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February 23: PRAY TODAY!


 “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

1.  Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the ability to pray myself into the present (Mark 11:24). I believe I receive WHEN I PRAY, right where I am – in the now!

2. Today I will pray for those in authority, that I may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence (dignity) today (1 Timothy 2:2, 3). I will pray for my country and its leaders, believing that the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord. I will pray for those in authority in the Body of Christ, particularly those who have influence over my life and destiny. I will pray for my local church to become everything that it is supposed to become, as an embassy of Christ to this planet.

3. Today I will remember that “the field is the world,” so I will pray for the world around me and that the Lord of the Harvest would send laborers into that field to bring it into the Kingdom of God for His glory. I will loose on earth what is loosed in heaven, praying for the “restoration of all things” so that Jesus will no longer be held captive there (Acts 3:21).

4. Today I will pray for my community – that His will would be done there, on earth, as it is in heaven. I will not just pray it, but I will LIVE my prayer by doing what only I can do to make my world a better place in which to live. I will let myself actually BECOME this prayer, and in so doing, will salt the earth, and light the world!

5. Today I will pray for the significant people in my life – the ones I love and live with, that they would become who God wants them to be – not what I want them to be. His will for their life will be my will for their life, with no strings attached, and no hidden agenda. My prayer will be mature, rather than manipulative – liberating instead of legislative. The government is on Jesus’ shoulder!

6. Today I will pray for my enemies, and in so doing will free myself from their power to affect me negatively. The love of God poured out in my heart will cause me to conquer in this capacity.

7. Today I will pray about my problems (“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray . . . ” – James 5:13), instead of worrying about them. My prayers will be effective today, and today I will live in the now!

“Do not fret or have anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Philippians 4:6 – AMP)

Father, I thank You that you always hear me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

February 23, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, prayer | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

January 15: NO PROBLEM!


And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,

to those who are the called according to His purpose.  (Romans 8:28)


1.       Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I know that there is more to what is happening in my life right now than meets the eye.  I also know that my problems are actually opportunities for God to show off for me and through me and, therefore, I am excited about what is about to happen around me and in me!  I feel like I have a front row seat, and it is just a few moments until Showtime!


2.       Today I will not worry about the situations concerning me right now, because worrying will not change them.  Instead, I will convert the mental energy that I would need to really worry into effectual, fervent prayer.  I am careful for nothing but in everything, by prayer and supplication, I thankfully make my requests known to God.


3.       Today I will realize that I am not alone in this.  God is for me!  Who can be against me?  He’ll never leave or forsake me.  He will be with me always, even to the end of the world.  And though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for He is with me.  His rod and staff comfort me.  The fourth man in my fiery furnace will cause me to come out without even the smell of smoke on my clothes!


4.       Today I will be proactive, instead of reactive, to my problems.  Because I have been given dominion and authority, I can do something about my situation.  I am not helpless.  God will show me what I can do today that will make a difference, and after I have done all that I can, I will stand in faith for God to do the rest.


5.       Today God is sending someone to help me.  Someone has the answer that I am looking for.  Someone has the solution to the problem.  Someone has a key to unlock the mysterious part of the situation.  Someone is bringing me the word of the Lord.


6.       Today I will have a good attitude.  My strong spirit will prevent me from being overwhelmed by my problems.  The same God who delivered me from the bear and the lion, will also deliver me from the present giant that I am facing!  In all these things I am more than a conqueror!


7.       Today I will rest in the faithfulness of God.  He has never failed me, and He never will.  I am not worried, anxious, fearful or depressed.  My situation could totally change for the better today.  I will keep things in perspective.  I will not be negative.  I will not burden others with the details.  I will not exaggerate and magnify my problems—I will magnify the Lord!  Today, God and I are bigger than my problems, and today I will live in the now!


Father, help me to see my problems today as opportunities.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

January 15, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Problem Solving | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

January 12: NEW THING!


Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.

 Behold, I will do a NEW THING, NOW it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?

I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 

 (Isaiah 43: 18, 19)


1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because the new thing that God is doing is causing (forcing) me to update my thinking.  I am making the effort to stop considering the things of old, so that I can recognize the new thing when it springs forth.  The question is, “Shall you not know it?” and the answer is, “Yes, I will!”


2.       Today I will stop complaining about the wilderness and start looking for the road out of it.  The way out is the way into the Promised Land, and if He promised that the new thing would be a road (way) in my wilderness, then I am ready to travel on that new road, no matter the condition of it.  The road will give me direction.


3.       Today I will stop worrying about surviving in the desert and will search for the river that comes from the “new thing.”  I will not be afraid of the river, even if it is deep and has white water rapids and treacherous falls in it.  The river represents life, and I am ready to have it and to have it more abundantly.  Even if I have to move through my fears to navigate the new river, I know that it will lead me to my destiny.


4.       Today I will allow the Holy Spirit to do His unique work of making all things new.  He is the source of life Who causes miracles in the now.  His is the only way, and I will spontaneously obey His instructions, excitedly expecting the outcome.  He only brings good, life, peace, health and blessing—He is perfect in all His ways.


5.       Today I will have a new outlook and attitude in preparation for the new thing that God is doing.  The “springing forth” of it will not startle me, because I am flexible and aware of the work of the Spirit.  I am in a state of anticipation.  I am ready!


6.       Today I will not fret over the chaos that the new thing may cause in my world.  I will not be oppressed by the words and wishes of those who cannot accept the new or the now.  If the new thing from God disrupts my life as I know it, then so be it!  He is my Lord.  He doesn’t have to clear it with me, even though He has offered to do so.  My life belongs to Him.  He can do with it as He pleases, even though He has given me the control over my life.  I have freely given the control back over to Him!


7.       Today I will recognize the role that people play in bringing about God’s new thing for me.  I will be open to meeting new people who will bring new things to my life and will rethink the people who are already affecting me.  All of it will work together for my good.  The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.  Today I am looking for the new thing to spring forth, and today I will live in the now!


Father, help me to recognize the new thing that You are doing.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 12, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments