I am convicted as I type this, as I know that I do not spend enough time in serious prayer with the Lord. I do feel like I am in communication with Him throughout the day, but I need to fall at His feel, give Him my life, and praise Him continuously in prayer. I need to know that He already knows my prayers, my wants, my needs before I come to Him and I need to pray His will be done and trust that He knows better than I.
How about you? How are you in your prayer life? Rev. Billy Graham (my father in law sent me the whole article that you can check out http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/michael-w-chapman/rev-billy-graham-america-just-wicked-sodom-and-gomorrah-ever-were) recently said, “I tell you, history could be altered and changed again if people went to their knees in believing prayer.”
How often do we believe that God will answer prayer? How often to we truly trust Him to do His will, which may not be what we think the answer is? How often do we pray beyond our bubble…praying for our leaders (whether or not we agree with them), our country’s future, our world?
I encourage you all to make it your lifestyle to go to the Lord in real prayer many times a day.
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
I found this today and wanted to include it in my notes about “Prodigal God.” Paul, a follower of Christ, a servant of the Lord, a man whom many have great respect, was once a persecutor and a murderer of Christians. Here is the perfect example of a man changing completely for the Lord…completely! We will meet many Pauls in our lives. We may know some in their Saul stage, we may know the rest after the conversion Irregardless, when we feel self righteous or judgmental about people in this world who have done horrific things…we need to remember God may use them to do great things in the future. We need to pray for the lost, no matter how lost they are.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
– Proverbs 27:12
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven