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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Guest Post: Praying for an Enduring Friendship

This post is shared with us by our friend Sarah. I can speak for both of us how blessed we are to call Sarah our friend. The testimony she shares truly points to our God who hears our prayers and blesses His children with sweet friendships.

Sarah shares…

Before high school, I attended “regular school”. That means I was always in contact with lots of people with close ages. But there, I would never find a true friend. Their thoughts were not pure, they were not Christ followers, and their friendship was not enduring. So as the Bible says:

“…In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6)

I prayed for months. I prayed for years.

My brother never attended “regular” school because he was homeschooled. So one day I thought of homeschooling too. I started to search on the internet for homeschooling things that could help me and then I opened an image with the title “homeschool jokes”.

I rarely do this, but this time I clicked the link beside the image and entered a blog called “Blog of Joy.” This click changed my life… FOREVER…

I read some of the posts and watched a funny video by Blimey Cow called “You might be a homeschooler if…”. But I still had my doubts. I wasn’t sure yet…Should I get out of school and start homeschooling?

I was tired of what I had to hear every day: bad words, nonsense, ideologies. I was tired of having to get out of the classroom when they would watch movies a Christian shouldn’t watch, and all of these things were leading me into depression.

One day I had a dream.

I dreamed I was in a bus that was taking people to high school. Then the bus stopped, and my classmates started to get off. A girl asked me: “Aren’t you going to get off the bus too?”  I answered her I wouldn’t, because I needed to take care of a sick girl.

I woke up the next morning with that dream still fresh in my head, but…

“WHO WAS THAT SICK GIRL I NEEDED TO TAKE CARE OF?”

I told my mom the dream I had had, and she just smiled and asked me: “Is there any sick girl  needing to be taken cared of?”

It was me.

I was sick. My soul was sick. And I would not go to school because I needed to take care of my heart.

After this, I started homeschooling. I created my blog called agulhanopalheirosarah.wordpress.com, and I searched for Joy’s blog again. I made a comment on one of her posts. She answered me, and we started to get in  touch by email, and chatting by Skype. We became friends. We became close friends. We became true and close friends.

Some time later, Joy talked to me about Peyton. And Peyton and I started talking on Skype too. We also became true and close friends.

This is the story of an enduring friendship.

I have not had yet the opportunity of giving Joy and Peyton a BIG HUG, but I love them with all of my heart. They are very special! They are a blessing, a gift from God, and an answer to a prayer. A prayer of years, a prayer from my heart.

~ About Sarah ~

Sarah Fernandes Wawginiaks is a  highschool homeschooler who worships the all-mighty God, loves her family, and despite the myths about socializing, has great friends. She loves reading good books, like the ones written by Janette Oke.

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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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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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