Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

I have found that there have been times in my life when I received things that others thought impossible. I have often wondered how I could have received some of those things and I have come to one simple conclusion — I asked! The same can be said for our prayer lives. Sometimes we receive “the impossible” because we asked in prayer. On the other hand, how many blessings have we not received because we did not ask?

In Luke 11:9-12 Jesus tells us, ““So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Let this scripture be an encouragement to you to keep asking, keeps seeking, keep knocking. The Lord has many blessings and answered prayers waiting for you. All He asks is that you ask!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Model Prayer

I have found that my day is better, smoother, more joyous when I being my morning in prayer. It has been proven that prayer improves our health, our outlook on life, even our marriages.  I can make a “bad” day seem better, a “dark” day appear brighter. If you are not sure what to pray, let me share with you the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to pray:

Luke 11:1-4 states, “11 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven,Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”

As you start your mornings, pray as Jesus prayed. Give thanks to the Lord. Seek His guidance. Ask for provision and protection. Seek forgiveness. Request His strength for your day.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What the Lord Does for Us….

It goes without saying that sin is destructive. It can hurt those around us, it can make us fill dirty. It can leave us feeling ashamed, unworthy and with little hope in life. That is exactly what the enemy wants us to feel. The enemy is the first to encourage us to sin and the first to condemn us after we sin. But, did you know that it does not have to be that way?

In Zechariah 3:3-5 it states, “Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus came to make us clean and “clothe you with rich robes”.  If you are tired of feeling “dirty”, let the Lord clothe you with something new. Repent of your sin, receive His forgiveness and let Him clothe you with His richness.

I pray blessings for you today on your Journey!

My Dad is Bigger than Your Dad!!!

Growing up, every child thinks that their father is the biggest, strongest, wisest man around. We know that no matter what, “dad” will take care of things — he will scare away the monsters at night, he will protect me from the bullies at school, he will know exactly how to get me out of my problems.  Did you know that the Lord protects us in the same way?

In Zechariah 2:8-9 we read, “For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me.”

Remember, you are the apple of His eye! Whoever seeks to hurt you, must first deal with your Father! The next time you feel that the enemy is threatening you, tell him, “my Dad is bigger than your dad!”

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Most Beautiful Words in the Bible

Do you have a favorite Bible scripture? It seems that the scriptures we remember the most are those that speak to us directly about something specific in our lives. We may have several favorite scriptures depending upon what we are going through. They speak to us, they encourage us, they heal us. Of all of the scriptures in the Bible, let me share with you the one that I think is most beautiful.

In Luke 7:48 we read, “48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” That says it all. No matter what we have been through, what we have done, how many people we may have hurt along the way, if we truly repent, “our sins are forgiven”.

There are many meaningful words in the Bible, but for sinners like you and me, there is no scriptures that are as beautiful.

I pray for blessings today for you today on your Journey!

Think There is No Hope?

How many times in your life have you gotten to a point in your life where you say, “it is hopeless” or “there is no way out”? I think that we have all been there at some point and we all take different approaches to fixing our situations. Unfortunately, too often, we take the “wrong” approach and find that our hopeless situation only gets worse. If you think there is no hope, remember this:

In Luke 7:22-23 Jesus states, “22 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

Regardless of our situation and circumstances, there is always hope in Jesus. If you think there is no hope, maybe it is time to turn to Jesus.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Are You Ready to be Broken?

When I worked in the medical field, I used to hear doctors tell patients, “it is better to break a bone than to sprain a bone because a broken bone will heal faster”.  Personally, that made no sense to me. Why would it be better to be broken and not just sprained? I always thought that a bone still in one-piece was better than a bone broken into “parts”. Well, as it turns out, a broken bone, when it heals, actually becomes a much stronger bone. Can the same be said for us and our lives?

In Luke 7:2-3 it states, “And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant.” The centurion’s servant was “broken” and the centurion turned to Jesus. Jesus did heal that servant.

I think when it comes to our spiritual lives, it is better to be broken and not sprained. If we are broken, we admit that we can’t function on our own. We need Jesus. We need His help. We need His strength. A “sprained” spirit is weakened, but not ready to be healed. If you are broken, don’t be afraid to admit it, don’t be ashamed to seek Jesus. You will find that He, and only He, will heal you into something stronger, better, more productive than anything you could do on your own.

I pray blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Does Your House Look Like?

Most people take pride in their houses — what they look, how clean they are, how big they are. Some may take more pride than others, but for the most part, we want people to like our homes, be comfortable in our homes and want to visit our homes. We will go to great lengths and pay many dollars to make this happen. That is great for our physical houses, but what about the house that the Lord has commanded you to build?

In Ezra 1:2 we read, “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah.”

Are you building a house that is pleasing to those around you, or are you building a house that is pleasing to the Lord? Does your house honor the Lord, does it serve the Lord, is it a house that is inviting to the Lord and does He want to reside there? Remember, this not only applies to the house you live in, but also the house that you build for the Lord inside of you. What does your house look like?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

I Am Willing, Be Cleansed.

Early in my walk with Jesus, one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp was that the Lord would actually answer my prayers. I had reasoned that He was too busy, too disappointed in me, etc. I would pray, but didn’t really expect those prayers to be answered. But, did you know that the Lord wants to answer our prayers? Did you know that He does answer all of our prayers?

In Luke 5:12-13 it states, “12 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 13 Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.”

As we pray to the Lord, remember that He is willing to answer our prayers. He is willing to heal us. He is willing to provide for us. He is willing to restore relationships. Regardless of your situation, He is willing. The question is, will you allow Him?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Are You Fishing?

What is the purpose of life? This is a question that has been asked since the beginning of time. People have always sought to find their purpose, their meaning, their value in life and society. I had lunch with a gentleman years ago who was struggling with this question. He had been looking all around him for his purpose, but hadn’t found it yet. Maybe you are asking yourself this same question — what is your purpose in life? Let me answer that question with another question; Have you tried fishing?

In Luke 5:10 Jesus states, “10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”

Jesus tells us that our true purpose in life is to go fishing! In fact, His last command to His apostles was to make disciples throughout the earth. As you search for you purpose in life, don’t forget to go fishing.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!