What is your #1 problem today? What makes your heart heavy? Do you worry about your family’s well-being? Is a friend struggling? Have you been feeling left out at school? Whatever it is, prayer is the answer.
Begin the Day with Prayer
The Bible says to “cast” your problems and burdens on your heavenly Father. Isn’t that absolutely great? You get to say to God, “Take all of this stuff from me!” When you do this, you’re putting “impossible” problems into His powerful hands. God will take care of them...as only He can.
When you begin each day by giving all the cares of your life to God in prayer, you’ll feel the freedom of having a weight lifted from your shoulders and your heart.
Begin a Prayer List
Have you ever been hungry for prayer? A good way to grow in faith in God is to keep a prayer list. Today’s a perfect day to start one. A journal will fuel and feed a deep hunger for this time of talking to God. This will help you remember what to pray for and inspire you to pray more passionately. When you see and write down how God answers each prayer, your faith will soar!
Your list may be short at first, but soon your mind and heart will be filled with more physical, emotional, and spiritual needs to bring to God. He’s always listening. Remember to take time to listen for His responses during your quiet time and throughout the process of discovering His will.
As your connection with Jesus grows, you’ll be eager to lift up concerns for family, friends, and yourself to Him each day. And when God answers your prayers, you’ll be in awe.
Lord, I’ll start my first prayer list with this prayer for growth in my own faith and prayer life: I give You everything that weighs me down. Sometimes I think it is up to me to carry everything that comes my way. But You are offering to take it all on and deal with every problem...even the really hard stuff. Here it is, God. Take it all. Thank You! I can’t wait to talk to You and to listen as You answer each of my prayers. Amen.
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Prayer puts “impossible” problems into God’s powerful hands.