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A big day for a small man

Over the last few weeks I have come to realise a couple of hard truths about myself.

I am a small man. I have accomplished small things. Lived a small, largely meaningless life.

I am not saved. Yes, I have made a decision to become a born again Christian when I started this blog. But I did not make Jesus the Lord of my life. I did not make Him master of every area of my life. I looked at Him, but did not follow Him. I used salvation as my safety net. I just checked the box. I did not understand the cost thereof. The price I have to pay.

Today is a big day for me. Today I will choose again. I am scared. Scared that I may fail again…I have no choice though. I am tired of being a small man. Tired of searching. Of not being at peace. Of failure. And I know I am destined for great things. All of us are. We were created in God’s image. And He is not a small God. And I know that my only hope of becoming a great man is to become God’s man. Because I know now I will never become a great man if I do not hand Him the steering wheel. I do need to stay in the car though to enjoy the ride. And that will take commitment. Discipline. Tough things for me to do. But I have an expectancy. An expectancy that if I die today – truly crucify my own, selfish and sinful nature – He will rise with me, in me. I have an expectancy that I will be filled with the Holy Spirit today. That His mighty power will become visible in me. That He will guide me. That it would be easier for me seek Him, diligently. That I would truly experience His love. His love for me. And that I would love Him back.

Today a small man will die. I pray that a big man will take his place.

Are you looking up or down?

“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”

C.S. Lewis

Appreciate what you have

Why do we first need to lose what we have before we realise how much it actually meant to us?

My simple prayer for today is that I will really appreciate what I have, whilst I still have it.

God’s plans and promises

” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord.  ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,’ says the Lord. ‘I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. ‘ ”

Jeremiah 29:11-14a
NLT

God at work

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Romans 8:28
NLT

A prayer for my wife

“Father in heaven, I come to You today praying for my wife. I pray that Your Holy Spirit touch her today, helping her to get clarity and peace on the decision she needs to make regarding her work today. I pray that You will answer her prayers. That You will draw close to her, that she will feel Your presence.

I ask that she will see me through Your eyes, and that she will love me regardless of all my imperfections. I ask that I will be the man that she wants me to be. That our love for each other be built on the foundation of Your love for us.

I pray that Your will be done in her life. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Prayer: power prayers vs ceiling prayers

In praying over the last two odd months, I felt as though I could place every prayer in one of the following two distinct categories:

1) Power prayers

I could sense these prayers carried weight and power, were aligned with God’s will and were really heard.

2) Ceiling prayers

These prayers felt empty and void, without conviction, leaving me restless and with questions as to their alignment with God’s will. It felt as though they never got beyond my ceiling on their way to God.

My ceiling prayers occurred almost exclusively when I prayed for myself and my personal circumstances. It did not happen every time I prayed for myself, I prayed some wonderful personal power prayers too, but I was baffled about why it sometimes just did not “feel” right.

After considerable searching the answer was very simple. Every time I started my prayer time by getting still before God, allowing Him to show me the areas of sin that I need to repent on, asking forgiveness for everything revealed to me,  and thanking Him for cleansing me, a power prayer followed. And yes, whenever I prayed without performing this exercise my prayers felt like ceiling prayers.

To summarise, I need God to wash away my sins at the commencement of my prayers, for me to feel that the remainder of my prayer is a powerful one. It works for me.



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