Posts with the tag “praying”

Finding Peace In God’s Plan
by Curt Dodd on June 2nd, 2024
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. – Proverbs 19:21Many people are like a pinball in a pinball machine; we bounce off the sides all over the place, not sure where we need to be or where we’re going to end up.Thankfully, God has a plan, and He will get you where you need to be. His perfect will is when you say “Yes” to Jesus and you learn to ...  Read More
Praying Friends
by Curt Dodd on March 12th, 2024
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you... (Colossians1:9)   Thank the Lord for friends who pray! There is no doubt about it; we don’t know who has been praying for us, unless they happen to mention it. That’s what the apostle Paul was doing. His statement was a controlled leak which encouraged the people by praying for them. To hear that someone is p...  Read More
Aligned Prayers
by Curt Dodd on January 28th, 2024
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. – John 14:13-14My job as a pastor is to make sure that God's people are equipped to do the work of ministry. One of the things that I am charged with doing is teaching people how to pray. With many of us, we wonder why our prayers don't get answere...  Read More
Jesus Intercedes for You
by Curt Dodd on January 6th, 2024
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Romans 8:34) Take a moment to think about the last time someone said, “I’m praying for you.” How did you feel when you heard those words? For me, hearing that someone is praying for me is very encouraging.  It is a wonderful thing w...  Read More
Staying in Love with Jesus 
by Curt Dodd on August 10th, 2023
I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. (Revelation 3:8)    One of the best takeaways we can learn from the church at Philadelphia (in Revelation Chapter 3) is that we must stay focused on Christ, no matter what tough circumstances come our way.     This was a ch...  Read More
Align with God Through Prayer
by Curt Dodd on June 26th, 2023
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)This Psalm reminds us that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He graciously grants the desires of our hearts. However, this verse holds a deeper truth about the power of prayer in shaping our desires to align with God's will.As many people have said, “Prayer is not so much trying to change the mind of God...  Read More
Praying Instead of Worrying
by Curt Dodd on December 28th, 2022
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)As I watch our country vibrate with all kinds of decisions that are being made and look at what is happening globally, I am heavy at hear...  Read More
Praying Friends
by Curt Dodd on December 15th, 2022
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you…  (Colossians 1:9)Praying friends are very special! Like a boxer who has a team of encouragers in his corner, we must have a team of intercessors and ministers in our corner, as well. When the bell rings and you step to the center of the ring, having those friends who are for you and cheering you on, is invaluab...  Read More
Boldly Standing for Christ
by Curt Dodd on November 5th, 2022
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.  (Revelation 12:11) Let me tell you a story about a guy named Matt. He was a high school student in a church I pastored in Houston many years ago. We had been emphasizing in our church the importance of taking a stand for Jesus Christ. Accordingly, we were looking for opportunities to share our faith.   One day, M...  Read More
Be Persistent in Prayer
by Curt Dodd on October 15th, 2022
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  (Luke 11:9-10)The eleventh chapter of Luke records a conversation between Jesus and His disciples, after the disciples had asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. His instru...  Read More
Replacing God
by Curt Dodd on September 7th, 2022
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)One of the tragedies that we see in our nation every day is that we have forgotten the Lord and have replaced Him with our activity. Think about that for a moment. Many people want to do the activities of religion, rather than a...  Read More






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