“I have always asked people to pray for me… I feel I have many weaknesses and problems, I am a sinner, too.” – Pope Francis 
Pope Francis’ statement this week gives hope to all who see their weaknesses and still believe greater things are to come. At certain times in my life, some of the most uplifting stories in the Bible have been the ones with this theme. Jesus’ closest disciples failed him and yet returned to him again to accomplish great things in his name. King David was another one who rose above adultery and murder to eventually be know to God as, “a man after My own heart.”  What an amazing comeback!
Courageous Prayer – Courageous Life
Prayer is powerful and when there is purity and noble intention behind the prayer, it creates beauty and holiness in partnership with God. When we pray as Jesus did, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we are surrendering to the highest light and excellence of God’s will. We are asking God to taking away any thought or activity that is against His will. If by chance our desires are not aligned to God’s, then that is where courageous living and faith proves itself.
Living courageously requires that we admit our failings and cry out to God for help.  It brings us to our knees in humble acknowledgement of our need for a Savior. Prayer and praise makes us mindful of God and the fact that he is the source of all blessing. This frees us from clinging to people or things that are not for His greater good. Most importantly, we can confess our sins and rejoice in knowing will will be restored and forgiven because our debt is paid by Jesus.
A Touch of the Divine
Prayer brings a greater awareness of the Divine Presence and brings our focus to the sacred. As we pray we are recognizing that God is in this moment and He is sovereign. We are yielding to His truth and heavenly wisdom.  It acknowledges that ‘I’m not God and I don’t have to be’.
“Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place we must find.” Wayne Dyer
Reasons To Pray
- When we pray with love for others, we are blessed. Job prayed for his friends and his life was blessed beyond his wildest dreams (Job 42:10-11).
- Prayers for wisdom please God and seeking wisdom brings multiple blessings (1Kings 3:5-14, Prov. 2:1-22, Prov. 8:12-21 & James 1:5).
- How we listen and follow through after we pray, is key to receiving God’s blessings and protection (Prov. 1:33, James 1:25 & 1Peter 3:12).
- Spending time in prayer and in God’s word, keeps us from anxiety and gives inner peace. (Phil. 4:6-7) It brings us longevity and prosperity (Prov. 3:1-2).
- Prayer keeps us from temptation and helps us stand against evil (Matt. 6:9-13, Matt. 26:41, Mark 14:38 & Eph. 6:13-18).
- If we confess our sins to one other and pray righteously for one other it will promote, healing and forgiveness (James 5:13-16).
- Praying in the Spirit gives hope, joy, power and peace (Rom. 5:3, Rom. 8:26-27 & Jude 1:20-21).
- Battles are won with prayer, if we don’t give up. Pray and praise without ceasing (Ex. 17:10-13, Ps. 63:4, Rom. 12:12 & Thes. 5:16-18).
- We act like children of God when we pray for people who have hurt us (Matt. 5:44-45).
- Prayer is communicating with God. He hears us and will sustain us (Jer. 29:12, Isa. 65:24, Ps. 55:22 & 1John 5:14-15 ).
- Our homes are blessed by prayer. Jesus said, “My house will be called a house of prayer” (Matt. 21:13).
- When we honor and love God and one another, we create an environment for effective prayer (Isa. 58:6-9, Mark 12:28-33, 1Peter 3:6-8 & 1Peter 4:7-8).
- Praying together with other believers is empowering (Ecc. 4:9-10 & Matt. 18:19-20).
- Praying in solitude can bring renewal, clarity, vision and a sense of purpose (Matt. 6:6, Mark 1:32-38).
- Whatever we ask in prayer, in Jesus name, it will be done. God will move heaven and earth (John 14:12-17, John 15:7).
- Praying with our sights on heaven reminds us we already belong to heaven. It’s where our citizenship is, (Phil. 3:20). It’s where our inheritance is (1Peter 1:3-5).
“Remember Paul says, ‘Set your minds on things above’ (Col. 3:2) and nothing promotes that kind of heavenly-mindedness quite like a deep-seated sense that your whole life is a journey being lived in that direction”. – Setting Our Sights On Heaven 
With our sights on heaven and our hearts full of gratitude, let’s give praise to the One who sacrificed his life to bring us there. As we do good deeds in Jesus’ name, let us build up our bodies, our vehicle to serve others while we are still here on earth.
15 Reasons to Exercise
- Increases energy and endurance
- Boosts mental health
- Increases longevity
- Strengthens bones
- Increases memory and brain function
- Improves posture
- Boosts immune system
- Gives confidence
- Improves joint function
- Strengthens the heart
- Improves cholesterol levels
- Reduces stress
- Promotes more restful sleep
- Increases oxygen supply to the cells
- Improves balance and agility
Wishing you all the blessings of God for good health! ~ Linda
2] Acts 13:22, 1 Samuel 13:14
3] “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
4] “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving,considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3: 17
5] Setting Our Sights On Heaven: Why It’s Hard And Why It’s Worth It by Paul D. Wolfe http://www.amazon.com/Setting-Our-Sights-Heaven-Worth/dp/1848711433
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