Everything to God in Prayer

20121127-085653.jpgDo not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” (Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬)

I love hymns and I know most Christians do, especially when we are confronted with situations beyond our control. One of my favourites is What a Friend We have in Jesus written by Joseph M. Scriven. The words are comforting. The message is clear and it tells why God’s children worry for nothing.

What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

When we understand the concept of “everything to God is prayer“, there will be no such thing as worrying or being anxious. Philippians 4:6 says that “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God” (AMP). This re-echoes the fact that we should be constantly be connected to God because the more connected we are, the more we talk to him about everything.

When you are constantly connected to your Source, you don’t go about talking to people about how unfair you have been treated, or how people have disappointed you. Instead you take everything to God in prayer. That is you will talk to God about the things you see as good, and those you see as bad or challenging.

Related post: Stay Connected

Often we carry loads or weight that could have otherwise been avoided if we had spoken to God immediately we encountered them. The scripture says that “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭AMP‬‬).

Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). ” (‭‭Psalm‬ ‭55:22‬ ‭AMP‬‬)

The problem is not the sin you committed because when you confessed, God forgave you. The problem is not about the mistake you made because you might have learnt your lessons well. The problem is not about the person who hurt you badly, or how you lost your loved one(s). The real problem is that you have not given them to God. You are still carrying the guilt, resentment, pain, bitterness, etc. You have not released the weight, all your worries, all your anxieties, and all your concerns on Him. Carrying your loads means you have not fully trusted God to take care of you. From today decide to take everything (good or bad) to God in prayer

O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Stay Connected

imageThe image above was used by a professor in a lecture. It illustrates the three biggest fears of our generation. The first one is Weak Connectivity, the second is buffering symbol, and the third is low battery. These three are things people(especially Millennials) want to avoid in order to stay connected with family and friends.

imageSmartphones have become part of us and they bring the world closer regardless of the location. When compared to the days when people queued to make calls in phone boots, or waited for weeks or months to receive reply to letters, or even rushed to internet cafes to send messages to friends and families, it can be said that smartphones are really getting people more connected and closer. The frustration, displeasure, and the fear comes when you do not get connection when needed most, or the phone runs out of battery when needed most. When such happens, everything comes to halt and its kind of you are disconnected from the world. I asked one friend why he carries three phones everyday. His answers can be summed into Connectivity, Buffering, and Low battery. He wants to stay connected with his family and friends.

imageThe first thing I noticed at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam was that Stay Connected at Schipol Airport with free WiFi. There were also plugs for travellers to charge their phones and laptops. This wasn’t new to me because Heathrow and other international airports have plugs for travellers to charge their gadgets. The objective is for travellers to feel comfortable and connect with loved ones during their journey.

Cafes, restaurants, and other social centres in the UK offer free WiFi to attract customers. Companies know that customers want to stay connected, that is chat, send photos and videos, and share their experiences throughout the day so they are investing in that. BT has over 3.5 million WiFi hotspot across UK and Ireland to enable its customers get online easily.

The Message

The message here is that it is critical that we stay connected to our Source(God) throughout the day. We do this by praying and meditating on His Word. Prayer and meditation connect us to God. Just as you charge your phone’s battery in the morning, and carry your charger with you throughout the day so that you do not run out of battery, you have to constantly pray and meditate on His Word to remain connected. God wants to hear you talk about your experiences throughout the day. He also wants you to devote some time to hear Him tell you what to do when you face little challenges. He wants you to read and meditate on His Word because in it you will find answers to your problems.

The world is full of messages of fear and terror but when we live each day with our Maker, His Word comforts us and helps us grow in Faith. He equips us and enables us to face challenges that the enemy will throw at us. He orders His angels to protect us wherever we go and He builds hedge of protection around us. In effect, while others are afraid and worried about the present and future, we have hope and believe that All is Well.

Great men and women we read about in the Bible and other Christian literatures were connected to their Source (God).

God is your Source so stay connected.

Jesus said that “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.” (John‬ ‭15:4-5‬ ‭AMP‬‬)

In your daily activities, you should know that you cannot be productive without Jesus. If you want to have a great day, Start with Him, Move with Him, and End with Him. When you disconnect yourself from your Source of power, you will go off. Or if you do not charge your “battery”, you will go off. In other words, you walk by sight instead of Faith. The least thing scares you and you become a living dead.

Be encouraged to remain connected and God will direct your thoughts and guide your steps in all you do in Jesus’ Name. I will close with some few scriptures for you to meditate on:

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

“Pray without ceasing.” ‭(‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭KJV‬)

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26:41‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

“Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭55:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.”
‭‭(Daniel‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” ‭‭(Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭1:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Thought for the Day: January 17, 2016

20130215-173932.jpgBut ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
(1 Peter 2:9 KJV)

ARE YOU READY FOR 2016?

imageAre you READY for 2016?

Remember that the year 2016 has nothing for you. It is all about what you would do in the year: the decisions you are prepared to take: sacrifices you ready to make: and the level of risk You would take.

Don’t sit idle, expecting miracles to happen instead act on your Faith. Take a Bold step forward. Dream again, and Live beyond your world.

2016 is going to be great for those who are prepared for it.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Uplifting Christ