The Lord has commanded throughout His Word to seek Him in prayer asking for guidance, wisdom, strengthening, forgiveness and direction on what we should do with our life. When we humble ourselves before the Lord asking that His will be done in our life we will soon find that doing what God desires of us will be more fulfilling to our hearts than anything that we could do following our own will. The Lord wishes for us to be blessed, lifted up, encouraged and inspired to face each new day with a renewed vigor knowing that we are meant to be great, to do great and to allow our simple life to be a living witness and testimony of God’s goodness towards His creation. The Bible declares in Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” It is only when we call upon the Lord that we receive His power to change our life and in time we can help to change lives around us. (Jeremiah 29:11-13) (James 4:10)
We shouldn’t think that prayer is an option in our Christian walk. The Lord Jesus never said if you pray, but in four different places He said when you pray. We are commanded to seek the Lord so that our communion with Him will help us in every area of our life. When we come before the Lord in humility asking for strength and guidance I believe the Lord is well pleased and will answer our hearts cry. God says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” God wishes to bring restoration, forgiveness and healing, but it only happens after we seek the Lord asking to be made whole again. (Matthew 6:5-13)
No matter what may be going wrong in your life I encourage you to bring it to the Lord. Tell God about all the trials and challenges that are on your heart so that you may receive His assurance and peace that all will be well in time. Don’t worry, don’t murmur and don’t complain, but with a quiet confidence pray knowing that the answer will be sufficient to calm your heart and cheer your countenance. (Luke 12:22-32)
I hope this message inspires your heart to always make prayer a first priority in your life so that your days, weeks and years will go a lot smoother for you than they would otherwise.
Demographic experts tell us that there is a general spiritual awakening among people of various faiths. Some are returning to “organized” religions. Others are seeking spiritual answers along other paths. However it is done, people are realizing the importance of a healthy spiritual dimension to their lives.
One man tells about a time when his wife suffered from a headache. She took medication and laid down, but nothing seemed to help.
Her six-year-old daughter was concerned about her Mommy's health, so the ailing woman asked her if she would like to pray for her. Little Leia said that she would. Leia put her hand on her mother's head and prayed the only prayer she knew: “Lord, thank you for this food...”
I imagine that the words she uses are not important. In fact, I don't know if any words are really adequate to express our deepest spiritual desires. Moreover, what seems most crucial is not so much how “good” we are at praying, but that we simply pause regularly to nurture our soul. Prayer is a dose of spiritual medication that, taken daily, can enhance all of life.
Leonardo Da Vinci spent countless hours ruminating upon things of the spirit as he worked on his famous canvas of the Last Supper. He spent so much time meditating in the cloister that some of the monks in the community became concerned. They remonstrated with the artist about his wasting precious time and money. “Why do you spend so much time with us in prayer when you have come here to work?” they wondered.
Leonardo answered, "When I pause the longest, I make the most telling strokes with my brush.”
I do not feel I am all that good with prayer, but I am sure I'm not much good without it.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 95:6 “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”
Psalm 34:1-5 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”
Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
Psalm 118:5-9 “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: EVEN IF
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In Christ’s Service,
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