Pray from the Heart

Praying is quite simple, it’s honest communication with God. If you are a born again believer, prayer is as natural to you spiritually, as breathing is to you.

Spiritually, your spirit cries out to your Abba Father (Romans 8:15). Pray-er is who you are not just some thing you do. Isaiah 56:7b says, “For my house the Lord says, will be called, the house of prayer.” I Corinthians 3:16 says, “You are the temple of the living God.” Once we realize this, we can stop trying to pray the “perfect” prayer, stop straining ourselves, and stop trying to be eloquent or super spiritual.

We can speak plainly, openly, and honestly with our Father. Our prayer is most effective when we pray from the heart, not from the head. Clean out the clutter, pour out your soul to Him, and keep praying until you sense the peace of God arise within you. Always pray straight from your heart.

Yours in Him,
Pastor Maria DaGraca

How Can I Help You?

“How can I help you?” is a common question people ask each other every day. It doesn’t matter how self-sufficient we think we are, there will be times when we will need someone else’s help. We are not and never will be strong enough, smart enough, or wise enough to do life alone.

One thing we should know is that God is always ready and able to help us even if others are not willing or able too. People sort of know this instinctively. Even if someone does not have a personal relationship with Jesus, when they find themselves in the thick of things, they often turn to the one they have ignored, hoping to receive some sort of assistance. Because God is love He will never, not respond to a sincere request for help.

The opposite side of the same coin requires us to help God in His time of need. Even as we need help from others on a daily basis God is in need of our assistance as well. Not because He is deficient in any way, He is and always will be, “ALMIGHTY GOD”.

If you’re a believer, you know what I mean when I say God is in need of our assistance. We are the body of Christ and we are in the earth to represent Him to others. He is “IN NEED” of us to reach the world per order of the Commander in Chief, Jesus Christ. People cannot see God with their eyes but they should be able to in tangible ways experience Him through us His body. With His help we can help Him help others.

Be Blessed
Pastor Henri Talbot

A Challenge to Pray

In Ephesians 6, Paul instructs us to always pray with all kinds of prayers for the saints and in II Timothy, we see some of the results we can expect when we take the time to pray: A quiet and peaceable life, godliness, honesty, and answered prayer. These are just some results we can expect when we pray and seek God.
I want to let you know that prayer is not something to dread. It is fun and rewarding when done right. Fifteen minutes of prayer is great when you are just starting but to really get into prayer, you have to take the time to get to know the Father. Once you do, you’ll enjoy your time of fellowship with Him and you’ll pray until His presence manifests in your life.
To pray for others, you must have a passion for God‘s will. You must give your heart to the Holy Spirit, and be willing to open your mouth to speak the words that flow from your innermost heart.

God is calling us all to put our prayer gloves on and fight the good fight of the prayer of faith. Pray now or never. Let us meet in our closet, praying until we see results. The enemy is not sleeping and neither should we.

Let us take Paul’s challenge to heart in Romans 8:27 and intentionally and purposefully give our heart to the Holy Spirit so He can search it for the prayers deposited there.

Love and peace,
Pastor Maria DaGraca

Stand on the Word

As we continue to navigate through the current situation with Covid-19, it is important that we stay strong in our walk with the Lord and that we continue to grow more and more in His promises. Let me encourage you today with just a few scriptures:
Psalm 91:9-10, “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Stay close to the Lord, in fact, make your home in Him. When you do this, you can stand on this word and declare that no evil, plague, or coronavirus can come near your dwelling.
Psalm 27:1-3, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” Declare these verses over your life then don’t undo them by speaking fear. Stand firm on this word and believe it for you and your household.
You don’t need one hundred verses, one word from God has the power to change any circumstance. Put it in your mouth and refuse to speak anything else. When you hear about an increase in cases, say, “not in my house,” and boldly say these verses. Let the word work on your behalf.
I love you and I can’t wait to see you!
-Pastor Jack DaGraca

Infected With Peace

Galatians 5:22a, “But the fruit of the spirit is love, Joy, peace…”
One of the precious qualities in a Christian’s character is peace. Peace that is evident in the most stressful and fearful times; in uncertainty and in uncomfortable situations.
Today, we are hearing all kinds of voices and negative reports. When you look at the faces of people you meet, you can see fear. People appear to be distant. In the stores it’s as though people are infected with the virus even though they do not have it. “Hello’s” and smiles are not as prevalent as they were just a few short weeks ago. You can see that people are frustrated and some even resort to being unkind.
This past week, as I walked through the grocery store, I watched as people frantically passed without giving any thought to those around them. It was as if they were being led by an invisible force (fear).  I have to thank God because it was as if I was in a bubble. I was at peace. See, Jesus paid for this peace. He said, “My peace I leave with you.” Philippians 4:6 says that His peace, “passes all understanding.” Peace is contagious. Become infected with it and spread it to as many people you can.

The love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
-Pastor Maria DaGraca

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

When you look in a mirror what do you see? Simple answer is, “I see a reflection of myself.” An unfiltered reflection at that.A mirror can make us feel bad or good about ourselves. It reveals what needs immediate attention and what does not.
A mirror does not lie and does not care one way or the other how you feel about what you see reflected back at you. It simply reveals the good the bad and the ugly. Hopefully there is not too much ugly. Lol!
When we spend time in the Word of God it is like spending time looking into a mirror. It also reveals what needs change and what can remain the same It also does not care one way or the other about how we feel about it. 
We are all growing into the image of Christ; from faith to faith and glory to glory so don’t feel bad if you do not like your reflection.
The difference between an actual mirror and the “Word Mirror” is this: An actual mirror can only reflect back to you who you are at that moment whereas the Word Mirror reflects back to you who you are in Him. So keep coming back to the mirror every day and make a little adjustment here and a little change there and you will become more and more a reflection of Him.
Be Blessed Pastor Henri Talbot

Challenge Your Beliefs

I love this scripture, “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Proverbs‬ ‭20:27‬
‭At the end of February, I had an idea, a specific thought, and it challenged my heart. I followed my heart and heard this question, “do you really believe you can have that?” I had to search my belief, examine, and challenge myself, to know if I really believed it.
I realize that belief is action of the heart, not just mental acquaintance with truth or an idea. It’s not just what my mind accepts but my will must obey. I don’t truly believe unless my conviction is manifested in my life, so belief stands close to faith. Belief is a deep sense of trust by commitment to that thought or idea found in the Word of God. Belief is the foundation of life.
The most amazing thing is that my heart did have the answer and I did believe. If I failed in my pursuit of my belief, it’s just because I didn’t capture the idea and purposely follow it until I got the answer.
We are spirit beings, God’s spirit indwells us. He leads and guides us through our spirit. Communing with our own heart will give us the answer we are looking for. Now, if we just get happy and don’t follow up, it will die. To bring it to pass, I have to speak the truth of that idea through. Growth is keeping at it until we get it right.
-Pastor Maria DaGraca

An Open Heart

A number of years ago, I experienced what you might call a “dry season” in my spiritual walk. One day during this time, I began to complain (I know you’ve probably never done that). I told the Lord how frustrated I was and how I disliked religious tradition. I took responsibility for the state I was in, told Him I would fix it, and basically reaffirmed my commitment to Him. I expressed to Him my desire to be used by Him to glorify Him.  
I expected His response to be, “Go lay hands on the sick” or “go cast out devils”. Instead here’s what He instructed me to do: “Listen to your heart. When people talk to you, listen intently to them. Understand what they are communicating to you. Take interest in what they are saying so much so that you can repeat it back to them. Open your heart to people when they communicate with you and don’t be so quick to give them just any answer. Look into their eyes, feel what they feel, then look into your heart for the answer. People have deep pain, they are not just crazy. The enemy has found a way into their lives and in your spirit there are answers for every problem they have. You are my hands and my heart, you can comfort them. You are my love, my mouth, and my hands.”
What the Lord ministered to me wasn’t just for me. It’s for anyone who longs to be used by Him. Start by opening your heart to Him and He will show you how to open your heart to the people around you.  
-Pastor Maria DaGraca

Seek First

“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” Matthew 6:33 AMPC.
What does it mean to “seek first”? Does it mean to forget everyone and everything else and look for His kingdom? No, absolutely not! God is not a selfish God.  
To “seek first” is to simply obey God’s Word by acting on it. Living like this will not only add to your life but it will also strengthen your relationships.
Life is a series of choices so a good place to start is by putting God first in every decision you make. What a difference this will make in your life!
-Pastor Jack DaGraca

Start Great – Finish Greater!

When I was about 9 years old, my mom began to teach my sister and I how to crochet. I remember being so excited when she took us to the store to buy the items we needed and to pick out the patterns of what we were going to make. 
My mom patiently showed us how to crochet and we actually learned fairly quickly. Pretty soon, my first little baby bootie was complete. It was quite small so it didn’t take me long, but I was so excited about it! 
After just a a few weeks, the excitement began to wane and not long after that, the basket we had bought, sat untouched with a number of projects I started, but didn’t finish.  
Sound familiar? It took me years to realize that l was really good at STARTING a lot of things but really bad at actually COMPLETING them. Not completing a crocheting project wasn’t a big deal and didn’t make much of a difference in my life but not completing my God-given assignment, is a huge deal!
John 17:4 MSG says, “I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do.” Once we know our God-given assignment, we should do whatever it takes to complete it, including stopping anything that takes our focus or excitement off of it.
 Ask God to reignite the fire in you again for the assignment He has given you and do something everyday to keep the fire lit. Let Him be glorified in every step of your journey to fulfill your assignment. 
– Pastor Maria Murphy