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Prayer Journal: Day 173

Day 173

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 5:23 NKJV 

We don’t save ourselves. Jesus saved us, and that allows every part of our being–our spirit, soul, and body, to have eternal life. When Jesus comes again, we will have a chance to start over, and get it right.

New beginnings can sometimes be daunting. Will starting over in a new place be natural for us? Will we remember what happened before?

God reveals things to us just at the right time. He never gives us more than we can handle, so He gives us time to process the changes ahead. He is always with us, guiding us through the unfamiliar territory. “What a friend we have in Jesus!” 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 169

Day 169

“For with God nothing will be impossible.” – Luke 1:37 NKJV 

With our limited view of the world, we look at the obstacles before us and think that they are impossible. But with God, nothing is impossible. 

A woman who was barren, despite her old age, Elizabeth, was able to have a baby, John the Baptist. Mary, the mother of Jesus, became the first woman in history to be a virgin and still have a baby, Jesus. 

Miracles designed by God transcend what we know about genetics.

Sometimes I wonder, if we could have looked at Jesus’s blood under a microscope, what would His cells have looked like? He was divine and became flesh to die for our sins. Would his DNA be the same as any other human’s? Perhaps it would be, because He suffered in every way that we have, yet without sin. What a miracle we have in Jesus! Amen. 

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. 

Prayer Journal: Day 161

Day 161

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 42:5 NIV 

Change is inevitable. Sometimes the thought of change makes us sad, because we are uncertain of how we might adapt to changing circumstances. 

The Lord feels it when we are downcast, and He can uplift us. When we put our hope in Him, we will never be discouraged. He is worthy of praise. He saved us, and He never would have had it any other way. Our God loves us beyond measure. 

Technology allows us to connect with each other across vast distances. Our families can remain close and connected even during a pandemic. We can be grateful for the way that God brings us together. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 158

Day 158

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me. – Psalm 13:5-6 NIV 

When the Lord restores our health after a period of illness, it is time to rejoice. Doesn’t that make us feel like singing?

The Lord loves us without fail. He saved us, and that in and of itself is a reason to rejoice. 

We can also find joy in the little things: a sparrow’s song, a smile from our loved ones, and a goodnight kiss for our children before they go to bed.

The Lord’s love is sweet and something to cherish. When we delight in God’s law and follow the path that He has set out for us, our lives prosper. 

Our God is a merciful God. He does not allow suffering to continue forever. He helps us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 157

Day 157

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31 NIV 

Jesus loves us more than life itself. He is on our side. He is for us.

When life seems uncertain, one thing is for sure: Jesus loves us and saved us. We can be grateful for His sacrifice. He is here to help us.

When we are tired, He is there. When we are sad, He is there. We are never alone. When we are afraid, He gives us courage. 

The Lord wants good things for those who love and trust Him. We don’t have to rely on couches, mentors, and marketers for wisdom, because wisdom comes ultimately from God. We can tune into His voice. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 153

Day 153

For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6 NIV 

I have only one son. When I was expecting the birth of my son, my husband and I joyfully prepared for our baby boy.

Normally, in human terms, when a woman becomes a mother, it’s her child. But Isaiah 9:6 says, “Unto us a son is born, to us a son is given.” Jesus was God’s gift to humanity. He came to Earth to save all of us. He wasn’t just Mary’s son; He was the son of God, a gift to all mankind. How incredibly special and wonderful that is!

He counsels us, teaches us, embodies the Heavenly Father, and brings us peace. His role in our lives is of the utmost importance. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 140

Day 140

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV 

I sometimes wonder if God gets tired of hearing about my troubles. I don’t mean to complain, but at times, I ask Him for a lot.

It’s a good thing that our God is patient, and He is capable of solving all our problems. Nothing is impossible for God. No challenge is too difficult for Him. We can trust that He has all the answers. 

When we entrust Him with our time, money, and plans, we know that we have invested wisely. God never lets us down. He does, from time to time, show us what we really should want, because it is better than what we had imagined. He can see the big picture. Our God loves us and saved us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 80

Day 80

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,  “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scriptures has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. – John 7:37-39

God fills our lives with incredible blessings. He saves us from wildfires. He makes sure we have a safe place to live. He guides and protects us.

The Holy Spirit is in us and with us, and He guides us wherever we go. It is a gift.

We can be grateful for the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. We are lucky, indeed, to have a Savior who cares so much about us. He opens up good opportunities in our lives. Amen. 

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