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Power through Prayer

Paraphrased excerpts from Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds.

“We are on a constant search for better methods, more clever plans, and new ways to organize in order to advance the church. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men and women. The church needs men and women whom the Holy Spirit can use—men and women of prayer—mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through people; people wholly yielded to Him.

The personal character of leaders has more to do with the revolution of nations than any other factor. The character and conduct of followers of Christ have more to do with the impact of the Gospel on a nation than any other factor. The individual makes the servant of the Gospel. God must make the individual. The individual, the whole individual, lies behind the work of God. Our work is not the performance of an hour; it is the outflow of a life. Our work for God must be a thing of life. Our work grows, because we grow. Our work is holy, because we are holy. [Read more →]

June 12, 2011   Comments Off on Power through Prayer

Seek God’s Glory out of Your Great Need!

God delights in turning misfortune to good fortune, calamite into blessing and great need into abundance! In 1 Samuel 1 we read the account of a woman named Hannah. Although she and her husband had been married for many years, she remained childless. Her inability to bear a child was a source of “great anguish and grief” to her. Not only did she personally long to hold and nurture her own child, but her rival cruelly mocked and taunted her because she couldn’t bear children.

One year, while Hannah and her husband were worshiping at Shiloh, Hannah prayed a desperate prayer to God again begging him to give her a son. It’s striking that she specifically asked for a son. Furthermore, she promised that she would devote this son to the Lord and His service all his life. Meanwhile, Eli the priest saw her praying and told her, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” (1 Samuel 1:17) [Read more →]

March 21, 2011   1 Comment

Get Rob’s Book: Enthralled with God!

Enthralled with God

God created us for relationship with him, but what does that look like? How do we interact with God? What does he expect from us? We are to love God, but what is this about enjoying him? Two-way communication is a hallmark of any relationship, so how does communication function in our relationship with God? How does God speak to us? How do we recognize his voice? What do we do with what he tells us? Rob seeks to answer all these questions and more through the Scriptures and lots of examples from his own life, so that you too may be enthralled with God!

Enthralled with God–Cultivating a Joy-Filled Relationship with Him is available on Amazon.com! You will find the book in both soft-cover and e-version.

Below is the brief introduction from this book that I’m sure you’ll want to read. [Read more →]

March 4, 2011   Comments Off on Get Rob’s Book: Enthralled with God!

News Flash! Rob’s new book available!

I’m excited to announce that my new book, Enthralled with God–Cultivating a Joy-Filled Relationship with Him is available on Amazon.com! You will find the book in both soft-cover and e-version.

Below is the brief introduction from this book that I’m sure you’ll want to read.

Introduction

A few years ago, a young woman named Amy was living with us. One evening we heard the front door open and my wife and I went to the top of the stairs to greet Amy. She was returning home from discipleship training at our church. I called down to her and asked her how it went.

Amy had a huge grin on her face and stood there speechless for a moment. Then she blurted out, “I’ve been a Christian for many years, but tonight I discovered that I can enjoy God!—This changes everything!”

It’s true! Enjoying God, being enthralled with him does change everything! My experience and that of countless others have been every bit as dramatic and life-changing.

If you long to know God more deeply, seeing him as your joy and delight, then this book is for you! You are embarking on a great adventure with God!

© 2010 Rob Fischer

To order your copy of Enthralled with God please click on the link: http://www.amazon.com/Enthralled-God-Cultivating-Relationship-ebook/dp/B004CRSSZ6/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1290529603&sr=1-4

November 23, 2010   Comments Off on News Flash! Rob’s new book available!

What Are You Going to Wear Today?

Sometimes we never know how people will speak into our lives.  And if we are willing to listen and consider the words, God can drastically change our lives. It happened to me this morning while enjoying a piece of toast with my daughter.

I had her perched on our kitchen island and I asked her the question (not knowing what kind of answer, if any, I was going to receive), “Hattie, what are YOU going to wear to church today?”  She looked up at me with her beautiful, big brown eyes and peanut butter and jelly spread all over her face and emphatically replied, “JESUS!”  I stood there stunned, speechless, silent.  Then it hit me – was I going to “wear Jesus” today?  Conviction rolled over me, because I don’t “wear Him” everyday.  Was I going to wear Jesus today?  Not just at church where it is easy.  What about the rest of the week, where it is not easy? [Read more →]

April 2, 2009   Comments Off on What Are You Going to Wear Today?

God Loves to Hear Us Pray!

God delights in answering the prayers of his children!
As our heavenly Father, God loves to talk with his children and respond to our requests. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11) [Read more →]

March 13, 2009   2 Comments

A Day with the Lord

Have you ever considered setting aside a day to spend with the Lord? The following are ideas and suggestions on experiencing a rich and meaningful day with the Lord. Plan well so that you can avoid interruptions and distractions as much as possible. But if unplanned interruptions or distractions (people-induced) occur, respond with grace and treat the occurrence as part of your interaction with God. [Read more →]

March 8, 2009   Comments Off on A Day with the Lord

God Speaks!

“In those days the word of the Lord was rare.” (1 Samuel 3:1)

I find that statement to be one of the saddest and most distressing pronouncements in the Bible. I used to attribute the scarcity of God’s words in those days to his sovereign choice. I thought that for whatever reason God didn’t have much to say at that time. Now I believe I was grossly mistaken. I’ve come to recognize that God’s words are never lacking. God is speaking to us through a variety of means, but for one reason or another many of us are not hearing him.

In the case of Eli the priest, he treated his wayward sons with more respect than he did God (1 Samuel 2:29). Although Eli disapproved of his sons’ immoral motivations and actions, he did nothing to put an end to it. And in so doing, Eli scorned God’s sacrifices and offerings, dishonored him and despised him. By his actions, Eli refused to listen to God, so God spoke to him through an unnamed man of God (1 Samuel 2:27) and through the little boy, Samuel. [Read more →]

February 21, 2009   Comments Off on God Speaks!

What is God Doing in Your Life?

Sadly, many of us go through life aware of only occasional events in which we know that God was working in our lives.

Recently our son and his wife have been going through financially tough times. On one occasion they had a bill due for $37.00, but could only scrape $36.00 together. They prayed asking God to meet their need. Later that day when they checked the mail it appeared to be all junk mail. But just as they were ready to toss it, they opened a form letter. Inside was a survey accompanied by a crisp dollar bill. They were amazed how God had met their need in such an unusual way and thanked him for it!

But notice that if they hadn’t been looking for God to supply their needs, that dollar bill would have been a non-event and no one would’ve given God the credit for providing it. What are you trusting God for today? What are you asking him to do in your life? Where is he already at work, but you’ve failed to recognize it? What is God doing in your life?

“Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works on our behalf!” Psalm 66:5

© 2009 Rob Fischer

February 16, 2009   Comments Off on What is God Doing in Your Life?

Praying Conversationally with Others

Praying with other followers of Christ can be one of the most exhilarating and meaningful experiences in our relationship with the Lord and others! There is something holy and powerful afoot when God’s children approach him with one voice seeking his glory! On the other hand, praying with others may sometimes frustrate and demoralize us like little else can, leaving us feeling less than powerful and certainly less than holy.

I’ve already shared with you my pilgrimage through prayer and how I grappled early on to understand what prayer is and how to converse with God. My struggle with corporate prayer—praying with others—was even more intense. [Read more →]

February 4, 2009   4 Comments