Personally, I have trouble praying. Sometimes I don’t know what to say and other times I just push it aside. About a month or two ago I came across a passage about prayer and how to pray more efficiently. Some people think that prayer is not something that can be taught and I understand why they think that. But prayer is something you can get better at.
In this passage there were some questions that I struggled to answer and think about. Such as “When you think of prayer do you get happy or bored thoughts?” and “What if Satan wanted you to be confused about prayer?” But as I was thinking…I realized that prayer is a two way conversation with you and the Lord. No one else. And if I was completely honest…sometimes at youth group or at other spiritual events I don’t want to pray out loud because I am worried about what others will think.
Use normal words!!!
God speaks your language. No need to impress. Just be you and talk about anything. Save the big words for your college professor.
Pray all the time!!!
It doesn’t always have to be head bowed and hands crossed praying but you can constantly be talking to God.
If you are anything like me, you know the struggle of when to pray. If you struggle with this then set aside a certain time of the day for prayer.
In Romans 8:26-28 it says “…let the Holy Spirit pray for you.” If you absolutely don”t know what to pray about, clear your mind, sit in silence, and the words will come.
Those four tips come from the “Simple Truth Bible” by Group publishing.
One more tip that might help is to make a “War Room” (like from the movie). This tip helps if you are a write it down kind of person. All you need is a quiet space that you can hang things in. Such as a closet or a reading nook. Just write or draw things and hang them up so in the future you can look back on how God fixed your problems.
Just always remember that prayer is between you and the Lord…no one else.
I’m just gonna jump right into my opinions on bad power, good power, and misusing power.
- a coach helping a player at practice
- a parent helping their kid with something
- a teacher helping a student at school
- Donald Trump
There is so much power being used negatively in the world. So, my task for you is: If you see power being misused…do something about it!!
Here are some things you can do:
- Speak out when you see it happening
- Tell others about the abuse of power
- Step into leadership so you can help do it right
Not sure when my next post is coming out but stay tuned. Not sure what it will be about either! Comment what you want me to write about and I will try to cover the topics.
All the sudden on a Sunday afternoon I was encouraged by God to begin a new spiritual chapter of my life. I began spiritual journaling a step higher than before. I was reading through Romans in the NIV version of the bible and came across a very impacting area of scripture. This scripture was Romans 2:1-10. I just started writing things down and along the way I wrote down these verses:
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment, whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because those who pass judgement do the same thing. Now we know that God’s judgement against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgement on them, and yet do the same thing, do you think you will escape God’s judgement. Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you towards repentance. But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed. God “will give to each person according to hat he has done.”
My thoughts on this passage: My analogy is going to be that wrath=power and power=fire. Jesus’ power: He can control his fire. He will show his fire at the time that is right and for the right reason.
Our power: Uncontrollable and not having the knowledge about when to stop “firing.” We will use our fire at any possible time to make something (sound or be) inferior, and we hurt each other.
In my next post, I will share about people or things that use power (fire) wrong and people or things that use power (fire) correctly (or as God intended).
I am a sixth grade student who enjoys playing sports, singing, dancing, writing, reading, playing outside, and most of all hanging out with my friends and family. Sixth grade has gone by way too fast but I have learned a lot about my classmates who I have been in school with since Pre-K. This year I have struggled with feeling accepted. This year I also started to accept people for who they are and accept them no matter what. Black, white, LGBT, straight, short, tall, healthy, unhealthy, athletic, lazy, and anything in between. I hope to encourage everyone to do the same. That’s what this blog will be about, helping others learn to accept and love everyone.