How many times have you asked God for something, whether it be a sign that things will get better or asking for something. Have you ever heard the answer? I’ve had people ask me how I have heard Gods answers to my prayers. Sometimes its hard to understand when He speaks to you. Some people have heard a voice, some have come across the answers in church or scripture they come across. For me most of the time it’s a feeling. I recently asked God for something. It wasn’t money or anything like that. It was something that would bring me years of happiness. With in hours I found what I was looking for. I have prayed about it because it is something that is going to take time and work to get to where I want to be with this situation. Prayer is the most POWERFULL tool God has given us. His Grace is the biggest gift. The power of prayer can make life’s problems so much easier to handle. While some situations may be a “quick fix” others, like the one I am going thru take time and work from all people involved and from God. Life is not easy, it wasn’t designed to be. You will always have bumps in the road, you will always have temptations to do the wrong thing. The trick to life is looking to God for the answers or direction on how to deal with life. There was a time in my life when God wasn’t in it. I didn’t pray, I didn’t read the Bible or any devotions, I just removed my faith from my life. I thought I had control. I quickly realized that was not so true. I didn’t do it on purpose I just stopped praying. I stopped asking him for guidance. Life quickly became to much to deal with on my own and as quickly as I stopped I put my self right back into it. Amazingly things began to fall into place once again. Life was a little bit easier to deal with, and I was for the first time in a long time at peace inside with little to no worries. Always seek first the Word of God.
In life there are many things that don’t make sense. Why did my wife leave or why did that loved one have to die. These things are not easy for the human brain to understand and deal with. I have found in life that by asking God to heal my broken heart or hurt feeling helps in so many ways. I gave my life to Christ a long time ago, yet every time I am in a service and the pastor asks if there is anyone who wants to be saved and devote their life to Him I do it over and over again. I know deep down that I already have and that by doing it again is just going through the motions, but I feel better about myself and more at peace with life.
Walking hand and hand with God is easy during the hard times, you are needy and you are looking for any way to make the pain, suffering, worry or whatever it is go away so you can again be at peace. Its when life is going good that so many of us (me included) tend to pull away from God. I myself spend less time in the Book, I don’t pray like I do when im in “need.” I find myself so involved in “my” life that I forgot who gave me what I need.
Today I hand it back you Father. My life and everything in it so that you may show me the direction you want me to go. You have always been there for me when I needed you and even when I forgot you were still there to pick me up and carry me to my next stop in life. Lord please forgive me for my sins. I trust that you will watch over me as you always have. Please save my place in Heaven so that when my day come to return Home I may continue to serve you there.
We all have a special reason why we are here. Its up to you to open your eyes to see it. God tells us thru Jeremiah in the Bible Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. What is your purpose in life? Have you taken the time to search your soul, or to ask God what it is he wants you to do for Him?
“Life can sometimes lead us to a place we don’t want to be. We may have a direction that we are told to do for what ever reason or another. The Story Of Jonah and the Fish is a perfect example of how God can direct us to the path we need to take.
God wanted Jonah to go to the people of Nineveh and preach the word to them so that they would repent their sins and ask God forgiveness. But Jonah disliked the Nineveh’s and refused to do as he was told. He got onto a boat not listening to God heading to Tarshish, Spain. His motives could have been fear or revenge or both. The Assyrians had committed terrible atrocities against the people of Israel: traveling into their midst would have been frightening. Jonah also despised the Assyrians and probably would have liked to see God punish them. Yet, Jonah knew God’s nature. He knew that if he preached repentance to the Ninevites, they would repent and God would spare them. (Jonah 4:2)
Jonah hops on a boat headed for Tarshish, attempting to hide out from God. At night, a huge storm comes up and tosses the boat wildly. The sailors are afraid and all start to pray to their gods, while Jonah sleeps soundly below deck. (Jonah 1:4-6) The captain goes down to Jonah’s cabin and pulls him out of bed. “And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.” (Jonah 1:7 NKJV)
The sailors all question Jonah about what he’s done to bring this storm on them. He confesses that he is running away from the Lord’s will and tells the sailors to throw him overboard to spare their lives. This they do. (Jonah 1:8-15)
As Jonah is sinking into the sea, a big fish (whale) swallows him. (Jonah 1:17) Here we see God’s great mercy. He could have let Jonah suffer the consequences of his actions and drown. Yet, God intervenes and spares Jonah’s life. We often complain to God about the consequences of our sins but do we ever wonder how often He has spared us from consequences? I rarely ever think about that.
Jonah sat in the whale’s belly for three days and nights. He spends that time in prayer, thanking God for saving him. He realizes the miracle that God has affected to save him and is truly grateful. I’m not certain how grateful I’d be sitting in a whale’s belly come day two or three. I would certainly have been glad at first, but possibly would have started complaining pretty quickly. This is often the case for people: we beg for relief from our circumstances and when it comes, we aren’t satisfied with it. But Jonah doesn’t complain. He is sincere in his prayer and God tells the whale to spit Jonah out on shore. (Jonah 2:1-10)
Then, the Lord tells Jonah again to go to Nineveh and preach repentance. Imagine being Jonah, walking into a city of your enemies and preaching a message that is bound to be unpopular. It would be terrifying! But, Jonah this time does as he’s told and amazingly the people repent. The king orders all to fast, put on sackcloth and beg for forgiveness. (Jonah 2:1-10)”
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Its always going to be Gods will, one way or another we will fulfill what He sent us to do.
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