God is standing by your door

God is at the door. Do you ever think of that? I often imagine myself at the door of the Lord knocking and waiting for Him to let me in. Every time I pray or every time I just talk to Him I am standing at His door. The good thing is that His door is always open and my knock is just a formality. It is just a reminder that I need to knock, I need to pray, I need to turn to Him. He doesn’t make it complicated or ritualistic. He is right there smiling and welcoming me every single time. If you have a hard time connecting with God, I would suggest you remember that every time you knock, He answers. He said it Himself in His Word. He is not distant and He is never ignoring you. He might not answer the door the way you think He should but He always does. He always replies and He always takes care of our requests when we stay in faith. The act of knocking on His door is an act of faith. When I pray, I know for sure that He is listening. I don’t have to make up a formula or come up with a special password to hear back from Him. All I need is faith in His reply and trust that He is always available. As a kid I would think that God was too busy to bother with me. Friend, that is a lie. He is attentive and He is willing.

Now, going back to my initial statement. God is at the door. He is at the door of our lives. I read in Revelation that He is standing at the door waiting for people to let Him in. It is not just about us being let into His world, it is very much about us let Him come into our lives. His entrance into our lives should be a daily thing. We tend to answer His knock on Sunday but then the other days of the week, we don’t hear the knock because we are too busy with our lives. God is not the God of Sunday. He is the God of every single day. I made the mistake to limit my time with God to Sundays. I had great Sundays. My spirit was fed on Sunday. I had peace and joy and I felt like I could face anything on Sunday. Come Sunday night, the Monday morning blues started settling in and my defenses were down. God was nowhere to be found. I focused on Monday and the rest of the week more than I did on my Savior. Before I knew it, I had closed the door and told God I was too busy to be with Him. Little did I know that He was standing there asking me to give Him the time of day. When I changed my ways and answered the door all the time, my relationship with Him changed drastically.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.”* What an amazing invitation we can give the Lord! We can invite Him and make Him the host. We can invite Him and spend the day with Him. Imagine eating with the Lord every day. You can. Open the door. Open your Bible. Open your prayer session. Open your heart to Him. That is the key. The key is in your heart. By the door to your heart is where Jesus is standing. He is waiting for you to acknowledge Him. He is always speaking to us. His Spirit is always talking to us but it’s up to us to pay attention and to give in to His love and to His protection. God wants to have an intimate relationship with us every single day. His knock on our door is gentle so we need to settle down and listen carefully. I like to get into meditative prayers. They help me settle down and hear the beautiful voice of the Holy Spirit. Once I have welcomed the Lord, I sit at His table and listen to what He has to say. Friend, my prayer for you today is that you answer the door and let Jesus into your heart every day. It is truly what you need. More than anything else. Eat with Him as He feeds you His Word. Stay connected to Him. Enjoy Him! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!


Suggested reading: Matthew 7:7; Luke 13:25; Revelation 3:20

God’s light

When I got eye surgery, my life completely changed. I went from having to wear contacts or glasses all the time to be being able to see all the time without any assistance. It was like night and day. I never thought that I could ever see that clearly without glasses. It was as if I had stepped into a new dimension. Everything looked so real and so true. It is hard to explain but what I can say is that it was one of the best moments of my life in terms of transformation. However, the best moment of my life, hands down, was when I got saved. It was a similar experience but on a much higher level. I went from being spiritually blind to being able to see the light. I had lived in darkness for a while. I had had glimpses of hope and glimpses of who the Lord was all about but those glimpses didn’t compare to the real thing. They were nice previews that gave me a reason to pursue Jesus. Those insights into who the Lord was were like contacts and lenses that allowed me to see the truth for a short time. When I got saved, the light became permanent and I was able to see what I had been missing my whole life. The light of the Lord is such a powerful tool in our lives and we should never underestimate it. We should cherish God’s light and His truth and keep walking in it with our spiritual eyes wide open.

The Word of God is a lamp into our feet. His Word is the lamp that can guide us into all things. We can never stay in the dark when we follow the lamp of the Lord. We should actually spend a lot of time in His Word so we can be enlightened and filled with wisdom. The amount of darkness that is in the world is huge and we need to work against so many principalities and powers. The power to counteract those evil forces is only found in the Lord and His Word gives us instructions on how to stay in His light and how to avoid the traps of darkness. When I read the Word of God, it is like a light is turned on and I can see into some of the mysteries of God. This happens when I read and study the Word prayerfully. When I get in sync with the Spirit of God, His Word comes alive and I dive into the wonderful world of our Savior. I love spending time in the Word especially when the world is so chaotic. I find peace and I find joy when I am in the Word. I strongly encourage you to make it a habit to turn on the light of the Lord and to stay under the rays of His great love. His light will refresh you and invigorate you. It will open your eyes and it will close the doors to the darkness that tries to mislead you. God’s light is the truth that you need to be set free so embrace His light, embrace His Word.

When someone turns on a light, darkness scatters. Some people would say that darkness disappears and I love that idea as well. God, the light, can make your darkness disappear when you turn on His light. Your enemies, your fears and your doubts will scatter when you turn on the light of the Lord. How do you turn it on? Like I mentioned earlier, the Word of God is the light you need and being familiar with it is crucial. Making sure that the Word of God has an important part in your life is extremely helpful. Jesus brings light and He is the light so daily communion with Him also allows you to turn on the light that will always set you free. Jesus will not only give you insights into who He is and how He made you but He will teach you how to live a fulfilling life in Him. He is the light that keeps on giving more light so don’t expect Him to ever be extinguished in your life. He is always on. You might have to adjust how you connect with Him but He is always on and always ready to shine in your life. He is like that permanent contact lens that enables you to see clearly at all times. Jesus will help you deal with all forms of spiritual blindness so stick to Him and stay close to Him. He is the best light you will ever find. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading:Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 6:23; 2 Peter 1:19

When you have thousands of problems

When Jesus fed thousand of people, He took the five loaves of bread and two fish that the disciples had and multiplied them. He took very little and made it into something big. There was a need. Thousands of people who had come to see Jesus were hungry. There seemed to be no way to feed them. Five loaves and two fish was not going to get them far. The situation seemed impossible but it wasn’t impossible to Jesus. You see, Jesus never saw anything as impossible. He was never scared of anything and He was never discouraged by any situation. Jesus is still the same today. He still doesn’t get intimidated by any situation and He still believes that nothing is impossible. Now, you may have very little to give the Lord. You may have a need that can’t be covered by five loaves of bread. You may have many situations that feel like thousands of situations that you have to deal with. I know that when I have problems they sometimes appear to be like a mountain of trials and I can’t handle them all or I can’t see the end of my problems. It doesn’t mean that all is lost. What I do is give the Lord my five loaves and He takes care of my “thousands of problems.”

Giving the five loaves of bread and the two fish to the Lord was an act of faith. The Lord asked the disciples to give them what they had. They had little but they listened to Him. He took the bread, look to Heaven, gave thanks and there was more than enough bread and fish to feed thousands of people. Today you might need to do what the disciples did and express your faith to the Lord. Your five loaves of bread and two fish could be anything the Lord is asking you to give Him. Do it in faith. He might be telling you to give Him the sacrifice of praise. He might be asking you to hold on to hope despite everything that is going on. He is not asking for much and He knows what to do with what you give Him. Think about your act of faith. In many cases it is just a prayer with hope. All the Lord wants you to do is trust Him. Give Him your loaves in faith and show Him that you understand He is knowledgeable and He will take care of all your problems. He is faithful and He does everything right. I once had what felt like a thousand problems and my One Lord was more than enough. He prevailed. He got me through everything beautifully. Don’t get disheartened by your thousand problems. Jesus can multiple your blessings easily.

Jesus can perform great miracles and He can heal anything. See your problems as ailments and believe He can heal them all. Think about your needs. Think about your thousand needs. Jesus will use your little faith and He will meet all your needs and more. He will give you an abundance that will surpass your understanding. There is a multiplication of blessings that is going to take place in your life. Your faith is enough. Keep pushing through. Keep believing. Jesus is going to make a way. All your problems won’t last. They won’t be able to destroy you. God is going to bless you through this difficult period. Keep your eyes on Him. Watch Him multiple the blessings and the solutions. He has solutions for all your problems and more. He is going to feed your situations and give them good things. Don’t despair. The Lord is on your side and He is going to help you for sure. Stay in faith. Give the Lord your five loaves and your two fish. He will multiple your blessings. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 13:14-21; Matthew 16:8-9; John 6:1-14

What patience can do for you

I was on a train that was going very slowly the other day. I felt that if I got off the train and started walking, I would get to my destination faster. The train was painfully slow but all I could do was sit there and be patient. I could have lost my cool and entertained a lot of negative thoughts but the Lord pointed out a few very interesting things. He showed me that since the train was going so slowly I could admire the scenery. I could see the beauty around me that I had missed every time the train had gone fast in the past. I could enjoy the trees and the beautiful flowers. I could see things I had never noticed before. That is what the Lord pointed out. He didn’t encourage me to lose my temper. He didn’t want me to focus on the time and to think that I was going to be late. He directed me to stay in the moment and to rejoice over my surroundings.

That slow train ride was a nice step back. A step back from the busyness of my mind. A step back that was truly a step forward. Why? God is patient and He is not in a hurry. Slowing down allowed me to get closer to God and to be more like Him. That a step forward in my book. That is a step forward in His Book. The Bible teaches us about patience but we are often in a hurry to get to the end of a chapter of our lives when we should let every page unfold. We want to know how it will all end when the Lord wants us to go through a natural process of identifying every section of our story and making the most of it all. What leads to the end is just as important as the end and sometimes more important. Every chapter of our lives matter and they should be lived out to the fullest and appreciated. Patience is more than a virtue. It’s the key to great treasures that can only be discovered if we take the time.

When I was on the slow train, I enjoyed that slower pace. I didn’t at first but once I got on God’s page, I understood the value of slowing down. Like I said, it draws us closer to God and it enables us to develop a wonderful fruit of the Spirit. Without patience we can miss out on so much. Without patience we can forfeit our faith. Faith works with patience. There is no way around it. You can’t walk in faith if patience is not by your side. You can’t walk in love if patience is not your friend. You can’t have hope if patience is not part of the equation. Patience is a key that opens many doors. It is a master key that fits in many locks. When we rush around and try to open a door, we can’t get the key to turn properly because we are distracted by our own impatience.

Patience gives us the ability to make things fit the right way and to find the proper way to do things. I can think of many times when I did a bad job at school because I wasn’t patient. Now if I am impatient with the things of the Lord, I will not gain wisdom and I will misinterpret what He is trying to tell me. Patience and meditation go hand in hand. I meditate on God’s Word every day and I need to be patient when I meditate. I need to be patient with myself and patient with the messages I am getting. God doesn’t always reveal everything right away. Sometimes when I pray I don’t hear Him if I am too scattered in my thoughts and I am rushing around. I get the best of out of prayers when patience is involved and I wait on the Lord.

“Wait on the Lord” is an encouragement I often get. How can I wait on the Lord if I am not patient and I am not slowing down? I have noticed that when I pray for something or I expect the Lord to intervene in my life and I wait patiently, it is more likely to happen. I have found that life is what happens when you don’t look at it. In other words, great things in life take place when we don’t keep starting at them and wait for them to manifest. Patience tells us to focus on the Lord and not focus on the creation. Patience tells us to focus on the good and not pay attention to the bad.

Patience works with faith and it is always positive. Patience has a positive outlook on life. Patience is strong. Patience gives us the strength to hold on. If you are struggling with patience today, I invite you to invite it into your life. Pray for more patience. Get used to getting on the slow train and enjoy what is around you. Walk slower. Walk with God. Don’t run to the end of the chapter. Engage with the beginning, the middle and the end. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes during the whole process. Slow down and enjoy the moment. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 12:12; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Ephesians 4:2

Give thanks to God

One of the main reminders I get from the Holy Spirit is to thank God. He is a big advocate for gratitude to the Father. He constantly talks about thanking God and He does it no matter what is happening in my life. I find it normal and necessary to thank the Lord for His goodness, for His love and for His blessings. Thanking Him when all is well is extremely easy. Now, thanking Him when I am facing hardships is a different story. The Holy Spirit still tells me to thank the Lord when I am going through a tough patch. To Him, my circumstances should never matter because Jesus remains the same. I shouldn’t take a break from thanking God just because I am having a bad day. I shouldn’t stop thanking God just because someone close is struggling or because I am having financial difficulties. Thanking God should be a way of life. It is a way of living a better life. It is a way of incorporating the Lord beautifully in our lives. It is the way! As this new week begins I want to invite you to thank God more. Double or triple your thanksgiving to the Lord. Turn up the volume of your gratitude and you will see how it changes your attitude.

“Thank you” are two powerful words. They show that we appreciate others and that we see what they do for us. They are a declaration of gratitude that can go a long way. I thank people all the time for different reasons and I am working on thanking the Lord all the time for different reasons but I am learning that there should not be a specific reason why I thank Him. I can just thank Him for being God and He is God all the time so my thanksgiving should never stop. God will always give you many reasons to say thank You but you should develop the habit of thanking Him at all times. Just say “Thank You, Lord” throughout the day. Add a smile to it. Make it a heartfelt declaration. Thank God for being God. Do it a few days in a row and you will see how you start changing on the inside. You will have a more positive outlook on life. You will approach every situation with a thankful heart. Before you know it you will thank the Lord before taking an exam, before starting work and before having to deal with difficult people. Your thanksgiving will flow naturally and it will overtake negative feelings and bad emotions. You can’t thank God and be mad at the same time. When your thanksgiving is from the heart, it defies all negativity.

It is God’s will for you to give thanks in all circumstances. Think about it! You can do God’s will every day by thanking Him. If you have no idea what God’s will is for you, just know that thanksgiving is a big part of His will for you. He knows that thanksgiving opens doors of blessings and it transforms the atmosphere. When you feel bitter, when you feel sad, when you are tired, thank God for being God. Recalibrate and focus on the Lord instead of focusing on your feelings and your doubt and fear. Thanksgiving accompanied by faith can crush the head of fear and doubt and keep you at peace. Thanksgiving gives you joy. It is a celebration. A celebration of the Lord and the Spirit of God loves to celebrate the Lord. When you thank God, you allow the Spirit to come into your circumstances in a bigger way. You set the tone for victory and you pave the way for triumph. Give thanks to God for He is good. Give thanks to God for He is with you all the time. Give thanks to God for He will always make a way. Give thanks to God for nothing is impossible to Him. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Hebrews 12:28; Colossians 2:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

When nothing seems to work out

When nothing seems to work out, God is still able. When no one seems to care, God is still in love with you. When nothing is going your way, God is still making a way for you. When you have nothing to say, God can still hear your heart. When nothing looks good in your future, God is still preparing blessings and breakthroughs. Things will never all be perfect. There will always be something missing but with the Lord, everything can be restored and more. God is more than enough. He is more than able and He loves you more than you know. Don’t look at what you don’t have. Look at God. Look at God and tell Him that He is all you need. When nothing seems to work, God is still creating miracles and giving you great things. You can spend your time focusing on everything that is going wrong in your life. It will make you feel bad about yourself and it will make your spirit sink into a dark hole. Your best option is to keep your eyes on the One who gives you everything. If you are at a crossroads today and you can’t see a future for yourself or you don’t understand why you are going through trials and tribulations, take a step back. Take a step back and let the Lord take a step forward in your life. Invite Him to change your ways. Invite Him to make a way. Invite Him to make today a better day. God can make things work for you. Don’t give up. There is always a better way, God’s way.

When nothing seems to work out it’s when we should double up on our trust in the Lord and in His love for us. The enemy wants us to fail and to give up. I have mentioned before that he hates believers that don’t give up. He hates everyone equally when the Lord loves everyone equally. You and I have a common enemy but we also have a common Lord. Jesus loves you so deeply. He doesn’t love anyone else more than He loves you. Remember that you deserve His love and you deserve things to work out. Don’t let your mind play games with you and tell you that you won’t get out of these problems. You will. God will make things work out for you. His love will make a way. His love will turn the key in the closed doors of life and open the way to blessings that will blow your mind. Things might not be working out well right now but it doesn’t mean that they won’t change for the best. They will. When nothing seems to work out, it doesn’t mean that God is broken. He is still around and He is still God. Every time you doubt or you give up, you remove God from His throne in your mind and in your heart. He is still there. He is unmovable. He is the One who makes things move and with Him they move in the right direction.

When nothing seems to work out, call upon the Lord. Talk to Him and work on seeing Him as the big Lord He is. Problems can seem so huge and so overwhelming. When nothing seems to work out, overwhelm your problems with God. Be obnoxious about it. Talk to your problems about your God. Declare that greater is the Lord who lives in you than the problems. Greater is the Lord who lives in you than the devil that lives in this world. Declare that things are going to work out for you. Speak with the mouth of faith and your problems will get quiet. Speak with the heart of faith and the bad feelings and emotions will go away. Speak in the name of Jesus and good things will be set in motion. Sometimes things take a while to work out but God can give you the patience of a saint and the joy that gives you strength.God listens to you. He doesn’t stop listening. He doesn’t stop loving. He is going to turn things around for you. You are going to forget what seemed to be bad luck. The blessings to come are not comparable to your present suffering. Hang in there. Hold on to Jesus. Stay encouraged. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; 1 Peter 1:13

God will make a way for you

I have seen God intervene in my life on many occasions. He is still active and blessing me in ways that blow my mind. One thing that has become very clear to me in the last 10 years is that God makes a way where there is no way. When all seems impossible, He shows up and transforms my situation. He has an amazing ability to change my circumstances for the better. He is an expert at doing the most extraordinary things. He has a giant heart that beats for all humanity and His love creates miracles in our lives. He parts the seas of difficulty and paves the way for greatness and goodness. God is one of a kind and He deserves our highest praises. Today I want to remind you that God will make a way for you. I want to encourage you to stay in faith and to expect God to do the impossible in your life. He can do it and He will do it. Stay strong. Stay encouraged. You are not waiting in vain. Wait patiently and in faith. Something very amazing will take place in your life when you least expect it. God is making a way for your breakthrough. It’s coming. It’s not impossible!

God will make a way for you. Think about the most incredible thing God has done. He saved humanity through His Son. The ultimate sacrifice happened and opened the door to salvation for anyone who believes. It seemed like something that could never happen but yet He made it possible. God made a way for salvation to enter the world. God made a way for peace to come. God made a way for love to show up. God made a way for joy to be available. God made a way for miracles to be real and not just a fantasy. God made a way for your life to change forever. God made a way for you to have the power to defeat the enemy in your life. God made a way for you to receive the fruit of His Spirit and to grow in the knowledge of His love. God made a way for everything that is pure and noble. God made a way for the impossible to go away. God made a way for you to be more than a conqueror in this life. God made a way for whatever you will ever need.

Today you might be stuck on a road with no way through the hurdles that are right in front of you. Things might be looking impossible. You might have run out of faith and run out of options. Now, God has an unlimited supply of options. If you can’t go straight, He will take you through His detours and make a way in the middle of chaos. He will open a path for you even though there are obstacles on the way. No obstacle is impossible for Him to remove. The way might be blocked but He can unblock anything. He can undo any situation and solve any problems. You are going to make it through the craziness of this world. Life events are not going to be able to stop you because the Lord will go before you and He will make a way for you. Trust that He can part the way and let you walk on a safe and secure land. The enemy has placed land mines on your way but the angels of the Lord are going to disarm them. You have the most powerful Lord in the universe and He has an army of angels that will minister to you when you need help. Keep your faith in the God who makes a way. Something very good is coming your way. Hold on to your faith. Don’t lose hope. God is going to make a way for you to get out of the trials and tribulations that have been blocking your path. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 40:3; Isaiah 43:19; Romans 8:31

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 170)

Even on your worst day you can still have a lot of joy and a lot of peace. Have more Jesus on those days. Increase your prayer time and your praise time. Jesus is the same even on the rough days!

There is always room for you with God. He always welcomes you and invites you. You will never be left out and you will never be abandoned. God adores you!

God will wake you up from your nightmares and He will make some of your biggest dreams come true. Keep dreaming with the Lord and great things will happen to you in the name of Jesus!

Sometimes God pushes the pause button and He wants you to slow down and take break. Rest in Him. Rest in His arms. Go at His pace and stop the race against the clock!

Be someone’s “God’s person”. Represent God to someone. Be the light someone needs. Be God’s love to someone. Be the person of faith someone needs in their life. Be the Word of God to someone!

You will never succeed if you don’t take a chance. Step out in faith and take a chance. Take a leap of faith and you will land in success. Trust God with every step and every leap!

You are blessed to be a blessing. The Lord is blessing you so you can bless others. He is opening the floodgates from Heaven so your life is flooded with love and blessings and the overflow is touching lives around you. You are highly blessed in the name of Jesus!

God’s presence can be your biggest weapon. Pray, praise, worship and love without ceasing and His presence will be obvious to you. Spread God’s presence wherever you go!

God is going to release joy in your life. He is going to open the gates of gladness and flood you with glee and delight. Hang on to the God of joy. Great things are coming!

Suggested reading: Psalm 47:1; Proverbs 10:28; James 1:2-3

Not today and not tomorrow

I have a very active imagination just like anyone else. My mind can go to places that don’t make sense. I can create strange realities that are far from the truth. The enemy takes one thought, puts it into our heads and lets us build lies that tear us apart. He does that to control us and to intimidate us. We can see the present as the worst time in our lives if we give in to his lies. We can predict a miserable future if we let his lies take root in our minds. The mind is a battlefield and as long as we are here on earth, it will be a battleground that we will have to deal with. We can’t be passive thinkers. We can’t be listeners of lies. We can’t be tossed around by lies. Overthinking is a weapon used by the enemy that depletes us of our faith. It gnaws at our beliefs and it makes holes in the blanket of hope that the Lord gives us when we accept Him as our Savior. The enemy is after our thoughts because he knows that they can build us up or destroy us and they can alienate us from God. What can we do to win this battle? We have to remember that the battle doesn’t ever end but we have an ally that makes us win. The Holy Spirit is the best ally in the battle of the mind. He points us in the right direction and He gives us the ammunition we need to be more than conquerors. We can take a stand and tell the enemy “Not today and not tomorrow.” We are not going to succumb to his lies today and not tomorrow.

Staying in the present is a very powerful practice because it gives us access to the goodness of God. There is a lot of good around us and in us. God has put blessings in our lives that we can’t recognize when we can’t stay in the present. God is with us right now in the present and when our minds run a thousand miles an hour, we can easily miss God and end up in obscure places where there is no hope. God is hope and hope is right here, right now. It is not coming tomorrow. It is not just part of the past. Hope is here to stay. Staying in the present and focusing on the Lord is a great way to stay in faith and to stay with hope. Why would we want to move away from hope? We do it all the time without knowing it. Do you ever take the time to look at your life and observe what is going on now? Do you take the time to count your blessings and to appreciate the love of God today? I believe that if we took a moment to marvel at the Lord and to exalt Him now, we would see the beauty that’s in our lives and how blessed we are. God said He would never leave us nor forsake. That is true for now. He won’t leave us now and He won’t leave us tomorrow.

Doubt and fear often project a sad future. When we think about what’s to come and we believe that we will have to fend for ourselves, the future doesn’t look too bright. When we meditate on the fact that we don’t know what the future holds, we can be very miserable. God holds the future and He knows what He is going to do in the future and He doesn’t want us to worry about it one bit. With the Lord, our future is bright and we shouldn’t make it dark by having negative thoughts about things we have no control over. What can we do about tomorrow? We can trust God about tomorrow and stay in peace today. We can praise and celebrate the Lord today because He has our future in His hand. When the enemy dumps bad thoughts in our minds, we should tell him “Don’t touch my tomorrow. It belongs to the Lord and He has a great plan for it.” Don’t let your thoughts get the best of the future that is meant to be a blessing to you. Your thoughts are powerful so be sure they stay positive. Today is not going to be bad. Tomorrow is not going to be bad. Bad things may happen today and tomorrow but the Lord is with you and He will make all things better. Stay encouraged. You are with the best of the best. Jesus Christ is the best of the best and He always gives good things. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:34; John 14:27; Hebrews 10:23

Take it to the Lord in prayer

What does the Bible say we can go against anxiety? It says that we can take it to the Lord in prayer. We can take that anxiety and give it to God. We can renounce it and give it up. Jesus bore anxiety on the cross. He took care of it. We can pray and ask Him to take it from us. I have done that many times. I have gone to the cross and laid down my life and all the problems and anxiety that were crippling me. I have cried before the Lord and He has heard my tears. Sometimes I try to give it all to Him but for some reason I hold on to it or I can’t get rid of it. It is not that God doesn’t hear my prayer. It doesn’t mean that “God is broken.” A fervent prayer goes a long way. I have had to stay in prayer and in faith for a while but it has always proven to be the best thing I could have done. Taking my anxiety and all my problems to the Lord is the best thing ever. It is also the best thing for you. When you feel anxious or stressed, go into prayer mode. Prayer mode doesn’t mean that you pray once and hope for the best. Prayer mode means that you go to God, you ask Him for help and you keep your hopes up and you stick with faith.

The Bible tells us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” This is what I call the winning formula. Add thanksgiving to your prayers. Prayer plus thanksgiving and praise gets the job done. I want to encourage you today to pray and thank. Pray to God and thank Him that He has heard your prayers. That is how faith speaks. That is what faith does. It gives you the motivation to thank God. Faith doesn’t stay idle. Faith is active and it thinks and speaks hope all the time. Pray to God as the first step. Make your requests known to God and then turn on the faith switch. You might be saying that your faith is not enough. Your faith is a great start. Don’t let your mind tell you that you need giant faith or totally blind faith to make it. What you need is to allow God to do what He does best by trusting that He will do something. Speak about it. I like to say these things out loud so my mind can hear them.

When I take something to the Lord in prayer, I know that the One who is bigger than anything is listening to me. I do my best to detach myself from my feelings and my emotions and I give my spirit a chance to take over. My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak. Feelings and emotions are part of the realm of the flesh. They should be put down. They should not be trusted because they will always derail our faith and give doubt a strong foothold in our hearts. I want my heart to be filled with hope and prayer gets me there. I see prayer as my first resort and I believe that makes a difference. Prayer is a continued conversation with God. It doesn’t happen only when I have problems. I take everything to the Lord in prayer and He talks to me about everything during prayer or outside of prayer. God doesn’t always answer right away and He doesn’t answer the way we think He should at times.

If you are fighting against anxiety today, pray it out of your system. Connect with the Lord. My prayer sessions always start with praise and singing. When anxiety hits, I sing against it. I lift up the Lord and the anxiety leaves. I strongly suggest that you do that as well. Get into the gates of the Lord with singing. Don’t let anxiety choke you and keep you from praying. The praises will set you free and they will help you pray to the Lord with more peace. Remember that you are praying to God. He is the most powerful One and He can do all things. Your prayers won’t go unnoticed. God has already heard you and your request got His attention. Anxiety doesn’t stand a chance against the Lord. It is going to go away. A fervent prayer is a powerful prayer so stay in faith. Cast your cares upon the Lord. Change is on the way!

Suggested prayer: Philippians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18; 1 Peter 5:7