“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts. How can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully receive from Him the little things?”—Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together (via jmk0114)
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Almost 3 months ago to the day I prayed a prayer of humility, asking God to humble me and do whatever he needed to do to get me where I needed to be. Several minutes after that prayer my laptop spontaneously crashed for seemingly no apparent reason, right before the beginning of Fall Semester.
I showed it to anyone and everyone who was tech savvy enough to diagnose it, but it was a mystery crash; even the geek squad couldn’t analyze it saying, “yeahhhhh…we’ve never seen anything like this before.”
…That’s when you know it’s bad haha!
Anyway, I went these last few months without it and got by just fine. In fact, it’s been almost refreshing not to have it around. I learned much about necessity and how to become a lot more reliant on God. However, these past couple weeks have been crucial as the semester is dwindling to a close and final projects and papers are being issued.
Less than an hour ago I sat on my bed, laptop before me, completely humbled before Him and said, “God I could really use this right now. If you are willing you will fix it and provide this for me…”
Minutes later my laptop rebooted and logged on, completely unaffected by anything. Even all the tabs I had up when the system crashed were restored back to their natural state when I opened my web browser, as if nothing had ever happened at all.
"…A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Filled with compassion, Jesus reached down and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.” Mark 1:40-42
God is willing when we are humbled. It’s amazing what praying by the scriptures can do for our lives, even the little stuff…God cares about it all. The key is that we must be willing to sacrifice whatever it takes, and let God take it. I am learning this every day.
Thank you Lord for being a God who is ever teaching and always providing :-)
“Here’s the thing you gotta love and respect about the Bible. The Scriptures do not protect the sins of the heroes of the Bible. They lay it all out for you to see their failures, their shortcomings, their rebellion. When they really blow it, it’s right there on the page. The Bible does not try to make men and women in the Bible look lovelier than they are.”—Matt Chandler (via littlethingsaboutgod)
When we arrive at eternity’s shore Where death is just a memory and tears are no more We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring Your bride will come together and we’ll sing You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful
“Spirit filled souls are ablaze for God. They love with a love that glows. They serve with a faith that kindles. They serve with a devotion that consumes. They hate sin with fierceness that burns. They rejoice with a joy that radiates. Love is perfected in the fire of God.”—
I wonder how different the church would be if we actually found the unity that we have in Jesus and acted like it. Or what it would look like if we actually modeled ourselves after the church in Acts or how it would be if we recognized our common goal in advancing the kingdom and set aside our petty differences for the sake of the lost.
The power of prayer often escapes our fallen minds. We are often quick to take matters into our own hands or to become lost in a sea of anxiousness. This isn’t how it is supposed to be.
Christ has called to pray in all times, for everything, and without ceasing. We should constantly be taking our cares and praises to the Throne.
Prayer is powerful and I pray that more and more would chose to spend their lives seeking after His heart through it. We are called to interceede just as He has and is doing for us, so let us walk in it.