Category: prayer

One Sentence You Need to Let Go of Right Now

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We all have times when we think our circumstances can’t change, or we think there’s no way this can work out. We have dreams no one else knows about, but we’re fairly sure they’ll remain just that: dreams. We struggle because we really secretly want that dream, or the change in that circumstance, or a solution to a problem. We want someone’s health to improve. We want our child to do well in school.

You know what really bothers me? When we say “I guess we’ll just have to pray about it.

As we say it, the shoulders sort of shrug and the posture’s a little hunched. “I guess…” is equivalent to saying, “I know this really isn’t a solution, but I can’t think of anything better at the moment.”

I guess we’ll just have to pray about it. I guess, until something better comes along, we can pray. Maybe that will hold us in place until we find the real solution.

And we’ll just have to. Just: a lowly place. Have to: something we don’t want to do.

You know what really bothers me? When we say “I guess we’ll just have to pray about it.”

So we’re shrugging, a little stooped, lowly, not really desiring to go to the Lord in prayer for our answer. Mumbling a stop-gap.

Now, wait just a minute. I’m a believer. I believe in God the Father. I believe, in fact I KNOW he can work behind the scenes and inside of people, inside the ones in this circumstance. Inside me, inside you – he can create change. And He’s there before we get there, working on that change. He knew the change was needed before you did. Before I even thought about it.

In Him there is strength and wisdom. He holds the knowledge – the key to this situation.

Now, God will let the circumstance or process go on if it means your disappointment, your struggle, your heartache will ultimately prosper you. It might help you grow. It might help you heal. It might help you see God differently. Faith sees us through that part.

And if you don’t give up – you will be prepared for the wonderful-ness that He has in store for you. (You weren’t thinking about giving up, were you?) He promises that with Him, all things are possible! That’s power. You have options – you aren’t stuck in that circumstance, or a hundred light years away from that dream. You can walk directly beside Him by trusting Him, by praying to Him about it and believing He will make the changes that are best for you, and praising Him throughout all the good and bad times.  Praise him when your spouse leaves a note on the table saying she’s moved out. Praise him when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. Praise him when you with your human viewpoint can’t imagine how that addiction is ever going to be cured.

Choose to trust Him, and in choosing it you are also electing to live your life differently. You’re able to look for His goodness and “taste and see” what He has in store. You can relax, knowing who’s got your back. You know His strength, and you’ve put your trust in it.

When you have chosen this path, your posture will be a little straighter, your voice will be stronger, more commanding, and the next time “I guess we’ll just have to pray about it” will become “Let’s pray.”

Let’s take it to the Lord. Let’s find out from the Almighty, the Creator, the All-knowing, All-seeing One – yeah let’s see what He has to say about it.

There is power in the name of God.

Choose trust. Choose faith. Choose prayer.

Related Verse
“…with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, NIV

 

 

God’s Name is Father

Does anyone have trouble referring to God as “father”? I did a little survey recently based on this question. I mostly found that people who are close with their own father, the earthly father, are able to relate to a heavenly father in a good way. They pray with a feeling of familiarity, a closeness.

But those who are less close to their earthly father have a hard time referring to God as father.They pray to someone distant.

And then there are those who take it way too far, calling him “the Man upstairs” or other familiar names. To me, this lacks completely and reverence and isn’t how we are supposed to address him.

So here’s my question to you. How do you personally make sense of the awesomeness of God when there is the ability to have such intimacy with him at the same time? How do you strike the balance without being irreverent?

Hint: This is part of my next book!

And thinking of “Our Father” reminded me of the Don Moen song, so here it is for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to leave a comment below!


Thankful! The Prayer performed by Celtic Woman

While we’re cooking, running in circles in the kitchen, or blogging because we purchased a store-bought package already cooked (sacrilege, I know, for a Southerner. But there you go…)

….we are THANKFUL.

I thought you’d enjoy taking just a moment out of your Thank-y-ness to listen to this beautiful, calming song: The Prayer. It’s performed by Celtic Woman, only my very most favorite group to listen to (I usually hear them in Knoxville, TN). Best yet, the soloist is Chloe. She’s awesome!!!

Here are the lyrics.

The Prayer

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know

Let this be our prayer
When we lose our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe

I pray we’ll find your light
And hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night

Let this be our prayer
When shadows fill our day

Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe.

Lead us to a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

Watch out! For…?

Yesterday on twitter, I posted this:

Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Watchful of what?

Not many people took up my challenge, possibly because I’ve recently changed my twitter name and all the followers haven’t caught up yet. Also it was Friday. But here are a few things I think we need to be watchful of:
Satan. Yes I know, in this age of feel-good we relegate him to the back seat. Trust me, he’s still there and he knows it, even if we refuse to admit it. Best to admit and figure out our defense, eh?
Ephesians 6:11 ” Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
But read verses 10-18 to get the whole picture.

Fleshly desires (the things we want, which are not the things God wants). I’m teaching my book Come Back to Jesus right now, and we’re each giving up something to make room for more time with God. I’m impressed with what the ladies have given up this week. Things that really matter to them, but that don’t matter in the grander scheme of things.
Romans 8:5 “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”

The world – sort of relates to fleshly desires, but it’s the world that gets us in trouble in the first place. We’re to live in it, yet be separate from it.
John 16:33 [Jesus said] “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Blessings!

What does God really want to give me?

Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Do you feel that’s true for you? Does He give you what you desire? If not….why?
Watch the video for the answer to these important questions. Have your Bible handy!

Prayer, anyone?

 

If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word – prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.  –Charles Spurgeon

Spurgeon has a way of getting right down to the heart of the matter, doesn’t he? I’m working on another book or bible study series, this time about prayer. It’s the best thing we can do for ourselves!

Also I added a new article to my website this morning. It’s here.