Today I’m posting on Five Minute Fridays writing prompt link-up. One-word prompt, five minutes of writing. The prompt this week is WORTH.
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Do you ever find yourself thinking your prayers aren’t worth God’s time?
I vacillate between sending everything up in prayer to convincing myself that my prayers need not be voiced today. My problems aren’t important enough to bother God with. Look what’s happening in the world, after all.
The list goes on and on, but those big problems don’t cancel out our personal concerns. Anything that bothers us bothers God, too. I believe God answers all of our prayers. The answer, though, might not be what we expect. Sometimes it takes a while, and no one wants to hear “no” or “wait,” but sometimes, those answers are better for us than a “yes.”
Don’t let the answer keep you from asking the questions. Reveal your heart to Him. He will handle it with care.
2 Corinthians 3:17 “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (NLT)
Give your prayers a voice by saying them out loud so you and the Lord hear them together. Don’t stuff your prayers deep inside. They could escape disguised as anxiety, anger, and disappointment. Here’s the thing, if we don’t trust God with our requests, then we shouldn’t be anxious, angry, or disappointed at His silence. Instead, trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Philippians 4:6-8 tells us not to be anxious about anything but to bring God everything in prayer. And that we should be thankful before even asking and, finally, to expect His peace in return. Rest in Him (Matthew 11:28-29)
When the pain is too great to describe, the Holy Spirit feels it with you and intercedes on your behalf (Luke 8:26-27). God gave us the Holy Spirit as a helper. Ask Him (Matthew 7:7-11).
Matthew 7:9-11 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Think about it like this. Would you refuse the kindness of a stranger opening a door for you? How about someone offering a helping hand after you’ve dropped something? No, most of us would accept the offer with thanks and probably smile in return. Learn from Him (John 14:26).
The Holy Spirit is that simple kindness and helping hand. He is also a person of the Trinity and God’s power living inside of every believer. The Holy Spirit is your helper and advocate, who is always with you. He empowers you (Ephesians 3:16)
My friend, your prayers are worth God’s hearing, simply because you are God’s child (1 John 3:1).
He loves you (John 3:16).
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