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Triumph over It

Today's Scripture

He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood. Luke 22:44, NLT


When Jesus was about to be crucified, He went to an olive grove called the Garden of Gethsemane, which literally means “the place of pressing.” The only way to get the valuable oil out of the olives is to press them. It was here that Jesus was under such agony that His sweat fell to the ground like drops of blood. That led to Good Friday when Jesus was nailed to the cross—incredible pressure. On Saturday, He was in the grave fighting the forces of darkness—restricted. But on Sunday morning, He rose up triumphantly out of that grave. The great enemy of death couldn’t hold Him down, and He lives and reigns forevermore.

One message of the resurrection is that God uses our enemies to bless us. If you’re never put under pressure, if you never have to stretch your faith, endure, overcome, and persevere, you won’t tap into the treasures God put inside. Stay in faith. God won’t allow the pressure if it’s not going to work for your good.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that the resurrection of Jesus is proof of how You use my enemies to bless me. Thank You that when the pressure coming my way feels bigger, stronger, and more powerful than I can handle, You will use it for my good. I believe I will triumph over it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Mike Brooks is COFA's prayer coordinator. Please feel free to contact him anytime for prayer and he'll gladly lift your requests up to the Lord and with your permission pass it on to COFA's prayer team. You can contact Mike at 303.880.9878 or email him at mikeb@cofausa.org with your requests.

Guidelines for all prayer requests, last names must be withheld due to privacy issues, no gossip, or slandering of people you want prayer for. If you have an immediate prayer needs you can call Mike 303.880.9878
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Overthrow the Dictator

Today's Scripture

For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. Romans 8:13, NLT

Today’s Scripture tells us the flesh, our carnal nature, wants to be our dictator. The flesh wants to control your life. A dictator tells you what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. You just follow their orders. When you’re stuck in traffic, your flesh orders, “Get upset,” and you respond, “Yes, sir. Will do.” The flesh tells you, “Your life is going nowhere. Go ahead and be depressed.” “Yes, sir.” Your spouse gets upset with you about something trivial, and the flesh says, “Be offended. Let her have it.”

It’s time to dethrone the dictator from telling you how to feel and what to do, leading you down the wrong path. Let me warn you that it won’t give up easily. When you don’t give it what it wants, it will fight you. You have to be determined, put your foot down, and say, “You can’t rule my life. I’m taking you off the throne, and from now on I’m going to be ruled by the power of the Spirit.”

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that one of the fruits of the Spirit working in me is the power of self-control. Thank You that I don’t have to be a slave to feelings that have tried to control me for years. I believe that as I say no to the dictates of the flesh that I will reach my highest potential. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Mike Brooks is COFA's prayer coordinator. Please feel free to contact him anytime for prayer and he'll gladly lift your requests up to the Lord and with your permission pass it on to COFA's prayer team. You can contact Mike at 303.880.9878 or email him at mikeb@cofausa.org with your requests.

Guidelines for all prayer requests, last names must be withheld due to privacy issues, no gossip, or slandering of people you want prayer for. If you have an immediate prayer needs you can call Mike 303.880.9878
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Sing to Yourself

Today's Scripture

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord… Ephesians 5:19, KJV

You have to talk to yourself the right way. There is dialog taking place in you all through the day. You can’t have a negative mentality and expect to live in victory. “I’ll never get out of this problem. I can’t believe I had this bad break. What if the medical report isn’t good?” That’s letting yourself speak to you; you need to start speaking to yourself. You have to take control of your thought life. Every morning when you wake up, you need to say to yourself, “This is going to be a great day. I have the favor of God. No weapon formed against me will prosper. I am strong. I am healthy. I am blessed.”

When you keep a song of praise, an attitude of faith, always making melody, speaking to yourself the right way, believing God’s in control, that’s going to tap into a spring of joy, peace, and victory that God’s put in you. That joy will keep you strong, keep you encouraged, keep you moving forward.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that I can have a song of praise to You in all my circumstances today because You are bigger than any of my circumstances. Thank You that I can put the old sad songs of defeat behind me and start singing songs of victory. I declare that this is a new day and my dreams and vision are being renewed. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Mike Brooks is COFA's prayer coordinator. Please feel free to contact him anytime for prayer and he'll gladly lift your requests up to the Lord and with your permission pass it on to COFA's prayer team. You can contact Mike at 303.880.9878 or email him at mikeb@cofausa.org with your requests.

Guidelines for all prayer requests, last names must be withheld due to privacy issues, no gossip, or slandering of people you want prayer for. If you have an immediate prayer needs you can call Mike 303.880.9878
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Consider Your History

Today's Scripture

…for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in. Mark 6:52, NLT

In today’s Scripture, the disciples had just seen Jesus feed some fifteen thousand people, one of the greatest miracles ever recorded. A few hours later, they were caught in a night storm in a boat on a lake and terrified until He got into the boat, and the winds and waves calmed immediately. The Scripture tells us that they were so worried because “they didn’t consider or understand the miracle of the loaves.” If they had just remembered what God had done, they would have stayed in faith.

Are you letting your circumstances, a medical report, or a financial situation cause you to live worried, stressed out? Why don’t you start considering your miracles? You have a history with God. Remember the time God showed up and suddenly turned it around. Every victory He’s given you wasn’t just for that time; it was so you could go back and use that as fuel to build your faith. If you are low on faith, go back and get some fuel. It’s in your past victories.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You for the history that I have with You and for the mercies that You have shown out in my life. Thank You that I can remember every victory You’ve given me and use it as fuel to build my faith. I believe You have the final say in all things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Mike Brooks is COFA's prayer coordinator. Please feel free to contact him anytime for prayer and he'll gladly lift your requests up to the Lord and with your permission pass it on to COFA's prayer team. You can contact Mike at 303.880.9878 or email him at mikeb@cofausa.org with your requests.

Guidelines for all prayer requests, last names must be withheld due to privacy issues, no gossip, or slandering of people you want prayer for. If you have an immediate prayer needs you can call Mike 303.880.9878

I will be out of town till Tuesday, November 29th, the COFA Tips will resume on Wed November 30th, have a happyThanksgiving
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Equipping

Today's Scripture

…may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. Hebrews 13:21, NLT

We all have dreams God has put in our heart, goals we want to accomplish, but too often we get discouraged by the equipping process. It’s taking longer than we thought, we’ve had setbacks, somebody did us wrong. But if you keep the right attitude, every struggle, every disappointment, and every delay is depositing something in you. It’s making you stronger, developing your character, equipping you for what God wants you to do.

God knows what’s in your future. He knows what it’s going to take to keep you there. You may not understand why you’re in a lonely season, a frustrated season, a stagnant season, but everything you go through is to grow you up to do His will. God wouldn’t have allowed it if it wasn’t a part of the process. Without it, you couldn’t give birth to what He put in you. If you keep passing the test, doing the right thing, giving, serving, and loving, your time is coming. What God promised you will come to pass.

Three Simple Words

“Father, thank You for the dreams You put in my heart. Thank You that You are equipping me and empowering me to accomplish all of Your promises. I believe that the preparation process that You are taking me through will take me to where You want me to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Mike Brooks is COFA's prayer coordinator. Please feel free to contact him anytime for prayer and he'll gladly lift your requests up to the Lord and with your permission pass it on to COFA's prayer team. You can contact Mike at 303.880.9878 or email him at mikeb@cofausa.org with your requests.

Guidelines for all prayer requests, last names must be withheld due to privacy issues, no gossip, or slandering of people you want prayer for. If you have an immediate prayer needs you can call Mike 303.880.9878
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Planted and Flourishing

Today's Scripture

Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. Psalm 92:13, NKJV


The Scripture says that when you’re plugged into a community of faith, there is a blessing on your life that will cause you to bloom, to blossom, and to flourish. You will reach levels that you couldn’t reach on your own. This is true because Jesus says, “Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them.” How about when one hundred are gathered, or one thousand? We each bring God with us. In His presence is healing and the fullness of joy. Together, our faith and strength are multiplied.

Given so much trouble in the world today, more than ever we need to plant ourselves in the house of the Lord to draw strength and encouragement from one another. David says, “I love Your sanctuary, the place where Your glory shines.” As you gather together, God’s glory and favor will shine down on you. You have to make it a priority to be there. You were not created to do life on your own.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You for the promise that when I am plugged into a community of faith, I will flourish. Thank You that when we gather in Jesus’ Name, He is in our midst, and His glory shines upon us. I declare that I am making it my priority to plant myself in Your house. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Mike Brooks is COFA's prayer coordinator. Please feel free to contact him anytime for prayer and he'll gladly lift your requests up to the Lord and with your permission pass it on to COFA's prayer team. You can contact Mike at 303.880.9878 or email him at mikeb@cofausa.org with your requests.

Guidelines for all prayer requests, last names must be withheld due to privacy issues, no gossip, or slandering of people you want prayer for. If you have an immediate prayer needs you can call Mike 303.880.9878
 
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Don’t Be a People Pleaser

Today's Scripture

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8, NKJV

Some people are experts at putting their demands on you and trying to keep you doing and saying what makes them happy. They play upon a false sense of responsibility and thinking that says, “I’ve got to keep them fixed and cheered up. I have to call every day or they’ll get upset. If I show them how much I care, they’ll be my friend.” You need to know that the only thing you really owe people is to love them. That doesn’t mean you have to keep everyone happy or let people put their demands on you. That’s carrying a debt you don’t owe. Always be respectful and kind, but if you go through life trying to please everyone, the one person who won’t be happy is you. Come out from under that debt.

If people are controlling you, it’s not their fault; it’s yours. You have to make a change and have a boldness to follow what’s in your heart. Go the extra mile, but don’t be a people pleaser.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You for the love that You have put in my heart and for the love You want me to share with others. Help me to recognize when others are trying to make me feel responsible for keeping them happy and meeting their expectations. I will go the extra mile but not be a people pleaser. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Mike Brooks is COFA's prayer coordinator. Please feel free to contact him anytime for prayer and he'll gladly lift your requests up to the Lord and with your permission pass it on to COFA's prayer team. You can contact Mike at 303.880.9878 or email him at mikeb@cofausa.org with your requests.

Guidelines for all prayer requests, last names must be withheld due to privacy issues, no gossip, or slandering of people you want prayer for. If you have an immediate prayer needs you can call Mike 303.880.9878
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“That Day”

Today's Scripture

That day the LORD made Joshua a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites, and for the rest of his life they revered him as much as they had revered Moses. Joshua 4:14, NLT

As the Israelites were about to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land, God told Joshua, “Today, I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all the Israelites.” God was saying, “Joshua, this is your moment. I’m about to endorse you. People are going to see the greatness I’ve put in you. You’ve been in the background serving Moses, being faithful, but today you’re coming into the foreground.” Not long after that, Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land, and “that day” the Lord established Joshua as their leader.

God has a “that day” for you, a time when He will cause you to stand out, where you will accomplish things you never dreamed you could accomplish. You will know it, and the people around you will see the greatness in you. You have talent, creativity, ability, courage, and strength, and it’s going to come out in a greater way. God wants to shine His glory through you and make you an example of His goodness.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You for setting me apart as Your child to be favored, to bear Your endorsement, to be one of Your chosen ones. Thank You that You want to do great things in my life that will bring You glory. I believe that I have seeds of greatness that are coming out in greater ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Mike Brooks is COFA's prayer coordinator. Please feel free to contact him anytime for prayer and he'll gladly lift your requests up to the Lord and with your permission pass it on to COFA's prayer team. You can contact Mike at 303.880.9878 or email him at mikeb@cofausa.org with your requests.

Guidelines for all prayer requests, last names must be withheld due to privacy issues, no gossip, or slandering of people you want prayer for. If you have an immediate prayer needs you can call Mike 303.880.9878
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Mountains to Molehills

Today's Scripture

“So, big mountain, who do you think you are? Next to Zerubbabel you’re nothing but a molehill. He’ll proceed to set the Cornerstone in place, accompanied by cheers: Yes! Yes! Do it!” Zechariah 4:7, MSG

God put a dream in Zerubbabel to rebuild the destroyed temple in Jerusalem, but people were against him and got a decree from the Persian king that forced him to stop. For years it looked like it would never happen, but then he heard the prophecy in today’s Scripture. He was saying, “I have this big mountain in front of me, but it’s about to become a molehill.” How would it happen? Other translations say by shouting “Grace to it.” Another word for “grace” is “favor.” He was saying, “Yes, this obstacle is big, but I have the favor of God to overcome and finish this project.” He didn’t talk about his mountain. He talked to his molehill.

When you face challenges, speak favor over them. Look at your bank account and speak favor to it. Speak favor over your health. Speak favor over your promotion. It’s not enough to just pray about it or just believe. What’s going to turn the mountain into a molehill is by speaking grace to it.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that no matter how big the mountain of obstacles is, I have Your favor to overcome it. Thank You that favor is making my crooked places straight and defeating what comes against me. I will speak grace to my mountains and see them turn into molehills. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Mike Brooks is COFA's prayer coordinator. Please feel free to contact him anytime for prayer and he'll gladly lift your requests up to the Lord and with your permission pass it on to COFA's prayer team. You can contact Mike at 303.880.9878 or email him at mikeb@cofausa.org with your requests.

Guidelines for all prayer requests, last names must be withheld due to privacy issues, no gossip, or slandering of people you want prayer for. If you have an immediate prayer needs you can call Mike 303.880.9878
 
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Choose Your Battles Wisely

Today's Scripture

Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips. Psalm 141:3, NLT

In 1 Samuel 17, when David heard the giant Goliath taunting the army of the Israelites, he had come there to deliver food to his brothers. His oldest brother, Eliab, heard him ask some soldiers what the reward would be for the man who killed Goliath, and he tried to embarrass David. He was saying, “You’re just a little shepherd boy who’s conceited and has a wicked heart.” Now, David had killed a lion and a bear, but it says David just walked away. If he had gotten into an argument with Eliab, trying to prove he was a champion, he may have never faced Goliath and gained immediate prominence.

You have to learn to walk away from petty arguments, from disrespect, from jealous people, from battles that don’t matter. If the thing that comes against you is not between you and your destiny, ignore it. If you make the mistake of engaging in every conflict, you’re not going to have time for the battles that do matter. Choose your battles wisely.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that You are my defender, and You will protect my reputation as I keep on honoring You. Give me wisdom to know when something that is coming against me is simply a distraction that will get me off course. Help me to guard my lips and not get involved in battles that don’t matter. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Mike Brooks is COFA's prayer coordinator. Please feel free to contact him anytime for prayer and he'll gladly lift your requests up to the Lord and with your permission pass it on to COFA's prayer team. You can contact Mike at 303.880.9878 or email him at mikeb@cofausa.org with your requests.

Guidelines for all prayer requests, last names must be withheld due to privacy issues, no gossip, or slandering of people you want prayer for. If you have an immediate prayer needs you can call Mike 303.880.9878

 
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