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Quick Devotion with Stormie Omartian


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Maturing in Prayer

Stormie Omartian

“You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4:2-3 (NKJV)

During the first couple of years I walked with the Lord, my prayers went something like this:

“God, help me get that job.”

“Jesus, please heal my throat.”

“Lord, send enough money to pay these bills.”

“Father, take away my fear.”

It took me a while to realize that those spur-of-the-moment prayers were not accomplishing much. I guess I thought the idea was to do the best I could on my own, and then if I needed a lifeline from God, I grabbed it. The only problem was I needed a lifeline every other minute.

BLESSED IS SHEI loved the Scripture verse that says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7, NKJV). I took God at His Word and was asking, seeking and knocking on a pray-as-you-go basis. I also took to heart the verse that says, “… you do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2b).

Great! I can easily remedy that, I thought, and proceeded to ask God for everything. But I still wasn’t happy, and I didn’t see the kind of answered prayer I desired.

One day as I was reading James 4:2, my eyes were opened to the next verse, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3).

Could it be that the “God give-me-this, do-that, wave-your-magic-wand-here, get-me-out-of-this-mess” kind of praying was not what God desired for my prayer life? In utter frustration I said, “Lord, teach me how I’m supposed to pray.”

He did exactly that!

I came to understand that prayer is not just asking for things — although that certainly is part of it. Far more importantly, prayer is talking with God. It’s getting close to and spending time with the One you love. It’s seeking Him first, getting to know Him better, being with Him and waiting in His presence.

Prayer is acknowledging Him as the source of power upon whom you can depend. It’s taking the time to say, Speak to my heart, Lord, and tell me what I need to hear. It’s partnering with Him. It’s aligning our spirits with His to see that His perfect will is done. It’s establishing ourselves and our lives as being connected to God.

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We can’t receive God’s best for our lives, and we can’t push back the things that were never God’s will for us, except through prayer. We can’t leave our lives to chance. We have to pray about everything all the time, not just when things go wrong.

We have to pray over anything that concerns us, no matter how big … “For with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37, NKJV) … or how small … “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30, NKJV).

The Bible tells us the basic qualification for prayer: “he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6b NKJV).

The more you pray, the more you will find to pray about, and the more you’ll be led to pray for others.

Don’t allow discouragement over unanswered prayer to cause you to doubt that God heard you. If you have received Jesus and are praying in His name, then God hears you and something is happening whether you see it manifested in your life now or not. In fact, every time you pray, you’re advancing God’s purposes for you. Without prayer, the full purpose God has for you can’t happen.

Dear Lord, Help me today to draw closer to You, in my words, my thoughts and my deeds. Help me share more of my life with You, and through that, help me discover Your perfect will. In His holy Name I pray, Amen.

 

Related Resources:
Stormie Omartian is one of the contributors for the new devotional, Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening. This beautiful devotional book will make a lovely gift for a special friend or loved one.

Joy for the Journey also features devotions from Lysa TerKeurst, Sheila Walsh and Beth Moore, among other bestselling women authors.

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Reflect and Respond:
Looking back in your walk with Christ, how has your prayer life matured? In what ways does it still need to grow?

Have you ever had a prayer answered? Does this memory help you when facing discouragement over unanswered prayers?

Power Verse:
Jeremiah 33:3, “‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’” (NKJV)

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Proverbs 31 Ministries thanks Thomas Nelson Publishers for their sponsorship of today’s devotion.

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Devotionals, personal development, self help, Thoughts

Quick Devotions with Joyce Meyer


Christ is Your Strength

by Joyce Meyer – posted July 26, 2017

How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.
—Matthew 12:34

THE OVERFLOWING HEART

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personal development, self help, Thoughts

The Captivated Mind – Beth Moore


If you didn’t get the chance to watch this video, I thought that I would write a few things that Beth mentions, and I particularly loved this video as it hones in on the mind, and not just in general, but spiritually what can happen with the mind, and the amazing, interesting, and fascinating capabilities that it has. I am absolutely impressed with Beth Moore’s seminar here, and I thought I would share it with you. I actually didn’t plan on this, but came across someone else’s blog, and wondered how they uploaded videos on their blog.

I have been thinking a lot about the mind lately, and the things that we listen to, or what we take note of in our mind. I love how Beth Moore really grabs hold of our attention through her speaking, and I absolutely love motivational speaking like this.

I really hope you enjoy this video, and really wanted to share because it totally speaks to me. “Thought processes, and the mind is the awareness, and to know what we are doing and why” is interesting, and particularly, mental health is an issue close to my heart. That’s why I support The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s campaign, Heads Together. The Lady Wallace also talks about another issue which I thought was a fantastic piece, you will be touched, and moved by her sincerity and genuine thoughts on #itsokaytosay.

Depressions, anxiety, specific things like this has become so much a great deal, and I have had my own mental circumstances, which I have the passion and zeal to bring something into activation, and engage with people on things that matter.

You can COMPLETELY change your mind. We can literally, really change our minds.

RENEWING MIND

We can change the direction and path of our life if we allow ourselves to renew our minds. There are numbers of books, especially at Koorong, or Word Bookstores that hold manuscripts on christian beliefs that help and assist with the mind. One book that I think of that I haven’t actually read yet, but really want to is The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. It actively focuses on the renewing of the mind, and Joyce Meyer helps with changing the way you think. The book is roughly around $15, or you can find it at your local library. It is at most christian bookstores, as it is a number one bestseller.

battlefield of the mind

Power thoughts” is another book I want to get, as it talks more about the achievements that your mind can make in life. I particularly love this subject as we all have a mind that gets carried away with negative thought patterns, or doubts that make us think, ‘I can’t do that’, ‘I’m not smart enough’, ‘I will never be able to shed 20 kilos again’ – things like this really take its toll, and I have a genuine passion to help, and encourage young ladies to really grab hold onto the thoughts, and motivational speaking from Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, even if you have found someone else that you love hearing, it doesn’t matter.

I want to take captive my thoughts. I want to get rid of those strongholds, and release and be free from these negative things that control my mind. Unforgiveness, resentment, rejection, any of these could be apart of your life, that you can (maybe not fully change), but you are capable of living victoriously. You can walk without having any kind of sin having dominion over you.

Here are some scriptures that you can find in the bible that may help:

(Allow yourself to open your mind)

Epehesians 4:17-19

1st Corinthians 6:12

1st Chronicles 28:9

Colossians 3:2

Ephesians 6:12

Phillipans 4:8

SCRIPTURES FOR A SOUND MIND – JOYCE MEYER

I don’t know about you, but I want to ‘renew‘ my mind, and use it as a powerful tool, and work it because God has given me a mind, I didn’t create it, so I want to use my unlimited capacity, and go further and further and deeper and deeper into life, and learn so much.

Our minds are capable of doing so much. I want a lot out of life, and I want to grow even more spiritually, and personally, so I learn to shut off my computer, phone, social media, and take some quiet time – whether if it’s with God, or not – taking time to switch off really helps. Learn to do this either weekly or monthly and you will have a happier, healthy life.

Keep in ‘mind’ that you have a brilliant mind, and BELIEVE it. Take the time to renew.

A physiological thing is happening in our brains constantly. We keep thinking the same patterns/thing over and over again at times where we need to decide HOW we are going to think and what path you are going to tread.

Whatever your life is, I encourage you to take the time throughout the day, create a habit, or choose the morning or night, to sit and read something inspirational or motivational, like your bible, or a women’s christian devotion or book, to help to change the way you think and feel. We have the capability to know the thoughts we think. We can change our minds, and that will change our hearts.

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I want to be a Woman of Easter!!!


I have been eagerly writing today and taking down notes from reading “The Women of Easter” by Liz Curtis Higgs. I have collected my thoughts together, and have thoroughly relished in achieving this. It has been a while since I have fully read an entire book in just ONE day!!!! I felt so successful, and felt like I have achieved something for the day, which keeps me feeling truly content.

What I am going to do is set it out by each chapter so that you can get an idea and outline of the book.

So, let’s get started! Continue reading “I want to be a Woman of Easter!!!”