100 Days of Prayer Challenge — Day 95

Father, help me make the best use of my time. As I muse about life, I ask, what’s the one thing we all want more of in the end? The answer become time. No matter one’s station in life: from super-rich down to the extremely poor, life’s closing days brings us to the same spot. We want more time: time to live, say goodbye to loved-ones, heal relationships, or see a family member or friend reach a milestone.

God teach me to number my days: to do what I must, to do what I can so that at this life’s end I will know in my knower that I lived a full natural life and served You well simultaneously. Amen.

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100 Days of Prayer Challenge! Day 92

The days have sped by me. At the onset of this personal challenge I was not sure if I could maintain the schedule, Now I find myself in a state of ambivalence. I will be relieved when day 100 gets here but sorry that the challenge is technically over.

Talking with the Lord daily and experiencing that I can be disciplined enough to set aside time to talk with the Father every day have been delights to me.

Hmmm. ..think I can turn this into a “rest of my life prayer challenge?

100 Days of Prayer Challenge! Day 88

I learned today that a family member was caught more deeply in a sin that I have originally thought. Had I known the degree of this person’s actions  I would have been so-o-oo-o-o upset. The tail end of the episode is  what was disclosed to me.

Initially, I asked God why did He not reveal more of the happenings to me. Then I realized He was shielding me from much  of it.

Then I began to pray: God thank you for delivering the person from the behavior.  And thank you God for “hiding me from the rain.*”

“The phrase of “hiding me from the rain” is from a song which, Awesome, that has been sung by song by Charles Jenkins and his choir.

 

100 Days of Prayer Challenge — Day 79

I was so excited about Friday’s indication of blessing that I started looking for the scripture that went with the thought “the abundance of rain.”

I couldn’t find it! U-G-G-G-H! 😦
God kept bringing  the concept to me.
1. Later that Friday evening the devotional leader sang :Let It Rain  by Bishop Paul  S. Morton. It’s a song that talks of “opening the floodgates of heaven”, rain being a literal and figurative blessing from heaven.

2. The preacher this morning mentioned it in her message!

Finally, I found the scripture! It’s I Kings 18:41 . Elijah tells King Ahab to get down from the mountain for he hears the sound of the abundance of rain (after the area has had a 3 -year drought).

Here’s to the rain!

100 Days of Prayer Challenge — 70

Today: God gave me a quick answer to yesterday’s sin.

You know that I told you that I got angry at a family member. I got angry because of an insulting comment unto me. I retaliated.  I wanted to do SOMETHING so that the person would stop emotionally hurting me. Surely, he should feel some consequence for his action. He should not hurt my feelings so deeply and just laugh about, not recognizing nor acknowledging  my hurt!

Shortly after my sinful action, I began to regret it, knowing that “vengeance belongeth to God”. I prayed, “Father from now on let a person feel the pain that she or he has caused me.  Not a physical pain necessarily, but a consciousness of my pain. And let that be enough for me. If retaliation is to be given let it come from You, not from me. Retaliation brings me no joy, but great remorse. I know in trying to take the matter into my hands I have sinned against thee. For vengenance belongeth to You. Please take away the need for vengeance/retaliation away from me.”

I was reminded via a bible lesson that my retaliation was a result of my feelings of “being wounded” My anger did not necessarily have to lead to sin, but since my response was wrong, my action became sinful.

Note: The family member’s insulting comment should not have been said. And I should not have responded to it as I did. See St. Matthew 5:21-25. Our behaviors could lead to hell fire in the long run and, at the least, was immediately displeasing to God.

Alas, another reminder of how I need to depend on God for daily righteous living!