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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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When You Don’t Have Words to Say

Maybe you don’t have words to say to God today.

Maybe everything’s been falling apart lately.

Maybe you’re at a defining moment in your life, choosing between following Him or following the world.

Maybe you’re desperate.

Whatever it is you’re facing, I want to encourage you today.

You’re not alone.

Your Creator sees you where you are, and sees your future. There’s a beautiful promise in Psalm 9:10 that says, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

You can place your heart in His hands, knowing that He is a loving Father who will carry you through.

Your prayers don’t need to be elegant. The Bible actually warns us about vain repetition in Matthew 6:7. Your prayers can be as simple as, “Yahweh I need You. I want to trust You. Please help me.”

These three simple sentences, when spoken in honesty, reach a God that’s far bigger, far stronger, and far more capable of bringing you peace than anyone or anything else.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

Today, let’s hold onto the peace of knowing that there is no one more powerful and no one more loving than our heavenly Father.

Let’s let our prayers be honest, simple, and heartfelt–even if they’re short.

Today let’s hang onto Him.

You see my anxious heart
You see what I am feeling
And when I fall apart
You are there to hold me
How great Your love for me
Now I see what You’re thinking
You say I’m beautiful
Your voice is my healing

Without You I just can’t get by
So I’m

Hanging on to every word You speak
‘Cause it’s all that I need
Hanging on to every word You say
To light up my way
Even every little whisper I’m
Hanging on as if it were my life
I’m hanging on

~”Hanging On” by Britt Nicole

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Praying to Become a Berean

What is a Berean and why on earth would I want to become one?

Are these your thoughts after reading the title? I felt the same way years ago. Who are the Bereans? Well, they are some people mentioned in the book of Acts. They were known for searching the Scriptures daily to find out if what other believers were saying was true.

And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. (Acts 17:10-12)

Searching the Scriptures like the Bereans should be one of our goals.

When we hear the Word from someone, are we looking to see if what they say is true? Wouldn’t you like to be known for searching the Scriptures daily to know the truth? The Bereans were faithful and received the Word of Yahweh gladly! This is what we should be doing each day. Are we receiving the Word of Yahweh gladly and with all readiness?

Here is a prayer to guide you as you seek to become a Berean:

Yahweh, may I be open to receiving your Word with gladness and all readiness. Open my eyes to see the truth of your Word. When others speak, may I check their words with your infallible Word. Remind me to search the Scriptures daily and to find the Truth. Don’t let me become caught up in something that is not in line with your Word. May I become like the Bereans and seek to follow you and read your Word each day. Amen.

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A Prayer to See Life Through God’s Eyes

The other day, I was singing along to the song “Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath. I’ve listened to it many times over the years, but this time, I was struck by how powerful a prayer it is.

Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing,
Give your love for humanity.
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten.
Give me Your eyes so I can see.

This kind of a prayer can change your life.

It’s dangerous, but in the best kind of way, because it’ll break you free from the bondage of a man’s view and show you God’s view. It’s hard to pray that kind of prayer, but it’s liberating at the same time. It’s the kind of prayer that’ll make you take crazy leaps of faith, and trudge through lonely valleys just to love Him and love others as yourself.

Because the truth is that His love is so much greater than mine.

I must die to my earthly desires for Him to make me more like Him–more like love.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Please give me that love, Yahweh.

Dear God, give me your eyes so I can see. Give me your love for humanity. Give me your arms for the broken-hearted, the ones that are far beyond my reach. Give me your heart for the ones forgotten. Give me your eyes so I can see.

 

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10 Prayers for While You’re Waiting (+ printable)

Sometimes Yahweh places us in seasons of waiting, and it’s not easy.

I have childhood memories of waiting on my father to get home from trips. I would lay in bed wishing that he was home or that I was with him. Sometimes I would even stand at the door of our house waiting for him to arrive. When he finally returned, I would run outside and my father would pick me up and give me a big hug. Ah! My waiting was over.

As the years go by, we continue to wait for things.

Maybe you are waiting to hear from someone or waiting for a job to open up. I have waited on many answers to prayers. Waiting is hard and even causes the heart to long for and wish for things that may or may not ever come to fruition.

Waiting is something that people in the Bible had to do as well.

Waiting has been around since the beginning of time. Even before sin entered the world, Adam had to wait for Eve. Later, Abraham had to wait for Isaac. Moses had to wait eighty years before Yahweh used him to lead the Israelites. David had to wait to become king of Israel, Israel had to wait for the Messiah, and we are waiting for the return of the Messiah.

Here are some prayers that I hope will guide you through this season of your life.

Click for printable PDF:
10 Prayers for While You’re Waiting

 

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Where Are My Treasures?

Photo courtesy of Jay Williams

Recently my family has been cleaning out my Grandmother’s house. As I went through the attic and pulled out boxes and boxes of interesting items, I begin to think about treasures. These items were once someone’s treasures. Maybe someone’s mother made the dress I hold in my hands. I wonder if they cherished this dress for a certain reason. The person is no longer alive. The items were left in memoriam, and I am the one finding them.

This caused me to think of my treasures.

Are my treasures here on this earth or in heaven? Thinking about this brought reality. As Christians we should gather up our treasures in heaven and not here on earth.

Below is a prayer that I was encouraged to write after thinking about my treasures.

Where Are My Treasures?
(prayer inspired by Matthew 5:19-26)

Yahweh, remind me that my treasures are not here on this earth, but are with You in Heaven. May my heart be with You and not with my earthly treasures. Help me to follow You with my whole heart and to be filled with light. I don’t want to be full of darkness. Show me the difference, so that I can be aware of it. I want to follow You, Yahweh, and not anyone else. Open my eyes to see when I am following the world. May You teach me to serve You with all my heart. Help me to trust You and to not focus on the things that I may not have. Remind me that You do care about me. Thank You for being my Lord and Savior. Amen!

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The Prayer That Is Accepted

In Luke chapter 18 we find a powerful parable of two men praying.

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14)

Which payer is accepted?

Today let’s admit who we are, and how desperate we are for Him.

 

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Speeding Through Prayer

As much as I hate to admit it, I rarely follow the speed limit.

While driving down a certain road close to my house, every time I see a speed limit sign, I have to remind myself to slow down. It is just natural to cruise down the road 10 or 15 miles per hour faster than I should. Seeing a policeman causes my heart to skip a beat and push the breaks quite hard.

Sometimes I feel as if my prayer life is the same way; I’m just cruising through my prayers to finish and then move on with the day.

My speeding prayer habit is even harder to break. Finding time to pray and focus is not easy in this season of my life. Sometimes I wonder how much more could be added to my daily life before I fall apart. Then I remind myself that prayer is what keeps me together and keeps me going. If I carve out time to bask in the presence of Yahweh, then I have a better day. Prayer is something that I should spend more time doing and less time speeding through.

Spending time with the Creator should be more than first priority in our lives– it should be our lives.

Speeding through prayer can become disrespectful to Yahweh. It is as if there are things in our lives more important than prayer and spending time with Him. Every aspect of our lives should be focused on Yahweh. I am reminded of the verse that says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). In other words, our daily lives are important to Yahweh and he cares for us as His children.

Let’s spend more time in prayer and less time focusing on ourselves or our to-do list.

Our to-do list shouldn’t have priority over what the LORD may have in store for us this day. As I try to obey the speed limit, I will also try to pray with a more focused spirit.

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Praying Through Anxiety & Fear (+ printable prayer guide)

Fear is a hard thing to battle.

Each of us faces it. Sometimes it’s worry, and sometimes it’s full blown anxiety.

When fear is attacking our hearts, where can we turn?

Who can bring us peace more than the Prince of Peace?

Where can we find sweeter words of comfort than the Word of God?

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

His words are powerful.

And when we look to His words, we see His character. We see how He is a good Father who loves His children. There is a beautiful quote that goes, “It’s not how much faith you have that matters, but Who your faith is in.”

If your faith is in Yahweh, the Maker of the heavens and earth, you can rest in knowing that He is with you no matter what.

As long as we live in this fallen world, we will battle with fear, doubt, and sin. But the good news is that we are overcomers. The battle does not define us. As children of God, He lets us run to His open arms for refuge in the storm.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)

These Bible verse-inspired prayers bring such comfort to my heart, and I pray that they will encourage you today as well:

Click for printable PDF:
Praying Through Anxiety & Fear

 

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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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