Day Twenty: Can You See Beyond?

40 days of prayer devotion

Day Twenty: Can You See Beyond?

by David Shannon Wooten – January 26, 2018

Genesis 13:14-15 – The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15All the land that you see I will give to you

“That will never happen!” “That is not possible.” You have heard this statement. I’ve been guilty of saying it myself. How about you? This is a statement of unbelief and can be a real big problem when God is asking us to believe Him for a breakthrough.

Here are a few breakthroughs in history that people said would never happen:

That is not possible!

  1. The Light Bulb:  … good enough for our transatlantic friends … but lightbulb unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men.  (British Parliamentary Committee, referring to Edison’s light bulb, 1878.) Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure. (Henry Morton, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison’s light bulb, 1880.)
  2. A/C (Alternating Current) – Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever. (Thomas Edison, 1889.)
  3. Personal Computer: We have reached the limits of what is possible with computers. (John Von Neumann, 1949)
  4. Microchip: But what… is it good for? (An engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, commenting on the microchip in 1968.)
  5. Data Transmission: Before man reaches the moon, your mail will be delivered within hours from New York to Australia by guided missiles. We stand on the threshold of rocket mail. (Arthur Summerfield, U.S. Postmaster General under Eisenhower, 1959.) Transmission of documents via telephone wires is possible in principle, but the apparatus required is so expensive that it will never become a practical proposition. (Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British physicist, 1962.)
  6. Online Shopping: Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop – Emailbecause women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds. (TIME, 1966.)
  7. AutomobileThe ordinary “horseless carriage” is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle. (Literary Digest, 1899.)

Can you see beyond?

God wants you to see beyond your current situation. Vision always begins and is stirred from seeing something outside the context of our current reality. God does not want to be constrained by reality. He’s looking for people who will believe that He is able to do the impossible. God placed Abraham in a context and asked him to see and believe beyond it. He will ask the same from you and me.

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Can you see, ask, imagine what God wants to do in your life right now? Is it immeasurably MORE? Can you see beyond?

God wants you to see beyond


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

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Day Nineteen: Knocked Down But Not Out

Day Nineteen: Knocked Down But Not Out

by David Shannon Wooten – January 25, 2018

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

It is impossible to live without trouble or pain. Disappointments are inevitable. Pressure from situations can cause confusion. And there is a real spiritual enemy that desires to hunt you down and destroy your faith and purpose in God.

But God never leaves you without hope. He will not allow pressure to crush you. When your enemy is all up in your face, God is right there in his face. The battle may cause you to fall flat to the ground. You may be limping through your season, but God promises you that you will not be destroyed.

Don’t let the pressure take you out.

The Apostle Paul exemplifies how to go through stuff that knocks you down, but not allow it take you out.

  1. He doesn’t focus on his ability, but he puts confidence in the power of the risen Christ who is in him (verse 7). This is not only his focus, it is a declaration that comes out of his mouth.
  2. He protects his heart from getting weary (Verse 16). When we begin to lose heart, we become unfocused. Weariness will cause us to focus on the wrong things.
  3. He is determined to keep the right perspective (verse 17 &18). Paul clearly conveys wise perspective that these troubles are creating an eternal reward. He sees these troubles as a temporary nuisance because he sees the bigger picture. Our troubled seasons are a drop in the bucket compared to our entire lifetime. And our lifetime on this earth will be even less than the drop compared to eternity. What matters most is not a comfortable or a trouble-free life; it’s what was accomplished for eternity.

You are a Champion.

Paul understood what an athlete or a solider had to endure to be a champion.

  • Champions will focus on developing character not resumes. God cannot promote us beyond our character. Nothing develops our character more, than going through trouble and straining to keep the right focus and attitude.
  • Champions make decisions that create a desired future; not decisions that create a desired present.
  • Champions focus on HOW they go through hard-times rather than getting through hard-times.
  • Champions get up, not give up. Proverbs 24:16

You will get knocked down, but you don’t have to stay down. Get Up! Keep on! Embrace the power of your risen Christ who is in you.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Eighteen: You’re Coming Out With A Reward

Day Eighteen: You’re Coming Out With A Reward

by David Shannon Wooten – January 24, 2018

Job 23:10-11 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. 11My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.

What Job was experiencing was beyond a bad “hair” day. He was going through one of the worst seasons of his life. His body was covered in boils, sitting in a garbage heap and he lost everything. Even his “friends” were so critical of his situation. Job is on his knees in prayer, needing encouragement and instead of a pat on the back, the best his friends could do was give him a kick in the mouth.

Through all of this Job eventually comes out of his trial with a reward. God restored to him double of what he had lost (Job 42:10). Job’s statement of faith gives us insight to Job’s ability to not only survive through this horrific season of suffering, but come out with an incredible blessing. Prayerfully look at the principle and key to Job’s breakthrough.

Job’s Statement of Faith

  1. “God knows exactly what I’m going through”. God is never surprised. He knows everything. God has redeemed your past. He is actively involved in your present. He is setting up your future.
  2. “God is testing me”. My suffering, my trial is a test. I’m not in the devil’s hands, I’m in God’s hands. I refuse to give the devil glory. He is not in control of this trial. God is in control.
  3. “God WILL bring me out and WILL reward me”. He always rewards after the test. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Gold does not become valuable until it is mined out of the ground and placed in the furnace for the process of removing impurities. God knows how to dig deep to bring the value out of us. He knows how to remove what may be hindering us for the next level of blessing.

Job places high value on his faithfulness to continually follow and believe God, regardless of his suffering and loss (verse 11). He knew God would restore and reward. Let your statement of faith declare, your worst test will become your biggest blessing.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Seventeen: Bold Prayers Out Of Pain

Day Seventeen: Bold Prayers Out of Pain

by David Shannon Wooten – January 23, 2018

1 Chronicles 4:10, Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

I don’t believe Jabez prayed this bold prayer with the intent of being someone who desired to be self-indulgent and hoard his riches. Verse 9 informs us that Jabez was an honorable man. In fact, he was more honorable than his brothers. God believed that Jabez would honor Him, so He granted his prayer.

Maybe it was the pain and brokenness that Jabez experienced in his past, which fueled his passion to see God do more with his future. Pain and brokenness has a way of either paralyzing us or breaking us out of our comfort zone so we can believe God to do more with our life.

Don’t let a setback, pain, brokenness or failure paralyze your faith or keep you stuck. God wants you to believe Him for more. He wants you to ask Him to fulfill and reach your ultimate potential and purpose. You were created for God’s Glory. Don’t settle for less. If we are going to cry out from the pain, then let us cry out to God with a bold prayer.

Your Bold Prayer

You can use Jabez’s prayer as a pattern for your prayer.

Father I pray…

  • All of Your blessings will come in to my life. Everything You have purposed and designed for me, I welcome and receive them.
  • You will expand the gifts and abilities You have given to me. Let me reach my ultimate potential. Expand my influence for Your Glory. Accomplish your perfect will in my life. Hold nothing back.
  • Let me never move out from among Your Hand of blessing and protection.
  • Keep me from temptation and deliver me from evil. Protect me from the thief who desires to strip your blessings and joy. Allow me to experience the joy of your blessings and the abundant life You give.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Sixteen: God’s Whisper Is More Powerful Than Your Enemy’s Roar

Day Sixteen: God’s Whisper Is More Powerful Than Your Enemy’s Roar

By David Shannon Wooten – January 22, 2018

1 Kings 19:11-12, “The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

God was demonstrating to Elijah that His whisper was more effective than any dramatic expression. Wind, earthquakes and fires have the ability to leave behind devastation. While Elijah was stricken with depression over a threat from his enemy, God was telling Elijah, you don’t need these powerful forces to respond. All you need is My whisper.

Satan and his darkness likes to roar. The Bible describes him as a roaring lion. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Satan was using Jezebel to roar his threats through her voice. That is exactly what the enemy wants to do to you and me.

At the close of our Sunday morning service (January 21, 2018), our worship team led us in a song as we were praying and reflecting over the message. I heard God whisper to my heart, “Remind my people that my whisper is more powerful than their enemy’s roar”.

God’s Whisper is life changing

Some of the most impactful and life changing moments in my life were when situations were raging, but God chose to speak to me in a gentle whisper. When He whispers, it will hush the winds and calm the raging seas. His words do not leave devastation, they leave peace. God’s whisper gave me direction as father. His whisper brought miraculous healing. God’s whisper called me into the ministry to teach His word. His whisper led me to much needed open doors in my life.

Sometimes we have to quiet our mind so we can hear the life changing whispers of God. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of God”. God encourages us to be quiet so we can watch Him work. Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”. It was David’s prayer when He was desperate for a change in his circumstances, “Come close and whisper your answer. I really need you” Psalm 55:2(MSG).

God desires to whisper His promise to you. His whisper will not only cancel out your enemies roar, it will bring incredible change to your circumstances.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

 

Day Fifteen: The Voice You Give Ear To Will Lead You

Day Fifteen: The Voice You Give Ear To Will Lead You

By David Shannon Wooten – January 21, 2018

John 10:3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

The voices we choose to listen to has the potential to lead us. Voices can affect our feelings. Voices can change our mind. They can break our focus. Voices can sow a seed of hurt or bitterness. Voices can sway our beliefs. In a subtle way, they can lead us down the wrong path.

Jesus illustrates the importance of tuning our ear to His voice. His voice will always lead us to the right things for our life. The illustration Jesus used in John 10, is the same description in Psalm 23. The Shepherd leads His flock in a very personal way. “He calls his own sheep by name…” (John 10:3). Jesus’ passion is to personally speak to us and lead us. His voice will lead us through doors that He has opened for us. We can be assured there will be good things beyond the doors He opens for us.

Jesus will lead you through the door of blessing.

  • “He leads me beside peaceful streams”. (Psalm 23:2b)
  • “He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake”. (Psalm 23:3b)
  • Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you”. (Psalm 25:4-5)
  • “You are my rock and my fortress. For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger”. (Psalm 31:3)
  • “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground”. (Psalm 143:10)

The most important voice in your life is the voice of your Shepherd. His voice will shape your mind, heart and influence your emotions. The voice of darkness will lead you to disaster. Jesus will always lead us to a life full of blessings. Jesus has already opened the right doors for you. Listen and let Him lead you to the blessings He has prepared for you.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Fourteen: Can You Hear His Prayers For You

Day Fourteen: Can You Hear His Prayers For You?

by David Shannon Wooten – January 20, 2018

Romans 8:34, “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.” 

Robert Murray M’Cheyne said, “If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” You have THE most powerful prayer warrior interceding for you EVERYDAY. Knowing that Christ is standing next to our Heavenly Father praying for us, should increase our confidence and faith. No reason to fear your enemy or the outcome of your situation. Christ knows the will of the Father for you. He is praying the best prayer anyone could ever pray. Whether it’s the outcome we have hoped for or different than what we expected; He knows how to bring out good in every situation (Romans 8:28).

Do not let fear or intimidation prevent you from following through with the assignments God has given you. Christ has your back. He is praying for you. Hebrews 7:25 informs us that Jesus “lives” to intercede for us. Praying for us is what He LOVES to do.

Hebrews 7:24-26, “ 24but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. 26Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.

Can you hear His prayers for you?

Your enemy may be on the prowl, looking for ways to discourage you, tempt you and even try to destroy you (Job 1:7; John 10:10). However, we should always remember we have ALL-POWERFUL Christ praying for us.

  • He is praying for your faith to not fail.

When our faith is wavering, we can regain confidence knowing that our Savior is praying for our faith to be renewed and remain strong (Luke 22:32). Jesus knows your faith will bring you the victory.

  • He prays when you sin (1 John 2:1).
  • He prays protection from your enemy and the evil in the world (John 17:5).

“When our enemy is working, Christ is praying.”


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Thirteen: You Make Things Brighter And Better

Day Thirteen: You Make Things Brighter And Better

by David Shannon Wooten – January 19, 2018

Matthew 5:13a-1613a“You are the salt of the earth… 14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

As a kid, I was roaming our 100-acre farm. I lost track of time and stayed out too late. The dusk quickly turned to darkness. I panicked for a moment because I didn’t know which way was home. But as I was searching, I spotted a light in the distance. I knew it was the light shining from our back porch. No matter how dark it was, as long as I could keep my eyes on the light, I had hope that I would soon be home.

These are the words that Jesus speak over you. “You are salt and light”. You make things brighter and better in a dark cold and tasteless world. If you listen to satan speak over you, he will always condemn and make you feel less than you are. God always speaks to the value He has placed within you. It is Christ in you who makes you valuable. When you walk in to a dark depressing situation, your light brings hope, faith and love. The people in your life are searching for hope. The light of God is so bright in you, you will help people find their way “home”.

“Value the light that God has shined on you and it will prompt you to shine the light on others.”


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Twelve: God’s Voice Will Direct You

Day Twelve: God’s Voice Will Direct You

by David Shannon Wooten – January 18, 2018

Isaiah 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

Prayer is not a monolog. It is amazing, not only can we express our thankfulness and need to God, we also are able to close our mouths and open the ears of our heart to hear what He has to say to us. When God speaks, He gives direction. His direction will keep us on the path that leads to life. God will give instruction that will  lead us to breakthroughs. His words give wisdom and always lead to life.

There are many ways that God chooses to speak to us. One of the main ways you can hear God’s voice is through His Word. His Word is alive, creates action and gives discernment. God’s voice is in His Word and it provides direction for the season that we are in.

Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

God’s heart is to give you the direction you need. You can hear His voice in His Word. Take a moment to reflect on what He is saying to you.

He sent His Word and…
  • It healed us. Psalm 107:20
  • It delivered us. Psalm 107:20
  • It brought Salvation to humanity. Mark 16:15
  •  It transformed our mind, emotions and heart. Romans 12:2
  • It washed and made us clean. Ephesians 5:26
  • It gave us an entire new and better way to live. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • It increased our faith. Romans 10:17
  • It gave renewed strength. Isaiah 40:31
  •  It nourished us. John 6:35
  •  It became a sword to defeat our enemy. Ephesians 6:17
  • It brought us a 100-fold harvest. Luke 8:15

Whoever has ears, let them hear the voice of God (Mark 4:9).


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

Day Eleven: Elijah Was A Human Just Like You

Day Eleven: Elijah Was A Human Just Like You

by David Shannon Wooten – January 17, 2018

James 5:16-17, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly…” 

What comes to your mind when you think about your prayers being powerful and effective? Do you think about your prayers not being answered? That you may not be “good” enough for God to answer you? Do you think, “why would God answer my prayers”? Or do you see your Father turning His ear toward you, listening to you express your heart? Do you see God giving you answers to resolve problems? Do you see God sending you resource?

You don’t have to be perfect in order for God to answer your prayers. You have to be willing for your heart to be at a right place with God. James 5:16 says, “the prayer of a righteous person”. It is the relationship with Jesus that makes us righteous. When we confess our sin, humanity, the need for a Savior, our prayers become powerful. James 5:17 says, “Elijah was a human being”, just like us. He contended with the same temptations, flesh and thoughts as we do. However, he was faithful to pray earnestly.

Elijah prayed for rain during a long drought. As a result of His prayers and desire to be at a right relationship with God, God answered. To you and I his prayers probably sounded like a “regular” prayer. It was short and to the point. However, regular prayers have the potential to be powerful prayers.

Elijah, “the human being” was faithful to pray earnestly. Elijah prayed powerfully and effectively not because he was “divine” or superhuman. It was because he totally put his faith and trust in God.

God answers the prayers of human beings

Where will you pray for God’s “rain”, His provision to come in your life? What “mountains” will be moved because of your persistent, powerful and effective prayer? Don’t let satan put thoughts in your head that prevent you from praying BIG prayers. Satan knows the potential of your prayers and he definitely knows the power of your Heavenly Father who answers the prayers of human beings.


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media