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Prayer Journal: Day 335

Day 335

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. – Isaiah 65:24 NIV

The Lord hears our cry even before we fold our hands and bow our heads to pray. He knows us better than we know ourselves.

When we surrender our worries and burdens to the Lord, He helps us focus on the lighter work of spreading the gospel.

Parents can easily distinguish their child’s cry from the cries of other kids. They are tuned in to their child’s dilemmas and are othen readily available to meditate situations. Children may not like to share and have to be taught.

The Lord is tuned in to our voices. He doesn’t ignore us. He asks us to share our faith, even if we don’t know how or what to say. He puts the right words in our months to encourage others. We can trust Him. 
We are blessed to have such a kind Heavenly Father. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 334

Day 334

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 3:14‭-‬15 NIV

We are so lucky to have God’s Word so readily available to us. Bibles are not accessible to everybody, nor is literacy a skill everyone has. We can be grateful because whenever we need encouragement, we can pick up the Bible and read God’s words, just like we would a greeting card from a loved one.

When I was preparing to move, I was sorting through old letters and cards and came across a card my dad had written to me. In his small, engineer’s handwriting, he signed it, “campfire in the sky…Dad.” I immediately started to cry because the last time I had read that note, he was alive.

By faith I believe that I will see my dad again in heaven. Our Heavenly Father will reunite us with our loved ones in Christ. That will be a beautiful day. We will cry tears of joy. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 333

Day 333

Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. – Romans 8:17 NIV

Children’s emotions easily change from one moment to another. One second they are laughing and the next they are crying. But to see a child at play is a joy.

Do we as adults feel joy as easily knowing that we are children of God and co-heirs with Jesus? Do we always rejoice in our eternal inheritance? If not, it’s because we are distracted. The devil likes to throw whatever he can at us to discourage us, but make no mistake, the Lord has already won the battle. We can’t let things sap us of joy; we are entitled to happiness and peace. Each day has a little bit of joy. It’s our job to see it. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 332

Day 332

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. – Psalms 100:4 NIV

The Lord asks us to praise Him and in everything give thanks, no matter how difficult the situation may seem to us at the time.

Jesus sees the big picture. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Nothing surprises Him.

When we find ourselves grumbling and complaining, we must remember how privileged we are to be the children of God. We are truly blessed, and thankfulness could become our natural state. We can remember to thank Him in every situation, because our God is greater than any problem. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 331

Day 331

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. – Jeremiah 29:12 NIV

The Lord hears our prayers. He is our best friend. He is our Counselor. He is our Savior.

When we are unsure what the future holds,  we simply need to pause and ask Him for guidance. Sometimes the answer comes right away. Other times we need to take action in the right direction before we begin to understand where He is leading us.

The Lord does not make mistakes. He will never lead us down the wrong path. He is here for us always. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 330

Day 330

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

Sometimes I wonder after a long period of illness if God was punishing me for something I had unknowingly done wrong. But other times, I think that maybe I did nothing wrong, and the hardships I experienced were ways of teaching me wisdom and appreciation for good health, a good job, and a supportive family.

The Lord delights in us. He wants to see us happy and successful. He wants us to live a righteous life according to His purpose. We sometimes don’t understand why bad things happen, but we can have faith that one day He will reveal everything to us. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 329

Day 329

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV

God always gives us what we need,  but not necessarily what we want. What we want isn’t always what is best for us.

Because the Lord is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, He can see what is in our future.

He blesses us abundantly, more than we can ask or think. When life is not going according to plan, we can stop and ask God to show us what He has in mind for us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 328

Day 328

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 NIV

When we are afraid because the future feels uncertain, we can remember that the Lord sees the big picture. He knows what is ahead of us and can stear us away from any danger.

When the Lord holds our hands, our anxiety can melt away. He is with us, no matter what. He can clearly see the right path for us ahead. We can trust Him and know that everything will be alright. Amen. 

Prayer Journal:Day 327

Day 327

The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. – Psalms 145:14 NIV

I was talking to my mom and told her regarding an unexpected transition, “My heart hurts. My heart aches.” My three-year-old son looked at me and said, “I can fix it.” Then he blew me a kiss. Out of the mouth of babes!

Whenever my son falls down and scrapes his knees, we tell him that we will kiss it better.

I didn’t realize that my son was listening when I said that my heart ached.

The Lord picks up up when we fall. When it seems like the devil is attacking our loved ones, we can remember that God has already won the race. We have to believe, just as a child does, that the Lord wants the best for us and will make it so. When we bow down to pray, we know that the Lord will lift us up, both spiritually and physically. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 326

Day 326

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. – 1 Peter 1:3 NKJV

In this life we will have trouble, but the Lord asks us not to be afraid. He has overcome the world, and gives us salvation through Jesus Christ. If we think our problems are too big, we can remind ourselves that God is more powerful than anything causing our problems. 

He can give us strength to endure any hardship, be it illness, job changes, or a move. The Lord gives us the Holy Spirit to be our Counselor and Helper. He will never leave us nor forsake us, no matter what we may be going through. Amen.

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