Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Philippians 4:6
Reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory.
Jesus did it; now you do it! Romans 15:7
God’s powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defence, laying us open to listen and obey. Hebrews 4:12
LAUGHING AT YOURSELF
We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations—”God was wonderful to them!”
Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
ASK FOR HELP
“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. John 15:16
It’s true that moral guidance and counsel need to be given, but the way you say it and to whom you say it are as important as what you say. 1 Timothy 1:8
Let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. James 4:7
Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Colossians 4:2
Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:18
‘Prayer is not the conquering of God’s reluctance, bit taking hold of His willingness.’
What an encouraging quote! God is waiting on us to call on Him, on us to request His intervention, on us to summon His help.
The access we have to the God of the universe is almost unbelievable. Unfortunately, sometimes we allow our disbelief to divert us from prayer. Prayer is our means of sharing, personally with Him. Not just taking stock, but sharing our deepest, scariest, most shameful secrets with Him. Prayer is our source of repair when we are broken, of spiritual supply when our well runs empty and our down-to earth source of contact with heaven. We can pray anywhere at any time.
In recovery we need to set aside time to keep appointment with God. We need to learn to lift our thoughts and desires to Him. As we reach out and up to Him we will become sensitive to Him reaching down to us. There is elevating power in prayer.
We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. 1 John 3:22
We may confidently expect answers to our prayers. It is the reason we pray: to get answers. The answers may not always be what we want, God decides what is best for us, He may even say “not yet.”
Communication with God is a learning experience, and a discipline. It is the intake of the personal grace of God.
Prayer does not change God, but it does change us. This is the Master plan of appealing to God. For us to bring every area of our lives, spiritual, material, practical into line with His will for our lives and take action on His answers.
“Continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to knock, and the door will open for you.” Matthew 7:7
We need to learn to talk to God: Openly and honestly if we want to maintain a recovery process that is one of spiritual growth and enjoy a healthy, worthy relationship with our Higher Power. Prayer is basically asking and receiving. God tells us “ You do not have because you do not ask God.” (James 4:2) We need to affirm this in our minds, in order for the attitude to become a habit in our lives. As it does seeking His will for our lives intensifies, knocking in His door intensifies and knowledge of His desire for us intensifies.
We have to ask to receive. Failure to ask means not receiving from Him the resources we need to do all that He wants us to do and enjoy all that He wants us to enjoy. In the process of recovery it is imperative we expect extraordinary things as we grow in our relationship with Him. He did not bring us here to watch us wither. His desire is that we grow to be all He wants us to be in order that we might influence this world and it’s people for His glory.
Jesus tells us to find a quiet, secluded place. a place where we will not be tempted to role-play. A place where you can be yourself, drop your masks and open the door to God, away from the hustle and bustle of life.
Psalm 91:2-6 Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness,not disaster that erupts at high noon.
The Bible gives us the secrets to right living, the avenues of access to God-consciousness, the pathways of life-transformation from physical, emotional and spiritual bankruptcy to health, healing and holiness. The secret of the thrill of wholeness is sharing with God one on one in personal, intimate relationship.
“Lock the door.” Jesus said. Shut out the world and unlock the door to God by separating yourself from everything else. This is an invitation to intimate relationship with God.
Psalm 91:1-6 describes something of the unique positioning of a believer who obeys God. It is the secret of right living, the avenue of God-consciousness, the means of divine transformation.
Quiet time in recovery is an important avenue of our spiritual growth.
“When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”Matthew 6:6
Show me Lord how to put all I have learned into daily practice. Thank You for the invitation to meet with You intimately and personally to seek you assistance in my recovery.
Daily intake of God’s Word is essential, it nourishes our souls. It is our refreshment for the hurdles each day may bring and sustenance we need to persevere in recovery. Feeding on what the world offers may sustain us in life for a while but for the long run we need Jesus and all He has to offer.
A balanced faith diet includes, prayer and meditation as we wait upon The Lord for renewal of our lives.
Jesus said “People do not live in bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
My desire is to become a living witness of Your saving grace. I know this will only happen if I take in a good supply of spiritual food. Help me to do so today..