Month: May 2015
There’s an old-2005-song by Carrie Underwood called “Don’t Forget to Remember Me.” It’s a lovely song about moving out on your own. If you didn’t already know, Carrie Underwood is a Christian. She has a new single called “Something in the Water.” There’s a part at the end of “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” that goes “Tonight I find myself kneeling by the bed to pray. I haven’t done this in a while, so I don’t what to say. ‘Lord, I feel so small sometimes in this big old place. Yeah, I know there’s more important things. But don’t forget to remember me.'” I listened to that part countless times before I realized that she’s got it wrong. First she says that she hasn’t prayed in a while, then she tells God to remember her. It seems to me like she forgot God, not the other way around. God should be the one saying “don’t forget to remember me.” I saw something the other day that said, “If God seems far away, guess who moved.” It was very convicting as I, myself, have had times when I wasn’t very close with God. I’m sure we’ve all had times when we went a while without praying, and we didn’t know what to say when we finally did. That’s just part of the faith run. Another thing she says is that there’s more important things for God to think about than her. Listen, guys, if you think like that, then you are going to be very sad. God loves you dearly. You shouldn’t tell yourself that there are bigger things that are more worthy of His attention. That’s not true. He cares about us all the same, and He cares about all our problems-big and small-the same. Don’t you dare let yourself believe that there are more important things for God to care about than you. It doesn’t get anymore important than you. I know it’s hard to remember that sometimes. Sometimes we feel like there’s a waiting list to get to God and our prayers are at the very end of it. That’s not true. We are His top priority. In fact, everything is His top priority. He’s so powerful that He doesn’t even need priorities because He can get everything done at once while caring about everything equally. Yeah. He’s just that awesome. So don’t worry about Him taking care of you. He’s got you covered. He knows what He’s doing. I assure that when you pray He’s not sitting up in Heaven thinking ‘Oh, no! The problem they’re having is beyond anything I ever could have imagined! Jesus, what should we do?’ No! He already has solutions to problems you can’t even imagine. Don’t worry about it. When you kneel by your bed to pray, after you haven’t prayed in a while, your prayer should be more like this: “Lord, I feel so small sometimes in this big old place. Yeah, I know that you’re holding me. Don’t let me forget to remember you.”
“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” ~Hebrews 12:1-2
This race you’re running? A long list of others have run it before you… Can you hear them? They’re cheering you on as you run! The stuff that slows you down? Throw it off. It’s not worth it. When you get to the finish line, you won’t even miss it. Your team leader? Oh, it’s just Jesus himself, no big deal. He ran the race before you too, just like the others, but He surpasses them all. It was pretty awful for Him, but He ran and He won. And now HE is your coach, your Helper. He is the One running before you and beside you and behind you. And best of all? He’s your prize. Look, I know training is tough and the course can be excruciatingly difficult. No one knows that better than your Coach. But who better to train you, to discipline you, to mold you into the runner He is than the One who not only ran the race but designed the course? He knows what’s ahead; He knows what you need, and He will supply it. Just. Keep. Running.
-Amanda Bible Williams, writer for She Reads Truth
How can I see what I need to type up when the light of the screen makes the other side of the paper show through?
“What this new covenant does is implant into the heart of a man a new nature, impelling him to act righteously. No longer is his conduct directed by an exterior law but by the law of Christ within him.”
I’ve been going through the Hebrews plan in the She Reads Truth app (Great app, by the way! I totally recommend it!) and, I’m not going to lie, it is not easy to understand. It’s easier than Revelation, but what isn’t? Anyway, I was reading today in Hebrews 7 where it talks about the priest Melchizedek (Try saying that 5 times fast. If you’re trying right now, the people around you probably think you’re weird). He’s kind of like the Catholic priests we have today. This guy was around before Jesus came and became the High Priest above all. The other day I was asking my youth pastor about the function of Hebrews, and he told me that it’s mainly to nullify the need for a priest. So this book shows us that the Catholics, just like anyone else, don’t need a pope or priest. Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore [Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” We can all talk to God through Jesus, our High Priest. We all deserve to be able to talk with God. We were given that right when Jesus died on the cross for us. So when you confess your sins, you can-and should-do it directly to God and not through a guy who’s just as much a sinner as you are.
Today was the National Day of Prayer for America. Today was also a very exhausting day for me-hence the fact that I’m typing this at 11:30 PM. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t really do much praying today. I woke up after having some dreams that kind of disgusted me. I’m not exactly sure how dreams work. If you have an inappropriate dream should you ask for forgiveness, or is it something that you didn’t have control over? I don’t really know (let me know what you think), so I usually stay on the safe side and pray for forgiveness. Today, I didn’t do that. I kept reminding myself to but never did. I probably spent more time thinking about doing it than it would’ve taken me to actually do it. Anyway, then I had a few things throughout my school day that were stressing me out, that I still didn’t pray about. Then my job got irritating and I still didn’t pray. So now I’m laying in my bed at 11:40 on a school night with the only light in the room coming from my phone screen. Now I have time to slow down and think about today. And how much I didn’t pray. Ephesians 6:18 says, ‘Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.’ I should be praying countless little prayers throughout the day. Prayers for forgiveness, prayers of thanks, prayers for others, and prayers for myself. That last one always trips me up. Last night at church we spent the whole time worshiping and praying (it was wonderful). When we got to the part where my youth pastor asked us to pray for ourselves, I thought, ‘Oh, no. Not this.’ See, I don’t like praying for myself. I guess I feel like I’m being needy. It’s hard for me to grasp that God doesn’t think I’m clingy since so many other people think I am. There’s a great quote by D.L. Moody that says, “Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all.” The truth-which my youth pastor told me last night- is that when we pray for our own desires we are not being selfish. We have Christ in us, working in our hearts. He is constantly changing our desires to match up with His. So when we pray, we are asking for His will to be done in our lives. For example, I believe that God helped me write my book. So I believe that it is part of His plan for it to be published. Therefore, when I pray for my book, I believe that I am praying for a desire that the Lord placed in my heart-one that matches up with His desire for my life. And that’s how it works. If God is truly living in you, then you don’t have to be afraid of sounding selfish when you pray. Remember that God knows your heart. He knows what you want. He knows your prayers before you even think them up. But He still wants you to pray. Because He wants to know that you trust Him. He wants to know that you trust Him with your heart. Brothers and sisters in Christ, I urge you to not go a single day praying as little as I did today. As 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, ‘Pray continually.’