Prayers of the Righteous

Hey Luvs!

If you sometimes wonder if God hears you when you pray, keep reading.

All throughout scripture we see examples of answered prayer.

Why then do we sometimes doubt that our petitions will be answered?

There could be many reasons, but I believe one of the primary reasons we sometimes doubt is because God’s timing often times does not match our timing.

Isaiah 55:8-9 in the New King James Version reads:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts

And because God’s thoughts and ways are much higher than ours, sometimes situations that look like unanswered prayer are indeed answered prayer but not in the way you had hoped or expected.

Because the very nature of God is love, you can trust that what seems like “no” or “not now” will work out for your good, even if you can’t see it in that very moment. Humanity is limited, but God knows everything about everything at all times. We must learn to trust His timing.

I remember one time praying to be financed for a certain vehicle. My credit at the time was in the tank so the dealer wouldn’t finance me. A couple months later, my brother suggested I check out a sporty Lexus. It was much nicer than the first car I had set my hopes on, and guess what? I was able to pay cash for it!

I learned a couple things from this experience – patience, perseverance and that God always has a better plan. What seemed like unanswered prayer in the beginning was actually God directing me to a higher way of doing things. It feels really good to not be responsible for a car payment every month, especially during this economic climate.

Beloved, in those moments when you may start to wonder if God will answer your prayers, rest assured that He will. As a child of God, remember that He is watching over you and His intentions toward you are always good.

Today, I leave you with these reminders found in the Word of God.

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. — James 5:16

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. –2 Corinthians 1:20

Selah.

Take My 30-Day Gratitude Challenge

Hey Luvs!

I’m going on a 30-day journey and I’d love for you to come along with me.

Where are we going?

I’m glad you asked.

We’re going to a place called Gratitude.

This isn’t foreign territory, but I don’t think we visit this place enough.

You see, when I’m needing to calm my spirit, it helps when I pause and think about all the good things in my life. You know, the things that we most often take for granted like running water, transportation, food, family, friends, health…. you get where I’m going – right?

Just so you know, this journey isn’t intended as an escape from reality. I’m fully aware that America is not great again.

In fact, it’s in peril.

Even as I write this post, there have been civilian protests going on in cities from the East Coast to the West Coast. The National Guard has been activated in several cities all while a police officer who once took an oath to serve and protect has now been charged with murder.

As I watch all this unfold, I’m longing for a new narrative. I believe a journey to the place called Gratitude will soothe my soul, even in the midst of chaos.

So, are you in?

Good.

This is how we get to the place called Gratitude.

Supplies

You’ll need a jar or a bowl; pen and paper. (A personal journal will work fine too).

Everyday for the entire month of June, write down on a piece of paper at least one thing for which you are grateful. You can do this in the morning, evening or anytime you wish. The objective here is to find a moment during the day where you reflect and determine to be grateful for a specific thing in your life. Once you’ve written down your thoughts, place the paper inside your jar or bowl. Do this every day without fail.

At the end of the 30 day period this month, (and yes, I will be checking in with you to see how this is going) pull out your notes and read them aloud.

This exercise has been around for a long time and you’ve probably seen different variations. Yet, the impact is profound. People who regularly express gratitude bring a different energy to the party called life. I’ve written about this in other blog posts too. There’s all kinds of research that supports the notion that people who regularly express gratitude are generally happier people. Their energy is contagious. They attract goodness.

In this hour, we need all the goodness that God wants to pour out. This is a simple exercise that I believe will position you and me to receive treasures from heaven. After all, I believe that’s what we all want.

I’m so glad you’re joining me on this journey!

XOXO