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Don’t Give Up on the Miracle

Is there something you’ve been praying about for a long time, and still there seems to be no answer?

Is there someone you’re interceding for, and still there’s no change?

We know the hard truth–not every prayer we pray is answered the way we anticipate.

God isn’t a genie. He has a mind of His own. And thankfully His mind is the smartest and wisest. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and able to do more than we can ask or think.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

What is the vastness of outer space, compared to this tiny earth? That’s the vast difference between God’s thoughts and ours. His are higher. And yet He reveals His thoughts to us through His Word and through His Spirit day by day.

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

The beautiful truth is that Yahweh is not only powerful, He’s also loving–so very loving.

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life;  in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:5-9)

His desire is for life, for healing, for restoration.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

In this world tainted by sin, He has mercy on His children and performs miracles. He does the impossible.

I don’t have the answer for why your prayer hasn’t been answered yet, but I do know one thing:

Just. Keep. Praying.

Keep trusting in His goodness, keep clinging to His promises.

Our God still works miracles.

May this song encourage you today…

Have you stopped reaching?
No longer seeking greater things
Have you forgotten you have a father listening?
He tells the sun when to rise
Gives the wind its breath
Swings a door wide open and moves in a moment you least expect

Don’t you give up on a miracle
You’ve got to speak the impossible 
You’ve got to pray till your breakthrough breaks through the ceiling keep on believing 
Don’t you give up 
Don’t you give upon a miracle
~ “Miracle” by Unspoken

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Behold Our God

How do we treat our heavenly Father?

I was thinking about this question recently. Our God–Yahweh–created the heavens and the earth. He breathed life into man and gave us our families. Do we ever just stand in awe of our heavenly Father?

Prayer is an open door to the throne of our heavenly Father.

One thing that I enjoy doing is finding passages about the throne of God. Here is one of my favorites:

I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” (Daniel 7:9)

This is the God whom we serve. He is powerful!

Guess what? He lets us come before Him with our prayers and listens to what we have to say. Is that not amazing? That our Creator loves you and me! He loves us so much that he sent His Son to die for us? Did you hear that? He sent Jesus- His only Son to die for us!

Wow! That is riveting! It makes me want to just stand up and behold my God. It makes me want to fall on my knees before Him in awe of what He does! Does that not make you want to worship Him? He is our King and Creator, our Lord!

He is our Savior.

 

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7 Powerful Quotes on Prayer

I love to find quotes about various topics. Whether about the sunshine or about the Word of God, I love quotes! I have found over the years several quotes on prayer that I want to share with you.

I hope that you will enjoy these prayer quotes:

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie ten Boom

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther

“Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more like God, or else we will quit praying.” – E.M. Bounds

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie ten Boom

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – John Bunyan

“It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone.” – Hudson Taylor

What are your favorite prayer quotes?

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A Prayer for Open Doors in Your Life

How many times have you been unsure about what to do with your life?

After finishing up high school, I didn’t know what to do. It was a time of testing for me. Was I willing to trust Yahweh with my future? Could I find a balance between making a decision and trusting in Him? I agonized over what I would do. I prayed, I researched, and I asked wise counselors.

Praying through unknown times and trusting Yahweh is not easy, but He has things in store that we could never imagine.

We can pray that Yahweh will open doors for us to use our passions for his glory.

A Prayer for Open Doors in Your Life

“Yahweh, may you guide my next step in life. May I fully trust in you for my future. Open doors that you see fit and shut doors that are not for me. Send me wise counselors who will help me to make wise decisions. May I trust you with my future and with the doors that you will open for me. Thank you for being my God and my King! May I glorify and honor you in all that I do. Amen!”

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Thanking God for Our Freedom

Every year on Independence Day we celebrate the freedom we’ve been given in our country.

Amidst the parties, the fireworks, and the laughter of friends and family, it’s a wonderful time to be thankful not only for the freedom we have in this country, but also for the freedom we have in God.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

He sets us free from our past. Free from condemnation. Free from our fears. He breaks the chains of addiction. He gives us strength to follow Him, grace to pursue Him more every day. He gives us His love for one another.

We are free.

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. (Romans 6:22)

Not only on Independence Day, but every day, let’s celebrate the freedom He has given us.

Thanking God for Our Freedom

Yahweh, thank you for the freedom you have given me. Thank you for setting me free from this world. Thank you that no one in this life can steal my joy, my peace, my faith, because it’s grounded on you. Thank you that I am free from the clutches of the enemy, and free to follow after you with a whole heart. Thank you for the freedoms that I so often forget, the things that I take for granted, that you’ve so graciously given. Thank you for this freedom to talk to you. Thank you for sending your Son and setting me free today and forever, amen!

What are some freedoms in your life that you are thankful for today?

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How Storms Can Strengthen You

Back in 2014 a huge tornado swept through my community.

I remember it was very windy, and soon later after checking the news, I realized that my community would never be the same. Driving through parts of town brought tears to my eyes. This was a beautiful shaded drive, I thought more than once. Houses and businesses were gone. Praise the Lord that no one was seriously injured, just buildings and houses.

I was thinking the other day about the tornado and how my community bonded and worshiped the Lord through the storm.

It was a terrible situation, but Yahweh brought good from it.

Sometimes in our own lives we have storms.

Storms send us running into hiding. We want to hide from them and never experience them, but storms are what give us faith. Storms open our eyes to how Yahweh can work in our lives.

What storm is raging in your life?

Have you prayed to God about it? Let’s take some time, despite how hard the rain is pouring or how hard the wind is howling, to focus on the only One who can deliver.

With Him you can rest in the storm.

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

~Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns

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The Prayer the Devil Doesn’t Want You to Pray

One of my favorites songs by one of my favorite singers is the song “Whatever It Takes” by Matt Papa.

It’s a hard song.

It’s about surrending all.

Whatever we prize more than Him is an idol, and my flesh doesn’t want to sing this song, because I want to cling to my idols.

And as much as it hurts my comfort, the truth is, true comfort is in Him and He’s worth so much more than anything I let go of.

Prayer is where we wage war with our idols.

Are we willing to say “Your will be done?”

What if that means letting go of a big part of our hearts, because we’re wrapped up in an obsession?

What if that means moving somewhere else?

What if that means taking a giant leap of faith?

This is uncomfortable faith.

That’s the faith that Jesus (Yeshua) lived. The crown of thorns on his head wasn’t comfortable. The road to Calvary wasn’t easy. But for the joy set before Him He endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2).

He wants to fill us with that king of joy.

He wants us to step out of our comfort zone, and trust Him more.

He wants us to pray…

Do whatever it takes me to make me more like Jesus
This is hard, and I might break

But I mean it when I say
Lord, do whatever, whatever it takes

~ Whatever It Takes by Matt Papa

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6 Tips to Pray More Consistently

I remember being a child and trying to move a bucket of moss and dirt from one end of the yard to the other. The bucket was heavy and I would drag it a few feet and then set it down. For a child, moving that bucket was hard work! I had one goal in mind, and that was to get the bucket from one end of the yard to the other. It took awhile, but I eventually hit my goal!

Praying for our loved ones and for those around us that are suffering is a heavy load. We shouldn’t lift them up just once. We should pursue prayer with one goal–to consistently lift them up to Yahweh. Maybe there is someone in your life that is not following Christ. Do you have the goal of praying for them everyday, throughout the day?

Here are some fun ideas to pray more consistently:

1) Look for Scripture passages that are encouraging or prayerful and write them on 3 x 5 cards. Keep the cards in your pocket, and throughout the day pull them out to read over and pray through.

2) Don’t waste the little times. Each time you have a few moments throughout the day, use that time to pray.

3) Ask your friends around you to send you an email or text reminder to pray.

4) Ask others to join you in prayer. Having a prayer support group is helpful in praying for a person or situation. You don’t have to be specific, but just send out a group text to others and say that you need some prayer. I don’t think any Christian would let you down in the prayer world.

5) Find something around the house that reminds you of the person you should be praying for or the situation you should be praying for. Right now in my life, I am praying about a situation that has to do with my family and grandmother. Every time I see something that is my grandmother’s around the house, I try to remember to pray for her.

6) Get on your knees and pour out your heart before Yahweh. Praying on your knees brings about a spirit of humility and is a physical reminder that we are coming before a mighty King.

Let’s pray with one goal in mind–to reach the throne room in heaven multiple times a day for our loved ones and those suffering.

In pursuing this goal, we will begin to have a new perspective on prayer.

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How To Make it Through the Day

Music has touched my life in so many ways.

I truly don’t know where I’d be today without the effect that beautiful songs of truth have played upon my heart. It’s amazing how a song can resonate with exactly what my soul needs to pray. One of those songs that has touched my life is “Lord, I Need You” by Chris Tomlin.  When I need to feel the peace of God, often it will come to mind:

Lord I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the one that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

–“Lord, I Need You” by Chris Tomlin

In our times of need, we can be propelled to despair or propelled to prayer.

A prayer here or there is not enough to get us through the challenges of life. Even when we are in an easy season of life, if we’re not connecting in a continual way with our Maker, we’ll find success or happiness going to our head in an unhealthy, prideful way.

The more we come to face our human limitations and faults, the more we experience our desperate need for Him.

It’s okay to be in need. it’s okay to feel drained. This is where we learn to casts our cares on Him, to pray without ceasing, to cherish our dependence on Him.

To keep on the straight and narrow path He has for our lives, prayer must be a part of our lifestyle.

How we make it through the day matters because days become months, months become years, and years become a lifetime.

Let’s keep turning to the One who created the galaxies, music, words, personalities, and our very hearts.

Don’t be afraid to admit you need Him every hour.

Let others see Your daily dependence on Him. He longs for you to be a living example of the truth that His power is perfected in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Admit that prayer changes your life, that you’d be lost without Jesus, and that you need Him every hour.

Your dependence is a testimony.

 

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Standing in the Need of Prayer

There is an old song that I remember from childhood that goes like this:

It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer;
Not my mother, not my father
But it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.

It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.
Not my brother, not my sister
But it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.

It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.
Not the preacher, not the sinner
But it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.

This song reminded me that sometimes it’s us that need prayer and not those around us.

In my own life, I get caught up in praying for others and forget that I need prayer myself. Of course, there is nothing wrong about praying for others, but we as followers of Christ need prayer for our own lives as well.

Today, as you stand in the need of prayer, remember that Yahweh loves you!

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