14. Have I Asked God to Bless My Plans, or Asked Him to Show Me What His Plans Are?
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:3
There are so many sneaky, and obvious, idols that try to sneak onto the throne of our hearts. Don’t even give them a cheek on that seat. Cover it in prayer and reserve it for God, alone. Pray for God’s will, and God’s plan in our lives, over any selfish ambition or accolade or achievement. For He intends to bless us with more than we can ask for or imagine. And not necessarily materially! Don’t we want to know what that is for our lives? When we ask God to search our motives and pray for His will over our plans, we sit Him back on the throne of our hearts.
15. Who/What Is on My Daily Prayer List?
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Listing the people on our prayer list is powerful. As we write or lift up each name, their stories come to life in our hearts. Allow the Holy Spirit to intercede for us in our lack of what to pray for them, and just hand them over other feet of our Father. Jesus pursues us. When we lift each other up, it reminds us how intricate His care is for all of creation… especially us, created in His image. Keep praying through that list, knowing He hears, and that some answers will be waiting for us on the other side of eternity.
Meg Bucher writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as an author, freelance writer and blogger at Sunny&80. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,” is available on amazon.com. She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University, but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters. Besides writing, she leads a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. She lives in Northern Ohio with her husband, Jim, and two daughters.
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