Read During Prayer

2 Timothy 3 16

Verse of the Day: 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

Reading the Bible as part of your prayer can lead to enlightenment.  The Book of Psalms is a great place to start reading scriptures that turn into prayers. They’re full of wonderful praise and thanksgiving to God. Before you begin to read the Bible ask God to open your eyes and make clear what He is trying to show you. If you’re looking for a specific topic you want to address in prayer you can use a Bible concordance or look up verses on the internet. Once you find the Bible verse you want to focus on, read it, meditate on it, think about what it really means to you, then pray about it. God speaks to you in many ways including His written Word. He may open your eyes to something new when a passage you’ve read before suddenly becomes clear and impacts you like never before. Remember, when we pray, we talk to God; when we read the Bible, God speaks to us.

Intercession

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Verse of the Day:  1 Timothy 2:1

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.

Intercession is prayer said on behalf of and for other people. Not only are we able to come before God for ourselves but we’re able to pray for God’s blessings upon our family and friends. We can pray for their needs, their health and most importantly, we can pray for their salvation. God wants all people to be saved so we should be praying for everyone we know and even those we don’t know. I can only imagine how many people have been saved and have come to know God because someone was praying for them. When we pray for others God’s love works through us. The greatest gift you can give someone is to pray for them. Nothing proves you love someone more than mentioning them in your prayers.

Devote Yourselves to Prayer

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Verse of the Day:  Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

One way to build your relationship with God is to spend time with Him in prayer. It’s the most personal way to experience God but often we forget, are too busy, lack spiritual discipline or are just too lazy to pray, but prayer is too important to neglect. Prayer doesn’t have to be formal. I encourage you to pray throughout your day but I also encourage you to dedicate a specific time each day to talk with the Lord and to listen to what He has to say. Come to Him with praise and thanksgiving, confess your sins and bring your requests to Him. Pray about anything and everything for nothing is too big or too small for God.  Praise Him for all that He is and thank Him for his love and mercy and for the gift of salvation.

 

Receive Your Blessing

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 81:10

I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Long ago He brought the Hebrews out of Egypt and out of bondage and He has done the same thing for you. He has brought you out of your bondage of sin. Now open your mouth wide with praise and thanksgiving for your deliverer. Pray with boldness and confidence in your God asking Him for what you need and He will bless you according to your faith. If you want to receive your blessing you have to trust and believe that the Lord is able to fill your cup, and not just fill your cup but overflow it. Open wide and receive your blessing!

Worry or Worship

Philippians 4 6

Verse of the Day: Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Whatever it is that worries you whether it’s spiritual, physical, for yourself or for someone else bring it to God in prayer. Humbly come before your heavenly Father with a sincere heart and lay your burdens, your worries and your cares at his feet. Thank Him for what He’s done for you in the past, thank Him for hearing your prayer in the present and thank Him in advance for answering your prayer in the future. Come to Him with an honest heart, tell Him how you feel and what you need. He already knows, but He wants to hear it from you. The choice is yours, you can worry or you can worship but you can’t do both.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 10: Happy Thanksgiving!

1 Chronicles 29 13

Verse of the Day:  1 Chronicles 29:13

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

I want to wish you all a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! Over the past few days I’ve shared with you just a few of the things I’m thankful for but there are so many that I would never be able to express them all. I’m also thankful for the readers of The Consecrated Woman. It’s a blessing to be able to share God’s Word with you. Thank you for your continued support. I pray that you are encouraged and inspired daily. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. As we give thanks to our Lord today let’s remember that God is good all the time and we should be thankful every day of the year. May God bless you and your loved ones today and always. Happy Thanksgiving!

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 9:  Thankful for Everything

Ephesians 5 20

Verse of the Day:  Ephesians 5:20

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am truly thankful for everything God has done for me and the plans He has for my future. I am thankful for everything He has blessed me with, it’s more than I deserve. I’m thankful for my salvation and for the relationship I have with my Savior. Above all else, I’m thankful for God’s love, mercy, grace and forgiveness. I give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 8:  Thankful for Praise and Worship Music

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 95:2

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Today I am incredibly thankful for praise and worship music. Being able to praise and worship God through song is so uplifting and inspiring. No matter what is going on in my life at that moment whether it’s good, bad or indifferent it all just seem to melt away instantly as I begin to focus on God. It doesn’t just have to be at church. It might be at home or in the car. Sometimes I’ll be driving, feeling some type of way and the perfect song comes on the radio and it reminds me that God is always with me. When I sing along I feel connected to my Savior and am so grateful for His love and mercy and thankful for His presence in my life.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 7:  Thankful for God’s Blessings

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Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 9:11

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

I am thankful for all of God’s blessings. This year was a tough year for our family. My husband was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer. By the grace of God, he is now cancer free, but there were times we didn’t know how we were going to pay the bills or put food on the table. When we couldn’t see a way, God made a way. He touched the hearts of many to help us along the way and for that we are forever grateful. Our faith was made stronger with each and every act of generosity. If we trust in God, He will always provide for us and He even makes a way for us to be a blessing to others. God blesses us so we can generously pour out our blessings to others, which results in thanksgiving to God.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 6: Thankful for Spiritual Freedom

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Verse of the Day: Psalm 100:4

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

I’m thankful for the freedom that allows me to enter into the house of the Lord to praise and worship my Lord and Savior. Yes, we have a constitutionally protected right to religious freedom and that’s great, but I’m talking about the spiritual freedom we received when Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for our sins. I’m talking about abiding in God’s truth which has set us free from a life of sin and death.  Because of God’s love and mercy, we are free to have a relationship with Him. We have spiritual freedom to come into his presence to praise and worship Him, and for that I am thankful.