Pray.



“Make your life a prayer.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭TPT‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1849/1th.5.17.tpt

Pray. Wait. Trust.
These are the three words I have for 2020. Boy have I needed these words. Tonight we are going to explore pray. The dictionary defines pray:

PRAY: (verb)
Address a solemn request or expression of thanks


If you will take note that pray is a verb which means it is an action word. We must do something on our part to put it into action. So here are the questions:

When do we pray?
How do we pray?
Where do we pray?
What do we pray?
Why do we pray?

Answers:

ALWAYS
WITH THANKSGIVING
EVERYWHERE
ABOUT ALL THINGS
TO KEEP US IN THE WILL OF GOD

I am guilty of praying when things get bad. I notice I do not pray as fervently when things are going well. Often times in my life it wasn’t until tradgedy struck that I prayed and usually they were desperate “why me” or “help me get out of this” prayers.

As I have grown in faith I have learned more often than not to pray through everything. I have also realized it does more good to praise God and offer up thanksgiving rather than tediously going down a list of wants and needs. In prayers we should be lining up our lives with His will not ours. I know that seems like a hard thing, however, if we go back to Jeremiah 29:11, we need to realize He is the one with the plan!

Prayer moves mountains. Prayer changes atmospheres. Prayer developes relationship. Prayer breaks strongholds. Prayer shapes our character. Prayer is essential in our daily christian walk.

As my life changed almost exactly a year ago and I was left with no husband and a gutted out home, I prayed. I prayed hard. I prayed feverently. I prayed morning, noon & night. As God began to move the mountain my prayers became full of thanksgiving and glory to God.

But, an old pattern showed up, my prayers subsided a little as things began to happen. I didn’t need to pray so hard, things were going well. Then Covid-19 hit and all work stopped on the house. I prayed during that time as I made do with what I had. Now it’s time to get started again, however, I feel defeated. I have lost hope. I feel as though it will just be left unfinished.

BUT GOD!

A few blogs back I talked about believing God for big things. I decided it was time to get some estimates. Only one person got back with me. He gave me an estimate just for the walls, ceiling and drywall. It was almost $10,000. That does not even include the insulation, installing cabinets, floors…….

Ugh!

What to do now? Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. AND Pray! I need to go back to praying Gods’ will for my life and this house. I must return to a place of praise and thanksgiving and remove myself from the “why me” and “I don’t know how” prayers.

I need to WAIT on God.
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