“Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed…” James 5:12
Throughout the Bible we are shown that praying isn’t just a request in need of an answer, it’s also an avenue that God can use to work in our lives.
When offering to pray for someone feels like a big committment or an empty promise, remember that it is more than just adding your support for someone else and their situation, it’s an opportunity to have compassion for someone else or a situation that may not affect you.
Keeping a list of prayer requests and people to pray for can help make praying for others a part of our daily walk with God and open another way for Him to mold us into more compassionate and understanding followers of Christ.
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4
The Bible was given to us so that we could learn about who we are, what God wants from us and what we mean to Him.
Our faith doesn’t just protect us from the fiery darts of deception that come at us from every direction. It teaches us patience when we understand that our timing is never better than God’s. It gives us comfort to know (not just believe) that we are never alone.
The Word of God reminds us again and again that we are surrounded by God’s love and it’s a promise that through His love, we may abound in hope.
It is just as important for us to know how we might serve God, as it is to have a desire to do so.
Imagine if we prepared ourselves for Him as diligently as we would a job interview? What would our resumé look like? What experience, strength and skills do we already have that makes us more useful to Him?
God promises us a place with Him but just showing up every day and hanging out in the break room is probably not the best use of our talents.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.” II Timothy 2:15
Sometimes the best answer is the most simple.
1. Does it agree with scripture?
2. It comes to us in prayer and grows stronger over time.
3. God usually repeats it.
4. It has an element of faith.
“… he who does the will of God abides forever.” I John 3:1
“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Whatever your plans, whatever your purpose, You Are Not Alone.