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Prayer Journal: Day 242

Day 242

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. – Psalms 145:18‭-‬19 NIV

The Lord can hear when a toddler falls down and cries. He sends extra angels to protect our little ones from harm. There is nobody too small for Him to care about. He loves all of us.

When we call upon the Lord, He answers. He doesn’t always give us the answer that we were expecting, but He gives us the best answer. 

Fear of the Lord starts with love. Because we love Him, we obey His laws. Not because we have to, but because we want to. We love Him, and we nurture that relationship by reading His Word and following it. When our desires align with Him, we are blessed. 

The Lord is a God of truth. He never deceives us. He always leads us in the everlasting way. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 238

Day 238

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. – Colossians 2:2‭-‬3 NIV

All knowledge and wisdom comes from God. If we are ever confused about our purpose, it is to bring others to Christ. Our other goals are important, but not as important as sharing God’s love.

Love unites people who don’t get along. It transcends our backgrounds, the color of our skin, and our socioeconomic status. Christ saved us by grace, and His love for us is immense. 

When we speak from the heart, we can better communicate the richness of the love of Jesus. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 221

Day 221

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. – Romans 5:5 NIV

The Holy Spirit is a manifestation of God’s love. He helps us when we are disappointed. He guides us when we are in transition. Our Lord gives us hope.

Instead of focusing on our problems, we can fixate on our blessings. 

Today is moving day into my new home in Idaho. It is okay to be busy and have a lot to do. God can always give us just enough strength that we need to get what we need to do done. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 217

Day 217

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. – Jeremiah 31:3 KJV

The Lord’s love for us lasts forever. He will never get tired of loving us. He will never be too busy to hear our prayers. 

Our God is kind. He made us good. When we find ourselves wondering how we will handle all the changes in our lives, we can simply stop and remember that we can always trust Him.

Transitions can feel uncertain. When we move to a different state, the roads are unfamiliar, but God always knows where He is going. He is never unsure where He is leading us. His GPS never has to recalculate, because He is always on track. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and makes sure we won’t get lost. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 206

Day 206

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. – Colossians 2:6‭-‬7 KJV

When the Lord answers a prayer that has been weighing on our hearts, we can be thankful! Our faith in Him grows stronger as we walk with Him, talk to Him in prayer, and meditate on His Word.

Walking in faith gives us roots, so that when storms come, we are not shaken. Our faith makes us stronger.

When the things of this world threaten to tear us down, the Lord builds us up. He teaches us how to love and models good behavior for us. He loves us more than life itself. 

We have many things to be thankful for, because the Lord answers prayers. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 200

Day 200

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7‭-‬8 NIV

Our God rewards us for asking Him when we need something. If we ask Him for a good, safe home to live in, He grants our petition willingly.

When we seek peace in our relationships and work, He removes the barriers that prevent us from finding peace. 

When one door closes, He opens a door to a place that is twice as big. We sometimes have to be careful what we ask for, because He delivers on His promises. The Lord created the universe and nothing is impossible for Him. 

We can be grateful for the abundant blessings He gives us. He is a wonderful Heavenly Father and a cheerful provider. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 191

Day 191

No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. – 1 John 4:12 NKJV 

It is possible to love God even though we don’t see Him, because His love permeates all of His creations. His Spirit is with us and in us.

In a difficult world, it is not always easy to choose love. People around us change their minds. They don’t always follow through, but God knows that we live in an imperfect world, yet His love for us is perfect. 

He will always be there for us, and we can look forward to seeing Him at the Second Coming. 

God’s love transcends time and space. When we love like Him, it doesn’t matter how far apart we are, because His love connects us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 170

Day 170

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not, and you said,”No, for we will flee on horses” — Therefore you shall flee! And “We will ride on swift horses” — Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift! – Isaiah 30:15-16 NKJV 

It must have pained our Heavenly Father when His children rebelled against Him. Instead of accepting His grace and mercy, as well as the consequences of their rebellion, they chose to run from their problems. 

The Lord is a God of justice, and He did not let the children of Israel get off scot free without teaching them what they had done wrong, but He also showed them mercy and forgiveness, and even salvation. They may not have deserved forgiveness, but God makes sure that love wins over all else. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 167

Day 167

Then, the same day at evening being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. – John 20:19-20 NKJV 

The disciples must have felt scared when they thought that Jesus was dead, and He appeared to them, risen. Immediately He told them to be at peace. 

Jesus brings us peace no matter how unsettled we may feel. 

He even showed them His hands and side. Even though the disciples knew Jesus well and knew His voice, He still showed them evidence that He was alive again. 

What a miracle it is for us to interact with Jesus! He shows us what we need to see to believe. Amen.

May the love of Jesus be with you this Valentine’s Day!

Prayer Journal: Day 163

Day 163

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. – 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV 

God molds us like clay. We are slowly becoming more like Him as we learn to rely on Him and surrender to the treasure of salvation. He doesn’t ask us to take on more than we can bear. 

God’s power surpasses any force that we can imagine. His love for us is immeasurable. 

When we try to rely on our own power, we often fall. The Lord can pick us up. We can trust that He will always be there to protect us and our loved ones. 

As time passes, things and people change. Change is good. When we allow our minds to be transformed by the Lord, we develop a new perspective. Amen. 

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