Who do you call upon in your time of need? Do you ask family members for help? Do you reach out to close friends for their help?
Nehemiah, a figure from the Old Testament, spent time praying on his knees. When he needed guidance, strength, provision, or protection, he responded with prayer. Because of this attitude of dependence, God was able to use Nehemiah to achieve His divine purposes.
If you want to follow Nehemiah’s example of dependent prayer, first recognize God as the sovereign Ruler of the universe (Neh. 1:5). Although He’s our loving Father and loyal Friend, we must never forget that He is also our high and exalted Creator, whose holiness is beyond our comprehension. We don’t want to casually think of Him as “the man upstairs” or come into His presence in a frivolous manner.
As one who respected God’s holiness, Nehemiah approached Him with confession, admitting not only his own sin, but his father’s and Israel’s as well (Neh. 1:6-7). We cannot hide, deny, or cherish sin and expect the Lord to hear and answer our prayers. Purity of heart and the power of God are linked. We need the Holy Spirit to help us remain sensitive to sin and be willing to deal with it immediately.
The reason Nehemiah stood so tall had nothing to do with his natural abilities; rather, it was because he had developed a relationship of dependency on the Lord through prayer. The same can be true for you. Rely on the Lord, and let Him be your strength.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.— Romans 8:26-27 NLT
As a believer, you are not left to your own resources to cope with problems. Even when you don’t know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers. With God helping you pray, you don’t need to be afraid to come before him.
Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you “in harmony with God’s own will.” Then, when you bring your requests to God, trust that he will always do what is best.
When you wake up on Sunday morning what do you do? Do you lie in bed, drink coffee and read the paper? Or do you do nothing and just laze around for the day? Good news. Sunday mornings can be more than that.
Sunday is the beginning of a new week. It is a time which can be used to prepare for those things that will happen during the week. It’s also a day that can be used to spend time with family and reconnect with loved ones.
And, Sunday can be used as a day to worship our Lord, Jesus Christ. Going to church and listening to a sermon is part of the process for praising and worshiping God. It is more than singing songs and making contributions to the offering, however. Church is also a time to reconnect with our Lord and Savior and to bless His holy name through personal and joint prayer.
How you approach Sunday and what you do in church will make a big difference in your day and your life. By listening to God’s word and fellow shipping with others in the congregation, you expose yourself to positive and godly influences. Church becomes like an extended family with people who genuinely care about you.
So, how about today setting aside all of the world’s trappings and worries and go to church instead. If you go with the right frame of mind I guarantee you will be blessed in more ways than you thought possible.
When you get up in the morning what does your routine look like? If you’re like most, you probably go to the bathroom, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast and then head out the door to work. There is only one item missing from your morning routine and that is bible reading and prayer time.
Spending time in the bible, God’s word, and in prayer will start your day with power, wisdom and love. Missing an opportunity to spend some time with the Lord is like missing a high energy breakfast that provides fuel for your body all day long.
This “alone time” with God and His word will also provide you with wisdom to accomplish your daily tasks and provide you the ability to resist sin and its temptations.
Nutritionists state that breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it provides the fuel your body needs to get going and stay productive. Spending time with God and in His word is the most important thing you can do for yourself in the morning.
Why not incorporate “alone time” with God at the start of your day. Consuming God’s word is like eating the breakfast of champions and it prepares you for the day ahead. Try it. You’ll like it!
Everybody has them. Tough times happen because that’s the way life is. How we react to those tough times is the subject of today’s post.
Most of us at one time or another think it’s the other guys fault that we’re having a bad day. In some cases that might be true. Most of the time our troubles happen as a result of the choices we’ve made. As a Christian I’ve asked God to remove a difficult situation from time to time, however, most of the time He doesn’t.
Some might say that if He’s a loving God, why does He allow things to happen to us? Why doesn’t He remove the difficult situation from your life? God has a plan for each one of us. For some, His plans seems fairly simple and straightforward. For others, it seems like they constantly live from one difficulty to another. Is that fair? Looking at it from man’s perspective we might say, “no.” If we look at it from God’s perspective we’ll discover that He has a plan for each of us.
In Romans 5:3 we see how God helps us through our trials and tribulations. First, we develop a perseverance to see things through. Second, by sticking with it and see things through to the end we develop character within ourselves. Third, with that character we can have hope which does not disappoint. Finally, the love of God will be poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
If those solutions to your difficulties are not enough then think about this. “God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ came and died for us.” (Romans 5:8) The bottom line is that our sinful nature caused us to make choices we shouldn’t have. But, God gives us the tools to deal with these problems on a daily basis, if we’ll just follow His word for our lives.