Yesterday’s prayer J.A.R. challenge was to praise God for who He is and what He has done.
This was interesting because it went deeper than just thanking Him for things that went well during my day. It was quite an experience to think about who He is, and praise Him by all of the names that describe His character: Rock, Provider, Merciful One, Lover of My Soul.
When I got to the “what He has done” part, I didn’t think just about the things He has done for me recently, but also the things He has done for me since the beginning of time. Creating me, sending His Son to die for my sins, forgiving me, loving me unconditionally, blessing me when I don’t deserve it.
I started thinking about all the little things He does for me everyday. As an example, I thought about if I was crossing the steeet and didn’t see a car coming, but God intervened and got the driver’s attention so they saw me and stopped. I would probably never know that even happened, but God was there, watching over me.
There’s a quote (there always is, right?) about how God is always working in our lives.
God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of 3 of them.
I find that so encouraging! Even when I feel like God isn’t doing anything, He is working behind-the-scenes to make everything work together for my good.
The other day, I was thinking about how last semester my friend would challenge me to pray differently than I usually do. I remember that being a really interesting experience and I thought I’d try it again. One night, when I was praying, God gave me the idea for a prayer jar. You probably think of a prayer jar as a place where you keep your prayer requests. Mine, however, is not like that. Mine is where I keep prayer challenges. It could be a challenge to pray in a certain way, or about a certain thing. When I sat down to write out the challenges, I only had a few in mind. I ended up with 16! I am both excited and nervous to take on these challenges. Tomorrow morning, I will pick my first slip of paper. As I’m writing this, it occurs to me that I could post about each challenge and what I do. I might just do that. For now, here’s a picture of the slips of paper with the challenges, and my Prayer J.A.R. It’s an acronym because I decided that J.A.R. stands for Jesus Accepts Requests. Let me know what you think of this idea, and if you do something similar. Also, feel free to send me new challenges!
P.S. excuse the white boxes-I wasn’t able to remove them
Devotion for the week of 8/4/14-8/10/14
God has appointed guardian angels over all of His children. Psalm 91:11 says, ‘God will put His angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go’. Yesterday my youth pastor told us of a time he was traveling and he met this woman who was demon-possessed. She was angry and told him that she wanted to hit him but she couldn’t. He asked her why she couldn’t and her answer was ‘Because you have all those big, strong men around you’. She saw the angels that were protecting my youth pastor and the demons inside of her didn’t dare mess with the angels of God. Psalm 34:7 says, ‘His angel guards those who honor the Lord and rescues them from danger’. Angels come in many different forms. They have been seen in the form of a human being, and in the form in which they have wings. Certainly you’ve heard the saying ‘angel in disguise’. Well angels actually can be in disguise. Sometimes when I’m alone in my room in the dark I imagine both the angels and the demons around me. Because, just as we have angels appointed to us by God, we have demons appointed to us by Satan. Of course the way I imagine them is stereotypical because I really have no idea what they look like. But I like to just lay there and quote scripture and softly sing praise songs because I know that the demons hate that. And I know that the angels are singing along with me. Honestly, I’m not afraid of demons. Apparently they’re wimps. They get scared away at the name of Jesus. Plus, I have faith that the Lord’s angels will protect me. I like to just lay there and imagine that I’m talking to the demons about how great my God is and about how they can’t get to me because I won’t let them. Christians can have demons but it’s not called possession because possession means they are in your soul. If you’re a Christian they can’t be in your soul because that’s where God is. Of course, non-believers have a greater risk of being possessed. Possession is a scary thing but, like I said, demons are fairly easy to get rid of if you know how to do it. Not that I’ve ever done it, but I know people who have. Something as simple as ‘In the name of God, go to Hell!’ can work. Demons fear the name of God and angels rejoice in it. So don’t fear…rejoice!