For my precious friend, I pray and bless you
I bless you with faith that rises
Faith that burns brighter
In the darkness of trials
I bless you with faith like a jewel
A multifaceted diamond
Sparkling and reflecting the Light of God
I bless you with faith that takes God at His Word
“All things are possible to him who believes.”
A responsive heart that confesses, “I believe. Help me with my unbelief.”
I bless you with faith that remembers
Your Savior suffered and was tempted
And is able to help and strengthen you today
I bless you with faith that trusts God
When all others tell you to abandon ship
You will remember that God still calms the stormy seas
I bless you to remember your Savior’s compassion
He stands ready to wipe away your tears
With His nail scarred hands
I bless you to praise God,
Unapologetic, out loud and with boldness
Though others may tell you to curse God
I bless you to know with confident assurance
That God is perfectly weaving your trials and pain
Into a beautiful tapestry of your life
I bless you to recognize
That God will never waste your trials
Be confident that He will use them to help others
I bless you to remember book by book
Who God has revealed Himself to be
In holy and inerrant Scripture
I bless you to recall the names of God
Reflect and remember
How He has proven Himself over and over in your life
I bless you to rejoice always
Pray without ceasing
In everything and for everything give thanks
I pray that your faith will stand strong, even in times of trials and tribulation or in the doldrums of life. I pray that your faith will rise and be strengthened on the Solid Rock of Scripture. In those times when God seems to be silent, that you will turn to God’s Word and remind yourself about who God is, see what He has revealed about Himself in Scripture. I pray that you will hide God’s Word in your heart so that you may not sin against Him. That when other’s faith fails them, praises of God will come forth from your lips, strengthening your heart and mind and the faith of other believers. I pray for you to have a heart and mind that desires to know God more and to be obedient. I pray that you will be open and teachable, bendable and yielded unto the Lord God Almighty. I pray that you will fear God, not man. That you will turn to the Bible, holy and inerrant Scripture, daily to know who you are in Christ. That you will be bold, confident and unapologetic in your proclamation of the Gospel, knowing that it is the power of God for salvation of all who believe, first the Jew and then the Greek. I pray that you will desire to bless the Lord each day with how you live, what you say and think, even down to the desires and thoughts and intentions of your heart. I pray for you to hunger and thirst after righteousness, to desire to be washed by the water of God’s Word daily. It is in the incomparable, blessed and holy name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen and amen!
It’s easy to love the Lord when things are going good in our lives. But I find out if I really love the Him during difficult times and trials and tribulations.
Fear is unbelief in action. It reveals who my focus is on, is it on the Lord or is it on me? Do I depend upon the Lord or rely on my strength?
Trials and tribulations are instruments God uses for good in our lives. If I trust God during hard times my faith is strengthened. My love for Christ Jesus grows.
Do I really believe, do my thoughts and actions reflect the truth of Scripture that He is the Potter and I am the clay? Clay being molded doesn’t get off the Potter’s wheel and protest, whine and complain. Instead the clay submits to the skillful hands of the Potter.
But now, O LORD,
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.
If I really believed that God hears my prayers would that change how I prayed? If I really believed that God cares and that He answers prayers…how would I pray? If I was confident that God is who the Bible says He is and can do what He says He can do…what would I pray for?
The first thing that comes to mind is that I would pray more often.
I would pray about everything.
I would pray with boldness and confidence.
I would be more faithful in prayer for family, friend, strangers and even my enemies.
I would pray with a sense of peace and assurance that my heavenly Father hears me.
I would pray more personally.
I could hardly wait to pray…to run to the throne of my Abba Father who cares for me.
I would pray with trust and know that no matter what, God is doing a good work in the situation and my character.
I would be certain that His “No” is because he is working out a greater good.
My prayers would have an eternal vision…not only looking for answers this side of heaven.
I would care less about what people thought about me and more about what my heavenly Father has to say.
I would desire to have more time with my Abba Father.
I would be excited to share with others the wonderful news about the Gospel message so that they too can be saved and have their sin debt paid in full by Jesus Christ.
I wouldn’t give a hoot or holler what unbeliever or doubters had to day…because I would believe God.
When attacked by the enemy…I would run to the throne of grace.
I would desire to be sanctified, set apart so that nothing would interfere with my prayer life and relationship with God.
I would pray more fervently.
Salvation, salvation, salvation would be my primary prayer because I know that God desires that no one would perish but all would come to repentance…and there is nothing more important in life.
I would have the joy of the Lord even during the hard times.
I wouldn’t try to get through life and difficult circumstances on my own strength.