Examine your life closely. Be brave enough to say, “Lord, show me what is in my heart, soul, mind, spirit, and life that shouldn’t be there. Teach me what I am not understanding. Convict me where I am missing the mark. Tear down my arrogance, pride, fear, and insecurities, and help me to see the truth about myself, my life, and my circumstances. Expose me to myself, Lord. Enable me to correct the error of my ways. Help me to replace lies with truth and make changes that last.”
Prayer can turn your life around, but it doesn’t always happen the moment you utter your first words. It may take a time of continued prayer before you actually see the results. This is normal, so don’t give up. God will never let you down.
God has so much to speak into your life. But if you don’t draw apart from the busyness of your day and spend time alone with him in quietness and solitude, you will not hear it. Jesus Himself spent much time alone with God. If anyone could get away with not doing it, surely it would have been Him. How much more important must it be for us?
Lord you have said “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” (John 7:37). I thirst for more of You because I am in a dry place without You. I come to You this day and drink of Your Spirit.
Your deepest needs and longing will only be met in an intimate relationship with God. No person will ever read as deeply into you as God will. No one can ever know you as well or love you as God will.
God wants us to want Him. And when we realize that it’s Him that we want, we become free. We are free to identify the longings, loneliness, and emptiness inside of us as our signal that we need to draw near to God with open arms and ask Him to fill us with more of Himself…
Lord, I want to know You in every way You can be known. Teach me what I need to learn in order to know You better. I want to know the truth about who You are, because I know that You are near to all who call upon You in truth.
The Lord is close to all who call on him,
yes, to all who call on him in truth.
If you have received the Lord, the answer to what you need is within you. That’s because the Holy Spirit of God is within you, and He will lead you in all things and teach you everything you need to know. He will transform you and your circumstances beyond your wildest dreams. But YOU will have to give up trying to do it on your own and let God do it His way and in His time.
He is a God who can be found. A God who can be known. A God who wants to be close to us. That’s why He is called Immanuel, which means “God is with us”.
Lord, I draw close to You today, grateful that You will draw close to me as You have promised in Your Word. I long to dwell in Your presence, and my desire is for a deeper and more intimate relationship with You.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Lord, help me to remember to live not in my own strength, but by the power of Your Spirit living in me. Forgive me for the times I have forgotten to do that. Enable me to grow in the things of Your kingdom so that I can become a whole, properly functioning, contributing, productive child of Yours who moves forward in Your purpose for my life.
God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
1 Corinthians 6:14
I will live a humble life of gratitude and thanksgiving knowing that He Who has begun this good work will complete it- for faithful is He that calls me to the realm of success and prosperity; it is He who will also do it.
When we live according to God’s word and by the power of His Holy Spirit, then we can trust that we are in the right place at the right time and that the Lord is working His perfect will in our lives. We can trust that He is moving us into the life of wholeness and blessing He has for us.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21 MSG & NLT