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Monday, July 25, 2022

"Positive Prayer Makes Strong Relationships"

starting * today

However, back in my 2016 emails from Pastor Rick Warren & Daily Hope, I came across this title "Positive Prayer Makes Strong Relationships" (which I almost added to my Sunday blog post, but it already was long enough, but I did mention it. It's day 8 in YV plan). As I begin "Awesome Relationships..." I felt this was the best place to start - with prayer. 

Pastor Rick share this scripture verse:
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11 NIV). "

and then asks

"I want you to think of somebody who irritates you — maybe somebody you’ve got a strained relationship with or who just rubs you the wrong way. I have two questions for you:
One, do you pray for that person? Or do you just complain and grumble and nag and nitpick? If you prayed more, you’d have a lot less to grumble, complain, nag, and nitpick about. It’s your decision."

I have a person in mind, surely you do too. {c'mon at least one}. 

The key part of this teaching, for me, is the following, from Philippians 1:9-11:

... "From these verses, we can learn to pray for the people in our lives in four ways:

Pray that they will grow in love: “This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.”

Pray that they will make wise choices: “... so that you may be able to discern what is best ...”

Pray that they will live with integrity: “... and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ ...”

Pray that they will become like Jesus: “... filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.”

Pray these for yourself and anyone else in your life, and watch how God turns around the relationship you thought was hopeless. Nothing is impossible with God!

Here are a few sites with helpful prayers to start you off praying:

"7 Prayers for a  ... Relationship"

Positive prayer and declaring biblical truths over our RELATIONSHIPS is a great place to trust God & release all RELATIONSHIPS into God's hands & direction.

{So I ended up ordering a used copy of this, but it doesn't arrive until August 1-7 ...}
It's a good gift to myself if it arrives August 1st.

Series Summary: 
 Message 1: Fighting for an Awesome Marriage (4 parts)
Message 2: Fighting for an Awesome Family
Message 3: Making Friends for Eternity
Message 4: What Destroys Relationships and What Builds Them
Message 5: Finding the Love of Your Life
Message 6: Becoming Best Friends with God

* I may be wrong about Pastor Rick's Daily Hope starting this one today.
I will try and let you know in the comments or right here. 

I had received an email (June 25) mentioning this starts July 25th on
Daily Hope, as July Preview Studies. I hope that it starts today & I'm right.

It's OK, it does start today! 

Awesome Marriage Messages

Marriage is Meant for Connection 7/25/22

Strong Marriages are Good for Everyone 7/26/22


  1. Pastor Rick shares a pdf with his teaching, but I could not link it. So ...

    Awesome Relationships – Rick Warren
    Parts 1-4
    St. Paul: “We all are given different gifts. God gives the gift of marriage to some
    and to others he gives the gift of singleness.” 1 Corinthians 7:7 (NLT)
    “Marriage should be honored by everyone.” Hebrews 13:4 (NCV)
    1. FOR THE ___________________________________________ “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion who is right for
    him.” Genesis 2:18
    Jesus said, “God’s plan has been seen from the beginning of creation, when
    he made us male and female. This explains why a man leaves his father and
    mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united as one body. Now since
    they are no longer two but one, no one should separate them, for GOD has
    joined them together.” Mark 10:6-9 (NLT)
    2. FOR THE ____________________________________________ “So God created people in his own image; He patterned them after himself—
    creating both male and female with his image. Then God blessed them and
    commanded them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth!’” Genesis 1:27-28 (NLT)
    “God, not you, made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of
    marriage. And what does he want from marriage? Godly children from your
    union. So guard the spirit of marriage within you.” Malachi 2:15 (The Message)
    3. FOR THE ____________________________________________ “Those who obey and respect the Lord have a secure fortress; their children
    have a place of refuge and security.” Proverbs 14:26
    4. FOR THE ____________________________________________ “It’s selfish and stupid to think only of yourself.” Proverbs 18:1 (CEV)
    “Love sincerely . . . Hold on to what is good. Be devoted to each other like a
    loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other.” Romans 12:9-10
    5. FOR THE ___________________________________________ “Righteousness lifts up a nation, but sin brings disgrace to any society.”
    Proverbs 14:34 (GW)
    6. FOR THE ___________________________________________ “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for
    her . . . He died so that he could give the church to himself as a Bride in all her
    beauty . . . In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they love their
    own bodies . . . No one ever hates his own body, but feeds and takes care of it.
    And that is what Christ does for his church, his body. The Scripture says, ‘a man
    is united with his wife, and the two become one body.’ This is a profound
    mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church! So each husband must
    love his wife as he loves himself, and each wife must respect her husband.”
    Ephesians 5:25-33
    • SPRINGTIME: ________________________________________
    • SUMMER: ___________________________________________
    • FALL: ______________________________________________
    • WINTER: __________________________

    1. If you Listen to Pastor Rick's (Fighting for an Awesome Marriage) "Marriage is Meant for Connection" & the upcoming, you will be able to fill in the blanks

  2. Such a blunt and powerful opening - "Marriage doesn’t solve your problems. Marriage does not create your problems. Marriage reveals your problems. " Many points to ponder in all this....KT


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