Matt.7: 7 - 8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
AwakeningLife Church is a church that prays!! Every Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. (you are seeing that right) a group meets at the church to pray for our Sunday service. Every Sunday morning at 9:30 a group of ladies meet and does the same. We also start each new year with a "prayer revival". This is not what most people think of when they hear the word revival. Each night of the first full week of the year we come together and pray for 1 hour. For the first 45 minutes we each sit and quietly pray. We pray for whatever is on our hearts but we also prayer for the many prayer request that are flashing on the screen in the front of the sanctuary. Once we are done Pastor Ant gives a few words of encouragement and then someone leads us in corporate prayer. Over the last few years we have seen many answered prayers.
I have so loved this time since I started attending AwakeningLife Church. But, as I have mentioned in several of my previous devotions, I struggle with that one prayer that seems to keep going unanswered. To be honest, this year there were nights I had to make myself go to prayer because I was reminded that I was still praying for the same thing I had been praying for the year before!! The words of Jesus in Matthew 7 tell us that if we ask we will receive, if we seek we will find and if we knock it will be opened. So, every night I went to prayer and I asked. I reminded God of what his word tells me in Gen. 2:18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” Now, as I talked about in my devotion last week, I praise Him that He is answering!! It's been a little easier for me this year because the very next week I held in my hands a true answered prayer. Someone who is very dear to me gave birth to the sweetest, most handsome baby boy. When I took that little one out of that hospital crib I knew that I was holding the answer to many, many prayers.
A few days later, The Lord showed me what I had allowed to happen in my life when it came to praying for this particular desire. While reading "The Circle Maker" by Mark Batterson, a passage hit me like a ton of bricks. It said, "We stop praying because we can't see any tangible difference with our natural eyes. We allow our circumstances to get between God and us instead of putting God between us and our circumstances." WOW!!! I know this has been true for me and I bet it's been true for many of you. So today, let me encourage you (and me) to ALWAYS put God between us and our circumstances.
This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. I would love to hear from you.
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