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#WednesdayWisdom Are you prepared?

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Are you prepared or are you a bang & fizzle? A bang & fizzle person is someone who has a million ideas, starts with a bang but ends with a fizzle. They never really see anything through to the end and eventually just have a million ideas that have all started with a bang but all ended with a fizzle. I’ve done it myself especially when I was a brand new entrepreneur. I have learned through my years of experience (both successes and failures) that a lot of the time the reason for the fizzle is unpreparedness.

This doesn’t relate to only business though, often times we are not even prepared for the things we desire or are praying for. Sometimes we even can find ourselves frustrated when we have an idea or vision that we feel in our heart is the right thing to do or something God gave us but then it doesn’t quite fall into place like we expect or as quickly as we thought it would. We can’t receive new blessings with an old mindset. People pray for a spouse without making any preparation to actually be a spouse . People want to start a business but never actually sit down and write a business plan. People want to go back to school but never figure out how they’re going to re-arrange their schedule to fit in time for class and homework. People think they’re ready for a promotion but lack the ability to control their own emotions which directly impacts your ability to lead anything. So many people want to break into the music game but never research how much of their own money they’ll have to invest in order to generate a buzz. There’s a whole lot of folks praying for the winning power ball numbers and think all of their problems in life will be solved with millions of dollars but they can’t even wisely manage a tax refund. The list goes on and on.

If you ever sit down with a successful person and ask them how they became so successful, the first thing they’ll normally tell you is about is all the time they were unsuccessful. Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s or envy what someone else has because you have no idea what they went through or sacrificed to get there. If you believe in the vision you have, take the time to prepare for it properly. Do your research, date yourself, learn how to budget, and do whatever else is necessary to help you be in the best position to receive what you’re asking for or working towards.

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Pray for your City

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Pray for your City
God please bless the city of ______________ (fill in your city name) and make it a safe & prosperous place for families to live, grow, worship and serve you. Open the eyes of believers with love and compassion for the lost, raise up and unite strong local spiritual leaders to pray for one another and revival, give them guidance and understanding, help them fear you rather than man. Replace corrupt government leaders and law enforcement with strong, godly ones who will honor you and serve the people wisely, justly, and unselfishly. Shut down corrupt businesses and organizations that are destroying the city and bring in healthy businesses that will benefit the families and the city. Rebuke satanic influences and control over the city and overcome any strongholds of the enemy with the gospel, prayer, and the blood of Jesus. Replace corrupt laws and standards with godly ones. Strengthen and bless marriages, families, schools, teachers in the city. Pour out your spirit and bring revival to the church and a spiritual awakening in the city. Help us be found faithful when we stand before you, in the name of your son Jesus Christ we pray, amen. 
You may copy & paste this into your blogs & social media feeds.
(The Battle Plan for Prayer, Stephen & Alex Kendrick)
2nd Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Everyday a new #PrayFor

Today it’s ‪#‎PrayForOakland‬ (although people get shot in Oakland every day like a lot of other places and we only know about it when they tell us). What is unfolding is an agenda and as dumb luck would have it (sarcasm) is also in the bible surprise surprise. Here’s my question tho, (real talk) What God are you praying to? Are you calling upon the Lord of the Universe? The Alpha and Omega? Father, Son, Holy Spirit? I ask this because most people treat Him like a side chick or dude. You call on Him when someone dies and care nothing about His word or His ways until it interrupts your entertainment (TV, news, social media, etc). Then you get right back to being entertained (distracted) until another tragedy happens. These tragedy’s will continue and they will get worse until the NWO is fully manifested. Now if you REALLY want to see God move, and you REALLY want His help? Start repenting, stop compromising with the things that offend Him, and love people. It’s so simple that it becomes difficult.

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

“Your New Moons and your appointed feasts
My soul hates;
They are a trouble to Me,
I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands,
I will hide My eyes from you;
Even though you make many prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of blood.
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.
Cease to do evil” Isaiah 1:14-16 (NKJV)

#NationalDayOfPrayer

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The word “prayer” in the original Hebrew text is the word “tefillah”. In English, “prayer” means to ask, but the Hebrew word for prayer “tefillah” means to self-evaluate. So when you see the prayer reference in the bible (i.e. Jesus in the garden before going to the cross) that time was used for comparing actions, behaviors, thoughts, & attitudes against God’s holiness. So if you want a more effective prayer life? Enter His presence with adoration / thanksgiving, examine yourself (confession), and then your supplications (requests).