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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Prayer Changes Things

By Nicole Calhoun

I'm excited to share this with you, today. Why? Because when I see something working in my own life, I share it with others in hopes that they will enjoy the same success that I have. I mean, if something works for one person, shouldn't it work for another if they do the same things?

That has been my experience, thus far, so I take great joy in sharing what I have to share. We all go through our fair share of ups and downs in life. We go through times of confusion and times of despair. We've all experienced desperate times of doubts and frustration.

But the good news is being a child of God has unique advantages! We live in a fallen world, so there will always be times that our faith and belief will be tested. But it's in those times that our character is built and we're made stronger in our faith.

But, I want to share something with you that God has been teaching me in my personal life that has had some amazing results that have built my confidence in Him to heights I never dreamt imaginable!

And that is praying God's promises (His word from the Bible) back to Him makes things happen! I can't tell you how uplifting and how dramatic the changes in my life have been because of it.

I don't care what you're going through at this point in time. There is a promise in God's word that will help you work through it and most of the time, give you directions on how to get out of it! That's good news!

I want to share a few verses of scripture with you to show that I'm not making this up. God really desires that we ask Him for what we want, because if it's His will for us, He desires to give it to us just as badly as we want it!

There are three that I believe will do the trick.

First, there's Isaiah 55:10-11 that says, "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
If God promises that His word will accomplish what He desires for it to do, you can bank on the fact that if you find a promise in His word and apply it to your life, that He will do it for you!

Secondly, there's beautiful James 1:5- 8 that reads: "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does."

God promises that if we ask, believing and not doubt, that he would give us what we ask for. So ask Him for your heart's desires, so that God can show you that He loves to give good gifts to His children!

And last, but certainly not least - 1 John 5:14-15 that states "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him."
If you're like me, you're probably jumping up and down shouting "Hallelujah!" You see, it's not that we should think that just because we ask for a new car or a new home, or a million bucks that He's just going to give it to us.

He's not like that. He's not a genie in a bottle, at our beck-and-call. Just like any good father would give gifts to his children that he knew they were ready for and could handle, God is no different...that's why it says, "if we ask anything according to His will".

But just having that loving reassurance really makes me love Him all the more.
So I tell you to be confident in the things you ask God for. Peruse His word, find His great and precious promises and start to pray them over your life and those you care for (and even those you don't).

Your life will never be the same!

Nicole enjoys spending time with her son, Jordan and her husband, Muri. She loves to write, read, travel, working from home and making new friends. If you would like to spend more time with your love ones please contact Nicole.

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