FOCUSED Ministries, Inc.

Focusing On Christ Until Spiritual Excellence is Demonstrated

Proverbs 4:25-27       Hebrews 12:1-2

July 3, 2024

This week's offered is by

Dr. Trisha J. Baker

Founder & President, FOCUSED Ministries, Inc.

Youth Central

Dear Young People...(and everyone else:)

The Message

Each week, we have the opportunity to pray and share a word to encourage our readers. On top of the blessing of having the opportunity to share weekly, on average, 59 to 62% of our subscribers actually open our prayer, compared to an open rate of 42.74% for similar faith-based organizations nationally. I'd say that's pretty good! Praise God for the favor we have that people read the prayer regularly and even look for it each week. We strive to get 100% of our readers, currently that’s 252 subscribers, to open the prayer because we believe the message we share is from God because it is His Word that we share, and we want to bless the people in our community both here and abroad. We also look for our readers to click on the links embedded in the email, however, those numbers are usually quite low to zero. On the flip side, we've had a few people unsubscribe from receiving our weekly prayers, which is all a part of ministry and outreach. People come and some decide to go but the Lord knows the heart of His creation and blesses everyone giving them the opportunity to hear the Word through any and all available outlets. Just wanted to share this information with you because it is our desire to increase the number of subscribers. Each week, we share the Word of God, God's love, and God's truth with whoever will listen. Sometimes, people don't want to hear what God's Word says because it goes against things they want to do. Sometimes, a prayer is prayed or a Word shared that touches right at the heart of an individual. Praise God for that because He uses us, and others like us, as conduits to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All the time, at every turn, God wants the message of His deep love to be shared with everyone because He doesn't want anyone to perish (2 Pet. 3:9) but He wants all to come to know Him, and all means all. So, I'm asking you to share this prayer with a family member, a friend, a co-worker, and have them sign up to receive our weekly prayer. Share the SIGN UP HERE below with them so they can get their own copy. If you haven't given to FOCUSED Ministries, consider giving. I don't talk often about giving because it is a very touchy subject for some, but I feel compelled to ask you to give. Give what you can. It doesn't have to be a lot. Yes, it will certainly bless the ministry - we still have work to do - but you, too, will also be blessed for giving. The blessing of giving, especially when you WANT to give and not because you HAVE TO give and it's not coerced or guilted, is that the Lord sends down His blessings upon you and when He blesses you, He blesses you. Mark 12:41-44 speaks about a widow who gave, "...two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents (vs. 42b NIV). Jesus said that she gave more than anyone else before her on that day because everyone else gave out of their wealth. In other words, they didn't really have anything to lose when they gave, but this widow gave all she had which was the "...two small copper coins". And, in Luke 6:38, Jesus said, For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give—large or small—will be used to measure what is given back to you” (LB). So, the question is, will you try God? Will you trust God? Finally, let us pray for you. See Prayer of Salvation section below.

Let's pray:

Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank You for another opportunity to share a Word and prayer with the one reading this today. Father, You know this one and You love them with an everlasting love. It is a love that never fails, a love that supersedes all human understanding, human reasoning, and human interpretation. It's a love the covers and forgives sin. It's a love that reaches to the highest mountain and flows to the lowest valley. It gives strength, everyday, and never loses its power (referenced from: The Blood by Andre Crouch). I pray today Father, that You let this one experience Your love, peace, and joy, in Jesus' name. The need for You is great today, Father. I pray You would meet the needs of this one today, in Jesus' name. Bring salvation near to this one today, in Jesus' name. Let Your power and presence cover this one today, in the name of Jesus. Bring about change of in the heart, mind, and soul of this one that only You can bring. I thank You now, Father, that today and in the coming days, lives will be changed and souls set free, in Jesus' name, Amen and Amen!

If YOU have not given your life to Jesus, do it today. It is the best decision you will make in your life now and into eternity. Not sure what to say? See the Prayer of Salvation below.


Lord, give us ears to hear, the heart to believe, and the courage to obey, in Jesus' name, Amen.

Sincerely in His love,

Dr. Baker


Prayerfully consider giving today. Here are ways to give:

  1. By mail to P.O. Box 746, Morton Grove, IL 60053
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  4. Bank bill pay – to FOCUSED Ministries, Inc. PO Box 746, Morton Grove, IL 60053

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Prayer of Salvation

Jesus Christ paid the debt for on the Cross. We now have the opportunity to life eternal. Jesus said, ...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14 KJV). Romans 10:9 says, That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God had raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (KJV). If you have not asked Jesus to come into your heart, do it today. Pray this prayer, 

Jesus, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe in my heart that You died on the cross to save me from the debt of my sin. I confess You now as my Lord and Savior and ask You to come into my heart and change my life, in Your name I pray, amen.

If you prayed this prayer, welcome to the family of God! We are so excited for you. As you begin your new life in Christ, let us pray with you Call or text us at

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Help Us Make a Difference in the Lives in Our Community

At FOCUSED Ministries, we are dedicated to providing SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT, SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL HEALTH, CAREER/VOCATIONAL EXPLORATION, and HEALTH & NUTRITION support to the youth and families we serve. There are challenges families face in today's society. FOCUSED Ministries, Inc. strive to be an added level of support and a resource to them, but we can't do it alone. We rely, first, on God's grace. Then, we move forward with the generous donations of donors to continue the vision and mission. Your donations help us make a real difference in the lives of those we serve. By donating, YOU are helping us make an eternal impact on the lives of our youth and families.

You may never meet the ones whose life you'll touch by giving. Join us in our vision. Donate today. Thank you in advance for your giving and God bless you.

Be the impact

Thank you to everyone who has made FOCUSED Ministries' weekly prayer a part of your routine. Your commitment to prayer is a testament to your faith and a blessing to us. We would love to hear how our weekly prayers and words of exhortation have impacted your life. Our goal is to share God's Word with our FOCUSED Ministries' family and to encourage you to follow the Lord every day. We pray that you have been blessed and strengthened in your faith. Thank you for being a part of our community. God bless you!

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