Monday, May 21, 2018

A Lord Worth Thanking

A Lord Worth Thanking by Keith Cook

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His loving-kindness is everlasting." Psalm 118:1

Have you ever had a bad boss? Have you ever had to endure a less than motivational teacher? Ever been on a team with a less than stellar teammate? We all have! It is hard to endure such trials and tribulations but when you think of the Lord Jesus Christ, our mindset changes. When you look at the scriptures you can see a great picture of what we have in our Lord and what we are to do because of how great our Lord is. He is a Lord worth thanking!

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good"

How hard is it to say thank you? Is it hard for you to give someone other than yourself credit for a blessing, talent, or reward? God is reminding us in His Word to give thanks to the real Lord to whom thanks is due.

What are you thankful to the Lord for?

Be thankful for good health.
Praise God that He has granted you great happiness.
Many are blessed with wonderful financial success.
Most can say that the blessings of God are so rich and full right now.

These are all good things to have but what if they were to all go away.

What would you do if your health was bad or one of your children came down with a sickness that was serious? Would you still have reason to thank the Lord? What if you became burdened by the sin sick society around you and the happiness you once found on the golf course or at the mall no longer brought you joy. Would you still have reason to be thankful to the Lord? If the price of gas brings down your profits and the stock market takes a plunge, or your position get terminated at work, could you still find reason to be thankful in the Lord?

Is health, happiness, success, blessings required from God in order for you to be thankful?

For the Christian nothing can separate us from the love of God and nothing should be able to keep us from being thankful to God for what He is to us! He is a Lord worth thanking.

"For His loving-kindness is everlasting."

The Bible says we are to be thankful for His loving-kindness.  The word loving-kindness can also mean mercy, love that is steadfast, compassion, or even the goodness of God.

When we are truly thankful to God we are faithfully and honestly choosing to believe that God is showing mercy towards us and is lovingly thinking of our needs, desires, and situation. When we are truly thankful, we are trusting in Him to take care of all we really need.

Being thankful to our Lord means:

1. That we are not demanding of God certain riches or proofs that He is loving and caring for us.

2. That we are not going to stop thanking God or serving God if we do not get our way or will in certain situations in our lives.

3. That we will honor God with giving Him credit and praise for all the provisions He makes on our behalf. In order to do this we have to see what He is doing in every situation. The only way to see and know this is to see and know Him. You do this in prayer and study of His Word.

4. Trusting God when we go through the hard situations and the times in life that make no sense.

5. We thank God in public and private. We share with the Lord in prayer and praise our thankfulness and we share with others how grateful and thankful we are for His mercy and provision.

Personal Prayer Focus: Take a few moments to day to reflect on the loving-kindness of God towards you in Christ. Because of Christ coming into your life and providing salvation, security, and stability you have reason to be thankful. Make sure God knows just how thankful you are.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The follow-up of inquirers who come publicly and make decisions for Christ, write in for materials to grow in Christ, or who visit our website looking for help in following Christ. Pray for local believers, churches, parents, and friends who all will be used of God to nurture each and every one to maturity in Christ.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 21, 2018
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Speak In Love

Speak In Love by Keith Cook

"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:" Ephesians 4:15

Always speak the truth in love.

For out 25th wedding anniversary, my wife and I were surprised with a party by some of our friends. At the close of the night they asked us to share some embarrassing moments that Joan and I had had over the years. Let me share one of Joan's moments.

Joan wanted to cook me a special meal when we come back to our little house after our honeymoon. I was so excited! We had spent all our money on our honeymoon and had just enough left over to have some very basic meals and one very special meal. She planned long and hard as to what she would fix for this special meal.

My bride called my mother and asked her my favorite thing to eat. She was told that I loved old-fashioned pot roast. She then proceeded to write down my mother's famous roast recipe.

Joan worked in the kitchen all day long. I could smell the roast cooking and I was getting ready for the meal of a lifetime. She brought it out to the table and said that she hoped I would like it. I cut into the meat and with a childlike delight brought the succulent beef to my mouth.

As my taste buds absorbed the flavor of the meat I almost cried, not at the joy of the great dish my new wife had prepared, but at the horrible flavor. I tried to eat the meat with zeal and not let on that it was not good. Joan could tell something was wrong.

She tasted the meat and began to cry. I quickly went to her side and said it was great, just bad beef. She calmed down some and then I asked her about the recipe. She told me.

Then I began to laugh. She had fixed my mother's famous recipe with all the right ingredients except she had misunderstood her main ingredient. She had added mustard where the recipe called for mushrooms. (Phone connections were bad in those days!) She had completely ruined the taste by adding the wrong ingredients.

She called my mother and got the recipe right. Now, she fixes the dish even better than mom!

In all of your relationships remember to love and appreciate all the special things that others do for you. Even when they are not perfect.

Personal Prayer Focus: Praise God for the special people He has given to you, pray a special prayer for each of them today.

On The Go Prayer Focus: All the local churches, committees, and leaders who will be working with On The Go Ministries and the Keith Cook Team in creative outreach efforts in the United States and around the world.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 20, 2018
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Pass It Down

Pass It Down by Joan Cook

"A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother." Proverbs 10:1

Isn't that the way it goes! When your children are acting right and doing what they should, who gets the credit? The father of course! But, when they go temporarily insane with their actions, the mother gets the blame.

Seriously, if we teach our children to be wise, they will bring joy to their father and mother. As we learn God's word and walk in His ways, we should hand wisdom and knowledge down to our children. How wonderful it is to have children who have a Godly heritage!

As a Mom or Dad, take the time to teach your children the wisdom you have learned through the years. Teach by example and instruction! We have an obligation to raise our children up to be a generation that loves and serves the Lord!

By the way, fathers may get most of the credit, but mothers always get a great big hello from their children on television!

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray for godly insight and discernment as you train your children to follow in the steps of the Lord.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The "On The Go Daily Internet Devotions". This devotional series is read by hundreds around the World via the internet. "On The Go Daily Internet Devotions" are used to encourage, challenge, and motivate Christians in their daily walk. Pray for Keith, Joan, the On The Go Staff, and special guests as they share daily through these devotional thoughts. You can subscribe to these daily devotions via our website if you are not already a subscriber.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 19, 2018
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Friday, May 18, 2018

God Has A Special Portion Just For You

God Has A Special Portion Just For You by Keith Cook

"Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion." Proverbs 30:7, 8

How many times have you actually told God, "I don't want to be rich or poor, but I want my portion?" Most of us constantly bombard Heaven with requests for riches and rewards.

As an international evangelist, I have traveled across the globe, and I have come in contact with many who are poor, having just the clothes on their backs. Though they may not have as much as many others have, they still have what they really need. They have what they need to serve God. They have a rich understanding of what it means to praise God. They also are consistently giving back to God their service and devotion that can not be measured by the monetary standards of this earth. Their lives and love is priceless to God and being in relationship with Jesus is precious to them.

A person's real value is not in how rich or poor they are, but in how they are using their portion from God!

What does God want for your life?

In certain parts of the world, the basic necessities of life may not be as great as in other geographical locations. God allows some to have riches and some to live on meager means, but He wants all to find His portion for their lives and honor Him in all that they have.

Find out God's plan for your life, and remain firm in your commitments to Him. Some people can not handle riches, others can not handle poverty. On the other hand, they can handle what God gives them as their portion. This is not an excuse for not succeeding or having goals. This also does not mean that God is for wealthy Christians not sharing their wealth. As God gives He also directs. God has blessed all of us to be a blessing. Give away some love, kindness, service, offerings, and portions today!

My challenge to you today is to seek the Lord, find out from Him what you need to sustain you. Live on these truths, trust in God, and act in obedience to Him.

Daily Prayer: Pray that God will keep deception and lies far from you. Pray that He will give you neither poverty nor riches, but feed you with the food that is your portion.

On The Go Prayer Focus:  On The Go Prayer Focus: The 30 Minute Radio & Podcast Program "On The Go with Keith Cook". This is a weekly program airing over the internet, short wave, and radio stations. Each week Keith relates creative ways to share Christ. Pray for Keith, Joan, the On The Go Staff, and special guests as they minister on these broadcasts. You can hear these programs via our website if it is not available in your area.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 18, 2018
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Cut Backs and Catch Ups

Cut Backs and Catch Ups by Keith Cook

"The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer." 1 Peter 4:7

All of the men and women who work with me at On The Go Ministries are supported by generous contributions from Christians who believe that God has called them to support the ministry of each individual staff member. Recently, some of our staff said that some of their supporters have cut back on the amount of money they are contributing because they do not know what is around the corner, and they want to protect their family and their investments.

Many of these supporters have said that they will increase their contributions again when the economic crisis is over. Unfortunately, in over 30 years of ministry, I have never had anyone retreat into a position of not doing God's will, and then catch up the missed support. There is always something that comes up to affect their involvement in ministry. Once money, fame, fear, peers, or family is allowed to affect a person's obedience to God's call on their life, they usually travel a long way down the road away from God.

God does not want us to have this kind of judgment; He wants us to have sound judgment. Jesus did not guard His "stuff"; He freely gave it away. He shared all that He had with anyone who came to Him for help in times of need. Do not harden your heart to the needs of those around you. Open up and dig out of your protective cover. Publicly carry on for Jesus.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray for sound judgment as you seek to minister to the needs of others.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's Performing Arts Team. Pray for our team as we minister through drama, puppets, interpretive dance, and music. Our Performing Arts Teams are made up of volunteers and On The Go staffers who travel around the USA to local churches and events sharing the Good News.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 15, 2018
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Revival Happens First In The Church

Revival Happens First In The Church by Keith Cook

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

True revival happens first in the church, then it reaches outside the walls to affect the community. If you are wanting the world to get better, make sure your church is getting better. If you are wanting your personal situation to get better, you must be doing all you can to make sure your local church is functioning in real revival. Revival happens in the church one member at a time. So in order for your church to have true revival it will require a personal revival to take place in your heart. They are depending on you!

The conditions for a God-Sent revival are as follows:

1. You Must Be God's. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You must belong to Him. You must admit that you are a sinner, believe in Jesus Christ as God's only Son and your Saviour, and call on God to actually save you.

2. You Must Humble Yourself. You must acknowledge your need to be more like Christ. You must be holy as He is holy. This will translate into righteous living and a transformed attitude. People will notice the life change in your life!

3. You Must Pray. You must take all your requests directly and initially to God. There's no sense in taking your request to family, politicians, friends, or anyone else before you have talked with your Creator about them. Take your needs to Jesus Christ and He will not only give you directions but He will also lead you and strengthen you as you follow His will.

4. You Must Seek His Face!  For real revival to happen you must talk to God as a friend. Return to your first love and fall in love with Him again. Seek His face again. Get to know God and hear His voice.

5. You Must Repent. If you want to experience real revival it will cost you dearly. You must turn from your sins and turn to do whatever God calls you to do. This will not be easy but it will be rewarding. Resting at the end of the day with total confidence in the path you have traveled and full assurance in the tasks before you will bring about peace and stability in your life.

If you practice these five steps, God will keep His promises!  He will forgive your sins, and He will heal your land. This is God's plan for revival for you and your church! Let Him hear you today. Let God forgive you right now. Receive His healing touch even now as you commit to walk in real revival by putting His plan for your life into practice. Humbly seek Him, turn to Him, and pray with Him! Revival will be on its way.

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray that God will send forth Revival, and that it will begin in you!

On The Go Prayer Focus: The physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial needs of people hurting all over the United States and Worldwide. As God gives us opportunity in times of crisis we need to rapidly move to help.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 14, 2018
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

A Tribute to My Mother

A Tribute to My Mother by Keith Cook Jr.

"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." Joshua 1:8

Praise God for godly mothers! When I think of my mom, Joan Cook, I think of a woman who has such a heart for God and wants to honor Him in every way! My mother is certainly a vivid picture of the Proverbs 31 woman.

"Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31:28-30

Throughout my life, my mother has sought to be a godly woman and tend to every need in our home. Often times she was up long into the night and early in the morning to make sure that my dad and I had all that we needed.

One attribute that I have always admired in my mother is that she follows the example of Christ and many of the prophets who sought after God with all their heart. Christ would arise early and seclude Himself from the crowd so that He could spend quality time with His Father. These times brought Him strength, hope, and encouragement. Throughout my life, my mother has set an example for my dad and I in that she begins each day in the Word and in prayer.

Before my mother does anything else, she seeks to spend time with the Lord. This has served to build discipline in my life to spend time with God as well. My mother is also a teacher. She often shares with us the truths and lessons that God reveals to her during her personal time with God. I look forward to these moments and have grown to cherish them.

I can remember as a young boy and now that I am older as I arise in the morning to begin my day, I always know exactly where my mom can be found. It is in the dining room on the sofa nested in God's Word. I know that my mother has spent hours praying for my dad and I. We will never know the full impact that these prayers have had, for we can see just a glimpse of what God is doing!

Thank you Mom for setting for me a godly example. I love you!

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray that God will allow you to set a godly example today for someone in your circle of influence.

On The Go Prayer Focus: Keith Cook's Hands-On-Training Events. This is our Outreach Training School on the road. Keith and the On The Go Team share all across the USA and Worldwide in fun and creative ways that people can serve Jesus and make an impact in this generation!

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 13, 2018
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

My Mother

My Mother by Joan Cook

"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." 1 Samuel 1:27, 28

I am the youngest of five children. I have a sister, Peggy; a brother, Larry; a brother, David; and a sister, Janis. My mom had her hands full! As I was growing up, my mother worked outside the home. She worked as a church secretary and then a head teller in a bank as she raised her five children. Then, she became a trooper for the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Yes, she carried a gun!

My mother was a strong woman. She's always had to be! You see, my father was an alcoholic and had another life apart from his family's on many occasions. But, my Mom was always there! She worked to keep food on the table, clothes on our backs, and a roof over our head. She worked hard to make sure her children had everything they needed.

I can't remember a year when she did not take us on a vacation. I grew up in South Mississippi, but every year she would take us to the beach in Destin, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, or Disney World in Orlando. She always managed to have fun with her children.

More than anything else, my mother instilled in me a love for Jesus Christ. She trusted in Him and taught us to do the same. She taught me that I had to put feet to my faith. She taught me that I could not stand by and ask God for something unless I was willing to do my part. She also taught me that the only way to true joy was to be in the center of God's will.

I have learned so much from my mother and I hope I have handed down some of her wisdom to my son. This Mother's Day, I want to say thank you to my mom! Thank you for always being there for me! Thank you for loving me and teaching me to love the Lord!

Personal Prayer Focus: Praise God for godly mothers who have made eternal investments in their children's lives.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go Publications & Media Team. We are striving to saturate and minister to a contemporary culture and society through modern media. This division includes our audio, video, internet, and written materials. Through these various ministries we reach out, train, and inspire Christians to action.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 12, 2018
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Friday, May 11, 2018

How Far Is It to Heaven?

How Far Is It to Heaven? By Keith Cook

"Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 3:2

Repentance means to change your ways and change directions in the way that you are living. You may be going away from God now, but when you repent, you come towards God. The Bible says that we Must Repent because the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

If the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, we must learn how far it is to Heaven. Recently, I asked some children this very question. I got many answers. One of my favorites was, "It's a million quazillion miles away!" I'm not even sure if that's a word, but I couldn't help but laugh. Another young girl stated, "It's not a million quazillion miles away, it's just right up there. You can see it just above the clouds." Spiritually speaking, I believe that Heaven is closer than you may think. I believe that Heaven is just three steps away.

1. Admit that you are a sinner.
2. Believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross just for you.
3. Call upon the name of the Lord to be saved.

After taking these three steps, you will have Heaven in your heart, and Heaven as your final destination! Heaven is so close!

Personal Prayer Focus: Ask God to search your heart and reveal unconfessed sins so that you may live in peace and obedience and in expectation of Heaven.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's Neighborhood Outreach Program. In reality, very little is being done to reach people in many communities across the USA. On The Go is striving to train local Christians and help them develop programs that can systematically and permanently reach real needs in their neighborhoods.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 11, 2018
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk by Laurie McTier

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15

On a mission outreach to Jamaica, our team had the opportunity to paint the outside of a local church. As the outreach team painted the church, scraped walls, trimmed doors and windows, several boys from the community came out to help. God allowed us to build key relationships with the boys as we worked together, exchanged stories, and shared with them about the love of Christ. One of the key leaders in the church had already informed us that she had been trying to get these boys in church for years, without success, and she was so excited to see them come out each day to help the team and spend time with us.

On the last day as we finished painting the church, the ladies in the church were preparing a Jamaica-style buffet for our team, complete with Jerk chicken, peas, and rice. The temperature was extremely hot, and the pastor asked the boys to climb a coconut tree and get the team some fresh coconuts. Personally, I do not particularly care for coconut milk myself, but on the field, when someone has climbed up the tree to the very top to pick it just for you, you are forced to oblige, and honestly, it was quite refreshing.

As we were finishing up on the paint job, we noticed that we needed some rope to finish off the project. Jason, one of the young boys, quickly volunteered to run to the market. He was so eager and had such a servant's heart.

After an hour or so had passed, we began to notice Jason had not returned. We began to get a little concerned. Just then, he came around the corner. He was limping, and you could tell he was in great pain. We immediately brought him into the church to assess what had happened. While Jason had gone on his errand, an elderly townsman had asked him to climb a coconut tree and get his family some coconuts. Now he had done this thousands of times before, but this time as he got to the top, he lost his grip and fell about 20 feet.

I asked our taxi driver to take him into town and gave him the money for the visit to the emergency room. We did not get to see him before we left, but on the following Sunday, a dear friend from the church called me on the phone. With excitement in her voice, Winsome shared with me that Jason had come to church that morning and that he surrendered his life to the Lord!

You see my friends, God often works in strange and mysterious ways. God used coconut milk, Jason's injury, and the love that our team shared with him to bring him to a personal relationship with the Lord! Always be ready to share the love of Christ with others.

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray for those who have physical needs. Pray that God will work in their midst and that through their need, they will come to know God.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's GoKids Clubs. The focus of GoKids Clubs is to present a clear Gospel message to young children in our festivals, missions, and local neighborhoods. Pray for On The Go as we minister to boys and girls and share with them the love of Jesus Christ.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 10, 2018
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

It's Time For A Radical Faith

It's Time For A Radical Faith by Keith Cook

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." Mark 12:30

I believe with all of my heart, that today is the time for us as believers to have a radical faith. Gone is the convenience of being lukewarm and not actively engaged in reaching our culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today's culture is rapidly invading the church and even individual Christians worldwide are being infected by the sin of lukewarmness.

If we are going to win people to Christ and turn back the tide of evil and hedonistic humanism that is engulfing our world today, we must do three simple things.

1. Stop Right Now. We must stop what we are doing and take time to make new friends for the sake of Jesus Christ. We must become friends with more people and allow more people into our world. Most of us live in a very small world, and we need to venture out and seek real people with real needs.

2. Look For Open Doors. We must look for open opportunities to share our faith and dependence on Jesus Christ. God will provide all who ask Him with open doors and natural and easy transition opportunities to share about Jesus. We must take the time to look for ways to share and to follow God's path as He reveal it to us.

3. Listen to the Spirit. We must learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and to those we are ministering to. God will direct our steps if we give Him our life each day. Salvation is a once in a lifetime experience, but following Jesus is moment by moment. Making Jesus Lord and being filled with the Spirit takes daily dying to self and moment by moment trusting in God's resources and direction.

Daily Prayer: Pray that God will increase your faith as you seek daily to stop, look, and listen for His direction in your walk with Him.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The "On The Go Daily" 2 Minute Radio & Podcast Program. This is a daily program airing across the United States, and World via the internet and radio stations. "On The Go Daily" is used to encourage, challenge, and motivate Christians in their daily walk. Pray for Keith, Joan, the On The Go Staff, and special guests as they share on these 2 minute broadcasts. You can hear these programs via our website if it is not available in your area.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 09, 2018
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Have You Ever Been Caught in A Blackout?

Have You Ever Been Caught in A Blackout? By Keith Cook

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:" 1 Peter 2:9

A blackout is a time when all of the lights go off. It can be a scary situation, but rest assured, when the lights go out, God wants you to know that there is a light for you.

In the Bible we see representation of spiritual blackouts related to sin, the earth, and death.

There was a blackout where the light of God went out in men's hearts because of sin. The blackout occurred when the men no longer followed God, but their own way, their own plan, and their own agenda. It is a catastrophe to have the light of God go out in your life.

The earth was also darkened when Jesus died on the cross. Jesus took all the sins of every man, woman, and child upon Himself, and the earth became dark. Spiritual darkness was defeated then. The true light of God shown brightly on all of mankind through Jesus Christ. The death and victorious resurrection of Jesus shown the light of God on life that was possible in Heaven for all mankind. It was now possible for fallen man to walk in the revealed light of God's pathway that leads to eternity with Him. Because Jesus paid for all of the sins of the entire world real light shattered the darkness.

The Bible also speaks of the darkness of death. Everyone is assured of a time when they will one day pass from this life into another. We all will face death. It is sure and we will enter into the darkness of death. According to the scripture, we should not live in defeat because of the threat of death, but we should live victoriously in the light of God. We should not live in fear of the blackout of death, because Jesus is the Light of the World. He will shine in the darkness.

He has provided for you and He will continue to show you the path that is illuminated by His love that leads all the way through this life but on through the door of death into eternity. If you come to Him and get to really know Him, then you will have victorious peace at the blackout of death and will awaken in the light of His presence. You do not have to fear death. The light of God's Son will shine the way!

Jesus loves you and He wants you to take the three steps that leads through the darkness into real light.

1. Admit that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself.

2. Believe in Jesus Christ as God's only Son and your Savior.

3. Confess your sins before God and call upon Him to save you.

You can shine the light on your life today and vanquish the darkness by taking these three steps right now. Turn the light on by praying today. "Dear God I have sinned against you and I have a dirty sinful heart. I realize you sent Jesus Christ your Son to die on the cross, shed His blood for me, and pay for all my sins so that I may have a clean heart and eternal life. I invite Christ into my heart right now and accept Him and what He did for me. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus and cleanse it. Thank you for giving me a new life, a clean heart, and eternal life in Heaven. In Jesus name, Amen."

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Personal Prayer Focus: Pray that others will see the light of Christ transparent in your life and that they will be drawn to Him.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's "Adopt An Evangelist" program. This program provides funding and support for various missions and evangelists around the world.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 8, 2018
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Monday, May 7, 2018

Seven

Seven by Keith Cook

"and God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done." Exodus 2:3

The number seven means complete, perfect, and whole. It is the sign that all is good. As Christians God wants each day to be exciting and fulfilling for us. In a spiritual way every day is to be "Perfect" in that Christ is to lead us and direct us in all we are to do.

Here are some perfect - whole - complete, things you can count on:

1. Love is perfect - True love is never jealous, boastful, proud, or wants it's own way over others.

2. Your Commitment to your family and friends is perfect - Being in a family is forever. You have a past and future together.

3. Knowing you have the power to meet each day In Christ is perfect - Your hope is not in riches or governments but in Christ.

4. Your potential to be Successful is perfect - God promised you that you will have "your portion" to do His will all of your days.

5. God's Love for you is perfect - Never forget that Jesus loves you no matter what you do.

6. Forgiveness is perfect - Do not let bitterness and anger rob you of your joy.

7. Faith and Trust in Christ is perfect - Place all your faith in Jesus to save you, lead you, and keep you. You will not be disappointed.

Love, commit, trust, hope, rely, and rest in Christ's perfect will for your life.

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray that you will walk in unity with Christ's perfect will.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The GoAudio Podcasts and Radio Ministries. Currently we are producing various programs which go over the internet and international airwaves. Pray that God will continue to bless the On The GoAudio Podcasts and that He will expand the listening base. Visit OnTheGo.org to hear past broadcasts.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 7, 2018
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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Please Don't Feed The Flesh

Please Don't Feed The Flesh by Joan Cook

"For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?  Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God." 1 Corinthians 2:11-16

To grow and develop physically, we must be well nourished. The same is true for our spiritual man.  When we're hungry, we eat, there will never be a time when you'll fill your body up so much that you won't ever be hungry again. You must eat daily. Yesterday's meal doesn't fill you up today. On the other hand, what you ate yesterday does affect your body today!

Our spiritual man is hungry! Daily we must eat! Yesterday's spiritual food doesn't fill you up for today. It certainly makes your spirit man stronger or weaker depending on what you've ingested.

When you became a Christian, you received the Holy Spirit of God living in you!
Now, you have a choice: Feed the Flesh or Feed the Spirit! There is a battle in each of us - between flesh and spirit - who are we going to feed?

When we feed the flesh, we fill up on things of the world that make us feel good. Things we want!  Filling our appetites on worldly desires without checking with our God to see if what we desire is in line with His desire for us.

When we feed the spirit, we nourish that relationship with the Lord so that we are able to have the "mind of Christ" in every situation

Materialism takes a very strong hold when we feed the flesh. It brings about discontentment, causing things to look better "over there" and cloud our thinking and vision. It taints what we have so that it looks less desirable.  It is magnetizing. When the spirit of materialism takes hold it draws you away from God and closer to the specific desire.

Consider the following parallels:

Fleshly Desire - Discontentment - Discouragement - Depression - Death

Spiritual Desire - Contentment - Encouragement - Joy - Life

"Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?"  1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray today that you will choose spiritual desires over the flesh, contentment over discontentment, encouragement over discouragement, joy over depression, and life over death.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The Development Ministries of On The Go. This ministry team helps On The Go stay on the go! Many individuals want to make an investment in eternity through On The Go Ministries. Through their wills, trusts, monthly electronic funds transfers, donations of stocks, and planned giving they do just that. If you are interested in helping On The Go take the Gospel around the world through your giving and financial support please let them know. Visit OnTheGo.org for details.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 6, 2018
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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Without Jesus, We Do Not Stand a Chance

Without Jesus, We Do Not Stand a Chance by Dr. Ken Mattox, DDS

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:17

As I look back over my life, I thank God for the many times He has protected me from myself. As a child, I was stubborn, rebellious, headstrong, and sassy. I remember my mother washing my mouth out with soap for saying nasty words when I was as young as five or six years old.

I received many whippings at home and at school, and I honestly needed every one of them. I sat alone in the auditorium in isolation many days. I was expelled in the fifth grade. In the seventh or eighth grade, a teacher told me that I would be in prison by the time I was twenty.

There are times in our lives that we need to realize that our way is not God's way, and we should turn back to Him. At the age of twelve, I made my profession of faith in Christ and was baptized.

Without Jesus, we do not stand a chance. The pressures on our young people today to drink alcohol, do drugs, commit fornication, lie, steal, and cheat are unbelievable! There's a void in our lives that only God can completely fill. Without Him, we fill it with everything else that is evil.

Christ's death and persecution paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sin debt. The Bible reads in Hebrews 4:16 that the gift of life and God's love are offered freely to all who will receive. Come boldly before God today and make your petitions known unto Him. The fact still remains, without Him, we do not stand a chance.

(This devotion was taken as an excerpt with permission from Dr. Mattox's book entitled "A Light in the Darkness". This book contains scripture references that have impacted Dr. Mattox's life and illustrations from some of experiences on the mission field. To receive your own personal copy of his book, please contact On The Go Ministries. Dr. Mattox went home to Heaven in October, 2006. He has been such a blessing to all of us fortunate to know and minister with him. Thank you Dr. Mattox!)

Personal Prayer Focus: Praise God for His unconditional love and unending love that has been freely offered so that we might come to know Him and have an intimate relationship with Him.

On The Go Prayer Focus: Joan Cook's "Women On The Go" Ministries. Joan's "Women On The Go" programs are implemented at women's conferences, local churches, retreats, and separate stand-alone events. God has given her a burden to minister to and encourage women in their walk with the Lord. Pray for Joan as she ministers and shares from her heart and as she presents motivational, evangelistic programs, materials, and leadership to and for women that will challenge and motivate them to a deeper walk with the Lord.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 5, 2018
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Friday, May 4, 2018

Lounging By The Sheep Gate

Lounging By The Sheep Gate by Keith Cook

"After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, waiting for the moving of the waters; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted." John 5: 1-4 (NASB)

Jesus was on His way to a festival and passed by the Sheep Gate. He looked over at the Pool of Bethesda. It must have looked beautiful with its five massive porches spread out all around it. However, the scene was marred with masses of people who were crowded around the pool looking down at the water.

Down through the years many people had been healed at that pool when the waters were stirred. Many said the waters were stirred by an angel and when the angel stirred the waters, the first one in the pool would be healed.

Today - in our world - society lounges at the Sheep Gate.

1. They are there with massive needs. Yet they eat - drink - and play!

2. Most do not have enough discernment to know they have needs. They ridicule anyone who speaks up and talks about sin, morals, standards, or reality.

3. Many do not have a clue where to look when they do realize they have a problem. They look to presidents, politicians, social programs, trendy magazine writers, talk show hosts, and movie stars for direction and answers.

That day there were many around the pool: The Sick who were ailing, diseased, weak and void of strength. The Blind with no vision or clouded vision. The Crippled who were lame. Those who were Paralyzed.

Today we too have many who are sick. Those with tremendous PHYSICAL -  MENTAL - EMOTIONAL - SPIRITUAL needs all around us!

We must, as real followers of Jesus:

1. Take the time to pass by the pool.
2. Take a look at who is at the pool.
3. Go down to the pool and ask probing questions to discern where people really are in life.
4. Tell people the truth about being set free.

That's what Jesus did that day. He was on His way to a festival and took the time to go down to the pool - the one by the Sheep Gate. He is calling us to go to where the sheep are and tell them what the Good Shepherd has to say.

Daily Prayer Focus: Today, ask God for Divine Appointments to share with someone in need.

OnThe Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's GoCare ministry. This is our acts of kindness and benevolence ministry department. The focus of our GoCare ministry is to reach out to physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of hurting individuals and to build bridges between churches and their communities.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 4, 2018
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Called to Pray - National Day of Prayer

Called to Pray - National Day of Prayer by the Staff of On The Go and the Presidential Prayer Team

The Staff at On The Go Ministries, the Presidential Prayer Team, and the National Day of Prayer Task Force would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the "National Day of Prayer"!

"Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:3
"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14

Today is the day set aside as the National Day of Prayer across America. Prayer is a powerful weapon. Prayer can break through strongholds, which have stood firm for years. God wants His Children to become mighty, active prayer warriors! The National Day of Prayer theme this year is Unity. The vision is to mobilize unified public prayer for America.

The National Day of Prayer has a rich history, dating from the first declaration of a day of prayer and fasting that was implemented by George Washington to President Lincoln's call for prayer and fasting during the Civil War to the modern-day declaration signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1952.

Prayer is an opportunity to humbly come before God and confess all sins and to praise God for His mighty works, His gift of freedom, His mercy, and His boundless love. Through prayer, we recognize the limits of earthly power and acknowledge the sovereignty of God. Prayer leads to humility and a grateful heart, and it turns our minds to the needs of others.

As our nation looks to the future, the need for prayer remains high. This year the National Day of Prayer Task Force has chosen Seven Centers of Influence to help us stay focused and intentional as we pray for America.

Select Prayer Focus:

Use this list to guide and direct your prayer time. As you pray for the individuals listed, pray that they will be given godly wisdom and guidance, great strength and divine protection in the key positions they hold. Remember, especially, our troops who safeguard freedom overseas. 

1.  Pray for Government. Pray for our local, state, and national leaders asking God to grant them wisdom, discernment, and hearts that are open to His Leading. Pray for your elected officials, their spouses, and their children. Pray for local police, fire, and first responders.

2.  Pray for our Military and its leaders. Pray for God to grant courage, dependence on God, divine protection, strength, perseverance, confidence, and vision for our service men and women, and their families as they serve our country.

3.  Pray for Media and Arts.  Pray for Christian Influence in the media industry, from movies, television, and radio stations, to newspaper and magazine publishers.  Ask the Lord to provide Godly men and women to work in, and influence the media throughout our nation, your state, and your city.

4.  Pray for Business. Pray for Divine Intervention in our national, state, and local economies.  Ask God to raise up leaders of integrity, creators of economic blessing, and givers of resources to the community.

5.  Pray for Education. Pray for God's presence in our schools, colleges, and universities. Ask Him to select teachers and administrators who honor His statutes and protect our children, and inspire them to discover their God-given calling. Pray for a return to truth-centered education, driven by excellence, and equal opportunities for each student to achieve their full potential.

6.  Pray for the Churches and Church Leaders throughout our nation and in your community. Ask God to preserve and protect them as He inspires and empowers them to equip His "Saints" for the work of ministry, for the building up of the Church, and the spreading of the Gospel. Pray that the church would find a renewed zeal and commit to the Gospel-centered message, disciple-makers in mission, and Spirit-empowered unity.

7.  Pray for Families in our nation, your state, and your community. God's model for the family is being challenged, and we are seeing families fall apart before our very eyes. Pray with passion for the Lord to reconcile, protect and to strengthen marriages, encourage parents toward His Biblical model, and restore to love and unity.


Suggested  Prayer for The National Day of Prayer

"Our Dear Heavenly Father, while we come to You in complete humility, we also come to you with boldness in the authoritative name of Your One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In Jesus' name, fill us now with your Holy Spirit and lead us as we pray in Jesus' name for America.

Oh God, we are burdened for our nation today. We turn from the sins that we have committed against your Word and your Name. We turn away from our contentious words and ways toward one another that has led us to division and polarization. We turn away from our disrespect and lack of dignity toward each other, and we turn away from our continual devaluation of human life from the womb until death in this world. We also turn away from and refuse to participate in skepticism, criticism, and cynicism in our nation. We turn away from anything that divides us, an we run toward the gospel of Jesus Christ that is the only thing that has the power to unite us together.

Lord, in this critical hour in our nation, we pray for unity in America. Only You can bring unity, harmony, and oneness in America. As your Word calls us in Ephesians 4:3, "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace", we ask You to empower us to make every effort to live in unity, to call for unity, and to forward unity in America continually.

We pray for the churches in America to unify in Jesus Christ and to pray as one unified spiritual family for America. May Your church pray for America passionately, perpetually, privately, and publicly.

We pray for God's Power to unify families, workplaces, communities, and cities in America. By Your Spirit, lead us to forgiveness, reconciliation, healing, and unity.

We pray for people of all ethnicities and races in America to come together as one, living in peace and unity together. Oh Lord, because each of us is created in Your image, please give us the courage to stand against all racial and ethnic division, denouncing it as evil and sinful, while simultaneously coming together in unity with all persons knowing this is God's will for us.

We pray in unity for the security of our nation. We ask You to preserve the United States of America from the forces of evil that are threatening our lives and our future. God, please guard all persons in public and private settings from anyone or anything that desires to harm us or take our lives. Our future is in your hands.

We agree clearly, unite visibly, and pray extraordinarily for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America. Oh Lord, wake up Your church spiritually and convict Your people to agree clearly, unite visibly, and pray extraordinarily until the next Great Spiritual Awakening occurs in our generation.

Oh God, we stand together upon your words in Psalm 133:1, "How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony." Through Jesus' name and by the Holy Spirit's power, we pray for all Americans to unify and to live together in unity.

In the mighty and majestic name of Jesus Christ who is the Only Savior and the Only Hope in this world, we pray. Amen."

- 2018 National Prayer by Ronnie Floyd -  National Day of Prayer Task Force President


Suggested Prayer Scriptures:

Use these scripture verses to set the tone for your observance of The National Day of Prayer.

"O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God..."  Daniel 9:19

"I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving, be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives, in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior."  I Timothy 2:1-3a

"Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray--not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God."  1 Timothy 2:8

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." Romans 8:26

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains." Colossians 4:2,3

"if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:3-6

"The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in Him" Nahum 1:7

"Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart." Job 22:21, 22

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,"  Ephesians 3:20

Important Websites

National Day of Prayer: www.nationaldayofprayer.com
The Presidential Prayer Team: www.presidentialprayerteam.org
How to Know God: www.needhim.org
Decision America Tour with Franklin Graham:  decisionamericatour.com
Every Home for Christ:  https://www.ehc.org/free-prayer-maps

Today's devotion was compiled in accompaniment with The Presidential Prayer Team and the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Prepared by The National Day of Prayer Task Force. In order to visit the article in entirety or join an online prayer group today, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.com.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for America. Prayer is our most powerful weapon. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 3, 2018
Brought to you each day by On The Go Ministries / Keith Cook Team

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Called to Pray

Called to Pray by the Staff of On The Go and the Presidential Prayer Team

The Staff at On The Go Ministries and the Presidential Prayer Team would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the "National Day of Prayer"!

"For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. "  Amos 4:13

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."  2 Chronicles 7:14

Tomorrow is the day set aside as the National Day of Prayer across America. Prayer is a powerful weapon. Prayer can break through strongholds, which have stood firm for years. God wants His Children to become mighty, active prayer warriors!  It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord's healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne. The mission of the National Day of Prayer is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.

Our theme for 2018 is Pray for Unity, emphasizing the need for mobilization of unified public prayer for America. To further highlight our theme, we've chosen Ephesians 4:3 as our Scripture for this year:  "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."

Prayer is an opportunity to praise God for His mighty works, His gift of freedom, His mercy, and His boundless love. Through prayer, we recognize the limits of earthly power and acknowledge the sovereignty of God. Prayer leads to humility and a grateful heart, and it turns our minds to the needs of others. God is sovereign and nothing comes as a surprise to Him. Through prayer, we are able to tap into His wisdom, strength, power, protection, and peace. He stands ready to respond to our needs when we humbly ask for His divine intervention.

At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray.  Thank you in advance for making this spiritual discipline a personal priority and for standing with us as we encourage others to incorporate prayer in their lives.  The Lord has graciously anointed our efforts, empowering them to touch and change many hearts and lives. 

If you are not already a member of The Presidential Prayer Team, we encourage you to show your support by joining this important prayer effort today. The goal of The Presidential Prayer Team is to mobilize 1% of the U.S. population, or 2.8 million people, to commit to pray daily for the President, his cabinet and our nation. This year the Presidential Prayer Team would like to invite you to join millions of praying Americans praying online for our nation.

To learn how you can join this history-making effort, visit The Presidential Prayer Team at www.presidentialprayerteam.org.  It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord's healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.

Select Prayer Focus:  Pray for Unity in America:

Use this list to guide and direct your prayer time. As you pray for the individuals listed, pray that they will be given godly wisdom and guidance, great strength and divine protection in the key positions they hold. Remember, especially, our troops who safeguard freedom overseas. 

Pray for Unity in America. "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:3
The present spiritual crisis in America is calling us to pray for and take all necessary actions to come together as a nation. God is the only One who can bring unity, harmony, and oneness in America.

Pray for Unity in the church of America. "Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction."  1 Corinthians 1:10
God is calling His Church in America to unify upon the authority of the Bible and the centrality of Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world. Ask God for thousands of local churches to unify as one body of Christ, agreeing together that God is America's greatest need.

Pray for Unity in the families, workplaces, communities, and cities in America. "Also the power of God was at work in Judah to unite them to carry out the command of the king and his officials by the word of the Lord." 2 Chronicles 30:12
God's power upon us is the only source to unite our families, workplaces, communities, and cities in America. Look to our only King, Jesus Christ, who is not only the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but also the Prince of Peace who can unify us. Prayer is the spiritual energy that can lead to forgiveness, reconciliation, healing, and unity.

Pray for Unity among all ethnicities and people in America. "For he is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility." Ephesians 2:14
We are each made in the image of God; therefore, we all bear His image regardless of the color of our skin or uniqueness of our ethnicity. Christ's death on the cross tore down the wall of division among all ethnicities and people.

Pray for Unity that we agree clearly, unite visibly, and pray extraordinarily for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America. "They all were
continually united in prayer." Acts 1:14 
Call upon God to bring spiritual awakening now in America shaping the future of America. Great Spiritual Awakenings in our history have shaped our spiritual heritage as a nation.

Suggested  Prayer for The National Day of Prayer 

"Our Dear Heavenly Father, while we come to You in complete humility, we also come to you with boldness in the authoritative name of Your One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In Jesus' name, fill us now with your Holy Spirit and lead us as we pray in Jesus' name for America.

Oh God, we are burdened for our nation today. We turn from the sins that we have committed against your Word and your Name. We turn away from our contentious words and ways toward one another that has led us to division and polarization. We turn away from our disrespect and lack of dignity toward each other, and we turn away from our continual devaluation of human life from the womb until death in this world. We also turn away from and refuse to participate in skepticism, criticism, and cynicism in our nation. We turn away from anything that divides us, an we run toward the gospel of Jesus Christ that is the only thing that has the power to unite us together.

Lord, in this critical hour in our nation, we pray for unity in America. Only You can bring unity, harmony, and oneness in America. As your Word calls us in Ephesians 4:3, "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace", we ask You to empower us to make every effort to live in unity, to call for unity, and to forward unity in America continually.

We pray for the churches in America to unify in Jesus Christ and to pray as one unified spiritual family for America. May Your church pray for America passionately, perpetually, privately, and publicly.

We pray for God's Power to unify families, workplaces, communities, and cities in America. By Your Spirit, lead us to forgiveness, reconciliation, healing, and unity.

We pray for people of all ethnicities and races in America to come together as one, living in peace and unity together. Oh Lord, because each of us is created in Your image, please give us the courage to stand against all racial and ethnic division, denouncing it as evil and sinful, while simultaneously coming together in unity with all persons knowing this is God's will for us.

We pray in unity for the security of our nation. We ask You to preserve the United States of America from the forces of evil that are threatening our lives and our future. God, please guard all persons in public and private settings from anyone or anything that desires to harm us or take our lives. Our future is in your hands.

We agree clearly, unite visibly, and pray extraordinarily for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America. Oh Lord, wake up Your church spiritually and convict Your people to agree clearly, unite visibly, and pray extraordinarily until the next Great Spiritual Awakening occurs in our generation.

Oh God, we stand together upon your words in Psalm 133:1, "How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony." Through Jesus' name and by the Holy Spirit's power, we pray for all Americans to unify and to live together in unity.

In the mighty and majestic name of Jesus Christ who is the Only Savior and the Only Hope in this world, we pray. Amen."

- 2018 National Prayer by Ronnie Floyd -  National Day of Prayer Task Force President

Suggested Prayer Scriptures:

Use these scripture verses to set the tone for your observance of The National Day of Prayer. 

"O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God..."  Daniel 9:19

"I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving, be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives, in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior."  I Timothy 2:1-3a

"Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You?" Psalm 85:6

"and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. " 2 Chronicles 7:14

"The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in Him" Nahum 1:7

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" Psalm 139:23-24

"Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said I will confess my transgressions to the Lord and you forgave the guilt of my sin" Psalm 32:5

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16

"If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand." Mark 3:25

"He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: 'Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.'" 2 Chronicles 32:6-8

Important Websites

National Day of Prayer: www.nationaldayofprayer.com
The Presidential Prayer Team: www.presidentialprayerteam.org
Mission America and the Lighthouse Movement: www.missionamerica.org 
How to Know God: www.needhim.org
Decision America Tour with Franklin Graham:  decisionamericatour.com
Every Home for Christ:  https://www.ehc.org/free-prayer-maps

On The Go Daily Devotion for May 2, 2018
Brought to you each day by On The Go Ministries / Keith Cook Team

Today's devotion was compiled in accompaniment with The Presidential Prayer Team. Prepared by The Presidential Prayer Team. info@presidentialprayerteam.org  1-800-295-1235. In order to become a Presidential Prayer Team Member, please visit The Presidential Prayer Team website at www.presidentialprayerteam.org.

Copyright (c) 2004, 2018 On The Go Ministries / Keith Cook Team
Permission is granted to "forward" this devotional to friends and acquaintances. All other rights reserved.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Jesus Refines You

Jesus Refines You by Keith Cook

"And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." Malachi 3:3

I found this story online several years ago and it has blessed my life and the lives of many others.

Some time ago, a few ladies met to study the scriptures. While reading the third chapter of Malachi, they came upon a remarkable expression in the third verse: "And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." Malachi 3:3

One lady decided to visit a silversmith and that she would report to the others on what he said about the subject. She went accordingly and without telling him the reason for her visit, begged the silversmith to tell her about the process of refining silver.

After he had fully described it to her, she asked, "Sir, do you sit while the work of refining is going on?" "Oh, yes ma'am," replied the silversmith, "I must sit and watch the furnace constantly, for if the time necessary for refining is exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured."

The lady at once saw the beauty and comfort of the expression; He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. God sees it necessary to put His children into the furnace, but His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying. His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for us. Our trials do not come at random. He will not let us be tested beyond what we can endure.

Before she left, the lady asked one final question, "How do you know when the process is complete?" "That's quite simple", replied the silversmith. "When I can see my own image in the silver, the refining process is finished."

Today as you go about your life and ministry I pray Jesus can see Himself in you.

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray that you will be used of God this week to reflect the compassion and character of God to all you meet.

On The Go Prayer Focus: Keith Cook Crusades, Celebrations, and Festivals. God has given Keith the opportunity and privilege of sharing the message of Christ both stateside and internationally. During each opportunity, Keith presents a joyful and enthusiastic, yet powerful and clear presentation of the Gospel and a call to commitment to Christ.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.