- 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, 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.
Dear God, I want to be part of social change, a rebel like Christ, but God you know as I walk this path folks will make me angry, annoyed, outraged, heated, vexed, and huffy. Don’t let me use anger to fuel my revenge. Don’t let me stay angry. Don’t let me go to bed angry. Don’t let foul or dirty words slip from my mouth. Help me to say what helps, to be sensitive, to forgive as quickly as you forgave me. Amen.
I want a closer walk with you, a humble heart, and a teachable spirit. I don’t want to cling to old ways in this new year. I trust the plans you have for me today, tomorrow, and forever. Help me to focus in you. Amen.
Dear Lord, Thank you for placing me on the Potter’s Wheel of change—molding and shaping me into Your image; to be gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and rich in love. Amen
I know it’s going to be a struggle, but I want you to change me into the person you want me to be. I’m not asking you to change my best friend, my spouse, my partner, my children, my boss, my friends or my church folks, I’m asking you to change me. Amem
Prayer is an absolute must. Some prayer out loud, others prayer quietly. Some pray on their knees, while others in the car or in the shower. We all prayer when trouble comes, and victories are won. Prayer is not a mystery, just a simple talk with God. A moment to confess, praise, thank, or supplicate. One thing is for sure prayer changes situations and people.
During this journey, Wade, the-truck-drive-turned-writer, suggested not just happy prayers but deep psalmist prayers. Sharla of catnipolife, has blogged prayers from day one, and posted the journey on several social media outlets. Her followers stop by with praises and amens. Several Facebook friends have hit the thumbs up button, and commented with prayers.
In turn, God has moved my heart to post prayers on Facebook status, instead of hitting the like button, for when two or more are gathered in his name stuff happens.
On this seventh day of the prayer journey, I am calm andI feel less anxious about all that I believe I’m suppose to accomplish.
What about you?