 (NIV)

With scriptures, you get to know your Bible.  In the past, people brought their Bibles to church so they could follow along with the preacher/teacher and learn God’s Word.  Christians who want edification by studying God’s Word still bring their Bible, so they can mark the read aloud scriptures that speak to them during sermons/lessons.  A few people look up the scriptures on electronic devices, while others only look at the screen.  However, most do not bring their Bibles –they must just be too heavy to carry…  which are you?  Grow in God, read your Bible!

Make Me a Servant

The below video is the words to the Maranatha Singers song "Make Me a Servant."  The lyrics go along with the October devotional to Care for Others.  If you want a CD of this song, you can purchase the You Are My Hiding Place or just get the single MP3 as download from Amazon..

October Daily Devotionals: You Care for Others

In Christ, who do you need to love and care for: spouse, children, parents, extended family, fellow Christians, friends, those in need, and/or others?  God’s Word says you should help those in need, support your family, train your children, and look out for the interests of many people.  If someone needs prayer, you pray for them. If they need clothing, drink, food, or whatever – you give it to them (or help them find it).  If they need someone to: listen and/or, share with them about Christ - it is God’s will that you do that too.  In doing these works for God, you will bless others and He will bless you for your obedience. 

Please read the scriptures below and think about the different ways you can help those in need and what these verses may be telling you to continue doing or start doing more of.

October References for Daily Devotionals



Modern Technology and God

As a Christian, you know you are not supposed to worship idols; you are only supposed to worship God.  So you do not bow down to statues made of stone or wood.  But are there other false idols you maybe worshiping without realizing it?  As an example or idolization without awareness, let us take a look at technology.

Smart mobile phones are so much a part of modern life that they are taken for granted or thought extremely necessary.  How many hours do you spend on your phone each day?  How many minutes an hours are you talking to someone nearby, texting instead of talking, or updating social media?  Do you spend hours playing games or watching videos on your small screen?  Must you look up every new term you hear, check for the latest gossip, or find the fastest route via your phone's handy apps or internet connection?  Are you one of those individuals who look at your phone more than the faces of people?  Are you idolizing your phone?  Do you spend as much time with God, reading your Bible God, or sharing your faith as you do on your phone?  If you answer the last question NO, then perhaps you are treating you phone as a modern idol.

"Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: 
I am the LORD your God." - Leviticus 19:4 (KJV)

Wait, using a Bible app on your phone during church should count as God points verses idol points, right?  What about getting daily devotionals and scriptures to your phone via email or text?  Maybe.  It depends, are you following the sermon notes or doing your own thing?  Are you attempting to memorize any of those daily scriptures?  Are you searching for help to answer a fellow Christian's question or for your own edification?  Is any of it helping to grow your relationship with God? Again, check your purpose and time spent.  Is the time on the phone for God and does that study time outweigh the the "entertainment" time?  If no, then most likely the phone is your priority, not God.

Speaking of points, does other "entertainment" technology take more of you time than attending Church, studying your Bible, praying and building a relationship with God?  Entertainment technologies may include i-pod, i-pad, computer, gaming consoles, handheld games, IVA/IPA (voice-controlled intelligent personal or virtual assistant", social networks, television, and etc.   How many hours do you spend on entertainment devices each day? Are your always aiming to get more points, badges, and follows than spending time with God?  Has your entertaining device  become an idol for you?   

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me... Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, 
nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God," - Exodus 20:3&5 (KJV)

Wait just a minute!  You use YouVersion, BibleGateway, and other Bible-based search sites and Christian blogs on your computer or i-pad.  You order religious books, t-shirts, and more from Amazon and assorted Christian outlets.  You watch Christian sermons, panels, and music programs on your TV and listen to them on your ipod.  You ask Alexa or Echo to look-up scripture verses.  You post Bible scriptures, religious memes, and Christian videos on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, plus other social media sites.  Should not those count as God points instead of idol points too?  Maybe.  Again, it should depend on how often you use them in your study of God's Word, building a relationship with God, and sharing your faith with others.  Therefore, check your purpose and your time spent being entertained verses personal edification.   If the device is used more for entertainment time than edification, then most likely the devices are your priority over God.

Plug into God first!  God wants you to put him first in your life.  Your spouse, family, and church come after God.  A relationship with God should be foremost and fellowship with others next.  Fun and other things may come after that, as long as those things do not interfere with you growing in God's will.

Meanings Behind Ornamental Crosses

Do you see cross jewelry that seems askew?   As a Christian looking for a classic faith symbol rather than just fashionable jewelry, you may want to better understand your main options.  What is the symbolism behind the standard cross, sideways , equal-sides, and upside-down versions?  Also, you may wonder what is the difference in a cross and a crucifix?

A standard cross (aka: Christian Cross, Empty Cross, Latin Cross, or Protestant Cross) looks like a small letter "t." It is made with 2 intersecting bars;  a vertical bar that is longer than the horizontal bar.  This symbolizes the cross on which Christ was sacrificed for the salvation of mankind.  This version most closely resembles the wooden execution crosses, which were utilized in the time of Christ's life on earth.

"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: 
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." 
- Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)

A crucifix (aka: Catholic Cross or Orthodox Cross ) is a standard-style cross with an image of Jesus Christ on it.  The image may be carved into the cross or more frequently a 3-d image may displayed be on top of the cross. This symbolizes Christs suffering and sacrifice for people's salvation.

An equal-sides cross (aka: Greek Cross or Mission Cross) has four equal intersecting bars indicating compass points of north-south and east-west.  This symbolizes the spread of the gospel or the saintly mission.
CAUTION:  Prior to its use in Christianity, it symbolized the elements of air, earth, fire, and water.

"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, 
that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh,
 but quickened by the Spirit:" - 1 Peter 3:18 (KJV) 

A sideways cross (aka: Laying Cross, Leaning Cross, Nordic Cross, Resurrection Cross, Scandinavian Cross, Slanting Cross, or Suffering Cross) is a standard-style cross rotated 90 degrees so the shorter bars are pointing up and down.  This symbolizes Christ carrying the cross as he walked to Calvary to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of mankind. 
CAUTION:  Other symbolic interpretations have included humans in place between Heaven and hell, if on a grave marker it stands for  the resurrection of the soul, and some see it negatively as anti-Christ.

An upside-down cross (aka: Humility Cross, Inverted Cross, Petrine/St. Peter Cross) is a standard-style cross turned with the longer end at the top.  This symbolizes humility and piety from the story of Peter wishing to be hung up-side down because he did not feel worthy to die in the same manner as Christ.
CAUTION:  In recent times, some have perverted the meaning of this symbol to be used as an anti-Christian symbol.

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: 
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, 
who loved me, and gave himself for me." -Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

If you are selecting a cross as ornamentation, as a Christian you should select the meaning that you feel best represents your faith.  In case someone asks you what the jewelry you are wearing symbolizes, be prepared with an answer that reflects your faith.  You may also want to look for a personal scripture to memorize and repeat when you wear the cross to inwardly reinforce your belief.

Know the Truth!

The devil wants to hide the TRUTH of salvation through Jesus.  One way he does this is to lie about what churches stand for and cause people to be terrorized by the message or create terror against the message.  People following the hatred of the devil instead should look to Jesus so they may find his love and change their LIFE.

Jesus answered,"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:6 (NIV) 

Proof of the devil's deception was in the news this week when church buildings were desecrated before their Sunday morning services.   The news story of "LIE" on churches was carried on many Texas channels that weekend, including CBS and ABC/WFAA with follow-ups by CBN and newspapers.  As they washed away the vandalism on their buildings, many pastors hope the vandal would not only be caught by police (because he broke the law - destruction of property), but be caught by Jesus too (because all need salvation).