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Let’s Pray

Recently, I was talking with my mother about life.

We were discussing issues and other things concerning our family. I was frustrated about something that had happened recently. Between the two of us it had been a heated conversation. At one point I got very frustrated, and my mother looked at me and said, “Let’s pray.” I nodded my head and she began to pray. As she was praying, I started to think about prayer.  I am the one who blogs about prayer, and my mother is the one reminding me to pray. Sometimes it is hard to admit our weaknesses and struggles. I had to admit that I had failed in my prayer life, and that I was not perfect.

Next time you have hit a hard spot in your life and are not sure where to turn, remember to pray.

Prayer brings focus and clarity to life. Also, pray for Yahweh to place people in your life who will remind you to pray.

 

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Apologetics, Devotional

“If God is in Control, Why Pray?”

Photo courtesy of Jay Williams

I once heard someone ask the question, “If God is in control, what’s the point in praying to Him?”

There are many biblical reasons why we should pray, and there are articles and books answering this honest question. (Here’s a wonderful article short article: “Why Pray When God is Omnipotent and Omniscient?” by 3-Minute Apologist. And here’s a indepth answer: “Defending the Bible’s Position on Prayer” from Apologetic Press.)

Surprisingly, the question holds the answer.

The fact that Yahweh is in control is the reason why I pray. I wouldn’t pray to Him if He wasn’t all-powerful, because prayer is not about changing God, it’s about allowing Him to change us, our circumstances, and our world through His Holy Spirit.

Prayer is not about control. It’s about surrender.

Our heavenly Father is the only one that can hear the cry of our souls.

He’s the only one who can feel our greatest joy and our deepest hurt. He sees the beauty that we’re blinded to and the sins that we try to hide. He sees our past, our present, our future, our hopes, our fears, and our deepest longings.

How are we going to see the light if we don’t open our eyes?

How are we going to feel hope, if we don’t open up our hearts?

How are we going to commune with Him without prayer?

Let’s pray when our heart can’t contain everything inside. Let’s rest in His presence when we don’t know where to go. He hears the cry of our soul even when we don’t know how to put it into words.

God is in control, not me. That’s why I pray.

Photo courtesy of Jay Williams

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Devotional

We Need to Listen

The other day I was standing in the checkout line at the grocery store, when the little girl in the cart behind me began to chant to her mom in a lilting voice, “I’m not listening. I’m not listening.”

My mom turned to me and said quietly, “How often do we do that to Yahweh?”

As the mom continued to softly instruct, her daughter kept repeating the phrase, “I’m not listening. I’m not listening.”

Ouch. Yes, I do that too.

Sometimes we rush into God’s presence.

We have a lot of prayer requests to make. We want. We need. We pray. We seek. But do we listen?

Do we sit in His presence and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to our heart as we’re reading the Bible, or are we rushing on to check our devotions off the list?

I needed to learn that lesson from a little girl at the store.

When we find ourselves running in circles like Martha, we need to rest in His presence like Mary did.

We need to listen.

I’m finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it’s okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say

Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
To be still and know
That You’re in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak

~”Work of God Speak” by MercyMe

 

 

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Devotional

He Wants Our Hearts, Not Our Words

Photo courtesy of Jay Williams

It had been a busy day.

I was working on yet another project, and instead of turning on music, I decided to pray to my heavenly Father while working. I began to tell Him how wonderful He is. And that’s when He spoke to me, “I want your heart, not your words.” That quiet impression caused me to pause and contemplate.

I had been busy for quite a few days. So much of it was in service to Him, but was I serving out of my own strength? Had I taken quality time to get to know Him better lately? Or was I treating Him as a pep stop, where I get a quick fix and rush on with life? Was I just speaking words, or was I giving Him my heart?

It’s easy to fit God into our schedule, and a bit harder to fit our schedule around Him.

It’s a struggle. But most good things are.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

Prayer is a part of our relationship with our Maker.

Today, let’s give Him more than our words, let’s give Him our hearts.

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Devotional, Prayer Prompts & Guides

Coming into His Presence Just as We Are (Psalm 139 Prayer)

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When praying to the Creator of the Universe, it is important to be honest with Him. Yahweh knows our thoughts before we speak them. He knows everything about us.

I am reminded of a childhood memory.

My siblings and I would build with LEGO bricks. We had characters we created. I could have told you all about my minifigure–her personality, what she liked and didn’t like, and how she interacted with others. I determined each thing about her and knew everything. 

Yahweh is like that. He knows all about us, because He created us.

When you come to Him in prayer, be honest, tell him your heart–be you. Bring your burdens to Him and rest in the peace of knowing that He sees you with eyes of grace.

-Psalm 139 Prayer-

Father, You know me. Everything that I do is known by You. You know my thoughts and are acquainted with all my ways. Every word on my tongue, You know before I say it. Your hand is on me. Everywhere I go, You are there. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the everlasting way.
Amen.

Click for printable PDF: Psalm 139 Prayer

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Devotional, Prayer Prompts & Guides

Prayers for the Lonely Seasons of Our Lives

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Do you struggle with loneliness in your life?

It might sound odd, but you’re truly not alone in your feelings. So many young ladies struggle just like you.

Throughout Scripture we read about how the righteous were often called into loneliness–Noah’s family (1 Peter 3:20), Abraham (Isaiah 51:2), Paul in Arabia (Galatians 1:16-19), and John on the Isle of Patmos (the book of Revelation). Yet they all had the greatest gift–Yahweh.

I was blessed to grow up in an amazing family, but I still struggled with loneliness.

I had a few friends, but never a friend that I could relate to. I was always the odd one who didn’t do things like other people. I remember as a child sitting on the end of our playground slide crying because I didn’t have a friend. It hurts to be lonely, but Yahweh used my loneliness to bring me closer to him. As soon as I let Yahweh gain control of my life, it was amazing how He worked. He placed people in my life that made a positive impact.

I still struggle with loneliness.

Just recently I walked into a room with about forty young people around my age and felt ever so lonely. No one understood what path I had chosen in life. I went to the back of the room and sat in the corner feeling alone. Finally I resolved within myself to talk to the girl next to me. She wasn’t kind, and she ignored me. I felt even more alone. It was there in that moment that I had to make a decision–to consider this the worse day of my life or a day to remember. I chose the latter. Although the loneliness remained, I made the best of the situation and smiled.

In our loneliness we can come closer to our Creator than ever, and prayer is one of those places where we can talk to Him like a friend.

It’s important to remember that Jesus is the best friend we could ever have. We can come to Him in prayer and pour out our hearts, knowing that He not only listens, but has the exact answer that we seek. Recently a friend of mine reminded me of this verse in Jeremiah: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (29:13). Yahweh loves each of His children and has a plan for them. Remember to call upon Him and He will answer and show you great and mighty things that you do not understand now (Jeremiah 33:3).

Here are some prayer prompts for drawing closer to our Best Friend during these lonely seasons.

Click for printable PDF: Prayers for the Lonely Seasons of Our Lives

Do you struggle with loneliness? What are some ways that Yahweh has brought you comfort?

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Devotional, Prayer Prompts & Guides

Proverbs 31 Prayers (and printables)

Proverbs 31:10-31

Let’s be honest–none of us are perfect.

Each of us fail to measure up to the idealistic Proverbs 31 woman.

But there are two ways to deal with this reality:

1) shrug it off, and keep living our lives the same way we always have;

2) seek the Father on our knees, asking Him to show us how we should live.

Striving to live like a Proverbs 31 woman will look different for each one of us (as we all have different personalities, talents, families, cultures, etc.). And yet there is unity in the fact that a woman who fears Yahweh is the one who is giving of her time, effort, finances, and emotions to see the Kingdom of God draw nearer to this broken earth.

Let’s be women who fear Yahweh.

Let’s get on our knees in prayer.

And then let’s rise up in action.

This printable can easily be used as a two week prayer guide.

As you pray each point, allow the heavenly Father to speak to your heart, showing you how to become the woman that He has called you to be to make a difference in this world for His glory.

Proverbs 31 Prayer Prompts

Click for printable PDF: Proverbs 31 Prayer Prompts

Proverbs 31 Prayer

Click for printable PDF:

Color–The Proverbs 31 Prayer
Grayscale–The Proverbs 31 Prayer

How can you serve in His kingdom today?

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Devotional, Prayer Prompts & Guides

Praying Through the Inborn Problem of Sin

Photo courtesy of Alexia Sommers
Photo courtesy of Alexia Sommers

Living like our Savior in a world that is tarnished by sin is not easy.

Ever since the day that we were born, we have been sinners, and we will never cease to sin until the day that we die. Sin is something that it is hard for some people to recognize and admit. And we all have secret sins  that we would prefer no one knew about. Sometimes our sin may not be a bad deed, but it may be neglecting something that we know we should do (James 4:17). But in order to become more like Christ and to grow in our relationship with Him, we have to address the problem of sin. We have to pray about sin on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. It’s important to remember that Jesus knows our hearts, and that we can come to Him in prayer even about our deepest, darkest secrets.

Here are some prayer prompts that I have put together to encourage us as we confess and forsake our sins and find mercy (Proverbs 28:13):

Prayer Prompts for Overcoming Sin

 

Click for printable PDF: Prayer Prompts for Overcoming Sin

As you pray through the points, remember to humble yourself and to come before the throne of the King of Kings in a broken spirit. Be ready to give yourself to the Lord again. Pray and feel the power of forgiveness as you “cast your cares upon the LORD” (Psalm 55:22).

What are some Bible verses that encourage you to avoid sin?

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