This Powerful thing called Prayer

I wanted to share a piece of my life so that maybe one of you would be encouraged by the message I want to share with you today.

Recently, I have been drowned in my own pain. I have been finding it difficult to get out of bed, to go through the motions, go to class, and to do focus on my studies. I struggle with dealing with my sadness and depression. It is all that I think about now. My thoughts are overwhelming, as if they are screaming at me. I feel that I am losing hope. Anyone else feel like that, or is it just me?

This weekend, I cried, swallowed up in my sadness, feeling completely and utterly alone. I knew in my mind that the only comfort that I need is God himself. I did not know how to speak to God for I didn’t feel his prescence in my pain, but I know He could hear my thoughts and my silent cry for help.

I prayed asking, “How much longer Lord? How much longer will I feel this way? Am I truly alone in this journey I’m facing?”. As I kept praying for answers, I heard the Holy Spirit respond, “Don’t forget Who Your Father is”. I immediately fell in awe and moved by God’s love

Our sinful nature make us forget some things. We live in a negative world here on earth, so we tend to let the world control our attitudes and affect our perspective see each day. The world tells us what to think, how to act, and what to choose. This is Satan tempting you and telling you to forget the many many promises God has made for all of us. Let us not forget that each day we wake up, we are alive, we are breathing, and God has provided for us! Isn’t that amazing?! Praise God for letting us live anew because of His gracious love.

God is working in us. All of our skills, abilities, strengths, and achievements are not our own gifts, but gifts and blessings that were given to us from God Himself. He gives us these gifts so that we may use them in the glory of His name.

If you are having a bad day today, I want you to stop and think about five things you are thankful for today. Even if you are having a good day, this is a good exercise for you too. If you can’t think of five, just find at least one thing that you are thankful. Write them down and pray to God how thankful you are for those things. I challenge you to continue to do this so that maybe, just maybe, our heart will grow farther away from our sin but closer to the joy in Christ Jesus that we strive for. I understand that there are days where we struggle in our misery and in deep anguish. But, our pain is being used for good. There is meaning in our misery. God is with us in every step of suffering- remember that. For God knows what we don’t know and God sees what we don’t see. If we commit our faith to God when we suffer, not only will we overcome it, we will also grow from it and we will learn from it for God gives us purpose to our struggles. We may not know the purpose while we are in our struggles, but all that matters is that God will provide.

Therefore: “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

And if you aren’t sure what to pray, here is an acronym that can help:

PraiseThank God for the blessings He has given you.

Repent. Ask for forgiveness of your sins and ask for him to take away any darkness that is in your heart.

Ask. Ask for His help in anything in your life that you may be struggling with right now.

Yield. Surrender yourself to God. Allow yourself to be led by the will of God.

If this doesn’t help you, don’t forget about this prayer:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13).

I pray that you may also keep praying even when it gets hard. God can still hear our cries even when we struggle getting the words out. GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS. It may not seem like it from time to time but He is answering our prayers. They may not seem like immediate responses or solutions, but He does answer them in His own time. This is where we should continue to trust in His will for us.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Our Paths will be Straight

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Lexi’s Story

Sometimes it is difficult to put thoughts into words because you’re still trying to figure it out in your own life. Sometimes you know exactly how to explain the idea eloquently to others so that they walk away growing in their faith. However, for you to actually understand it in your own heart seems to be the #realstruggle. This week was one of the topics where putting thoughts into words was hard for me.

 

This week I was able to record with Lexi and talk a lot about how the Lord is working in her life. She said ‘The Sinner’s Prayer’ at a young age, and that jump-started her journey to understand the gift of salvation. She said that the best way to understand our faith is through John 3:16. Many times we find ourselves saying the verse mindlessly and not truly taking the time to understand the depth and the importance of the verse. Think about it: God sent His only Son to die for us so that we can have a relationship with Him. We should all be in wonder and amazement because of the magnitude of the sacrifice God gave. We then talked briefly about her mom and step dad’s relationship, and how it glorified the Lord. We jokingly called that conversation “Relationship Advice from 2 Single Girls”. However, what we talked about next is what I want to focus on.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6.

As Christians, it is so easy to say that we are trusting God’s timing and plan. However, things pop up and we have to ask how genuine our faith is. Lexi used the analogy of a balloon to share the importance of trusting God in all circumstances. She has had to learn to let go of her balloon and allow God to do with it as He wishes, according to His master plan. For me it is terrifying to watch my balloon (life) float around aimlessly in what seems like no direction. I tend to play this game where I “let it go” to God. However, what I actually tend to do is loosen my grip on the string ever so slightly and then grip it tightly again.

 

The Lord promises that when we trust Him with what is going on, things will start to work in the way they should. More specifically our paths will be straight. Nothing can change in your life until you take the head knowledge of knowing God can handle it, and turn it into heart knowledge of trusting Him no matter the circumstance. It is something that has to be done daily, and y’all I am working on it as well!