Posts Tagged Prayer

Quiet Time

Quiet time is something I’ve been working on in my life. I read the article HERE, and thought it was very inspiring and helpful. I recommend reading it. (Actually, it’s an article originally shared from HERE. So I’m sharing a share, I guess. But the point is that you read it!)

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Remember

Recently I’ve been struggling with the fact I don’t spend as much time as I should in prayer and reading the Bible

It’s so easy to not prioritize it, to say “Later” and never come back to it.

It’s a shame, but often we just brush it off.

Do we realize what we’re really doing when we do this?

Do we realize that we are in essence setting aside what should be the number one thing in our lives?

We’re chosing to not make God a priority.

You know, God, the Loving Creator who has chosen us to be pulled from the fires of hell and into salvation with Him.

The God who sent His beloved Son to a painful death, so that we might have the chance of life.

I’m sure glad He didn’t brush aside me as I so often put aside Him.

I’m sure glad He didn’t say “I’ll save her later” and forget to ever do so.

Remember this when you think “Later.”

Remember it when you put off reading your Bible to learn God’s truths because you don’t see it as important as other things.

Remember it when you cut your prayers short because you’re in a rush.

I know I need to.

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Take a Walk With God

 
What can I say except that I’m an imperfect sinner, and that I’m working with God to make it better?
 
But yesterday, in one of the rare days the weather was beautiful this time of year, I decided to go take a walk.  Just up and down our rather long driveway, back and forth, back and forth, relaxing, taking in the fresh air, trying to avoid the large mud puddles in my path.  And somewhere along the way I just felt an urge to pray.  There was no thought leading up to it, just the sudden realization that what better could I do in those moments than talk with God?
 
So I did, and I covered so many of my hurts and requests and joys it felt amazing!  So amazing to once again pour my heart out to my savior.  For once my mind didn’t wander into the earthly realm, as I just enjoyed the minutes, sometimes crying, sometimes wanting to dance with joy.  I solved quite a few of my problems out there on that long driveway.  I realized that what God wanted me to do at this moment (something I’ve been trying to figure out for ages it seems) was just to help around the house and be joyful to those around me in this chaotic time of moving.  I realized that I’m not as friendless as I sometimes feel, because I have a wonderful friendship with my brother and sister and my loving parents.  I realized that whenever I needed to poor my heart out to someone, God is there to cover me with his love and tender comforts.
 
It was a joy, a blessing, the highlight of my week, and so so many other things.  And it helped me to get my prayer life back on track and remember what it really is: taking everything before God, sometimes asking, sometimes just pouring out the conflicts and joys of our hearts, and sometimes just silently listening or worshiping.
 
I would recommend you find time to take a walk with God, even if your prayer life is better than mine, for no matter what you are going through it is pure bliss and brings such great peace that will sustain you through the terrible parts of life.
 
Go with God,
Victoria

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Can we pray like this?

Hey everyone, I have something I would like to add to my last post.  During some prayer time today my mom pointed out how Daniel prayed for his country.  It is a wonderful example that I think we can follow, so here it is.  I know it is long, but please read it, if there is anything we need to be praying right now it is this prayer

Daniel 9:3-19

3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments,

5 we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.

6 Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land.

7 O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You.
8 “O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.

9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.

10 We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets.

11 Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him.

12 And He has confirmed His words, which He spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster; for under the whole heaven such has never been done as what has been done to Jerusalem.

13 “As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth.

14 Therefore the LORD has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice.

15 And now, O Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and made Yourself a name, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have done wickedly!

16 “O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us.

17 Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate.

18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies.

19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

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