June Prayer Verse and Devotional

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Verse

God, may I pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. May I stay alert and be persistent in my prayers for all believers everywhere and for Refuge for Women Chicago.

From Ephesians 6:18

Devotional

As followers of and believers in Jesus Christ as our Savior, the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  No longer spiritually dead, we are alive in Christ! By grace, at our new birth, the Holy Spirit came to dwell permanently within our hearts! We could sit and ponder that profound mystery and truth forever.  Amazing!


Another amazing truth that is mind blowing is that Almighty God invites us, commands us really, to be a part of what He is doing in the world through the power of prayer.  God is pleased to work through our prayers to bring about His plans. I don't want to miss a single opportunity God has for me to be part of the glorious work He is accomplishing.  Lord lead me in prayer!

Your prayers offered today for Refuge for Women Chicago matter in eternity!  God will use them to bless, to change, to heal, to give hope, to uphold, to open hearts, and be a part of all God is doing.  So please, take a moment to quiet yourself, acknowledge God's presence with you, and ask Him to speak to your heart and help you pray in the Spirit for RFW-C.  Then quietly listen for His Spirit within you to speak to your heart how to pray. Remember to thank the Holy Spirit who graciously helps us in our weakness in prayer when we do not know what we ought to pray, He intercedes on our behalf according to the will of God.

Stop, be quiet before God. Ask for God's help, Listen for His leading. Then Pray with the sweet knowing that He is using your prayers to bring about Kingdom work!


It is so encouraging to our residents, staff and volunteers to know you are praying for us.  Thank you so much for your sacrifice of prayer. May God the Father richly bless each of you who prays for RFW-C this month in unexpected ways.

Grace and peace and love you each of you.

Prayer is the backbone of this ministry.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, Thank you for including broken us in your work here on earth.  Please Holy Spirit, lead us to pray in the Spirit for RFW-C. Father, how you would have us pray?  Whether in words or groans or praises or in song, please guide each prayer we offer. Help us hear Your voice and follow Your leading in prayer.  Don't let us miss Your opportunities to join you in Your Kingdom work. Father, please inspire our Refuge residents likewise be in prayer for one another.

In Jesus name, Amen.


Taken from our June Prayer Newsletter.  If you would like to receive our monthly prayer needs please sign up here:  Refuge For Women - Chicago Prayer Requests


How God Has Given Me Grace

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Written by a Refuge resident.

God has given me grace when I could have been dead and separated from Him for all eternity, but He was faithful and answered my dying prayer.  I remember telling God that I want to live and desperately wanted to be a mother to my kids. He spoke to me that he is able and willing to save the lost and dying.  Why should I question Him?


God, my loving Father, my deepest desire is that you break my heart for what breaks yours and that you use me, your devoted daughter, a willing heart to serve you in your kingdom building.  My whole life is living proof of God’s grace.  I giggle at the memory of my past life – filled with deep gloom and now I see, feel, and know that my life has been transformed by the spirit of grace.  Thank you loving Father, for your unfailing love for me. I used to be a nobody, but now I am somebody.  I am a daughter made by the father of grace.   

May Prayer Verse and Devotional

 
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Verse

“As for God, His way is blameless;

The word of the Lord is tested;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

2 Samuel  22:31


Devotional

When things do not turn out the way we wanted them to or when something unexpected and awful happens to us or someone we love or in the world at large, we can think (even if just for a moment) that God is unfair.  This is of course NOT sound thinking.  Just because finite little us cannot conceive of any good reason why we are experiencing something this painful does not mean that we get to pass judgement on our Creator or impugn His motives - - - This twisted line of thinking goes: I don't like this, God who is all powerful could have stopped it but didn't, therefore Almighty, All Knowing God is unfair and He is not good like He says He is.  Just because tiny little us cannot fathom a good reason our eternal God allows certain things to take place in the world does not mean there isn't one.


“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways My ways,”

declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are My ways higher than your ways

and My thoughts than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:8-9


God alone is God!

A much better choice of reaction would be to ask God to help us take our thoughts captive to Christ Jesus and believe the inspired words of David's song of triumph in the 2 Samuel verses (also found in Psalm 18).  When God records something twice we should really take notice.  David through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit proclaims that God is always blameless.  His way is blameless and I'll add always leads to our relationship with Jesus and beauty of the gospel.  Jesus proclaimed "I am the Way".  The Word of the Lord is tested and shown to be true!  Jesus is the Word of God.  He is tested and found true. 

So when unexpected calamity comes, which it will, rather then blame God declaring Him to be unfair or worse, remember that His ways are blameless, His Word is faithful and true and instead or turning away in anger, run to Him with your anger for He is our Refuge, He is our Shield!  God can take our raw emotions and help us navigate them.  Jesus sees what is happening, He hears our cries of distress, He understands how big this thing is for us, He is glad to be us no matter our emotions and He will be our shield and refuge throughout this storm and He is able to act on our behalf in His perfect, blameless way.  Shields in battle are used for soldiers to move forward in the battle. They are not used for retreating. Our part is to remember who He is, what He has done for us, what He promises to do and then trust Him, cling to Him and find refuge in Him always but especially in life's battles.  Amen and amen!


Prayer

Heavenly Father, We praise and worship You for being perfect and blameless in all Your ways.  We are so grateful for Jesus choosing in love to enter His creation and humble Himself to be tested and proven True.  Thank you for being our Shield and Refuge always.  Give us grace to always run to You.  Father, we pray that each of our Refuge residents will know these truths about You personally and experientially.  Pour out Your grace and healing Father.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Taken from our May Prayer Newsletter.  If you would like to receive our monthly prayer needs please sign up here:  Refuge For Women - Chicago Prayer Requests