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.
Years ago, I found myself at a horrible place in my life. I was feeling exhausted, uneasy and very anxious. It was during that time that I made a conscious decision that something had to change. While I have always been a deeply spiritual person, I knew that this exhaustion I was feeling was coming from a place of spiritual emptiness. In other words, spirituality was more of an obligation than a pleasure in my life. I learned that spirituality can be a very enjoyable experience. Spirituality is not something that we do. Spirituality is a way of being that comes from living a heart-centered and soul-liberated life. So I decided to make prayer and meditation a normal part of my daily life. That was almost 17 years ago and my life has never been the same. Prayer and meditation truly changed my life!
1. Prayer is simply a divine conversation. I see prayer as an opportunity for humanity to express itself to divinity. Prayer is a sacred spiritual practice that transformed my life. Every morning I wake up extra early for prayer. I don’t allow any electronic devices during this time. That means no tablets, phones or other distracting devices. This time is reserved for prayer. Prayer is my opportunity to pour out my heart and to invite the divine into the affairs of my life. Prayer always centers me and I always come out of prayer changed in a profound way. Prayer is a remarkably touching experience for humanity. More importantly, prayer is the most powerful agent in transforming the heart.
2. Prayer always aligns us with our most authentic self. Prayer can be very intimidating. Prayer has become more complicated in modern times. Everyone looks for a formula for prayer. Prayer is simply expressing what is on your heart. It is not in how eloquent we can speak or how profound we can sound. In fact, some of the most powerful prayers aren’t audible. Prayer is the most simplistic activity we can ever engage in. Yet prayer is one of the most powerful forces for change in the word. When you pray from your heart you tap into your most authentic self. You are able to get to the heart of a matter. You are able to honor the power of a moment. The most amazing thing about prayer is that you become familiar with your most authentic self. Prayer will always show you your heart and prayer will always shape the heart.
3. Meditation is divinity responding to humanity. Meditation is a powerful practice that will revolutionize your life. Meditation forces us to stop and slow down. I love meditation because it requires me to get still and to sit in the silence. As an entrepreneur, I have lots of demands that come with each day. However, every morning I spend quality time in meditation before I do anything else. Meditation always refreshes me and I have discovered some of the most remarkable revelations during meditation. Sacred wisdom is revealed in those quiet times. Hope is restored. Vision is repaired. Meditation is one of the greatest healing agents in the world.
4. Meditation changed my life forever. Years ago I was extremely anxious and internally conflicted. As a deeply spiritual person, it bothered me that I was living my life off center. The reason I say that meditation changed my life is because it was in the stillness that my life was synchronized. Meditation allowed me to break through all the barriers and truly opened up my heart. The loudness of life slowly ceased and I found myself living more consciously. In other words, I found myself living more focused and fulfilled. The spiritual vacuum that so many are experiencing in their lives can never be satisfied with vanity. Prayer and meditation synchronizes your life and brings you to a place of substance. I am so grateful for prayer and meditation because it saved my life!
Lord God Almighty, the path You have set before me is a long and narrow one. There are bridges to burn, mountains to climb and oceans to cross. I know it’s not going to be easy. But, Lord, the toughest roads lead to the most beautiful destination. And, with You by my side through it all, I will make it to Your heavenly kingdom, where I will dine with You at Your table.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans for peace and not of harm, to give you a future and a hope.
Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not be faint.
As I seek You in the expectation of changing my life around, trials and temptations will be launched at me. The evil one will always try to throw me off-course.
Set my paths straight, Oh Merciful Savior. Allow me to see beyond those distractions and to focus on what lies ahead. Give me strength, as I battle the evil forces around me, fully equipped with Your Armour, Oh God.
Ezra 10:4 Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it.
Protect Me Lord
Protect me as I go out into this harsh, cruel world that is constantly changing and trying to influence me. I will overcome it, just as You overcame the grave.
Precious Lamb, I want to know You more and more. Draw near to me. I request Your Holy presence. Sometimes I may fail You, Lord and at those times I need Your love, grace and mercy the most.
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Reveal Your Plan For My Life
I am a work-in-progress, Lord and all I ask of You today is that You cleanse my heart, shape me and mold me into who You want me to become. Reveal Your great plan and will for my life. Use me to fulfill my destiny and spread Your message across the land.
I declare and decree that from this day forward, Your never-changing, genuine, undying, never-failing love, will envelope my heart and I will gain compassion, hope, faith and love for humanity and I shall follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Amen and Amen!!
Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
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