Prayers that won’t give up!

 Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them they should always pray and

never give up- Luke 18:1

 

At a certain point in life, we all have a limit.

For example, I have a “three call back” phone rule. If I call someone over three times and they don’t return my phone call, it’s likely I won’t call them back anymore. ( okay maybe four times, but who’s counting)

Have you ever had a friend who cancels consistently? It’s pretty hard to trust them to show up at future events.

It’s easy to transfer our human limits onto our relationship with God.

When we experience disappointments with human relationships, it’s easy to expect those same disappointments from our relationship with God.

In our limited minds, we can compare God to a friend who doesn’t call us back or show up when we make plans.

Jesus must have known this after being around his friends on earth. In Luke, he tells his disciples a parable to help them stop seeing God like a human.

In the parable of the persistent widow,  a unjust judge that finally gives into a request by a widow repetitively knocking on his door, insisting to be have her justice. He only gives in because she is pestering him but it’s not because he cares about her or about anyone but himself.

Jesus breaks the comparison trap with this verse:

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.

We are not just annoying people, we are God’s chosen ones….Let that sink in while hearing this –

As God’s chosen people we will receive justice and quickly!

As humans tempted to believe God doesn’t hear us, he does. He will defend our cause and bring about justice for those who love him.

We must persist in prayer and not give up! Click To Tweet

You are a chosen one of God! He hears you- He knows you-

He will send what you need even today as you trust him!

 

Todays prayer:

Lord, I will persist in prayer for _________________________. I will believe that you are listening and that you deeply understand my heart for this situation. Give me the grace to walk in confidence that you are at work on my behalf. You will bring justice to my cause and light to my path. You will not give the enemy of my soul the ultimate victory. You will victorious in your good and perfect plans for my life and the lives of those I love. 

in Jesus name-

amen-

 

 

 

 

 

The Universal Prayer for purpose: The prayer of St. Clement

 

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Have you ever listened to the words of a prayer that infuse your heart a new purpose?

The first Christian radio station that listened to was a Catholic radio station in Tampa. This little radio station was like a voice of an angel whispering God’s truth to me all day long. I loved the contemporary praise music they played but especially the prayer I would hear at noon every day.

At the same time every day, the radio stations played this recorded prayer that touched my heart. No matter what I was doing, I looked forward to hearing it, memorizing it as the words sank deep into my soul.

Sometimes on the journey toward purpose, our hearts need to hear prayers that we can not speak for ourselves.

It was soothing to me and beautiful. I hope you enjoy this prayer to day that is attributed to Pope Clement.

And to my Catholic friends, may the peace of Christ be with you always.

 The Universal Prayer

Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith. I trust in you: strengthen my trust. Click To Tweet
I love you: let me love you more and more.
I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.

I worship you as my first beginning,
I long for you as my last end,
I praise you as my constant helper,
And call on you as my loving protector.

Guide me by your wisdom,
Correct me with your justice,
Comfort me with your mercy,
Protect me with your power.

I offer you, Lord, my thoughts: to be fixed on you;
My words: to have you for their theme;
My actions: to reflect my love for you;
My sufferings: to be endured for your greater glory.

I want to do what you ask of me: In the way you ask, For as long as you ask, Click To Tweet
Because you ask it.

Lord, enlighten my understanding,
Strengthen my will,
Purify my heart,
and make me holy.

Help me to repent of my past sins
And to resist temptation in the future.
Help me to rise above my human weaknesses
And to grow stronger as a Christian.

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
And see myself as I really am:
A pilgrim in this world,
A Christian called to respect and love
All whose lives I touch,
Those under my authority,
My friends and my enemies.

Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
Greed by generosity,
Apathy by fervor.
Help me to forget myself
And reach out toward others.

Make me prudent in planning,
Courageous in taking risks.
Make me patient in suffering, unassuming in prosperity.

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
Temperate in food and drink,
Diligent in my work,
Firm in my good intentions.

Let my conscience be clear,
My conduct without fault,
My speech blameless,
My life well-ordered.
Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.
Let me cherish your love for me,
Keep your law,
And come at last to your salvation.

Teach me to realize that this world is passing,
That my true future is the happiness of heaven,
That life on earth is short,
And the life to come eternal.

Help me to prepare for death With a proper fear of judgment, But a greater trust in your goodness Click To Tweet.
Lead me safely through death
To the endless joy of heaven.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

One prayer to find your purpose

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Are you looking to rediscover a greater purpose for your life?

Purpose is often discovered on the shores of the uncomfortable.

Are you in an unexpected destination where you feel alone and uncertain of your purpose in life?

Uncharted pain does not take away your purpose in life but it can cause you to head in a new direction.

God disturbs us to help us let go of our plans and seek a fresh, deeper kingdom purpose.

And who knows?

When you lose sight of the land, you just might see the stars. #prayforpurpose Click To Tweet

 

As promised, this is one prayer for purpose attributed to Sir Francis Drake in 1577

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

When you read this prayer today, I would love to hear from you. What do you think about praying for God to disturb you ?

How do you think this will lead you to find a greater purpose in life?

Ask God How to live : Radical Acceptance and 50 things the Holy Spirit can Do for you

Radical Acceptance

“Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.” —Charles Stanley

Live

Live

Have you ever experienced a pain so deep that you did not want to live with the reality of that loss?

Fighting  Reality !

It’s was hard for me to accept what I didn’t want to be true. 

I lived trapped in a world of why after my nephew died. Why God Why? Then my mother, best friend, died five months later and again I mourned with the another question of why.

Why ?

The world of why demands answers that will only be received in heaven. The unanswered questions of “why”  kept me me stuck trying to fix the past and prevent failure in the future.

We wonder why in time of loss as our minds refuse to accept our new reality. Click To Tweet

Accept Reality

Reality acknowlegdes that the plans of our life have radically changed and the only way to move forward is radical acceptance.

Radical acceptance is a concept developed by Marsha Linehan. 

Radical acceptance is accepting life as it is and not as we would wish it to be Click To Tweet.

It doesn’t mean you like or approve of it, it just means you are willing to accept what you cannot change or choose.

After about three weeks of crying on the floor and asking God for an answer, my door bell rang. I opened the door to find a friend with a gift for me.

I opened the gift and the picture frame held a one word answer for me…..

The picture frame said –

LIVE!

God was calling me to live in the reality of my losses without trying to change!

Live!

Even when I felt like I wanted to die

Live!

Even when I didn’t like being alone without my mother or my nephew

I found my verse to accompany my call to live;

Psalm 118:17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

Are you having hard time living with the reality of your radical change of plans?

I have some good news. Through daily prayer, I began to experience the power of the Holy Spirit who could help me radically accept and live again.

God promises that He will give us His spirit when we don’t know how to live.

Maybe you need to be encouraged with what the Holy spirit can do for you?

Here is a list of 50 things as quoted by the blog of Frank Viola in Beyond Evangelical :

rankviola.org/2010/11/18/50-things-the-holy-spirit-does/

Prayer Practice 7: Show me Lies I have believed !

40 days of prayer

Show me Truth

John 8:32

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free

I was bitter- nasty snake bitter, after my divorce from Mark.

I couldn’t believe He destroyed our marriage and then expected me to forgive him after our divorce.

NO WAY!

He ruined everything and there was no turning back from the damage that was done!!!

I began to attend a Bible study and discover that many of my thoughts were based on lies instead of truth. You may be wondering what I am talking about now. As women we have many thoughts and feelings.

Heres a key issue:

Not every thought we have is based on the truth of Gods word

Prayer is a critical time to ask God to reveal truth to us and to keep our spiritual eyes and ears open. As we discover truth we become to free to serve God’s purposes and the thoughts about our plans that have failed. I was challenged by a woman in my group to start praying, God show me the truth and show me the lies!  I took her up on the challenge and really asked God to check my thoughts:

So let’s review what I was thinking and saying at this time-

Were my thoughts truth or lies??????:

HE ruined everything!!!! ( lie)

Truth: God says that no human has the power to ruin our lives! It’s is the work of Jesus Christ that preserves us in the hard times and no man can take that away from us.

There is no turning back from the damage that was done!!!! ( lie)

Truth: The heart of the gospel is that God gives us second changes and third and fourth ones!!! There is always time for change and Jesus came to ensure that the most important changes could happen inside of us.

In light of this prayer, I learned to challenge my thoughts and really discover the truth of Jesus. He does have the power to change my thinking! My ability to forgive Mark was based on this process of prayer.

Thankfully- God did reveal the truth of forgiveness and grace that can be found in Him even in the pain of a failed marriage –

I was set free to forgive !!!!

We were re-married to each other in Christ. Our remarriage has been one of the greatest gifts of my life.

couple hugging

prayer intention: Truth

Dear God-

I am asking you about a specific situation of _______________________________.

Will you please reveal to me the truth or the lies of what I am thinking about this in my mind? Will you show me through your word and confirm this to me in many ways throughout my day? I know Jesus, you are the truth and you will set me free from any thinking that gets in the way of the purposed you have for me.

I thank you in advance!

In Jesus name-amen

Prayer Practice 8: Renew

40 days of prayerPsalms 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

A renewal of our spirit starts with prayer! Click To Tweet

Renewal is replacing or restoring something that is worn out-

“If you are renewed by grace, and were to meet your old self, I am sure you would be very anxious to get out of his company.” 
― Charles H. Spurgeon

I’ve been in a dry season of life. Everything seems ordinary and routine.

Same old, same old-

When these seasons of life happen, I know I need a renewal of my spirit.

Usually there is an area of my heart that is in need of change.

Change of attitude, change of direction, change of perspective.

Are you looking for a change in your life too? 

Lent is a great time of renewal. It’s a time set aside to seek God and focus on what Christ did for each one of us on the cross.

Jesus made change in our lives and renewal possible.

He died not only to make our hearts clean but to help us live revived with His spirit.

Only through Him can be become the change the world needs to see.

prayer intention: Renewal

Dear Lord-

I pray for you to cleanse my heart and give me a new spirit. I pray that the power of your spirit would

make a change within me. I am asking for you to reveal areas of my life that are not working anymore, things that are in need of a refreshing.

Show me your grace as I begin the process of changing my attitudes that don’t bring me peace. Give me a new direction in life and the big picture perspective of eternity.

In Jesus Name-Amen

Prayer Practice 9: Father Forgive them

Luke 23:34

 Jesus said,  “Father Forgive them for they know not what they do-“

 

People don’t realize they hurt our feelings and wound our soul.

I was struggling to survive, after my mother and nephew died. People expected me to be normal the day after the funeral. Unless you have suffered grief yourself, you don’t understand the long-term process of healing and  compassion needed.

Weeks after the funeral, a friend got mad at me for not picking up his child at our youth group. I felt attacked in my grief and inability to coordinate much of anything. I couldn’t even speak the words to defend myself and  just cried myself to sleep that night. Although I thought of hateful words in my heart, I realized :

No one understands grief until they have lost someone.

No one understands the pain I was experiencing unless I tell them.

Most of all, No one understands hurt better than Jesus.

Jesus too, suffered pain in relationships. He was wounded both physically and emotionally by the people he loved.

Unlike us, he did not sin with aggressive retaliation or frozen passivity in response to another person. He chose forgiveness.

Jesus used pain to demonstrate the power of forgiveness. Click To Tweet

 

 

Whatever the injury, I try to use the words of Jesus to begin to pray forgiveness into a situation.

 

 

Prayer intention: Forgive

 

Dear Lord,

I am struggling today with a relationship with someone who doesn’t even realize that I am hurting. They don’t realize the emotional pain I experience as a result of their actions. I pray the words of Jesus, that you would forgive ____________________, because they have no idea of the pain they have caused me. Give me the strength to release this hurt into your hands and gentle ability to confront this person in love in the future.

 

I ask in Jesus Name-Amen

What God would say to a Mom when her child struggles

What GOd Says

My Child My Child!

Why are you  suffering in regard to your child?

Do you not realize it is I who have formed them and placed them

within your life for my great purpose?

These are purposes beyond your reach, beyond any human effort you could try to obtain.

I watch you toil in vain, in agony over your limited but beautiful efforts.

You are not able to do what only can be accomplished through my spirit.

I see such love in your heart and I only ask that you pray for the wisdom I promise to give you.

I have promised the protection your child needs.

I have promised the strength you need and the power to overcome obstacles

Do you trust me, Daughter?

In that moment of your greatest worry or slightest anxious feeling,

release your child to me in prayer. Click To Tweet

Submit your heart and soul to me as Lord of your family, Master of their care.

Resist the temptation of the evil one to fret or question my power.

When you praise me, these evil thoughts will leave and flee your mind like rats running in fear.

I will be faithful to complete the good work I desire to accomplish in your child- Click To Tweet

Love your Father in heaven

Prayer Practice 10: Remember

40 Powerful prayers blog post

Lamentations 3:22

This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. 22The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.…

Memories are a power place in our mind. Click To Tweet

Memories have the power to transport our thoughts and feelings  so we can experience emotions from the past.We  recall happy memories that make us feel loved or we can choose bitter memories that make us reprocess  hurt. .

When we pray, it’s an important practice to remember the times that God was faithful in your life.

Pain has a way of giving us temporary amnesia. Click To Tweet

We struggle to remember the truth of the joy we experience.

If you are feeling down today

Remember :

There is nothing, no circumstance, no trouble, no testing that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has come past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose.

—Alan Redpath 

Remember Gods love and purpose in your life as you pray today. Remind yourself and even God as you talk to Him in prayer.

prayer intention: remember

Dear God,

I remember the times in my life when I felt so close to you. I remember the times when your showed me your

love and favor. Because of your love , I know that I have hope in my situation. I know your compassion will not fail me

in my life. Thank you for all you have done and all you will do in the future.

In Jesus Name-

Amen

Action: Remember a time you felt close to the Lord and write it down. Review it during your day and choose to remember!

Prayer 6: Help my unbelief!

40 Powerful prayers blog post

Mark 9:23-24

But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” 

And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.”

Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”

A powerful three word prayer: Help my unbelief ! Click To Tweet

My Uncle is a pastor and godly man who has shaped many key moments in my life through prayer. Before critical moments in our lives, we always picked up the phone to call Uncle Johnny. We joked that he had the hotline to God or the direct 911 to heaven. He is always quick to tell me he doesn’t have any power in his prayer, but God does. For me, there is nothing as powerful as an “Uncle John” prayer over the phone.

Do you have a person who you rely on for powerful prayer?

Somehow, when it’s just me and God alone, I can feel less authoritative in my prayers.

I squeak out the words…God, if you can do anything, help!

The prayer even when we doubt is Lord help me believe Click To Tweet

help me believe

One time, I remember Uncle John telling me that even if we are feeling weak in prayer we can cry out to God with the simple prayer of the father in Mark 9. ”  Help my unbelief. “

Maybe you don’t feel very authoritative or powerful in your prayers or maybe you don’t have access to a person to pray with you? Sometimes it’s easier to believe God in prayer when we have another person with us.

God is the only one who can help us with our unbelief. Click To Tweet

Are you feeling less faith today? Just ask God to help your unbelief !

Remember the words of Jesus himself, All things are possible to him who believes!

prayer intention: Help me believe

Dear God,

Help me believe, and even help my unbelief !

In Jesus Name- Amen