My family and I pray together as a family in the morning before we our home. We also pray before meals and sometimes before bed but not as much as we should. I have this view on what a perfect prayer life should look like but don’t always put it into practice. I’m going to make it a personal goal today to present an all in prayer challenge to my family. We are going to pray constantly in all circumstances whether things affect us in a positive or negative manner. Anytime anyone talks to us we will ask if we can have prayer at the end of the conversation. 1st Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I used to only pray when things were going wrong and I needed a helping hand up. In this verse however it is asking us to pray in “ALL”, circumstances not just the bad times. We should be praising God especially when things are going well. Sometimes I just expect God to do these good things for me and I don’t end up telling him thank you enough. I don’t want to just challenge my family but you as well. Go out and be the best prayer warriors that God has called us to be! Even if you think that you are not great at praying do it anyways because practice makes perfect. I get compliments on my prayers quite often but I always feel like there’s room for improvement. The best way to advance in your prayer life is to ask the Holy Spirit what to pray for and how to pray, believe me he will give you the words. If you’d like to be better at praying for yourself and others then please join me in this morning’s prayer. Dear heavenly father thank you for yet another beautiful day. Thank you for the opportunity that we have to just roll out of bed and take the breath of Life. Lord we give you all of our struggles worries fears and burdens today unloading our yoke for your yoke giving us a lighter load that way we can go out and help others without any restrictions. Touch your minds and our lips today when we speak please let it be the Holy Spirit speaking through us. Nudges and influences on what to say in these perfect moments. In Jesus precious name amen!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
As you receive the Spirit of Christ—the Spirit of unselfish love and labor for others—you will grow and bring forth fruit. The graces of the Spirit will ripen in your character. Your faith will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made perfect. More and more you will reflect the likeness of Christ in all that is pure, noble, and lovely. . . . This fruit can never perish, but will produce after its kind a harvest unto eternal life. – Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 67-68
As you walk intimately with Jesus, may faith feel as natural to you as breathing in and out. Pause throughout the weekend to look at the sky, notice a child, or help someone in need. Remember that you belong to Creator God. He made you for a purpose and placed you on the earth for such a time as this. Be selective about what you allow into your soul. Be more careful with the thoughts that seek to take up residence in your brain. Understand the wisdom of guarding your heart and renewing your mind. It’ll change your life. Breathe in God’s promises and breathe out His Word. Rehearse His goodness. And remember your worth. You are His masterpiece. Walk with joyful, humble, bold confidence today. susielarson.com
Ephesians 2:10 NLT ~ For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.
The Bible is full of hope. It contains everything we need. The good news of salvation is clearly presented to the reader. But all these wonderful elements of the Word are of no use if they are not moving from our mind to our heart and into our actions. Taking hold of the promises in the Word will enable you to put into practice what is written. This process can be painful at times, but rest assured, it is for your benefit and will lead to an ever-deepening appreciation of your Friend Jesus and His Truth. Is it your desire, today, to let God’s word penetrate your heart, cut out what is destroying you, and heal your life
My family and I were helping to clean a friend’s place one day. It took us about 2 hours and went quickly until Ginger, “my wife,” came into the room I was cleaning to tell me something. She said to me that our daughter had had an accident, one that involved dirty britches. Lily, ” our daughter,” said to her that her stomach was hurting, and we figured after the job, we would go and give her some tummy medicine. Ginger said that Lily was very embarrassed and didn’t want me to know about it. My wife just wanted me to go home, grab a change of clothes for her and come back. Ginger had left the room, and I started thinking about the situation.
My daughter would see me going because she was in the front room and would start questioning why I was leaving. She would also beg to come with me. Instead, I called Lily, saying, “Hurry, come here”! Lily came bursting into the room saying,” What’s the matter, Daddy”! I told her that I had an accident, that I didn’t want her to tell Mommy, and that I needed to go home to get some new shorts. As soon as she heard this, she looked worried on her face. She told me, “let me see daddy,” and tried to look behind me. Instead, I kept saying,” I’m embarrassed I don’t want to show you”! Lily told me,” It will be okay, Daddy. I had an accident too, and that accidents happened. Then I told her that I would run home and grab some new shorts, and for her as well. We would then be okay. It choked me up a bit, however, knowing that I was trying to help my daughter, and she, in turn, helped me with a kind, loving heart. It reminds me of a couple of different scriptures. One is John 13:34, A new command I give you love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. The other is Ephesians 4:2. Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. Many other scriptures support the story that I have shared with you. The importance, however, is that we show empathy and compassion towards one another. We want God to love us every second of every day. Should we not do the same for others who want that same Love. Every morning, we should place all of our worries, struggles, and fears at Jesus’s feet and ask how we can love others the same way He loves us.
Dear heavenly Father, we come to you this morning and lay all our struggles, worries, and fears at your feet. Giving us a clean slate for the day to go out and help others. Show us how to break our hardened hearts and show others love today. In Jesus’ precious name, amen!
I pray for everyone that is sick, physically, mentally, and spiritually. May God give us strength for today as He Floods our souls with peace, joy, and love. Each day is one day closer for Jesus to return. No pain, No sickness, no sorrow for all eternity. Amen
It can be extremely hard for someone who is going through something embarrassing or traumatic to come and speak to someone about how they are feeling. In some cases, they are too ashamed to share what they are going through. They will bottle it up and act out in anger or fall into a deep depression that never fixes anything. In some cases, it will lead to a miserable life or even death. Being in and out of recovery homes dealing with drugs and alcohol, I’ve heard many stories, and opening my ears to listen to and feel what these people are going through truly helps me understand them better. I have friends that love to speak before you even get your story entirely out. Ones that force their opinions on you, telling you how exactly to fix your problems because it worked for them, and other friends that pretend to listen, but you can tell they’d rather be anywhere else, but there is that moment. There are friends also that pretend to listen, just nodding their heads and saying “uh-huh,” “yeah,” and “wow.” The coolest ones and ones that genuinely care about you, however, are ones that, when you look into their eyes, are filled with compassion and empathy. They are following along with the story and maybe ask questions along the way to understand your situation better, but mainly just sitting quietly absorbing everything. They will most often cry during the story’s telling or at the end, at least in my case. They will also wait, on occasion, after the story to respond as if waiting for the Holy Spirit to give them what needs to be said instead of quickly providing an answer to hear themselves speak. It can be hard to find these people but they are well worth the wait.
I have three friends now who have this remarkable gift, but it took me a long while to find these loving people. If you feel like no one cares, pray. Ask God to place that particular person in your life that has a genuine heart and will listen first. DON’T GIVE UP!!!! I know that it hurts waiting, but don’t give up. In the meantime, talk to God and ask different questions about your situation. Come at prayer another way than usual. Instead of asking God to remove your anger, ask if He will place some happiness in your life. God bless you all in your journey.
I want to be that kind of friend to people. Help me share the love, compassion, and kindness of your Son Jesus with the world. As the Holy Spirit leads me to listen, pray, and wait until the Holy Spirit tells me to speak, I will be helping others to find you. Our God that heals our physical bodies and our spiritual walk with you. Thank you, Lord, as the song say’s; to be like Jesus, on earth I long to be like him. I ask to be more like Him. in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
1 John 1:5-10 KJV