“What Do You Want Me To Do for You?”

by Katy Kauffman


The question is an inviting one, when it comes from God the Son. It’s a question that Jesus asked two of His disciples—What do you want Me to do for you? (Mark 10:36 NKJV*). They had no trouble answering—Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory (Mark 10:37).


There’s bold, and then there’s out of line. Can you imagine someone asking that of Jesus, especially a disciple? But Jesus didn’t scold them. He asked them if they would be willing to suffer as He would have to suffer. He knew they would be persecuted for His sake, but to grant their request was something only the Father could do (Matthew 20:23).


If Jesus came to you with that question—“What do you want Me to do for you?”—what would you tell Him? What secret dreams do you have? What desperate need?

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From the Valley to the Pit – A Guest Post by Josie Siler

My feet crunched on the rocky path that wound through the valley as I contemplated the mysterious embrace of a dense fog; and that’s when it happened—I fell into a pit. It wasn’t a pretty fall either; it was a face first nose dive into a deep, dark hole filled with all sorts of creepy-crawlies that wanted to eat me alive.


I stumbled to my feet and assessed the situation. I tried to remember those glorious days spent at the top of the mountain, but the effort was like trying to capture the fog between my fingers. Was I really on the mountaintop just a few short weeks ago? Maybe, like the fog, it was a dream or a deception. 


Was the fog there for me to enjoy its beauty or was it there to blind me to the pit? Is it foe or friend? I’m not sure, but I know this pit is the last place I want to be, and the fog brought me here. 


 

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Door Post Verses: Prayer

A Guest Post by Trina Dofflemyer

Bible Verses on Prayer from Jesus’ Life:*

Luke 5:16
Luke 11:1
Luke 11:2-4
Matthew 5:44
John 12:28

Gene Tunney, an American world-champion boxer in the early twentieth century, once said, "To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise." I certainly want that glow of good health, but the exercise? Not so much!

I enjoy the health benefits from forcing myself to tie on my walking shoes and put in my three miles at the park. I have more energy, I sleep better, and my clothes fit better. When I fail to practice the discipline of exercise, the opposite is true.

Practicing the spiritual disciplines can be a similar battle. The purpose of practicing the spiritual disciplines is to become more like Jesus. Prayer is one of the most important of these disciplines. When we pattern our prayer disciplines after the life of Jesus, we become more like our Lord and Savior in character and heart. 

 

 

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Praying Like Jesus

When our lives are hectic, it may be hard to settle down and pray. When our hearts are hurting, we may not know what to say. When we’re wanting to deepen our relationship with God, we may wonder what pattern of prayer pleases Him.

There is one Person whose heart always pleased God, Someone who has shown us how to talk to Him. In Matthew 6, Jesus gave us a pattern for prayer. He told us:

  • how to address God,
  • what to focus on in life,
  • how often to ask for what we need,
  • what to do about our sins and others’, 
  • how to guard against evil, and
  • why to ask for these things.

If Jesus taught the disciples to pray like this, we know that this pattern of prayer is complete with power, with a respect and love for God, and with a desire to see His will done in our daily circumstances. 

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Praying from a Student’s Perspective

 

It’s that time again. Kids have to get up early, parents make sack lunches, and a new school year begins. Even though I don’t have any kids of my own, I want to repost part of an article about how to pray for our schools. After interviewing several friends last summer, ages 6 to 21, I gathered these prayer requests. These students are now a year older, but take note of their grade and the depth of their requests.  Would you join me in praying our teachers and students, and ask God to work in our schools in this new year?

Here’s what we can pray for ...

 

 

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The Silent Prayer

Have you ever prayed so hard for something that you said no words aloud, but you cried out to God in your heart?

Some prayers originate from the deepest part of our souls, born out of desperation or anguish. Hannah prayed one of those prayers. 

 

 

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O God, See, Hear, and Save!

How do you respond to Satan’s lies and schemes? Today I want to look at the second prayer in our series on prayers from the Bible. Prayed at a desperate time, this prayer is a model that helps us to counteract the voice of the enemy. 

Tucked away in the chapters of Isaiah is a short but powerful prayer. Hezekiah, king of Judah, faced threats from a fierce enemy, King Sennacherib of Assyria, who planned to besiege Jerusalem. Hezekiah took a letter filled with the enemy’s threats to the temple of God, and spread the letter before Him—a perfect picture of faith and dependence on God. In the letter, the enemy boasted that he had conquered other nations and their gods hadn’t been able to save them (Isa 37:8-13). Earlier he had even said that the God of the Jews had sent him to destroy their land (Isa 36:10), which was a lie. Just like Hezekiah’s enemy tried to use lies to frighten him and the people, Satan uses lies against God’s children today to make us afraid. 

 

 

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Prayer

I pray the following prayer often. It took on special meaning this week as I was studying Revelation Chapters 6-9. In one of the judgments in Ch. 9, a third of mankind will be killed.

We have time now to make a difference in people’s lives, so that some of them may choose faith in Jesus, and not have to endure the judgments of sin that are coming in the last days. May we live our days to make a difference for God and for the good of those around us. ...

 

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Praying for Our Schools: What Would Our Students Pray for?

I remember putting my hand over my heart every morning and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. I remember the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and the thrill of eating ice cream cups on special days. I remember the cliques and even worrying about who liked who all the way back in kindergarten. School. I remember the joys and the struggles.

This year, I want to remember to pray all year long for our country’s schools. No matter what grade they are in, teachers and students face struggles, dangers, and pressures. It grieves my heart to think that ... 

 

 

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"I Am with You"

“In the stillness of the night, God whispers, ‘I am with you.’ In the middle of the raging storm, He reassures us, ‘I am with you.’ In every joy, in every trial, in every victory, in every burden, He is with us. He strengthens us for every part of life. He strengthens us for every part of the work.”

- 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Day 35, p. 178

God is with us. What comforting words! Because God is with us, we can survive any storm. Because He loves us, He will enable us to overcome any trial and to shine His light in the darkest moments or in the ...

 

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