When we experience tragedy & struggle, it can be difficult to feel God’s presence, to see His hand, and to hear His voice. When we take two steps forward, life kicks us back five steps. It seems like the struggle is never over. If we are like most people the first thing we do is began to complain. Once we complain, we lose. But once we pray, WE WIN! WE HAVE TO STAY PRAYED UP AT ALL TIMES.
If you notice everything that is going on this world, it’s time to stay prayed up. With killings taking place in schools, shootings in movie theaters—it is without saying that the enemy is busy. The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy our hopes & dreams but God comes to give us an abundant life (John 10:10); full of peace & hope for tomorrow.
If the enemy is attacking you both naturally & spiritually, it is time to pray. Prayer keeps your mind, heart, and life in alignment with God’s word to stay focused in the time of trouble.
1. Live a Life of Prayer
Just like our cell phones, internet, television, & friends keep us updated with the latest news & communication. Prayer keeps us in constant communication with God, whom is our source for salvation and victory. God hears your prayers—the bible says “the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much” (James 5:16).
It is important to live a life of prayer. Because prayer truly works! Jesus said that all men should pray & not faint. God is testing your faith, so don’t complain. Keep a life of prayer. When you pray, it keeps you from giving up. In life is so easy to give up when things get rocky but when you pray, it makes you less sensitive to your problems and circumstances.
Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. You are powerful when you pray. Remember a prayerless person is a powerless person. All God wants you to do is stayed up. When you pray you are not swayed to left & right. Prayer keeps your life, heart, and mind centered solely on God and not your problems. Prayer gives us wisdom & understanding for life situations.
2. Trust God & Pray
God knows every struggle, tear, and heartache. But Lord will never give you more on you than you can bear. When you pray, it shows that you are trusting God. God has already planned & predestined our life. He just wants to test our faith & see if we will humble ourselves.
Don’t give up! Your trials are making you STRONGER, and your GREATER is coming. The glory of God shall be revealed in your life. Know that the testing of your faith produces patience. No matter what I face in life, I STAY PRAYED UP & TRUST GOD.
You may ask me how I made it through my darkest hour. How did I keep standing when I wanted to fall? How did I keep my sanity in the midst of chaos? I STAYED PRAYED UP!
Scripture: “And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”- Luke 1:18
Prayer: Dear Lord! Help me to make it through my darkest hour. You have purpose for every pain, a reason for every struggle, and joy for every tear. I STAYED PRAYED UP!
Stay in Faith,
Dion M. Schoffner Jr. (DMS)
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