A healthy prayer life is ever evolving. I’ve learned recently that in some areas, I’ve had reactive prayer instead of proactive prayer. If we want to resist the strategies of the enemy, we need strategic prayer grounded in God’s word found in the Bible. I try every morning to spend a few minutes in God’s word. It’s like making an appointment with God and it helps keep me focused on His will for my life. For each situation, I link my prayers to a Bible verse to stay focused and frame my prayers. If not, due to my short attention span, after a minute I’m left with a grocery list and my own opinion. Read More
The word meditate comes from the Latin word meaning to contemplate or measure. Meditation has been twisted in our culture connoting all types of images. As Christians we are called to meditate on His word, confining our thoughts to His will for us.
Stressed? Tired? Coughing? Need focus? I have a friend whose answer to everything can be found in essential oils. “I have an oil for that,” she says with a smile on her face. Thanks to her, I’ve vaporized and diffused my way out of toxic emotions and harmful bacteria. Peppermint oil is purifying and a favorite that I use sometimes when I pray and ask God to, “Search my thoughts and my heart. Cleanse me LORD of anything that stops me from having clean hands and a pure heart.” Sin separates me from God. There are times that I don’t like myself when I see what God reveals. My prayer of repentance is a lot like King David’s cry to God in Psalm 51:7. “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Hyssop, like peppermint is in the mint family and was used in biblical times to cleanse and in David’s case, spiritually cleanse his soul. Psalm 51 begins with King David, singing a remorseful melody to God and to an understandably, very upset prophet, named Nathan. King David: the shepherd boy, mighty warrior, wandering minstrel, poet laureate, inspiring leader. Only one spring, when it is time to head to out to war, as all kings do, King David takes a little furlough. Kind of a vacation or rather a “staycation.” One night he is lounging around the palace rooftop, perhaps strumming his harp, looking for inspiration for his next psalm, when suddenly he spies Bathsheba (somebody else’s wife). It doesn’t well go from there and King David is in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness. Read More