Good rainy Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the cloudy day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Well, we need the rain and already it is turning cooler, but that is good because yesterday I had to turn on the A/C, it was so warm and humid! This cold front will not last very long, but is most welcome!
Yesterday on the way to the park, we saw the male peacock, strutting his stuff, with his tail feathers fully fanned out, and two peahens pecking around in front of him not paying any attention. It is amazing to me, how, with the little pea brains they have, he somehow knows just what will show him off better, because he always stands in front of a garage door. God is amazing!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
Prayer: How can I know God hears my prayers?
Psalm 145:18 "The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him sincerely."
The Lord invites us to make prayer our first response rather than our last resort. He always listens to those who are honest with him.
2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land."
1 Peter 3:12 "The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil."
Since prayer is a conversation with God, we must approach God with the same love and courtesy we bring to any relationship we value. We must be humble, not arrogant. We must admit our sin and seek God's forgiveness.
1 John 5:13-15 "We can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for."
While we may not know God's specific will for every situation, we do know that his will is to empower our obedience; to overcome evil with good, and to equip us to be his witnesses. We can pray confidently, for his power and guidance, knowing that we are asking for the very things he must long to give.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,