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Prayer Journal: Day 185

Day 185

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. – Romans 8:26 KJV

When we pray without ceasing, sometimes we don’t quite know what to pray for. The Lord knows what interventions need to be done to touch the hearts of those we care about who may be struggling. 

The Lord knows ultimately the best way to reach people who desperately need Him. Perhaps they may have lost touch with Him along the way and have forgotten how much He loves them.

It is not our job to dictate to others how they should communicate with God. God is the judge, not us. We can trust that He will take care of everything and everyone. 

What we can do is simply pray for His help, and He will do the rest. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 184

Day 184

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. – John 11:25 NKJV 

Jesus makes it possible for all of us who believe in Him to live after death. 

Because of Jesus and the resurrection, life is not “nasty, brutish, and short” the way that philosopher, Hobbes said. Instead, Jesus has given us a second life. 

Through one man, Adam, most everyone will suffer what it is like to die. Yet through one man’s sacrifice, Jesus, we are saved. Salvation is nothing less than a miracle. 

Human beings, despite scientific advancements, will never be capable of generating everlasting life.

Science fiction paints a world where we have a future in which we figure out how to live forever, but the answer is simple. Jesus accomplished salvation for us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 183

Day 183

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105 NKJV 

When we are in darkness, we can’t see clearly where we should go.

I visited a cave, and the tour guide shut off the lights for a moment to show us how dark it was. It was so dark and cold that I could almost feel the humidity in the air. When the lights came back on, we could easily navigate out of the cave. 

The Lord wants us to direct us. He seeks out ways to illuminate our path. 

When we don’t see what He is trying to demonstrate to us, He tries another way, because He doesn’t give up trying to get our attention. The Lord knows where we should go, and He can direct us completely. We have no reason to fear. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 182

Day 182

Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. – Luke 6:37 NKJV 

Sometimes we can be a harsh judge of other people who we believe have wronged us in the past. We replay what they did in our minds and condemn them for what they did wrong. 

Forgiveness does not make what they did right, but forgiveness is a prescription for healing. Jesus teaches us to forgive, and whenever we remember those old wrongs and start to feel angry and resentful all over again, we can remind ourselves that forgiveness heals us and allows us to become more like Jesus. 

God sometimes allows difficult situations to enter into our lives to teach us. Whenever we feel angry, we can remind ourselves to forgive 70×7. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 181

Day 181

Nevertheless I am continually with you; You hold me by my right hand. – Psalm 73:23 NKJV 

There is something very sweet and innocent about holding the hand of a child. Holding hands is for protection and guidance of the child, but it is about comfort as well. 

We need God’s love, comfort, and protection. In many ways, if we could just trust Jesus the way our children trust us, we would save ourselves a lot of worry.

God is there for us. He is with us continually, day and night, even when we are asleep. He cares for us.

He keeps us from falling. He guides us away from danger. 

When we try to rely on our own strength, we realize very quickly that listening to God is much better than self reliance because God is infinitely better at helping us and guiding us than we are. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 180

Day 180

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but these things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. – Deuteronomy 29:29 NKJV 

When we accept that the Lord knows more than we do, we can relinquish our desire to control what happens in our future. Not everything is up to us. God reveals things to us bit by bit, at the rate that we can handle. He doesn’t overwhelm us with too many changes all at once. He allows us to take things one at a time. 

There is no need to feel overwhelmed or stressed when He is directing us.

When we find ourselves wondering if everything will be okay, we can set our minds at ease because God is in control. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 179

Day 179

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 2 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV 

When we are going through big life changes, it’s easy to get into a mode of complaining about how much we wish things were to stay the same. 

God wants us to stop complaining and instead thank Him for all the blessings He has given us. If we stop and appreciate even the little things in our lives that are going right instead of harping on the details of what we perceive might be wrong, we can refocus our attention on thankfulness. 

When we adopt a thankful mindset, our world view starts to change. Instead of attracting more of what we don’t want into our lives, we focus on God’s will for us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 178

Day 178

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 NKJV 

When babies look in the mirror, they don’t recognize themselves until they reach a certain level of maturity. 

When we see Jesus again, we will know His face immediately. What a revelation!

When we have faith, we believe in Jesus without seeing Him, although evidence of His works can be seen every day. 

When we have hope, we trust that Jesus will come again, and we will see our loved ones who have passed away. 

When we love God, all the things of Earth grow dim, because we can focus on Him through everything. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 177

Day 177

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… Hebrews 12:1 NKJV 

My dad, Henry Akao, ran eight marathons during his lifetime. I have never even attempted one. I am so easily prone to fatigue now post COVID-19 that I can’t imagine having the endurance to start running, let alone finish a race. 

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He can finish our races for us when we are too weary to continue. He has strength in contrast to our weaknesses. 

When we ask Jesus for help daily, and even at every moment that we need Him, the weight that we carry on our shoulders lightens. The future seems brighter with Him at our side. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 176

Day 176

In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me. – Psalm 86:7 NKJV 

Sometimes change is troubling to us. We don’t know where to turn, but the one friend we can always call is God. He always answers! How many friends do we have who always pick up and make themselves available when we need them? Jesus is the best friend we could have. 

He leads us through life changes with confidence. He gives us strength when we need it. When we feel the worries of the world creeping in, He comforts us and gives us peace. He is always there for us, no matter where we turn. Jesus is the one constant in our lives that will always stay the same. Amen. 

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