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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
When reading through the Book of Acts a month or so ago, I came across this prayer. It was an encouragement to me because of the way that the early believers were so bold in their faith. It is a blessing to know that we can still be emboldened by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel and speak the name of Christ.
Being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.When they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:Who by the mouth of your servant David had said, ‘Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.’ For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.Now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. (Acts 4:23-30 KJV)
Let’s pray for boldness to proclaim the Word of God.
A Prayer for Boldness (based on Acts chapter 4)
You are Yahweh, and You made heaven and earth. You made the sea and everything in it. Grant Your servant boldness that I may speak Your word, that these things will be done by the name of Yeshua!
Whatever you are facing this week, we pray that this prayer guide shared by our friend Katie will be an encouragement to you to seek refuge in the One who is faithful. While most of us are not facing literal “lions and cobras” as Psalm 91 mentioned, we each face spiritual battles in our lives that only God can help us overcome.
Katie is a young woman who loves God and seeks to love Him more. God has been very real to Katie through challenges and victories, hard times and easy times, sickness, and health. She feels a vivid desire to help others who have struggled or who are going through struggles, to share the knowledge God has provided her. She wishes to share the message of a God Who redeems the hard times in our lives, Who turns the pain into beauty, Who takes the weak and upholds them in His grace. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her family’s ministry website www.SearchingForZebras.com
In the book of 1 Timothy, we are told to pray for our leaders:
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Prayer is a way that we can make a difference in our country.
It might seem like our prayers don’t matter when it comes to praying for well-known leaders, but we know that the “effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16b). Instead of complaining or becoming discouraged, we can choose to pray to the One who is most high over all the earth, and cast our cares upon Him (1 Peter 1:5).
President Trump needs us Christians to pray for him.
Having to make decisions for an entire country is not an easy job. We need to pray that President Trump will have wisdom (Proverbs 3:13) and will surround himself with counselors (Proverbs 15:22).
Here are ten prayers from the book of Proverbs to pray for our president:
It takes choices. It takes faith. It takes abiding in Yeshua (Jesus).
Our busy schedules try to stifle it. Distractions hinder it. Sometimes even when we’ve set aside time to sit in God’s presence, our minds start drifting in other directions, and minutes later we realize that we’ve hardly even said a word to Him or listened to what He’s trying to show us.
I’ve been there. There are times when I feel my prayer life struggling, and times when it feels so alive. The good news is that every day we have a choice, and every year is a new start.
Here are some ideas to encourage your prayer life this year:
Listen to Music
Most worship songs are prayer put to music. When we praise God, it welcomes His presence into our everyday lives. Scrubbing baseboards, cooking dinner, or driving to town can become times of worship, so turn that music up.
Keep a Prayer Journal
Keeping a prayer journal can help you stay focused while praying. When I write a prayer to my heavenly Father, it’s often more reverent, thoughtful, and focused than when I say it. Plus, if you’re crazy about starting journals (like I am), this is yet another excuse to get a cute notebook (T.J. Maxx, y’all).
So often the minutes of free time in our days are twiddled away, but they can be wonderful opportunities to take a break and rest in God’s presence. Do you have a few minutes to spare because you’re ready to leave the house early? (Confession: that doesn’t happen with me.) Do you have ten minutes of free time while the cookies are baking, or a minute before your toddler calls for you again? Each of these minutes are gifts from the Father.
Find a Prayer Partner
Prayer doesn’t have to be a lonely thing. Perhaps there’s a prayer group you could join, or maybe you have a friend who would like to commit to a regular time of prayer together (whether in person or on the phone). Can’t think of a prayer partner? Pray for one. If it’s God’s desire, He’ll bring along someone who will join you in prayer. Not only will this bring accountability and focus to your prayer life, it can strengthen a friendship in a special way as you seek His face together. Which leads us to…
Pray with Friends
After a chat on the phone or an afternoon spent with friends, prayer is a great way to close your time spent together. Also, if something comes up in your conversation that needs prayer, volunteer to pray right on the spot. It’s amazing the comfort and strength we can receive from God in those times. It might seem awkward at first, but I’ve found that it means a lot to friends.
Set a reminder on your phone to pray at a certain time of the day, or place sticky notes around your home. Also, when you think of someone, pray for them. This is a great way to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Use Prayer Guides
Not only will prayer guides give you inspiration, they can also help you stay committed to daily prayer. What are you wanting to pray more about? There are quite a few prayer guides online that might be just what you were looking for. (You can also check out our “Resources & Reviews” page for a collection of prayer guides and inspiration.)
What are some more ways to focus on prayer this year?