A Heart Longing To Pray Like JESUS

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(Luke 22:39-44 CEB- JESUS left and made HIS way to the Mount of Olives, as was HIS custom, and the disciples followed HIM. When HE arrived, HE said to them, “Pray that you won’t give in to temptation.”. HE withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed. HE said, “FATHER, if it’s YOUR Will, take this cup of suffering away from ME. However, not MY Will but YOUR Will must be done.”. Then a heavenly angel appeared to HIM and strengthened HIM. HE was in anguish and prayed even more earnestly. HIS sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.)

Today’s focal passage truly humbled my heart. It reminded me that though JESUS is 100% GOD; omniscient and omnipotent, HE was also 100% man which means HE was fully aware of what it means to truly feel and live life as a human being. The more I read the more my heart and my thoughts were drawn to HIM. HE knowingly held all power as GOD, yet as man HIS heart still remained completely obedient to the Will of GOD THE FATHER.

JESUS withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed. HE said, “FATHER, if it’s YOUR Will, take this cup of suffering away from ME. However, not MY Will but YOUR Will must be done.”. Above and beyond HIS own Will and through HIS suffering and affliction, it was still more important to HIM to honor the Will of HIS FATHER. How often do we truly pray for GOD’S Will to manifest in our lives above our own?

Throughout this entire passage of SCRIPTURE there was one word that I stood in complete awe of… if. Notice that as JESUS was praying HE didn’t just ask GOD to remove HIM from the dolor and distress that HE was bearing. HE said, “FATHER, “if” it’s YOUR Will, take this cup of suffering away from ME.”. To me, HE was saying, “FATHER, remove this cup of suffering away from ME only “if” it’s what YOU desire to accomplish through MY life”. JESUS treasured GOD’S plan and purpose above HIS own life! And HE loved and valued us enough to remain obedient to what HE knew in HIS heart GOD had called HIM to do. I’m so amazed by that!

I’ve gained valuable life gems through reading today’s passage. JESUS suffered and endured so much more than I will ever have to bear, yet instead of complaining, HE prayed. HE wholeheartedly trusted GOD with HIS life whether it was going to be for HIM to live or to die and our GOD is so amazing that even through death, HE gave and still gives LIFE.

There are two things that I want you guys to take with you today: JESUS valued prayer because HE had faith in what intimately conversing with GOD had the power to accomplish in and through HIS life and HE knew that even if HE had to suffer that GOD had an incredible purpose for it. (Romans 8:28-30 NIV- We know that in all things GOD works for the good of those who love HIM, who have been called according to HIS purpose. For those GOD foreknew HE also predestined to be conformed to the image of HIS SON, that HE might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those HE predestined, HE also called; those HE called, HE also justified; those HE justified, HE also glorified.)

Don’t get discouraged by your trials, tribulations, or circumstances, but be encouraged that you serve THE GOD WHO has the power to deliver you from them! (1 Peter 5:10 NLV- After you have suffered for awhile, GOD HIMSELF will make you perfect. HE will keep you in the right way. HE will give you strength. HE IS THE GOD of all loving-favor and has called you through CHRIST JESUS to share HIS shining-greatness forever.)

I don’t know about you guys, but my heart is longing to pray like JESUS; constantly, relentlessly, selflessly, and faithfully! Our GOD gives LIFE and that LIFE is found in knowing HIM intimately. I pray that through your prayers, you become divinely connected and acquainted with GOD so that HIS PRESENCE, power, promises, purpose, and provision will reign in your life always!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Your Desperation Has The Power To Lead To Your Destiny

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(1 Corinthians 2:9-12 VOICE- But as THE SCRIPTURES say, No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart all the things GOD prepared for those who love HIM. GOD has shown us these profound and startling realities through HIS SPIRIT. THE SPIRIT searches all things, even the deep mysteries of GOD. Who can see into a man’s heart and know his thoughts? Only the spirit that dwells within the man. In the same way, the thoughts of GOD are known only by HIS SPIRIT. You must know that we have not received the spirit of this rebellious and broken world but THE SPIRIT that comes from GOD, so that we may experience and comprehend the gifts that come from GOD.)

Along my journey with GOD, there have been countless times when I simply trusted HIM to move in my life. I didn’t worry if HE would answer my prayers or not because the moment that I chose to enter into HIS PRESENCE, it was already established in my heart, confirmed in my mind, and settled in my spirit that HE undoubtedly would. However, in my humanness, there have also been countless times when I entered into HIS PRESENCE lost and broken wondering if HE could hear my voice and the deepest cries of my heart.

There’s a saying that goes, “If you’re going to worry then don’t pray and if you’re going to pray then don’t worry.” and I get the gist of that, but I can’t say that I necessarily agree with it. Being human we will all inevitably have times in our lives where worry will try to defeat us and that’s when we should draw nearest to GOD and pray to HIM with all that we are. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 VOICE- Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to GOD no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. This is GOD’S Will for all of you in JESUS THE ANOINTED.)

I believe with my whole heart and soul that every word that GOD has promised to us is pure, perfect, authentic, and true. I believe that every single word that HE speaks forth will fulfill HIS intended purpose just as HE said. (Isaiah 55:11 NIV- MY WORD that goes out from my mouth: IT will not return to ME empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent IT.)

In believing all of that and knowing it to be true, in my relationship with GOD more often than not, it wasn’t the times that I entered HIS PRESENCE boldly and with confidence that I had the privilege, benefit, and pleasure of experiencing all that HE is and desires to be in my life, but instead the times when I humbly entered HIS PRESENCE broken and desperate, not knowing which way to turn that HE revealed HIMSELF to me in the most beautiful and prolific ways. Those have been the moments that allowed me to feel HIS PRESENCE and experience HIM the greatest. Those have been the moments when HE allowed me to hear HIS voice with incredible clarity. When I came before HIM worried and fearful are the precise moments that HE has whispered to my heart, I AM with you always. Never will I leave nor forsake you.”. In my deepest and most intricate moments of desperation are the moments that led to true, sincere, intrinsic intimacy with GOD.

Today’s focal passage says, “No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart all the things GOD prepared for those who love HIM. GOD has shown us these profound and startling realities through HIS SPIRIT. THE SPIRIT searches all things, even the deep mysteries of GOD. Who can see into a man’s heart and know his thoughts? Only the spirit that dwells within the man. In the same way, the thoughts of GOD are known only by HIS SPIRIT. You must know that we have not received the spirit of this rebellious and broken world but THE SPIRIT that comes from GOD, so that we may experience and comprehend the gifts that come from GOD.”, meaning all we have to do is love GOD and allow HIS SPIRIT to fulfill IT’S purpose within us.

I said all of that to say this… Seek GOD with all that you are no matter the circumstance or situation. Become vulnerable and transparent with HIM because you can trust that HE always has your best interest at heart and knows what’s best for your life. And never allow fear, worry, or doubt to keep you from entering into HIS PRESENCE because in THE PRESENCE of THE LORD your greatest and deepest moment of desperation can be transformed into the LIFE-giving, purpose-filled destiny that HE has planned for your life. (Psalm 36:7-9 GNT- How precious, O GOD, is YOUR constant love! We find protection under the shadow of YOUR wings. We feast on the abundant food YOU provide; YOU let us drink from the river of YOUR goodness. YOU are the source of all life, and because of YOUR light we see THE LIGHT.)

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Armed And Ready For War!

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(2 Samuel 22:31-33 NIRV- GOD’S way is perfect. THE WORD of THE LORD doesn’t have any flaws. HE IS like a shield to all who go to HIM for safety. Who is GOD except THE LORD? Who is THE ROCK except our GOD? GOD gives me strength for the battle. HE makes my way perfect.)

As I began to meditate on the focal passage above, I was genuinely in awe of the beauty and power of our GOD and how phenomenal HE is. Through HIS WORD we have the ability and privilege of experiencing how in-depth HIS promises to us truly are. There was one incredible promise in particular that my heart grasped immensely and just wouldn’t let go of… HE makes my way perfect. How amazing is that?!

By definition the word perfect means: flawless or as good as it is possible to be. Now, take a moment to reflect upon the fact that in us choosing to trust GOD and follow HIS lead, not only does HE make our way better, but through HIM our way is made perfect! No matter where our circumstances say we should be, GOD is saying, “The way that I have prepared for you is flawless!”.

It’s extremely important for us to always remember that GOD had a plan of perfection for us long before we ever even had the capacity to contrive a plan for ourselves. (Jeremiah 1:5 MSG- “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.”) HE chose you and set you apart because HE knew that HE had incredible plans for your life.

We need learn to trust GOD and look to HIM with the same eyes and heart as the Prophet Isaiah did. (Isaiah 25:1 GNT- LORD, YOU ARE my GOD; I will honor YOU and praise YOUR name. YOU have done amazing things; YOU have faithfully carried out the plans YOU made long ago.) In other words, GOD will fulfill HIS purpose for our lives. We just have to trust and praise HIM through our storms because at the end of every storm, the sun is destined to shine again.

In the 29 precious years that GOD has allotted to me thus far, I have come to not only realize, but to understand that I can’t do this thing we call life without HIM, but the beauty in that is, HE never intended for me to. (2 Samuel 22:36 NOG- YOU have given me the shield of YOUR salvation. YOUR help makes me great.) Without GOD, I am nothing. All that I am, I owe to HIM. It is HIS PRESENCE in my life that strengthens me, gives me peace, and makes me great.

(Psalm 144:1-2 NLV- Praise and thanks be to THE LORD, my ROCK. HE makes my hands ready for war, and my fingers for battle. HE IS my LOVING-KINDNESS and my WALLS OF STRENGTH, my STRONG PLACE and THE ONE WHO sets me free, my SAFE-COVERING and THE ONE in WHOM I trust.) There is nothing that we will ever face that the power of GOD can’t conquer. Who is GOD except THE LORD?! Who is THE ROCK except our GOD?! GOD gives us strength for the battle and the war. HE makes our way perfect! HE has equipped us with everything we’ll never need for HIS purpose in us to prevail. THE TRUTH of HIS WORD is our shield, our strength, and our protection, so we are armed and ready for war! And our GOD has promised us victory!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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