Bet Bold with Your Prayers!

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Did you know it pleases God when we pray bold prayers and ask Him for big things? The God we serve doesn’t want us to just barely get by in life. He wants us to thrive and experience the fullness of His blessing. He wants us to not only have our needs met, but be in a position to reach out and help meet the needs of others, too! It’s time we all get bold with our Prayers!

“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession” ~~ Psalm 2:8.

When we ask God for something, a supernatural door is opened. We are showing our faith in Him, and faith gives God something to work with. In fact, scripture says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. He wants us to come to Him and know His goodness. He wants us to believe that He is good and that He has good things in store for us.

Today, I encourage you to get bold with your prayers. Ask God for big things. Believe that He is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Put your faith to work because God is faithful. He has big things in store for you and promises to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that you can ever imagine

Have a wonderful day in the presence of the Lord.

When God Seems Far Away!

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Why me? Why this? Do you ever wonder why? Do you feel guilty for even daring to ask? You probably have had times when the loss was so great in your life that you cried, not upon your pillow in a quiet voice in the silence of your darkened bedroom. No. you screamed it with all the angst and heartache and brokenness your voice could muster in the public streets for all the world to see. At times, your why was resolved with the still small voice of God and a touch of warmth from the Comforter pouring Himself out upon you. Other times, you felt alone, abandoned. You’re not alone the psalmist did the same in these passages and prophets have cried out. Kings. Our Lord cried out on the cross.

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent. BUT You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.” ~Psalm 22:1-3. [caps and emphasis mine]

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It’s odd that we, who think our God does not hear us in the darkness of our nights and the bright light of our grief and pain, continue to cry out. If it were so futile, if God was so deaf, if God was so far away, why would we bother? Because deep in the recesses of our tribulation, emptiness and agony, we know that God is God and God is steadfast and sure. We may question our circumstances, our losses, our trials–but we know that ultimately our answers are in God. And we cry out in search of them. We may not feel our God hears, but all scripture denounces that lie of Satan. We may not think God is present, but Jesus, our King, says differently. “Lo, I am with you always, even to the ends of the world.”

With every “why” you ever voiced, our God’s assurance has answered. With every darkness you ever encountered, God pierces with Light and gives us faith to dispel the doubts of our human fragility. So when you wonder why, remember we may never know all the answers. We have the Answer–Jesus is Lord of all and has overcome the world! Remember He dwells in you!

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God Hears Your Prayers!

God Hears Your Prayers? When something terrible suddenly occurs in your life, what is your first response? Do you mutter under your breath or do you immediately cry out to God for help? Your response to your distress reveals to God and those around you where your heart is. Think back to the last time you had something terrible occur in your life? Did you immediately cry out to God for deliverance? Did you cry out to God because you knew that HE was the only one who could save you? Did you believe that God was going to hear your prayers when you cried out to HIM?

“I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.”~ Psalm 120:1

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God will hear your prayers. You need to learn to trust HIM. Believe that God hears your prayers. If your heart is right before God, you understand who God is and how “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” ~Romans 8:28.

You must learn to understand that God allows distresses to occur in your life so as to reveal your true character. If you are a phony or a hypocrite, the trials of life will reveal it. If your heart really is dedicated to putting God first in your life, then when the trials come, you will overcome the trials and will be able to give thanks to God because you know that God is with you.

Trials and tribulation will come into your life, when they do, how will you respond to them. If you have taken the time to fill your life with the things of God, you will cry out to God. If you fill your life with virtue, your natural response will be to turn to the source of your strength, God. If you fill your mind with the things of this world, when trials come, your natural response will be to rely upon yourself to get out of your mess.

Please share this blog with others and hopefully encourage more and more people in the Lord, Jesus Christ! Have a blessed day and remember to be blessed and be a blessing.

Trails that Prayers Can’t Change!

When Jesus prayed for the cup of suffering to pass, He was, in fact, establishing “it” as being the will of God. We have to realize just “who” was praying to the Father. This was Jesus, God’s only-begotten Son. God always responded to Jesus’ prayers with great miracles, signs, and wonders. Nevertheless, Jesus received confirmation that He would, indeed, have to partake of the cup and die for His people. Since God didn’t release Him from suffering on the cross, Jesus submitted to God’s will. 

 

My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:38-39

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If you read the beginning of the scripture for today, you will see that Jesus’ soul was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death. However, when He left the garden of prayer, His soul was comforted and at rest. What changed? Because Jesus prayed and submitted the way that He did, God was able to confirm His will to Jesus and give Him the grace to carry out the Father’s will.

There will be trials that we will have to face as God’s children, and it’s not because we did something wrong or that God is mad at us; they come because it is His will for our lives, in order for us to be made complete. Therefore, the next time you enter a season where your faith is being tried, “go to the garden” and pray. Ask the Father to remove this trial or affliction from your life so that you won’t have to suffer. If God doesn’t remove it after you have prayed, then know that He has another plan in mind, and it requires your FULL cooperation. Consequently, you must do as Jesus and submit to God’s will, not yours.

Don’t worry; once you submit to God and move forward in faith, He will give you the grace both to face and to endure whatever is required of you. In the end, you will be rewarded, and God will be glorified through your obedience.

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Have a wonderful Christ-centered day and please share this blog with others to help many come to know Christ and to live with Him in Heaven! 

Prayers and Faith

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” ~~Psalm 27:13-14

So often many believers fall into the routine and I call it microwave faith. When they ask God where He wants them to go and what He wants them to do, they tend to expect the same results. Pray, questions answered, and then off they go to the next task on their list for the day. The problem with this mentality is that they lose heart if they don’t get their answers right away. When they lose heart, they tend to pray on it less and less; to the point where in their experience, they will make a decision from their flesh, and not in the Spirit.

Let us then wait upon our Lord, and wait with patience and endurance…”His” that is, and not our own. Let us continue to seek His presence and call upon Him to help us with all of life’s decisions. Let us not rush our Lord, but let Him guide us on His time…for His ways are perfect and righteous, as He is perfect and righteous. Let us not lose heart, yet lean on Him more and more each and every day.

God Answers Prayer!

In our discouragement over unanswered prayer, the Lord reminds us, “Don’t quit!  Keep praying, keep Believing, keep persevering and keep coming before me with your needs.  I hear you and I care.  I will answer at the proper time … if you don’t quit.”

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When it comes to the spiritual discipline called prayer, we are routinely confronted with the temptation to throw in the towel and quit.  Much of the time, the answers to our prayers are seemingly slow in coming.  We can start out so gung-ho over a need or a dream or a desire only to lose steam as nothing visibly changes.  The devil likes to show up in those moments and whisper in our ear, “You are wasting your time, your fool.  God is not going to answer your prayer.  He either doesn’t care about your need, or He is unable to help you.  Regardless, you ought to cut your losses, get off your knees, and stop believing in the pipe dream that prayer changes things.  It doesn’t.”  Have you ever heard those thoughts swirl through your mind?  I think we all have.    
 
You see, the Lord loves persistence; He loves it when we dig in and choose to trust Him, no matter what the circumstances say.  He loves it when we refuse to throw in the towel on the prayer need that He put in our heart.  When we pray according to His will, we can have great confidence that He will answer us when the time is right  (read 1 John 5:14-15). 

Have you thrown in the towel on prayer?  Have you given up on that dream, that need, that desire God placed within you?  Pick up the towel, and get back on your knees.  If your prayer is a little off center, ask God to refine it so that is in complete accordance with His will. 
 
Have a wonderful day in His presence. 
 

Turn the blunders into blessings in your life, and open your eyes to the possibilities.

Today you need to place our faith in God today, and ask Him to direct each step you take, and to give you the wisdom, strength, and faith to hope for great things. Trust that as you submit all things to Him, He will take each experience and create good things from them. Turn the blunders into blessings in your life, and open your eyes to the possibilities. “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17

Allow your heart to seek the good things in this life and trust that, even the blunders can be turned into blessings. Submit all things to God in prayer, knowing that He hears and is responding. Regardless of the situation, you will witness Him skillfully weaving each experience into something beautiful and good. Dare to trust and place your faith in Him.

When you feel as if you are backed against a wall, have the courage to trust in His strength. When you feel confused and alone, don’t be afraid to hope for better days, placing complete confidence in God, rather than your circumstance. Let go of the mindset, the situations have to be handled “your way”; allow God to order your steps, and then walk in them. Know in your heart He loves you and longs to gather you in His arms. His ways are perfect and flawless. He will be your defender; you will always find a safe haven in Him.

God is so good in our lives. He gives us everything we need, and more than we could ask for. But it does not stop there. We have to trust Him in our life. He teaches us to know what is the best for us so we can live a healthy, godly lifestyle. He knows what is the best for us. Let us open our hearts to Him everyday, believing in His promises, keeping His commands, setting our eyes into worship. Let’s continue to have this lifestyle. And as we experience His love in our life, we are moving into higher heights, into a new level of understanding, having a renewed mind and pure heart before God. Let’s commit ourselves to God.

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