JOY Prayer

The JOY Prayer Team is headed by Marcia Fahn, JOY Prayer Coordinator.  Prayer emails are sent out a few times a year, with the prayer focus on the women, outreach, and ministry of JOY International. 
 
If you would like to subscribe to these JOY Prayer emails, please notify the JOY Prayer Coordinator at prayer@joyintl.org

Webmaster Post
April 10, 2013
From Marcia Fahn, JOY Prayer Coordinator
Emailed 4/10/13

A Matter of Faith

"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. (Mark 11:22) As you communicate with God through prayer, a relationship begins to form, a relationship based on faith. Prayer is the cornerstone of faith in God through His son Jesus.

In his book The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson states, "When you live by faith, it often feels like you are risking your reputation. You're not. You're risking God's reputation. It's not your faith that is on the line. It's His faithfulness."

There are four JOY Connection Groups forming from the recent JOY Breakfast. Each study is an opportunity to grow in faith. Please pray for all the JOY Connection Groups.

"Lord, Great Redeemer, at this Easter Season we remember your sacrifice. We remember you died for our sins and rose from the grave to live forever. Thank you. In a sin-soaked world, faith is something we need to live a life that is faithful to you.

We pray for the JOY Connection Groups, that the desire to grow in faith will lead women to commit to a few weeks of study. We pray for the desire to know you better.

In Jesus' name, Amen."
Webmaster Post
March 6, 2013
From Marcia Fahn, JOY Prayer Coordinator
Emailed 3/6/13

Our View of God

As I was reading my Bible these words were impressed upon my heart: Are you getting ready for spring or are you preparing for drought and famine? Are you making your soul ready for joy and thanksgiving or are you caught in a vision that brings poverty and darkness?

In Numbers 11:23 God is speaking to Moses and He asks, “Is the Lord’s arm too short?” or, as some versions say, “Is there a limit to my power?”

In the book "The Circle Maker," the author Mark Batterson challenges us by stating, “Our biggest problem is our small view of God. That is the cause of all lesser evils. And it’s a high view of God that is the solution to all other problems.”

How do we view God? Joy and thanksgiving are two ways we can develop a high view of God. As we pray for the upcoming JOY Breakfast, let’s expand our view God. “Is there a limit to my power?” God asks you.

"Father, thank you for the opportunity to have another JOY Breakfast. There are big details and little details to be prayed for.

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you. We are especially grateful for our speaker. In one voice we lift our speaker to you. Please watch over her family, keeping them safe and protected.

We pray for her protection and safety. Give her an anointing to pronounce your message at the breakfast, and bless her words with longevity and power. Also, Lord, we pray against any obstacle that would keep her from this divine appointment.

In Jesus' name, Amen."
Webmaster Post
October 2, 2012
From Marcia Fahn, JOY Prayer Coordinator
Emailed 10/2/12

PRAYER - CARE - SHARE

"I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing to your name, O Most High." (Psalms 9:1-2)

JOY International is sponsoring Love2020 - Prayer, Care, Share, a mini-conference/workshop designed to help women become more comfortable sharing their faith in one-on-one settings. It will be held October 13th, 9:30 AM - Noon, at Shiloh Christian School.

The Psalmist makes it an act of his will to share the wonders of the Lord. "I will tell," he declares. Should we be silent in a society that is mute about Jesus? We receive from Jesus more than we have ever received, at anytime, from one person. He is such a help to us and we want to share this help with others who also need him.

Let's pray together for the conference, for those working, and for those attending. Most of all, let us pray for an end to the silence concerning our faith in Jesus.

"Father, in your presence I am renewed and I am glad. I will tell of your goodness in the way that I live and in the way that I love. I will tell of you, Jesus, with truthful words to those around me. Help me not to be silent.

I pray for the Love2020 conference and pray for all involved in putting it together. Keep them healthy and give them the help they will need to do their appointed task. Keep them safe. We pray for those attending the conference; please get them there. I pray against any obstacle that would stop them from attending.

Silence is a terrible thing when it could be filled with the knowledge of you, my Lord. I can break the silence. I can tell of your wonders. I bow my heart to you. There is nothing more important than YOU, or your strength, or your glory holding me up. Give me the desire and the words to speak and share your glory.

In Jesus' name, Amen."
Webmaster Post
March 2, 2012
From Marcia Fahn, JOY Prayer Coordinator
Emailed 3/2/12

God Through Us

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 4:11)

I believe God is very generous. He gives without reservation. His love for His children knows no boundaries. We owe Him. Why then should it be so difficult to speak the words of God? Words of scripture that honor Him. Words are not the end of it, however; they must be accompanied by service -- and service that is accomplished through the strength that God provides.

As the JOY Breakfast approaches, keep the speaker and all the volunteers in your prayers.

Father, we pray for the speaker. Let her words be Your words inspired by the Holy Spirit to speak of the generosity of your grace. Let her words inspire us not to just survive this life but to thrive and flourish in our everyday journey.

Protect our speaker, Pebbles Thompson, in all areas of her life and protect her family from all harm. Keep every breakfast volunteer healthy. We pray against any obstacle that would keep them from serving You at the breakfast.

God, You are good and we need you in our lives everyday. Help us be aware of You working for us today. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Webmaster Post
January 12, 2012
From Marcia Fahn, JOY Prayer Coordinator
Emailed 1/12/12

Holy Ground

"And in that place many believed in Jesus." (John 10:42)

Where were you when you first believed in Jesus? What place became holy ground for you? For me it was my living room. God opened His arms and welcomed me into His presence through Jesus Christ and life has never been the same.

Another JOY Breakfast is approaching. Will it become someone’s holy ground? Will it be that place, that breakfast, where someone will come to believe in Jesus? We can only pray.

We can pray for guidance for Fran as she picks our speaker, and pray for that speaker.

We can pray for God’s Spirit to be present and touch the hearts of the women who attend.

Praise be to our God and Father for He chose to bless us through His son, Jesus Christ. Hear us, Lord, as we pray for the women of the city and the area. Open their hearts to receive Your words through the speaker. We pray for good health for our speaker and for a willingness in her heart to speak Your truth. Father, guide Fran on all matters concerning the speaker. Protect Fran’s health in these busy days before the JOY Breakfast. We ask that this event become holy ground for those who would choose it. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Webmaster Post
November 2, 2011
From Marcia Fahn, JOY Prayer Coordinator
Emailed 11/2/2011

Operation: Set the Captives Free

"Now these are the people of the province who came from the captivity of the exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon had taken captive...they returned..." (Ezra 2:1)

The captives did return. Everyone knows of present day captives. Those taken into exile by sin, separated from God because of their sin. There is only one way to free them and only One who can lead them back to safety. The God of heaven and earth has provided a way for all captives to gain their freedom and return home. That way is in the person of Jesus Christ.

Verse 68 of Ezra tells us that when they arrived at the house of the Lord in Jerusalem they were so moved that some gave offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God.

We have all been captives and we have all been set free by the sacrifice of Christ. Pray with me.

Father, we come to You, grateful for what You have done for us. We seek through prayer, our action of involvement, women who are carried away by sin. Their sin does not include You. They ignore You or simply say You do not exist. But,You are there loving them, waiting for the invitation that calls You into their life. We ask for freedom for the women of this city. We ask that JOY will be a place of safety for them, a mothering place. We pray too for finances for JOY. Give people a generous heart and a desire to give financially. Just as the returning captives in Ezra were inspired to give for the rebuilding of the house of God, we pray for that same inspiration to come upon all of us for the building of a safe house for women in the building of JOY. Thank You for hearing our prayer. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Webmaster Post
October 14, 2011
From Marcia Fahn, JOY Prayer Coordinator
Emailed 9/30/2011

Prayer from Colossians

I found this prayer in my mother's Bible a couple days ago. It is taken from Colossians 1:9-14. You can pray this prayer for the unsaved women of the city or substitute someone's name for "you" in the prayer.

"I ask God to help you understand what He wants you to do; asking Him to make you wise about spiritual things, and asking that the way you live will always please the Lord and Honor Him so that you will always be doing good, kind things for others, while all the time you are learning to know God better and better. I pray that you will be filled with His mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens; always full of the joy of the Lord and always thankful to the Father who made us fit to share all the wonderful things that belong to those who live in the kingdom of light. For He has rescued us out of the darkness and gloom of Satan's kingdom and brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son who bought our freedom with His blood and forgave our sins. (Amen)"

Do not forget to apply this prayer for all the leaders and the board of JOY International, especially Fran, Bonnie, Diane and Marcia. Please also pray for the upcoming Java JOY event on October 13.
Webmaster Post
August 10, 2011
From Marcia Fahn, JOY Prayer Coordinator
Emailed 8/10/2011

Who Is The Greatest?

And He said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matt 18:3)

No one gets through this life without injury. Hurts to the body, emotional pain, spiritual suffering are all part of this life on earth. Yet our focus must change and our attitude must change regardless of our circumstance. The disciples asked Jesus, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Jesus answers "...whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest...." It takes humility to submit to Christ and walk with him in obedience, especially when we are hurt or troubled. Many live in situations that cause them pain. God has a plan to help us live above the pain, a plan that will help us deal with a troubled life in a troubled world.

Let us pray for the people of the area, especially the women, to want to change and to lay hold of the greatness Jesus is talking about.

Father, we thank you and praise you for your love and mercy to us. Please hear our prayer for the women and people of the area. Let them hear the call for change. Help them to humble themselves in obedience to your ways and not the ways of this world.

We are all your little ones and we need you, Mighty Shepherd. You are the only one who can save us. We pray for change, not the kind a politician would call for, but a personal change that comes from the inside out. In 1 Peter it is written that Your ears are attentive to the prayers of the righteous. Be attentive to this prayer, my Lord, and help us as we pray to think of ways we can answer Jesus' call for change for us and for those we pray for. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Webmaster Post
July 8, 2011
From Marcia Fahn, JOY Prayer Coordinator
Emailed 7/8/2011

The Calling

In Mark 2:13 Jesus was teaching a large crowd. As He walked along, He saw Levi. I sometimes think with all of creation to manage, Jesus is walking along and sees me and He sees you and He extends to us an invitation to the best party ever. "Follow me," Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed Him. (v 14) In the same way, Jesus is saying to us "follow me" and be with me, because I was born to touch your heart.

Levi followed, and in return Jesus began to teach him. Verse 15 says He was having dinner with Levi at his house; many tax collectors and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples. Then came the Pharisees in verse 16: "Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" Jesus' reply was, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." (v 17)

If we humble ourselves before Jesus, He will have dinner with us and He will teach us. Let us call out to God and repent, taking hold of another chance through Jesus Christ.

Please pray with me: Lord, my Savior, You are mighty to save and I am grateful for Your watchfulness over my life. So many hear Your call but never answer. I pray for them and ask that You call again and again until they rise up and follow you. I pray for a spirit of repentance to sweep over the land and I pray that there would be true regret for the lack of love and obedience shown toward You, Lord. We are in hard times and we need You to hear our cry for forgiveness. Heal us and heal our land. "You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay." (Psalm 40:17) In Jesus' name, Amen.
Webmaster Post
June 4, 2011
From Marcia Fahn, JOY Prayer Coordinator
Emailed 6/4/2011

The Touch of Mercy

James 3:5 tells us that "the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” I do believe that those qualities are part of who God is. Through prayer we can lay hold of this great mercy, and we can plead our case to God through Jesus for the release of His compassion.

In Luke 24 Jesus invites his startled disciples to touch Him and know that He is not a ghost. He invites us to touch Him in prayer. He is not a ghost, He is real. Just as He knows us, we can know Him. We can know the God of compassion and mercy.

The Missouri River is flooding. Volunteers have come to offer assistance in whatever way they can. They are extending compassion to those who desperately need it. God can do more. Let us go together to God, persevering in prayer.

Mighty God, You created all things. All creation must bow to Your will. We reach for You in prayer, we ask for You to extend Your mercy to those who live in areas of flooding and storm in North Dakota. We bow to You, Lord, and ask for Your protection on the lives and property of those affected. We ask, Mighty Father, for angels from the throne of heaven to come and do battle for us. Let the sandbags of our prayer form impenetrable dikes around our area and state, walls of spiritual force forged by Your mercy and compassion. In Jesus' name, Amen.