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Prayer for today
Before the resurrection, He was called the “Only Begotten Son”, after the resurrection He was referred to as the “First born”
Woot! Happy Easter
Praying is one of my very favorite things to do (in case you didn’t notice, I mention prayer 35 times in this article). Not only is prayer an incredible thing because of what it produces (answered prayers), it’s also something that is demonstrated all throughout the Bible.
Did you get that? All throughout scripture there are references to prayer and praying. We learn how to pray, what to pray, when to pray, and see numerous examples of prayers. These are all great places to start reading about prayer:
So we know that we’re supposed to pray but how do we put that into practice?
I’m definitely not an expert on prayer but I’m learning to make it a habit. I want to share seven strategies I’ve usedto make prayer a bigger part of my daily life. I’ve used each strategy at different times in my life and they’ve proved vital to making prayer a natural part of my day.
Set an alarm on your phone. I know you have a phone or an iPod or something that makes noise when you want it to. For about a year I set a daily alarm for prayer. In fact, I think during some months in that year, I had more than one alarm go off in my day. Each would have a different person’s name and I would take the time then to bring that person before God and lay down the burdens I knew were around them. Sometimes I prayed for their day and sometimes for their future. I covered things such as their school life, work life, relationships, family, health, and more. I would typically pray for one person a day for a month. Sometimes I would let them know I was praying for them but mostly I would just keep quiet about it. The prayers could be long or short – sometimes they would last a long time as I let the Holy Spirit lead my prayers and sometimes they would be a simple shout-out.
Pray through the book of Psalms. When I’ve taken time to pray through the Psalms, one Psalm at a time, I’m often amazed how often what I read is relevant to what I am feeling. It’s pretty cool. Each Psalm is easy to pray because it typically won’t be too lengthy (just wait until you get to Psalm 119 which is 176 verses long – I’d suggest that you break that one up into a couple days). I truly think the Psalms are beautiful.
Find a prayer friend. Whether you work full-time (meet on a coffee break or for an early morning breakfast), go to school (lunch break at school sounds like a great time), are a full-time Mommy (play-date time) or fall under a different category (just make time), there are many opportunities when you can find time to chat. Make it in person, meet over skype, meet on the phone, or meet via email. Find a friend who either already demonstrates a passion for prayer or desires to gain that passion. Start meeting up and praying together. Send texts to each other a few times a week or month to make sure that you’re constantly in prayer. The Bible tells us to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Having a friend who is praying for your prayer life will lead to answered prayers – because you’ll start praying! Hooray for that!
Make prayer associations (as in choose a place where prayer is going to happen every time you are there). For me, my car is definitely a place of prayer and worship. I sometimes dance to the radio as I drive, but most often when I drive by myself that time is Jesus time. You’ll find me either worshiping God through song, silence, or spoken prayer in my car. The same could be with you and your morning coffee, your afternoon drive home, your make-up routine, your baby’s diaper table; wherever or whatever you choose. I’ve personally been working on making my shower a place of prayer. I know that sounds odd but honestly, I want to live out the verses from 1 Thessalonians that I listed above – to pray without ceasing, even if I’m just washing my hair or shaving my legs.
Pray through the ABC’s. This is my current personal favorite. I love it. When I’m on a long drive or just need to fill some time I pray through the ABC’s. I start with A and move through to Z. I say the letter and let the Holy Spirit give me a word or phrase. Sometimes it’s silly. For example the letter “x” usually turns into “eXclamation marks” – thank you Lord that I have so many reasons in my life to use an “!” mark!!! Other times it’s a request. For example, when I get to the letter D I’ll pray for my Dad’s health, his marriage to my Mom, his continued renewal and passion in faith, and for Jesus to remain his joy, or whatever else comes to mind. The time is often spent laughing with Jesus as I sound out the letter, crying with Jesus as He brings things to mind, and laying down the burdens that surround my world. Sometimes I use this technique by only giving thanks for things—thank you Jesus for “J” jokes, “K” kindred spirit friends, “L” lots of reasons to have praise itself. You can use these techniques whichever way you like, but it’s a fun way to make sure you spend a solid amount of time in prayer.
Tell people you’ll pray for them – and then do it on the spot. This one is great. We all live busy lives so it can be hard to remember everything you’ve promised people you’ll pray for. However you can pray for them in the moment they mention needing prayer, and then ask God to bring them to mind. I’ve made it a habit to pray immediately for people. It makes it a lot easier to remember to pray for them later when I’ve already spoken words to Jesus for them.
Ask Jesus to help you. This one is a necessary part of prayer. Ask Jesus to help you love prayer. God always honors the requests of those who desire more of Him! He wants to be known by you:
“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24)
I hope these are helpful tools for you. Have any tips for the rest of us? Leave a comment!
Until next time,
As the slave is the sole property of his master, so we, having been bought by the precious blood of Christ are not our own. Heavenly Father, I am so pleased to belong to you. You are the best master in the whole universe who knows how to take care of every thing that belongs to you. My desire is to follow you all the days of my life. I know and believe that I am nothing without you and cannot mount up to any good thing without you. You are my all and will always be in Jesus’ Name.
A goddess is a woman who emerges from deep within herself. She is a woman who has honestly explored her darkness and learned to celebrate her light. She is a woman who is able to fall in love with the magnificent possibilities within her. She is a woman who knows of the magic and mysterious places inside her, the sacred places that can nurture her soul and make her whole. She is a woman who radiates light. She is magnetic. She walks into a room and male and female alike feel her presence. She has power and softness at the same time.
She has powerful sexual energy that’s not dependent on physical looks. She has a body that she adores and it shows by the way she comfortably lives and moves in it. She cherishes beauty, light and love. She is a mother to all children. She flows with life in effortless grace. She can heal with a look or a touch of the hand. She is fiercely sensual and fearlessly erotic and engages in sex as her way to share with another in touching the divine. She is compassion and wisdom. She is seeker of Truth and cares deeply about something bigger than herself. She is a woman who knows that her purpose in life is to reach higher and rule with love. She is woman in love with love.
She knows that joy is her destiny and by embracing it and sharing it with others, wounds are healed. She is a woman who has come to know that her partner is as tender, lost, and frightened as she has been at times. She has come to understand the scars of the boy in him and knows that together, love can be the relief, the healing of their wounds.
She is a woman who can accept herself as she is. She can accept another as they are. She is able to forgive her mistakes and not feel threatened by another’s even when attacked. She is a woman who can ask for help when she needs it or give help when asked. She respects boundaries, hers and another’s.
She can see God in another’s eyes.
She can see God in her own.
She can see God in every life situation.
She is woman who takes responsibility for everything she creates in her life.
She is a woman who is totally supportive and giving.
She is a Goddess.
Artist Rafael Espitia Perea (via tobespiritual)
Take the World
You know how some people sing in their quiet time with God? Or others will sit and listen? Not saying I don’t do either of these things but usually in my quiet time with God I’m writing. This morning on my drive back to Austin from Pensacola Florida, God dropped a few things in my spirit that I would like to share. So, I’m sitting in the car with my eyes closed and Christian music is playing and I can’t quite sleep, so I seek God. All of a sudden I see Him holding out a globe to me and He asked me, “will you take it?” I hesitate at this point before reaching out cautiously. God then pulled the globe away and said, “It’s yours only if you want it!” And this is why I’m writing this note. Instead of being your enthusiastic Christian and claiming the globe, I go into a string of excuses. I tell God that I’m like Moses. I’ll take the world but (the infamous ‘but’ right?) I’m timid and I get stage fright and well, I just wouldn’t be a very good mouthpiece, (go ahead and insert your excuse here lol). God is infinitely patient because love is patient but that doesn’t mean he won’t snap some sense into us at times. As I was giving Him these excuses, all of a sudden I felt my spirit man quicken within me and God was speaking directly to me. There is God the lover, and best friend, but there is also stern God full of compassion. I was dealing with the latter one. He spoke directly to my spirit and actually asked me a few questions. He asked me first, “did I not give Moses the words to say?” To which I could only reply, “Yes, Lord.” He asked me next, “did I not tell Moses what to do?” Once again I could only say, “Yes, Lord.” He asked me lastly, “did I not perform the words I directed Moses to speak?” I had to reply in the same manner, “Yes, Lord.” Then He held the globe back out to me saying, “I’m not asking you to do anything more than to live for me.” In the vision, I finally took the globe and felt the weight of it threaten to crush me until I felt God slip His hands under mine, still standing in front of me, and He just smiled. With God helping me hold up the globe, it felt weightless. Then bam, the vision ended and I opened my laptop and began to write what is still being dropped into my spirit. God is holding out the world to all of us as believers and is asking us to reach out and take it! We are called to be witnesses to all nations; which translates to being witnesses to all people. You don’t necessarily have to go to another country to be a witness unto the nations. The neighbor that doesn’t know God to your right and left represents a nation still left unreached. I believe that when the word that leaves the mouth of prophets goes out that says, the gospel will be preached to every nation, that just means that the gospel will be preached to every person!!! No one person can reach the “nations.” It will take all of us answering the call to take the globe and live our lives for God. When He told me that was all he required of me, I realized what he meant. He meant to remind me what I’ve heard my mom preach and many pastors’ preach; he meant to remind me that by living for Christ we live in his ability! As Paul said, for me to live is Christ. So if man’s ability can achieve it, then it is not God inspired. His plans always require supernatural power or the superability to achieve. So when you feed God excuses, you’re not looking to the right person! You’re looking at your natural ability when all God is asking of you is for you to trust Him and live for Him; relying on his superability. With God living in you and THROUGH you, you can be a modern day superhero working in the supernatural backed by superability!!!! Hahahaha! Thank you so much God for waking me up to this! So gooood! Wooo!
Lately my heart’s prayer has been centered around God’s will for my life and trusting Him with it. I’m learning that God has a unique plan and destiny for everyone. So rather than envy others, I’m learning to pray for them, wish them the best, and wholeheartedly be happy for them as they walk into their destiny. The key here is understanding that though they may be doing something you’ve always wanted to do or you deem “great “, God has a unique greatness set aside for only you to achieve. It may seem some people are living your vision; like God has favored others and has placed your aspirations to the side. Not true. The truth is: they’re not even close to living your vision! The reality of your vision lies in the unique way only you can accomplish it! No two person will ever travel the world in the same way, for example. You only serve to limit the scope of your vision when you view it through the lens of another. You forget to factor in the influences your creativity, viewpoint, talents, etc will have in not only shaping your vision, but in fulfilling it. The hiatus you feel you are in when your vision is so out of reach, could simply be the time you need to prepare for it! The road before you get to where you need to be may be long but God will give you the grace to endure and happiness will follow you all the way through. I’ve realized that regardless of how long it may take, I want to achieve the vision that God has burdened my heart with. Nothing else matters. And in this time of waiting, I want to go ahead and prove myself faithful over little so that I may be blessed with so much more. The period of time when your vision is not yet tangible is the best time to prove yourself! You must prove your faithfulness to God but also your capabilities to yourself! Sometimes, you don’t even know what you’re made of! Everything that makes us who we are and has been invested in us (experiences, talents, background, etc ) are not accidents and are indeed key components to fulfilling our destiny. So basically I said all that to say: don’t envy others! What they’re doing is not what you were meant to, otherwise you would be doing it. Instead, realize God has a unique pathway for only your feet to tread; and if that path is long He will not fail to sustain you. If you have no clue what you’re destined for, just remember to never forsake your passion; because therein lies your destiny. Keep doing what you love to do and seek God to reveal the rest. In the end though, He’ll have you doing what only YOU can do!!! And that is the GREATNESS of our GOD! You are special enough to Him for Him to spend some time coming up with a unique plan and purpose for you that He knows you will truly love!
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