Gratitude Day 399
Wed., Feb. 5, 2020
Ephesians 6:18: Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God’s people.
I’ve ran into this scenario too many times: a person says to me, “I don’t know what to do anymore.”
TRUTH: Yep, there have even been times when I’ve felt this way. It feels like there is NOTHING else to do.
TRUTH: There is always ONE MORE THING to do; there’s always prayer.
Why do we wait until the last minute to turn to prayer?
When it’s to the point that it feels like everything else has been exhausted? And THEN, we turn to prayer.
Why not embody prayer sooner? Quicker? Before it’s a last-ditch effort?
Yep, I’ve done it as well. I keep forgetting these wonderful words from Ephesians that encourage us to NEVER STOP PRAYING.
Especially for others.
Even when they don’t deserve it.
Even when they are slightly unlovable.
Even when it would be so much easier to simply not like them.
Then, it’s time to pray. For them. For you.
TRUTH: We pray for others, thinking God will change them. When, in reality, maybe it’s US that needs to be changed.
Not the other person. But WE need a change in our attitude. Our approach.
We deny forgiveness and it only hurts ourselves.
We focus on how we have been wronged rather than how we have wronged someone else.
I know. It’s so much easier to be the victim.
But sometimes being the victim is SO EXHAUSTING.
When nothing else makes sense, pray. For others.
But most importantly, pray for yourself. Pray for you mind, body, soul and eyes.
Maybe, just maybe, YOU will be amazed at what can happen to YOU.
For the ability to always turn to prayer; for myself as well as others, I am grateful.
Almighty God – Forgive us for the thousands of times we’ve turned to prayer as a last resort rather than a first option. Forgive us when we thought someone else needed a lot more prayer than we need ourselves. Open our eyes, hearts, minds and souls to the amazing power of prayer. Amen.
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