Friday Joy: Three Bible Verses To Pray When You Need to Hear From God

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Glorious Friday, Friend!  I pray  God blesses us today and throughout the weekend.  Here are three verses we can take along with us to pray when we need to hear from Jesus. There are so many many more, this is just a start. I know they have given me peace, wisdom, discernment, and guidance I pray they will do the same for you!

We can pray Hebrews 4:16 when we need mercy and grace:  “Heavenly Father, I come confidently to your throne, I need your mercy and grace in my life”

When we need to see with a different perspective we can pray Psalm 119:18: “God, open my eyes so I can see the amazing truths in your instructions”

Pray Psalm 29:11 for strength and peace: “Lord, today I need your strength.  I come to you today and ask for your blessing of peace.”

And the Winner is:  Marian H.  Congrats Marian

I will be sending you a copy of Lysa Terkeurst’s Book, “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way, Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.”9780718039851

It’s not too late to sign up for this amazing study taking place at Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.  Here’s the link to sign up. Sign Up  The study begins Monday, January 21st!  The small groups are full, but never fear, you can still participate through the Community Facebook Group and the Teaching Series.  Both links available when you sign up.

Oh, just FYI, I do not get any kick backs from Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies, I just want you to sign up because I know this is going to be a life changing study!!  Hope you will join me and the over 91,000 who have already signed up!  Let’s get that number up to 100,000.  Share my blog with a friend and invite them to join the study!

 

Until Monday, Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Hearing God Through Prayer 10 Bible Verses To Pray

_call to me, and i will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know._ jeremiah 33_3

I don’t know about you friend, but one of my favorite times of the day is right when I roll out of bed.  Yes, first thing in the morning. I am totally a morning person, love it!!! Let me fill you in on a little secret why, I get to wake up another day.  Now your guess is as good as mine as to the outcomes of each day, but God let me wake up another day and for that I am ever so blessed!

Over the years to celebrate, and I love a celebration, this blessing of a new day I take the first hour of it with Jesus.  As I continue to grow in my faith that time has looked different over the years and for sure, my prayers have definitely changed.  Early on I would pray quite selfishly.  My prayers often sounded like, ” God, why don’t teachers make enough money, I pray God for a better job, will you please bring me one that makes more money”  Or this is a good one, “Heavenly father, everyone around me drives a much nicer car than I do, so when you bring me that better job with more money, can I also have a bigger, better car?”

Let me tell you friend, from my own experience, the title of this blog is “Hearing God Through Prayer”, but watch out for what you ask for in prayer, because He is listening.  I got that better job, it caused me to travel and be away from my family days at a time. No more two weeks off at Christmas or summers off with my son.  Oh and did I get the car!  Yes indeed I did.  A brand new X Type Jaguar, (which didn’t get hit just once, first time by a deer on the highway and a second time by a man having a medical emergency.)  Be careful what you pray for friend!  God is listening, and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side either.  grass

There are numerous methods out there on how to pray and in a minute I am going to share a super easy one with you and some verses you can actually pray. So that’s really two methods of prayer right there. Usually when I follow a method of prayer it takes the selfishness out, most of the time because I can always slip a little selfish in because I am still on this journey growing to be more like Christ every day.

Let’s talk a minute about hearing from God when we pray.  I personally have never heard His voice audibly in my life or have I come across a cloud or burning bush that have spoken to me.  Super cool, I would love to experience all three, however I know when I pray God answers when I am still, when I wait for His timing, and when I am paying attention to my circumstances and surroundings.  He answers.

Psalm 91:15 reassures us of this, “He will call upon Me (says the Lord), and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.”  _he will call upon me, and i will answer him; i will be with him in trouble; i will rescue him and honor him._ psalm 91_15

So here is one method I have used to help my prayers stay focused as I can be a squirrel in traffic when I start praying.  It’s called the ACTS method.  Doing a little research I found this method goes back to the 1880’s!  (ACTS Method of Prayer’s first use).  I have included bible verses to pray for each type of prayer.

A: Adoration: Pray to God with Adoration, Give him praise and honor. Pray Psalm 145:14, 17-20, Psalm 84, and Psalm 27:4

C: Confession: Confess your sins to God.  Be open and honest with him.  Pray Psalm 32:5-7, Psalm 69:5

T: Thanksgiving: Tell God what you are thankful for in your life and in the lives of others. Pray Psalm 9:1, Psalm 86:12, Psalm 30:1, 11-12

S: Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and then yourself. Pray Psalm 143, Matthew 6:11.

Be still, be patient friend, I have to tell myself this daily.  God will answers our prayers according to His Will not our’s and in His perfect time.

Just keep praying!

I hope this series has been as much of a blessing to you as it has been to me as I have studied God’s word to share these devotionals with you.  I will finish it up next week with hearing God through the teachings of Jesus.

I will be taking a little break for the month of February to make a few changes here at Living Joy Today.  I will still be posting a short devotional once a week. And then just as March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, I will be writing a series about Jesus as The Lion and The Lamb.

Today I will be giving away a copy of Lysa Terkeurst’s latest book, “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way, Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.”

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Just leave a comment with a bible verse about Jesus as the lion and the lamb to be entered to win.  And I will use your verse in my upcoming blogs!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

 

Motivation for Your Monday! Take It To The Lord In Prayer

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It’s Monday and that means its time for some motivation to get us going and to be the best we can be today!

I say we take it to the Lord in prayer and see what His Will is for us.

Jeremiah 42:3 reminds us: “that the LORD your God may tell us the way in which we should walk and the thing that we should do.”

What are you praying for today?  I’d love to pray for you.  Leave a prayer request in the comments.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Three Steps to Take Towards God

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Have you ever been in one of those seasons when you so desperately wanted, needed to hear from God? You have prayed persistently and nothing, no word, no feeling of His presence. Heck you have even gone to church every Sunday, took dinner to a sick friend, visited your great-uncle in the nursing home, and fed the homeless’  Of course He should be answering your calls today, right now…Right?

John 8:47 tells us, ” Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

I have to be quite honest, I struggled with this verse for some time.  At the age of 8 when I was in second grade I chose Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I felt like I belonged to Him then, and I did, and so do you when you accept Him has your Lord and Savior.  We do belong.

So why is it then, that we have these seasons of feeling like God is not present or He is not hearing us in our desperate times when we belong to him?  Like I said earlier, we have done all of these good works this month.  Why aren’t we getting our prayers answered?

Let’s dig a little deeper shall we.  Anyone can do a good deed from time to time.  I know quite of few people who do amazing service work in their communities that are not followers of Christ.  Putting good works a side for a minute, because they are important but they aren’t the end all be all, let’s look at what else we are up to in our daily lives.

In John 8:47, Jesus was speaking to the Jews who were not following Gods commandments.  I love how Barnes’ Notes on the Bible explains this,

           “Listens to, or attends to the doctrines or commandments of God, as a child who loves his parent will regard and obey his commandments. This is an evidence of true piety. A willingness to receive all that God teaches us and to obey all his commandments, is an undoubted proof that we are his friends”

There are many verses in scripture that tell us we need to follow God’s commands to belong to Him.  John 14:21 reiterates this by saying,” Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”  and 1 John 2:3: By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.

The Ten Commandments are in Exodus 20:1-17 (click the link below it will take you to Bible Gateway to read this Scripture.)  Take a minute, click, read, and come back, I’ll wait.

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The Ten Commandments

What else are we doing in our daily lives?  Anything on this list ring a bell?  And I mean Thou has done (you name the commandment). I have to be quite honest that when I have gone through seasons when I haven’t felt the presence or heard from God, I can for sure say I have been able to check of a few off the list I have not followed to the “T”, Like Jane Ann has gossiped at work, or Jane Ann has reacted poorly when she should have paused, and Jane Ann had not granted a friend forgiveness when God has granted it to her over and over and over again.

But the good news is we have such a loving God who wants to grant us forgiveness and grace.  When we recognize that we haven’t been obeying God’s commands, we can come before Him and ask for His mercy and forgiveness.

1 John 1:9 Confirms this: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

We are human and we aren’t going to do anything perfectly like Jesus. However, I do have three steps we can take to help us along our journey to becoming more Christ-like, and help us stay close to Him.  Because my friend, it’s not God who goes anywhere when we don’t hear him, it’s us!

We need to pray for God’s wisdom, strength, and discernment to obey so we can belong.

Pray to obey to belong.

When we mess up, and we will, we need to ask for God’s forgiveness and grace.

Ask to bask in His grace.

Stay in His word daily.  God’s word is living truth we can rely and depend on everyday.

Read to heed His commands.

Join me this month for a series on hearing from God through prayer, His Word, and others.

What topics do you enjoy reading and gaining new insight? I’d love to know, leave a comment.

Motivation for Your Monday is Back! Happy 2019!

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Happy New Year’s Eve 2019 Friend!  I pray that this year brings you closer to our Heavenly Father.  In January I will be writing about hearing from God.  I hope you will join me.  I am also super excited to get this year rolling as God has placed a few messages on my heart I feel blessed to share with you.

Praying your first week of 2019 is blessed to the fullest!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Jane Ann

3 Joyful Scriptures For Week Three of Advent

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The second Fruit of the Spirit after Love is Joy.  A virtue way deeper than happiness could imagine being.  True joy comes from living for and in Christ.  God sent us his only Son so we could experience joy every day no matter what we have, or who we have lost in our lives.  Jesus brings us joy!

We light the candle of Joy for the third week of Advent.  “Joy to the World, the Lord has come!” My favorite line in that song is, “Let every heart prepare Him room”.  Let’s all prepare room in our hearts for Jesus this Christmas.  He is the reason for the season!

Fill your spirit with these three joyful pieces of scripture this week.

  1. Isaiah 12:6:  “Shout aloud and sing for Joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
  2. James 1:2-4:  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
  3. Habakkuk 3:17-18: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord,I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Heavenly Father, our joy does not come from earthly things, it comes from your son Jesus.  May we be filled with overflowing joy that is surrounded in our Savior, Jesus, this Advent Season.  Amen.

Tells us about a Bible Verse that fills you with Joy!  I’m giving away another gift card this week.  Just by leaving a comment you will be eligible for the give away. 

5 Bible Verses of Peace During The Most Wonderful, Stressful Time of Year

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I don’t know if when Edward Pola and George Wyle were writing the song, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” or when Andy Williams was singing it if they realized the lyrics could have been, “It’s the Most Wonderful, Stressful Time of the Year”.  I get the “Parties for hosting” and the “caroling out in the snow”, but what’s up with the “marshmallows roasting” and “scary ghost stories”?  Oh, I guess they are referring to “A Christmas Carol”, Scrooge and his three ghostly visitors? Perhaps.

Seriously, Christmas can be very stressful for many, but it doesn’t have to be when we stay focused on the real story of the season, the story of Jesus. A story of Peace.

We light the second candle of Advent for Peace.  As Isaiah 9:6b tells us, “And he will be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

I don’t know about you, but when I slow down to think about Mary and Joseph and precious Jesus in a barn on that Holy night, that silent night.  I feel an overwhelming wave of peace wash over me.

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Take some time this week, friend, get silent with God.  Feel His peace.  Here are five verses of peace to ease your mind.

  1.  Isaiah 26:3:  You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
  2. Luke 2:14:  “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
  3. Numbers 6: 24-26:  “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
  4. John 16:33:  “I have told you these things so that you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
  5. Psalm 4:8:  “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Dear Lord, I pray today for peace for our world and for each person reading this blog today.  I ask that you, Father, show us your peace during this precious time of year that is not about running around like crazy people, but a time that is truly wonderful and peaceful.  Help us to remember the peace we have through your son, Jesus.  Amen.

I will be giving away another gift card this week.  Don’t forget to comment with your favorite Bible verse about Peace, or what you do to find peace in your life during the hustle and bustle of Christmas.  Sharing is Caring, if you enjoy reading Living Joy Today please share it with your friends.