What I Pray For Every Day That Is Overlooked By Many

What I Pray For Every Day That Is Overlooked By Many

There is a bigger picture that you are a part of.

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Why do I pray? It is not to make myself feel better as a Christian, nor to make me look like a better Christian than anybody else. I do it because it is the way that I am able to talk to God and a time for me to express what my heart is feeling. I believe that God is a promise keeper and when I pray I know that those prayers will be answered when He plans to answer them. I feel like most people only feel the need to pray when something scary is happening to a loved one or a friend. I never really understood what prayer could be until last year because even I would pray to God when something stressful was going on like in school, in my family's life or one of my friend's needed me to pray for them with similar situations. Here is what I have learned about my God, it is that He loves us so much that He wants a personal relationship with us. Sure, He already knows what is going to happen in our life, but He wants us to come to Him to talk and share about what is going on in our lives.

Common things that we all pray about are usually about our self. For example, praying to be more patient, to be nicer to people, to have open eyes and not judge others, to be thankful for the blessing in our life and so on. These are all great things to be praying about, but have you ever considered praying for the unreached people in this world? Unreached people are the people that have never heard of the good news that Jesus and God brings. These people are everywhere, and they might even be someone you know. Being a believer and hearing that there are millions of people in this world that do not know about the good news breaks my heart, but it breaks God's even more.

When I was preparing to go on my first mission trip to New York over spring break, our team was constantly praying for the unreached people in New York. I prayed that God would pursue their hearts and that he would place the unreached people that He wanted our team to talk to in our lives. I firmly believe that God answered those prayers because when we got to New York the people that I was able to meet as well as the people on our team got to meet felt that they were longing for something like this in their life! How incredible is that? Now that I have been and saw a broken city with broken people that did not know about the good news of Jesus Christ because they grew up not being able to have ever heard about it, I think about them all the time and I pray for them. I pray that the Lord would pursue their hearts and that God would keep pursuing those that are believers in that area to act out in faith and share the good news.

Ephesians 6:18 says this "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people." With this, I encourage you to reflect on what it is that you usually pray for or who your prayers are about and take a moment to pray for all the Lord's people because there are many who do not know who He is.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

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

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit

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1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

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Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

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Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

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God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

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We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

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Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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