“Pray about everything...” Philippians 4
Want to jumpstart your prayer life? Get back into an easy groove with the Lord? Strengthen the foundation of your life? Prayer is the way. Here are 3 basic ways to improve your prayer life...
Devote yourself to the Lord -- fully. Jesus was successful in all that He did. I believe His secret was complete devotion and consecration to the will of His Father. Jesus had one ambition: to do God’s will, not His own. When we devote ourselves to the Lord in this same way something powerful happens within us as we lay aside selfish ambitions, wrong motives and the pursuit of temporal results. God works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure and this brings God -- and us -- pleasure! Listen to Jesus’ words:
“I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord—but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.” John 5:30, AMP
Ask the Lord for wisdom -- and expect Him to give it to you. God has promised to give us the wisdom we need for all areas of life and He has loaded His Word with that wisdom. He dispenses His wisdom to us by His spirit and inherent in God’s wisdom is the power to transform us. In other words, when God gives us His wisdom it comes with the power to get results! The great thing is the Apostle Paul gave us numerous prayers we can and should pray concerning wisdom:
“We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:9-10, NLT
Pray in the Spirit -- about the things you don’t know and can’t control. After we have prayed and asked God for everything we can think of, we may still feel unsettled in our spirit -- that’s because there are things we don’t know! That’s where praying in the Spirit comes in! I can’t overemphasize the importance of praying in the Spirit (while also praying in our understanding -- 1 Corinthians 14:14-15). Thankfully the Holy Spirit knows everything and He helps us to pray with our spiritual prayer language to ask, petition, intercede and cover the things we don’t know how to pray about! He does all of this so that we can rest in knowing all things are working together for our good! Isn’t that amazing?
“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:26-28
You can pray like this, today! Always remember, prayer is your foundation for a God-touched life. You can love your life. You can make it count. Follow these prayer tips and you’ll have a good start!
“There are many voices and none of them is without significance...”1 Corinthians 14
There are many voices in the world. The Bible told us that long ago. With the advent of social media, it’s truer than ever. These days everyone is a coach, expert or prophet. Be careful of the voices you allow into your ears and heart.
There ARE many voices all vying for our attention. Modern marketers go so far as to say that “attention is the new currency.”
In a world of many voices, how do we know whose voice to listen to? How do we discern voices that are nothing more than a distraction? Can we tell the difference between “voices” and “noises?”
Any voice that is in alignment with God’s voice -- the Bible -- is a voice worth tuning in to.
Any voice that is contrary to God’s Word -- the Bible -- is a voice to turn off.
Any voice that causes you to become critical toward others is a voice to mute.
Any voice that brings fear, panic, anxiety, confusion or intimidation is not from God -- change the channel.
Any voice that lifts up, honors and exalts Jesus and His Name is a voice worth paying attention to.
Any voice that denies Jesus as Lord is “antichrist” and should not be given any attention.
Any voice that focuses mostly on self -- its beauty, success or failures -- is preoccupied with the wrong thing -- don’t give it too much attention.
Any voice with a spirit that uplifts, encourages, comforts or exhorts you toward God and loving others is worth your attention.
Any voice that carries pride with a spirit that divides, judges or is self-righteous is a voice to avoid.
Any voice that seduces you into impure, immoral, unethical or illegal behavior is a voice to run from.
Any voice that inspires you to be generous, kind, loving, faithful, joyful or full of faith is a voice to listen to.
So, what voices do you need to mute and what voices do you need to turn up?
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17, NKJV
Everything God has is available to us through faith! Wow...that means, getting and having faith is supreme! The good news is that God has made obtaining faith easy. However, faith doesn’t come by wishing for it. Begging for it. Or even praying for it...
God’s way of obtaining faith is the same for everyone. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word -- over and over and over! The more of God’s Word you hear, read, study, meditate upon, the more faith will come and fill your heart. The more faith-filled preachers you hear -- those who share revelation knowledge of God’s Word -- the more your faith will be strengthened.
Listening to your pastor and other Bible teachers and preachers will strengthen your faith. Unfortunately, there are a lot of so-called experts “teaching and preaching the Word” on social media these days, so I urge you to be cautious about who you allow to speak into your life.
When God calls and anoints someone to teach and preach His Word, the Holy Spirit will give you an inner witness to know they are speaking the truth. If, when listening to God’s Word through a particular teacher or preacher, you ever find yourself tilting towards being critical, judgmental, self-righteous or proud -- you might want to turn if off, delete and run!
When God calls and anoints someone to teach and preach His Word it will look like this... “He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ...” (Ephesians 4:11-15, NKJV)
As a Bible teacher for the past 30 years, the Lord put it in my heart to stay steady in teaching the Bible basics. One of the ways we do that is through our podcast. You may not even know we have one, but we do and The Basics With Beth podcast is loaded with short teachings to help strengthen your faith! We offer 3 different types of podcasts:
A Basic Interview: I have had the chance to interview some really great people!
A Basic Thought: I share something God has put on my heart -- usually while driving in my car.
A Basic Teaching: I share some of the messages I have taught at Valley Family Church and other places.
As you are out and about today, why not find our podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or on our website and listen to our podcast today. I believe you’ll be refreshed and encouraged!
One other podcast I want you to know about is the Bible Reading podcast where my husband and I simply read the New Testament to you one chapter at a time! Feel free to listen and let us read the Bible to you.
Faith comes by hearing God's Word, so be sure to feed your faith every day!