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One word #11

Posted: April 26, 2017 in life, prayer, words
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When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. What’s the first thing you do when you get up each morning?
  2. What’s the last thing you do at night before you go to bed?
  3. How many alarms go off in your house each morning?
  4. How would you describe prayer?
  5. How many times on average do you pray each day?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Do you believe prayer is powerful? Mahatma Gandhi did, I do, many others around the world do.

God can and will answer prayer, so use the power!

 

Is there such a thing as a perfect prayer?

Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering and pure intention raises the heart to that supreme Power. ~ Amit Ray

I’m not sure I’d call any prayer a ‘perfect prayer’, however I would say that any prayer that is uttered from the heart, is worthy of being called perfect. God wants us to give our hearts to Him, so if our prayers come from the depth of our heart, they are perfect to Him.

Help my unbelief

Posted: March 28, 2017 in belief, bible, life, love, music, prayer, quotes, religion
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No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!” ~ Mark 9:23-24 (The Message)

Even once we give our hearts and lives to God, that won’t stop us having doubts about God. However if we pray and ask God to help rid us of our unbelief, He will give us the strength and knowledge to always believe in Him.

In Colossians 1:17 (NIV) we read, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together”.

I’ve read this verse a number of times over the years, and have turned back to it each time have had “one of those days” when everything just seems to go wrong. Those words just remind me that no matter how bad my day may be, God is there with me, and will get me through it.

Whenever you have “one of those days”, what do you do and who do you turn to?

I pray that no matter what your day may bring you, you will always believe and trust that God is there with you, through it all.

 

Real Christians are unfortunately a scarce commodity in today’s times. Some Christians can be too involved in themselves to be worried about others, and the love that is supposed to radiate from them to others, is lost. To them attending church is more about social status and socialising, than worshiping God.

That’s when someone is has gone through an awful situation or life event, it is hard to imaging the hurt and pain that they feel when they are rejected by their church “friends”.

Sadly some find themselves being rejected by their church and friends without any obvious reason. That in turn can make them feel so low, and feel God doesn’t love them, and instead of feeling love and security from their Christian brothers and sisters, they simply realise the cold harsh reality that these so-called “friends” aren’t true friends.

I find this so disturbing, because when anyone is hurting or struggling for whatever reason, isn’t that the time when they are most in need of their Christian brothers and sisters?

Spend time loving those who are struggling or hurting – Help them and lift them up to Jesus. As well as praying for them though, reach out and hold them, after all what would Jesus do in this situation. Would He turn His back on them or would He hold out His arms and lovingly embrace them?

Love those who are hurting and nurse them back into spiritual health. I pray that we may each do all we can to bring love back into our lives and into our churches.

 

We all struggle with difficulties in life sometimes, but how do we treat others when we see they are struggling?

When we struggle that’s when we’re most in need of the love and support of our fellow Christians, but sadly, this is when many find their fellow Christians don’t seem interested in helping or supporting them, and in fact turn their back on them.

How sad is that? Is this how Christ would treat someone who was struggling? I really doubt that – He instead would hold out His arms and lovingly embrace them, wouldn’t he?

Just like anyone who is hurting, a Christian also needs the love and support of those around them. Surely it’s not unreasonable for them to expect their fellow Christians to love and support them, and pray for them. At these times, praying for the person isn’t enough – we must show them Christian love too.

I know from my own experience that when I’m hurting and life is overwhelming me, what I really need is someone just to give me a hug, show their support and reassure me all will be well.

Spread some Christian love today. Reach out and show some love to someone who is hurting…it could well mean the world to them!

 

I Need Love by Sonicflood

You know who I am inside
You know when I lie
You can tell when I’m amazed
You can see my faith
You know when I don’t believe
You know when I’m free
You can tell when I need love
You know I’m in need

Love, I need love
You are love
I need You
Love, You are love
I need love
I need You

You know of my deepest fear
You know when I’m scared
You can read my empty page
You can feel my rage
You’re aware of when I dream
You see when I bleed
You can tell when I need love
You know I’m in need

I know we need You, Father
Much more than any other
Your love brings us together
We need You, we need You

Love, we need love
You are love
We need You
Love, You are love
We need love
We need You I need You.

You know who I am inside…

There are people who are confident speakers; There are people who are great at giving advice; There are people who are great at just listening when others need to talk.

There is one person who is better at listening than anyone else, because He is always ready and available to listen…

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How does that image make to feel? Does it look like you feel sometimes?

I’m sure we’ve all had times when we just don’t want to listen to what anyone has to say, maybe because we just want peace and quiet, maybe because we’ve made up our mind about something so don’t want anyone else’s input.

Ever thought that this picture may show how we react when God tries to talk to us?

I pray that I will always be open and ready to listen when God talks to me, and ready and will to act on what he requests of me.

This week in my blog posts I’ve spoken about how we need to spend some quiet time with God, just reading the bible and praying.

Let me ask you a question – When do you pray? Do you pray when you want God to do something for you, when you’re in trouble, or do you pray to spend some quality time talking to God and listening to what He has to say to you?

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Our relationship with God must not be a one way relationship, where we only approach Him when we need something from Him. We must keep God at the centre of all we do, praying constantly, seeking direction and guidance from Him.

Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.