Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

Sharing life through the Word of God with love, encouragement and faith in challenging times (smile)

Archive for Prayer

Appreciate

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Praise The Lord, my smile and sense of humor is back. (wink) My faith and trust in God gives me strength and courage each day to share what He pours into my heart.

I give a heartfelt thank you and abundant blessings to online and offline friends, for your prayers and encouragement during my challenges last week. {{hugs}}

I appreciate your thoughtfulness more than you could possibly know. By faith, I know God will bless each of you, in a mighty way, for your part in praying and encouraging the encourager. (smile)

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Sometimes, we forget to appreciate the little things.
Sometimes, we forget to appreciate the blessings that challenges bring.
Sometimes, we forget to appreciate that tears can be a blessing.

It’s a beautiful thing to bless others when we are hurting. I’ve been emotionally drained for a few weeks. By faith and God’s grace, I kept moving forward.

My emotions has been like a roller coaster ride since I got that ticket a few weeks back and realized the ticket was the blessings. (shock face)

The weight of God’s protection while I was unaware that I was driving on dry rotted tires, the sickness and pain that friends are going through; the death of friend; the challenges in my work environment, Friday night, I cried and prayed. I gave all that was hurting within my heart to God.

Praise God! He ministered and watered all the love and encouragement sown from you to me that I have a new appreciation of sharing my faith walk with others and ask for help when needed. To God be the glory!

Appreciate being different.
Appreciate those unexpected kind words.
Appreciate prayers.
Appreciate people’s time.
Appreciate smiling for no apparent reason.
Appreciate what we have.
Appreciate those who care.
Appreciate the ebbs and flows moments.
Appreciate (fill in the blank)______________.
Appreciate that God is still in charge and can work all things out.

So today, my friends, blessings as we appreciate each other and the things we share with one another. (smile)

Comfort

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ~

Hello friends (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to know someone cares. That’s what comfort does. Sometimes, comfort comes from unexpected opportunities that form new bonds and connections. (smile)

Sometimes, comfort is simply listening. Sometimes, comfort is knowing we’re not the only one going through _________________(fill in the blank).

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Regardless of our spiritual maturity, life brings things and stuff. It’s a beautiful thing to give and receive comfort when needed, especially through our prayers. (smile)

Personally, I find comfort in prayer. Praying is giving it all to God, even tears.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m always grateful when God sends someone my way, when I am truly struggling. Thank you Lord.

Bottom line, prayers activate our trust and faith in God to move in mighty ways. (smile) Praise The Lord.

Comfort is a blessing that pay dividends and glorifies God.

Comfort is a little thing that means so much when it comes unexpectedly.

I also like to send a shout out to my friend CW, you and your family are in my prayers. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, as we comfort one another. (smile)

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend! (smile)

Faith and Trust Prayer

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God bless us, by faith, as you strengthen our faith and trust in you. Let thy will be done.

Growth is A Part of Life (Part 3)

As long as we walk this earth, there will be stuff to bring about our growth and maturity. (shock face)

When we are going through stuff, it can be overwhelming to keep hearing, reading and seeing negative stuff. We mentioned that change and growth begins with us because it does. Growth and maturity will also enhance our prayer life.

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The various seasons of life can be daunting. There will always be something. Nothing in life is perfect except Jesus. Think about it, how many times do we expect something or someone to give us what we’re lacking within?

What’s that old saying, can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip? (wink) In relationships, we expect or desire something that is not present within to give. Sometimes, we have to love from a distance and bridle our tongues. We have to allow God to work. People can’t hear God if we are harping to them all the time. (shock face)

Sometimes, we or the people in our life need love, encouragement, compassion, and prayers, instead of just biblical theology. Yes, we must know the Word for ourselves and share the Gospel.

Here’s the thing, stuff in life happens to all of us–saved or not. We get so busy pointing out what’s wrong or bad instead of celebrating what’s right and good. (smile)

Instead of talking, let our actions speak louder than words. (wink) Let us pray God’s Word over the thing or someone. Only God can change a heart and/or a thing by our prayers. Here’s a fun fact, we must have faith that our prayers are in line with God’s will. This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. Sometimes, we have to check our motive. (shock face)

Each of us are on different levels in our growth and maturity. Sometimes, we forget that everyone understands or comprehends information differently. Sometimes we forget everyone communicates differently. Sometimes someone shows us love differently, but it’s the best that they know how. Instead of complaining, adapt and adjust, until they learn differently.

Sometimes we may not know the next step or how to get there. Pray without ceasing.

Kinds of Prayer
Secret – Matthew 6:6
Family – Acts 10:2, 30
Group – Matthew 18:20
Public – 1 Corinthians 14:14-17

Parts of Prayer
Adoration – Daniel 4:34, 35
Confession – 1 John 1:9
Supplication – 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Intercession – James 5:15
Thanksgiving – Philippians 4:6

Personal requirement of Prayer
Purity of heart – Psalms 66:18, 19
Believing – Matthew 21:22
In Christ’s name – John 14:13
According to God’s will – 1 John 5:14

General requirement of Prayer
Forgiving spirit – Matthew 6:14
Simplicity – Matthew 6:5, 6
Humility and repentance – Luke 18:10-14
Unity of believers – Matthew 18:19, 20
Tenacity – Luke 18:1-8
Importunity – Luke 11:5-8
Intensity – Matthew 7:7-11
Confident expectation – Mark 11:24
Without many words – Matthew 6:7
Unceasingly – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Prayers not answered because of
Sin – Psalms 66:18
Selfishness – James 4:3
Doubt – James 1:5-7
Disobedience – Proverbs 28:9
Inhumanity – Proverbs 21:13
Pride – Luke 18:11, 12, 14

Posture for Prayer
Standing – Nehemiah 9:5
Kneeling – Ezra 9:5
Sitting – 1 Chronicles 17:26-27
Bowing – Exodus 34:8
Hands uplifted – 1 Timothy 2:8

That grass always looks greener until we get full disclosure and realize we’re grateful for what we have– this is contentment until God changes us. ( smile)

Changes in life will continue daily. As we grow and mature, we learn to handle things different. Spiritual fruit and being led by the Holy Spirit, to include the renewing of our mind is the end result to be effective in showing others Jesus. (smile)

God bless us as we grow, mature, pray and roll with it! (smile)

As always, your thoughts or comments are welcomed. (wink)

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend, Aug 2013 – present.

Anxiety and Fear Prayer

Please join us, in faith, by praying, for our love ones and friends who are struggling.

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God bless us, by faith, as you answer our prayers. May your will be done.

Start A Day Prayer

Such beautiful words to pray and start any day. 😜

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Thank you, Lord for your blessings and keeping us moving forward! 😜

Living With No Regrets

Let us live life with no regrets! Each day that God wakes us up is a blessing! Each day that we focus on what is wrong in the world, and in each other, negates the blessing. Let us adapt and love one another by the grace of God since none of us know what the next second, minute or hour brings.

 

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Yes, there are challenges everywhere. Let us be specific in our prayers to God and have faith that He will move in mighty ways and show just how powerful He is! After all, Revelation 1:8 says “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith The Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty”.

Praise The Lord and God bless us as we keep moving forward! 😜

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