Excerpt From: Bounds, E.M. “Power Through Prayer.”
It has being truly refreshing to focus the past few days on knowing that God doesn't anoint plans but people and preaching is the outflow of someone's life. I have found myself praying more when something comes up, or really thinking about how I am living.
I love how God doesn't hesitate to give me opportunities to practice what I am learning right away.
Recently one of my kids was having a really hard time, feeling low and a bit discourage with life. As I saw the struggle my child was going through I found myself quickly saying in my mind, I know I can give them a plan to feel better but the truth is only God can anointed me on how to help my child. I can come up solutions, however they may not work if I don’t let God direct me.
So I went to my child and said, let me pray for you so God will guide us on what we should do to help you because mommy doesn't always know what will help you feel better but I trust God does.
I place my hand on my child shoulder and I prayed, it felt so good to ask God to anoint us with wisdom on what to do. After the prayer my child opened up to me about stuff that was going on, I listen.
At the end I felt lead by God as what to do and I was able to help my child get to a better place. The funny part is the plan I thought would have worked was not what my child needed, it was very different. Thank God I prayed before I started fixing things!
I see how I can easily give the wrong solution to a dilemma due to the fact that I put more trust in a specific plan instead of God.
Today I am very encouraged to meditate and pray on, preaching to myself. I don't have any problems criticizing myself, in fact I believe I am an expert at it. I don't shy away from speaking sharply or strongly to myself. Asking myself difficult questions is a skill I have develop by much practice. Personal Bible studies and years of professional therapy taught me to ask myself hard questions.
The skill that I am not near good at is; being delicate with myself. Last night at church the ladies learn how to speak positive to themselves from our sister in Christ Lois. That is very difficult for me. I am very good at telling to other woman and my children about how to be delicate with themselves but I am not good at speaking it for myself.
Luke 10:25-28 says; “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
God wants me to correct and even rebuke myself, in fact in 1 Corinthians 9:27 it says that; "I must, strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." However God also wants me to be delicate and love myself for Jesus said in Luke 10:25-28 after the Pharisee question him as what he must do to inherent eternal life he replied; "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Some people are so delicate with themselves that they don't allow themselves to ask themselves the hard questions that will allow them to grow spiritually, emotionally and physically; some like me tend to be so hard on themselves that they don't give room to see the good in themselves and therefore it can affect them spiritually, emotionally and physically.
God wants us to have a balance and that is what I need to pray for. I need to pray to preach to myself the same way I preach to others.
Dear God good morning, I pray to imitate Paul who said 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 "I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”
I pray to remember that Hebrews 12:1 reminds me that; I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, and that should compel me to throw off everything that hinders me and the sin that so easily entangles me. And I must run with perseverance the race marked out for me. Not the race marked out for someone else but the race marked out for me.
I pray to always remember that John 3:16 tell me that; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
You love me so much you allowed your son to die for me. I pray to not be harsh with myself but to remember that 1 Corinthians 13:4 (Love is patient, love is kind.....) applies to me also. I pray to be patient with myself, kind with myself.
God give me wisdom to learn how to treat myself the way you will want me to be treated.
May I always speak the truth to myself even if it hurts, but may I do it as Ephesians 4:15 says; "in love".
I pray that today I will preach to myself but do it in a way that pleases you.
In Jesus Name I Pray