Lord, May I? by Heather Bixler

Lord, May I? by Heather Bixler

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But he gives us more grace.

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” – James 4:6

I think most of our prayers begin with:

  • “God, can you?”
  • “Lord can I have?”
  • “God I want…”

I remember in second grade I had a teacher who use to always make us say, “May I go to the bathroom?”

If we ever said, “Can I go to the bathroom?” She would always respond with “I don’t know, can you?” It used to drive me crazy. Having to use the words “may I” was a break down of my seven-year-old pride!

It felt awkward to say, “May I go to the bathroom.” I would often wonder why I had to say it that way especially when I didn’t have to at home.

It should be no surprise to you (my readers) that God has been working on the topics of humility and obedience with me. You see I have issues, and I am working on bringing them all to the light. One thing that has always been a huge problem in my life was submitting to authority. For some reason I feel I know enough to not have to submit to those in authority over me. …But this is NOT TRUE!

Today in prayer God gently convicted my heart in how I approach certain situations, and even my prayer to HIM. Often I tell people what I’m going to do, in particular I tell my husband what I’m going to do. I do not ask his permission enough, and I know that.

Then there is God, and my prayers to Him. I often approach Him with a huge sense of entitlement.

  • God give me this!
  • I’m just SO frustrated!
  • I want THIS!

Then today I just tried to approach Him by ASKING Him. I didn’t ask Him if He COULD give me something – of course He can give me ANYTHING.

Kind of like when the teacher asked if we could go to the bathroom, of course we can use the bathroom but we weren’t asking if we could, we just needed permission to do so.

It’s not a question as to whether God CAN but a matter of us gaining His permission to have the desires He has placed on our hearts.

Honestly, I think God is waiting patiently to show us His generosity. I can even say this when several desires of my heart have yet to be fulfilled.

God is a generous God.

He has always been faithful, even in the trials. He has always shown me that He sees me, and He is there. Never once does He allow me to remain in my own self-pity thinking that there is not a purpose, and reason, for the prayers that have not been answered the way I had hoped.

I know God doesn’t take our requests lightly, but sometimes I FEEL like He does. However, today as I learned to ask for permission instead of demanding results right now, He has been GRACIOUS, and I received my answers a lot quicker than usual.

Prayer has always come pretty easy to me. Writing out what I think and want comes naturally. I can have a conversation with God, no problem.

But the hard part is reconciling the “NO” with “Ask and it shall be given to you,” and God knows this. You see I was able to ASK Him the painful question, and He was willing to answer.

I have a problem with people who say God will never say NO to a prayer. Honestly that little bit of “encouragement” has always left me baffled. Didn’t he basically tell Jesus NO in the garden before His crucifixion? Didn’t He tell Adam and Eve they couldn’t eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Obviously we have convinced ourselves that God will never tell us NO so that we could have faith for the things we want.

But ask and it shall be given to you is simply God inviting us to ASK His permission to have the things He has already given to us.

Changing our prayers to asking for permission will drastically change how we pray. To often we approach the throne of grace with entitlement instead of thanksgiving. We are entitled to nothing, and yet God has given us EVERYTHING He ever loved and cherished through JESUS!

Asking for permission does one important thing, it brings God into Your life and you are opening up your heart to hear His guidance.

If we want God’s direction in our life, then we need to approach Him for guidance instead of praying for the things we want…

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

A Thanksgiving Prayer

I love watching old programs and movies. I wish programs today were more like the ones in the ’50s and ’60s. Much more receptive to Christian values. It was a given that people went to church.

In one of the Thanksgiving episodes of Father Knows Best, Jim Anderson, the imitable father, offers this prayer at the end of the show as the family holds hands around the dinner table. Although the name of Jesus is omitted from the end of this Thanksgiving prayer, I still love it…

“Oh, Lord, we give Thee thanks from the depths of our humble hearts, for all the blessings Thou hast seen fit to bestow on us.

We thank Thee for the food which graces our table and a roof which covers our head.

We thank Thee for the privilege of living as free men in a country which respects our freedom and our personal rights to worship and think and speak as we choose.

We thank Thee for making us a family, for giving us sincerity and understanding.

But most of all, dear Lord, we thank Thee for giving us the greatest gift a family may know…the gift of love for one another…”

And the gift of knowing and loving You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name…amen!

However you spend this Thanksgiving, and whatever surrounds you at this time of year, may your heart be filled with praise and thanksgiving, if for no other reason than you are saved by grace and filled with the living Word of God.

Thanksgiving blessings to you!

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com

Is Your House Leaking?

Is Your House Leaking?

Ever had a leak in your house? We sure have! Numerous times. It can be quit messy and expensive, can’t it? But more crucial than a leak in our physical house is a leak in our spiritual house.

Solomon warned, “Through lowering of hands, the house leaks.” (Eccl. 10:18 Masoretic Text, emphasis mine) According to the definitions, if through inactivity, negligence, or idleness, we lower our hands from lack of prayer and praise, then the house begins to weep.

So, whose house is leaking? Whose house is weeping? Our house? Our child’s house? Our friend’s house? Our neighbor’s house? Our nation’s House?

On the mount of victory with hands of surety uplifted into the air, Moses’ spoke prayers and praises and Israel prevailed against the enemy. When he lowered his hands, the enemy prevailed.

In the book of Acts, the disciples said, “We shall devote ourselves whole-heartedly to prayer and the ministry of the Word.” (Acts 6:4 Phillips)

In our prayer efforts, let not our knees go unbent nor our hands weaken in lifting praise that the enemy not defeat us in our battles.
Others need us to pray for them as well. As the Amplified puts it in Hebrews 12:12, “So then, brace up and reinvigorate and set right your slackened and weakened and drooping hands and strengthen your feeble and palsied and tottering knees.”

The Holy Spirit is our partner in prayer; He “comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf.” (Rom. 8:26 Amp)

Over whose house is the enemy prevailing? Have you raised your hands to pray to stop the leaking, to stop the weeping, to stop the enemy?

Raise your hands and stop the leaks!

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Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com

A Thought, A Prayer, and A Song

A Thought, A Prayer, and A Song

by:  Staci Stallings

A Thought:  What does it mean to love God?  It means to simply let Him love you back.

A Prayer:  Father, Abba, thank You for loving me always.  Please forgive me when I forget to love You back. Help me to love You more and more each day.  In Your Son’s Holy Name. Amen.

A Song:  Come with me for a moment for a visit to The Well.  (Click here.)

Be blessed, friends, and have an inspired day!