I am blessed to be a part of a group of bloggers who feel led to share a bit of encouragement each week from the Bible. We recognize our daily need for Christ and we aim to share that with our readers. Plus, when Thursday comes around, we can all use a little encouragement right? I hope that this post blesses you and that you find comfort, strength, and peace in the Lord today ❤
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. ~ 1 John 5:14
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. ~Eph 1:18-21
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. ~Eph 6:18
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. ~Psalm 17:6
Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1 Thes 5:16-18
I could very well keep going with sharing verses about prayer, but I will stop there for now. Do you believe in the power of prayer? Do you see it as the love language between you and your Heavenly Father? Do cling to it for strength and comfort in a world that’s ever changing and quickly turning away from God?
This week on one of the Facebook groups that I’m a part of the question was posed about something that the Lord has been impressing on you lately. For me the answer is heavily prayer. There are a few things that come to mind for me with this. One is recognizing the real power of prayer, and another is actually praying when you say you will. We’ve all seen the posts on social media asking for prayer, and we’ve probably all written the response “praying!” But are we really doing it? How easy is it to share comfort by saying you’re praying without actively doing so? Unless I pray right away and/or write it down–I’ll be honest the chances of me remembering later are quite slim. Yes, the world is busy–but if we can’t take a moment to stop and pray for a friend when we see that they have need–are we truly valuing that person or the power of prayer? It’s been placed on my heart to stop and pray for each request as I see them so that 1.) I am a person of my word by praying and 2.) I am genuinely supporting that other person by going to the Father on their behalf.
Along with praying for others do you go to the Lord about your own struggles as well? Do you pour out your heart to Him and seek His will for you? Do you trust Him to guide your steps as you look to him for direction? Are you trusting Him with your life or crumbling under the weight of trying to do it all on your own?
I would like to point out that my own prayer life is not perfect. I could and should be praying more and on the flip side I shouldn’t be afraid to ask for prayer. This week’s message is written for myself as much as for anyone else. We should always be looking for opportunities to be actively praying for (and following up on) the requests we see from others along with seeking God’s help and direction for our own lives.
Just this week I was told about an app called ECHO for writing down and following up on prayers. I’m still new to using it but I downloaded it right after I heard about it and I love it so far. So if you’re looking for something to help you keep track of all of the prayer requests in your life I highly recommend you check it out. I have an IPhone so I don’t know if it’s available on Android or not but generally apps are available on both these days.
Now, it’s your turn!
What Biblical verse is encouraging you today?
And, check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Gina @ Stories By Gina
Rebecca @Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light