When your situation seems impossible

When there seems to be no escape, call on Jesus. Resist fear. Stand firm. Praise Him before you see victory. Maybe victory isn’t reserved for the end of the story.

There is a situation I’ve cried to the Lord about. I was powerless to change it and it was totally out of my control. At one point I just sobbed and said the name Jesus over and over. It was all I had. Thankfully, it’s all I need.

Today, that situation hasn’t fully resolved and been wrapped up in a pretty bow. But I’ve seen God perform miracles in the process. Some miracles are a one and done. Others are a step by step process.

Today I read Psalm 118 Thanksgiving for victory. Sometimes we need to remember victory isn’t always at the end. Sometimes victory is happening in the process. Celebrate Him.

Take His Word and pray it back to Him.

Lord, I give thanks to you for you are good, your faithful love endures forever. I called to you in my distress. You answered me and put me in a spacious place. Lord, you are for me. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? You are my Helper. Therefore, I will look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in you than to trust in man. This circumstance surrounded me. In the name of Yahweh I destroyed it. You helped me. You are my strength and song. I will shout with joy and victory from my home, “The Lord’s right hand performs valiantly!” I will not die but live and proclaim what the Lord has done. You are my God, and I give you thanks. I exalt you. You are good and faithful. Your love endures forever. Amen

When you don’t know how or what to pray, start with His name. Open your Bible take His Words and turn them into your prayer. It’s powerful. It’s ? His will. It will change your heart and calm your fears.

Praying Prayers God Hears

Heart Posture

There is a heart posture God looks for when we pray. Humility- the opposite of pride. Jesus is a picture of humility. Satan is a picture of pride. Pride was satan’s downfall. Humility was Jesus’s exaltation. Daniel shows us a beautiful picture of how to pray to be sure God listens to our prayers.

“While I was speaking, praying, confessing my sins and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my petition before Yahweh my God concerning the holy mountain of my God-….” Daniel 9:20

Evidence of a humble heart

Daniel presents evidence of a humble heart. This giant of faith begins by confessing his sins and those of his people, recognizing our position before a holy God.

“… from the first day that you purposed to understand and humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers.” Daniel 10:12

We come humble before our God and He tunes His ears to us. If this ruffles your feathers it’s an indication of a lack of true heart humility. A proud heart sets itself on equal footing with the Creator. A proud heart says why should I humble myself for God to hear me?

Prayers that start a battle

Our humble prayers ignite a holy war. We don’t see in the physical world, but in the spiritual world, a battle wages in fight for our prayers.

The angel Gabriel was sent on mission to fight for the cause of Daniel‘s prayer. Our prayers ignite war. Gabriel was withheld for 21 days fighting in the spiritual realm before he arrived to Daniel. Keep praying!

Let scripture interpret scripture. Where else do we see God incline to hear humble prayers?

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chron 7:14

 If, then statements

If you humble yourself, then God hears you and fights for you. If you remain in your pride, you become an enemy of God. 

“And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

Do you have a humble heart? Not sure, ask God. If not, pray for Him to reshape your heart with His humility mold. It may hurt, but the pain brings gain.

 

No excuses – Go Grow

2 Peter chapter 1 held me captive today. Verse 3 begins with a punch, “His divine power has given you everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” I read this as, “You have no excuse for why you can’t live a godly life. You have His power!”
Grow on purpose. Sometimes we grow what we don’t want on accident. We allow bad patterns and habits to form, which will grow something. What do you want to grow?
In verse 5-7 Peter instructs us to be intentional in growing goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, affection, & love.
Why? Because it prevents us from being useless in this world. We were created to have purpose. Too many people live without knowing this.
Don’t forget who you once were and who you are now in Him! Don’t forget you are forgiven IF you’ve asked Jesus to forgive you and surrendered your life to Him.
Prepare for your eternal entry. How do you want to enter Heaven? Verse 11 tells us if we follow these instructions our entry into eternity will be richly supplied. Do you want to limp in or do you want to experience the VIP treatment? The choices we make today impact our eternal living.
I read a commentary in Enduring Word that said this, “Will your entrance into heaven be like that? Will you enter it, save so as by fire, or to receive a reward? Will you come unrecognized and unknown, or be welcomed by scores and hundreds to whom you have been the means of blessing, and who will wait you?” (Meyer)”
Whoa!!! I don’t want to limp in unknown. I want to live today in a way that impacts how I experience my eternal home.
Go read 2 Peter chapter 1 and be blessed!!

 

Why we shouldn’t fear – a video devotion

A little word of encouragement from my time reading in 1 Peter, which has become my favorite book of the Bible!!

 

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Watch a 3 minute video on remembering not to fear and instead to become people who can laugh at the days to come!

 

Witchcraft in the church

It’s not uncommon to see straight up witchcraft practiced in the church today. Satan masquerades like an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14)
Jeremiah 23 has a strong word against false prophets. Context: there were prophets and priests misleading the people. God sent Jeremiah to call them out for inventing their own messages that did not come from God.
“I did not send these prophets, yet they ran with a message. I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied. If they had really stood in my council, they would have enabled my people to hear my words and would have turned them back from their evil ways and their evil deeds.” Jer 23:21-22
“I am against the prophets- the Lord’s declaration -who use their own tongues to make a declaration. I am against those who prophesy false dreams- the Lord’s declaration -telling them and leading my people astray with their falsehoods and boasting. It was not I who sent or commanded them, and they were of no benefit at all to these people- this is the Lord’s declaration.” Jer 23:31-32
Be careful whose word you ingest. Be careful who you allow to speak over you “in the name of the Lord”. False prophets are among us.
God speaks to us directly through His written word and by His Holy Spirit. Yes, He can speak a word through someone to us. But beware of those practicing fortune telling dressed as words from God.

 

When your teenager sees the power of prayer

Backstory: Zachary is doing high school through Liberty University Online Academy. To say it’s an adjustment is an understatement. High school math online is crazy hard. He’s been struggling through it, several weeks behind, secured a tutor for one week to get unstuck. And then I basically gave him permission to fail the test and quiz so he could move to the next modules, which looking ahead I realized were concepts he’d easily understand.

Why did I give him permission to fail? Because he was trying as hard as he possibly could. I don’t want performance based kids. I want my kids to work as if unto the Lord, yet realizing sometimes the results aren’t always what we want. Did he give his best attitude and effort? That’s all that matters.

“Zachary, just take the test and fail it. You’ve worked with the tutor. We can’t lose anymore time.”

He seemed relieved as he picked up his computer to take the test.

“Wait! Let’s pray first.”

I sat next to him on the sofa and prayed, “Lord, thank you that you are always with us. You care about what we care about. Please help Zachary to have understanding he doesn’t have on his own. Give him answers only You can give him. Give him clarity of thought and a calm heart. And Jesus, please give Zachary a C on this test.”

Zachary laughed, “Mom, a C is impossible. The practice test and the quiz were Fs.” Side note, I high-fived him for a 48 quiz grade because I fully expected a 10 on that module.

He took the test on the family room sofa while I worked at the kitchen table. 20 minutes later I heard his laughter.

“What’s so funny?”

“Mom, I got a 70.”

Exactly what we’d prayed for, a C.

I squealed and blurted, “Shoot!!! We should’ve asked for an A!”

I knew it was God’s direct answer to our prayer.

Fast forward a week, Zachary began making 100s on his lessons. He totally understood the next concepts as I knew he would. Then he reached a lesson prior to the quiz that stumped him. Again his lesson grade was an F. The concept was a stinker to understand. But we don’t have much time to spare. So I encouraged him to do the best he could and take the quiz.

This time when we prayed we asked God for an A. 20 minutes later I see him emerge from test taking. With a smirk on his face, he said, “Mom, I got a 91.”

“Shut up!!!!!!” Yes, what a godly response. But, I can’t even contain myself when I see my kids experiencing the power of prayer.

Zachary did the work to the best of his ability and he asked God for what only God could give. The results. And it exceeded our expectations.

I want my kids to see the reality of Christ in their everyday life. He’s not some faraway God. He is right here. He cares about every detail of our lives.

While the Lord gives me these kids in this home, I will do everything I can to counteract culture in their lives. God is real. God is love. God is the God of the impossible. They need to see their deep need for Him. Life is better when surrendered to Him.

And God answers our prayers!! Not always how we ask or expect, but always in ways that are what we need over what we want. Thank you, Jesus!


If you want visual reminders for your kids of God’s great love and mercy over their lives, then give them God’s Word to rest their heads on. Scripture pillowcases are a tool in your parenting toolbox to get more of God’s Word into their minds and hearts. It’s one way to counteract the lies of the world.