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Childlike Faith

When I was about 5 years old, our family home had a creek running behind it. I loved to go down there and walk on the rocks that protruded from the rippling waters and watch the water flow. One afternoon, I remember feeling the presence of God around me and feeling that He said, “You are my child.”

It was not earth shattering, or a booming voice from Heaven, but I distinctly remember telling my Dad that I heard God speak to me. Anytime I have tracked my faith journey, I always note that first encounter at that very young age.

I believe that God can speak to us very simply when we are quiet and ready to notice Him. I know that God is who I hear, when it is that calm still voice and I feel at peace. I hear Him best when I stop the frenetic pace and spend quiet time in prayer when I’m not doing all the talking. It’s a time when I have the childlike faith to know that my father in Heaven really does want to communicate with me.

What are your thoughts on hearing God? We’d love to hear your reflections in the comments. 

Lift Your Heart to the Lord

In Psalm 103, David starts with a burst of praise. I can just see him “lifting” his heart to Heaven with such gratefulness and awe of the Lord.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not His benefits . . .” Psalm 103:1-2

How would it be if we started every day reading this passage and speaking it out loud. Literally saying to God that everything in my being praises Your holy name. I am engulfed with gratitude for what you have done in my life. It focuses our eyes on Him rather than the circumstances that surround us.

No doubt, we all have circumstances at one time and another that we don’t like. Sometimes we might even feel as though God has abandoned us. But He hasn’t, He is always there and He loves our praise. Start your day with a scripture of praise or a moment of thanksgiving for all God’s rich blessings. It helps put the circumstances in perspective.

 

 

Quiet Before the Lord

Why get quiet before the Lord? To hear Him. We live busy lives with daily challenges, some large, some small. Many of us travel at warp speed throughout the day. We are deluged with information from many sources. No wonder we sometimes feel that God isn’t speaking. He may be waiting for us to slow down long enough to receive direction from Him.

Even in prayer meetings, when someone is praying out loud, sometimes it feels like the person is talking at God rather than communicating with Him. Sometimes we need to be quiet, to be still, even listen to Him for how to pray. What if corporate prayer even started with silence, for everyone in the room to silently seek God for how to pray? What if we simply called God into the middle of situations that we are praying for?

Psalms 46 is a great passage that describes all that God is and what He does for us. He is described as our refuge and our strength. Verse 10 reads, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

He can fight our battles for us if we will stop and let Him. He can take us through our struggles when we are ready to stop and see what He wants to teach us and how He wants to grow us through the situations.   Get quiet before the Lord, ask Him to lead you to scriptures that will encourage you and lead you. Listen, listen, listen for that still, quiet and peaceful voice of Almighty God.

Positive Prayers

Yesterday I was praying with someone for her friend who had to have a risky surgery. The doctors gave her friend a 50-50 chance of survival. As we were praying, we claimed God’s promises for healing.

We prayed Isaiah 53:5, ” But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him. And by His stripes we are healed.” We claimed that Jesus had already won the battle over her friend’s health when He died on the cross.

God promises us that we can be fully and miraculously healed. Sometimes He uses doctors, sometimes He doesn’t. When we pray, it’s best to limit our words to the positive. When I hear people pray who speak out the negative, I feel that sometimes they are actually cursing the situation!

Next time you are in corporate prayer, remember to pray and claim God’s promises according to what is written in scripture. Pray with joy in your heart, even if your circumstances look dark. He is the light, and He wants to bring that into your life.

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