1000 Gifts: Trusting Grace 12/13/16

1000 Gifts: Trusting Grace  12/13/16

I’ll talk about 1000 Gifts: Trusting Grace in our Devotional study tonight. Trust is really an issue of mine since I was a child sexual abuse survivor. If you can’t trust your own parents, ho do you learn to trust. On 12/9/16, we learned from Ann that the answer to anxiety is the adoration of Christ. Such a profound but simple statement that is so incredibly true. Can it really be that simple…just adoration and exaltation will stop the anxiety we feel? That is what God’s word says many times over. Each time I am anxious, I will try exalting God beginning today. Continue during Christmas season to keep your list of One Thousand Gifts or graces and reap joy in your new discoveries for your list.  Let’s see what Ann has to say about Trusting Grace tonight.  

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Powerful Prayer Devotional – Cry of My Heart 7/19/16

 Powerful Prayer Devotional – Cry of My Heart

Last week on Friday we talked about Powerful Prayer Devotional – First Thing In The Morning in the Devotional. Today, I share Powerful Prayer Devotional – Cry of My Heart. This chapter speaks a Heart Prayer. It is a prayer that Lory says each day. I will follow with some Scripture-based references to her prayer and then end with a prayer that I say daily that is similar but is called “Confession” which is the cries of my heart when I am closest to the Lord.


Scriptures

Scriptures provided by Jolly.com “We are his hands and feet”

 “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:27, NLT

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” ~ Psalm 121:1-2, ESV

“When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” ~ Romans 12:13, NLT

“And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.” ~ Titus 3:14, ESV

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” ~ Romans 12:1, NLT

 God’s Word in Prayer

I believe Lory’s intention is to show you the intimacy that you can reach with God when you are praying regularly and developing a close relationship with Him. The more often and the longer you pray, the closer your relationship becomes.

The Cry of My Heart

Every day I say this prayer on behalf of my family and myself.
I share this so you can say it too:

Lord let me be Your eyes, ears, and mouth.

Let me be Your hands and feet.

Lord, let me be Your eyes that I may see the beauty You see.

Lord, let me be Your ears that I may hear
what You would have me hear.

Lord, let me be Your mouth that I may utter words
of life and mercy to all who need it.

Lord, let me be Your hands that I may do Your work.

Lord, let me be Your feet that You have laid out for me.

Work Your will in and through me.

Guide and direct my every move, my every word.

Let me be a channel of blessings from which You flow.

Amen

© Powerful Scripture-Based Prayer by Lory Ramsey


Now, the Cries of My Heart

Oh, God, do you see me? Do you hear the cries of my heart?

I confess I try to do things on my own mind a lot.

I confess I push for my own way and overload my plate

and look to myself for strength more often than I look to you.

I confess my stubbornness, my desire to do things my way, my pride.

I confess that these all overwhelm me.

I lay myself down.

Oh, Father, I lay myself down.

You are sovereign. I lay myself down.

You are holy. I lay myself down.

You are steadfast. I lay myself down.

You are gentle. I lay myself down.

You are trustworthy. I lay myself down.

You are mighty. I lay myself down.

You are beauty. I lay myself down.

You are hope. I lay myself down.

You are majesty. I lay myself down.

You are glory. I lay myself down.

You are alpha and omega. I lay myself down.

You are righteousness. I lay myself down.

You are healer. I lay myself down.

You are strength. I lay myself down.

You are Creator. I lay myself down.

Oh, God, come and rescue me, this heart that aches to see you,

to hear you, to feel you, to follow you. I am yours. I am yours.

Let nothing stand between us. Let my heart be soft
and open and willing and trusting.

Let my weakness this day be a testimony to your glory,
your presence in me.

You are here.

You are here.

Amen

 

Psalm 32:5

5 I acknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not cover my iniquity;

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

 Growing in Prayer

1.Continue your prayer time daily prayer 30 minutes-1 hour  depending on your prayer needs.

2.For those joining this devotional late, you can start with 15 minutes and work up over time using one of the suggestions given on  7/5/16 .

3. Continue to develop your conversation with God with listening to the Holy Spirit living inside you as well as talking to God.

4.By now you should have settled on one or two methods that you prefer to use when praying.  Continue setting an alarm on your phone or watch as a reminder to pray.You might want to try either of the two sample prayers or write/speak your own as you become closer to God.

5.Continue to branch out beyond yourself and your family to friends and church members or acquaintances who may need prayer. Consider joining a prayer group as you begin to feel more comfortable with praying if it fits into your schedule.

Our Prayer

Lord, 

Tonight I thank You for being with me as I wrote this post. I thank You for Your Holy Scriptures and Lory’s beautiful prayer.Thank You for Jesus and the Holy Spirit that help us to understand and to hear You when You are speaking to us. Give us a heart to listen to the Holy Spirit. Help us to desire to grow closer to You every day. I ask Lord, for you to be with all the victims in America in the midst of a gun violence. I know that we must acknowledge our sins and turn from our wicked ways (2 Chronicles 7:14) but please protect us with your mighty power. May we all pray continuously. We love you, Lord.

In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.

I’d like to close with a song about the Body of Christ named How Beautiful by Twila Paris.

 

Susan…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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