Welcome to my daily thoughts!
My prayer is that these thoughts will challenge you in your daily walk with Christ. – Pastor James
Today’s Thought:

How strong is your prayer life? How committed are you to prayer for answers?…especially considering that our nation is looking for relief and answers in these uncertain times.

As I am reading through the book of Daniel for my current Seminary class, I found it challenging that Daniel was committed to prayer even when he knew the outcome of praying could be his own death. King Darius had signed into law that anyone petitioning their gods over a thirty day period would be put to death by the cruelty of hungry lions. Even in knowing the outcome…notice how Daniel responded:
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Daniel 6:10 (NKJV)

Many today are worried about things we cannot control….as was the case with Daniel. He had no control over the law that was made….but he took control over what was controllable in his life. How he responded was in his control…and Daniel choose to respond in faith through prayer multiple times that day.

As Christians, we say we believe in prayer….but how are we controlling what is controllable on our part? Can we control this virus? NO! ….Can we control the economy? NO! …….Can we affect the outcome? YES! YES! YES! …..Committed Christians can affect the outcome with God’s help….and that starts with the power found in committed prayer. Daniel continued in his committed prayer life….and notice the outcome: The mouth of the hungry lions were closed by the faithfulness of Daniels committed God. Imagine how quickly this virus could come to an end….if God’s children were as committed to prayer as Daniel was in his day! Imagine how quickly the economy could rebound if we employed what we claim to believe.

When faced with an uncertain outcome…Daniel did not run in fear…he fell to his knees in faith. Perhaps rather than praying for the end of a deadly virus….what we need more than this…is to ask God to help us have a committed life of prayer and dedication to “our God” that has the ability to unleashes His power and protection for the whole world to see.

Something to consider……
Today’s Thought:……...Was reminded of this truth during my quiet time this morning:

I have read many social media post in the past two weeks about the churches inability to meet and worship. This is a lie that the devil is using folks! Notice what Paul told the Corinthians:

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. I Corinthians 3:9

Do you want to know who the church is? It is the people! Paul teaches that “you (we) are the building”. We are the church! Therefore it is an impossibility for the church NOT to meet…unless you chose to NOT do so.
STAY WITH ME HERE: While it is true that we cannot meet “together” currently….the church CAN and SHOULD meet with the Lord daily! Are you taking time to “spiritually isolate yourself” each day and worship God so that He can provide you peace you need in these uncertain times?

Think about it! If we are indeed the church…then consider “Who” is abiding in our tabernacle.

Something to consider……