31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #12

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Day #12

(Find Day #11 here.)

We live in a noisy and busy world, if we are not careful, the things of this world can drown out the Spirit. -Mary R. Durham

Scripture Reading: “In my distress, I called upon the Lord and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.” -Psalm 18:6

My Thoughts:

Are any of you distressed or struggling with something??

Cry out to the Lord!

Our Father in heaven does not turn from the cries of His children. As we have read today, they come before Him, even to His ears. And He answers, He truly does. We find proof in today’s reading.

Lets take a look at who wrote the verse and when:

Who? King David did.

When? My Bible says this psalm was written the day David was delivered from his enemies and the hand of Saul. he had cried out to the Lord and He delivered! It may not always turn out this way but the lord does hear our cries. It’s so important that we remember this. Just looking at David’s psalms it is ever so evident that the Lord hears and cares for His children.

Prayer:

“Father, thank you once again for giving us evidence that our prayers are heard. Like David we can call out to You and You will hear us. Lord, today I cry out to You, not in distress, but in a moment of stress. I’m feeling very overwhelmed and my life seems to filled with endless busyness. Father, I ask that you may help me to relax. I place everything in Your hands. Help me to finish what needs to be finished and not worry about the rest. May Your will be done. Carry me through this day. Give me joy and patience no matter the circumstance. I praise You, oh Holy One. Your works are so marvelous. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen”

Through all the chaos and noise in the world, God can still hear the whispered prayer of His child. 

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31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #11

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Day #11

(Find day# 10 Here.)

Scripture Reading: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16

My thoughts:

Such a beautiful way of defining prayer. Coming before the throne of grace. Grace is described as the free and unmerited favor of God. We, as believers can come boldly, BOLDLY God says, not hesitating or fearful, to the throne of grace. Our Father accepts us as we are, we don’t need to change anything.

All we need to do is be repentant and our merciful Father will forgive us and have mercy upon us. He is always willing to give us enough grace for our times of need. He is always willing to help. When we feel unworthy of his love and grace, remember our God doesn’t need us to prove ourselves worthy before we bow in prayer. We will never be worthy enough.

But remember grace is the FREE and UNMERITED favor of God. We don’t have to shy away from prayer when we’ve fallen short, our Lord forgives and gives us His grace regardless of what we’ve done. He loves us and all He asks is we come boldly and be repentant.  Turning away from prayer is not the answer, it is not our Lord’s will. We cannot help ourselves. It is only through prayer than we can receive the wonderful mercy and grace to help us overcome.

Prayer:

Thank you, Lord for opening my eyes to how wrong I’ve been about You. You want me to turn to You when I’m in need, that is Your will. Thank you for showing me this. Thank you for Your wonderful mercy and grace. I come before You now and ask that You may shower me with it. May I grow ever stronger daily through You, and grow more and more in the knowledge of prayer. Thank you for the way You have created things. I praise Your perfect creation! In Jesus’ name. Amen

Grace is the FREE and UNMERITED favor of God.

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31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #10

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Day #10

(find Day #9 post here.)

Scripture Reading: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” -Jeremiah 33:3

My Thoughts:

Once again, Jeremiah was urging the people to cry out to the Lord. The Lord had told him to do so. He promised to show great and mighty things, unknown things, if they would do so. He promises the same to you and me. So why are we so often hesitant or forgetful in prayer. The Lord promises to show us the things we do not know or understand. As we have already read in many different sections of the Bible, the Lord continually urges us to call out to Him and promises great things when we do so.

Let’s do this the next time we are unsure of something instead of relying on our own thoughts and plans. When we call upon the Lord, He promises to reveal ways that we had never even thought about. Often these plans turn out to be so much better than what we could have come up with ourselves. I challenge all of you to stop and pray and see what the Lord will reveal to you when uncertainty comes upon you.

So on top of the scripture writing, in the next 21 days,  I challenge you to write out all the prayers you are praying. Then at the end of the month, see how many the Lord has answered. I think we will all be surprised at how many mighty works go unnoticed in our hectic lives.

Prayer:

“Father, You have delivered me and carried me through so many trials and temptations. Today I call upon You and ask that You work within me. Fill my heart with love and patience. Open my eyes to Your mighty works in my life. When life’s troubles come my way, make Your unknown way known to me. Help me to let go of my own desires and plans and follow Your will. And as I go through my daily routines, help me to see the great and mighty things you have blessed me with. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen. “

Call upon the Lord and watch His mighty ways unravel in your life.

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31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #9

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Day #9

(Find Day #8 here.)

Scripture Reading: Psalm 145:18

There will not be a Day#9 thoughts post! I apologize but I along with toddler were hiding out somewhere in a dark corner under a blanket. Flu season decided to hit our home full force and it was no fun! But Lord willing, I will continue with my daily posts from here on forth. Hope you are all doing well with your scripture writing. ♥

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31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #8

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Day #8

(Find Day #7 post here.)

Scripture Reading:

“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.” -Matthew 6:7

My Thoughts:

Before I begin I just want to say that this verse might bring up a subject that could be a little touchy…..especially in the Mennonite community. I debated a bit about whether I should write about it, but these are my opinions and understandings and I always want to be open and honest. I apologize if I hurt anyone’s feelings but I will not change my views because of them. I write as I feel convicted. If you think I am truly misinterpreting, feel free to let me know. I believe in open and honest discussions. And you never know, you could help me out with something I would have otherwise always misunderstood.

But here are my thoughts:

Jesus was talking about the methods and motives of prayer in this section of Matthew 6. In this verse, I believe He was talking about reciting empty words for appearance purposes and the like. Not actually about the repeating of prayers itself. As my NKJV Study Bible points out, Jesus Himself repeated a single prayer several times in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Matthew 26: 39, 42, 44 

The sad thing is that many people in my culture still do this. They have no true faith but repeat empty words, morning, meal times and at bedtime. Yes, the prayers themselves, if you understand them, are very beautiful and full of meaning. But many, many recite them and never actually understand them or pray them with meaning. Their hearts aren’t speaking the words. It’s all just a religious habit and done because it is what is told to do. I’m sure it started off somewhere with very good intentions but over time has become a religious ritual. And I believe that is exactly what Jesus is speaking of in our scripture reading today.

I believe when we go to pray, our Lord intended for us to do so with our hearts and thoughts deeply entwined in the prayer. By doing so our prayers will be heard and not uttered in vain. Prayer should be speaking to and with out Lord, not a recitation of a prayer passed down from generations before, void of understanding and heartfelt meaning. Don’t get me wrong here. The prayers themselves aren’t the problem. It’s what is in, or rather lacking, in the hearts and minds of the person behind the prayer.

Prayer:

“Oh, Lord, I realize I am so guilty of this. How many time have I come before You and repeated an empty prayer whilst my heart and thoughts where far from You?! Far to often….. Father, I ask for Your forgiveness. I pray You may give me a heart on fire for prayer. Help me to learn to pray with fervor and passion. Keep my mind from wandering and clear it of all unnecessary thoughts. May the glory be all to You, always. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

Any prayer, no matter how beautiful, is done in vain when our intentions are misplaced.

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31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #7

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Aah! My posts just seem to keep getting later and later! I apologize! In my hectic week, I still haven’t been able to schedule my posts. I hope you will all just bear with me till I’ve got it figured out. (Time change sure doesn’t help!) And once again I just ask that you include me in your prayers so that I may stay strong and continue to do this. Thank you!

Day #7 

(Find day #6 post here)

Scripture Reading:

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. ” -Romans 12:12

My Thoughts:

These are qualities that should be found in a strong Christian. The header in my Bible actually says “Behave Like A Christian”. So the fact that prayer is once again emphasized just affirms its importance.

There are three different sections in this verse.

  1. First Paul tells us to rejoice in hope. We as born again Christians have so much to hope for. The Lord promises to return so we can rejoice in the hope of an eternal life with Him.
  2. Then he goes on to say to stay patient in tribulation, and I think a Christian can only truly do this if he holds onto the other two parts of this verse. We can have full assurance and can rejoice in hope in the midst of our sufferings because  we know the Lord keeps His promises. Hebrews 10:23 As well as doing what our third section of the verse tells us to do.
  3. Continuing steadfastly in prayer, because through Christ we can do all things. Philippians 4:13. Through a steadfast prayer life our Lord fills us with strength and power beyond our own so that we can stay patient in tribulation.

Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, steadfast in prayer…..These three all connect and fit hand in hand like puzzle pieces.

Prayer:

“Today I pray that I can truly become steadfast in prayer for I know I am weak on my own. I could not remain patient in tribulation without your strength sustaining me. My hope is in you Lord and I know You will not fail. I can do all things through you. Your power and grace is enough. I thank you for that! In Jesus name. Amen”

The enemy will try to limit your prayer because He knows your prayer will limit him.

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31 Day Scripture Challenge: Day #6

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Day #6 

(Find day #5 here.)

Scripture Reading:

“Then you will call upon me and go and pray to me and I will listen to you.” -Jeremiah 29:12

My Thoughts:

This verse on its own is already so beautiful! Yet again our Lord promises to listen. But I felt urged to read the rest of the chapter and found these words were written by the prophet Jeremiah to the captives in Babylon. These captives were in this place because they had disobeyed God and refused to listen to His Word. Because of this, they had been torn from there beloved city of Jerusalem.

Yet God says the following to them in verse 11, “I know the thoughts I have towards you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and hope.” The Lord loved them and had placed them in the position they were in because He loved them and wanted them to return to Him.

I was in the same position in a way. I wasn’t praying or listening to our Lord. I became miserable and nothing seemed to go right. But through my misery, I was forced to realize that I cannot do without my Lord Jesus Christ. I did just as the Lord said to the captives in our scripture reading, I called upon the heavenly Father, prayed to Him and He heard me!

In the following verses 12-13, the captives were also told they would seek for the Lord with all their heart and find him. He would then deliver them from their captivity. We are promised the same. I prayed to the Lord and I then longed to seek Him. He promises I will find him and be freed. Freed from all spiritual captivity and one day, eternal captivity. Oh, praise His wonderful name!

Prayer:

Lord, I called upon You and You answered. You have opened my eyes to your wonderful power and the strength behind prayer. When we trust in You and come to You, You listen and deliver. Thank you, Oh Great and Holy One. I praise You for all You have done and continue to do. Continue Your work in me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

“Pray to me and I will listen to you!” says The Lord

31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #5

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Day #5

(Find day #4 post here.)

Scripture Reading: Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you will have them.”

                                                   -Mark 11:24

My Thoughts:

When we come before the Lord, He asks that we believe. That we believe in even the impossible. Just take a look at verse 23; here Jesus mentions an extreme version of the impossible. But He goes on to say that when we have faith without doubt anything is possible with our Lord.

My study Bible gives another example of Jesus asking us to truly believe when we ask for something. In Mark 9:14-29, we read a story of a son possessed by a demon. The disciples were unable to cast it out. In verse 19, Jesus gives us a glimpse of why. He calls them faithless. They didn’t believe, they had doubts. In verse 23 Jesus tells the father,

“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” -Mark 9:23

The father then cries out,

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” -Mark 9:24

In the commentary section, my NKJV Study Bible says this about that particular verse. “This expresses the dilemma that even those who believe can be nagged by doubt and hopelessness. This man took the correct route by appealing to Jesus for help.” Here we can clearly see nothing can be accomplished when we doubt and don’t believe. But when we do have doubts we must first go to the Lord and ask Him to remove them. By this we are placing our doubts and unbelief in His hands and trusting Him, thereby conquering all said doubt through Him. And in the end victory is given to us because we truly believed in and trusted our Lord.

“When you feel as though you have it now, and the feeling is so real that it is like you have it already, you are believing that you have received and you will receive.” -The Secret

Prayer:

“Lord, You know all my thoughts and you know that this verse is confusing to me. I ask that You may make its meaning known deep in my heart and that You may help my unbelief. I long to learn more and more of Your precious Word and grow strong by it. I believe that You loved me enough to die for my sins. Remove all seeds of doubt from my heart. I trust in You, Lord. You have never failed me and never will. I praise Your High and Holy Name. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

I have to be completely honest here and say, I have a hard time understanding the full meaning of today’s verse. It is such a powerful verse, so full of promise and meaning…..yet so simple. I think that is what I can’t quite comprehend. I have a mindset that everything has to be complex. But it doesn’t. Our Father says ” Just believe…”

Believe and receive.

Tell me, what did you think of today’s verse? I would love to hear! Comment below and share your thoughts.

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31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #4

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Day #4

(Find day #3 post here!)

Scripture Reading: “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.”

-Colossians 4:2

My Thoughts:

It’s interesting how once again the Lord tells us to continue earnestly in prayer and to be vigilant in it with thanksgiving. two of our previous scripture writings already spoke of this, just in different terms.

“Pray without ceasing and give thanks”

“……But in everything by prayer and supplication (the act of asking or begging for something earnestly) with thanksgiving.”

And today once again He asks this of us and does not leave out the thanksgiving part.

Let’s take a look at the word earnestly. It means with sincere and intense conviction; seriously.

Now lets take a look at the word vigilant; keenly watchful to detect danger or difficulties.

So in other words Paul is telling us to continue intensely and seriously in prayer, keeping watch for danger or difficulties but doing all this with thanksgiving. The way I understand is that prayer is something we need to take very seriously and it will keep us on guard and alert for the enemy’s attacks. But once again it can not be done without a thankful heart. We need to be thankful for who God is and all He is doing for us. We need to stand on guard and make serious prayer requests to our Commander when the enemy nears. That is all we need to do. God will take care of the enemy. This is a picture of the powerful relationship we can have with our heavenly Father through a life of prayer. How beautiful it is! 

Prayer:

“Lord, once again I marvel at how perfect and beautiful you have created things. When we do our part through prayer, you are able to move in mighty ways. It all fits together so perfectly. Help me to soak in the power of prayer and to stay ever so vigilant with thanksgiving. I praise your Holy Name and ask for your blessing as we continue on this journey of learning what Your Word has to say about prayer. Help us all to stay strong and vigilant as we sharpen a tool powerful enough to defeat the enemy. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen”

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You can’t pray a ten-cent prayer and expect a million dollar answer! Get serious about prayer!

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31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #3

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Day #3

(Find Day #2 post here.)

Hope your all doing well! I’d like to make a quick prayer request! It seems that just as I’m doing this, my life is wanting to become so hectic that I’m finding it hard to find time for my scripture writing! Pray that I may stay strong and prioritize time with our Father above all else! Thank you <3 If any of you have any prayer requests feel free to post them in the comments and I will do my best to pray for you all.

 

Scripture Reading: “Now this is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

                                                          -1 John 5:14

My thoughts:

This is one of my favorite scriptures and is actually a memory verse of mine. It tells me that we can have complete confidence that He hears our prayers……if we ask according to His will. This is a little tricky sometimes though isn’t it? HIS WILL. Not ours.

My study bible says “The key to knowing that God hears our prayers is to pray according to His will.” (NKJV Study Bible)

“The key to knowing that God hears our prayers is to pray according to His will.” (NKJV Study Bible)

This is hard to do. We must let go of all our own selfish desires and submit to His will. We cant’ go up to the Lord and demand,

“Here fix this!”

It doesn’t work that way. That’s our will, our demands. A submissive relationship with God is what we should want. Instead of demanding, we need to say something along the lines of “Lord I’m struggling with something, can you fix it? According to thy will Father.” And then, accept that it could possibly not be His will at the moment. or even at all. But we can be full of confidence knowing that God did indeed hear our selfless prayer and is doing exactly what is best for us. Whatever it may be.

Once again He does not let us down. Prayer truly rewards.

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Prayer:

“Father, I have full confidence that you hear my prayers, Lord above all I long to seek your will, not my own. However hard it sometimes may be. I realize now why I’ve been feeling like my prayers are only reaching the roof. I’ve been praying my own selfish will. Then turning away from you Lord saying what’s the point He doesn’t hear me, when my own desires aren’t fulfilled. Oh how wrong I’ve been. Lord forgive me for being so selfish. I ask for your will in my life. And if that will is for me to struggle on a little longer with what I’ve been dealing with, then thine will be done. I understand now Father that you have a greater reason, a bigger plan that I cannot see. Father help me to accept this. Rid my heart of all my own selfish wills. May thine will be done, always. in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

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