Morning Seventeen: Prayer Against Distractions

Morning Seventeen: Prayer Against Distractions

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

Dealing With Distractions

MEMORISE:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”Philippians 4:6

There are two primary reasons why we pray. The first is obedience to the Lord and the second is more pragmatic prayer works. God answers prayer, but while answered prayer is one of the great motivations to pray, unanswered prayer can discourage one’s prayer life.

Distractions in prayer are things that prevent one from focusing on prayer, and this can bring about unanswered prayers.

There are two types of distractions:

External, e.g. toddlers, cell phones, environmental noise, etc…..

Internal e.g. need for food (hunger) or sleep, preoccupation, “thought-life”, the enemy’s suggestions, enticements, lack of self-control, etc.

We can overcome these distractions by committing to a routine of prayers for weeks or months, quieting ourselves to hear God, both internally and externally, finding a peaceful and quiet place to pray, prioritising prayer (do not let a day go by without spending time with God), taking care of all external forces that can distract us, before going into prayers, working on our “thought-life”, applying self-control, and committing ourselves to the Lord before embarking on prayers.

Once you realise you are distracted in prayers, turn your heart and mind back to your prayer, with the help of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26). Do not examine the distraction to the extent that it would begin to weigh you down.

PRAYER POINTS:

1. Father, give me the power to pray prevailing prayer.

2. Every form of distraction to my prayer life, give way, in Jesus’ name.

3. Lord, help me to focus more on You, so I will always receive whatever You have for me in the place of prayer, in Jesus’ name.

Prayer:

As I start this day, help me remember that I belong to you, and my desire is to act accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your child, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you died for me—rising again on your own new morning—so that every day could be filled with the wonder of your love, the freedom of your Spirit, and the joy of knowing you. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Morning Sixteen: Love The Life You Have

Morning Sixteen: A Prayer to Love the Life You Have

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

A couple thousand years after Joseph ruled and was then left to rot in prison, Paul lived and wrote the same things about life.

“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13

What is the secret of joy and contentment in the face of whatever life brings? It’s centering and anchoring our joy and contentment in Christ, rather than in life.

John Piper says~

“When we have little and have lost much, Christ comes and reveals himself as more valuable than what we have lost. And when we have much and are overflowing in abundance, Christ comes and he shows that he is far superior to everything we have.”

Prayer:

God, help me love the life I live right now. Show me the good things I often overlook and help me be content with what I have. Forgive me when I compare myself to others, forgive me for longing for things outside of you and your kingdom. Thank you for loving me right where I am, right as I am. Help me keep my eyes on you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Note: Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this read. I borrowed a few words from this post to encourage you heart today.

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/love-the-life-you-never-wanted

Morning Fifteen: Walk In God’s Grace Today

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

From my heart this morning:

How can we make sure there is more room for God to speak, direct, and move in our lives?  That is the question God has prompted throughout our world in this season. 

The answer God has been putting in my heart is to begin walking even more purposefully in the grace of God. My problem with that is, grace feels like a weak word and I have been resisting. Yet consider the cross of Jesus Christ.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

What Is The Spiritual Meaning Of Grace?

What is grace spiritually?  When I think of grace I think of the character of God. That’s probably why grace and mercy are tied together in my mind.  God shows both so often and both feel so out of my reach at times.  

Mercy – Not getting what I deserve. 

In God’s mercy, He forgave my sins. 

Grace – Getting what I could never deserve.

Through God’s grace, He saved me, adopted me, and made me a co-heir with Jesus Christ.  

Accepting and not striving are very active processes – at least in my life. Walking in the grace of God is not a passive thing.  Living by grace requires action.  In fact, looking at the action required tells me that a weak person could never live by grace. 

Woman of Grace- You are so loved. Who are you and how do you live out the work of grace in YOUR life?

A woman of grace then must be a very strong person.  Walking in the grace of God is something any of us can do if we take a few steps. 

1. Understand God’s divine grace.

2. Allow God to change what He wants.

3. Accept grace daily.

4. Allow grace to mature through practice.

5. Release the need to control.

6. Spend more time with God in prayer and Bible study and prayer.

7. Live openly in the community with the body of Christ. 

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for your abundant, abounding grace. Thank you that we don’t have to earn a drop of the mighty river of grace that flows freely for us today. Thank you for the unexpected, unmerited favor you’ve showered on my life. Help me put myself in the path of your love and grace. Help me not neglect the disciplines I need to meet with you regularly and to drink from the water of life. Thank you for your rich love. Amen.

Morning Fourteen: Guidance from the Holy Spirit throughout the day

Morning Fourteen: Guidance from the Holy Spirit

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

The more we grow in ‘walking in the Spirit’ the more the Holy Spirit will reveal Truth to us in many areas.

For example:

• Truth about God

• Truth about ourselves

• Truth about the Word of God

• Truth about His Glory, His love, etc.

• Truth about the unity of His Spirit, etc.

Indeed, we need the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Truth and of Power, to come in power. By “power” we mean the ability to do, to act, to walk in, to live in.

Consider the following summary points about how the power of the Holy spirit can be manifested and work in and through our lives:

1. Power over the works of satan (1 John 3:8, Luke 10:17-20, 2 Cor. 10:3-6)

2. Powerover sin (Romans 6)

3. Power to be overcomers (1 John 5:1-4)

4. Power to live the life God is calling us to live (Matthew 4:18-20)

5. Power to do the works of God (John 14:120

6. Power to love (1 Cor. 13)

7. Power to produce the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)

8. Power to walk in freedom (Gal. 5:1-2 Romans 8:1-2)

9. Power to witness (Acts 1:8)

10. Power to pray (Romans 8:26)

11. Power to be children of God (Romans 8:14-16)

These are but a few outworking of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

As individuals, as families, as local churches and as part of the bride of Christ, we need to constantly be growing in our ability to walk in step with the Holy Spirit. This will in turn cause us to grow into believers who naturally live power-filled, supernatural lives that bring the love and light of God to a dying world. May we become desperate with the desire for more of God. May we long deeply for the Holy Spirit to lead us every day and in every way to be lights in a dying world.

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” John 16:13

“The moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:26-28

Prayer:

Lord, I pray you would move the Spirit more boldly in my life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the voice of the Spirit, and I pray against the temptation to sin. Help me crave your presence more than I crave sin. Help me grow in the fruit of the Spirit and so walk closer with Yourself. I pray for guidance from your Spirit- let your will and promises always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Morning Thirteen: Rejoice In The Lord Always.

28 Days Of Morning Prayer Focus

Morning Thirteen: A Daily Prayer that leads us to rejoicing.

Rejoice In The Lord

28 Days Of Morning Prayer Focus

“Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Lord God,

Thank you for loving us and caring for our needs as You do. For You know the plan ahead for us and know how to guide our steps to be in line with that plan. It’s not always easy to rejoice and remain hopeful in You when problems and circumstances arise, but we have to think back on the times we have been in similar positions and remember how You blessed us more than we thought possible. From big to little, we can count the blessings that You gave us before and discover they are more numerous than we ever thought possible. That is because You know our needs before we ask them, You know our heartaches before we have them, and You know what will grow us the most to be all we can be in Your eyes. So, let us rejoice and be glad as we give You our prayers, knowing when we least expect it, You will bring them into fruition. We give all of this to You in Jesus’s name. Amen.

As followers of Christ, we should rejoice always, in good times and bad. Easier said than done, right? Fortunately, in Paul the Apostle we have a steadfast model for finding joy in times of great struggle through trust in Jesus.

In his mission to spread the Christian faith, Paul endured persecution, imprisonment, threats to his life and ultimately death. Yet, his writings are full of joy and rejoicing because of Christ’s promise of salvation.

So, the next time you are seeking joy in the face of challenge, try turning to Paul for a bit of inspiration:

May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice! Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon. – Philippians 4:4-9

Now that we are God’s friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ’s life! But that is not all; we rejoice because of what God has done through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has now made us God’s friends. – Romans 5:10-11

Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13

And with joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light. – Colossians 1:11-14

Morning Twelve: Prayer for the joy of the Lord to be my strength

“The joy of the Lord is my strength” is a phrase we often hear, but what does it mean, really? Let’s take a deeper look at the context of Nehemiah 8:10 and discover what this phrase means for us as Christians today.

Ever feel like your strength is running out? I have. Some days, it’s all too easy to evaluate my current level of strength and measure it against the days ahead. I even have moments when I struggle with doubt at times, and wonder how I am going to make it through that day, let alone all the days in the future.

Today, let’s look at the Bible Verse “The joy of the lord is my strength”.

Where does the phrase “the joy of the Lord is my strength” come from? This bible verse is found in Nehemiah 8, where Ezra the scribe reads the words of God’s law to the people. They stand in reverence for hours as God’s word is read, and as they understand it, begin weeping.

For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:9-10)

When we feel sorrow – whether it be realization of sin or because of difficult circumstances – we often wonder where our strength is going to come from. But it is vital to remember: the joy of the Lord is my strength.

But what is ‘the joy of the Lord’?

We cannot conjure up this type of joy within ourselves, by our own power. It has to come from one source only – the Lord.

Thank goodness it’s not our human joy – it’s the joy of the Lord. Put another way, it’s the joy God has, or possesses.

Can you even begin to imagine the amount of joy God has?

What’s even more amazing is that God’s joy centers around us. Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus endured the cross “for the joy set before Him” (a relationship with us). And Zephaniah 3:17 says that God rejoices over us with singing!

Have you ever thought about the fact that being in a relationship with you makes God happy? Knowing that God feels this way about you should spark the flame of joy within you, too!

As Christians, we have access to God’s boundless joy, a joy that does not come from our circumstances or within ourselves. It does not depend on how strong or spiritual we are.

This joy comes from God alone, and the relationship we have with Him.

This realization also enabled the apostle Paul. Here’s a sermon clip from my husband about how God’s strength enabled him:

How to Let God Be Your Strength (Like Paul)

You may be asking, “But how can I access God’s joy in my life?”

We have an example from Nehemiah 8. As Nehemiah read the words of the Law, the people wept and mourned because they were not obeying the law. But Ezra comforts them, telling them not to weep because the joy of the Lord is their strength.

Their joy was realized because, even though a knowledge of the truth caused sorrow (repentance), it also gave them direction. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

Changing their lives and following God’s ways gave them a deeper joy than they could have attained on their own.

It’s the same for us – when we study and know the truth within the pages of the Bible, we have the joy of the Lord!

Wishing you joy ten-thousand fold today!
Praying for you today that your joy be made full!!!

Father, thank you for intervening in my life and allowing me to have a personal relationship with you. Thank you for your love for me today and forever. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me and my family. Help us use those blessings to bless others. May I live a life of true joy as I see you at work around me today! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Morning Eleven: A Prayer to Seek God Throughout The Day

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

“You will seek me and find me when you
seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Morning Eleven: A Prayer to Seek God Throughout The Day

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Scripture tells us that if we seek the Kingdom of God first, then all the things we need will be given to us. When we place God first in life, we see him working through all circumstances and events for our good. Whether you are just beginning to seek out God or you have been a Christian for years, we should never stop seeking to know God better!

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Father, Praise You for the sky and sun, for both remind us of a new day’s challenge and chance to chase You. Thank You for reminding us life is not always easy, but that we don’t have to carry the hard into each new day. Forgive us for dwelling on the past and for holding onto grudges. Bless our hearts to be held back by nothing as we seek You each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Morning Ten: A Morning Prayer For Courage

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

Morning Ten: A Morning Prayer for Courage

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

Lord, grant me tenacious winsome courage as I go through this day. When I am tempted to give up, help me to keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don’t go my way. And give me the courage to do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage.” Psalm 27:14

Morning Nine: A Morning Prayer For Strength

28 Days of Focused Morning Prayer ~A Morning Prayer for Strength

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

God I look to You. Pick up your cell phone. Read the above verse and then listen to the empowering words that remind us to look to Him to be our strength and your song! Spend a moment in pure and undistracted words of praise to tour Heavenly Father. Soak it all in and let the Lord’s presence lead you through this day.

Lord, I am weary and don’t know when this “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running forever, trying to outrun this trial. Help me to stop trying to outrun my pain but rather run with endurance the race you have set before me. I know that because of you I am ultimately a victor over the trials in my life. I know that nothing in this world can separate me from your steadfast love. Please give me a measure of your love today; give me the strength to endure this trial. Thank you for your love for me that never ends! And thank you for the crown of joy that awaits me forever in your Kingdom! Amen.

Where Do We Find Strength?

Where do we find our strength? In the Lord our God!

Psalm 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.”

Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Exodus 15:2 “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him!”

Psalm 9:9-10 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

Psalm 34:10b “Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”

Isaiah 26: 3-4 “Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.”

1 Chronicles 16:11 “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!”

Psalm 32:7-8 “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

Exodus 33:14 “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

Psalm 34:17 “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.”

Isaiah 30:15 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”

It can be so easy to give into worry, fear and despair, but with Him we can find strength, and look forward to wonderful things. He gives us hope!

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43: 1-3

Morning Eight: A Prayer To Follow God Today

Morning Eight: A Prayer To Follow God Today

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

A Prayer to Follow God Today

“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. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground”.  Psalm 143: 8-10

I love this Psalm. David has a beautiful way with speaking His heart to the Lord. David’s struggle with sin was real but He knew that following God would be His greatest gift to the world. King David is asking for protection, and affirming his trust in God. Faith and trust are crucial as a follower of Christ.

He was saying here not only will I put my trust in You, every day God’s mercies are new. He was affirming His trust in all of who he was as well. Kind David affirmed that He considered himself a servant of the most high God. Laying down his fear and doubt, David knew he could walk without fear into the unknown of what a new day may hold. Words in this passage worthy of our focus today.

Dear Lord, I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my Rock and my Fortress. You are my Shield and my Strong Tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as an opportunity to point others to You. Thank You that You love me and nothing can ever take that away from me! Even if I fail today and fall short, You whisper Your unconditional love deep into my soul and remind me that Your mercies are new every morning. That truly amazes me, Lord. Thank You for meeting with me today. Would You wake me again tomorrow with the same sweet whisper of Your love? I can’t wait to meet with You again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.