“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28, The Message
There is not enough room on my website to share with you how prayer has changed my life, but I would like to share a few examples of how prayer has impacted me personally.
During my teenage years I was lost in depression and low self-esteem, but several of my family members prayed for me. I gave my life to Jesus just a few years later and my life turned around 360 degrees! Do not give up on your lost family members and friends – Prayer changes things. During my senior year of college I was diagnosed with liver failure and my doctors were concerned about keeping me alive. I was placed on Asbury College’s prayer list and I was miraculously healed. Stand fast in praying for those who are sick, Jesus still heals – Prayer changes things. I lost my voice the day of a speaking engagement and my friends covered me in prayer. When I went up to the platform my voice returned and I was able to tell of God’s goodness. My voice immediately left after I was done speaking. God cares about you and He loves to bless you – Prayer changes things.
If you are reading this right now, then rest assured that I am praying for you. I am agreeing with you for God to move in your circumstances. I don’t know how God does it, but He takes what the enemy meant to destroy us and He turns it around for our good!
We serve an amazing God who is always looking out for us. He is longing to move in your life today, the question is will you let Him? Will you believe that prayer changes things? I encourage you to pray (talk to God) and tell Him everything on your heart. Ask Jesus to carry your burdens and allow you to rest in His perfect peace. No matter what is going on around you, you can rest assured that prayer changes things!
“Lord, I am so thankful that prayer changes things because I could use some assistance in my circumstances today! I run to You today with every burden and care. I am so grateful that You hear my prayers and that prayer changes things! I will no longer worry or allow fear in my life, but instead I begin to thank you for making what the enemy meant to destroy me and declare that today You are turning it around for my good. Amen.”
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“My souls finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2 NIV
When you are discouraged and don’t know what to do: Run to God. When you are not able to pay your bills and you cannot figure out how you are going to make it another day: Run to God. When you are battling in your body or mind and you feel utterly alone: Run to God. When the economy is tanking and you are full of fear: Run to God. When you find yourself angry and irritated at those you thought you could trust: Run to God.
No matter what is going on in your life at this time, I can tell you in confidence that your answer is always to Run to God. He is the One who holds every solution within His hands. God is our healer, friend, protector, provider, wisdom, counselor, advocate, vindicator, lover and everything we need.
When times are good, we need to run to God with our thanksgiving and praise. When times are bad, we need to run to God for direction and thank Him in advance for moving on our behalf. Lets run to God today and know that with Him on our side, everything will be a-okay!
Prayer:”Lord, I choose to run to you this day. I give you all my fears, worries and concerns and place them at the Cross. You are my solution and I run to You! I give thanks in advance for making steams in my desert and making every crooked place straight. You are an awesome God and I will always run to You! Amen.”
“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.” Psalm 37:5-6
Have you ever received the cold shoulder or silent treatment from a friend and had no idea why? When someone you care about behaves this way, we have a few choices to make. We can either chose to not let their behavior affect us, accept that this is probably their issue and not ours, or we can try to figure out why they are treating us this way. No matter your response, I have found that when people mistreat us, we simply need to hold on because our God will exonerate us in due time!
I will never forget a precious woman walking up to me after I shared my testimony in church one morning. She proceeded to tell me that she needed to ask me for forgiveness. I was perplexed with her request because as far as I knew she was a friend of mine. I immediately said, “yes, I forgive you” without even knowing why. Then she told me that someone in the church had spoken badly of me and that she believed what they said to be true, yet now she realized they had their own agenda at hand and it was untrue (I will add here that this news really hurt my feelings because I had been nothing but nice to the women who spoke wrongly of me, but I chose to forgive and trusted God to exonerate me).
As a counselor, I am quick to tell my clients that 2% of the population just won’t like you! Isn’t that a burden lifting fact? For no apparent reason, 2% of the people you meet throughout your life will not like you. Period. But, let me ask you the same question: Do you like everyone you meet? Selah (pause and think about that for a moment.
We serve a God who will exonerate us in due time. The truth is, I didn’t even know the issue above existed, but God did and He exonerated me! A nugget I want us to chew on today is that God is always moving on our behalf. All we need to do is be who God created us to be and He will take care of the rest.
Today, let’s grab onto good and shun evil. Speak life and not death. Let’s choose to forgive and not hold offence. And let’s trust that God will always exonerate us in due time!
“Lord, I rest in the fact that You will always exonerate me. I don’t have to try and prove my worth or value to anyone because I am accepted in You. You love me so much that You went to the cross on my behalf. I choose to bless those who have cursed me. I ask for Your grace to follow me all the days of my life. Amen.”
“You are my cave to hide in, my cliff to climb. Be my safe leader, be my true mountain guide. Free me from hidden traps; I want to hide in you. I’ve put my life in your hands. You won’t drop me; you’ll never let me down. I hate all this silly religion, but you, God I trust.” Psalm 31: 3-6, The Message
Family, friends, circumstances and even our church may disappoint us, but we can rest assured that our God never will. I love the scripture above because it clearly states that when others fail us, God will never drop us or let us down. When we are unsure of which way to go, God is our travel guide and shelter from the storms of life.
If you are weary and tired today, I want to encourage you to give your circumstances and life completely to Jesus. We may never understand why we are forced to walk a treacherous path at this time, but you can rest assured that God will take care of you and everything that is on your heart and mind. The truth is, God cares more about you and your situation than you do! He is longing to be your safe leader and mountain guide. He knows just how to get you from point A to point B; all you have to do is ask for His help and He will show you the right path. God can give you His heavenly viewpoint and free you from hidden traps of the enemy. He is a cave that you can always run to for shelter.
I know that many of us are walking through personal struggles at this time, but I want you to be encouraged today my precious friends – Hold on, because your breakthrough and greatest hours are just ahead in Jesus Name!
“Lord, I choose to run to You today. I feel lost and alone and I need You to be my guide. Show me which way to go and give me the grace to walk out Your will for my life. I acknowledge that You are the One that I can always trust. You will never let me down and I run to You for help and wisdom this day. Amen.”
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