Monday, April 25, 2011

"PRAYER"

Prayer is so important. I have a heavy heart for a friend that is going through a very tough time and is constantly on my mind and in my prayers. Even though I pray without ceasing, it appears to us that things are not happening in the best interest for my friend or her family. So I began to question myself on the way I am praying. In my lifetime and through my experiences, I have always partnered with God and I have seen his work. I know He listens to me and does what is best for me.
When I pray for a friend I begin by praying that she is a child of God and her heart belongs to God, therefore I know that God is hearing her prayers also.  Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me…….my sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand”.
I pray the same for my friend as I pray for myself, that they will become the person God wants them to be. I pray for them to enjoy the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) from Galatians 5:22.
I pray for God to break the sins and strongholds that have taken root in all of our lives. I think we often forget that we must completely give our lives over to the Lord. When we allow sin in our lives, we have to face the consequences of those sins. Please don’t misunderstand me; I am not saying that every tough situation is a result of sin in our lives.
I pray that we all learn to trust God in every circumstance and every situation. I pray against discouragement and depression. I pray that the faith we have will not fail and I pray for physical, emotional and spiritual strength will prevail as well as a time for rest.
I pray Phil 4:8 that they we will think on things that are true, honorable, right, and admirable and “walk the talk”! What a person thinks about affects them for good or evil. None of us are ever too old to learn, therefore I pray for a teachable spirit and wisdom.
Last but not least, I pray for us to trust and have faith that God will see you through. Pray regularly, thanking God for the blessings we do have while seeking guidance through the current situation. Pray for the right decision to make and the right path to take. This will lead you to better serve the Lord.
Remember, God tells us to give our concerns to him. Even as the situation remains dismal, "Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you."  The circumstances may look out of control, but they aren't. When the whole world seems to be falling apart, God can keep us together. This is when a person can be very grateful that they know God. “The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  God may provide solutions, resolutions to the problem WAY beyond what you imagined possible. Even if the circumstances do not improve, God can still give us his peace in the midst of it. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."
It is at this point (when circumstances are still tough) that God asks us to continue to trust him -- to "walk by faith, not by sight" the Bible says. But it's not blind faith. It is based on the very character of God.

Love and prayers!
Kelly

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