Posts Tagged ‘purpose’

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Salvation believed

Inspiration received

Adoration achieved

Emancipation relieved

Captivation conceived

 

I may be quiet

Yet 

My mind is thinking of You and all that is Thine

 

I may be silent

Yet

My heart is beating for and with You together to dine

 

I may be resting

Yet

My body is needing Your touch so kind

 

I may be calm

Yet

My soul is yearning for You to restore all that is mine

 

I may be tranquil

Yet

My spirit is awaiting for You to refill within that I may shine

 

I may be of few words

Yet

I can’t thank You enough from deep inside

 

I may be very tired

Yet

I come to You for You within to reside

 

I may not be meditating on Your words often

Yet 

I want to hide them in my heart to always abide

 

I may be depressed

Yet

I continue on in faith, hope, and love so above it again will I rise

 

I may not have that look of joy

Yet

I have Your peace surpassing all understanding guarding my heart and mind

 

I may rarely laugh

Yet

I am serious with prayer and fighting for our family and others each night

 

I may not see You with my eyes

Yet

I believe by faith to please You with hope to no longer deny and love even when life goes awry

 

I may have questions

Yet

I trust You even if I never get answers to why

 

I may still have anxiety and fear at times

Yet

I will walk humbly, seek justice, and love mercy laying down pride

 

I may still await dreams to come true

Yet 

I will let the outcomes that from Your hands in Your plans will decide

 

I may wander some though wiser

Yet

I will learn to walk with You beside

 

I may not like Your discipline in my life

Yet

I discern You love me and I must die to self as You lead and guide

 

I may be weak

Yet

You are my strength and in You I find a Refuge in which to hide

 

I may think too much of past failure

Yet

I will do my best to forget what is behind, press on to run so as to win the prize, continue to fight the good fight with grace and mercy supplied

 

I may not be where I need to be at midlife

Yet

I will learn to do right with Your Word in me applied

 

I may not always be pleasing in Your sight

Yet

I have come so far by Your power and love at work in me comprised

 

I may not have many friends

Yet

I know in You I can always come to confide

 

I may not have overcome to be more than a conqueror

Yet

I will fix my eyes on You until I have arrived in Your arms open wide

 

I may not be mature

Yet

I trust You that I will come forth as gold tried and purified

 

I may not be ready to take on more with ministry

Yet 

I wait on You to work within me continually until qualified

 

I may have stumbled more numerous than I’d like to admit

Yet

I have always turned back to You, called on Your name, and on You alone relied

 

I may have come close to a tragic end

Yet

I have known Your miracle and healing ways that have surprised

 

I may have to go through another episode I really don’t want to face

Yet

I have come to know You are faithful to respond to my cries until it will subside

 

I may have enemies that for my hurt and end have come against

Yet

I know GOD works it all for my good despite how they may undermine

 

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Your Word bring life

Come alive

Never die

 

My dream of life open wide

Come alive

Never die

 

Your Salvation bring joy inside

Come alive

Never die

 

For family and friends to enjoy inside the Light

Come alive

Never die

 

Your Word to encourage when tried

Come alive

Never die

 

My dream pure and true confide

Come alive

Never die

 

Your Salvation to soul and spirit applied

Come alive

Never die

 

For family and friends to make it through lead and guide

Come alive

Never die

 

Your Word hidden within to abide

Come alive

Never die

 

My dream come to fruition as in You I delight

Come alive

Never die

 

Your Salvation is the mission envision while broken and contrite

Come alive

Never die

 

For family and friends prayed for to be forgiven and listen aright

Come alive

Never die

 

Your Word to bring wisdom and insight

Come alive

Never die

 

My dream to save souls as wise ignite

Come alive

Never die

 

Your Salvation to be brave and fight the good fight

Come alive

Never die

 

For family and friends to enter to live in Heaven by Your Spirit not by might

Come alive

Never die

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Kept by the Spirit into Your Presence in times of need rush

Adept to be a voice for the orphan, with the poor, to those abused, and voiceless

Rep a change of heart about an unchanging message

Helped to weather the storms and calm what rages

Crept through life’s stages and moon phases

Accept mercy anew each day the sun raises

Slept in green pastures to restore my soul that amazes

Recollect HIS goodness to relate with our praises

Respect the LORD for the times HE carried us where only HIS footsteps traces

Wreck of a past held back to go forward now standing firm on the Rock of Ages

Leapt at chance to share the Truth that to our sin erases

Direct our hearts to share the perfect love that away from all fear encases

Reflect HIS face in this race that grace outpaces

Resurrect life to store up treasure above way beyond measure of souls One embraces

Connect with Your Words inside to taste and see that HE is good on a continual basis

Trekked out of the desert holding HIS Mighty Right Hand led to an oasis

Reconnect by delighting in HIM to be given the desires of your heart rather than what the world chases

Protect soul from unnecessary harm when fix on HIM your eyes gazes

Seek and beseech lost souls left faithless or think it pointless

Meet those with little faith to build up a surplus

Reach out to the weak to strengthen in earnest

Of the enemy, world, or man impervious

Go to the front lines now courageous

Tread the lion and cobra until crushed

Fight the good fight to bring about justice

Shine the Light to scatter wickedness

Live free to freely give a life of service

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Would you believe in something greater?

Would you receive Someone greater?

Better late than never to be a lover of the Way, the Truth, and the Life and not a hater!!…

Better now than later!!…

 

Why go through life with just another who cannot save?

Why go through life alone asunder without that Someone brave?

Better by far with the Savior who does purchase you with the life giving blood HE gave!!…

Better when reconciled to the Creator of Heaven and earth who speaks with lightning and thunder in the awesome echoes aloud in surround sound and in the small whispers deep within that may be found to astound; known long before woven in the womb by HIS loving Hands in wonder and ever-present for you to be with HIM lifting you up from the heavy weight your under, far from blunder or plunder, past what encumbers high above beyond the grave!!…

 

What is life without your purpose to find?

What is life without HIS future of hope in mind?

Better to know why you’re here!!…

Better to understand whose you are: for all guilt and shame away from clears, to be guided while HE steers, to be guarded before HE appears, and to be growing in HIM who will draw near as you draw near!!…

 

How are you to respond when you face the end unseen?

How are you to respond when you could meet the KING of kings?

Better to be on your way and now open to be in Heaven where all that’s good once there will bring!!…

Better to return to the only One who will redeem!!…

[“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4]

 

Where can you discover the greater love that endures forever?

Where can you discover the greater love that nothing in this life here can ever sever?

Better to call on JESUS from your own mouth and heart, coming as you are, to forgive you for going your own way prone to wander until almost gone, to save you from whatever you may have done wrong, to bring healing to your soul needed all along who will never leave you nor forsake you ever!!…

Better to fall at HIS feet in surrender, tether yourself to HIS mighty righteous right hand that will deliver, and weather through the storms with HIM on the rising waters who understands you can’t hold it together rather than fall away from HIM altogether!!…

 

Will I be accepted with my depression, my mental illness, or my suicidal ideation so real?

Will I be accepted with my fear, my failure, or my lack of faith ordeal?

Better you will be when you come to HIM as you are; able then to handle anything as you yield!!…

Better you will be when you come to HIM as you are with all that you feel until you begin to heal!!…

[Verses of encouragement when dealing with depression]

[Verses of encouragement when dealing with mental illness]

[Verses of encouragement when dealing with fear]

[Verses of encouragement when dealing with failure]

[Verses of encouragement to have more faith]

 

When will HE answer my prayer?

When will HE answer with care?

Better to wait on HIM for HIS timing while in the suffering share, wait on HIM for HIS rescue and repair, wait on HIM for HIS renewed strength to stare down your giants to slay with renewed faith stand up in courage now to dare facing anything that comes your way with HIM beware,  and wait on HIM with thanksgiving to declare!!…

Better to realize when life is unfair that your daily burdens HE does bear, until you’ve grown mature stronger in HIM more aware to show compassion you too needed that once received unto others now give this same care found to be so rare!!…

[“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8]

 

Could you conceive beyond what you can think, ask, or imagine?

Could you perceive the bond with whom HIS own hands have fashioned and holds you knitted together within?

Better to conceive of your life with HIM meant to win!!…

Better to perceive what your life can be with HIM arisen!!…

 

Can I just believe?

Can I just receive?

Yes, it’s your choice to live a new life and the old one leave!!…

Yes, it’s your voice HE longs to hear putting your trust in HIM so your soul will be made whole to cleave with a new heart and a new spirit given for a beautiful tapestry HE will begin to weave!!…

 

Is there a guarantee?

Is there such a thing as being set free?

Those who call on the name of the LORD will be saved and there’s the promise for living on in Heaven eternally!!…

IF the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!!…

[And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14] 

 

 

 

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Diversity of life contain the ocean

Waves of all heights from undercurrent maintain the motion

Rise and fall of tides attain erosion

Hurricanes no longer bides nor refrains commotion

 

Complexity of life strain until undone

Days and nights apparent remain the moon, stars, and sun

Rise and fall likewise, that hides within, is our emotions

Drains what once was stronger in self demotion

 

Perversity of life in vain fixation

Strays far with plight inherent feign affection

Rise and fall caused by lies, greed, and lust demoralize (if not repent to abstain) soon will demolish a nation

Wanes experiences of freedom that may be gone; return to GOD and regain a secure and firm foundation

 

Certainty of life pain implosion

Ways upright adherent; ingrain to press on to hear well done good and faithful servant in this race run and all evil shun

Rise and fall among that guides breath in our lungs in the Son as one

Campaigns to live is Christ and die is gain the inspiration of an eternal notion

 

Adversity in life can train for compassion’s promotion

Saves with HIS blood recurrent covering over guilt stains in HIS Light now to sustain devotion

Rise and fall yet HE reigns above over sin and death won

Remains faith, hope, and love found below that will still overcome

 

As I rise and fall, I continue onward in hope forgiven seventy x seven

As I rise and fall, I grip the 3 chord strand of rope to lift me out of the pit risen again and again

As I rise and fall, I hold Your hand of help to cope on a mission of love driven

As I rise and fall, I know my final destination and Your eternal promise is that You raise me up to Heaven

 

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Here for a reason

Why I carry on so

For a season

How long I don’t know

 

Listen to reminder

Never alone in the throes

Be kinder along the way as a pathfinder

Mercy to give others among their woes

 

Meant to remember

Compassion to show

Ignite the ember

Eager to grow

 

Be responsible

Despite the toll of pains blow

Overcome every obstacle

He died to give you new life for HIS renown owe

 

Goal to reconcile

Uplift the low

Reach out to those in denial

Faith seeds to sow

 

Make recompense

With love overflow

Stand in defense

Voice on behalf of the orphans, the weak, and the poor bestow

 

Life purpose reconsider

Envision where to go

For the little children never hinder unto HIS arms open wide come hither

Justice to prevail against all evil derail until fears overthrow

 

Choose to rescue

Those fallen below

Leave the many for the few

Willing to walk through the valley of death’s shadow

 

Faith, hope, and love remain

To refill, refresh, replenish, and restore the hollow

Greatest of these is love to sustain

Receive from Heaven’s open window until reach it’s door open to enter the afterglow

 

 

 

 

 

Tired

Overly tired

Spread thin

yolk is easy confirmation light -go to rend the Heavens behold passion live in

Wired

Sleeplessly wired

Head spin

Invoke inspiration ignite -go to depend on HIM for soul satisfaction beyond what I imagine

Listen

Musically listen

Fed within

Spoke in affirmation from above at night -go to tend unfold thirsty ration given

Discipline

Mostly discipline

Led in

Soak in admiration with love upright -go to mend whole in mercy and compassion driven

Praying

Rally praying

fled open

Broken door revelation contrite -go in to defend those abandoned/imprisoned

Obeying

Steadfastly obeying

Tread begin

Awoken toward impassioned Light -go forth to befriend young and old uphold; then as fashioned rest again

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lift up your eyes

See the same skies

Yet so far we seem

Hopeful prayer bring

For truths quest, for a new dream

 

Sun escapes darkness

Daybreaks east to west

Yet so do we until overcoming

Open soul’s plea

For inner zest, for sweet release

 

Stars are serene

Moon scars seen

So are we hidden or noticing

Crater within to flee

For quiet rest, for eternal peace

 

Under cloud cover

Storms or shadows hover

Yet still we breathe

Break through into light until free

For love’s conquest, for fears to cease

 

Enter center of mind’s eye

Asking mysteries why

Yet we will believe

Have grace and mercy to receive

For life’s test, for faith that reprieves

 

Enter center of heart’s cry

Awaiting hope will try… despite times that subside or die

Yet we resurrect to still conceive

While in the LORD delighting

For less stress, for strength to increase

 

Enter center of Spirit willing to soar on high

Walk the extra mile self deny, with others uplift who’d rather die

Yet we will encourage and intercede from underneath

Finding Refuge in hiding or when in our own battles fighting; remember HIS blood cerise

For respecting creation bless, for caprice of helping each one as HIS masterpiece

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Depression locked in night

Faith awakes absent sight

Hope engaging the fright

Love emerging when contrite

Dreams unlock with Light

HIS Spirit within ignite

Walk not by might

Mind links to Heaven’s height

Heart opens to new life

Soul HE restores aright

Spirit free saves from plight

Body beats to join the fight

Compassion helps others be bright

Rescue casualties caught in rewind

For one lost sheep leave ninety nine

Once broken chains no longer tight

Share story left behind

Forward journey go remind

Inward peace HE gives to find

If you're overwhelmed by suicidal thoughts 
or have a plan for suicide, it is ok to
get help from a mental health professional 
for meds to help support you 
as well as counseling as you look to be hopeful again 
and better manage your precious life 
(especially if you've been abused or experienced trauma in any way)...
I care about you!!...  Reach out to me anytime...
You're worthwhile and valuable...
I want you to be an overcomer and a fighter...
L.ive O.n V.ictorious E.ndeavor
Choose L.O.V.E.; 
L.ift-up I.nspirational F.uture E.ndure
Choose L.I.F.E.

In my acronym, S.T.A.R.T.S. will mean: 

something you do…

something new you do… 

something you continue to do…

 

Spiritual

Truths

Activated

Renew/Restore/Replenish

Together

Soundness

 

Pray?

 

YES!  Prayer will help when dealing with mental illness no matter how severe…

GOD has helped me through praying to HIM in all areas of my life…

Over the course of time, I have experienced levels of healing and breakthroughs..

If you’re suicidal, you can pray too and seek professional help…

It is okay to get counseling and take meds -I have and do…

All of you are valuable and worthwhile…

 

The benefits of prayer have even been proven by scientific studies (this is just one sites examples; there are others) so take a look:

https://www.newsmax.com/health/headline/prayer-health-faith-medicine/2015/03/31/id/635623/

Some findings include:

  • prevent sickness
  • when sick, heal faster
  • cope with stress better
  • have more hope
  • more optimistic
  • less depression
  • less anxiety
  • commit suicide less
  • stronger immune system
  • lower blood pressure
  • prolongs life

 

Part 1. Misconceptions

Part 2. What is Prayer?

Part 3.  Real Life Personal Examples of Answered Prayers

Part 4.  JESUS Prays for Us Who Are HIS Own

Part 5. Parameters/Guidelines for Prayer & Examples to Pray 

 

1. Misconceptions

Misconception:  It never works.

Fact:  You haven’t tried it very long.  You may have stopped praying altogether and gave up.  You may be praying for something that is not GOD’s will or not in HIS timing yet.  Sometimes you have to believe you receive what you asked for and wait.  Sometimes you need to keep being persistent until HE answers.  In both ways, it depends on if it is HIS will and timing.

Luke 11:5-10 

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 21:22

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Luke 18:1-8

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Romans 12:12 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing.

1 John 5:14-15

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

 

 

Misconception:  It doesn’t change things.

Fact:  Praying brings change to your attitude, provides an expectation, focuses your dependence on HIM to answer, prepares the way for a possible miracle, may move the heart of GOD to do something in your situation, and provides protection spiritually for certain and many times physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially.   God has answered prayers for me and many others…

Ephesians 6:18 

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

1 John 5:16 

If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life…

James 5:13 

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

Matthew 26:41 

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

James 5:16 

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

 

 

Misconception:  It bounces off the ceiling.

Fact:  Yah, sound can bounce off objects, yet HE knows every thought we think or say inside despite no audible voice even.  Prayer is not made of rubber and it isn’t a ball.  Well, unless you’re like Cinderella and JESUS fits your feet with the missing shoe, then it’s a ball for sure.  And if she answers HIS call, she’ll have all in all…  GOD does answer in HIS timing and way with a Yes / favorable outcome/ gift, or No/preventing an unfavorable outcome/ not HIS will for you, or Wait for HIS timing and way

2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Psalm 102:17 

He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.

Psalm 116: 1-2

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 145:18 

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

 

 

Misconception:  It isn’t the “in” thing to do.

Fact:  It is about as “in” as you can get while here on Earth…  It gets into your heart, into your mind, into your soul, and into your spirit…  It gets into Heaven and touches GOD’s heart and enters HIS ears…  An “in” thing to do is to give gifts, so is our GOD’s heart to do so as well.  HE will involve HIMSELF in your life if you let HIM…

Matthew 7:7-11

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

 

 

Misconception:  There’s no rest for the weary.

Fact:  You don’t have to go it alone and we’re not meant to.  You can stop, rest, and pause at any time and ask HIM to be involved in your life and to help you when things are too difficult.

Psalm 4:1 

Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

Romans 8:26 

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Misconception:  HE doesn’t exist.

Fact:  The big bang theory -have you ever seen something blow up and be beautiful? (ok, fire for some is, volcanoes to an extent, and fireworks for many).  Have you ever seen something blow up and stay beautiful? (not so much).  Have you ever seen something blow up and come together again and be beautiful?  Do you really think something blew up and over time came together to be every creature and person with intricate details as diverse in their internal and external workings?  And through it all began to breathe?  Or a primordial soup mixed around for millions of years until everything came together as is and breath somehow evolved.  That is a lot of faith in either one of these scenarios happening by chance.  Have you ever mixed up as many things as you can to create something beautiful?  Maybe you have as the designer with knowledge of how to mix the exact colors or the exact recipe.  Hmmm.  God created the Heavens and the Earth and everything in it.  HE is the Creator of every design in life who gave the ability to breathe, grow, and reproduce…

John 1:1-3

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with GOD in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made…

Psalm 90:2

Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Colossians 1:16-17

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

 

 

Misconception:  HE doesn’t love me or even care.

Fact:  GOD gave HIS only begotten SON JESUS whom HE most loves and treasures to come from Heaven to earth to make you also one of HIS precious treasures when HE chose to die in place of you and your sins to forgive you, accept you, save and rescue you, adopt you, and prepare a place for you in Heaven with HIM where there will be no more sin, sadness, sickness, suffering, or pain to live in freedom forevermore throughout eternity.

John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Romans 5:8

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Ephesians 2:4-5

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—

1 John 4:9-11

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Zephaniah 3:17

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Proverbs 8:17

I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

 

 

Misconception:  It doesn’t matter.  I don’t matter.  None of this matters.

Fact:  GOD cares for even the sparrow, so much more you.  You were made by HIM and for HIM.  HE has a plan and purpose for your life.

Matthew 6:26-34

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 10:29-31

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

 

 

Misconception:  I’ve failed too many times.  I’ve messed up my life way too much.  I’ve done too many things wrong.

Fact:  Once you’ve believed and trusted JESUS for your salvation for forgiveness of sins, you’re forgiven.  When you still make mistakes, you can confess your sins to HIM and HE is just to forgive you your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.  HE is the GOD of second, third, and many chances…

Luke 18:9-14

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray,one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

 

Misconception:  I don’t belong.

Fact:  When you come to faith in Christ, you’re a new creation in which the old is gone and the new has come.  You are accepted and adopted into GOD’s family…  You are GOD’s child loved, accepted, and forgiven…

2 Corinthians 5:17-19

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Psalm 100:3

Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

1 John 3:1-3

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

John 1:12-13

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God —children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

Romans 8:15

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

 

 

Misconception:  GOD is to blame.

Fact:  No evil or darkness is in GOD…  HE does not tempt anyone to do wrong.  HE is full of light and truth.  HE is a righteous judge.  HE works all things together for good for those who love HIM and are called according to HIS purpose…

1 John 1:5

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

James 1:13

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;…

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 

Other Misconceptions:

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/the-10-misconceptions-of-prayer

https://www.guideposts.org/faith-and-prayer/prayer-stories/pray-effectively/3-misconceptions-about-prayer

https://renovare.org/articles/5-misconceptions-that-hinder-prayer

 

2.  What is prayer?

Talking to GOD…

 

Talking to HIM as Savior and Redeemer…

  • who is real, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever,  who gave HIS life in death to save and rescue you, who is risen to life to give you a hope and a future preparing a place for you in Heaven
  • who prays for you to be more than a conqueror and intercedes as your Defense
  • who forgives your sins
  • who is intimately aware of and involved in your weaknesses, sufferings, and pains
  • who leads and guides, feeds and clothes, restores and gives so your cup overflows
  • who gives peace in the midst of any storm and abundant life

 

Talking to HIM as a best friend…

  • who accepts you as you are
  • who listens attentively
  • who cares for you intimately
  • who shares reassuringly
  • who supports mercifully
  • who responds compassionately

 

Talking to HIM as a faithful FATHER…

  • who loves purely and sincerely
  • who cherishes time spent with HIS child
  • who is interested in your well-being past, present, and future
  • who desires to protect and provide for your needs
  • who is available and present
  • who encourages, teaches, and disciplines out of divine love

 

Talking to HIM as the Great Physician…

  • who is able to heal relationship with GOD the FATHER and others
  • who is able to heal sickness
  • who is able to heal the lame, blind, deaf, mute
  • who is able to heal mental illness
  • who is able to heal from being demon-possessed
  • who is able to heal soul and spirit wounds

Look at the link below into the healings performed by JESUS:

http://www.jesuscentral.com/ji/life-of-jesus-ancient/jesus-supernatural_acts.php?lgZ=en&ccZ=&vrZ=&scZ=&add=Read&show=Journals

 

Presenting

Requesting

Asking

Yearning

 

Power

Readily

Available

Yesterday, today, and forever…

 

Practice

Rest

Affirming

Yahweh in Yeshua

 

Pre-requisite

Response

Answering

Yes when equally yolked

 

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3. Real Life Personal Examples of Answered Prayers 

When I was first hospitalized after my suicide attempt, I was in great emotional turmoil and spiritual distress.  My parents came to visit.  I looked at their faces at one point and they looked away and down not knowing how to respond.  I felt more helpless than I already felt and the reality that I may be a lost cause.  Then I felt the oppressing presence of evil come into my room one night.  I thought it was satan himself coming to hurt me or overtake me in my fear.  I prayed and the presence of evil left and I was able to rest.

When I was utterly hopeless there in the hospital, I so desired for a pastor to come minister to me somehow letting me know GOD still cared about me.  None came.  I felt I had been abandoned.  There was a young woman who worked as a Psych tech, I believe, who came over to me one day and she reached out to me.  It was so encouraging and a breath of new life was imparted.  It was as if she was truly an angel sent to give me hope again and to inspire me…

When I was 17, I asked GOD to give me the wife HE wanted me to marry and to be in HIS timing.  I was 27 when I met her.  I wanted to be a Dad and desired to have a girl.  Our first was a girl.  We have 7 children now;  two of which were miscarried and carried to Heaven…

When my wife and I first got married, very soon after I had a total breakdown and was admitted into the hospital for a 2nd time.  While there, I experienced a dark perspective of what it would feel like to be locked up, not be able to get out, and separated from GOD.  I asked for mercy and help once again.  Upon being released, a loving Christian family took my wife and I into their home while I was recovering and out of a job.  It allowed time for me to regain my senses and get a job after several months.  I asked GOD at one point to use me to be HIS hands and feet showing HIS love to others.  I would like to think HE is doing so in and through me throughout my life from when I returned to HIM believing and trusting in HIM until now and continuing to do so…  Once I got a job, we got our own apartment and began life more independent from others help and more dependent on GOD to help us grow and be faithful, diligent, and responsible so as not to be such a burden any longer.  One day I told my wife I’d see her later and that I loved her.  I don’t remember what I was headed to do.  I remember getting onto the highway and after several minutes heard a still small voice say Go Back Home.  It was incessant so I turned around and headed back.  We were on the 3rd floor and as I was walking up the stairs a man with dark hair and taller than me began walking down the stairs.  I remember looking at him and nodding and possibly saying “hey”.  I put the key in the door, unlocked it, and went inside.  My wife met me and told me an angel or the LORD Himself told her not to open the door just prior to my coming in.  Well, she was minutes before about to open the door thinking it was me without a thought otherwise.  When the voice told her not to open the door, she looked through the peep hole and saw a man hunched down shoulder out as if to run inside by force.  There had been reports of sexual assaults in the area and this may have very well been another had GOD not intervened.

When I applied to 3 schools for a teaching position, I asked GOD to open one door.  This would provide for us starting our own family.  One principal called and offered me a teaching job as well as to coach my first year.  Several months prior to this job, I injured my knee tearing my ACL.  I could not afford surgery.  After getting insurance through the school district, I still couldn’t afford a surgery due to it being a pre-existing injury.  I walked in severe pain.  I prayed for GOD to heal it.  I continued to pray day after day.  I didn’t give up even though there was no answer or let up from the excruciating pain.   Then 3/4 into the school year in the spring time,  GOD answered and healed my knee making it completely free of pain.  Much later in my life I looked into getting surgery again and the doctor saw in the MRI my old ACL injury and told me I also have a “bucket holder” meniscus tear.  The cost to have surgery to repair the knee was still too expensive.  (now whenever my knee hurts on occasion, I remember GOD’s mercy and thank HIM -then HE heals my knee from the pain again each time).  After teaching and coaching that first year, my wife and I learned we were going to have our first child.  I stopped coaching (because it required so many hours away from home) and asked GOD to provide for our family.  It wasn’t soon after when one of the teachers, who wrote a grant for an after school reading program, asked me if I would be one of the teachers to implement the program.  Then she decided she didn’t want to coordinate it and asked if I would be the coordinator.  I was able to earn money from teaching after school and get paid for being the coordinator which was more than double I made as a coach.

When living in Florida, we evacuated 3 out of 4 hurricanes in one year that had potential to hit our area.  I asked GOD each time where to go.  HE gave me specific locations to go to that were clear of their effects.

When we had our twins, the hospital bill was a little over $3000 if we could pay it in a few days.  Otherwise it would balloon up to over $30,000.  A pastor from our church came to us in the hospital and gave a check from someone who anonymously gave that paid for the amount needed to pay the bill.

When we participated in Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Shoebox ministry, we asked GOD to send our gifts to where and who HE wanted them to go.  GOD had given me a heart for orphans.  The gifts were received by a pastor in India for his children.  He wanted to continue correspondence and a relationship started.  I learned he took care of orphans and our family ministry to orphans began…

When my youngest daughter was 1, my wife called me one day from work screaming on the other end and then hung up.  I was still a teacher at this time.  I left work and drove toward home.  Inside, I felt it was my daughter and that she had died.  I asked GOD to raise her back to life.  As I approached our home, I heard the sirens.  I knew they were headed to my house.  I beat the ambulance and saw the firetruck.  When I entered in the doorway, I heard my daughter crying.  She was lying on the living room floor with my wife on her knees and firemen crouched around her.  Everyone was looking at her cry.  After several minutes, I asked if I could pick up my daughter.  So I picked her up and she calmed down.  As a precaution I rode with her in the ambulance to the hospital for further evaluation.  I learned that she had a febrile seizure and had stopped breathing and turning blue.  My wife called me screaming, hung up, and then called 911.  The dispatcher calmed my wife down after being hysterical due to my daughter not breathing and told her to put our daughter down laying on her backside.  Upon laying her down, she started breathing and came to.  She had a few more seizures through to the age of 4, but not as severe.  I continued to pray for GOD to take them away and she hasn’t had anymore since.

When one of my twin son’s was taken to the doctor from having a viral infection, it was discovered that it got into the hip joint area near the growth plate.  He was scheduled to have surgery to drain the area and clean it out.  We were told that he may require up to 10 surgeries to continue cleaning it out.  We prayed that he would only need 1 surgery and I continued to pray this during his stay in the hospital.  The doctors monitored his numbers and they were going down which was good.  Then on the 5th or 6th day rose sharply.  I was disheartened, but continued to pray.  The doctors decided to wait one more day.  The next morning the numbers were checked again and they had completely dropped!  He had 2 days of physical therapy and released to go home with no more surgeries needed. When he was in the 3rd grade, this same son was having sharp pains and vomiting, we took him to specialists who found that he needed surgery to repair a portion of the kidney.  We once again prayed and the reconstructive surgery was successful.  There are times he hurts there and we will pray and the pain goes away again.  He has been back to the hospital for checkup and the doctor says he is doing fine.

When I had my 3rd meltdown, I was asked by my wife to admit myself into the hospital.  I reluctantly did so.  (I had been overwhelmed at work and stressed to the max not able to function and diminishing in my ability to even communicate and respond rightly).  Then I had second thoughts and began to doubt it being good for me to do.  I wanted to walk away and believe that I could get better and change on my own.  There was a man who told me my wife needed a break and to go ahead and go.  The ambulance was there to take me to another facility in the nearest city for the one in town was full to capacity.  I attempted to walk away toward our vehicle and I was firmly grasped by my arms and directed into the ambulance.  Off I went, away from my home, my wife, my 5 kids, and my job as a teacher.  This time, GOD worked in my heart to walk more by faith though it was so difficult to do.  I decided that I’d face what I had to face -one of my giants being fear.  I chose not to wallow in self pity or stay stuck in fear that had tormented me on and off in my life.  While I waited for the inevitable of whatever would occur, I reached out to an older lady and an older man there.  The lady used to be a teacher and we talked quite a bit.  It helped me reaching out and not closing myself off altogether.  She was a precious soul.  The older man reminded me of my dad as when he’d be older so I went and sat by him during one of our meal times.  I prayed for him and I prayed for my dad.  I went to the therapy sessions and classes.  I listened mostly and sometimes I’d share.  I began to face my fears at every turn by faith.  I wrote in my journal in quiet times with the LORD.  I was given a medicine that (surprised me) actually worked (after 19 years on and off meds) and I experienced positive clarity and uplifting of my depression.  I was hopeful again.  I missed my family and I wanted to love them better.  I felt more free.  I talked with the doctor and told him the medicine worked and I was doing better.  I asked if I could be released.  He told me no that I needed to stay for awhile longer.  Since I was the one that admitted myself, I might have had the right to discharge. I don’t know for sure.  Awhile later, a lady told me to wait and it would be ok.  With her encouragement I began to rest in GOD’s will of when I’d be released.  All I know is that GOD was working in me and changing me.  My perspective of my relationship with HIM was strengthening.  I actually felt HE was for me and not against me…  When I was finally able to go home, I was overjoyed to see my wife and kids again…

When I went to my 4th hospitalization, I was trusting GOD more in taking steps of faith.  I was responding step by step and turn by turn in faith beyond my understanding.  I was walking in trust that GOD was using me for a purpose and working out good not only for me, but for those I loved and cared for.  I was learning how to lay down my life (my desires and will) to do HIS will whatever HE wanted for me to do.  Again, I wrote during my quiet times with the LORD.  I was reaching out to others in the hospital with desire to encourage, love, and show compassion…  I was learning to intercede for those around me who were struggling and needed GOD to intervene in their lives…  Some way, somehow I feel I faced the giant of fear that GOD helped me deal with effectively and gave HIS grace and mercy to overcome and win against it…  I have more willingness to reach out to others to pray for and show compassion to…  I’m completely different now (at ease, steadfast) and I’m forever changed (trusting, less fearful) willing to lay down my life to love GOD and others…

For me personally, I have asked for prayer for GOD to forgive me, give me a pure heart, and renew a right spirit within me as well as have a sound mind.  HE has answered my prayers and I have been doing well consistently for 3 years now since my last hospitalization.

Thank you GOD for answers to these prayers and so many others!!!…

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Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

 

 

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4. JESUS Prays for Us Who Are HIS Own

John 17

Jesus Prays to Be Glorified

17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

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5. Parameters/Guidelines for Prayer & Examples to Pray from the Bible

 

Prayer Parameters:

Matthew 6:5-8

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  And 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.

A General Guide to Prayer:

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Prayers to pray from the Bible:

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Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord’s Prayer

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.’

 

I pray this every morning…

 

 

 

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Ephesians 6:10-18

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

 

Every morning I also pray on the armor:  the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the sword of the spirit, the belt of truth -buckle it securely around my waist, and the shoes in preparation for the Gospel of peace.

 

 

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Psalm 51

Prayer of Repentance

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

I prayed this often while returning to my first love -my LORD and Savior Jesus Christ…  It has been used greatly in my life…

 

 

 

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Jonah 2:2-9

Jonah was told by GOD to go tell the city of Nineveh to repent of their sins.  Jonah turned and ran away from GOD in the opposite direction.  He got on a boat traveling to another city.  A storm arose and he told the men it was his fault and that they must throw him overboard and the storm would cease.  Jonah was thrown over reluctantly and a whale swallowed him.  It was GOD’s mercy that would sustain Jonah and keep him alive while in the ocean. He prayed for 3 days/nights inside.  Afterward, Jonah was spit out onto dry land and Jonah chose to now obey:

“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.

You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.

I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’

The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.

To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.

“When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.

“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.

But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

 

Maybe you’ve have turned away from GOD and ran the opposite way.

 

 

 

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Daniel 4:33-37

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of a Tree and a Return to Sanity

Read all of the story at the link below:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+4&version=NIV

33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.  

34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.

His dominion is an eternal dominion;
    his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 All the peoples of the earth
    are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases
    with the powers of heaven
    and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand
    or say to him: “What have you done?”

36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before.37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

 

This story gave me so much hope that GOD could and would at some point give me back my sanity (to have a sound mind again) if I would only look to HIM, praise HIM, and ask HIM for a sound mind…  HE has answered this very prayer…

Maybe you too have dealt with mental illness and need GOD to restore a sound mind…

 

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1 Chronicles 4:10

New International Version

The Prayer of Jabez

“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.”  NIV

another version says:

1 Chronicles 4:10

New King James Version 

10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my [a]territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

I have prayed more so the 2nd one.  Both are special and important.

Maybe you desire freedom from pain or desire not to cause pain…  Either one or both are worth praying…
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Some Prayers Paul Prayed for Us

We May Also Pray for Ourselves and Others These Words…

Romans 15:5-6; 13

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:15-23

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every namethat is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 3:14-21

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Colossians 1:3-14

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant,[c] who is a faithful minister of Christ on our[d]behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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Do you need prayer?  I will pray for you…  Just let me know…

When you or I do pray we need to remember to tell HIM thanks when HE answers!!…

 

 

So much lost

Along the way

At great cost

Failed to obey

To and fro tossed

In the wind and waves

An ocean of emotions cannot make it across

Almost drown as hope deflates

Coping defenses exhaust

Fall under the weight

Stranded in spiritual desert embossed

Stuck in drought of depression’s state

Near to an end or life just paused

What if I look up to Heaven for HIS help only await

Will my need for HIS grace enter despite the outward hurt and inward pain caused

Will HIS mercy and compassion allow me to begin again to relate

Will HIS blood applied gloss over my flaws in the hearing of angel’s echoing applause

Will healing balm my wounds to become scars within HIS own where love equates

JESUS, You redeemed my life from the deepest darkest pit…  I would not have known what unfailing love and mercy was had I given up and quit…

So much gained

Along the way

At great cost

Stronger desire to obey

No longer to and fro tossed

Stand on the Rock unafraid of wind and waves

Familiar with an ocean of emotions to understand;  will help others across

A lifeline I have to give so others won’t drown until hope inflates

With hoping continually… with putting full armor of defenses on daily… and with pure true love offering reassuringly… I will put into practice until many are free from the fears and anxieties that exhaust

Fell under;  yet did I rise above to bear their burdens with HIM supporting the weight

Landed in a spiritual oasis embossed

Lifting me out of the pit, I know HE will lift up those stuck also refilling their cup to overflowing out of depression’s state

HE draws near to whoever draws near to HIM even at their end, until they realize life just paused

Will keep and uphold in prayer until they look up to Heaven for HIS help only await

To experience HIS grace too despite the outward hurt and inward pain caused

Generously extended is HIS mercy and compassion restoring souls again to relate

HIS blood applied gloss over anyone and everyone’s flaws, who believe and trust HIM in the hearing of angel’s echoing applause, never leaving us alone… always and forever to be awed…

Healing I’ve received is returning to balm yours and others wounds as well to become scars within HIS own where unfailing love equates…

 

 

 

When you’re ready, you will trust in GOD again… you have that choice, you own that decision only you can make, you have the will to empower trust in HIM whenever you want to practice it…

Trust is a heart and soul thing that grows after you set your mind to begin the endeavor again… You can learn to trust in HIM with moments (like your move to a new place) and choose to trust HIM for healing (like your lifelong journey through trauma/abuse to triumph/astounding) whenever you want… When you fall back to not trusting, from that low point and helpless perspective; you can once again look up in trust to your Heavenly FATHER who gives good gifts and wants to love and care for you… You may choose to trust in moments or a daily decision through prayer (prayer is turning to HIM in trust) and pouring out your heart (through talking to HIM out loud, quietly inside, or writing it out)…

You’re loved and cared for not matter what… You’ll get to know/relearn HIS love and care as you decide to trust when you choose to… I am proud of you when you choose to reach out to those weak in need of love and care… In your weakness, JESUS is strong… Being there for them in being who you are matters and is doing good despite what you may feel or think about yourself… You are showing faith in action; doing GOD’s will in doing HIS Word:

Psalm 41
1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.
2 The Lord protects and preserves them—
they are counted among the blessed in the land—
he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.

verse 1 “regard for the weak”; for me the orphans, for you may be anyone weak you reach out to (orphans, special needs children/adults, homeless, abused and neglected souls, widows/widowers, or elderly)

Focus on these Words above and let it become one of your life verses/life mantra…

These verses helped me hang on, believe and trust, and reach out and one day HE answered these promises in my own life… These awesome Words came true through HIM and through me, for me, and in me… I still cannot fathom the turn-around in my life because of JESUS the Living and active Word bringing this about and GOD the FATHER’s mercy and compassion for me…

Look carefully and choose to believe and trust for these to be your benefits as well:

1) delivers them in times of trouble
2) protects and preserves them / does not give them over to the desire of their foes (who want to steal, kill, or destroy; suicide)
3) restores them from their bed of illness (physically or emotionally or mentally or socially or spiritually; for me all 5)

If HE did it for me; I know HE will do it for you… Why? because HE is true to HIS Word and desires to be faithful in a person’s life
When? in HIS timing; so difficult to wait I know (took years for me) maybe for you quicker than my experience
How? in small and grand ways along the journey; sometimes miraculously
Who? you (for you do have regard for the weak)
Where? inside you

I know I went through what I went through to be a help/support to others weaker… This is ultimately the outcome from what I didn’t think was fair, what I didn’t understand, why I was abandoned, why I was often alone in my trauma and not knowing why GOD wasn’t there bringing me through like I knew HE could; why it wasn’t right a way – yet waited for me to learn mercy and compassion at the core of who I am now… HE took me through the depths of darkness to reach out to anybody now with profound faith, hope, and love… with confidence in HIM and who HE is and what I now know HE can/will do…

Much of my trauma was self-inflicted (so full of guilt and shame) from turning away from GOD in rebellious youthful sin and desires being as lost as one can be. Yet I turned to HIM and HE still answered me… me? why me? why HE didn’t abandon me further? why did HE not leave me in my sin? HIS love is greater than anyone can know or fathom… Now I live to show HIS love I know and continue to attempt to fathom… If I didn’t learn through painful depths to know HIS love, mercy, and compassion; then how would I know HIM as HE is and learn that I could reach those who may be in need… HE will choose and use the weak and unlearned to profound the strong and wise… There is so much darkness and cruelty in this world. HE takes some of us through trauma and darkness so we can be a light that shines in it as HE rescues precious children, men, and women that need HIM… sometimes to reveal what HIS love is through us… We choose to pray for and be there present and intercede for them because we know… we understand… we will stand for them… we will choose to love… we will choose purity… we will love purely… Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see GOD (Matthew 5:8)…

You’re not a failure… You’re more than a conqueror through HIM who gives you strength… When you are weak come to HIM for rest… When you can’t do it anymore, wait on HIM for renewed strength… HE is faithful to HIS Word even when we are not…

Oh and let’s look at Psalm 41 vs. 4

I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord;
heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

What if we have sinned in some way!! Well I asked the LORD for mercy and to heal me of course… And so, HE healed me… me… and you?… you too!!!…

Ok! So you just got the wave from HIS ocean that was building within me to reach the shore of those needing mercy that will also be a blog post for my website that I have been wanting to write on Psalm 41 for a long, long while… I wrote this for you for sure; yet it is also for anyone else needing encouragement as well…

What insight

Would you have me write

Encouragement for the fight

Grace beneath launch in flight

Above the storms of life contrite

New perspectives seen from greater heights

Out of darkness into Your Light

Willing to dive back down to shine in their darkest night

 

Mercy and compassion to endure with you near

Faith and hope given by You graciously to persevere

Abundant loving kindness found to appear

As Your perfect love pours within casting out fear

Until clouds of doubt and depression bouts clear

Now open for reaching below into the valley of death’s shadow endear

Those whose hope grows thin going it solo reassured that their not alone with the voice of truth to hear

Needing to know the way to go as the Good Shepherd who’ll show the path to freedom and into safe pasture by Your Spirit steer

Though I don’t see You

I’ll trust in whose forever true

I’ll trust each day anew

 

Though I don’t always feel You near

I’ll trust the One who collects our tears

I’ll trust the One whose love casts out the fears

 

Though I don’t know what tomorrow brings or holds

I’ll trust and follow the One whom my soul clings to among Your sheepfolds

I’ll trust and go bold delighting under Your banner of love that over me sings and run after promises foretold however life unfolds

 

Though I don’t always hear Your voice

I’ll trust whose silence still commands me to believe with faiths choice

I’ll trust in HIS Words made alive to rejoice

 

Though I’m often weak and it’s difficult to maintain

I’ll trust and seek Your strength that will sustain

I’ll trust You’ll never leave nor forsake;  faithful in mercy to remain

 

Though I may die sooner or later, prove Your future promise of hopeful remedy and find in You my truest identity, in tragedy or catastrophe, in good or bad weather

I’ll trust in Your love that nothing whatsoever can ever sever;  never

I’ll trust You’ll raise me to life again in the prepared place in Heaven to be together with family and friends unto forever…  until then… will make You known, will let Your love and truth be sown, and will share faith and hope for them to be sure their not alone as my ongoing endeavor…

 

Feelings can only pick you up so much

Feelings that belittle can bring you down

Feelings come and go like coughs and hiccups

Feelings run amok or ebb and flow with undercurrent to drown

Feelings may overthrow until all you are is stuck

Feelings you only know will linger near or far to smile or to frown

Feelings will too soon betray, empty, and never fill your cup

Feelings will fight deep within leaving you wounded on the battleground

 

How will you show resistance to the enemy bent on killing and stealing

How will you get your deep need within for healing

How will you find an ever present help and a strong refuge never leaving from all that harms concealing

How will you be lifted from the pit of darkness that will grip you back into Light revealing

How will you grow in trust without ever kneeling

How will you go on in hope when your whole being is reeling

How will you overflow in faith to cope without the Holy Spirit sealing

How will you sow in love as 3 chord strand of rope appealing

 

JESUS is the only One who upon this Rock will pick you up

JESUS will lift your countenance bringing Heaven down

JESUS is a constant Refuge who never leaves nor forsakes when in a rut

JESUS runs to catch you amongst the waves so as not to fully drown

JESUS lifts you up from the mud and mire or deep pit with HIS mighty righteous right hand no longer to be stuck

JESUS knows you better than yourself so delight in HIM that joy may abound

JESUS, when you continually come to HIM, will eventually refill your cups

JESUS will give you HIS residing peace healing your wounds to run again in the race until in HIS arms you’re found

 

 

I reminisce…

Fight back;  persistence -found to be free

Temptations attack;  resistance -found purity

No slack;  repentance -found mercy

Take flak;  admittance -found family

Have a knack;  HIS assistance -found empathy

Back on track;  insistence -found grace aplenty

Heavy load unpack;  outdistance -found eternity

No more lack;  coexistence -found love fully

 

If it weren’t for the LORD to reminisce…

I would have torn apart;  ripped in pieces -so haunter makes remiss unsound into self-pity

What would be left if my soul deceases -no longer exist sound silenced empty

You rescued me in perfect love so fear ceases -daunter desist sound heart accept privily

You lighten burdens as Your peace increases -stronger to resist sound mind kept reassuringly

You’re the Giver of new life leases -song astir to persist sound spirit leapt freely

From our chains and our prisons You pardon releases -from wrongs turn away with grace assist sound joyfully adept with purpose and vision equipped fittingly

Deep blue sky above

Deep heart true love

Deep sea sin lost

Deep life death cost

Deep earth then arisen

Deep Words so listen

Deep calls to deep

Deep tears will keep

Deep depression lift up

Deep confession fills cup

Deep wounds scars find

Deep connection forever bind

Dreams come true

When I’m with You

Love enters;  taken up in a new song -all is forgiven of wrong

Mercy centers;  awakens with the dawn -all fears within gone

Grace mentors;  forsaken not, unto Your will now drawn -I’ll follow along

 

Dreams come true

Awaiting strength to renew

Love abides;  in fields of green when reeling to lie down in rest

Mercy hides;  shields while healing what would oppress

Grace provides;  wields away enemies when dealing with trials and tests

 

Dreams come true

Delighting in the Truth

Love finds all that your heart desires to be

Mercy reminds all that your mind aspires to see

Grace shines on all that your soul inspires to free

 

New beginnings

Is hope thinning?

Come to HIM

Renew strength within

Fills one’s cup;  overflowing

Lifts one up;  growing

Wise to let HIM mend;  defend

Arise to life again;  befriend

 

New beginnings

Is faith underpinning?

Comes by hearing

Restores soul appearing

Fails not to heal inside reassured

Listens to be a doer of HIS Word

Abides in the SON;  sets free

Guides one’s life and all evil shun;  gets purity

 

New beginnings

Is love winning?

Comes from time with HIM when dining

Replenishes the heart reminding

Finds anew when delighting

Loves HIM and others fulfilling desires igniting

Rides the heights in the Light of day soaring

Decides to enter the shadows of death for salvation’s outpouring

 

New beginnings

Are you lost sinning?

Come as you are

Refreshes your spirit drawn near from afar

Fears, chains, and shame from prison released

Lets love cover over to receive peace

Confides to trust, believe, and receive forgiveness through HIM the open door

Hides under the shelter of HIS wings forevermore

 

New beginnings

Is there disciplining?

Come to know it’s for your good

Registers deep inside to do as you should

Faces the buffering as clay molded by the Potter above

Learns from the suffering obedience from the FATHER of love

Dies to self and selfish ambition no longer a wanderer

Derives character to persevere now stronger and endure as more than a conqueror

On Words You said

Rest in peace my stead

On Rock of Salvation within

Restore my soul again win

On eagle’s wings spread

Rise from the dead

On updrafts of wind

Real life now begin

On faith in action spirit led

Rapture hearts with Your blood shed

On a future and hope journey destine

Rescue with love’s purpose and vision where all fears rescind

On mission to save souls for Heaven pled

Reconciliation ministry of Great Commission into Hope fled cancels hell’s dread

On point to focus my eyes and delight in HIM

Receiving the desires of my heart with windows of Heaven open again and again in love driven

On the Good LORD taste and see of the wine and Bread

Remind that every need is met as I fed day after day and choose trust over fear instead

Exit dark; Enter LIGHT

Once fright to now delight

Left lust behind, right walk find

Doubt, despair, fear forsaken.  Faith, Hope, Love awaken…

Falling down many a time to gravity of sin

Falling down many a time to inactivity of fear within

Stalling drowns many a time to insanity failing to begin

Stalling drowns many a time to calamity trailing behind suicidal’s origin

Hauling around many a time how rapidly into psychiatric hospital was locked up to imprison

Hauling around many a time how travesty of so called Christian guilt ridden to backslidden

Appalling sound many a time how depravity attracts the seething enemy breathing to attack with precision

Appalling sound many a time how apathy prevents voice being heard questioning if HE will even listen

Recalling found many a time of the malady brought on by wrong decisions

Recalling found many a time frantically seeking to receive mercy and grace given

Calling abounds many a time anxiously relying on HIM to be forgiven

Calling abounds many a time to actively pursue HIS purpose and vision

Enthralling astounds many a time dramatically restoring my soul with new life arisen

Enthralling astounds many a time emphatically to be about sanctity into a true pure love mission

 

 

Death will come

Faith will get to hear well done

Death will not overcome

Faith will overcome and see the SON

Death will not cover over long

Faith will endure and uncover darkness to see in HIS LIGHT for sure among a glorious throng

Death will not bury forever

Faith will carry my soul to Heaven where in HIS love nothing can ever sever

Death will end

Faith will live again to begin anew with the Good Shepherd in which all that is broken will mend

Death, where is your victory?

Faith wins with supernatural delivery

Death, where is your sting?

Faith will bring me to HIS open arms eternal and HIS praises hallelujah sing

Death no more fear

Faith to soar under HIS wings drawn near

Death dies.

Faith alive arise…

You define me to know You more

You remind me to slow down and Your Words not ignore

You confine me no longer solo behind and before

You shine in me to overflow into other’s lives pour

You dine with me, not left alone, for Your Presence to adore

You refine me to grow closer toward

You align me to go and do likewise for

You design me to show I’m not my own but Yours

You unwind me after undertow for my soul to restore

You find me low and strengthen once again to soar

Away from the forbidden

Wandering ways quit again

Confess sin;  You’ve forgiven

Run to Your heart smitten

Enter freedom within

Inside Your walls hidden

No longer stuck imprisoned

Relentless words inspired written

Out from the grave risen

Serve You wholly;  forever decision

Create in me a pure heart with King vision

Pursue sincere love mission

Seek Heaven’s True Wisdom

Open now to really listen

Accept whatever answer given

Learn from the suffering as discipline

Response to be faithful and genuine

Awaken Your passion within again for lost souls found to win

Toward Your Word and Salvation make known; my ambition

For Your honor, glory, and praise driven

Then enter into Your glorious Kingdom knit together to fit in

A welcome home to no more pain, depression, sickness, death, or sin