Theme of the Month: Resurrecting Your Prayers

Has there ever been a time when you felt as if you couldn’t pray? A time when you were down and out?

Maybe you felt all alone with no one to help you. In times like these, we tend to forget about our Savior. But in the times when we are lonely, we have a God who loves us and cares for us. He is there with us.

This month we celebrate an important holiday. The holiday is Easter. As a Christian, I celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It is the day that Christ broke the chains of death and opened the door for salvation! We should rejoice during this holiday, because Christ is alive!

One of my favorite songs to sing during this season is “Up From the Grave He Arose”. It is a powerful reminder of Christ!

This is a new season, a new beginning, and a wonderful reminder to resurrect our prayers.

I am excited to share with you some creative ways to reopen your prayer life and begin again with Christ.

1)Pray scripture–We are supposed to find encouragement and prayers in the Word of God. So open the Word and begin to pray. A good place to start is Psalms.

2) Find a partner–Find someone you know who is a strong Christian and ask them to pray with you. This can be a huge asset to your prayer life!

3) Ask for wisdom and words to say–The Bible says that if we ask we will receive. Ask for God to open your heart to know what to pray.

4) Take a nature walk–Out in nature, It’s easy to find the words to say. God has created the world for us to enjoy, so take time to enjoy nature by praying as you walk. I love to do this.

5) Start a thankfulness list –Ah! This one will help you to realize exactly how awesome God is. He has blessed us all in so many ways with talents, people, and even life’s pleasures! So take time to be thankful!

6) Pray for struggling friends and family–when you pray for others, you tend to be more in tune to the Lord. Sometimes all we need is to get the focus off of ourselves.

Happy Easter!

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3 Things to Remember About Prayer When God Feels Distant (Guest Post by Isabella Morganthal)

Have you ever been to a desert?

I haven’t, but I’m a writer so I can imagine. Dusty, dry, lonely. Deserts hold scorching daytime heat and miles upon miles of dust, sand, and more sand. You don’t typically find water in the desert. Sometimes when I envision this picture I think this must be an accurate representation of when God feels distant.

Dry, lonely, longing.

Because sometimes…sometimes He just feels so far away.

How then do you pray when it feels like He does not hear?

How do you have the courage to keep serving Him when He doesn’t feel near? I am certainly not an expert on this, but I have learned a thing or two along the way in my own seasons of spiritual “deserts.”

Persevere in prayer.

The very meaning behind persevere is to keep going, even when it seems hard. To never give up and never quit. A lot of times in life you don’t always get the results you’re looking for right away. As a writer, I am well-acquainted with the term, “never give up.” I received eleven rejections before receiving my first acceptance to guest post on a popular teen blog. Even after that I still receive rejections and I’m sure I’ll continue to receive them in the future. The rejections aren’t what matters. What matters is how I handle them. How I keep pressing on in spite of the rejections and things not going how I first imagined.

If you feel God is distant, but praying hasn’t helped, keep praying. Be consistent and pray like your life depends on it. Your feelings may not change overnight, but perseverance and consistency will pay off in the end.

Confess sins in prayer.

A lot of times the distance we feel with God was created by us and our sin. Sin puts distance between you and God. If you have any sin in your life that has not been confessed, go to God in prayer and confess it today. You cannot afford to lose another precious minute before turning from your sin and turning your face back to your Creator. Confess where you have been wrong. Repent and praise Him for His mercy to forgive you.

Be honest in prayer.

Sometimes we think that if we feel distant from God or even angry at God for some reason, we should bury it and not tell Him. Friend, He already knows. He knows every word before you speak it. Every thought before you think it. You cannot hide anything from Him. So stop trying. Be honest with God in prayer about your emotions.

Don’t be afraid to tell Him how you feel. A perfect example of this is the Psalmist David. If you read through portions of the Psalms you’ll quickly see how honest David was in his prayers to the Lord.

Just don’t forget: feelings lie. Feelings are not always truth. Sometimes our feelings will lie to us about who we are or who God is. But feelings are just feelings. If you admit that the lies your feelings are telling you right now about God are not true, then they do not have any authority over you.

Even the greatest of theologians and Christians have experienced spiritual dry seasons. Seasons where God felt distant and the desert felt long. Don’t be afraid. God will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). And no matter what your feelings tell you, He walks with you through every desert.

Don’t give up.

~ Guest Post by Isabella ~ 

Isabella Morganthal (20) is a writer, dreamer, and child of God. She is the published
author of five books and runs her own magazine ministry. She’d love to connect with you at: www.isabellamorganthal.weebly.com.

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Theme of the Month: Praying to Know God More

Hello Ladies,

I hope that last month’s theme was a blessing to y’all as we prayed for our future relationships. This month’s theme is our relationship with God, which is the most important of all our relationships.

God is the lover of our souls, and He should be our first love.

When a person loves someone, they constantly think about that person–who they are, what they are, and the things that define that person. Since we love God, we should want to know more about Him and reflect on His attributes. It says in I John 4:8 that “God is love.” While God is love, He also has many other attributes.

This month I am sharing with you a printable with some verses about the attributes of God.

I would love for y’all to spend some time in prayer asking God to show you how He is all the things that He says He is, and grow in your relationship with Him as you fall more in love with your Maker.

Click for printable PDF:
The Attributes of God

Your Sisters,
~ Peyton & Joy ~

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The Awkward Thing about Praying for Your Future Husband

When praying for your future husband, have you ever wondered if your prayers are going to be answered? Have you ever secretly wondered whether years from now, you’ll still be single, looking back and thinking your prayers were all wasted?

What if you never get married?

We don’t want to ask it. We don’t want to think about it. I know not everyone wants to get married, but most of us do. And the hard truth is, we all know people who have never married. Some wait for many, many years. And some marry as soon as they graduate from high school.

Life isn’t fair. It’s so hard to see someone who longs to be married, having to wait patiently as the years tick by. I don’t understand it. And I don’t think it’s meant to be understood.

God knows the future though, and it’s our duty to trust Him. You have purpose in singleness because this is where He has you, and He will carry you through.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

This might sound funny, but pray about praying for your future husband.

Ask for wisdom. (He promises to give that.) Spending excessive hours praying for your future husband, may blow perspective way out of proportion. We don’t want to over-focus on the future, or worse– paint a fairy tale picture. Pray, trust God, and go live your life right now.

Prayer is not a waste, it’s a part of our relationship with God.

If you have a desire in your heart for marriage, than talk to Him about that. Pray to Him about your future husband. When you feel loneliness, lift up a prayer. Another reason I like the “praying for us” idea (shared in last week’s post) is that it’s not all about Mr. Wonderful. It’s about what God wants to do right here and now in your life as well. Let Him write the story of your life. You’ll never regret it.

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Theme of the Month: A Different Approach to Praying for Your Future Husband

Have you ever prayed for your future husband? Does the idea fill you with excitement or confusion?

Praying for my future husband is something that I did here and there over the years, but about a year and half ago, I got more serious about it.

I’d stumbled across a 31-day prayer guide for praying for my future husband, and after sharing it with friends, I started to pray more consistently for him and keeping a journal with the prayers. It was an amazing experience.

I started to realize that my prayers sounded like I was asking for a perfect man. That was a problem. I knew in my heart he could never be all these things that I was praying for him to be. He’s going to fail at times, just like me, and he will need God’s grace.

A husband and wife are meant to live life as one. They’re meant to support one another in their respective roles and to be knit together in God’s love. Here I was praying for my future husband to exhibit the many characteristics of a godly man, but did I have the characteristics of a godly woman?

My future husband isn’t the only one who needs prayer. I do too!

A slight change happened. Instead of praying, “Help him to be patient and trust your timing,” I started praying, “God, help us to be patient and trust your timing.” It took the focus off my future husband, and made it all about what God is doing in us.

Prayer isn’t a formula, and neither is the future. It’s all a step of faith.

This printable shares a prompt for each day this month. I hope this inspires you to get more personal in your prayers for yourself and your future husband. If you’re already married, these are ideas of how to pray for your single friends.

Click for printable PDF: Prayers for You and Your Future Husband

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Encouragement for When You’re Failing to Pray

I’ve done a bad job praying this week.

It’s no wonder that as I stared at the screen wondering what to share in this week’s post, nothing great was coming. I felt like a hypocrite. How could I write a post on prayer, when I’ve not taken the quality time for it like I should have this week?

I could come up with some excuses. Life’s been busy, and at least I have prayed throughout the week, but I’ve been slipping into “Martha mode” again and missing truly resting in His presence.

But do you know what the good news is?

Prayer is not a job; and I’m not fired.

In fact, my heavenly Father is longing for me to put aside the distractions, and carve out some special time for Him.

Prayer is a privilege. It’s a gift. It’s a part of our relationship with our Maker. And what a beautiful thing that is.

Perhaps you feel the same as me this week. If so, I want to encourage you that you’re not alone.

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points  tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Let’s go to the throne of grace and begin to pray again.

And if you’ve never known sweet time of prayer with God, than there’s only one thing you need to do.

Start it. Carve out some time regularly to just come to Him and talk to Him. Open up your heart and allow Him to be King of it. Draw close to Him as your redeemer, savior, friend. He’s waiting there for you.

 

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10 Great Prayer Warriors and Biographies About Them!

It’s getting colder, and the nice warm fire is more desirable than the outdoors. Why not take this time to curl up with a great book and read about some prayer warriors? Biographies are a great way to learn about others and grow in your prayer life.

Here are some books that will encourage you!

1) Oswald Chambers (Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God: The Life Story of the Author of My Utmost for His Highest)

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Oswald worked with soldiers in Egypt during World War I. He has an amazing story of how God worked through his life, even though it was cut short. His prayers and faithfulness are encouraging to read about.

2) Katie Davis Majors (Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful)

15 *More* Can't-Miss Books Coming in 2017 ...Katie is a young lady who works in Uganda. She has daily trials and has to work hard to share the Word of God to those who have never heard it. Her newest book is about her spiritual journey and how she lives by prayer and faith in Christ.

3) William Borden (Borden of Yale)

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William had it all. His father was rich and he could have done anything he wanted, but William chose to follow the Lord. His prayer life was amazing, and it looked like he had utterly wasted his life. While the world shook their head at his faith, William made a difference in the lives of many people.

4) Hudson Taylor (Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret)

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Prayer can change the world, and Hudson proved it. A missionary in China, Hudson had to rely on prayer and the power of God to get him through tough situations. This guy is an awesome example to us to follow.

5) William Wilberforce (Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery)

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Prayer and politics…really? Yes, William changed the course of politics with prayer. He worked for years to eliminate the slave trade in England, and with prayer and politics, William succeeded.

6) George Washington (George Washington’s Prayers)

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This man prayed and led our nation to a new beginning. His powerful prayers show the faith of a mustard seed in action.

7) Elisabeth Elliot (Elisabeth Elliot: Joyful Surrender)

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When her husband was killed, Elisabeth didn’t have much left. She was alone in a foreign country, but she put her faith in God. Her prayer life kept her going through a tragedy.

8) Don Wildmon (Don Wildmon: The Man the Networks Love to Hate)

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Can anyone change TV? Well, this man changed TV through prayer. The founder of the American Family Association, Don set out to change the TV industry and make it a more godly place. Prayer was a central part of his life and his ministry.

9) John Wesley (The Journal of John Wesley)

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Are college campuses hopeless? Well, John Wesley stepped foot on a college campus as a youth and changed the world. He led many of his friends to Christ and started a group to keep the faith in college. Prayer was a central part of John’s story.

10) David Brainerd (The Life and Diary of David Brainerd: With Notes and Reflections)

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Though he had tuberculosis, David served as a missionary to the Indians in the early 1700s. He kept on sharing the Gospel and praying for strength until the months before he died. His constant faith and his prayer life are really powerful!

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Someone is Praying for Me (a prayer poem)

Sharing with us this week is a sweet sister in Christ, Odelia Chan (you can check out her blog here). Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful poem, Odelia!

When doubts and fears cloud the way:
And I watch, helpless, as dreams slip away;
On nights when I think, “I’ve wasted another day”
I remember—someone is praying for me.

Days when I felt lost without pen or paper,
Reached out to a friend, and –for me –she wasn’t there
All alone, and suddenly feeling  God’s presence here
And I know why—someone is praying for me.

(originally posted on Odelia’s Blog.)

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Are You Ready to Climb on the Roof?

One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:17-20)

Are you ready to climb onto a roof?

Perhaps there’s a friend you’re thinking of right now who has a desperate need. Are you ready to carry them to Jesus?

The paralytic man had true friends. They didn’t make excuses. They weren’t half-hearted. They put their faith into action and climbed right onto that roof and lowered their friend down to the Savior.

Let’s be that kind of friend–the roof-climbing, prayer warrior kind.

The friend that doesn’t quit when the way is hard. The friend that keeps praying. The friend that carries others to Jesus.

Who can you carry to Jesus today?

And I used to think it mattered if I understood
But now I just don’t know

Well, I’ll admit sometimes I still wish I knew what to say
And I keep looking for a way to fix it all
But we know we’re at the mercy of God’s higher ways
And our ways are so small

But I will carry you to Jesus
He is everything you need
I will carry you to Jesus on my knees

It’s such a privilege for me to give this gift to you
All I’d ever hope you’d give me in return
Is to know that you’ll be there to do the same for me
When the tables turn

And if you need to cry go on and I, I will cry along with you, yeah
I’ve given you what I have but still I know the best thing I can do
Is just pray for you

I’ll carry you
I’ll take you to Jesus on my knees

“Carry You to Jesus” by Steven Curtis Chapman

 

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A Thankfulness Prayer

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. (Psalm 150)

After reading this passage, I just want to praise the LORD and never stop!

O LORD, my LORD,

    I want to begin by thanking you! I want to praise YOUR name!

    You have given ME (of all people) life! Not only life here on this earth, but life everlasting.

    YOU were the one that made my feet to walk and my hands to move! You opened my mouth so that I could speak praises to you! You made my eyes so that I could see! You made my ears so that I could hear!

    You placed me here! Right here, where I am, for your purpose and your glory!

    You gave me a family and a home! You blessed me with talents and gifts!

     YOU, O LORD, made the trees and the grass; the flowers and the earth were made by YOU! You created the world that I see around me! You gave the birds their wings and the fish their fins! You breathed life into each creature here on this earth!

    Praise your name forever, Yahweh!

    You placed each creature where it needs to be! You created the sky, the moon, the sun! You placed the planets and the stars in the night sky! Your hand of creativity shines through the darkness of this world!

    Your majesty and power overwhelm the works of man! What is man compared to you, O LORD? You are the Mighty God!

    Thank you for friends and those that encourage me in the Word!

    Thank you for food and water; for spiritual food and for spiritual water!

    Thank you for the rush of joy that I feel when I praise your name!

    Thank you for Christ and His salvation!

    Thank you for loving me and caring about me!

    May I never forget the God that created me!

    Thank you LORD for everything!

Amen!

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