Jeremiah 29:11

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  (N.K.J.V.)

I hear people quote Jeremiah 29:11 quite often.  It is full of inspiration and recognition that God has a future and hope for us.  However, I rarely hear the verse which follows.

Jeremiah 29:12

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  (N.K.J.V.)

Yesterday, I spoke of developing a plan.  So… what, where, why, when, and how???  I told you my plan begins with obedience, staying in tune with what God is speaking in my life, and setting goals.  The only way I can manage to do this is by beginning with prayer.

I’m not speaking of the “Jesus, please help me!” prayer I shout out while running around like a mad woman trying to find my other shoe. However, I don’t believe there to be anything wrong with those prayers, especially if you can’t find your other shoe.  Not just any shoe, mind you, the perfect shoes to match the perfect outfit.  God cares about that… I know it!  I digress…Frantic_woman

I’m talking about fervent prayers.  The kind of prayers you pray for your children, the kind of prayers beginning with repentance and ending with praise, the kind of prayers that connect you deeply to your Father.  I’m referring to calling on God and knowing that according to His word, He is listening.  Now, make no mistake, simple prayers like the good old, “Jesus, please help!” prayers can be passionate also, but we need to invest time in communicating with the Lord.  Prayer deepens our relationship with God, and carries strength to help us deal with our circumstances.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  (N.K.J.V.)

In conclusion, I’m praying.  I’m praying hard.  I’m praying fervently.  I’m praying according to His will.  This is step one of the plan, Stan!



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