Encouragement Through Prayer
From-to-Time, life can become challenging; something will happen that causes us to be discouraged. And when that happens to us, a little encouragement can go a long way to help get us through a ‘Rough Patch’. At times like this, it’s good to recall JESUS’ Sacrifice for the remission of our sins, while on Calvary’s Cross; that typically snaps me back to reality. Without His selfless act, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. One of my mom’s favorite sayings was “This too shall pass”; truer words were never spoken.
Discouraging moments in life will come and go, but the sacrifice of Jesus Christ remains forever. Being discouraged is a normal part of life, but Born-again’ Christians should have no good reason to feel defeated… Jesus didn’t, and I guarantee that few of us will experience anything as He did. And remember, once you experience a defeat in something you are doing, you can get up, repair any mistakes you have made, and change directions; isn’t that what Jesus did?
Each new day represents an opportunity for us to accomplish our goals. Praising God and His Son Jesus should be the first thing that we do each morning. And as we do, we can be assured that God’s Holy Spirit will be working right alongside us, to help us make good decisions for us to be successful… BUT WE DO HAVE TO STAND BACK AND LET HIM!
You might remember in one of our former Blogs, that I spoke about Zig Zigler and how it takes 21 days to eliminate a poor habit and replace it with a good one. With that in mind, let me share some simple techniques that work very well. Some good advice… regardless of your work schedule, try going to bed 30 minutes earlier than you’re used to. Then rise 30 minutes earlier in the morning.
After you grab that first cup of coffee or tea, find a quiet place and take 10 minutes to have a simple conversation with God about the day before you; tell Him what’s on your mind and in your heart. Ask Him for His advice about any challenges you may be facing. BTW, this is called prayer; and try not to ask for anything you want; God already knows what you need and has the situation well in hand. Then take 10 minutes to sit quietly and study a chapter in God’s Word. Then be patient and see what God’s Holy Spirit has to say about what you just read. Remember, you’ve been reading God’s Living Word; it will talk with you if you listen for a moment. And as you’re getting ready for the day, talk with him about any challenges you may be facing. Be specific and watch as your mind starts to focus on solutions. And after 21 days, this approach became a permanent part of my daily routine.
And why does this technique work? Well, even though we may not realize it, the time we spend each day with God, His Word, Jesus, and God’s Holy Spirit, makes it possible for them to impart the wisdom that we need to make good decisions. And considering that they already have the right answers, all the time, our decisions ultimately turn out better. In Matthew 7: 14… Jesus implies that we will do a better job of “Staying on the Narrow Path that leads to the Small Gate” if we do this. And let’s remember, 1 John 1: 9… Jesus says, ‘Turn all your Problems and anxieties over to Him; let Him handle the outcome… He always comes out on top. Besides, would God give His Children bad advice; I think not. So, try this approach for the 21 days, and see how well it works for you. Remember… when we act in our own strength, we cannot defeat satan… he’s far too powerful. It is only thru the ‘Strength-of-Christ’, that we are able to defeat satan. Try it… see what God can do in your life, and how it can impact everything you do.
If you will only trust Him, He will transform you into the image of His Son, and the person He has designed you to be.