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.
Recently, I have been struggling with trusting Yahweh with my future.
It had been a subtle underlying thing that I had, for the most part, ignored. Most of it seemed so innocent. Maybe a thought here, or a dream there. None of that is wrong, but I had continually dwelt on that thought or that dream. I had “chewed” on it too long. I had chewed on it so long that it was nasty, but I didn’t want to spit it out. I wanted to keep those thoughts and those dreams.
It was the battle for the flesh. My flesh was winning–every time–and I wanted to stop it.
I tried everything that I could think of to stop it. I verbally talked to myself saying, “Peyton! What do you think you are doing? You must stop this!” I also put my hands into fists and beat the air. Nothing seemed to be working! I was frustrated and wanted answers. Why could I not STOP? I was angry inside, and sometimes that anger was displayed toward my family members. That frustrated me even more.
Finally one morning, I sat down to read my Bible and my hand moved to my journal.
I knew it was time to get things straight with Yahweh. I began to write:
“Sometimes it is hard to trust God and what He has in store for me. I don’t know what the next year holds and where He’ll lead me, but I need to trust Him with all my heart. It seems the struggle gets harder at times, and at other times I don’t have a struggle at all.”
Then I wrote the words I’d resisted:
“Yahweh, I surrender my future to you. Pry it out of my hands and keep it from my reach. Help me to live for today!….Let each moment be for Your glory. Satisfy my heart with Your presence. Strengthen my faith….Yahweh, I want to lay it all down again. I have taken some things back and tried to do them my own way. Please forgive me…..May today be a day that I start a new journey. I am nineteen years old and I start anew and afresh. I desire You, Yahweh, and none other. Make Your path clear for me in Your timing. Help me to trust Your timing.”
From that morning on, I have surrendered all.
Surrender never happens once and then it is over with. We have to daily surrender to Yahweh. May each of us grow closer to the Creator and surrender our lives to Him. We cannot surrender alone and we cannot stop things on our own. We need Yahweh to get us through.
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!
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:
My family has always been a “together family.” If Mom goes grocery shopping, we all go along. It is just the way we have always done things.
About three years ago, we added another member to my family’s everyday life.
Not a child, as you would think, but my grandmother. I remember thinking about how much fun it would be to have my grandmother living with us. She could make delicious meals for us, go with us on family outings, and share her knowledge about life with us. A few weeks after she moved in, we realized that space was a major issue. All of us felt cramped.
As a family, we began to pray for guidance.
We felt as if Yahweh was calling us to move to a bigger house with my grandmother, but months passed, and it seemed impossible to find a house that would match our needs. Finally we found a house that was workable, but six months after moving in, we were getting cramped again. It was becoming frustrating. Grandmother didn’t seem to fit into our family any more. It brought tears to our eyes and frustration to our prayers. As much as we prayed, there was never a definite answer. We were divided over what we should do.
At several points on the journey, I got mad at God.
I didn’t understand why He had divided my family and why things like that had to happen. I stopped praying and started blaming. But slowly I began to pray again, and my attitude changed. The situation was the same, but my heart was being molded by the Almighty! He turned my life back to prayer, and in His timing, He answered our prayers.
Prayer brings us closer to God.
You may not have a situation like mine, but no matter how big or small the circumstances are, Yahweh is always there for you!
When was a time that prayer changed your attitude?
P.S. Revelation 12:11 shares that one of the ways to overcome is by the word of our testimony. Sharing our testimonies of answered prayer is a powerful reminder to us and to others of how our God is faithful. Do you have a prayer testimony you feel led to share in a blog post? Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Father, help me to remain unspotted from the world. Don’t let me become entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Guard my heart with all diligence, and keep me from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. I want to please You, Father, not men. Take away my fleshly desires to be friends with this world, and place in me desires to follow after You. Father, I no longer want to be conformed to this world. I want to be transformed to do Your will. I want to be a city that is set on a hill and cannot be hid. No longer do I want to serve man. I want to serve you, Father. Help me to enter the narrow gate that leads to life. Remind me daily to take up my cross and to follow you, no matter what that cross may be. Grow me closer to you each day and take away the foolishness that is considered wisdom by the world. Thank You for answering prayer and leading me closer to You. You are truly my strength when I am weak. May I bring glory and honor to Your name by being unspotted by the world. In Jesus’ name, amen!
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.
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):
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?