A Prayer for Focus

 

Struggling to focus can be a result of all different factors. Stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation are just some of the factors that come to mind. I’m sure that you can think of your own list and perhaps you even have it nailed down to the details.
Last night I worked late as I’m trying to meet a book editing deadline. I’ve found that the later it gets, the harder it is for me to stay focused. It’s a new day today and I desperately need to stay on task and knock out my to-do list. Today I wanted to share my prayer for focus with you.

A Prayer for Focus

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the gift of thought processes.
Today I praise you for human minds.
To understand the magnitude of your power
Is beyond my comprehension,
Yet every detail of the world is under your care.
Lord, sometimes my mind grows cloudy
With the cares of this world.
The fog sets in and I can’t think clearly.
I need you, the Light of the World,
Because my eyes grow so dim in the dark.
Would you help me stay focused on your light?
Would you provide clarity and make it bright?
For when I get a tiny glimpse
Of a life led by your shine,
I realize with each beaming ray
I want that life to be mine.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

a prayer for focus

Have a terrific Tuesday!!
Rachel

Praying God’s Promises

Do you claim God's promises in your life? Learn how to use those promises as powerful reminders to God in your prayers! Don't miss these 5 promises of God you can pray anytime!

A Father’s Reassurance

Today I was reading Ghost Boy while waiting for an appointment. While I’m only halfway through the book, one portion arrested my attention for the remainder of the day. Martin is a man who was trapped inside his own body for 12 years under a misdiagnosed,mysterious neurological disease.  In one particular scenario, he tells a story about his dedicated father who cared for him year after year throughout his total disability. Martin explains that as an adult, he experienced the ocean for the first time. Unable to move his arms or legs, he tightened the muscles he could control and used his face to indicate to his father that he was in total fear of being submerged in the ocean water. His father ignored Martin’s hesitation and continued into the waves, but the fear in Martin’s eyes could not be completely avoided. His father shouted above the waves:

Do you really think that I would let you go? Do you think that after all these years, I would let something happen to you now? I’m here, Martin. I won’t let anything happen. There’s no need to be scared.

Our Father’s Reassurance

Isn’t that just like you and me with our heavenly Father? We give ourselves to him and say that we’re ready to travel through the storm. But as the waves grow higher, we’re enveloped with anxiety and fear. We say we’re trusting God, but our eyes reveal the terror in our souls.

And our Father shouts above the waves.

Do you really think that I would let you go? Do you really think that after sending my one and only son to die on a cross for you…after you chose to trust me for salvation and a home in heaven…do you think after all these thousands of years… do you think I would let something happen to you now? I’m here! I won’t let anything happen. There’s no need to be scared.

Maybe at this point, you’re saying, “Where does it say that in the Bible?”

God’s Word is full of his promises to us. According to BibleInfo.com, it has been estimated that there are 3573 promises in the Bible and other sources have cited as many as 7000! That is a TON of assurance from our Father in heaven. We truly must know God’s Word in order to receive his promises. And not only are we the benefactors of his promises, the power of praying God’s promises to him is unable to be measured.

Praying God’s Promises

 

I’ve recently finished reading, Praying Over God’s Promises- The Lost Art of Taking Him At His Word. Through the Trusting God topical Bible reading challenge, I have been encouraged to claim God’s promises by knowing them and believing them. And through this book, I’ve been encouraged to take one more step by not only claiming God’s promises as my own, but pleading them to God as a reminder of who he is and what he promises he will do.

Praying Over God’s Promises explains the various types of promises our God has provided. God gives us both conditional and unconditional promises. Recognizing the difference between the two allows us the freedom to go before the Lord with an understanding of how to pray his word. Using the prayers of Biblical characters as a guide, the author, Thomas Yeakley, outlines powerful examples of those who prayed God’s Word and saw miraculous results.

5 Promises of God You Can Pray at Anytime

Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Psalm 50:15

I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. I John 5:4

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

What promise do you need to claim and plead before God today? He is with you and there is no need to be afraid.

Rachel

 
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A Prayer for Rest

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” Augustine of Hippo

Recently a friend of mine shared how she has such a difficult time slowing down long enough to rest. She feels like she rarely sits still and when she does, she is either on her phone or tablet or reading a book. Her admission to this concern opened up a great conversation between the two of us about the need for rest.

I think the older I get, the more I understand the importance of true stillness. I’m a lot like my friend in some ways, but I’ve made a few changes since last fall when I began to understand how much I needed to develop a little more margin in my schedule.

One of the ways I’ve found to make more room for rest is to pray for it. (If you’ve been around here long, you knew that was coming, didn’t you?) Today I’m sharing A Prayer for Rest. If you’re one who has a hard time slowing down, then know that God can give you those moments of grace in order to take that necessary breather.

A Prayer for Rest

Dear Father,

This world seems to move faster and faster
And I’m trying to keep up.
But God, in the whirlwind,
Instead I get caught up.
Like an unbeatable force it pulls me in
But I know eventually I cannot win.
I must learn to rest in your perfect peace
And though good, let all endeavors cease.
Oh that my feet would mimic your pace.
So your joy would be set on my face.
Help me, Jesus, to slow down when you would.
Help me, Lord, to rest as I should.
Thank you for loving me just as I am;
Thank you that rest is part of your plan.
Amen.

 

a prayer for rest

The Lord’s Prayer Journal and GIVEAWAY

I wanted to let you know about this beautiful prayer journal to which I was recently introduced. The Lord’s Prayer Journal is a prayer journal that teaches you how to prayer as Jesus taught in the Bible. The design for this journal is for daily use, following the pattern Jesus modeled when he taught his disciples to pray.

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Elaine, the author of this prayer journal guide, knows that ya’ll really love learning more about prayer and she wanted to give away one of her journals today! She is super sweet and I love her heart in sharing this journal with all of us.

To enter to win a copy of The Lord’s Prayer Journal, just follow the Rafflecopter form!

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Have a terrific Tuesday!

Rachel

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