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Pray about everything

The home screen of my cellphone which says, "Pray about everything. Philippians 4:6."
by Beeda Speis for Peace In The Stillness blog

This is the home screen of my phone. I keep it there as a constant reminder to pray about everything (Philippians 4:6). Yet, I forget to do that, believe it or not.

Whenever I have a lot of God-related plans (ie plans on how I’ll get things done that God has placed on my heart) it seems like something (or someone) steps in and messes things up. This time it’s this ongoing/recurring illness. It feels like I’m sloshing through quicksand, at the bottom of the ocean, while wearing concrete-filled shoes, pushing my way through a tsunami. Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but you get how I feel. It’s difficult to do anything. So, I keep praying.

I wonder if God has given me this time so I can learn something new, catch up on my reading, or reach out to friends. But then again, I’m too exhausted to do any of those things. So then I think I should just press through the fatigue, but that doesn’t feel right at all. Then, I’m reminded: just pray. Prayer brings a peace and understanding. No matter what’s going on, prayer is the answer.

Focus

It feels like I’m not focused on an exact single theme this week for prayer, but it is all related because all of it is important. The woman who commented on the after-school Satan club for us to educate ourselves…I got to thinking, what if she’s never heard the gospel? That was right after I was sent the Ray Comfort video. So I wanted to pray about sharing the Good News. We have to keep in mind that Satan blinds the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Because of this after-school club, I want us to continue to pray for unbelievers to resist the devil (James 4:7). I want to pray for us as believers to not be deceived or misled by him. We need to remind ourselves that we must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour we do not expect (Matthew 24:44). If we’re waiting for the perfect opportunity to tell our “one” about Jesus, that opportunity is now. It has to be because the day of the Lord will come like a thief (2 Peter 3:10).

Bible Verse of the Day

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
Ephesians 6:11 ESV

Prayer

Lord, Father in Heaven, we praise Your holy name! We are so grateful for Your bountiful blessings, for Your love, grace, and mercy. Please, Father, guide and direct us to do Your will. Give us courage and strength in times of trouble. Please heal our friends, family, neighbors who are suffering right now, Lord. Please show us how to be blessings to them and to everyone we meet. Lord, please help us shine Your love in the world during the good times and the bad so that even those blinded by Satan will see You in the peace and joy we radiate as Your children. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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