Friday, October 3, 2014

31 Days of Intentional Prayer: Day 3

Today was a hard day!! Working 50+ hours a week wears on me body, mind, and soul!

But I'm working to "live like no one else, so I can live like no one else." Thanks Dave Ramsey!! More on that later!

My prayer comes from one of my favorite redemption stories!! Paul, formerly known as Saul.

Well it's not a prayer, but I'm basing it on his words in Romans 7:
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (Romans 7:15-25 ESV
Now this is a long passage and quite deep. But the prayer is simple:
Lord, help Your desires become my desires. May I die to my flesh daily, more of you and less of me! God, may my sinful nature not get the better of me! Lord, may you be the true Lord of my life! I'm getting off the throne and allowing You to do what You will in my life!

In other news my prayer journals came in!! I have over a years worth in here so, I can't wait to share them with you!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

31 Days of Intentional Prayer: Day 2

God, if You don't want me to have it take it away.

This is the most painful, because this prayer usually comes when I really want something, but I put it in God's hands.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31 Days of Intentional Prayer: Day 1

We are the light of the world, we are the city on a hill.” 
Those words ring true today on the first day of October. Say What!! It’s October.
I love the 31 days of blogging. It challenges me to be intentional. It challenges me to write every day.
I was praying about what I wanted to share for 31 days. I could talk about my fitness routine, or lack there of.
I could talk about my “hardships” at work and how to overcome them.
Then I just felt overwhelmed, and realized, I should pray to see what the Lord wanted me to talk about.
You may say, wait that’s a little weird. Why would you pray about this?
Because I believe God has a plan, even in the things we believe are mundane.
Then I felt a peace and knew what my subject would be. 
My prayer life is suffering, thus my whole life is suffering.
I’ve decided to change that. I ordered some prayer journals to get me through the rest of the year and all of next year.
But, just because I have something doesn’t mean I’ll use it.
So, I’ve decided to blog 31 days of intentional prayer.
What does that mean?
It means that I will intentionally pray every day – and share the prayer or the subject, or just how my prayer life is changing my life.
Prayers have power, I believe that with my whole heart.
God hears my prayers.
Day 1:
Prayer @ Work

Each day I may share a prayer that I wrote, from the Bible or somewhere else. Today's prayer has been made popular by AA and other 12-step programs, but is very applicable to my job. It's called the serenity prayer: 
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference."

Wow, how good is that? I will be saying that prayer until it becomes a mindset! I hope you'll join me for the next 31 Days!!

Sermon Notes

Just these 3 core values are exactly what I needed to hear this month morning!