Prayer is one of the most untapped resources we have as followers of Jesus. I’m guilty of this more than anyone else I know but the fact that we can come before God and speak to Him is nothing other than incredible! So often though (I think because we think we can’t see results), we give it a shot here or there, and then just move on with our day.
The Bible has a lot to say about God answering prayers and Him making decisions based on the prayers of His people. This of course tempts us to ask if we can change God’s mind about something, but before we get distracted with debates that we’ll never fully have the answers to, we’d be better off trusting the very Word of God that He is completely in control at all times AND at the same time listens to our prayers and answers us.
What’s clear from what Jesus has done for us is that God is personal and intimate. He would not have sent His own Son to die for us if He didn’t love us. He would not have told us to pray to Him in the Bible if He didn’t mean it and if He didn’t want to spend time with us, listen to us, etc. Imagine having a relationship with someone but you never spent time with them…that would not really be a relationship at all.
God invites you and me to come to Him at anytime, anywhere, pray to Him…give thanks to Him…confess to Him…ask requests of Him…and trust Him with His answers no matter what happens. God truly does listen to us and answer prayers.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on answered prayer:
Help is one of those words with many different meanings. It’s emotional. It’s difficult. It’s where freedom is found. It’s terrible. It’s innocent. It’s many different things.
Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of terrible tragedies and we need help. Sometimes we see children asking their parents for help. Sometimes we finally give up on our own strength and ask others for help. And sometimes we simply cry out with everything we have for someone to help us.
Whatever definition of help that resonates with you the most, rest assured God can be a help to you.
We are quick to turn away from God and look for something more tangible to help us, but we forget just how close Jesus is to us. We forget we have the Holy Spirit Himself inside us (for those who follow Jesus).
No matter what you are going through, no matter what decisions you are having to make, even if you believe you are completely alone, remember that Jesus is with you. He can relate with you in every way because of what He went through for us. He understands and can be a refuge for you and give you strength.
Do you believe this?
Pray to God, asking Him for help, and read what the Bible has to say with scripture on help:
As Christians we go to the Bible for everything, or at least we know we should go to the Bible for everything. It’s impacted us one way or the other on something we have read or heard before, but is also sometimes a challenge to us as well. It can be hard to read, seem old, or even out of place in today’s culture, but oftentimes we forget to see what the Bible actually has to say about itself.
I’m convinced more than ever today that spending time with Jesus is the hardest thing for us Christians to do and there are a lot of reasons why. I believe the most important reason it is difficult is because we have a real enemy who is against us and knows the power that takes place when we spend time with God.
The primary way we do this as believers is through the Bible. Since the Bible itself declares that it is the very word of God, I think that’s one of the main reasons it’s so hard to read it. The enemy is against us reading the Bible. Let me encourage you to just read small chunks of it, one day at a time. Maybe start in one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and just read a chapter a day. Just start there…start somewhere…and see what God does through time with Him.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on scripture:
Whenever anyone brings up heaven, what do you think about? What comes to mind? Is it the thought of people floating on clouds? Playing the harp? Just singing all the time? There not being anymore pain or suffering? Daylight all day long? Does it bring excitement and anticipation into your life? Does it sound boring?
We have so many ideas and thoughts of what heaven will be like we’ve even made tons of movies about it. At the end of the day, there is not one single person who has been here on earth who has been in heaven…except for Jesus.
It’s interesting that we default to making up what heaven will be like “for us” or look around to other ideas to try to get a glimpse into heaven, when we have something…and someone who can tell us firsthand what heaven will be all about. Be encouraged to spend time with God today, pray, read the Bible, and reflect on what the future has to hold for followers of Jesus.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on heaven:
The Bible has a lot to say about obedience and it’s a big deal for followers of Jesus. While obedience to some people might just mean training their animals or raising their children, obedience to the follower of Jesus means bringing glory to God more than anything or anyone else.
If we claim to follow Jesus, but we are not obedient to what He teaches us in the Bible, that reveals a lot of things. It’s possible that we don’t really trust Jesus in those moments or at all and it’s also possible for us to mislead people the wrong way. People are watching and when they see followers of Jesus continue to not live out what the Bible teaches, that drives people farther and farther away from the Church.
The Good News is that even in our disobedience, we have someone who was perfectly obedient on our behalf. Jesus continues to forgive and has saved His followers for all eternity. Rest in the fact that you are forgiven today and seek to be obedient, one day at a time.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on obedience:
The other day I was packing up decor…taking it down from the house, wrapping it up, putting it in boxes, and then carrying and storing it away. I was just about done and near the end when I bent over to pick up something from the ground and then BAM! All of a sudden it felt like my lower back popped and I went straight to the ground, unable to move.
It’s possible that some of you may have experienced this before (I’m with you people) and it’s possible you’ve never experienced this yet (lucky), but long story short, my lower back seized up and took me out of commission for a few days.
Now anyone that knows me knows that I have a VERY hard time laying down and resting. I’m sure this is pride and I have a lot of issues to deal with (that’ll be in future posts), but I found myself thinking about perseverance. Not only does my body have to heal and I’ll persevere through this back issue, but it made me think of just how much Jesus persevered upon my behalf. Just how much He persevered for all of us.
Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross (after being tortured), and rose again from the grave defeating death and sin in Victory. Let’s just say my “back issue” is nothing compared to what Jesus has done. Regardless of what we are going through, no matter how painful it might be, we must remember that Jesus has done everything for us…that He knows us…that He can sympathize with our every weakness…and that He will bring us through whatever it is we are going through today.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on perseverance: