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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!

 

We all do and say things we shouldn’t.

We all do and say things sometimes which we instantly regret.

Do we all ask for forgiveness from those we hurt by our words and actions?

Do we seek God’s mercy for our sins?

 

For every child (Kyrie) by Stuart Townend

For every child who lies still beneath his mother’s eyes
She’s asking why the God of love would give then take away?
For every self made man doing everything he can
To fill the void that’s deep within eating at his soul

Ooh, have mercy, ooh, ooh
Have mercy on us all

For every wife who cries when her husband’s lying eyes
Give the sordid game away and something dies within
For those who walk the streets, destitute and desperate
We shake our heads and wash our hands, and hurry on our way

Ooh, have mercy, ooh, have mercy, oh, whoa
Ooh, have mercy on us all, have mercy on us all
Ooh, have mercy, Lord, ooh, have mercy, oh, whoa
Ooh, mercy on us all, have mercy on us all

Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy, have mercy
Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy
Have mercy on us all

Lord, have mercy, have mercy, Lord
Christ, have mercy, have mercy, Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy, have mercy, Lo-Lo-Lord

Oh God, forgive us for the wrong that we have done
The night is filled with weeping and we’re aching for that dawn
Oh God of love, this world has suffered for so long
Have mercy on us all

We want to see the light, we want to see the day
When hope is realized and hatred washed away
When justice rules the heart, compassion leads the way
Have mercy on us all

Forgive our driven need to make a virtue out of greed
We’ve set our hearts on worldly things that cannot satisfy
We’ve used tomorrow’s gold today while nature chokes along the way
How many years before we pay? Perhaps we’re paying now

Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Have mercy on us all

Hear our cry, oh Lord

I’ve been watching a few nature programmes on TV in the last while and have been struck by the how protective and nurturing the mother and/or father of the children are whenever danger arises. In many cases the parents seem will to put their own lives at risk for the sake of their offspring.

While watching these programmes I was reminded of the similarities between these animals and God, in that both God is always there for us, protection and directing us. Just like the young animals, they may not always be aware that their protectors (their parents) are looking out for them, we may forget God is always with us protecting us, but just when we need Him, He is there. What protection! What reassurance that should be for us.

 

Restore me

Posted: November 13, 2015 in faith, heart, life, music, quotes, Relationships, religion
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Just as it says above, no matter how much of a mess your life may seem, it can be fixed – All we have to do  is trust God, because will help sort your life out.

Believe! God can and will help you become who you were meant to be.

Many don’t believe in God because they cannot see Him. However I believe God is not invisible, all because of His love!

Love is the visible attribute of an invisible God.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35 NIV

Theses words from Matthew’s Gospel follow on very nicely from my thoughts in yesterday’s blog post Words Can Be Dangerous, where I talked about how it only takes one angry word to hurt and upset others.

Yes our words cam be said in haste and can be remembered for a while, but not forever, other words can be said in earnest and can be instantly forgotten. However all God‘s words and deeds are everlasting. Here we are thousands of years after God created the world and over 2 thousand years since His Son came to earth, yet we are still talking about Him, His words and His deeds…who else is there like that!

I’m sure you’ve probably heard the following prayer many times before:

God let me accept the things I can’t change, courage to change things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

It can be difficult to accept some things that happen in life can’t it? However, if there’s nothing we can do to change the situation or event, why is it that we can often spend so much time complaining about things, or showing our frustration about current circumstances?

The answer to that question is of course…because we’re human!

It’s be because we are human, and therefore sinners, that we must continue to ask God to help us to accept the things of life which we cannot change.

John 11:25 (NLT)

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[a] Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

Maybe I’ve read it somewhere, or someone has told me, but I seem to think I’ve heard that the resurrection of Jesus has been investigated and examined more times that many other events in history.

To me that tells me that people are either more desperate to prove Christ’s resurrection actually happened, or conversely, there are more skeptics who are willing to try to prove it all a huge hoax.

Either way, it gives the events of that first Easter more air-time and surely as Christians we should be happy for the opportunity to discuss and convince others who do not believe in Christ, that He did die at Calvary just so we could be forgiven.

Hank Hanegraaff said:

You see, without resurrection there is no hope. Indeed, without resurrection, there is no Christianity.

How true is that!

If Jesus hadn’t been born; if Jesus hadn’t been crucified; if Jesus hadn’t risen from the grave…just think what sort of state this world would be in!

How many times have you promised to do something for someone, but had no intention of fulfilling that promise?

How many times has someone promised to do something for you but they haven’t done so?

We shouldn’t make promises we’re not going to keep, as failure to keep them can often hurt or upset the person we made the promise to. God didn’t make promises He didn’t intend to keep, so why should we?!

We can always be confident that God will fulfill His promises to us, so make sure others can be confident that you will keep every promise you make.

I read somewhere recently that Audrey Hepburn once said:

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

Do you agree with this statement?

In some ways this ties in a bit with my blog post from yesterday called Hugs where I talked about how good it can be to get a hug from someone when you need it most. However, while it can be good to hold or hug a friend, it is not, in my opinion, the best thing we can do in our life.

The best thing we can do is give our lives to Jesus, because He will never let us down. Sometimes when we need them most, friends (and/or family) can let us down, but you can always rely on God to be with you no matter what.

Psalm 109:30 (The Message)

My mouth’s full of great praise for God, I’m singing his hallelujahs surrounded by crowds, For he’s always at hand to take the side of the needy, to rescue a life from the unjust judge.

So for me, the best thing in my life is God – I hope the same applies for you.