Christian encouragement

Let us pray

My dear Father, on occasions I get worn out and weary. I work hard. I try to do the right thing, but often my circumstances overwhelmed me, and I lose focus. Teach me to train my eyes on You, and not on my situation. Lift me, and guide my eyes to see the joy of the reward that awaits me. I pray for perseverance as I consider the satisfaction of the prize; I get to be with you forever in heaven. Free of pain, full of joy. Refill me with your truth, O Lord. Amen

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he faced from sinful people;[ then you won’t become weary and give up.

Hebrews 12:1-3 (NLT) Bible Gateway

A Prayer for today

Let us pray

Heavenly Father, faith in your holy Word is not only the way to wisdom but also the way to salvation. Help me to comprehend your divine plan for me so that I will seek to grow in your ways.

Let me not be vain or self-righteous. Remove the darkness from my path and the scales from my eyes that I may see your deeds clearly and strive to replicate them. Help me to train my ears to the sound of your Clarion; so that my every action will be according to your direction.

Let there be a yearning in me to live an exemplary life; so that the world will see and recognize the love of your Son Jesus, as it shines through me. Amen.

Do you Interrogate God When Things Go Wrong?

Regardless of what anybody says; the holier than thou and the not so religious, we (Christians) question God more often than we are willing to admit. Unlike non-Christians, many of whom doubt the existence of God, especially after a natural disaster, or some other senseless tragedies that captivate the heart of the country; Christians tend to question God if we think He did not answer our prayers soon enough. But God doesn’t work in our time. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says: God made everything beautiful in His time.

Believe that prayer works

Consequently, when you pray, you must believe. “For you walk by faith, and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Yet, lack of faith seems the principal reason why we think God hasn’t answered our prayers. Often time the breakthrough that we seek is within our grasp, but we need faith to claim it.

Prayer can move a mountain

The woman with the issue of blood had a mountain size problem, but she also had extraordinary faith, which she exercises to achieve her desired outcome. She was one hundred percent sure if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be made whole.
Another person who exercised extraordinary faith was the Centurion. One of his best servants was dying, so he requested Jesus to come and heal the servant. But while Jesus was on His way, the Centurion had a change of heart. He did not think he was worthy to have Jesus come under his roof. So, he sent friends to intercept Jesus with this message:

“Lord do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Hence, I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed” (Mark 7:6-7). Jesus later commented, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
Throughout His ministry, Jesus emphasized faith. In fact–in one of His discourses with His disciples, He said the following, “Whatever your heart desire, pray, and when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them” (Mark 11:24).