What Actions Do Your Prayers Require?

What Actions Do Your Prayers Require?

God acts to move us to action
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What actions do your prayers require of you? Weird question, huh? Why would my prayers move me to action? Why wouldn't they move God to action? Think about the question. What action do your prayers require of you?

The goal of prayer is to change our hearts. Of course God still works in supernatural ways and grants prayers that are in line with His will. But He wants to make us more like Him. That requires change. Change requires action. God constantly acts to move us to action. As Matthew West puts it,

“Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of people living in poverty, children sold into slavery. The thought disgusted me. So, I shook my fist at Heaven Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did, I created you!”

If I pray for God to help me to meet someone’s needs, how is God going to help me when I don’t know the needs of that person? Sure, God could just make a list of their needs and set it on my desk with a step-by-step explanation of how their needs will be met. But God is all about relationships. He wants people to know His love. He would much prefer that I go to that person and ask them what their needs are and let them know I’m praying for them. Then I can pray about the best way to go about meeting those needs.

If I pray for God to help keep someone accountable for staying in His word, how is God going to help that person stay accountable without any volunteers? Again, God is omnipotent, but He wants to use us to minister to others. He loves it when we love others. If it is truly our desire to help this person with accountability, then we had better be asking them questions to hold them accountable. And we ask God to give us wisdom as we do so.

Do you want God to help the lady who lives alone to not feel lonely? Pray that He will help you to make time to visit her or help you to find someone to visit her. Do you want somebody to find a job? Ask them if you can assist them in any way (driving them to an interview, helping with the application). Ask God to help them get the job if it will be a good thing for them.

Prayer is where the natural and supernatural meet. We do what we can to help the person in need, and God guides our spirits through the process, giving us the resources and wisdom to lovingly serve them. The two greatest commandments are to love God and to love others. Prayer is where we work out how to do this. Prayer highlights how God will guide us in the actions He desires us to take.

So, again, I ask you. What actions do your prayers require of you?

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Cole & Savannah LaBrant's Story Is Proof Our Lives Are Completely In God's Hands

A spur of the moment meeting, wasn't as spur of the moment as they thought.

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Many people hear the phrase "your life is in God's hands" or "He has a plan for you."

And to some people, that might only be just that, a phrase. There might never be a big "wow" moment in their lives that proves that phrase to be true. They might not be completely trusting and awed by their faith. I know for one, that I am not as strong in my faith as I could be and should be.

I also LOVE to make plans for my life.

I have had my 20's pretty much mapped out since the middle of high school: graduate college at 22, get married around 25-26, have at least two kids before I am 30. You know, the usual things a soon-to-be-20-year-old thinks about (at least the ones I have talked to). In the back of my mind, I have always known, however, that there is a slim chance MY plans will actually work out.

And what is the point of worrying about things I don't know will work out and trying to control things, not within my limits of control?

The one thing I am certain of is God's plan is so much greater than what I have planned for myself.

After reading YouTubers Cole and Savannah LaBrant's book, this certainty of a greater plan was even more solidified.

I have come to see the true and raw faith that God truly does hold the map to our lives if we give in to Him and trust in Him and His ways.

The beginning of the book is where this proof truly is.

The entire book is truly amazing, inspiring, and sprinkled with the love of God and the beauty of a relationship that is focused on faith. The truly amazing part for me was their chance encounter, detailed in the beginning few chapters.

After direct messaging Savannah and asking to meet up when he was in LA, Cole never heard back from her, but really she did reply but he never saw it. Then, he and his friend, John Stephen, who was with him, just happened to be in the exact same place at the exact same time. Through Savannah's sister who just happens to be walking by them at the same time in a different place, they are able to finally meet.

Why did Cole and John Stephen just happen to be at the Grove at the same time and day as Savannah and Everleigh and their friends?

Let me tell you: GOD.

Both of them had finally started to give their lives to their faith and trust in God.

Savannah was struggling through a back and forth relationship while praying for the right man to walk into her life. Cole was praying for a woman to come into his life that was just as in love with her faith as he was with his. Their prayers weren't answered right away, because God is on His own schedule and always knows when the time is right.

But with a little faith and patience, BOTH of their prayers were answered, and here they are years later, happy and expecting a new baby together.

Our lives are completely and truly in God's hands and all we have to do is trust and believe in and love Him to see the magic happen.

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