Why Do You Worry So?

Have you ever thought to yourself when things don’t go as you envisioned, “What am I going to do now?‘” We all have probably thought that at least a few times, or for others many times. I fit in the second group, and you may too. Being human, we tend to first seek only what is tangible or in our control. We like to plan things, and those plans are designed to work. When those plans do not work out, our heart starts pounding. Anxiety rears its ugly head once again.

For some, these feelings really start as we near adulthood as we start to realize high school is almost over and we are soon needing to do what “adults do” like pay bills and feed yourself. For others it starts earlier or later, but  the one thing I that is universal, the older you get, the more likely these thoughts of “What do I do now?” Some of us may have planned to go to university, and out of the number that plan on going to a particular school, how many of us actually ended up where we envisioned? If you were one of the few lucky ones, perhaps worry was delayed for the time being until exams came up. Perhaps you already had anxiety thinking, “What if I do not get in to _________?”

Perhaps you are somebody that had no desire to go to school any longer, and that’s perfectly fine, but that means you probably thought earlier on, “Where am going to work. I can’t pay bills on a minimum wage. I don’t feel like an adult. I’m not ready…” Perhaps none of these thoughts entered your head. What about one of those days where you are running late for work and you are stuck in traffic? Don’t you wish that you could be like Moses and part the sea of cars to allow you to get to work on time? Maybe you are young and taking a pregnancy test because you are worried that you might be pregnant and you don’t know what you are going to tell your parents? Don’t you wish you could control these things? Have you ever thought that, “If it rains, it’s going to ruin my outdoor wedding plans,” that you have been planning for months in advance?

What if I told you we need not worry, and all things will work out? I’m not saying they will work out how you expect, but they will indeed work out according to God’s plans. Our Lord is perfect, and so are his plans, so why worry if his perfect plans work out the way he wants them to work out for you? Why do you feel so upset you are no longer in control like you thought you were? Has God’s plan made you become anxious? Why? He created you and through Jesus Christ, you have eternal life. Why are you so afraid? 

Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for He chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan.

Ephesians 1:11

That’s right. God has a plan for you, and he’ll make it work out. There’s no need to worry such as you are. I’m not trying to make light of your temporary suffering that you may be experiencing, but find comfort that our amazing Lord has all under control! Sure, our lives take unexpected turns, and yes, you will worry sometimes about that uncertainty we have at times, but stop worrying so much. We are children of God, and he’s a perfect parent that will protect us and ensure that we protected. He cares so much about you that he revealed us in human form through Jesus Christ, his son, who paid the price for ALL OUR SINS so that we may have eternal life! 

“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

John 3:16-21

Like David, find comfort that our Lord is there to protect us like a shepherd protects their flock from the dangerous of the wilderness. When we rely of Him, we always succeed in fulfilling His plans.

But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; You are my glory, the One who holds my head high. I cried out to the LORD, and He answered me from His holy mountain. Interlude I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.

Psalm 3:3-6

Stop worrying so much! Lighten your baggage you carry! Let the Lord carry those bags for you for we were not designed to carry so many.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. “

Matthew 6:34

Worry about today, not tomorrow. Stop worrying about things that do not matter yet! The Lord will provide so that all is in place to see that his plans are carried out. Rely on his perfection, not your imperfection!

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow My instructions.

Exodus 16:4

Stop carrying that heavy burden of worry and uncertainty. Stop feeling lonely. Stop feeling hopeless and helpless. Stop feeling that the world is out to get you. Stop all of these things for there is comfort as our Father will be our comfort. Our Father will see that things work out. Our Father will bless us. Our Father is perfect in his timing, so why rely on your perception of what timing is perfect in your own mind? How about you for a moment realize that we are on His time–His perfect time. Realize he’s always there for you and never forsakes us. He is our source of true comfort!

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3

 

Where Do I Turn To?

Life is full of unpredictable events, circumstances, and other general issues that come with living. There’s so many amazing things that happen, but there is certainly a negative side too that occurs. Everybody’s life has different events and turns it may take, but we all feel the pain. While not always true, generally we forget the good that comes with it all too quickly and give the majority of our energy to deep reflection of the less than desirable issues that arise.  

 

We worry far too much about the what if’s of the future and spend less time thanking our father for the good he has already given us. Life is a miracle that we should be grateful daily, but instead we curse it for the fears and uncertainty that we face. It need not be this way for the one that gave us life will provide all that we need. He says this to us, but we do not trust that our creator can do so. Why? Do you forget that the word of God is like no other, and that he always keeps his promise? Have you allowed yourself to become so jaded by human imperfection to think that God’s perfection has the same flaws of lies, half-truths, and failure to follow through?

The thing you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you. So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:33-34

It is said that a mother will defend her young with their life. Do you forget that the creator of all life will provide comfort and protection for us? We are the Lord’s sheep, and he is our shepherd. He provides us with food to eat as we need it and protects us from danger. Trust in him in all your needs.

A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23:1-6

 The Lord created all, but we forget this and try to be our own strength to combat the struggles we face. But why? Why can you not just trust in him? Change that thinking and your life will become easier. We are not designed to rely on ourselves as our source of help.

A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalm 121:1-8

Sadly it’s far too easy for us to only turn to the Lord when we are at our lowest points–our most needy times of desperation. Give the Lord your attention in times of excess abundance and in times of lacking. Give the Lord your attention in times of joy and times of despair. Always turn to the Lord. Praise him in both the good and the bad for he is worthy. When there’s pain in your life, be joyous there’s a God worth worshiping no matter what. 

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. 

Psalm 50:14-15

Remember that even in Job’s great losses, he still worshiped the Lord. 

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

Job 1:20-22

Sure life can feel rough at times, but remember, these times of trouble are not even a drop of water in the entire ocean! We have eternal happiness with the Lord through the grace he gives us. Do not give up for the tough times are short. Through Jesus Christ, our King, we will prevail over death. 

 

Lukewarm Christianity

Trigger Warning: This post might challenge your current view of how a Christian should act.

 

True Fact: Jesus did not say go make more churches. Jesus gave us a command, and it was to MAKE DISCIPLES

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

For some reason, there seems to be a generalized idea that either we are supposed to, as Christians, be radical or be apathetic in our beliefs. The reality is both views of how a Christian should act are not what our Lord told us to be like. Yahweh commands us to not be lukewarm in our faith instead,

I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth!

Revelation 3:15-16

While Christians do not need to be radical like ISIS acts, we are to show people the way to be a Christian through our actions and teaching others. When we do this, we make disciples, and they do the same. The reality is that through discipleship, Jesus taught 12 men the way and we all exist as Christians many years later because of that work. 

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

Matthew 5:13-17

Historically, when salt was made wet, it would leech out from the rest of the salt and over time, it would only leave the impurities of the salt. This salt has lost it’s saltiness. What is left over is no longer useful. Ask any person that’s been on a a restricted diet, when salt is not in food, it’s easy to taste the lack of it. A small amount added is like an amazing treat, for just a small amount is needed for the flavor. We Christians can revolutionize the world even if we are small in number, just as a small amount of salt revolutionizes that meal that is salt-less. Like a lamp in a dark room, even a small amount of light shines throughout. Our actions in our good works and our beliefs that we follow are seen throughout the non-Christian world. 

in a documentary movie, The God Who Wasn’t There, one quote always stands out to me, but not as the creator of the film intended,

“Unless this book is wrong. And if this book is wrong, what the hell is moderate Christianity? Jesus was only sort of the Son of God? He only somewhat rose from the dead? Your eternal soul is at stake, but you shouldn’t make a big deal out of it? Moderate Christianity makes no sense.”

That atheist has a good point–we shouldn’t be moderate. God said for us not to be moderate. What does that even mean though? Jesus was not revolutionary by forcing all to do as he said, but his revolutionary ways were through how he acted. He showed love for us. The stakes are high, so act accordingly. If you call yourself a Christian, then truly try to follow Christ’s lead. We all fall short of achieving his perfection, but that doesn’t mean stop trying! Do worry about the secular preconceptions of what a Christian is, but instead be like Christ. 

 

So this guy comes up to me and says, “what’s the vision? What’s the big idea?”
I open my mouth and words come out like this…
The vision?
The vision is JESUS – obsessively, dangerously, undeniably Jesus.
The vision is an army of young people.
You see bones? I see an army. And they are FREE from materialism.
They laugh at 9-5 little prisons. They could eat caviar on Monday and crusts on Tuesday. They wouldn’t even notice. They know the meaning of the Matrix, the way the west was won.
They are mobile like the wind, they belong to the nations. They need no passport. People write their addresses in pencil and wonder at their strange existence.
They are free yet they are slaves of the hurting and
dirty and dying.
What is the vision?
The vision is holiness that hurts the eyes. It makes children laugh and adults angry. It gave up the game of minimum integrity long ago to reach for the stars. It scorns the good and strains for the best. It is dangerously pure.
Light flickers from every secret motive, every private conversation. It loves people away from their suicide leaps, their Satan games. This is an army that will lay down its life for the cause. A million times a day its soldiers choose to lose that they might one day win the great ‘Well done’ of faithful sons and daughters.
Such heroes are as radical on Monday morning as Sunday night. They don’t need fame from names. Instead they grin quietly upwards and hear the crowds chanting
again and again:
“COME ON!”
And this is the sound of the underground. The whisper of history in the making. Foundations shaking. Revolutionaries dreaming once again. Mystery is scheming in whispers. Conspiracy is breathing. This is the sound of the underground
And the army is discipl(in)ed. Young people who beat their bodies into submission.
Every soldier would take a bullet for his comrade at arms. The tattoo on their back boasts “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain”
Sacrifice fuels the fire of victory in their upward eyes. Winners. Martyrs. Who can stop them? Can hormones hold them back? Can failure succeed? Can fear scare them or death kill them?
And the generation prays like a dying man with groans beyond talking, with warrior cries, sulphuric tears and with great barrow loads of laughter!
Waiting. Watching: 24 – 7 – 365.
Whatever it takes they will give: Breaking the rules. Shaking mediocrity from its cosy little hide. Laying down their rights and their precious little wrongs, laughing at labels, fasting essentials. The advertisers cannot mould them. Hollywood cannot hold them. Peer-pressure is powerless to shake their resolve at late night parties before the cockerel cries.
They are incredibly cool, dangerously attractive inside.
On the outside? They hardly care. They wear clothes like costumes to communicate and celebrate but never to hide. Would they surrender their image or their popularity? They would lay down their very lives – swap seats with the man on death row – guilty as hell. A throne for an electric chair.
With blood and sweat and many tears, with sleepless nights and fruitless days, they pray as if it all depends on God and live as if it all depends on them.
Their DNA chooses JESUS. (He breathes out, they breathe in.) Their subconscious sings. They had a blood transfusion with Jesus. Their words make demons scream in shopping centres.
Don’t you hear them coming? Herald the weirdo’s! Summon the losers and the freaks. Here come the frightened and forgotten with fire in their eyes. They walk tall and trees applaud, skyscrapers bow, mountains are dwarfed by these children of another dimension.
Their prayers summon the hounds of heaven and invoke the ancient dream of Eden.
And this vision will be. It will come to pass; it will come easily; it will come soon. How do I know? Because this is the longing of creation itself, the groaning of the Spirit, the very dream of God. My tomorrow is his today. My distant hope is his 3D. And my feeble, whispered, faithless prayer invokes a thunderous, resounding, bone-shaking great ‘Amen!’ from countless angels, from heroes of the faith, from Christ himself. And he is the original dreamer, the ultimate winner.
Guaranteed.

-Red Moon Rising The Vision

Feed Your Strength, Not Your Fear.

Life offers us storms that we have no choice to escape, but we do have one choice to make–not to fear the storm! “Learn from history or history will repeat its self,” is a common quote many know from an early age.  It’s well known, but so many times never heeded. The fact is, if we review history, we will see how not to react, or how we should react, and there’s a perfect example of how to do just that. 

 

They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said,

“Sit here while I go and pray.”

He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them,

“My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.”

He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting Him might pass Him by.

“Abba, Father,”

He cried out,

“everything is possible for You. Please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine.”

Then He returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter,

“Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with Me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before. When He returned to them again, He found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say. When He returned to them the third time, He said,

“Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But no—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, My betrayer is here!” 

Mark 14:32-42

Jesus prayed that his imminent death would not have to occur. He was afraid. The one perfect man knew he was about to feel the full wrath of God to pay for our sins so that we, those that deserve the wrath, may live in eternal life with the Lord. To further compound this feeling of dread, he had never been separated from his father, but he knew he would soon experience that pain until his death occurred. Despite this coming reality, he was willing to suffer if he had to. 

Like a child, he asked his father to save him, but there was no saving. When we face storms, we forget many times that God is still there for us, unlike Jesus. God’s wrath was incoming like a semi-truck for him and he was afraid. He did not run away, but instead prayed and faced his fears. He asked the others to pray for him, and he did not just pray once, not twice, but over and over. He did not ask his disciples to pray that the event not happen, but instead to pray for himself to be strong through the ordeal. 

When we face storms, be like Jesus and pray to your Father. He will not forsaken us.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.

Isiah 41:10

When you face a storm, fear not, but instead trust that your Father will save you. Stop worrying about worst-case-scenarios. Worrying is a waste of energy that you should be using for God instead. While nobody ever said life was going to be easy, the Lord gives us strength. Rely on Him and not your own self. Only if you learn this lesson will life become easier for we separate ourselves from Him when we fail to rely on His strength. You might not have strength so pray for it. Ask others to pray for your strength. Prayer is a mighty tool we fail to utilize as much as we should, both in good times and the bad. Rely on Him, not yourself! Your true strength comes from Him.

Stop Fearing

“If you have not accepted God’s forgiveness, you are doomed to fear. Nothing can deliver you from the gnawing realization that you have disregarded your Maker and disobeyed his instruction. No pill, pep talk, psychiatrist, or possession can set the sinner’s heart at ease. You may deaden the fear, but you can’t remove it. Only God’s grace can.”

-Max Lucado, “Fearless”

 

 

The Marathon of Life

Lifting weights at a gym, running, cycling, rock climbing, sky diving, skateboarding, driving fast, playing sports, binge drinking, eating contests, hiking, or whatever it is that you do, we as humans like to push ourselves to our limits. Whether it’s for the better or worse, we do things to ourselves to gain more happiness, good feelings, or self-reward. We trust ourselves to be able to do this and the pain we suffer doing so, we rejoice in the pain we go through as that’s the proof of how strong or good we are. We have so much trust in this flesh that we are made of or the things we as people have built, but why? We live in an age of people with trust issues, but we put so much trust in the self and our things.

Why is it that so much trust is put in things that die, break, and inevitably will deteriorate? When life becomes a terrible storm, rejoice not in the trust of yourself, but by our rock, the Lord! Trust in the one thing that is truly the only thing you can trust always. Family is great, but family is only flesh that will die as all things will, but trust in the Lord for the eternal life and salvation for that will last forever. Stop fooling yourself to trust in things that always fail eventually, and trust the pillars that can keep your life anchored firmly. Rejoice in the hardships the Lord gets you through as you do when you push yourself to your limits. While one you control and become proud of for you did more or better, rejoice more in the one you do not control and praise the Lord for when you make it through the storm! Use logic and realize that he is the only one that can truly be trusted!

The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

Psalm 18:2

 

Our Separation From God, Our Sin

Even when we try to draw near to the Lord, our sin always holds back. When you let yourself do things that do not feed the spirit, out sinful flesh is fed, and that chasm between us and the Lord widens. I do not judge others for their choices for that is not man’s role; however, I can say that when you are having trouble drawing near, that’s because you have a bondage that is keeping you enslaved elsewhere.

If you drink, maybe the enemy uses that to hold on to you. Maybe you are homosexuals, but have a great marriage. I say be proud of the marriage, but it is true that that lifestyle comes with difficulties–God did not intend that for any of us. It’s unnecessary to not be proud of your accomplishments. In doing good, but even our good is not good enough.

We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.

Isaiah 64:6 NLTS

While pride can be counter-productive to the spirit, I want you to know that there’s no reason to be depressed. You must find happiness in the things that are positive attributes about yourself.

Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.

Proverbs 29:23 NLTS

Don’t say you are good for the things you’ve done, but only by God’s grace and the payment Jesus paid are we good. Do not be full of yourself in self-envy. Be happy for your better traits and work on the others. Be happy that by grace, you are saved, but no you do not need to hate yourself. God loves you, so love yourself. Just do not take that too far to where you think you are truly good. We are not truly good, for God is the only one that is truly good.

“Why do you call Me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.

Mark 10:18

I know this sounds contradictory, but I have my reasons for why I say these things. As many of of us Christians draw nearer to God, we become depressed that we see imperfections in ourselves and we forget to be happy. Sometimes we start to even hate ourselves because we keep faltering, but that’s bad to do. We have far too many imperfections and shortcomings–like it’s said all our good deeds are dirty rags in the eyes of the Lord, so it’s easy to feel like nothing more than a dirty rag. Only through God’s strength can we change our ways. Let God put on your heart the things he wants you to change, but stop judging yourself so much. Just let things be and take one day at a time. With a positive attitude, we can find happiness in our small accomplishments and our continuing small changes will build to bigger ones.  I’m not saying your sin is okay, but instead I am saying God already knows you were and are a sinner. He desires for you to change, but we will never be fully successful in the endeavor.

We do not need to make excuses for our sins, but we also do not need to belittle our attempts to be better people. Enjoy the small accomplishments for they will add up. Let God make those changes in you for you will only succeed by relying on his power. I know somebody is going to read this and think that I am somebody that is trying to teach others sin is okay, and if you do think that, you have missed the message. I want us all to stop sinning, but the Bible says we will fail.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Romans 3:23

I just know the amount of hurt people have and that’s not what God wishes for us. If we start living our lives like he desires, we will lose that hurt that we feel for going against his desires, but along with that, if we lived by his desires, there’d be less judgment too.

Happy Easter!

Easter is an amazing day of celebration to celebrate our freedom from the bondage of sin. Only through faith that Jesus is our Savior in which died for our sins so that we may have eternal life in Heaven can we be free. As important as this day is, I do not think my words can explain we celebrate this day any better than this–we celebrate because Easter celebrates Jesus rising from the dead three days following when he was killed on the cross. That is the beauty in the horrible death he suffered for us. 

 

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to Him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.”

Romans 8:1-15

What Would You Have if you Woke up to Having Only What You Thanked the Lord for Last Night?

Take Your Prayer Life to the Next Level

It is sometimes envious as Christians to wish you were able to pray like that one person you know. You find yourself a loss of words. I’ve been there myself and I make no claims for myself to have especially amazing prayers, but I have learned some important factors to effective prayer. Faith is the key to prayer–have faith that God can and will fulfill your prayers. Don’t fake believe, but believe so much that it’s sure as the Sun is going to arise from the East and set in the West. Faith is difficult sometimes; doubt enters the mind and that little voice builds doubts that God will not do for you what you desire full heatedly. Ask yourself this–if you can have doubts about your faith, can you not doubt that your doubts have substance? Doubt those doubts and pray the doubt leaves. Command in name of Jesus that those doubts put in your head by the enemy leave!

 

Effective prayer not only requires faith but also a few other key aspects, but perfect language is not that requirement. Long prayers are not necessary either. While an amazing prayer can make one feel like it was a more powerful than the few words you were able to think up, but that’s not exaclty a fact. Follow these rules and do them often like it is habit and you will see your prayer life go from what you think of only sometimes, and it will become your rock to lean on and done often!

[A]doration
[C]onfession
[T]hanksgiving
[S]upplication

Express how much you adore the Lord! We are here to exalt his name and do for him what he says. We are not perfect, but he is. Let’s try our imperfect best to let him know we love him in all his glory for he is our God Almighty that can change circumstances that in our human minds think are impossible.

Confess your shortcomings to him. Let him know you are lacking the faith he desires for you. Let him know that you sinned. Let him know you need to trust him more. Confess them and confess often. You will over time learn to grow closer to him through admitting these shortcomings.

Thank the Lord for all the blessings he gives us. Thank him for waking up to a new day. Thank him for your family. Thank him in all that you do and all that he has done for you. All things good come from the Lord, so be thankful for the love he shows us daily, even when we feel lonely and depressed. In the face of suffering, there’s a God worth worshiping always.

Let the Lord know what you need. Keep praying for it over and over for if you do not receive at first, keep trying for the person that keeps asking will receive when it is the Lord’s perfect timing that brings the gifts we need. God’s will will always be done, but not all situations are God’s will. Pray for those hard issues that you feel there’s no other way out. Pray for that escape from the enemy that attacks, for we will be protected as we are his children and he has power we cannot imagine.

 

How often should you pray?

Pray as often as you can. Not just at night or the morning, but all the time. Try setting a reminder for praying every hour. Move to every 30 minutes. Decrease to every 15 minutes and so forth. The point is that you will begin to have a better prayer life when you practice it more. Thank God for all you have. It’s hard to think of all you want to pray for and that’s okay. You will get better. Just remember, it says to not mindlessly repeat the same prayers, but truly speak to God about what you want to happen and what you are thankful sure. Talk to the Lord like he’s a close friend and you will find you are doing prayers correctly. He already knows everything about you, so hide nothing. 

 

What if you woke up the next day and all you had was what you previously thanked God for? I bet you’d lack many things you love. Love of possessions is not a good trait, but do be mindful he can take those away from you. Don’t forget to be grateful for we are all one step away from losing our stuff, but we are also only one prayer from possibly having more blessings. Tune in with the Holy Spirit and you will not go wrong. Once again, always be thankful for your life and all that he does. 

 

God Bless,

Ray