B Moments, remodel

Lent Is the Perfect Time to Remodel Your Prayers

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am out of the studio, but I am still thinking about how Lent is the perfect time to remodel our prayers.

I always see the Lent season as a time to go deeper spiritually, so I’ll often look at how I’ve evolved in some ways and where my work lies in others. It feels like I’m focusing on the before and after. Imagine you’re watching HGTV and you see the before and after images of a house that has been remodeled.

For example, I can remember the days when my prayers were very “me” centered. I would get on my knees and would sometimes even pull out a writing pad to put my prayer requests in writing just in case God missed my verbal request.

I was so absorbed in my own needs when I prayed this way. I spoke my prayer requests as if I was rattling off my Christmas wish list. The tone of these prayers was always “me, me, me.”

While Scriptures, such as Mark 11:24 teach us, “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you,” they also teach us that we should continually mature in our spiritual walk.

Therefore, I have since learned the importance of kneeling before God and worshiping who He is before I engage in any type of request. I’ve also learned to pray for things beyond my immediate needs and the needs of my family and friends. Finally, I’ve learned to give thanks before asking.

What is the before and after picture of your prayer life? Can you see how it has evolved over the years? As you think about that, remember these words: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, don’t let your prayers be too “me” centered.

B Moments, using

Are You Using What God Gave You?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Mark 11:24 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking, are you using what God gave you?

Recently we talked about how Jesus crisscrossed the land to teach the lost, heal the sick, and cast out evil spirits. Yet Jesus knew his days were numbered, so he gave the same authority to his disciples so that they could also teach about the Kingdom of God, heal the sick, and cast out demons.

One day, a man approached Jesus and asked if he would heal his only son. His young boy suffered from an affliction with seizures where he would be violently thrown to the ground, foaming at the mouth. The father said that this evil spirit would hardly ever leave his son alone.

The man also confessed to Jesus that he had begged his disciples to heal him, but they couldn’t do it. That’s interesting because Jesus had just given them the authority to do this.

Jesus turned to his disciples and admonished them. He said, “You faithless people! How long must I be with you before you believe?”

Now I ask you, do you ever get stuck using what God gave you? You know He gave you the gift, the talent, and the authority, but because your faith is waning, you don’t embrace it or engage it.

Later that evening, the disciples asked Jesus why they couldn’t heal the young boy. Jesus answered that it was because of their faith. He also said that the first step to strengthening your faith is through intimate prayer.

So, take that first step toward using what God gave you through intimate prayer, and hold onto these words: “…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 (NIV)

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So today, use what He gave you.

B Moments, prayer time

How Do You Start Your Morning?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am reminding myself of the importance of my daily prayer time.

Lately, I’ve had a wave of work and family events crashing over me. To put it mildly, it’s been a stressful time.

Typically I’m an early riser, but this wave of work and stress is causing me to have late nights, which makes it very difficult to rise early. Instead of rising early, I’ve been sleeping in as long as I can.

When this happens, it throws me off my daily routine. This means that I’ve been missing my morning worship time, which is the time I dedicate to my prayers and studying the Scriptures.

What I’ve noticed is that this has been impacting my spirit in several ways. I’m less tolerant, and I’m more impatient. I’ve even been experiencing some anxiety.

I once heard a pastor say that there are three “A’s” associated with the power of prayer. The first “A” is that prayer gives you the authority over the voices in this world. The second “A” gives you an assurance of your plan and purpose. The third “A” gives you an anointing required to make a difference.

I have been missing my prayer time, and I’m noticing a difference in these areas. If you are like me, feeling stressed and overwhelmed, let us remember these few words: “Pray without ceasing…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (ESV)

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So today, don’t become too stressed that you don’t start your morning the right way.

B Moments, covering

The Grace of God Is Covering You

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Today, I am reminding myself that the grace of God is always covering me.

I had this thought the other day when I prayed about something and turned it over to God. However, ten minutes after I’d finished talking to God, I found myself walking through my house, still preoccupied with the situation I had supposedly turned over to God. It was as if I had not even prayed about it. I quickly realized that I had not actually turned it over to the Lord.

Yet, just a few days prior to my prayers, God had revealed himself to me. He went before me in a certain situation where I truly needed Him. Then, in another matter, He redirected my steps. Although I couldn’t connect all the dots in the moment, in hindsight it was clear that He had redirected my steps for a purpose.

Finally, in another instance, the moment I got quiet, God revealed to me the next step I needed to take in a difficult situation. So by this time, you would think that I would know for sure that the grace of God is always covering me, and that I would have gotten to the point of reminding others. Yet I still had doubts.

So today, join me. Together, let’s be conscious of our prayers and not worry about the same situations after turning them over to God. To do that, let us cling to these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

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So today, know that the grace of God is covering you.

B Moments, evolved

Take the Time to Remodel Your Prayers

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

Today, I am reflecting on how our prayers have evolved.

In this series, we’re focusing on our before and after. Imagine you’re watching HGTV and you see the before and after images of a house that has been remodeled. The same can be true for our spiritual growth.

For example, I can remember the days when my prayers were very “me” centered. I would get on my knees and would sometimes even pull out a writing pad to put my prayer requests in writing just in case God missed my verbal request.

I was so absorbed in my own needs when I prayed this way. I spoke my prayer requests as if I was rattling off my Christmas wish list. The tone of these prayers was always “me, me, me.”

While Scriptures such as Mark 11:24 teach us, “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you,” they also teach us that we should continually mature in our spiritual walk.

Therefore, I have since learned the importance of kneeling before God and worshiping who He is before I engage in any type of request. I’ve also learned to pray for things beyond my immediate needs and the needs of my family and friends. Finally, I’ve learned to give thanks before asking.

What is the before and after picture of your prayer life? Can you see how it has evolved over the years? As you think about that, reflect on these words: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, don’t let your prayers be too “me” centered.

B Moments, exhale

Exhale in the Arms of God

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Mark 11:23 (NLT)

Today I am imagining myself exhaling in the arms of God and remembering His promises.

Sometimes, after all of the praying and fasting and journaling and helping, we need to just take a breath and be reminded of God’s promises. Occasionally, we may forget to do this and may end up talking ourselves out of believing that God’s promises will ever materialize. This is exactly what happened to the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land.

God instructed Moses to send twelve tribal leaders to explore Canaan, otherwise known as the Promised Land. The Scriptures say that after these twelve leaders explored the land for forty days, they came back to give Moses a report. They told him the land was magnificent and was truly overflowing with milk and honey.

However, the leaders were also overwhelmingly frightened by the residents of the land. They thought it was an advanced, well-fortified city with giant, strong people, so they couldn’t wrap their minds around how they would end up conquering the land.

Because of their fear, the leaders began to doubt God’s ability to fulfill His promise and wanted to return to Egypt. This situation is striking because God had just parted the Red Sea for them. They didn’t take a moment to exhale and to remember God’s promises, to remember what He had already done.

So the next time you are trusting in God’s word but see something that causes doubt to creep in, imagine yourself exhaling in His arms, renewing your faith, and remembering His promises. In the meantime, cling to these words: “All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart.” Mark 11:23 (NLT)

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So today, exhale.

B Moments, unimaginable

God Will Bless You in Unimaginable Ways

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will bless you in ways you haven’t even imagined.

I’ve often heard the saying that you can’t dream a big enough dream for God to answer. Each time I would hear this, I would feel hopeful, but also a little guilty. I would conclude that since I had so much to be thankful for, I should just be content with what I possessed. Yet Hannah’s story teaches me differently.

Hannah was married to Elkanah, who loved her very much—even though the Lord had given her no children. Elkanah also had another wife, Peninnah, who had several children for him. Hannah would often pray to God for a child while Peninnah taunted and teased her for not having any.

One day, Hannah went to the tabernacle to pray, and as she was praying and crying profusely, a priest, thinking she was drunk, condemned her. Peninnah teased her, the priest condemned her, but God understood her. Even though God blessed Hannah with a loving husband, He also understood that she was not quite content.

Hannah prayed for one child, but God blessed her with five. She would even become mother to Samuel, who was the first prophet of Israel. In other words, God blessed her in ways she hadn’t even imagined.

Think about that situation you want God to bless you with beyond your wildest dreams and cling to these words: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

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So today, get radical with your prayer requests and see how God responds.

B Moments, promptly

God Will Promptly Respond to Comfort You

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 62:8 (ESV)

Today, I am reminding myself about how promptly God responds.

In this series, I am thinking about all of the ways God will move to comfort us. One way He comforts us often is by hearing our prayers and responding to them promptly.

This was precisely the case for King Hezekiah, who strived to follow in the footsteps of King David. He also genuinely trusted in God as he took away all of the shrines and false gods that his people had been worshiping for years.

However, fourteen years into his reign, an enemy king named Sennacherib came against Judah. He demanded that Hezekiah pay him eleven tons of silver and one ton of gold. To get that much, Hezekiah had to take all of the silver from the temple and all of the gold off of the doors.

Yet even after Hezekiah paid him, Sennacherib came back asking for more. This time, he wanted to take over Judah and its people.

When Hezekiah learned this, he went to the temple, crying out before the Lord and begging God to open His ears to his prayers. God heard his cries and responded promptly. That very night, an angel of the Lord killed 185,000 men in Sennacherib’s army, including Sennacherib.

Let us be inspired today that God will also bring us comfort by responding promptly to our prayers. As we think about that, let us cling to these words: “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8 (ESV)

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So today, know that He is comforting you.

B Moments, spirit

In Spirit and In Truth, Worship God

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I have a question for you: are you worshiping in spirit and in truth?

I’m asking this question because I’m reflecting on the exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet, so she began to ask him a lot of questions.

One of the questions she asked was why the Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship while the Samaritans claimed the only place to worship was Mount Gerizim, where their ancestors worshiped. Jesus explained to her that a time was coming when it would no longer matter where one worshiped because true believers worshiped the Father in truth and in spirit.

After reading that passage, I began to reflect on my own practices and experiences, which made me recognize that sometimes we can size people up in very petty ways. In fact, I’ve been to some churches where a person’s worship is determined by their dress.

Yet what Jesus teaches us in this passage is that everything else is immaterial to him. He’s more interested in the fact that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit. So, the next time we’re getting ready to worship, let us be reminded of these words: “For God is spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

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So today, wherever you worship, whenever you worship, let it be in truth and in spirit.

B Moments, direction

Make Time for God’s Direction

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should spend time with God for direction.

Lately, I’ve been letting the frenetic pace of my day interfere with my time with God. I was just on the phone with a girlfriend the other day confessing that sometimes I go to bed exhausted and I wake up exhausted. I’ve got to do away with that by connecting with God in a deeper, meaningful way.

I’ve also been searching for direction on how to handle a certain situation, but as soon as I made the time to sit down and get in the presence of God, my next move was immediately revealed. It reminded me of how Daniel lived his life.

Daniel made time every day to be with God. In fact, he dedicated a certain spot and time of day to praying, meditating, and simply dwelling in the presence of God.

I used to make a point to do that, but I recently got out of the habit. Now, I find myself searching more than I should be. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of making time for God.

Daniel teaches us that talking with God in the same place at the same time every day means that we have a better chance of making it happen. So today, I’ll ask you to join me in finding that special place and setting aside that special time of day.

While we remember to make time to talk to God, let us cling to these words: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

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So today, pick a place and time that will be just for God.