I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
I have been reading “Prodigal God” and it is very good at drilling home that we all need a Savior. The man on death row is no more a sinner than the man who has hate in his heart. The woman who “works at night” is no more a sinner than the woman who lied. Many of us know this, but how often do we truly believe it? Do you know that you are as much a sinner as the people you judge? Do you know, really know, that nothing you do will get you into Heaven? Do you know that the person on this earth that you despise is a child of God? We need to put our judgments away, we need to repent of our own sins, we need to pray for EVERY soul on this earth to change for Him. And more than anything else, we need to trust Him, our Savior, our Lord, the Creator. Our lives will be filled with joys and trials, but our life is the tiniest blip compared to eternity. And He is waiting for us, all we have to do is knock.
The moment is now. Don’t let it pass you. Everywhere around me I see family, friends, loved ones and strangers…all people getting hit hard by “life.” These may just be the birthing pains that are the mere beginning of the end of the world to come. Or they could be more. Why take the chance? No matter what, we know this life is not forever. Now is the time to have that conversation you have been putting off, ask for forgiveness, give forgiveness, pass on memories, pass on legacies and most importantly have a one on one conversation with your Lord and Savior. Ask Him to guide you, lead you, forgive you. Ask Him to live in your heart. Give yourself to Him for eternity.
I am a prayer warrior. I don’t say that to pat myself on the back or to condescend myself that I can’t do it on my own. I say it because I cannot do anything on my own. I am nothing without Christ. And because He loves me, He asks me to pray and bring myself to Him each day; to leave my heartaches, my sorrows, my joys, my triumphs, my everything at the cross. It is all His already, it is just for me to let go and give back to Him.
Jesus Himself spent a great deal of time in prayer. Jesus tells us throughout the Bible to pray, to come to Him, to ask in His name.
He doesn’t promise us sports cars and diamond rings. He doesn’t promise us that life will go on the way we want it to simply because we pray. He does promise He will walk through life with us, share in the joys and carry us through the sorrows. And, He does promise that if we pray in His name according to His will, our prayers will be answered positively. My husband and I have been greatly blessed to see Him answer our prayers with a resounding yes in terms of our children’s health before they were born. We have also been blessed when the answer was not the one we wanted and He carried us through the pain.
Even if His answer is “no”, “not yet” or “not in this way” it doesn’t mean His love is any less. Rather, His love is more. He knows the final outcome, knows the plan, knows the hurt and lives through all of it with us. Each time we pray, we come closer to our Lord and Savior. Even if your prayers begin with one word, just His name, each time you come to His feet, you will grow closer and He will guide you more. I encourage each of you to ask Him today to help you to pray more and more each day and thank Him for listening, for being and for loving.
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
1 John 3:21-22
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 1:5-8 KJV