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Prayer for Our Nation #5

Prayer #5:  Prayer for Faith

flag-whandsDear Lord,

Today, we want to pray for another fundamental area in which our nation desperately needs your help, your hand, and your heart.  We’ve spent the last few days praying some significant prayers for our country.  We’ve spoken the words and allowed them to penetrate deep within us, but the words mean nothing if we have no faith.

Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen.  Another version of Hebrews 11:1 says “Faith is CONFIDENCE in what we hope for and ASSURANCE about what we do not see.”

If we have no faith, we have no substance.  If we have no faith, we have no assurance.  Without faith, it’s impossible to please You, Lord (Heb. 11:6).

So, what is faith?

One dictionary definition states that it is “complete trust in someone or something … a strong belief in God based on spiritual awareness rather than proof.”  It’s trusting.  It’s believing.  It’s knowing … despite the lack of physical, tangible proof … that what you believe and who you believe are real.  

So, Lord, today we ask you to reveal more to us about the essentiality of faith.  Help us to grasp how significant faith really is.  It’s our lifeblood as believers.  It’s our oxygen.  It’s our manna from heaven.  And the best part is it’s so much more than can even be described with words.  Words cannot contain the power that faith brings.  Letters and syllables cannot express the complete shift that takes place in a person’s life when he or she moves from fear to faith, from blindness to sight, from darkness to light.

Our heart’s cry today, Lord is to see FAITH stirred up in your children, in our nation.  Stir it like you’ve never stirred it before.  Unleash our capacity for faith.  Enlarge our faith and help us to tap into the vastness of it … even if we cannot quantify or qualify it.  We are believing that as this takes place in us and in those around us, we WILL SEE change.  We will see fires ignite in the hearts of your people, and we will see faith open doors, open windows of heaven, open hearts, open hands, and open up the realm of the miraculous in ways no eye has seen and no ear has heard.

We thank you in advance for the stirring that is taking place in our nation right now.  Faith is rising deep within your people, and we are excited to see all that is to come, because your word says that “our latter shall be greater.”  We are standing on that promise right now, by faith, and we decree that we WILL SEE the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Paraphrased Verses:  1 Cor. 2:9, Haggai 2:9, Psalm 27:13

Image from: https://stevebiddison.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/a-personal-perspective-on-the-national-day-of-prayer/

Maxi Miracles

Maxi Miracles

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Are you believing God right now for something huge to happen in your life?  Have you been seeking Him, asking, and even pleading with him for certain prayers to be answered?

Maybe you’re praying for someone in your family to be cured from cancer, or to see a friend saved or delivered from her current circumstances.  Maybe you need a huge financial miracle or are seeking God to save your marriage.  Whatever it is, whatever that “Maxi Miracle” is that you’ve been seeking Him for, I just want you to know that He hears you.  He hears your cries.  He knows your thoughts.  He sees you where you are and has kept track of every tear that has fallen.  Those sleepless nights filled with worry are not something He ignores.

Now, you may be thinking …

“Well, if He is so good at knowing how much pain I’m in, and He hears my every prayer … why hasn’t he fixed it?  Why am I still in this mess?  My heart is hurting, and He has the remedy.  Why hasn’t he stepped in to stop my pain?”

I would say those are very valid questions.  I asked them myself many times.  I know this probably isn’t the answer you’re looking for, but I’d say the way to make it through the trial and the season of pain is to ask different questions.

What are You teaching me today?

How are my circumstances molding me into the person You’ve designed me to be?

What am I NOT seeing?

I am not trying to minimize the trials and tribulations we experience.  They are painful.  That is a fact.  However, sometimes the pain blinds us to the miracles that are happening EVERY DAY!

Oftentimes, we are so busy waiting for our MAXI MIRACLES that we completely ignore the MINI MIRACLES that surround us.

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Believe me, God wants the best for you.  However, sometimes His “best” requires us to go through the fire.  It’s preparation.  I know it isn’t pleasant.  I know it isn’t all roses.  I’ve gone through many days where I thought God had put the mute button on my prayer requests and forgot I existed.

The thing is, He never forgets you exist.  

You’re on His mind ALL the time!  

So, today, as you are seeking God for your Maxi Miracles, don’t forget to look around you for all of the Mini Miracles He is giving you.  Don’t be blinded by your own prayers.  Don’t allow your painful circumstances to rob you of the joy each day can bring, even when your deepest desires are still just that.

He made today just for you.  He designed this day so that you could experience it with Him, step by step.  Take His hand and walk with Him today.  He knows your pain and sees your circumstances.  He’s working them out as you walk with Him.

Allow Him to do what He does best.  He knows your end from your beginning, and even when it doesn’t make ANY kind of sense, remember that it’s all working for your good, and your future is magnificent.

Your TODAY is your miracle.  

Whether you consider it to be Maxi or Mini … don’t miss it!

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Images:

Johnson, Ginger. “Miracles Happen.” Photo. SurvivorSpark.com 13 March 2014.

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Greenburg, Mike. “Life is a Series of Miracles.” Photo. EverydayMiracles.net 13 March 2014.

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“Don’t Wait for Miracles.” Photo. MotivationBlog.org 13 March 2014.

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