Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’
Though my blog has been dedicated to a spiritual topic every Sunday, please know that my worship, and I am sure yours, is not limited to Sundays only.
The Bible instructs us to pray incessantly. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are told to “pray continually.” Luke 18:1 instructs us “to pray and not give up.” Prayer is one of the purest forms of worship; a direct form of communicating with God.
For me, daily prayer is soothing; it’s therapeutic; it’s my private, one on one communicative time with God.
I cannot start my day off with thanking God! I take the time to do so! My morning prayer helps to shape my day. During the day, prayer will help to order my conduct, particularly with challenging people and situations.
Prayer changes things!
For certain, “pray always; always pray” is a wise admonition.
I must add my Mother’s long time phrase, “If you gonna pray, don’t worry. If you gonna worry, don’t pray! Put your faith in the Lord and let it stay there!” Though she is ill, I can hear hear Southern Mississippi accent saying those words.
I thank you Lord for a praying Mother!
Thank you Father for waking my family and me up this morning! Thank you Lord for all that you do! Thank you for everything!
Happy Sunday and blessings to my reading audience and beyond!
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Following her southern spiritual roots, my Mother always told us, “If you’re going to pray; don’t worry. If you’re going to worry; don’t pray.” This simple twist of words is all so true. There are so many sources of worry; so many enemies. We should pray, worry not, and put all of our troubles in God’s hands. Placing our faith in God and anchoring our souls in the cushions of his Word will give us the strength of endurance. Neither God nor His Word will ever fail.
That is why God instructed us to pray; that is why he told us that he would place our enemies at our footstool.
If we are obedient to his Word, He will take care of the rest. Exactly, what does that mean?
The idea of your enemy being your footstool is derived from historical war illustrations. “Whenever an enemy was conquered, he would become the slave of the conqueror and would bow down and allow the conqueror to place his feet on his back as a sign of submission. By placing your enemies as your footstool, God is saying that He will give you the victory over your enemies.”
There are 22 related scriptures regarding God making your enemies your footstool.
Psalms 110:1 states:
Of David. A psalm. The LORD says: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
Throw your burdens and worries on the Lord. Go and let God!
Have faith. He will see you through! He will order your steps! Walk in the spirit of the Lord!
Happy Sunday. Blessings!
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Growing up, my Mother would always say, “Turn over your problems to The Lord. Lean on him. If you pray, don’t worry. If you gonna worry, don’t pray!”
As I matured spiritually, my faith in God matured with me; my Mother’s words never left me.
God hears and answers prayers.
He will not leave your side.
When you experience God’s love in your soul and heart, you will be able to confidently testify.
When your prayers have been answered, you can gracefully and confidently chant the words of Richard Smallwood’s spiritual “I love The Lord. He heard my prayer.”
Lift your voice and sing the familiar chorus, “I pray for you; you pray for me. And watch God change things!”
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Everyday of the week, I write about a topical subject on my blog. I reserve my Sunday’s for a delivery of my spiritual thoughts.
So today, I just want to pray and thank God!
“First, I thank you Lord for life and your covering. I ask you to bless my children, grands, loved ones, and me with healthy bodies and minds.
Strengthen me Heavenly Father to be a better Mother, GrandMother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, cousin, person, entrepreneur, writer, companion, and friend to all who need me.
Guide me; order my steps.
Guide my children Lord in their decisions and everyday living.
Protect my loved ones and me from dangers.
Help me to give before someone asks.
Let me be ears and a go to person for those in needs.
Help me to build bridges to carry over those who need a lift.
Help me and selected ones to remove the distance in our relationships where we should be closer than close.
Lord, plant the right people in my life and remove the thorns.
Help me to further develop my talents and use them wisely.
Keep me in sober mind so that I can be the guide for those who need a light shone to illuminate their path.
Help me to reach the mountaintop personally, professionally, financially, spiritually and relationally.
Let me deliver and exemplify the Word in all that I do to the delight and pleasure of you Lord.
Use me Lord.
Help me to become closer to you God. Teach me what I need to know. Show me what I need to do. Shape me to your liking.
Hear my prayers.
Father God, I have so much to say and tons to ask. I can go on and on. The beauty of you Lord is that you know my thoughts before I utter the words; my actions before I lift a hand; my history, my beginning, my everything … You know it all! Sometimes, Lord (as you know), it’s therapeutic for me to just write it on paper, to speak aloud as I am doing today.
I thank you this morning for dealing with me. I can be a bit much sometimes, but I need you Lord. Thank you for showing up in my life. Thank you for never leaving my side. Thank you for my blessings. Thank you for listening. Thank you for everything. Amen.”
On this Sunday, 9/11, I offer prayers to the over 3,000 families whose loved ones were killed in NYC, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on this tragic day, September 11, 2001. God bless!
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“Prayer, simply put, is conversation with God. Having said that, shouldn’t we be doing it in a way that pleases Him? We should learn how to talk with Him, and share our concerns, fears, and pleas. We should pray to God freely. The Bible says a lot about prayer, including Jesus’ words on how to pray. His model, The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13. It reads:
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
10 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done.
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
How powerful are those words!
Let’s further visit when, where, and why we should to pray. Here are some practical pointers.
1. Take the time to pray.
2. Find a good spot to pray.
3. Know your purpose.
4. Understand that prayer does not have to involve crafted, reflective silence.
Additionally, the act of prayer include the following:
1. Get into your prayer position if desired, but you can pray anywhere in any
2. Prepare for prayer.
3. Begin the prayer (speaking out loud, thinking, in silence, singing, etc.).
4. Make the request, ask the questions, or just make your voice heard.
5. End the prayer. Amen is an appropriate closing.
I close by ending with a parable used by Jesus.
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is expressed by Luke, the doctor-turned-disciple. Luke recorded a story Jesus told about two men who both prayed to God, and how they were each received by the Father. Luke 18:10-14 provides this account.
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
“We want God to hear sincerity in our prayer, not vanity. As we pray, let’s determine to stay steadfastly humble before the Lord. Fortunately, God extends mercy to everyone who comes to Him in repentance, even those who get stuck in Churchianity, like the Pharisee. Bottom line: God is concerned with the heart of a person. So next time you go to God in prayer, ask yourself, am I humble or proud? Either way, it’s a chance to get right with Him.”
It is important for all of us to stay on bended knee.
We can never pray enough. Never!
Happy Sunday! Blessings!
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The Serenity Prayer continues:
“Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.”
With this prayer, we realize that:
Acceptance is not laziness.
Hardships present opportunuties for growth and learning.
It takes courage to change.
Surrendering is an act of faith and trust.
Happiness is attainable and can be claimed as yours.
Serenity, courage, and wisdom are “comfort food” for our souls!
Happy Sunday. God bless!
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Often times, we rely on so many other people and sources to find the answers when the answer is in the palm of our hand. It has been by our side all along. There is an old expression, “When there is nothing left but God, then God is all that you need.” My pastor would always say God is a “way maker; a heart fixer; a mind regulator.” Search no more. God is the answer! Try him! Lean on him; don’t rely on your own understanding. Our God is an awesome God! He reigns! Happy Sunday! God bless!
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