First blog post

Hello, I hope that you will enjoy reading my devotions. I do not claim to be an expert in the word, but I am a student of the word and desire to share the insights that the Lord gives to me. I love the Lord, my desire is to please him above all else. I want to hear him say “well done” at the end of each day. I pray you are blessed and challanged!post

Don’t Be a Nebuchadnezzar

We have all heard the phrase “pride goes before the fall.”

And how true that is. When we see ourselves as better than others or have been placed in a position of authority, be careful to “not let it go to your head.”

 

King Nebuchadnezzar was very powerful, and he decided to let the people he ruled over worship the god of their choice, and sometimes he too would worship their gods.  He figured they would be more obedient if he allowed them that freedom all the while stealing their lands and riches. All of this worked until he conquered the nation of Judah, and their God was exclusive. He demanded that they worship only Him, the true and living God. The God they worshiped dared the king to believe that He had made and controlled even him.

 

Nebuchadnezzar could not see that all his victories even the choice people he captured like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were all a part of God’s plan, God used them to move the king in the direction he needed to go, and into the belief, he needed to gain. God even allowed him to try to kill the three servants, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, all to prove that the king did not have any power over life and death as he supposed he did. God was using each of these to change his life.

 

God kept warning the king about the danger of his pride, but the king would not listen. God was about to show him just who He was and the power he had over everything!  Fast forward a bit, Daniel interprets a dream for the king, and twelve months later it comes to pass.  (Daniel 4:28-33) As the king is walking on the roof of the royal palace he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as a royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” (Insert GREAT PRIDE here) The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.”

Immediately what had been said came to pass, he was driven away from his people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.

 

At the end of the time, God appointed for the king to live as an animal had passed, Nebuchadnezzar raised his eyes toward heaven, and his sanity was restored.  Then he praised God; and honored and glorified him who lives forever. (Daniel 4:34)

 

God will deal with our pride and depending on how prideful we are will determine the severity of the discipline. Pride makes us think we do not need anyone, especially God to tell us how to live, move and have our being, but God’s word says different.  We are not our own, we have been bought with a price, the very life of Jesus was given so that we could walk in freedom. God will gently warn you as you start to follow a prideful lifestyle, but he will use whatever means necessary to accomplish His will in us. He moves things, people and places around in our lives in ways we do not understand to get us where he wants us spiritually.

 

He wants us to surrender to his Lordship, to recognize that He is God, there is not another. He will not tolerate our worship being given to other things or people.  It is always for our good and his glory.  Pride is dangerous, believing we are invincible and able on our own is a recipe for disaster.

 

The king had these final words to say in (Daniel 4:37).

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of Heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”

 

Remember if you have not been “humbled” by the Lord yet, it is his tender mercy and longsuffering giving you space to repent and turn from this sin, and if you do not, just know he will humble you and it could be a severy humbling.

 

Our God is loving, kind, compassionate, slow to anger, full of mercy, our helper, our redeemer, our friend, but he is God, Holy, Righteous, King, of King’s, Savior, Lord of Lord’s, All-knowing, All-powerful, Just, Mighty, Jealous…Bend the knee, cry out to God and seek forgiveness and guidance to walk humbly with your God!

Learning Your Lessons…The Right Way

Lamentations 3:27-33 “It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. 28 Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him. 29 Let him bury his face in the dust– there may yet be hope. 30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace. 31 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. 33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.”

As I read these verses I was reminded in my spirit of the times when I knew I was wrong and had sinned, yet when the discipline came I grumbled and was angry. After all, I wanted grace and no consequences to my actions. Isn’t that just like us, to want our own way and feel like we got away with it? But God who is just in his loving us knows when we need to receive some discipline. It does not come because he has cast us away for good and depending on what he sees we need is how severe the discipline will be. Should whining and complaining be a part of our response?
No, we need to repent of our actions, shut up, listen up, sit still and learn.

We also need to be patient as the Lord works out exactly what he sees we need. We need to reflect on what got us into the sin, to begin with. God knows we are not perfect and that there will be times we slip into a sin, yet the Holy Spirit draws us quickly back, and other times when we know we shouldn’t, but we do anyway and we hope that we are bathed in grace and cross our fingers that it will be a light reprimand.

We can be confident that the discipline we go through is filtered through loving hands. Just enough to teach us both short term and long term lessons. We need a teachable spirit. We need to lean in and listen to what God has to say. We need to accept whatever he sends and be thankful for the love that motivates him to teach us and not remove us.

Mark 4:25 “For whoever has a (teachable heart), to him more (understanding) will be given; and whoever does not have ( a yearning for the truth), even what he has will be taken away from him.”

When we refuse to listen to instruction, then we are robbing ourselves of the understanding we had to begin with. It is taken from us. We should always desire to be corrected and to lean in and learn the hard lessons of what we did, what God thinks about it and how NOT to do it again.

God knows us better than we know ourselves and he sees deep inside us to what motivates our action and our propensity to sin; it is that root he wants to cut. Sometimes it is with a very sharp blade and a swift chop, and other times it is with a gentle cutting with parts of us falling a little at a time. I have received both in my lifetime and let me just say that the more I know about the Lord and his desires for me and the more I die to self the easier it is to receive the loving correction that God sends.

I do not want a God who turns his eyes away and pretends not to see, what benefit is that to me? Just like we discipline our children and teach them through these disciplines how to do better, and grow into responsible, right living adults, our Lord and Saviour desire that his children are a good reflection of Him. He paid a steep price for my past, present and future sins, don’t you think?

Sometimes we are reprimanded by others, possible leaders in our church or fellow Christians. They see us heading down the wrong path and with a right heart desire to steer us away from where and what we are going to. We need to listen to their correction, especially if given in the right biblical way and even lean in to receive another slap so to speak. Jesus went before his accusers, granted he was innocent of everything, spotless, but he modeled for us our right response. Too often we get too easily offended and do not take to heart the correction of fellow believers. We think we know best and do not realize that there are times when God speaks through his people, our friends, and family.

I think if you are even slightly spiritual and have discernment you will know when correction comes from a sincere desire to see you made right with the Lord and one where the person is trying to make themselves look better and shame you for not measuring up. It happens!

So, in conclusion, keep your heart tender toward the Lord, when he sends correction, dig deep inside to see what needs to be changed, repent and ask him to fill you fresh and new and help you wait out the discipline, learn from your mistake and even be thankful that he chooses to discipline you in the first place. God is good, he wants all of you and he wants you to be the best you for his kingdom that you can be. Remember from my last post, He Delights in You!!! He really does and so his love moves him to discipline and chastises us. Thank you, Lord! Let me always be teachable, always be humble and always learn from my mistakes so that I might help a fellow believer in their time of need. He will not even waste your discipline if you lean in and fully surrender your right to be offended.

As always here are a few scriptures to think on:

Jeremiah 31:19 “Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that, I was instructed, I smote upon (my) thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.”

Proverbs 3:11 “My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction.”

Psalms 107:31 ” Oh that men would Praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to his children.”

Proverbs 3:12 “For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delights.”

Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”

Psalm 7:28 “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

God Delights in You

Isn’t it wonderful when someone makes a big to-do over us? We feel like we are the most special person on the earth at that moment. Someone took the time to invest in us, set us apart for some spoiling. Today I took one of my grandson’s out for his birthday spoiling. It is his day, I remember when he waws born and the joy that flooded my soul at the first look at him. I took great pleasure and delight in buying his gifts and seeing the excitement in his blue eyes. As I watched his eyes dance with excitement I could not help but think about how God delights in me and you, his children are special to him.

Scripture says:

Psalm 18:19 “He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. ”

Psalm 147:11 “But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.”

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

Now I don’t know about you but this sounds like God loves to spoil his children and celebrate them. To think that the one who hung the moon and calls the stars by name thinks I am worth rejoicing over and finds pleasure in the thought of me.

God thinks I am a big deal! Every morning he wakes me and puts new air in my lungs. He provides for me all day long with clothing, food, joy, beauty, family, friends and so much more. Every day he wakes me to new mercies. I am on his mind, I am special to him. You are special to him. If you belong to Christ, you are a big deal!

Sometimes in this world, we feel underappreciated or left out. We are never left out with God. We are constantly on his mind and provided for. All our needs are met and much of the time our wants as well. He delighted in us when we were born. After all, we were his idea. He planned all our days, formed us in our mother’s womb and called it good. He sings over us with love songs as we sleep and move and breathe. Have you ever sang over your child’s crib at night, gazing down with your eyes and heart so full of love for that sleeping little one. How much more must our Father in heaven sing and delight over us.

The next time you are feeling left out, alone, not special to anyone, remember this; if you belong to Christ, you are a BIG DEAL! He loves to talk to you, he loves to listen to your prayers, he loves to give good gifts to his children, he watches over us all the time and never leaves us alone for one second. When we hurt, he hurts, when we smile, I think God smiles. He delights in us, think about that for a while. Let it sink in, fill your heart and make you lift your head in praise to the one who created you, came to earth for you, died for you and rose again, calls you his own, and forgives all your sin…all so you could be saved and spend eternity with him. He must think you are pretty special to do all of that, don’t you agree!

Every Day…

Every day we get up and start our activities. Every day we have the opportunity to “not” take for granted the things we can see and do,
when you woke up this morning, you were given another gift. The gift of a new day. What will you do with it?

I have spent my day cleaning, not something too many enjoy, but I find pleasure in it. I like to see the task completed. I like the look and smell of a clean home. As I clean I am thankful, yes, very thankful. First, I am healthy and able. I can see, I can walk, I can use my hands; plus I have something to clean, a home. All of these are gifts from the Lord.

When I opened my eyes this morning I knew I had been given the gift of a new day, filled with new mercies. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
22 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” I don’t know about you, but I need new mercy each day.

I choose each day to live in thankfulness and joy. I do not want the momentary trials and tribulations to steal my joy and my thankfulness. I read the word right after breakfast, I am reminded each day of God’s faithfulness to his children, his Sovereignty over every detail of my life. He has already prepared my day. Long before I was a thought in my parent’s mind, God knew me. He stretched out my life and called it good.

He sees me now as I type these words to you. I cannot go a day without him, I would not want to face this life without him. I have the security of knowing I am his and his Holy Spirit lives in me, teaching and guiding and helping me each day. God took pleasure in me before I even knew my name. I am so very humbled by that.
(Psalm 18:19) “He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.”

I can rest in His goodness, not my goodness. Without Christ, there is no good in me. I have His righteousness now and that makes each day a blessing, not just something to endure, but something to enjoy and be thankful for.

On my worst day, I have the promise and assurance that God is with me. Holding me, helping me, bringing comfort to me.
Hardships come to us all, sorrow enters each of our homes and hearts at different times. Trouble finds us and tries to draw us away from our Lord, but God. God is there, all we need to do is reach out to him. He offers us all we need for each day. We are never alone. That makes me smile; knowing that even now as the words fill this page He is with me.

I don’t know what you are going through, have gone through. I don’t know if you were thankful today, or if you have even given it thought. You may never think about your body and how God keeps it going. But I hope if you have not that you will take the time right now to offer up a prayer of thanks for the new day, the new mercy that greeted it and the body that is taking you through every task.
We all choose how we will live, either thankful and grateful or bitter and angry, allowing ourselves to be our idols. An inward focus is never good.

I want to leave you with a few scriptures that bless my heart and I hope will bless yours. Every day, be thankful and joyful. God is with you, he loves you and he is able.

(Galatians 2:20) “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

(Romans 8:18) “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

(Corinthians 5:17) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

(Proverbs 3:5) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

(Corinthians 12:9-10) “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in my weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

(1 Chronicles 16:34) “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever.”

Tell Them

So often in our lives, we do not take the time to be kind, to tell others how very much they mean to us. We assume people know that we love and care about them. We get so busy in life that we do not stop to write a note or make a call. Nowadays, most things go through text or email. I know I used to write letters and send them off in “snail mail.” As I was thinking about a couple of people in my life that I genuinely love and appreciate this verse came to my mind.

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

What is a kindness you can do for someone? Often it is a task they need doing, or maybe a ride somewhere, the list can go on and on, but one of the easiest ways to show kindness is telling people how much they mean to you. Why wait? Why save it all for when they pass away?

We can feel tenderhearted toward someone, we can forgive them, we can do all kinds of things without their knowledge, but I truly feel that it is important to tell people how you feel. Don’t make them guess. I hate regret, I do. There are things I wish I had said to friends that are long gone, to my family members that have passed away.

Sometimes the kindest thing we can do for someone is telling them we care. Telling them the special qualities they have that bless us each time we are together. It could be what makes their day, the very thing they need at that moment in life.

I love when someone tells me that my friendship matters, or when they point out a characteristic I have that blesses them. I can get hard on myself always picking away at what I am not or what I think I am not according to what the world says I should be. My flaws are always evident to me, but when someone says a kind word it makes all of that fade away and at least for that moment I feel special. Having a moment where you feel special is sometimes what gets you through a hard time.

But each of us deep down wants to know we are more than what we do, don’t we? I don’t think it is pride or an overinflated ego that wants that, it is true friendship and appreciation that our souls need. I kid around and say that my grandmother thought I walked on water, she is the only one out there that ever did. However, I know that she knew my flaws, but she chose to build me up, tell me the qualities she saw in me that were special to her. It gave me confidence when I had none. Let me just say, I cannot walk on water!

Let me encourage you to be kind with your words, to tell others what they mean to you. Let your words build up instead of tearing down. They cannot know unless you tell them. Do not stand over a casket with regret. Be a friend or family member that uses kindness as your guide, speak into others lives and be the difference you want and need.

Maybe you need to send a card or make a call. I promise it is easy, it will only take a few seconds of your life and it may just be what the person on the other end needs to hear at that very moment in time.

Do A Little Bragging!

Jeremiah 9:23-24

“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight.”

My grandmother loved to talk about Jesus every opportunity she had she would tell of all the things He had done for her and how much she loved and trusted him. She would tell about times when God showed up in both big and small ways. Anyone who met her soon figured out that she loved the Lord. He was her favorite subject.

Do you talk about Jesus? Do you share how good the Lord has been to you? All those times that he has shown up in your life, in big and small ways. I want others to know what a good God he is, I love to tell how he has mended my broken heart and spirit. My growing up years were hard years. God has done such a work inside of me, that there is no more pain associated with any of it. It does not matter what happened except that I can share with others my life story and how God has healed me and revealed himself to me.

He is such a good, kind, loving, and caring Savior. He rescued my soul from hell and filled me with his sweet Holy Spirit, and leads and guides every day. No matter what I need he is never too busy to listen to my cries for help. He gently and tenderly leads me through the rough waters of life. I can find the answer to all my questions by spending time with him in prayer and in his word.

Every morning he fills my lungs with air, each new day is a gift that I never want to take for granted. Each morsel of food I enjoy is given by his loving hand. Life is better because of Jesus, He is Lord of my life.

I want others to not only see Jesus in me but to hear how he walks with me daily supplying my every need. I love to hear about him and I love to talk about him.

There is enough bad news that goes around on the internet, TV, radio and by mouth, why not take a little time to share something not only good but possibly soul-saving? We need to share with others on a regular basis the goodness of God. We need to brag about our Lord and all the wonderful things he has done and is still doing. He needs to head up our conversations, not get lost in the mundane daily onslaught of negativity that comes our way.

We spend far too much time telling others how great we are or trying to impress people on social media and other ways. We are nothing without Christ. Without him, we are bound for hell. We will take nothing with us when we leave, but we can leave behind either a good memory of us or a bad one.

My grandmother has been gone for a long time. I still recall our conversations about Jesus. I still smile at how she loved the Lord, her precious tears on Sunday’s when something the pastor said resonated in her soul. I remember her kindness, her gentleness, her honesty, her integrity and so much more, but the thing that stands out the most is her constant unashamed love of Jesus.

I want to emulate her in that. I want Jesus to be my first thought when I wake, my last thought before I fall asleep and the biggest part of my conversations. I am not perfect, far too often others things push in…but oh how I want to. Do you? Let’s all start bragging a little more on the Lord and a lot less on us or other things that really have no value or lasting eternal significance to bring.

Psalm 119:60

“I made haste, and did not delay to keep your commandments.”
(Psalm 119:60)

What is it that motivates you to hurry, to get excited and be on your way? Is it a lunch date with your spouse or friend? Is it a day shopping? Do you love to play sports and so you get excited at the prospect of playing a good game with your teammates? There are so many things that make our hearts happy and our feet to hurry. But I wonder, are we as quick to obey God’s word? Do we eagerly look for ways to be obedient? Do we deny the flesh to obey or do we get grumpy or defensive or slow when we feel that prompting of the Holy Spirit when He says, “go this way,” “do this,” “don’t go there,” “talk to that person,” and so many other things we know he is saying to us!

How often do we know the right thing to do, yet we do the opposite? Assuming as a Christian, you have read God’s word, you know what he tells us we should be doing, what his word says about our conduct. “The Ten Commandments” are in the book of Exodus, chapter 20.
Each of us is guilty of breaking them, if not in our actions then in our minds and hearts.

But God’s word tells us how we are to treat one another, how we are to live and act. His word tells us actions and behaviors we are to have as we walk this earthly path. Sometimes the Spirit will prompt us to go help someone we are not in the mood, but know in our hearts we need to do it. We will stall and take our time, trying to find a way out. We don’t want to be bothered, so we go when it is convenient for us when it costs us the least, and no joy or haste in our actions.

I want to be that person who “hastens to obey.” I want to be listening in my spirit for that prompting to move into action. Yes, it often means it is not a good time, I am tired, I really would rather not, but obeying God means more than my comfort. Loving and doing as Jesus did costs us something. Knowing that at that moment I am doing the Lord’s bidding causes me to get excited and even find joy in the task however difficult or taxing it may be. I want to be an obedient child of God.

Jesus loved sacrificially, he obeyed all that his heavenly Father told him to do and he “hastened” to do it. He was not bitter or bothered by all that he had to do. When people came and were hungry to hear him, even though he was tired he taught them, healed them, loved them.

Where are you in this journey of “hastening?” Are you the I will get to it later person? I am so tired of doing this person? The let someone else go/do it this time? Or are you the one who wakes up and saying “Here I am send me?” God, let me do it, please?

I believe that not only does it matter in obeying “The Ten Commandments” matter to God but every day, moment by moment obedience matter to God. When we walk out our faith and love as he did, God responds by pouring out blessings in our lives that are too great for us to contain.
Simply put I think God smiles when he sees his children eager to do his bidding, just like we smile when our children obey us when we first tell them to do something, especially if it is something they really would rather not do, but pleasing you matters more than what they want.

I pray that each of us will get excited about doing those things God calls us to and we will find ourselves hastening to obey!

Blessings to you!

Unconditional and Freely Given

As I was doing my bible reading this week, I came across this verse, and it just resonated in my heart and mind.

Hosea 14:4 “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely for my anger has turned away from them.”

This was written by Hosea, concerning Israel. They had fallen away from their first love and were caught up in horrible sin and rebellion. Hosea was telling them they needed to turn from their sinful ways and repent. They had strayed so far from how God had told them to live. But God was not finished with them, and His desire was for them to come back to him, in a right fellowship.

We are the same all too often the world’s charms hold us captive and we continue in sin all the while knowing God is not pleased.
We choose our way over God’s ways forgetting that He is holy and eventually we will suffer the consequences of our sin and rebellion. It is fun for a while or so it seems. God wants to forgive us, He draws our eyes from the charms of the world and gives us this promise in the middle of it. There are no conditions on God’s love. None! “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.”

When we truly repent of our sin and turn away from it, God forgives us. He doesn’t remind us of our sin, He does not hold in his anger to bring it against us later. It is done. Wow! No conditions, just love, and forgiveness. We should never be afraid to come to God and seek his forgiveness. He gives it to us and restores what has been stolen by the enemy.

Can we do the same? When someone sincerely asks us for forgiveness do we give it with no strings attached, or do we hold in just a little of our anger and allow it to bubble to the surface, the next time something happens? We need to emulate our Lord to the best of our abilities. We need to walk in forgiveness and give it with no strings attached. And sometimes, depending on how bad the hurt or action against us was it is very hard to do. But God does not operate the way we do. We want to think that he does, we try to pull him down to our level, and our ways. God is so much more than we can truly grasp, and he understands that about us. I personally take great comfort in knowing that He knows me, inside and out!

God judges our sin, but he shows his mercy to the sinner. Are we merciful in our dealings with difficult people? I would rather be guilty of giving to much mercy than being known as a hard nose that holds grudges.

DO NOT LET THE DEVIL CONVINCE YOU THAT YOU ARE UNFORGIVABLE, AND THAT GOD WILL HOLD YOUR SIN AGAINST YOU, REMEMBER HE IS THE FATHER OF LIES IF HIS LIPS ARE MOVING, HE IS LYING!!!

So, today if you find yourself caught up in sin and you have been hesitant to bring it to the Lord, do not be afraid. After all, He already knows all about it. He is waiting…won’t you come?
Freely given, never remembered, no conditions to get through beforehand…OPEN ARMS ARE WAITING FOR YOU!

It Matters

What matters you ask? It is whatever or whoever you are ushering into the throne room of God during prayer. It does not have to be a prayer where you try to figure out what someone needs, because God knows the need, better than you or the person you are praying for. And better yet, He has a plan, a perfect plan.

Matthew 6:6-8
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

When you pray for someone God hears. Whether it is a whispered prayer, just a name, or a prayer that comes from the depths of your soul, with groans and sobs that you cannot know, God hears.
1 John 5:14
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything to his will, he hears us.”

We are encouraged to ask, we are encouraged to speak a name. God knows what we have need of, but he still says to come, to ask.
Luke 11:9
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.”

If you tell someone you are going to pray for them, sometimes it needs to be done right then. No waiting. You say, ” well I was at the store and it just seemed weird to pray right there in the aisle.”
Never be ashamed to lay a hand on a person in need and simply say, “Jesus, help my friend”. It does not have to be a long drawn out thing, all prayer from your heart matters!

Many people have good intentions, they say, “yes, I will pray for you”, and at that moment they truly believe they will remember and pray, but all too often we get busy and it just slips our minds especially if prayer is not a daily thing we do. So, if you prayed at that moment of contact, at least there is one. Our prayers matter, not because God doesn’t already know their need, it isn’t that he needs our ideas on how to answer, or a plan for later. It grows us, it stretches our faith, it causes us to stop and really connect with God. It shows him we have faith.

If we are prayerless it gives the enemy a hole to jump through. He sees that we are weak in faith, in spirit, maybe even in our minds and bodies. If we choose not to prayer we are leaving ourselves open to attack. Prayer strengthens us for our daily tasks, it helps strengthen us in overcoming temptations.
Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

It matters. It matters for our minds to keep them focused on things above. It matters to our faith to grow it. It matters to God or he would not have told us to do it!

Prayer is a gift that we too often neglect to open. We never tap into the power that can be found in prayer. Prayer not only changes things, but prayer also changes us.

Many years ago I was in a season where I was spiritually, mentally and physically depleted. I had just had it. I felt beat up by life. Instead of running to the throne room of heaven and seeking help from my Father, I got withdrawn, I stopped asking, I stopped searching, I stopped reaching for that peace that passes understanding. What a mistake that was. The enemy had been prowling around looking for a way in and he found it. Keep her from seeking God and let her lean on her own devices and see where it gets her. I will not go into it, but needless to say, life unraveled.

My already heavy heart could not bear the weight of anything. My tired body just wanted rest. My spirit felt numb…isolated I was. My enemy pounced…it took a very long time to recover.

See, we were not made to go it alone in our Christian walk. We are in a relationship with Jesus, we need to sit and have a little talk with him, daily. We need the council of the Holy Spirit to direct our paths. We need the fellowship of other believers and those willing to intercede and stand in the gap for us. Do not ever think that the prayers you pray over others fall on deaf ears. No, I believe that when we utter a name, God leans close and listen intently. Jesus himself intercedes for them and for us.

No, it is no small matter this thing called prayer. Do it often and while you are there, say thank you for all those times he has heard and answered. Even if it was a no, you can believe it was for your good and His glory.