It’s been busy these past weeks, so I do apologize for the lapse in posts. Honestly, it’s been an emotional month and one of much spiritual activity on the earth. The racial tension amid continuous bathroom-gender issues within an election year of unprecedented proportions in the US combined with wars and rumors of war internationally have weighed on my heart and mind this month. This is in addition to being home for the summer with 3 energetic (and loud lol) boys, finishing our 1st year of homeschool while preparing for the next, traveling to have amazing family times, and anticipating a possible, big decision. Even with the good, the bad has been surmounting and seemingly never-ending. My heart and flesh has felt more weak, worn, frustrated, angry, grieved, tired, fearful, lonely and more this month than others this year.
… yet my/HIS spirit has been SO willing to hope and believe in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Bible talks about the last days, so I know these things must come to fruition. Just thought their reality would be WAY later than now. 😕
2 Timothy 3:1-9 “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.”
Matthew 24:4-8 “And Jesus answered them, ‘See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.”
As the Scriptures talk about these things, they talk even more about God’s promises through Christ and one powerful tool of faith given to us: PRAYER. It is within times of prayer where I have found God’s peace when there has been chaos. It’s been in prayer where I took my unexplainable feelings and submitted them to His sovereignty. It was in prayer where I felt His presence override my world.
Only God knows what tomorrow holds. And for that reason, I will pray to Him and none other, training our sons to do the same. Although I have failed in many ways this month to “see & hear” and train them adequately, I have prayed and been able to repent, seeing God’s grace and mercy in “second chances.” And am I even grateful!! I invite you to do the same. Relinquish your anxieties. Meditate on Christ. Trust the only Sovereign God with the future in the midst of the crazy situations of the present. As you create this lifestyle of prayer, your children WILL take notice and imitate your actions. Include them in your times. Speak age-appropriately with them about prayers your praying. The seeds of this will grow into fruit that’s so pleasing to God as they grow individually in their own places of prayer. What can you lose??
What follows are verses that can help guide your prayers, give reason for your prayers and even become the words of your prayers. Be steadfast and YAH bless.
1 Timothy 2:1-5 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Psalm 5:1-2 “Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 “…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Matthew 5:44-45 “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Matthew 6:6-8 “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Mark 11:25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
Romans 10:1 “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.”
Ephesians 6:16-18 “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”
Philippians 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Colossians 4:2 “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
James 5:13-16 “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”