A study on what I want my life to be filled with

Category: Prayer

Day 6: To Hear God

There are many ways to hear God in our lives today. I have heard God through friends, family, worship songs, prayer and of course through his words in the bible. This verse talks about how we can hear God by listening to his wisdom.

Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.

Proverbs 8:34

My thoughts:

-This verse is referring to wisdom, which comes from God.

-God speaks wisdom and if I listen, I will be blessed.

-Watch daily for God.

-Wait daily for God.

My prayer:

God, help me watch and wait on you daily. I want my life to reflect your heart, especially in my prayers. You are so much wiser than I will ever be. Continue to teach me so my heart will reflect your wisdom. I want to be blessed by the wisdom that you share with me. I am waiting for your blessings daily, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Day 5: To Make Your Requests Known to God

This seems like the most obvious reason to pray. We want God to know what our prayers are, so we tell him.

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

Matthew 21:22

My thoughts:

-It is about faith, but faith in God, not in what I want.

-Believe in God.

– Receiving whatever we ask for in prayer is a hard concept to grasp.

-If we use other passages to help interpret this one it becomes about asking with the right motives.

-Asking needs to be aligned with God’s heart and will.

My prayer:

Lord, show me where your heart is focused so I know in what direction my prayers should focus. I want to pray for things that are aligned with your heart. I need to spend more time listening and less time speaking. Perhaps then I will better know what you want me to focus on in my time with you. I do not expect to get everything I ask for, but I do expect an answer to my prayers. I do not think that is too much to ask, since you tell me in your word to ask and I will receive. Help me to hear your voice louder and more clearly. Thank you, Jesus, in your name I pray, amen!  

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Day 4: To Unburden Your Heart

I don’t know about you, but my heart has been very heavy with burden lately. Hearing that I can cry out to the Lord and unburden my heart is very comforting.

I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble.

Psalm 142:1-2

-Praying aloud is effective.

-Mercy comes from the Lord.

-He listens to our complaint

-He allows us to come before him in his throne room and I can bring my troubles to him there.

-He listens to my heart.

-Everything in my life is important to God.

-Bring your troubles to the Lord first.

My prayer:

Thank you, Lord for always being available to listen to my heart. The good, bad, and even ugly. I am so thankful that I can cry out to you and lift my voice in trouble, and you have mercy on me. My heart has been so heavy lately, it is such a relief to be able to bring my burdens to you knowing that you hear me and love me enough to take those burdens. Thank you for the mercy that you pour out on me every day. Thank you for letting me come to your throne room unhindered, just as I am, and you admit me because of the blood of Jesus. Lord, help me to bring my complaints to you first before I burden others. You are big enough to take on all my trouble! Thank you for loving me and never leaving me Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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Day 3: To Speak to God

This one seems like a no brainer if you really think about it. What else would prayer be for? But I think most of us just think of it as a way to get our “to do list” taken care of and let God know about all our problems. If prayer is about speaking to God, that doesn’t always need to involve complaining to God about our problems. It can be conversation, simply talking to the God who created us.

The prompt for Day 3 is: To Speak to God

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

1 peter 3:12

My thoughts about this:

-God watches His children.

-God listens to His children.

-God knows if our hearts and actions are righteous.

-Attentive: mindful, observant; heedful of the comfort of others; offering attentions in or as if in their role of a suitor.

-God hears us and wants to be good to us because He loves us.

My prayer:

God, thank you for seeing and hearing me. I am glad you know my needs before I ask, but you are showing me that prayer isn’t only about asking for things. It’s also about seeking your will and seeing what you have for me. I am so glad that you are attentive to my prayers, knowing what my heart really needs. I know the one thing my heart really does need is more time with you, and prayer is one way to get more time with you. You are so good, God. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!

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Day 2: To Get Your Eyes off Your Problems and Onto the Lord

The prayer prompt for day two is: To get your eyes off your problems and onto the Lord.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

-See what is going on around me and outside of me.

-My help doesn’t come from me.

-The Lord is my help.

-When I take my eyes off myself, I can see who God is much more easily.

-I need to get my eyes off myself.

-See what God wants me to see.

-God made all things, the heavens, and the earth.

Lord, thank you for being my help. I can rely on you for all things. Show me what it is that you want me to see and get my eyes off myself and my problems. Show me more of who you are and less of who I am. When my eyes are fixed on me everything seems impossible, but when I look to you that changes. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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Day 1: To seek His Face and Know Him Better

This month I decided I wanted to do something a little different. I have challenged myself to 15 days of prayer and I’d like to share what I’ve been praying about and what I’ve learned.

Prayer is more than just asking God for stuff. It’s building a relationship. That includes listening to what He is saying. I have found myself doing more listening through this than I thought I would.

The prompt for day one was: To seek His face and know him better.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.

Psalm 27:8, NIV

I asked God to show me what this verse meant to Him and to me and I wrote a few things down.

-I need to look for the movement and fingerprints of God all around me.

– I need to search for what God is doing, because it’s more important than what I am doing.

– I need to earnestly long for God’s presence.

– I need to intentionally turn to the things of God.

My prayer: Lord, show me where you are and where you have been moving. I want to see what you are doing in my life and in the world. Help me to long for you and for time in your presence. Lead my heart in the way you are going. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

There it is! Day one! I hope it’s given you something different to think about and maybe even inspired you to pray this same prompt today.

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