by Melissa (Faribault MN)
Heavenly Father, I look up to you in this time of change. Allow me to have the courage to change my life for the better. Allow all my burdens to be risen up to you as I know that You will see me through. Forgive those who have done evil and allow me to do the same. Teach me to love with an open heart and open spirit. Take time for me today to help with all the trials you have set out for me and allow me the strength and energy to follow you. Give me the blessings to find a new home, keep my family together, and bless those who are away, may they be strong and know how much love is out there. Let them know you and I are thinking of them and missing them dearly. Bless me with love, strength, wisdom, health, courage, forgiveness, and a willingness to learn.
Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve or nourish that life. Prayer is the way that the life of God in us is nourished. Our common ideas regarding prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.
“Ask, and you will receive…” (John 16:24). We complain before God, and sometimes we are apologetic or indifferent to Him, but we actually ask Him for very few things. Yet a child exhibits a magnificent boldness to ask! Our Lord said, “…unless you…become as little children…” (Matthew 18:3). Ask and God will do. Give Jesus Christ the opportunity and the room to work. The problem is that no one will ever do this until he is at his wits’ end. When a person is at his wits’ end, it no longer seems to be a cowardly thing to pray; in fact, it is the only way he can get in touch with the truth and the reality of God Himself. Be yourself before God and present Him with your problems— the very things that have brought you to your wits’ end. But as long as you think you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.
To say that “prayer changes things” is not as close to the truth as saying, “Prayer changes me and then I change things.” God has established things so that prayer, on the basis of redemption, changes the way a person looks at things. Prayer is not a matter of changing things externally, but one of working miracles in a person’s inner nature.
Eternal King, Mighty Father, I need to learn to manage change. The winds of change are blowing strongly in my direction. Nothing seems to be going according to plan.
My life is moving ahead of me rapidly, so fast that sometimes I struggle to keep up.
The changes that are occurring around me and within me are so puzzling. At times I yearn for understanding, and patience to wait for answers.
Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
God’s plans rather than my own
Father, even though I try to create plans for my life, they somehow get shaken up and turned around by You. Nevertheless, I trust You completely as You execute Your great will for me.
Even though I may be disappointed when You protect me from the things I think are best for me, I won’t turn away from You. Because You know what’s truly best. You make all things work together for my good.
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
I thank You for all the changes in my past, for it has made me into who I am today. Only strength arises from it and I grew spiritually, mentally and emotionally and came out a victorious warrior for You.
Many more battles and changes lie ahead. But this time I am more equipped than ever, for You are at my side every step of the way.
I will lean on You. And You will mold me to be all that I can be and to emerge victorious.
Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
You have done it in the past and I know You will do it for me now. I will not allow the fear of change to consume me because my Faith in You is a strong tower. It is set upon You, my eternal Rock.
I look forward to the victories and blessings ahead. And I declare and decree that all changes in my life will push, mold and shape me into a better person daily. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen and Amen!
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
― Bernard M. Baruch
A Prayer for Change
While looking at my blog today, I chanced upon a section of the dashboard I hadn’t noticed before. It showed the search terms people had used most to find my blog online. It shocked me to realise what it meant.
The two top terms were:
Prayer for change in my life
If ever there was a cry for help, both these terms are screaming it from the rooftops! Prayer for change and seeking empowerment!
For two decades I have delivered life changing workshops and seminars all over my country on exactly these topics, and the cry has been the same:
“I expected more out of life than this, by now!”
I have heard it from teenagers, from young disillusioned couples, from parents with teenage kids, and from retirees, who were struggling still, after a lifetime of struggle. A #prayer for change, if ever there was one!
When we were in school, we were told, and probably you were too: “Study hard, get good grades, get a good job and have a good life!” Well, these people all followed those directions and by the time they came to my workshops, that is how they felt – ripped off! It was a lie, and they had fallen for it! And now, they have this prayer for change!
There’s nothing wrong with having a good education and getting a good job. However, that’s not it – that’s just the start! Your education continues and it’s a lifelong program you are enrolled in! The school of life is never on holidays – it always has something to teach you! The question is – are you ready, willing and able to learn?
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde
For those people truly desiring change and empowerment, we have provided the Life Change 90 Program. Click here to learn more about Life Change 90.
For those people searching for a prayer for change, here is mine – click on this link for the whole blog:
Today, My Perfect Day
A day that I could begin by being of service to another, to start their day also with inspiration and love.
A day when I could plan and begin projects – dreams that could take all of my tomorrows to complete.
A day I would live as though it was my last, as though there would be no tomorrow.
A day when I would play the games I play to the limit,
To laugh as hard as I can,
To love as passionately as I am able,
To work and achieve to my capacity,
yet with time to rest and relax with my loved ones
until we are full of the love we have for one another.
A day when there is time to reflect,
To consider those whose fortunes have not yet been realised, as mine have,
To pray that they may be realised – soon.
A day which closes with a Prayer of Thanks to the Great Spirit and all the guides I have,
for watching over me through this day,
and to ask them to guide me through the next,
so that again someone might say:
“I’m glad that you came by!”
© Ray Jamieson 1993
For those searching for Empowerment, there is a whole series of empowerment blogs for you, everything from Financial Empowerment, to Empowerment for Men, Women, Children and Teens, and explanations on what Empowerment means and how to gain it! The full list is below.
Thank you for your searches, and thank you for looking to Life Change 90 and our program for the answers to your prayer for change, and for your personal empowerment, in whatever form you desire it. I hope we have helped you and you know that we will continue with our aims to empower many more people, in times to come.
If you feel this article has empowered and benefited you and you feel it could benefit the personal empowerment of other folks you know, please reblog it, share it with your friends and associates. It might be the day you changed someone’s life for the better! If that was that special person in your life, then congrats: you just changed your own life too!
Til next time, fair winds and full sails, and I hope your prayer for change is answered!
Please also refer to my other posts on Empowerment:
Empowerment through Emotional Intelligence
Empowerment for Men
Empowerment for Women
Empowerment for Teens
Empowerment for Children
What would an empowered man do?
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