Chuck Swindoll has four simple words of advice for dealing with fear and they all have to do with choosing to trust the Lord instead of running scared.
Do you find prayer difficult? We know that our heavenly Father will respond to our prayers with power and grace. But attempting to express our soul's deepest longings to the God of the universe sometimes leaves us silent.
Jesus knew His followers would struggle as they attempted to talk with God. So, in the Lord's Prayer, Jesus gave us an illustration of how to pray. Rather than reciting His words verbatim, we can learn from Jesus' model. His prayer included: worship, thanksgiving, a declaration of faith, confession of sin, and petition. Our Lord's example can help us put into words what our hearts long to say to God.
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The peace Jesus promises does not come from the power of positive thinking but from trusting Him.
It’s shallow to think God is at our beck and call, eager to give us everything and anything we ask for. Prayer doesn’t work this way—Jesus isn’t a genie. The purpose of prayer is to glorify God.
There may be people in your life who are causing conflict and tension—take it first to God in prayer. Refuse to retaliate and trust God for the outcome.
How would you communicate the message of James 5:13–16 to people enduring chronic pain or illness? How would you address their deep questions about God’s character? How would you emphasize the importance of prayer and confession in the midst of suffering?
Because we often underestimate the power of prayer we rush ahead of God without waiting on Him to do His work in His time. When we pray we need to take our hands off and trust God.
What’s your priority in life? An image? A name? A job? Once you’ve given your priorities to the Lord, who knows, He may pour them back on you. Or He may keep them at a safe distance and every once in a while let you enjoy a few. But they’ll all be added to you from His hand rather than from your own.
If you’re dealing with problems caused by your own foolishness, ask God what wise course of action you can take to turn your problems in the right direction. As you seek His wisdom for your decisions and responses to everyday life, the right attitudes and actions will become clearer.
Remembering your Creator means more than just thinking about Him now and then. It means keeping Him at the forefront of your mind so His will affects your attitudes and actions.
Join Chuck Swindoll in exploring this life-transforming prayer of intercession by Jesus Christ. Chuck helps you to enter this quiet scene and learn what was utmost on Jesus’ heart in the hours leading to His death.