Posts Tagged ‘Struggles’

Hebrews 12:2-6
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son”

I woke up this morning to a prayer request from a dear one who is in the process of selling her home to move to be with her husband and is facing serious challenges in terms of selling. They have been asked by potential home buyers to redo their roofing, sewerage and other fixes which will cost them over 10% of the value of the home. This is highly discouraging news and for one who has not put her trust in Jesus as her Lord and Savior, it is a point of no return because it seems like they are pushed against the wall and have no hope left in the world but in God alone. Why does God place us in such situations and where is God’s hand of blessing when we call out to Him for help? (more…)

Matthew 6:7-13
When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Public prayer is an area of my spiritual walk I seriously battled and still sometimes do. It probably stems from the fact that my personal prayer life was not fully evolved in itself but I certainly thought it was because I dint have faith like some people in church leadership do and I would never get there. Prayer is a significant part of our walk with the Lord and the part that the Lord is emphasizing here today is not public prayer but just prayer to him because it is how we communicate with God. Jesus spent significant amounts of time daily praying and you will notice that this prayer was always in solitude, far away from the noises of the world in a quiet place. The reason was because this would ensure he was communicating to God with no disturbance because this was a precious and valuable time to him.

When we speak with God, we need to realize the significance of our relationship to God. God the father knows our every need before we even utter it to him but unless we share that relationship with him, what kind of a relationship is it? A Christian without quiet time can probably be equated to a dead body! How can we call ourselves followers of Christ and not communicate with the one who transformed us? Being Christian is not a title or an achievement, it is a living relationship and a testimony of a transformed life, not because of our own selves or our hard work. When we speak to God, God listens and answers and works in and through us. I know some of us struggle getting time to spend with the Lord but I urge you to understand the significance of what the Lord has done for you in your life before you prioritize yourself before your maker.

In His Loving Service,