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Living on Yesterday’s Prayers

February 11, 2010

Luke 18 begins with Jesus sharing the parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge:   

18 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’ ” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? , Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” [1] 

Jesus began this parable with the intent to help us see we should always pray and not lose heart.  In thinking on these verses today, I was struck with the thought of how often we live on yesterday’s prayers.  I wonder if we do that more often than we think.  With all the demands of life, and the self-imposed busy-ness, is it all too common that we neglect doing the most important things? 

Remember when Jesus was in the garden before going to the cross?  He asked Peter, and the disciples with Him if they could pray for one hour.  Interestingly, the scriptures tell us they were sleepy, and could not stay awake (too busy discussing who would be greatest in the Kingdom, I suppose; and worn out with the debate [Luke 22:24]).  Little did they know that one of the greatest events in history was upon them.  Jesus later told them that if they had stayed awake and prayed they could have avoided temptation (Luke 22:39-46).  In fact, it is here that He tells us that it is the spirit who is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matt 26:41).  Isn’t it funny how this is still the case today?  Even with the Resurrection, and the new life we have in Christ, we still have to deal with a flesh that wants to sleep and be lazy.  All the while we are not realizing that some of the greatest events of our lives are passing us by.  

In speaking on prayer, Jesus says that even a widow woman who is persistent with an unjust judge makes more headway than someone who doesn’t pray, though they may be the elect of God.  Jesus, in referring to prayer, says that God is nothing like the unrighteous judge.  So, if the widow woman can get an answer from a judge who doesn’t care, HOW MUCH MORE should the elect of God get answers to their prayers from a God who cares deeply for His children!  In fact, Jesus says that God will answer them speedily.  And then he asks the question:  “… when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”  This implies that faith speeds up the process even more.  Wow!  

Are we living on yesterday’s prayers?  My question is simple: Are we neglecting one of the most important aspects of our day, simply because we aren’t sure it really works?  Are we forgetting that God is a good God?  Are we simply surviving our everyday activities, still living on yesterday’s blessings, when we have access to the throne room of God everyday, and can have a fresh supply of the Spirit today?  

In teaching on prayer, in Luke 11:3, Jesus says, “Give us this day, our daily bread.”  Remember the children of Israel in the wilderness?  God gave them manna (bread from heaven) for everyday.  Interestingly, they had to go get it “everyday.”  God has a fresh supply for us today, my friend.  Are you trying to survive on stale manna, or yesterday’s prayers?  We have a good Father who delights in giving His children the Kingdom, everyday.  Don’t live on yesterday’s blessings, when according to Hebrews 4, we can confidently enter God’s throne room and receive grace and mercy, today!


[1] The Holy Bible: English standard version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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Where are the blogs?

February 3, 2010

Due to our busy schedule, we have not been blogging as much as we intended.  However, Allie has started a new blog that we believe will bless you if  you would like to keep up to date with some our day to day activities.  Her goal is to blog every day about her 39th year, before turning 40.  So far, she is up to date, and I have even seen her blogging at midnight to meet her commitment.  😀  To see her site, and read her blogs, go to www.project39.wordpress.com

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What did Jesus do?

November 24, 2009

Although anyone can benefit from the information below, it is written specifically for leaders.  If you are a leader in any organization you will benefit from this information.  However, it is more specifically for church leaders, because our heart at eMinistries is to promote church growth and encourage ministry potential. 

Remember when the “What would Jesus Do?” phenomenon hit the scene?  It was a great way for people to share that they tried to do what Jesus would do in their everyday lives. But, the question arises, “How do we know what Jesus would do?”  The only way for us to know what Jesus would do is to know what he did. 

What did Jesus do?  That question is huge and can cover many facets of life and ministry.  For this article, I want to just focus on one thing that I think makes everything else Jesus did, significant.  This will seem simple when you read it, but stay with me, because the implications are tremendous.  You ready for this?  Jesus went where the people were.   Matthew 9:35 is one scriptural example, of many, that bear this truth out.  It says, “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease.”  Notice, he had a routine of going into the cities and villages, and going into their synagogues.  This was where the people were.

Simple, right?  And yet, how often are we doing our own thing and wanting people to come where we are?  All too often we hide in our offices, behind our four walls and are totally missing out on the huge opportunities to reach the masses of people that need our message.  Now, let’s be clear, we have the best message in the world:  Redemption for all mankind.  This include, Forgiveness, Restoration, Healed Marriages, Healed Bodies, and Financial Peace, just to name a few.  There is not a person on the planet that is not looking for one or more of all of the things that Jesus does for people.  Truly, we have no reason to be ashamed of the message we bring.

Then the question arises (and this is the crux of this article):  Where are the people?  Have you ever heard someone say that, when the crowd was low on a Sunday morning?  I have heard it, and asked it myself.  So, let me propose something that you may have not thought of before.  The people are where you are… right now.  Where are  you?  In front of a computer screen?  Or maybe on the other end of a cell phone?  I don’t know the exact count, but do you realize that most people in America today own a personal computer, hooked up to the internet and/or a cell phone?  This is the major way we communicate in the 21st Century. 

This brings up another question:  In what way are you going to where the people are?  Do you or your church have a Facebook Page?  Are you on Twitter?  How interactive is your website?  Do you have a blog?  When was the last time you wrote on it?  When you do write on it, do you send out a link on your Facebook page for all to see?  Does your church routinely send out text messages about upcoming meetings?  When was the last time you updated  your church records and made sure you had cell phone numbers?  Did you ask them if you can text them occasionally? 

Now, we can complain that people are too busy on their cell phones and computers, or we can “Do what Jesus did,” and go where the people are.  Let me give you a couple of great ideas that you can implement for very little money (if any at all), and using very little time. 

  • Let’s say you are in a series at church, so you know what you will be preaching on next Sunday.  What if you put little posts up on your Twitter account every day, from Monday through Saturday, that led into your message on Sunday?  You could post scripture references that you will expound upon during Sunday’s message, or you could post quotes that relate to your subject matter.  This could do a number of things for your Sunday services.  It could prepare your congregation for what’s coming, so they are more receptive (that’s always nice, right?).  It could increase attendance (let me say that again); It could increase church attendance!  How?  First of all, it is keeping your message in front of your people, so they are reminded not to miss church.  Also, by doing so, it is encouraging them to invite people who would benefit from what you will be ministering on.
  • Another idea, and this relates to the first one, is to use text messaging to your advantage.  Have you ever had special meetings and you did not have the crowd that you were expecting?  Do you realize that sometimes this is because the only advertising we are doing is during Sunday morning announcements, and we expect people to remember that all week.  If you have cell phone numbers, you could text your people a short reminder about the upcoming special event.  This can be done in mass.  One text reaching a multitude of people.

What did Jesus do?  He went to where the people were.  By doing this, he was much more effective in his ministry.  So, with all the technology that is available today, lets do what we can to reach the people.  Use it for the kingdom and go to where the people are… right where you are… right now….  

Here at Edwards Ministries we thrive on brainstorming and thinking a little outside the box.  Especially when it comes to helping churches grow and flourish.  We have many more ideas and thoughts on these matters.  If there is any way we can help you reach your community, or if  you need assistance in setting up the things discussed in this article, don’t hesitate to ask.  God Bless you! 😀

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Words to Live By … By Allie Edwards

November 4, 2009

Words are most intriguing to me, and I am sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. With words we share kindness, inflict pain, ask for forgiveness, express our hearts, and direct the very coarse of our lives. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” The words we allow from our mouths have great weight, and hold within them great power – for good or for evil. Proverbs 23:7 tells us that as we think in our hearts we will be; therefore, the words we think about are vastly important also. In this time, we are being bombarded with many words that try to cause us to grow weary. Some of the words pertain to political issues we are watching closely because the decisions made could greatly affect our lives. Some of the words are trying to grip us with fear concerning sickness during this time of year. Maybe the words are of lack, or financial situations that seem irreversible. The words you hear may be all of the above, and then some. Today, I want to bombard you with words also; words of encouragement! The encouragement I am referring to is what Webster’s 1828 Dictionary speaks of as “the act of giving courage, or confidence of success; incitement to action or to practice.” More importantly, I want to encourage you with the Word, not just words. From the lips and pens of man can come many eloquent, profound, and forceful words. Some of these words are inspired by God, and many are not. What we, as Christians, should truly cleave to, and esteem, are the Words of God Himself. John 17:17 states that the Word of God is Truth. That is very important to know, especially at times like this, when so many are declaring they are speaking truth, and vying for our allegiance. If what is being said contradicts the Word of God, it is not Truth. For example, if words of widespread infirmity try to concern you, remember the truth of God’s Word to you in 1 Peter 2:24. It declares that, “by His stripes you were healed.” Also, Proverbs 4:22 tells us the Word of God is, “life to those that find it, and health to all their flesh.” It doesn’t matter if it is a different strain of sickness, or what ‘name’ has been attached to it. After all, God has highly exalted Jesus and given Him ‘the name’ which is above every other name.  At that Name, every knee must bow! (Philippians 2:9, 10)

     In God’s Word He has given us Truth for every situation.  In the face of lack, allow Philippians 4:19 to remind you that He supplies all of your needs according to His riches in glory.  In times of uncertainty, stand on the Truth that He always causes you to triumph in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 2:14).  You see, He has given us a higher and more sure Word than any word trying to bombard us.

     I encourage you to believe the Lord, and His Word.  May we not be as the ten spies of Numbers 13 and 14, who allowed the giants, and circumstances of the land to melt their hearts, and steal their blessing.  May we esteem, and prize, the Word of God above our thoughts, feelings, and desires.  If we allow the Word of God to be our standard by which we live, we will truly have abundant life, and not what the world foretells. 

(See Blog on November 2 to view, download, or print key scriptures, giving you “Words to Live By.”)

Scriptures, or “Words to Live By”

November 2, 2009

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