Praise Him

Psalms 103, verses one to ten: “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits-who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” (NIV)

Remember, it’s time to pray.

He Hears You and He is Answering

In Luke, chapter 18, verse one, Jesus began a parable by saying, “Men ought always to pray and not lose heart.” In our instant society, we’ve learned to push a button and expect things to instantly appear¬≠-a picture, a message, maybe a gift. We’ve adopted this same expectation with our prayer life. You may not see the answer to your prayer immediately the way you and I want to see it, but we must understand that the kingdom of God doesn’t work this way.

You see, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, as the prophet Isaiah once said. God hears our prayers and answers in His timing and in His way, not in ours. Some of you may be close to losing heart, if you haven’t lost it already. He’s not slow, though, concerning His promises and He has not forgotten you. Take time to pray and wait on the Lord. He hears you and He is answering you.

It’s time to pray.

Open Your Mouth

Proverbs, chapter 31, beginning at verse eight: “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

If we truly want a spiritual awakening in our day, then we must expand the borders of our hearts and cease lifting our voices only for our own benefit. Just as children do, many of God’s people open their mouths just to see what new thing they can consume.

Self-focus in the house of God has greatly weakened the testimony of Christ in our society. We must now call out for the lives of those who can’t yet speak, but yet are appointed to die; and for those who do live, yet they live in poverty and disadvantage.

It’s time to pray.

God Takes Imperfect People

For those who are older, some of you may be hurt. The previous generations didn’t have mentors as we now know them. I really wish I had someone who could have spoken to me about what I should or shouldn’t do. Unfortunately, though, most of us had to learn from our mistakes.

It’s easy to live a life of “if only” in our hearts because our life didn’t quite turn out as we expected it to. Whether it’s people who let you down or maybe you let someone down-children, family, loved ones-don’t let grief condemn your heart with the past any longer.

I’ve learned something over the years and it’s that in spite of what we’ve done, God is faithful and merciful. God takes imperfect people and does a miraculous work through us. Start trusting Him today and let Him bring healing and restore hope for tomorrow in your life.

Remember, it’s time to pray.

On the Road to Becoming King

2 Samuel 22, beginning at verse 29: “For You are my lamp, O Lord; The Lord will enlighten my darkness. For by You, I can run against a troop; By my God, I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

There was a time in David’s life before he became king when everything seemed hopeless. He was walled in by people who sought him harm. He couldn’t go forward. Behind him were threats and accusations. He described it as a period of darkness in his life. It was at this time that he made the choice to call out to God. When he did, he found power to go forward and protection from that which he feared. You and I know today that he was on the road to becoming king.

It’s time to pray.

Do Not Worry

Luke, chapter 12, verses 22 to 27: “Then He said to His disciples, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Remember, it’s time to pray.