- God hears you.
- Change is hard.
- Change hurts.
- A restless spirit abounds, and you are no longer comfortable doing and living the old way.
- When you attempt to live the old way, agitation sets in and you consider, “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into fresh bottles, and both are preserved” (Matthew 9:17 ASV).
- Desires of your heart changes; what you once wanted—relationships and things— no longer seems desirable or appealing.
- Continually pray; change is hard; change hurts.
- Two steps forward, one step backwards. Change takes time.
- Change feels good.
- You can’t believe you were that person, who did those things, said those words, believed the hype.
- When you think someone needs to change, it’s usually you that needs to change.
- Even when you love someone, sometimes you have to let him or her go; this is a result of change.
- God wants complete obedience, not hollow obedience.
- The Holy Spirit connects the Family of God on all corners of the earth.
- Walking by faith means you will fall and stumble and make bad choices; if you trust God, when he picks you up your vision will be clearer and you will stumble less and grow stronger.
- When you trust God, He will request the unreasonable, despite the consequences. Here you must return to # 3.
- You can’t have a relationship with God if you don’t spend time with Him in worship, read His Word, pray, fellowship with his people. Let’s face it; you can’t have a healthy relationship with anyone if you don’t spend time with him or her.
- Not everyone wants to hear about God and his goodness, so you must heed Jesus’s advice “…quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way; in other words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet” (Matthew 10:12-14 NIV and The Message).
- God is waiting for us, all we have to do: ask, seek & knock. Perhaps, a glance at #3, 6, and 7.
- You can’t embark on the faithwalk without adversity and suffering. God is testing us. Do we only love Him when it’s all good and rosy? Do we scowl and pout, turn our back when stuff gets tough and makes us uncomfortable?
- Be thankful for everything.
- Wake up everyday and look for the smallest miracles; be grateful. Thank God for the ups and the downs.
Lord, what a journey this has been. Some days I was overjoyed to pray. Other days I was saddened. My heart cried knowing we as a people often push you aside, doubt your Word, grow weary waiting. Thank you for pressing into me on this journey, knowing that prayer, prayer changes everything and everybody. When we pray as a group, as a people, a family of God with sincerity in our hearts not malice or vanity, dark moments brighten, mountains move, fear dissipates, love abounds, compassion flourishes. Lord, I cannot list all the FB, Twitter, Linked In, and WordPress followers who prayed on this journey, but you know each one. You sent a few face to face—in the mall, on special assignment. Thank you for using me to intercede on their behalf. I pray a mighty miracle in their lives. This prayer is Gideon’s fleece—a sign to be sure it was really God’s voice he was hearing and that he understood His directions—a sign that will show everyone that you exist, that you have not forgotten them, that you hear their cries, understand their hopes, and desire them to keep on asking to receive, seeking to find, and knocking until you open doors. And for those who don’t need a sign give them heroic strength and courage to win more souls for You. We have the victory in Christ. Amen.
I will whisper your name each time my thoughts wander and I need to redirect. I will bring all my prayer request and concerns to you openly and honestly. I will thank you for the answers even though I don’t know what’s around the corner. I will wait with expectancy and joy, forever, and continually thank you. Amen.
It’s me again. And you know what’s on mind. Fix it, please. Your will your way.
Despite what happens today, I will try saying, “I trust You, God.”
Dear God, I had one of those moments where I just didn’t feel as if I could take another step, keep working on this project that’s giving me grief, sticking to the plan. So, instead of lamenting over this craziness, I asked you wholeheartedly what to do. And with spiritual ears I waited for your answer. Never Give Up. Sir Winston Churchill took three years getting through eighth grade because he had trouble learning English. Years later Oxford University asked him to address its commencement exercises and he said, “Never Give Up.” If God is for me, who can be against me? God is my mighty fortress, always ready to help in times of trouble. And so, I won’t be discouraged! Never Give Up. Remember the path will not be easy. Your stress comes from wanting things before their time. Slow down. Enjoy the journey, but Never Give Up! Thank you, God for answering me. I will never give up. Amen.
(Romans 8:31;Psalm 46:1; Luke 1:37)
Lord, I need to apply wisdom to my life, so that it becomes a part of me in the process of my change. Look deep into my heart, God, and find out everything I am thinking. Don’t let me follow evil ways, but lead me in the way that time has proven true. Lord, change me. Push my ego to the side. Lot’s wife looked back. Lord, I don’t want to be a pillar of salt. Transform me. Paul was a murderer. You changed him. Renew my mind. Noah was drunk. You changed him. The Samaritan woman was a manwhore. You changed her. Thomas was a doubter. You changed him. I know change is hard, it’s the unexpected we fear. The experience we know versus what we don’t know. Lord, change me. Amen.
Warning: If you pray this prayer, expect God to shake up your life, convict and challenge you. Be ready to flee from people and things that are not good for you, be ready to let go of your most treasured possession, be ready, cause it’s gonna happen. God’s gonna turn your life upside down. I’m ready for Him to take away anything, everything, and everybody that is not pleasing to Him. Are you ready? You’ve been warned.
Change me, my life, who I am, take control of my life. Change me, not my spouse, not my significant other, not my friends, not my parents, not my siblings, not my children, not my co-workers, not the pastor, or the church, change me! Help me to concentrate on how I handle my actions and reactions, and let them know they are responsible for their actions, not me. I am responsible for the changes that need to be made in me. Lord, I know the change will take time; I need to process my need to change; cause there’s a struggle like lightening and thunder inside of me. Oh, God, just change me. Amen.
Lord, You know how people think my life is so easy. But they don’t know my pain, my struggles. They don’t know what I’ve been through. You know the things I keep to myself. It’s that way with so many of us, we look at people and we judge them, we envy them, we tolerate them. We don’t know their struggles. We don’t know their battles. For each of us have dark moments in our life. All of us are guilty: family and friends, co-workers and neighbors. Why can’t we just love and respect each other for who we are? Why do we have to pretend? Wear those ugly masks; smile when we want to frown. Pretend we’re on the mountaintop when we’re hanging on the edge. I know all things start with me, not others. I pray that we, your people, those that love you, walk with you, talk with you can be more accepting and loving and always remember that when someone’s life is full of joy, full of peace it’s because they’ve let You, Lord, have control. So in the words of TD Jakes and Kirk Franklin’s “911” Father forgive us, we are sorry, we need you, hold us, Jesus, please take control, right now. Now. Amen.