Focus on the right things

Philippians 4:8 NLT – And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

It is just so important to focus our thoughts on the right things. In today’s world with pandemics, wars, major storms, shortages of food and supplies and health concerns, it is easy to take our eyes off the Lord and worry. The above verse encourages us to focus on things that are “true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable”. God knew just how important this would be. That is why He encouraged the Apostle Paul to put it in a letter to the church at Philippi nearly 2000 years ago! And that is why it still speaks to us today.

Prayer

Dear God, help me to focus my mind on good things. Help me to not focus on all the troubles in the world. Help me to think on things that are true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Help me to set my heart and mind on things above, not on the earth below. Amen.

Enter boldy

Ephesians 3:12 NLT – Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

I love the fact that it says we can come boldly into God’s presence. We don’t have to fast or ceremonially wash or dress 100% correctly to come into God’s presence like an Old Testament Priest. We can come in boldly, as the veil in the Temple has been torn in two. We don’t have to grovel on hands and knees, because we are co-heirs with Christ. We don’t have to make an appointment with God, as we are His children. He is our Abba Father.

Prayer

Thank You God that we can come boldly in to Your presence. Thank You that because Jesus died for us we are now Your children for all eternity. I pray that I will always remember that I can always come into Your presence just as I am. Amen.

God is patiently waiting

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭NLT‬

There are times when it seems like God is doing nothing. In our impatience we might wonder why He doesn’t do something. But God is always working away in the background, in ways we don’t always see. He is drawing people to Himself by the work of Holy Sprit and Christians sharing their faith with others. God is waiting patiently for every last person to make it into the Kingdom. He does not want anyone to miss out.

Prayer

Dear God, help me to see that You don’t want anyone to perish, but for all to come to repentance. I pray that I can work with You to help people come to know Jesus and enter Your eternal Kingdom. Amen

Take it to God in prayer

If your are prone to worry and be anxious about things. Here are three verses that can help…

Psalm 55:22 NLT – Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

1 Peter 5:7 NLT – Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Philippians 4:6 NLT – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

These three verses show us the importance of giving things to God in prayer. They promise that He cares for us and that He will take care of us. They encourage us to pray about everything.

There is nothing He cannot handle, no matter how small or how big! All problems we face are small in God’s eyes.

Prayer

Lord God, I bring my worries, concerns and burdens to You. I pray You will take them and work them all out according to Your will and purposes. I pray that You will exchange my worries and fears for Your peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Are you really there God?

One of the best prayers we can pray if we are not sure God exists is…

Dear God, I am not sure if You are really there. Please remove the scales from my eyes, so I can truly see You. Please reveal Yourself to me. Amen

Before long you will see God moving in your life and the lives of those around you. He will reveal Himself to you.

Give it a go. What have you got to lose?