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Mar 27 17

Wild and Wonderful Answers to Prayer

by J. M. Farro

   “God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!”  Ephesians 3:20 MSG

   In walking closely with God over the past 25 years, I have discovered that when He impresses on my heart to pray for someone – and I comply – some pretty wild things can happen as a result.

   As I was going about my daily business one morning, the Holy Spirit led me to begin giving thanks for my husband, Joe, and for his being such a faithful provider for our family for more than 40 years.  As I gave thanks, I realized how much I had taken my husband for granted all these years, and I immediately felt remorseful, and confessed my lack of gratitude and appreciation to God.  That’s when the Lord strongly impressed upon me to pray for Joe to receive more rewards and recognition for his hard work.  The Spirit of God brought to my remembrance Proverbs 31:31 (TLB): “Praise [him] for the many fine things [he] does.  These good deeds of [his] shall bring [him] honor and recognition from people of importance.”  I began earnestly praying and claiming this promise for my husband, trusting the Lord to act on his behalf on his job.

   A few weeks later, Joe came home from work sounding heartbroken and depressed.  When I asked him what was wrong, he told me that some executives at work decided to change the person who he directly reports to.  Inwardly, I panicked.  I instinctively knew that the changes at work had been a direct result of my prayers.  I poured out my heart to the Lord, and I asked Him to cause these changes to work together for Joe’s good, according to His promise. (Romans 8:28)  We discovered that Joe’s new supervisor was intent on determining how productive my husband was being on the job.  He had Joe keeping records of all of his tasks, and all that he accomplished during working hours.  My husband chafed under the new leadership, and he felt the heavy weight of this new burden each day he reported to work.

   Joe’s new boss had much more authority than his old one, so it was vitally important for this man to see Joe performing well on the job.  My husband painstakingly wrote down in detail what he was accomplishing during his working hours.  Day after day, as his boss looked at these daily reports, he became more and more impressed with Joe’s performance.  All of a sudden, Joe was hearing reports of how he was outperforming his coworkers, and excelling at everything he put his hand to.  Because Joe’s new boss had so much authority at Joe’s workplace, he was able to call for recognition and rewards for my husband that his previous boss never could.  When Joe announced that he was receiving a monetary reward for his outstanding performance at work, no one was happier for him than I was.  Now Joe’s bosses use him as an example of what an excellent worker and employee should be, and my husband is enjoying going to work every day.

   Very often, when the Lord wants to do something new and wonderful in someone’s life, He will impress upon us to pray for them.  Many times, He will prompt us to pray about a certain area of their life, such as their work ethic, their job situation, their spiritual condition, or something else.  If we have a very personal and intimate relationship with the Lord, we will be more sensitive and obedient to these promptings.  And we will see God move mightily in people’s lives.  But be prepared.  When you start fervently and faithfully praying for someone, God may start shaking things up in the lives of the ones you’re praying for.  Things may seem to get worse at first, and you may wonder if you did something wrong.  If you will resist the urge to panic, and turn promptly to the Lord for His perspective in the matter, you will most likely find out that everything is proceeding according to His mysterious and glorious plans.

   Scripture says:  “God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” (Ephesians 3:20 MSG)  I have seen God do some pretty wild and wonderful things in people’s lives as a result of prayer.  And I believe that if His people would pray more, we would all see even more radical moves of God.  What is the Lord’s Spirit impressing upon your heart today?

   Lord, teach me how to have a closer walk with You, and make me sensitive and obedient to Your voice.  Show me how to pray the prayers of Your heart for myself and others on a regular basis.  Fill me with a growing passion for Your presence and Your Word.  Help me to partner with You to touch and change the lives of multitudes for Your glory.  Thank You that as I am quick to follow Your Holy Spirit’s promptings, I will witness radical answers to my prayers for myself and others!

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Mar 25 17

Join “J. M. Farro Devotionals” Group on Facebook!

by J. M. Farro

Dear Friends,

I have started a new group on Facebook, “J. M. Farro Devotionals,” where I will be posting my weekly devotionals, and where members and I can share our insights, experiences, and prayer needs with each other.

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I look forward to connecting with you on Facebook soon!

Sincerely in Christ,

Joanne (J.M.) Farro

 

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Mar 21 17

Loving God and People

by J. M. Farro

   “The command we have from Christ is blunt:  Loving God includes loving people.  You’ve got to love both.” (1 John 4:20 MSG)

   The other day, I received a letter from a young lady who happens to be struggling with some of the same things I am right now.  She said that while she was enjoying her relationship with God more than ever before, she was finding herself becoming increasingly irritated with other people.  She asked me, “How could anyone love God, and struggle so much with loving people at the same time?”  She desperately wanted to make a difference for God, and to reach out to others with the love of Christ, but she knew that she needed a change of attitude before that could happen.  And I knew how she felt. 

   Just this morning, I was sitting at my kitchen table, enjoying my time alone with God, reading His Word and praying.  I heard my husband stirring downstairs, and I silently pleaded, “Lord, please don’t let Joe interrupt my time with You now!”  Suddenly, my husband decided that it was the perfect time to invade our kitchen and make himself something to eat, and I wanted to scream.  Instead, I recalled a day only last week when I lashed out at him for interrupting my quiet time with God.  I felt so convicted that I made a quality decision that day to never let it happen again.  I knew I couldn’t do it in my own strength, and I stood on the Lord’s promise which says, “I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.” (Philippians 4:13 TLB)

   Why is it that so many Christians have no trouble loving God, but they often find it difficult to be around other people without becoming irritated and critical?  Because, as the Bible says, we are born with hearts that are “desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV)  And that’s exactly why God sent us a Savior in the Person of His Son, Jesus.  When we receive Christ as our own personal Savior, we are given His Holy Spirit to dwell in us, and to help us become more like Jesus.  But it doesn’t happen overnight.  Scripture tells us that we are changed “from glory to glory.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV)  And the Amplified translation reveals that as we study God’s Word, and apply it to our lives, we are accelerating our spiritual progress by cooperating with God’s Spirit.  “And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP)

   The apostle James wrote: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.  My brothers, this should not be.” (James 3:9-10 NIV)  It amazes me how I can worship God one minute, and then turn around and lash out at my husband the next.  And to think that I have done this very thing during my daily devotional time!  Do I really expect the Lord to bless and reward my efforts to grow closer to Him, when I am mistreating one of His own children?  The truth is that God is very much concerned about how we treat others.  As the apostle John wrote:  “If anyone boasts, ‘I love God,’ and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar.  If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see?  The command we have from Christ is blunt:  Loving God includes loving people.  You’ve got to love both.”  (1 John 4:20-21 MSG)

   If we want to have the kind of intimate, vibrant relationship with God that Jesus died for us to have, then we are going to have to ask Him on a regular basis to change our hearts.  I often hear myself praying:  “Lord, please change me.  I don’t want to be like this, and I can’t change myself, so I’m asking YOU to change me.”  If you will pray that kind of prayer with sincerity, you will witness the life-changing power of God in your life.  The Lord wants to change you even more than you want to change.  And He has included promises in His Word that you can pray and stand on for your victory.  One is Philippians 1:6 (NIV), which says:  “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  If you are a believer in Christ, you don’t have to live your life constantly irritated, unsettled, and rattled.  You can experience the peace of God every day, if you will set your heart on seeking Him, and living His way.  May this precious promise from the Lord encourage your heart today:  “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him”! (Philippians 2:13 NLT)

   Lord, forgive me for the times I have praised You one minute, and criticized others the next.  Teach me how to cooperate with Your Spirit so that I can become more like Jesus all the time.  Thank You that as I devote myself to You and Your Word, You will change me, bless me, and use me for Your glory!

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Mar 15 16

New “Promise-Powered Prayers” Book from J. M. Farro!

by J. M. Farro

Inside, you will find prayers which are designed to activate “the self-fulfilling power” of God’s promises from the Scriptures, including prayers for safety and protection, deliverance and healing, help in times of trouble, wisdom and guidance, prosperity and provision, as well as prayers for your children and grandchildren, your job situation, your career, and your ministry.

Also included are twenty devotional messages which will show you how to pray effective prayers in the midst of turmoil, how to resist fearing human opinion, how to discover a purpose for your pain, how to avoid faith failures, how to lay hold of radical blessings, how to hear from God for yourself, and how to adopt the right attitude when the wicked succeed.

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Apr 4 15

New from J.M. Farro: The Promise-Powered Life for Parents devotional book!

by J. M. Farro

Inside, you will find 50 Spirit-led devotionals showing you how to pray and claim God’s promises for your children’s salvation, safety, and deliverance; how to believe God to restore wasted years; how to monitor and pray for your children’s relationships; how to persevere for prodigals; how to prepare for and deal with “empty nest syndrome”; how to pray and expect the Lord to provide supernaturally for yourself and your children; how to discipline and instruct your children the Bible way; how to stand up to attacks against your family; how to let go and move on when it’s God’s will for you; how to revitalize your marriage; how to overcome disappointment and disillusionment as a parent; and much more.

Each devotional includes a Scripture-based prayer and a Promise-Power Point so that you can learn how to pray and claim the promises of God in every area for yourself and your loved ones.

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Nov 23 14

New from J. M. Farro: The Promise-Powered Life for Men devotional book

by J. M. Farro

 

Contains 50 Spirit-led devotionals showing you how to fulfill your God-given purpose and potential; how to revive your relationships and marriage; how to deal with temptation, addictions, or joblessness; how to believe God for miracles; and how to receive God’s provision in times of adversity.

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Apr 19 14

New Book from J. M. Farro – “The Promise-Powered Life for Women”

by J. M. Farro

The Promise-Powered Life for Women: How to See the Promises of God Fulfilled in Your Life

Contains 50 Devotionals on the Topics of Health, Weight, Finances, Family, Relationships, Dating, Overcoming Addictions, and Much More

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Apr 26 13

“The Promise-Powered Life” – New Paperback Book from J. M. Farro!

by J. M. Farro

The Promise-Powered Life: How to See the Promises of God Fulfilled in Your Life

Contains 50 new devotionals written expressly for this book!

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Apr 24 13

Our God-Given Purpose

by J. M. Farro

“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.”  Psalm 138:8 NIV

I like to declare this Bible verse every day.  Because I’ve committed my life to God, this Scripture reassures me that His purpose for my life will prevail.  Many people spend years setting goals and making plans, only to discover that what they thought they wanted wasn’t what they wanted at all.  Nowadays, a lot of people think that getting more and more education is the answer to their  search for fulfillment.  Often they realize too late that all the education in the world can’t guarantee they’ll be truly satisfied in the end.  It never occurred to them to ask God what HIS plans for them were.  They weren’t aware of the fact that He created them with a specific purpose in mind, and that if they aligned their plans with His, they would experience a peace and contentment that can be attained no other way.

If you will wholeheartedly commit your life to the Lord and cooperate with His plans for you, He will move mountains to ensure that His purpose for your life is fulfilled.  You may be an artist, and people have told you there is already too much competition in the art world.  The odds are stacked against you, so don’t waste your time, they may say.  Perhaps you’re a musician, and everyone says you’d better pick another profession because there are already too many people in the music business.  Maybe God has given you a vision to go into some form of ministry, but you’re being told that you’ll starve.  Or you’re feeling overwhelmed because it seems that God is leading you into the medical profession, but all you can think about are the many years and costs of education ahead of you.  Listen carefully.  If it’s your sincere desire to fulfill your God-given purpose in life, and you believe that God is calling you into the ministry, the music business or anywhere else–rest assured that He will make a way where there seems to be none.  You will find satisfaction and joy in your labor.  And no power on earth or in hell itself will be able to keep God’s blessings from you!

Lord, I offer you all that I am and all that I have, and I ask that You fulfill Your purpose for me.  Show me what my God-given gifts are, and help me to use them for Your glory.  Bless all the work of my hands, and give me favor in the sight of God and man.  Give me a right heart so that my motives will always be pleasing to You.  Thank You for Your promise which says that I will eat the fruit of my labor, and blessings and prosperity will be mine!  (Psalm 128:2 NIV)

 

Aug 16 12

EVEN NOW

by J. M. Farro

“But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” John 11:22 NIV

These words were spoken to Jesus by Martha, the sister of Lazarus. Her brother had already been dead four days by the time Jesus arrived. Yet here she confesses her faith in the Savior to do even the impossible. Moments later, Martha witnesses a miracle as her brother is raised to life by the Master.

A few years ago, God began bringing me up to a new level of faith. He taught me how to pray what I now refer to as my “even now” prayers. I would be facing an impossible situation, and it would seem like all the doors before me had been closed. My first impression would be to think, “I guess it just wasn’t God’s will.” Then I would sense another impression coming up in my spirit telling me to continue praying in faith. I might pray something like this: “Lord, I admit this looks like a hopeless situation, but I know that even now, You can make a way where there seems to be none. I ask that You do that, Lord.” I have seen so many seemingly closed doors opened by praying like this, that my prayer life has been radically changed forever. And I have used this principle in praying about small matters, as well as larger ones.

Jesus said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27 NKJV) I think it’s sad that our society has gotten so sophisticated and cynical that we’ve forgotten how to pray for the impossible. In Jeremiah 32:27 (NIV), the Lord says, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Me?” This statement should not only encourage us, but it should convict us as well. Psalm 77:19 (TLB) says, “Your road led by a pathway through the sea–a pathway no one knew was there!” The Israelites never could have imagined that God would make a way for them through the Red Sea. Likewise, when we pray for the impossible, God will often make a way for us that will exceed our expectations.

Psalm 77:14 (TLB) says, “You are the God of miracles and wonders! You still demonstrate your awesome power.” When we ask God for the impossible, we invite Him to work wonders in our lives–something He delights in doing. Have you given up on a dream or vision that God has planted in your heart, because at this point, it looks like it can never come to pass? What “impossible” situations do you have in your life right now that perhaps you’ve given up on too soon? It could be that the Lord is just waiting for you to come to Him in faith today, saying, “Lord, I know that even now…”

Lord, I ask that You increase my faith and expand my vision so that I can trust You to do the impossible in my life. Help me to never put limits on You. When I’m tempted to give up on a situation too soon, remind me to ask You to make a way where there seems to be none. Thank You that You are the God of the impossible and nothing is too difficult for You!