God gives joy, peace, and strength

Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

God gives great joy in spite of circumstances and events. He gives an incomprehensible peace that takes away all anxiety, fretting, and worry. He gives His strength to manage life well, and to carry out all responsibilities successfully. God loves to give to His children what they need if they ask.

The average Christian’s prayer life is very weak, meaning it won’t result in much joy, peace, and strength; God won’t do much in response to their prayers. Let me suggest some things that will increase the power of our praying, and increase the volume of joy, peace, and strength into our life.

2. Increase the frequency of our praying.

The Number one suggestion yesterday was to increase our intimacy with God through the discipline of regular prayer. Spending time with God in a regular time of undistracted, focused conversation with God. The closer we are with God the more power we have with Him in our prayers to Him. The suggestion was to have a regular date with God at the same time and place every day even for 15 minutes.

Number two suggestion is to pray all day long. Prayers that last a few seconds, usually in our thoughts, prompted by a personal need or the observed need or problems of others.

When I am feeling weary I come to Jesus and ask for strength. When I am feeling discouraged I come to Jesus and I ask for His joy. When I am feeling anxious I come to Jesus and ask for peace. When someone asks me a question that is important and I don’t know the answer I come to Jesus and ask for wisdom. when I drop a screw while working on a project I come to Jesus and ask Him to help me find it. When I see someone struggling in life I intercede for them. When I see someone sinning or making a poor choice in life I pray and ask God to convict them, and to deliver them from the devil. When I am fishing I ask God to help me to catch a fish. All day long every problem, every question, every fear, every encounter with another person, every news article, every feeling whether positive, negative, physical or emotional prompts a prayer.

I am also careful to thank God all day long for every blessing, for answers to my myriad of prayers all day long.

Psalms 103:1-2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;

Most believers don’t practice this kind of praying without ceasing because as weariness, discouragement, temptation, anxiety comes into their life; they simply don’t think about praying and asking God for help.

Train yourself to come to Jesus all day long. Memorize Matthew 11:28 and meditate on it, think about it all-day long, especially first thing in the morning and just before you fall asleep.

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