Scriptural Prayer for Guidance

Written by Jessica Gerald

Dear Lord,

1. We lack wisdom. We ask you for wisdom, knowing you will give it to us generously. (James 1:5)

2. Teach us your ways, that we may walk in your paths. (Isaiah 2:3)

3. Instruct us and teach us inrepparttar way we should go. Counsel us and watch over us. (Psalm 32:8)

4. No matter which way we turn, cause us to hear your voice saying, "This isrepparttar 148669 way; walk in it." (Isaiah 30:21)

5. In our hearts we may plan our own course, but we ask you to determine our steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

6. Please make our steps firm, and take delight in our way. (Psalm 37:23)

7. Instruct us and teach usrepparttar 148670 right way. (Isaiah 28:26)

8. Enable us to acknowledge you in all our ways, and you will direct our paths. (Proverbs 3:6)

9. At times we feel blind because we are making decisions aboutrepparttar 148671 unknown. Even so, please lead us by ways we have not known, along unfamiliar paths guide us. Turnrepparttar 148672 darkness into light before us, and makerepparttar 148673 rough places smooth. (Isaiah 42:16)

Are you discouraged?

Written by David Ben-Ariel

Are you discouraged? Feeling down and out? Wondering why you should even bother trying to liverepparttar Christian life anymore, especially since you seem such a failure? Who hasn't felt worthless at times? Who hasn't grown impatient with themselves and felt sick over their lack of spiritual progress? (Lk. 8:15). YOU'RE NOT ALONE! We all go through those valleys ofrepparttar 148645 shadow of death. But take courage:repparttar 148646 way must lead up again soon! "Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who isrepparttar 148647 health of my countenance, and my God" (Ps. 42:11).

Who would encourage you to quit? Would Christ want you to give up? The one who DIED for you? Would God pressure you to surrender? Too many have never realized what a vicious beast and enemy we must face! Even those who haven't rejectedrepparttar 148648 devil as a superstition haven't grasped how dangerous he really is to our health and well-being. God picks uprepparttar 148649 pieces of lives that have been savagely torn and ripped apart and left for dead by sin (Isa. 49:24-25; Amos 3:12).

Satan's foaming atrepparttar 148650 mouth against our incredible human potential and wants to take us out like a sniper - one at a time. He hates all mankind with a jealous rage (because we're created afterrepparttar 148651 Godkind), but he's especially targetedrepparttar 148652 brethren (1 Pet. 5:8-11). The Devil can take some things that are true about you and twist them, taking them out of context, and blow them all out of proportion to DESTROY your will to survive! He never stops bad-mouthing us because he's a MURDEROUS CHARACTER ASSASSIN AND LIAR! (Jn. 8:44; Rev. 12:10) But don't letrepparttar 148653 powers of darkness overcome your will to live inrepparttar 148654 light! Don't accept Satan's depressed mind! Don't fall prey to his hopeless attitude of defeat! He has no right to condemn (Rom. 8:1,33).

King David would get discouraged, but he'd end his prayers on a positive note, showingrepparttar 148655 healing effect of God's Spirit upon our minds while we're engaged in HEARTFELT PRAYER. "I had fainted, unless I had BELIEVED to seerepparttar 148656 goodness ofrepparttar 148657 LORD inrepparttar 148658 land ofrepparttar 148659 living. Wait onrepparttar 148660 LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, onrepparttar 148661 LORD" (Ps. 27:13-14). David believed in God's goodness, hoped in His mercy, and waited for His sufficient grace - whether grace to pardon or empower (2 Cor. 12:9).

God will give us grace to bear up under life's many burdens (Heb. 4:16). His Holy Spirit enables us to be graceful - full of grace - even in adverse circumstances. We LIVE AND LEARN through a variety of situations to be gracious in word and deed, attitude and action. David knew beyond any shadow of a doubt that: "The LORD will give strength to His people:repparttar 148662 LORD will bless His people with strength" (Ps. 29:11). So "Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope inrepparttar 148663 LORD"(Ps. 31:24).

Even if you've gotten carried away, your sins have taken you far from God, and Satan holds you captive ( 2 Tim. 2:26; I Cor. 5:5), remember God and He'll remember you! Not that He's ever forgotten you: "But Zion said, The LORD has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion onrepparttar 148664 son of her womb? yes, they may forget, yet will I not forget you. Behold, I've graven you uponrepparttar 148665 palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me" (Isa. 49:14-16). God's love for us goes far beyond our love for Him. He proved this when Jesus' palms had stakes driven through them (Zech. 13:6).

Some have been foolishly deceived by sin and have become carelessly entangled again - trapped in a danger zone - but as long as they don't give up they CAN overcome what has presently overcome them! (Heb. 3:13; 2 Pet. 2:20). It's only those who've completely turned their backs on God, who refuse to get back up when knocked down inrepparttar 148666 ring, that will forfeit victory.

"And yet for all this (in spite of ourselves), when they be inrepparttar 148667 land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I amrepparttar 148668 LORD their God" (Lev. 26:44). God promises to release, regather and restore. He'll free us from those sins that have cruelly held our time and attention, regather our spiritual senses (since Satan's psychological warfare had left us a basket-case and scatter-brained [Lk. 22:31-32; Deut. 28:66-67]), and restore us to sanity and a right relationship with Him (where we belong), even "If any of thine be driven out untorepparttar 148669 outmost parts of heaven, from thence willrepparttar 148670 LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will He fetch thee"(Deut. 30:3-4). No matter how far you've strayed, God hasn't lost sight of you. "Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?" (Ps. 139:7).

If you begin to cry out to God for help, even if it's only a whimper because you're so weak, He'll see and hear and respond. "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit... none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate" (Ps. 34:18,22). "For I will not contend forever, neither will I always be wroth: forrepparttar 148671 spirit should fail before me, andrepparttar 148672 souls which I have made... I have seen his ways and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners" (Isa. 57:15-18).

God sees what trouble we've gotten into and where our relapse into sin has dangerously misled and stranded us, bringing us almost torepparttar 148673 point of no return, but NOTHING can separate you from God's love unless you let it! (Rom 8:35-39). As long as there's a spark of God's Spirit, God can renew our minds and transform our lives! (Ps. 51:10). God will finish what He's started in our lives (Philip. 1:6; Isa. 66:9). Never forget that we worship a MIRACLE-WORKING GOD!

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