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Quality Over Quantity

  • But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. In praying, dont use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. Matthew 6:6 WEB

    As the speaker walked up to the pulpit, I could feel the hair on the back of my neck rising. I just knew that he was going to call on me to pray in front of the whole church again. They always asked someone to open the service with prayer and some had long beautiful prayers. Not me I avoided praying in public as much as possible.

    As I came to know the Lord better I realized that fearing public prayer was not right, but making a performance out of it was not right either. God does not care if I have a stutter when I pray. Moses had a speech impediment and was still the chosen one. Jesus said, When you give, when you pray, when you fast. But you never do it to impress others, or you have your reward already, the praise of men.

    It is not the quantity, but the quality. Leave the long beautiful public speeches to the politicians and when you really want to connect with God, get somewhere quiet, pray and listen. Talk to Him as you would a friend. After all, He knows you better than anyone else and nothing that you do or say is in secret to begin with. He sees the way that you talk around your friends.

    Also never, ever, ever be ashamed of Jesus. When you get backed into a corner on your faith, that is when you need to take a stand and say, Yes, I love Jesus! and not like Peter who did not know the man. Jesus said, For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed, when he comes in his glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:26).

    James wrote, The effective, earnest prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effective. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it didnt rain on the earth for three years and six months. He prayed again, and the sky gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit (James 5:1618).

    Prayer is very powerful. We often have not, because we never asked for it. Make your needs known to God. Dont be afraid of praying, anywhere. God loves you and wants to hear from you today.

    Prayer: Father I thank You for today. I want You to know that I welcome You to be a part of my life. Guide me, teach me, mold me, I yield my will to You. In the name of Jesus I pray.

    Note: Happy Friday! We are proud to announce a new small group at RHM, called "What''s for Dinner?". This group, started by one of our amazing members, is for sharing recipes and cooking tips, especially ones that can help us stretch our dollar. Who doesn''t need that :)? We believe that it has the potential to be a great place for fun and fellowship, like a family gathering at the hearth. If this sounds like a place for you, just go to the Groups link on the website menu and you will see it on the list. There are a number of other wonderful groups on that list too, so please do check them out as well!

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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen! 
August 28, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome all I need is God Hallelujah  
August 28, 2015
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Rhonda Crenshaw
Rhonda Crenshaw Praise The Lord! Amen!
August 28, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  Amen!!  Amen!!  Lord I love praying and talking with you morning, noon and night; when I talk to you I know you hear me and you know my thoughts and my heart!  That is a true Blessing! 
August 28, 2015
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William Pearson
William Pearson WITH OUT GOD I`D BE DEAD HE SAVED ME FROM THE DEVIL WHEN I WAS HIT BY A CAR WHILE ME AND MY  NOW EXWIFE PUSHED OUR FRIST DAUGHTER IN HER STROLLER WHEN A DRUNK DRIVER CAME ALONG AND HIT ME MY HEAD HIT THE WINDESHIELD AT 85 MILES AN HOUR WHEN I HIT THE GROUND I WAS DEAD AMBULNACE FIRE TRUCK AND POLICE GOT THERE AND GAVE ME THE SHOCK THING I CAME BACK TO LIFE WHEN THEY PUT ME IN THE AMBULANCE I DIED AGAIN ANOTHER SHOCK WAS ALIVE AGAIN GOT TO THE HOSPITAL DIED AGAIN THIS TIME WHEN I OPENED MY EYES I WAS IN A ROUND LAVA ROCK ROOM WITH NO WAY OUT WELL I KNOW WHAT ,MAKES LAVA ROCK HOTTEST FIRE ON THE PLANET AND I KNOW THAT HELL IS HOT ALSO SO I WAS THINKING AND KNEW I WASN`T KNOCKING ON HEAVENS DOOR WAS HELLS DOOR SOON AS I KNEW THAT I HEARD SUCH AN EVIL LAUGH MADE GOOSE BUMPS COME ON MY BONES THAT CAME THRU MY SKIN AND THATS WHEN I KNEW I WASN`T IN A GOOD PLACE I FEEL ON MY KNEES AND ASKED GOD TO TAKE ME BACK TO MY DAUGHTER AND GIRL FRIEND ALL THIS HAPPENED IN ABOUT THREE AND A HALF SECONDS BUT WHEN I OPENED MY EYES FROM PRAYING I WAS BACK HERE ON EARTH THREE AND A HALF MONTHS LATER SO SEE THAT WHY I SAY GOD TOOK ME RIGHT FROM THE DEVILS HANDS AND AFTER THAT I GAVE MY LIFE TO THE LORD AMEN GOD BLESS EVERYONE ALWAYS AMEN
August 28, 2015
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Karen Fletcher
Karen Fletcher The merciful grace of our Lord is so beautiful. Thank you Lord for Williams testimony. Bless him with a rich life in You.
August 28, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN! PRAISE GOD!
August 28, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen. 
August 28, 2015
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Vickie Bennett
Vickie Bennett I have indeed felt that way before, that God doesn't hear prayer any better for being prettied up! One of the reasons I have long enjoyed your posts is that they are down to earth & easy to understand & to FEEL.  I have trouble praying out loud, BC I cry. It's embarrassing. Idk why I do, just the emotion, I guess!
August 28, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU LORD FOR GIVING US AWAY TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU....
August 28, 2015
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez Amen
August 28, 2015
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, as usual the word has touched me again, thanks Pastor for sharing these words. It seems like everytime I read the devotions it is something I have actually experienced myself or something I am  going through in my own life.
August 28, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you for reading Joey!
August 29, 2015
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Linda Brimigion
Linda Brimigion I, too, was afraid to pray in public when I first became a follower of Yeshua.  I started attending a bible study in my neighborhood and the prayers said by others in the group were passionate and heartfelt.  I thought I could never pray as beautifully as they did.  i never prayed out loud, but did pray silently.  However, after attending for a few months, the leader called on me to say a closing prayer.  I was panicky!  What would I say?  How could I say it?!  After a moment, I opened my mouth and out came the words.  I don't remember what I said but my fear of praying aloud had disappeared!  I now am comfortable praying aloud, because I'm only focused on the Father and not on what people think of my prayer.
August 28, 2015
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen...I too have felt just like you.
August 28, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd I know exactly what you mean, Linda! I used to be so intimated by the prayers of others! Now I just try to be myself, whether praying in public or in private. I think that's the best case, because He knows who we are anyway, so covering it with "impressive" words doesn't help :)!
August 28, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I use to be afraid to pray in public, but we have such fellowship in our church, especially in our small group. I have learned to pray from my heart to God, not so it sounds good to man. Great devotion.
August 28, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield This is so true! A few weeks ago, after my surgery, the first place I walked to was the small chapel in the hospital. (What a coincidence--it was only a few feet from my room!) And at first, my mind was so muddled with pain medications and I was so weak, the only prayer I could utter was a whisper.But God heard me! That little chapel wasn't comprable to the huge cathedrals in Rome or New York, or even my town parish--but God heard my lowly prayers there and didn't expect me to vocalize loudly or leap for joy. But now, I feel like going back to that little chapel and as soon as my sutures are removed, I just might do so. There's been other times when I felt so sick that all I could do was whisper.God knows our thoughts, and He will accept that!
August 28, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship with our Lord. I pray all day in solitude, not outloud. I speak to Him as a child would speak to her Father. He is the center of my life, a friend that sticks closer than a brother! When I pray outloud with anyone I don't worry about how impressive or eloquent my speech is, I simply pray from my heart and He hears me. He answers my prayers, because my Father cares!
August 28, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the beautiful message!
August 28, 2015
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman Pray is an amazing way for us to talk with our Lord and Savior!  Bless the fact HE is always listening and never to busy not to hear us and our needs.  Thank you Pastor Dion for your wonderful messages.  God's great blessing to you and Sylvia!!  
August 28, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli This fits me so well.  When I used to hear people pray the long prayers with fancy words I used to think "oh my I can't pray like that, I am not a person of fancy words, I just get the the point and my words are plain.  So, my prayers are basically short but sweet (so to speak).  I also used to think I actually had to go to a real room and pray, then I found out if I clear my mind of all other thoughts and sounds in the room, I can pray and God hears me.  So, to me my mind is the room that I go to, I don't believe it has to be a physical room.  I don't know if I am right or wrong on this, some people feel it has to be a physical room.
August 28, 2015
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Joseph Krell
Joseph Krell Refreshing Hope is generally the first devotional that is read daily and one of the most invigorating. It makes me reflect on the anointing that is on this blessed man of God- Pastor Dion. Happy Friday and enjoy the blessings that our Lord has graciously given to us!
August 28, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you for reading Joseph!
August 28, 2015
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey once again you are on point with today's devotional. I am always fearful of public prayer. It seems like I don't know what to say, i am ashamed to admit it, but sometimes When I pray privately, I sometimes don't know what to say. In private, I just talk to God about family, church family, and those who are sick, I pray for constantly. I just talk about things to God. But in public.......but I thank God that the Holy Spirit helps me to get a pray out. but like you say, it's not the quantity, but the quality, being effective. thanks again!
August 28, 2015
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Thank you Pastor.amen.Thank you Heavenly Father,for always being there ,no matter where we are .We can talk to you. Help us to be bold in sharing your Word by The Holy Spirit, leading and guiding us.
August 28, 2015
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Kathy Hall
Kathy Hall Pastor Todd, I am so thankful for your daily devotional prayer. Every day you keep me lifted  in prayer, no matter what situation I'm facing I read your daily devotional and it gives me great comfort knowing God will never forsake us . Every day will have it's anxiety so we need not focus so much on what's not going right but pray and rejoice in the day that is given, stay on course and the Lord will direct our path. When we draw close to the Lord, the Lord will draw close b to us. Amen  
August 28, 2015
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you so much pastor Todd I could never begin to express my thanx to u for these wonderful devotionals I feel so fortunate to be your friend and brother in Jesus!I pray for You and your ministry almost daily, Thank you again I really do connect with your writing. God Bless you Pastor Dion Todd.              
August 29, 2015
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau Amen! Great post as always!
August 29, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, teach me to pray.
August 29, 2015
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez Amen
October 30, 2015