Prayer of Thanks

 

Daniel 2: 23 “I thank You and praise You, O God of my Fathers, For You have given me wisdom and power; even now You have made known to me what we requested of You, for You have made known to us [the solution to] the king’s matter.”

Some battle can be intense I mean really intense you feel that if you don’t win this battle your whole life is going to fall apart.  Then you find on the other hand that in the midst of the battle you actually should have been praying about this particular problem but the carnal you thought better.  Are you able to relate?

My battles are intense for me but in fact, they probably aren’t that big of a problem, I think they are more focused on relationship issues and to be honest I have to work hard at it.

Daniel was faced with a problem and it would have affected all of them Daniel and the rest of the Kings wise men.  Daniel was a Godfearing man and spoke to God all the time.  What I like about Daniel is that he brings praise and worships the LORD God his Father for the wisdom and power that Daniel received.  Daniel didn’t believe he was this know it all, we asked the LORD to help him and then God answered Daniel.

As you know I have been going through a number of battles and my mood and attitude was also affected by these circumstances.  I have had to deal with family issues, relationship issue and other issues that I just can’t talk about.  The thing is I always want to see if I can sort the problems out first before I actually bring it to the Lord.  So carnal wouldn’t you agree, but that is exactly what I do.

As of late I have decided enough is enough, I am not able to deal with all of this nonsense and I cannot do this anymore.  Losing weight and feeling stressed because I lost my appetite and feel miserable and stiff-necked all the time isn’t doing me any good.

I sat on my bed one morning pouring out all my problems before the Lord, crying and fighting and crying.  After all the praying, murmuring and moaning, I asked the LORD humbly to forgive me.  To forgive my family and my forefathers and anybody that may have been instrumental in making God angry.  I also was thinking of Nehemiah and thought let me also ask for God’s promises to be realized in my own life.

With that said and done, I reminded God of His promises and I left it at that.  Confessing of sin and walking away from them is important and getting right with God is even more important.  This is where I need to come in with the Praising now.

Everything said and done, I believe that God is faithful and that He listens to our heartfelt cries, He can see the pain and hurt we are enduring.

Praise You, ABBA Father for being there when I needed You most.  Praise YOU. LORD for answered prayers.  Praise You for the time that I can spend in Your presence.  Praise You for the loving kindness and mercy You have towards me.  Praise You for answered prayers.  Praise You for being kind and merciful.  Forgiving me and helping me face a new day.  For gifts undeserved.  For supernatural favor in my life.

Lord, You are awesome and wonderful and I love YOU with all of my heart.

Prayer

Abba Father, In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I want to bring praise to Your Holy Name, I want to say thank You for answered prayers.  Thank You for hearing my cries, thank You for being there for me.  Showing me Your mercy and loving-kindness, thank You also for keeping me still under Your wings.  I take shelter with You and praise You with all my body, heart and soul and mind.  In the Lovely name of the Lord Jesus Christ Amen

 

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Write it down

Proverbs 16: 3 KJV “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

As I sit here thinking about what it is that I want, it occurred to me that I have a tiny little ministry on the go.  You know I love blogging and I love to write down my thoughts about a given topic.  It, of course, is my heart’s desire to spread the Good News across the world.  I have been working on this for about 7 years and to be honest, it is a slow crawl for me.  I have a number of regulars that give my blog a quick view and move on, as most of us actually do.

While I have been meditating and thinking about what it is I actually want I decided to write it down and bring it before the Lord today.  As I read Proverbs chapter 16 verse 3 it reminded me that for something to really happen I need to check in with the most important person in my own life.  Who is that?  Well the LORD of course.  So here we go, you are my witness and I am writing down my thoughts and hopes and dreams.

LORD God, You are my only point of contact and without You I am nothing.  You also know how many times I have messed up.  So here are a couple of things I want to bring into Your presence today, I want to present my Book Daily Devotional Ebenezer to You, you will be done as in Heaven so on earth.  I also want to bring my Blog pages to You.  WordPress and Google Blogspot.  You will be done so in heaven as on earth.

I have great expectations but I am bringing these desires to the LORD to see that it falls into His perfect will for my life.

Is there something you need to write down and bring before the LORD today?  Do you feel you want the LORD to make your paths straight?  I do, I want to ask the LORD to make my paths straight.

Prayer

LORD as it is written in Proverbs Chapter 16 verse 3, we need to commit all our work onto the LORD so that He may establish our thoughts.  In humble prayer LORD I commit the following into Your hands, a washing machine, my book, my blog and my life.  You know the rest but these are what are really very important to me at this stage.  My blogger friends may have something on their hearts, please Lord in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I pray for open doors of great opportunity, straight paths and blessed prayers and answered prayers.  Amen

Proactive thinking

Philippians 3: 13 KJV “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,”

Many people are hurting and have faced a couple of difficult situations, sometimes these battles are a fork in the road so to speak.  I had a couple of battles that I faced in my life that was the so-called fork in the road.

The thing that caught my attention today is once I relive or think back, I become so depressed and despondent it makes me angry and I feel worthless.

What is my answer to these really bad feelings?  I need to be proactive in my thinking, pushing these memories away and replacing them with happy memories or to start focusing on something new.

My proactive thoughts are now moving me to focus on the Word of God (Bible), as I page through my Bible I look for verses to help me feel happy, and move me into another state of mind.

I take practice and it is hard work because I also forget about being proactive and sometimes just feel totally sorry for myself.  As I think of the words of the verse above I stretch my thoughts and I start dreaming of something that I so desire.  Something that makes me happy.

Prayer

Abba Father, as we leave our hurt and pain behind from our past, we want to renew our thought life and be more proactive in our thinking.  Lord, we want to stay focused on the Lord Jesus and we want to cloth ourselves with You Lord.  As the blood of Jesus covers us right now we ask to help us let go of the past and move into a nother dimention of renewing our thought life.  Amen

Proactive thinking

Philippians 3: 13 KJV “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,”

Many people are hurting and have faced a couple of difficult situations, sometimes these battles are a fork in the road so to speak.  I had a couple of battles that I faced in my life that was the so-called fork in the road.

The thing that caught my attention today is once I relive or think back, I become so depressed and despondent it makes me angry and I feel worthless.

What is my answer to these really bad feelings?  I need to be proactive in my thinking, pushing these memories away and replacing them with happy memories or to start focusing on something new.

My proactive thoughts are now moving me to focus on the Word of God (Bible), as I page through my Bible I look for verses to help me feel happy, and move me into another state of mind.

I take practice and it is hard work because I also forget about being proactive and sometimes just feel totally sorry for myself.  As I think of the words of the verse above I stretch my thoughts and I start dreaming of something that I so desire.  Something that makes me happy.

Prayer

Abba Father, as we leave our hurt and pain behind from our past, we want to renew our thought life and be more proactive in our thinking.  Lord, we want to stay focused on the Lord Jesus and we want to cloth ourselves with You Lord.  As the blood of Jesus covers us right now we ask to help us let go of the past and move into a nother dimention of renewing our thought life.  Amen

Are you #suffering?

1 Peter 4: 19 DARBY “Wherefore also let them who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing to a faithful Creator.”

Before I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I heard people tell me stories of wealth and an easy life.  Then the reality of the situation came, suffering is a process that each and every Christian needs to go through.  It’s like the purifying of gold, in order to get to the gold it goes through fire.

In the many years that I have been following and serving the Lord Jesus Christ, it has been some ride.  The times when I felt I just couldn’t make it, those were the times that the Lord carried me through.  Do not be mislead! We actually all have some kind of suffering, even the non-Christians and atheist endure suffering in their lives.

One thing I truly am grateful about is that I don’t have to suffer the same way the Lord Jesus Christ suffered when He died on the cross for our sins.  I doubt I would have been able to endure so much.

Looking at our passage we see that Peter reminds us that “who suffer according to God’s will are to commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.”  Doing good is expected of each one of us.  Let’s take up our cross and bear the suffering and keep up the good work.

Prayer

Abba Father, please help us stay strong during the times we suffer according to Your will, guide us and teach us.  Please help us to do good as You will it for our lives.  In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

It’s alright to start again

Romans 5: 20 KJV “Moreover, the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”

Looking back over my life I honestly must say that I am a master at making mistakes and messing things up.  I actually don’t even have to try hard at making mistakes and messing things up.  It’s easier to do something wrong before we actually do it right, is it because of our sinful nature?  Yes, I think we are programmed that way.

Here’s the thing, God gives us so many chances to make things right with Him.  I don’t believe we have a license to sin but because we are people and we don’t intentionally want to sin, we still do.  Every day is a challenge for many people, we are all working on our positive attitudes, our words of grace and loving kindness.

The fact of the matter is that we mess up, we do and then most of the time we feel terrible about it.  We just have to dust ourselves off, humble ourselves before God and asking Him for forgiveness.  Because we know that where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.  We are able to start again, try and try again until we get it right.

This process is ongoing we will never be perfect but we can work at doing our best in staying humble to the Lord God.  Constantly praying for guidance and help each day.

Prayer

O Lord God, what a privilage it is to come into presence each day, knowing that Your grace abounds and that we are able to start over.  We fall constantly like little children and then we cry, and get frustrated and angry.  We get up each day, dust ourselves off and humbly pray for YOUR abounding grace.  Lord we love you, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen

Are you being tested?

1 Peter 1: 7 “These trials will show that your faith is genuine.  It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold –though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.  So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

When I was younger I thought that God believed that I was an “elastic” always stretching me and it never occurred to me that God was strengthening my faith.

As the years go by and every trail that comes my way I sometimes do well and sometimes I don’t.  The times I fail the trail, I believe God lets it come back again until I have learned to deal with that specific situation.

Do you feel discouraged, lonely and just not in the place where God wants you?  I think you are exactly where God wants you, the circumstances you are facing right now is what is changing your character.  It’s is building you and changing you so that you are becoming more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sometimes when I hear people say, it’s just a season and it too will pass, I feel like running away and hiding.  The thing is you actually cannot hide from your circumstances and you have to ride it out.

Prayer

O Lord God, sometimes we just want to hide and not be in the firing line, it isn’t the nicest thing in life to go through trials and tribulations.  We do realize that You are busy working.  In all humility thank You, for always being there for us even when we feel the need to run and hide.  In the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen

Grateful

Psalm 7 verse 17 (TLB)

“Oh, how grateful and thankful I am to the Lord because he is so good.  I will sing praise to the name of the Lord who is above all lords.”

Sometimes we forget to say thank you, I believe we fall into the habit of just expecting things to come our way.  It is expected that people will treat you fairly and have good manners but if you don’t act in a similar fashion I am sure you are going to get a slap somewhere along the line.

Saying thank you and please should be always in our mouths, we should never forget to use them when speaking to people, family, and friends.  Let’s look at this scenario:  Picture this, you are in a restaurant and the waitrons is standing in front of you waiting for your order.  You are in a bad mood.  You order “Bacon and Cheeze with fried onions.”  She heard Cheeze and fried onions.  She brings your order after about 20 minutes, you are fuming because it took so long and when she places the plate in front of you.  You blow a gasket.  “This is not what I order!  Are you a retard?” You shout at her.  She starts to cry and you shout even louder.

I see that you are in a bad mood, you got mad for the order to be delivered and then she brought you the cheese and fried onions and no bacon.

She’s in trouble with the chef and could lose her job and you just don’t care, no one ever listens anyway.  No thank you for the service will be given and no thank you tip will be given either.

This happens on a daily basis when we allow our circumstance to be dictated by our moods, we should shake it off.  Start with a smile and always be friendly, kind and say thank you or please.

Can you be grateful?  Are you able to show it?

You are a blessing, thank you for reading my blogs.

Eat your own words.

Proverbs 18: 21 (NOG) “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words.”

My mom constantly said “think before you speak” and most of the time I would speak my mind anyway.  Sometimes people will take offense and other times they wouldn’t.  I was of the opinion “if the shoe fits, wear it.”

Now, unfortunately, I am learning the hard way, constantly getting back exactly what I put out there many years ago.

It never occurred to me that as you grow older people say harsh words, and many times they cut like knives.  At least the Lord has given me the opportunity in correcting my mistakes.

Someone I know had made a statement and to be honest I took offense, this person is young and believes that she is right and I do suppose she feels that she may speak her mind.  Something I also realized is that she doesn’t have all the facts at hand and was only making assumptions, which by the way implicated me in something I wouldn’t like to be implicated in.  Anyway, I thought and prayed about this matter and have decided to cut ties with her totally.

I didn’t speak my mind and I don’t think I need to this is now in the Lords’ hands.  I am watching my own tongue as it can set a whole city lit up.  My words can be sweet as honey and they also can come out so wrong.  So from my side, I don’t want to be eating my own words anymore.  I release the lady and move on.

Prayer

Lord because we have life and death in our mouths and many times we love to hear our own words.  Humbly I confess that I have sinned on more than one occasion.  I confess Lord that I am guilty of speaking my mind without thinking.  I pray asking You Lord, forgive me for I have sinned and help me keep a watch over my mouth and keep a watch over my thoughts and mind.  I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen

#Experience the #truth

John 8: 31-32 MSG “Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him.  “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure.  Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”

It is with excitement I start today, I am so grateful that I am able to sit down at my computer and write my thoughts.  Walking through God’s word each and every day is such a privilege.  It is my heart’s desire that I am able to learn as much as I can and that I am able to renew my thinking.

Struggling with fear and doubt is something everybody probably experiences, for myself, I am not fearful but I do believe that doubt is constantly nagging at my heels.

The one thing I am currently doing is to read God’s word, meditate on it and stay focused on what I am reading.  When Jesus was speaking to the Jews he knew them and what they were thinking.  He also said that “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure.  Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”  What an awesome revelation.

When you keep your focus [Scopos] on the Word of God, you are disciples for sure.  You will experience the truth which in turn will free you.  What an awesome thought and we are learning to renew the way we think.  Deciding what is important.

Prayer

Lord, please help us to focus [scopos] on Your Word.  Teach us and guide us, help us to ditch doubt and fear and to embrace believe that Your word is changing out thoughts word-for-word and thought –for-thought.  In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen