Good morning all-
Today I want to really encourage you to send in your prayers. I have a burden for God's people and I really want to be able to pray for women all over the world. It seems to me that we need prayer now, more than any other time in History. We are becoming creatures of our own doing and in doing so we lose Christ. I love to hear from you and it blesses me, but more than that, I want to pray for your needs.
Prayer is an essential part of my life. I find myself praying at work, praying on my ride home, praying when I get a message and of course, praying when life just isn't going my way. The message today is pray, pray, pray without ceasing.
Most people don't understand why this is so important. Reading and understanding the Bible is sometimes more important to people then getting on our knees and praying. During Jesus's time there wasn't a Bible at hand. He was the word and that word went to a desert, climbed a mountain and secluded Himself on a regular basis to be one with His Father. How did He do that? By praying. He taught His disciples to pray for the multitudes, to pray with the Gentiles, to walk miles and pray for the lost, the hungry, the broken and the leper. He didn't differentiate between the ones He thought were good, they were to pray without ceasing and help the lost find Him.
All through the Bible, we see great warriors of God praying. Sometimes they ranted, cried, asked questions, and sometimes they saw Him in dreams. But however people communicated with God, they eventually ended up praying.
If prayer is not a staple in your day then you haven't given Christ His due. Basically, you have run around in a religion and forgotten the key component of Christianity which is relationship. You may know Scripture better than I do. You might have studied theology and be able to tell me the principles behind a certain religion but if you don't pray and work on your relationship with Jesus, all the knowledge in the world is useless.
You must connect with the Spirit in order to know the King. You must put Him first in Your day and ask Him to lead You. You must give up religion for a relationship. I have known a lot of religious people and the religion wraps them in pride. But those that pray, and seek only One, you will find in their heart lies the secret to life. For as you pray, Christ becomes one in you. He abides in you and you begin to have His heart. Your sins are still there but you know them and you repent of them and that's what we are called to do.
Would I love to be an expert at the Bible? Absolutely. But at the end of the day, I want people to see my relationship with Jesus. People respond to hope, joy and love. All three of these are within Christ. We need it to sustain life and without it we are nothing. So take some time today and pray. Pray for yourself or even better pray for someone else. You'll be surprised at how much empathy you have for another person the minute you quit praying. Part of trusting someone is being in relationship with them. If you aren't in relationship, how will you ever trust? Something to chew on today ladies!
May God bless you and keep you all of your days. Your hits to this blog are my inspiration and I hope that today you become closer to God and to me through prayer. I can't see your face but I can feel your spirit every time I type a word. Be faithful to yourself and shred the cloak of religion. Become one with Jesus by stepping into His Holy space and praying for your families, your countries and the world. It's amazing how one heart can expand to love the world. Jesus did!
Proverbs 15:29 NIV:
The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Luke 22:45 NIV:
When He rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, He found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, most high. I come before You today asking You to help the ladies that read this blog. Give them a passion for prayer and help them understand what it means to be in relationship to You. We were given the keys to Heaven when You died on that cross but there are so many different religions and ways of thinking. The more I ponder it; I realize that we must be committed to not only reading the Word but meditating on it. We must take that knowledge and put it into prayer. We must seize today and become closer to You by spending time with You. We are what we spend time on. I can tell You that 80% of my time revolves around my career, family and friends. Some times I'm ashamed of that because I know I need to spend more time with You. My time with You is precious. It happens in the shower, when I'm cooking, driving home from work, in a grocery store and in my work environment. Basically, every time I step toward prayer I see You in a mighty way. Help me today to put more time back into You. Help the women of this blog get closer to You by putting You in the captains chair. We must find time, somewhere in our day to praise You and to thank You. May You provide that time for us so that we can become closer to You. Thank You for every moment You give me and for every time I've needed You. But most of all, thank You for being my Father, my Friend, my Comforter. In Jesus name. AMEN