Prayer Devotional: Day 234

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. – Psalms 141:3 NKJV

Mindfulness and prayerfulness go hand in hand.

God created the present, and He gives us each breath as an individual gift.

But just because we are breathing doesn’t mean that we are present.

We can easily get set off by someone’s words, which puts us in a reactive mode.

We need to practice pausing and asking God for discernment before we speak.

None of us are perfect, and we all mess up, but it is by grace we have been saved.

Whenever we find ourselves in a moment of anger, we can stop, identify the emotion, admit that emotions are human conditions, and exercise self compassion.

This mindfulness practice is not easy. Each one of us receives forgiveness and grace if we ask the Lord to forgive us of our faults.

We may not be perfect, but God is. His perfect love transcends our weaknesses. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 233

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:19‭-‬20 NKJV

The other night, before bedtime, my husband asked our three-year-old son who he would like to say the prayer.

Not really paying attention to my toddler’s response, I said a prayer, only to realize he was fussing about something.

My husband figured out my toddler’s complaint: my son wanted Dad to say the prayer, not Mom.

So, we said another prayer, this time by my husband. He mentioned in the prayer for our toddler to understand that more than one person can say a prayer to God.

God hears all our prayers, no matter whether they come from ourselves, our loved ones, or even people we don’t know.

When we take time to pray earnestly for our family and friends, God pays attention.

The question is, are we paying attention when we pray? Or could we pray more consciously?

Sometimes we pray by rote, but God wants to pray constantly, and never give up. His patience for us is incredible.

After we offer up our prayers, we can pause and thank Him for already answering. We can stop worrying because He hears us and responds. He has everything under control. He is working, even when we are sleeping. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 232

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. – Romans 8:26 NKJV

We don’t always know what to pray for, but the Holy Spirit advocates for us.

Each day has its own set of challenges, even when we are on vacation.

My husband, toddler, and I are traveling to attend my friend’s wedding on Saturday.

Long drives with a three-year-old boy can be frustrating.

Luckily my son is appeased by some things, such as a green dinosaur at a gas station.

God hears our prayers, however small. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 231

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. – 1 Peter 1:6‭-‬7 NIV

Sometimes we need to believe what we cannot see after we ask for something in Jesus’s name. We can’t always see the results of our prayers, but God is working behind the scenes.

Some things we are not meant to understand until we reach heaven.

It is okay to trust that God has everything under control.

The world may give us pain and suffering, yet through all of our trials, Christ died for us to relieve our suffering. He cares about us more than life itself. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 230

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:10 NIV

God gives us each unique gifts and talents, things that come easily to us.

For me, playing piano and learning new technology systems are easy. I set a goal to record a new tech video on my YouTube channel every Sunday and Tuesday at http://www.bitly.com/techcoachgina.

After my son was born, I no longer had any time to practice piano, and when he got older, he would want to pound on the keys whenever I sat down to play.

There is a time and a place for everything. At this particular season of my life, I don’t even have a piano in my house…so I focus on technology.

But, there is a reason why God gave me the gift of playing piano, and at some point in my life I might pick it up again.

God renews our gifts each season the way new flowers bloom in the Spring. We never really know when we may have a chance to shine. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 229

The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! – Psalms 18:46 NIV

God is alive in us and is all around us. All we have to do is stop for just a moment and look around. He created everything around us.

Even the flowers celebrate Him.

My son and I walked around the garden section of Home Depot the other day, and we took time to appreciate how different each flower was.

The Lord has made us each unique, but He extends the same loving kindness to all of us. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 228

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

As a COVID-19 Long Hauler, I can relate to infirmities. I was first diagnosed with COVID-19 in September 2020, and I have experienced fatigue ever since.

What does it mean that God’s strength is made perfect in our weaknesses?

God doesn’t rub it in when we don’t feel well, and when we realize that we can’t do everything on our own, we are more willing to accept His strength. When we solely rely on our strength, we miss out on the blessings that God teaches us when we are ill.

Illness slows us down, but it also forces us to be still. It’s in that stillness when we can hear the Holy Spirit sometimes. The Holy Spirit may impress upon us to love more and judge less. Or He may simply give us a sense of peace and ease. Either way, the time is never wasted. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 227

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. – Psalms 19:1 NIV

Too many of our days we spend with nose to the grindstone.

All we have to do is look up.

God will show us how to uplift ourselves as well as others.

Prayer holds a power like no other type of request. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 226

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. – Luke 6:38 NIV

My dad used to give me, my mom, and my sister a rose every Valentine’s Day.

Now that I have my own house, I have two rose plants outside my front door. The roses haven’t bloomed yet, but they are still pretty.

When we give to others, it’s not because we are expecting to get back something of equal value. Giving can just be because we are thankful that Jesus gave His all for us. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 225

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24‭-‬25 NIV

Good deeds don’t come from just one denomination of Christianity.

In fact, we all can do a little something each day that is good. If we find ourselves saying unkind words in our heads, we can stop and remind ourselves that we are only human. It is normal to have emotions. We can exercise self compassion and give ourselves a break. We would afford that same compassion towards someone else, wouldn’t we?

Encouraging others is a beautiful habit to form. Amen.

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