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)

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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.

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, delivering

Before You Can Ask, God Will Deliver

B Moments, delivering

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the fact that while we are praying, God is delivering.

I had this thought while I was reading about Abraham, who sent his servant on a long journey to find a wife for his son Isaac. Abraham took this assignment extremely seriously—so seriously, in fact, that he made the servant take an oath before he left for his journey.

After taking the oath, Abraham’s servant feared that he might not be able to fulfill his assignment. First, he was concerned about how long it would take him to find the ideal wife for Isaac. Then, he began to worry that the wife he found would be unwilling to leave her homeland to marry Isaac.

In short, the stakes were high for the servant, and he was afraid of failing. Therefore, he began to pray fervently for God to help him with the assignment.

Yet the Scriptures reveal that while he was on his knees praying, a beautiful woman, Rebecca, came forward and offered water not only to the servant, but to his camels as well. It was then that he knew that her kindness was God answering his prayers.

Most importantly, the servant was still praying while God was in the process of answering.

Sometimes, I need to be reminded of God’s adeptness at responding to our prayers, so the words that I encourage us to cling to are these: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

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So today, know that while you’re praying, God is delivering.

B Moment, forgive

Are You Blocking Your Miracles?

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

Scripture reference: Mark 11:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking of a surefire way we may block our miracles.

Lately, I talked about both the power of believing in God’s miracles and the undesirable consequences of disbelief, either inadvertent or not. In fact, I’ve always distilled the realization of God’s miracles down to whether or not we fully believe. For example, perhaps we have faith, but that faith is diluted with a little doubt so we are unable to experience the entirety of the wonders God has planned for us.

As I was reading yesterday’s bible verse though, I noticed another verse. At the time, quite honestly, I ignored it. I wasn’t in a place where I was able to explore that particular aspect of my faith because it brought up some latent feelings for me. I simply wanted to contain those feelings rather than dealing with them.

However, that verse has been weighing on my heart so I feel as though I need to share it with you all.

The first part, as you may remember, said that you should ask for what you want in prayer, believe you have received it, and it will be yours. Then the next verse, the one that has been on my heart, relates the importance of forgiving while you are in prayer.

I think that is actually incredibly important because just as failing to believe can block our miracles, so can an unwillingness to forgive keep us from the marvels that God has in store.

So the next time we need to recall these three key steps–pray, ask, and forgive–let us cling to these words, “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 (ESV)

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So today, pray, ask, and forgive.

B Moments, done

It’s Already Done!

B Moments

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how it is already done. In other words, God has already answered our prayer; we simply haven’t seen it yet.

I had this thought as I was reading in John 4 about a government official who asked Jesus to heal his son. The passage detailed how the official pleaded with Christ to quickly go to his house before his little boy died.

Jesus, however, responded that the official should go back home and told him that his son would live. The man believed Jesus and started on his way home.

While on his journey back, some of his servants met him on the road with the news that his son was alive and well.

After rejoicing, the official asked his servants when his son began to feel better. The servants told him that the day before at around 1:00, his fever suddenly disappeared.

The man then realized that Jesus had told him that his son would live at precisely the same time that day.

When I read this, all I could think was, it is already done. I sincerely believe that there are times when we kneel in prayer and, before we even get up, God has already answered our prayer; we just haven’t seen it yet.

Just as God answered the official’s prayer in that instant, we should be encouraged that He is doing the same in our lives. The next time uncertainty creeps in about whether God has heard or answered one of our prayers, let us cling to these words: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

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So today, know this: it is already done.