Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome 2017!

"The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven" (Nehemiah 2:4)

Almost 48 hours into the New Year. 
How will we travel through this year? 
 What kind of adventures will we have? 
We plan and calendars begin to fill up. 
 Quickly 24 hours turns into one week and weeks turn into months and soon we do it again.

What happens between January 1 and December 31 must be submerged in prayer. 
It must be flooded and sunk deep, plunged into the heart and hands of the Lord.

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go for to you I entrust my life.” (Psalm 143:8)

Often prayer can be thought of as this long elaborate dialogue that must be eloquent and convincing. Convincing to whom? Perhaps we want to make sure we did it right?

In the Book of Nehemiah, the Cup Bearer to the king came with a request. It was not an easy request. When the king asked “What is it you want?”? Nehemiah did not have time to run to his chambers and continue on bent knee to call on the Lord. What we see is that quickly he invokes the Presence of God and he prayed to the God of heaven. Weather he prayed quietly under his breath or his heart spoke a request to the Lord we do not know from the reference. What is certain is that he prayed!

Sometimes a friend calls and is in turmoil. We may not have much to offer but we can pray. Driving down the highway we see an accident and we can’t stop, but we can pray.

Prayer meetings are scheduled at church and we make excuses not to go. 
Put it on the calendar and let us pray.

In the middle of the night fear and questions bombard your mind; pray and call on the one that can give us rest and peace.

Impossibilities and circumstances that we can’t seem to understand; have we tried praying? 
 Are you seeking the face of God? Have you trusted in Him?

“The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29)

Wrong has been our choice. Sin has visited and we welcomed it. Like the thief on the cross his prayer drew him to the heart of God.

“Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, 
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43)

We know from Scripture that Nehemiah was victorious. Oh, he had many challenges but as he cried out to God we see God’s faithfulness leading Nehemiah to rebuild that which had been torn down.

Prayer is not constrained by time. Sometimes it seems God has not heard us. Sometimes the answer is no. Often the answer is in the waiting. Other times before our words are finished the miraculous has already occurred.

Prayer helps us rebuild! 
The outlook changes because our hope is in the One that is over ALL!

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

Let me encourage you to pray in this New Year 2017.
As you see the Lord moving in your life, I’d love to hear your testimony of what God has done or is doing in and through you.

If prayer requires kneeling, then kneel. If your preference is praying while you drive, then drive & pray. If the need requires to call a friend, then call and agree. Long or short prayer....let us pray!

2017 Prayer Tip: Make a list on your cell phone with a daily reminder to pray. Add names and situations; list dreams and visions. Pray for the lost and encourage those who cross your path.

In everything, pray.

“By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:8)

“Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.” (Psalm 86:1)

“But I cry to you for help, Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.” (Psalm 88:13)

“Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.” (Psalm 5:2)

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14)

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you,
even as your soul is getting along well. (John 3:1:2)

God bless you!~Liz


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