Today’s principle focus is on praying & believing, and letting God do the rest!
Scripture of the day:
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By:
“Today I will pray deliberately to God, and trust that He has heard me.”
Every night for the last twelve years, the children and I have said prayers together before bed. It is always a simple prayer, and while the words sometime vary, the format is the same. Here is an example:
Thank You for this day.
Thank You for Jeffrey, Joseph, Madeline, Andrew and Oshie.
Thank You for our perfect health.
Thank You for giving us a good night’s rest, all the way through the night and thank You for the hedge of protection that is around us, and thank You for Your angels who are protecting us, least we trip upon a stone. Thank You for dying on the cross for us that we may be covered by your blood. Thank You for everything that You have done for us, we love You, in Jesus’ name AMEN.”
That’s it. I have never typed out our nightly prayers but boy, there sure are a lot of “Thank You’s” going on!
THANKING GOD IN ADVANCE
I was always taught, when I was taught to pray, to thank God in advance as if whatever that needed happening was already done. Each night in prayer, I always thank Him for the good night sleep we are about to have, and for our perfect health. (I have no desire to be woken up in the middle of the night with sick kids- that is not fun!)
Jesus says that when you pray, pray like this:
“Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be THY name,
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven,
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts as we forgive those who debt against us,
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever and ever… AMEN!”
When we thank God in advance, and believe that He wants the same for us, we are speaking the things into existence in the natural that aren’t already here! Jesus said, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” no where in Jesus’ prayer was He pleading, begging, or asking… “If it be YOUR will Lord…”
If you don’t know what God’s will is for your life, well then you better get back to the Bible and read it again! He wants you WHOLE, nothing missing and nothing broken!
WHEN WE HAVE NEEDS
When we have needs, we don’t have to ask God more than once. Repetition with God is assuming that He didn’t hear you the first time. You can repeat things to yourself, but make your requests unto God and then believe that He has heard you and receives them. Scripture says that He knows the desire of our hearts, and if that is the case, mentioning a desire ONCE and then thanking Him for it in your future prayers confirms that you know He is listening, has heard, and is in the process of doing.
Our house is too small, and it is not meeting our needs that I can tell. I know You have seen this. Your Word says, “they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence”. Father I would like to ask You for a new house or an addition to this house, so that we can all fit comfortably and I know that You desire for it to be completely paid for. You are an abundant God, and I would like to thank you in advance for our new house! In Your Son Jesus’ name AMEN!”
It is at this point, that I let the request go to God and never ask for a house again. I simply praise Him for our “new house”, and I know that we have it coming, and paid for too! Thank you Jesus for our new house! Done Deal!
My Prayer Today,
Father God be with those who read this message today on how they can pray and receive results. Thank you for hearing our prayers and receiving them. You are a great God, hallowed be thy name! You are the Alpha, the Omega, the beginning and the end! Thank you for always being here to hear us and our prayers… today we praise YOU for all that you have done! In Your Son Jesus’ name, AMEN!
May the Lord God continue to answer your prayers,
Did you know???
Yesterday, my favorite bike was stolen! It was a vintage 1960’s Schwinn. It had belonged to my mother and she rode it to school when she was a girl. As soon as I realized it was missing, I prayed and asked that the Lord would have it returned to me, as I was the rightful owner. I did not receive that it had gone forever missing, and I could not conceive it being in someone else’s possession. I prayed to God that it would be returned, and then I went about my day.
I imagined in my mind someone coming to the door and returning it. Saying something like, “I was drunk, I am sorry, here is your bike back.” Then, I would ask them to enter my home and tell them about Jesus and give them some food or water. I was looking forward to the door knock. (I had prayed to God, and He had heard my prayers)
Not but four hours later, a door knock came. It wasn’t a drunkard, but it was a neighborhood boy who knew my bike, asking me if I had left my bike at his house. He described it, and I was ready to go get it. I told him on the way that I had prayed that it would be returned to me, and viola! It was there! God is so good, and yes God answers prayer!
Today is Day 28 on Jessica’s 365 Days to a Whole New Life journey, you can follow along daily and begin your own journey at http://wholeheartedministries.com/daily. We all have the same 365 days, but we all have different opportunities. How you spend the next year of your life is entirely up to you! Focusing to spend your life on personal growth day by day, will result in a life like you have never dreamed! We aren’t talking “pie in the sky” type changes, we are talking real life changes… changes for the better, changes toward becoming a whole new you!
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers. 1 Peter 3:12