Looking for an “easy” button.

Overwhelmed by the circumstances of life? Looking for a way out of the trap you are caught in? Wondering if prayers are even being heard? Most of us if we are honest have an area in our life that we really want changed. We might even feel trapped and almost enslaved like the Israelites in Egypt. There is hope for us, because God hears our prayers and He answers them too.

I think many times we expect to just be released from our circumstances and then life will be easy. I know that is what I want, the instant fix and the easy way out. That is what the world I live in tells me should happen. If I want something I just order it, click a button, and have it delivered today.   Then I think, “That was easy” all I need is my “easy” button.

God is not our “easy” button but He has given us easy access to Himself in heaven. Just like the Israelites He hears our prayers and cries for help. If you read the account of the Israelites rescue from Egypt, in Exodus, you quickly see that God did send help, He did make a way out, and the Israelite people were an active participant in their walk to freedom. Moses wasn’t their “easy” button to get out of Egypt.   They were full on participants in the process. (If you are not familiar with the story I encourage you to take time to read it (Exodus 3 – 12 & 32).)

To experience freedom they had to prepare to exit and build their trust and belief in God; a response to relationship.   They had to pack up, walk out, and trust and believe with each step, a response to relationship.   The Lord relates to us in this same manner.  He meets us where we are and invites us to a deeper relationship with Him.  He waits for our response in relationship.

I think part of our trap is we want to skip the process of relationship building and maintaining because we are focused on “easy”. Relationships are not “easy”. Christ’s ministry and sacrifice were not “easy” or simple. It was an easy decision for Him to make because he wanted us to have direct access to Him. The only thing “easy” about our relationship with the Lord is our access. The rest requires regular revenant, selfless, and obedient responses to His call to love the Lord above all else with all we are and love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). We find freedom when we walk in daily relationship with the Lord. It’s not easy but it is so much better to walk with Him than to live trapped without Him.

How will we respond today?

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.”

Proverbs 16:3

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Engaged in Prayer

Engaged in prayer.  Does that statement describe our prayer life?  What do you think it looks like to be engaged in prayer?  What does it mean for us to be engaged in prayer?

I was challenged with a new way of looking at prayer engagement in the current Bible Study I’m doing Prayer Warrior by Stormie Omartian.

According to Webster’s Dictionary the root word engage “is an offering of one’s life or aim as backing to a cause or aim.”  It further adds the following additional descriptions:  “to entangle or entrap;  to attract and hold by influence or power; to interlock with; to bind oneself to do something; to hold attention; to enter into battle.”    I took the time to share the definition because it adds insight to our quest for answers about  being engaged in prayer.

Praying as a prayer warrior is to be engaged in prayer.  It is a commitment followed by action.    The sole purpose of one’s action is serving God which makes them an instrument of releasing His power for His will to be done.  The prayers of a prayer warrior go beyond our personal experiences and ask the Lord what else would you have me pray for.

Of course prayer is a personal thing and most are very uncomfortable with their prayer ability.   Too often we will not pray or stop praying because we judge our prayers based on what we see and feel.   I love this point that Omartian made.  She said, “God sees your heart that you are willing to pray. ”  He is not judging your prayers.  Be encouraged because we might never know the full extent of the good our prayers have done or will accomplish, but God does!

So the next time you pray remember these two important points prayer warrior:

1.  Your God hears all your prayers.

2.  Your God is answering all your prayers in His way an His timing.

Watch out when you are engaged in prayer your relationship with the Lord becomes more engaging!

2 Corinthians 4:7

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.”

Proverbs 16:3

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The Draw

What is it that first drew you to your Savior?  What draws you today to your Savior?   Theses are questions that I found myself reflecting on as Easter approached.    Our answers to these questions may very or they may be the same.  Either way each of us are most likely drawn for a  reason that falls somewhere in the realm of His love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, His bountiful fruit (kindness, goodness, gentleness, peace, patience, joy, faithfulness, and self-control), or promise of eternity with Him.

Personally, I find that my reasons change with the seasons of my life.  I was first drawn by His kindness to forgive.   As I grow in relationship with the Lord I find myself drawn to Him for ever changing reasons that are determined by my life circumstances.

As we travel the mountains and the valleys of life our needs in our relationship with God change.  It is on this journey that we experience the multi facets of our steadfast faithful creator God.  In this season of my life I am drawn closer to Him by His gentleness as He teaches me how to navigate some very tenacious terrain.  While navigating these uncomfortable unknowns I came across Proverbs 27:21; “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.”   It challenged me to choose to praise the Lord even through the unknown terrain of life.   Psalms is full of examples of David and others who were facing difficulties and chose to praise the Lord no matter their circumstances.   All throughout the New Testament we are called to rejoice, be thankful, be joyful, and be full of praise in all circumstances.

Why is praise so important?  I think it is because when we live a life of praise we raise the curiosity level of those around us.  It also magnifies our example of  living as Christ which in turn increases their draw to our Savior.  It all comes together when “we know and rely on the love God has for us”(1John4:16) to strengthen and teach us to navigate our experiences of life.

The final reflection question for us is~

Do we live our life in a way that causes others to be curious about what draws us to live our lives in Christ?   Does our life draw others to Jesus?

Where has this reflection taken you?  I would love to hear your experience and thoughts.

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.”

Proverbs 16:3

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