Lessons from James 1:5-8

ImageI hope this post finds you doing well. Let’s begin with some positives. Are you ready? Here’s a couple of positive things that I can pull from the week, feel free to insert your own. 1). God has allowed me to impact lives this week. 2). I’m pursuing greater things for my life and God is opening doors.

Reflecting always does my heart good. God is so good to us!

I’ll be the first to admit that although wonderful things have happened this week, it’s been a rough week. I’m sure you have your own definition of what a “rough week” looks like for you. For me, I’ve dealt with a full-time job, the never-ending list of college assignments that are due this week, and the responsibilities of my own daily life. Please don’t take this as a complaint in any way. I’m experiencing how difficult digging ditches can be! Preparation for a greater life in God’s will is essential, but it’s hard work! And I feel like I can’t catch a break. I know that Satan is on to what’s happening. He’s relentless it seems. It is during times like this that I realize how important it is to draw strength and encouragement from God’s Word. James 1:5-8 (MSG) really spoke to me this week and I’d love to share with you what God is teaching me through His Word in the midst of this battle.

“If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.”

There’s a few things that caught my attention.

1. I really don’t know what I’m doing and I need God’s help.

2. Bold prayers get God’s attention.

3. Doubting God’s ability and leaving my options open only causes confusion and prohibits God from working in my life.

Consider this:

  • What are some things that you need God to do for you? How can He be seen in your life this week?
  • Have you prayed any bold prayers lately?
  • Are you willing to exhaust every other option to make God number 1?

I pray that as you press on this week in pursuit of God’s will that He will make Himself real to you in ways you’ve never imagined.


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