Praying Through April

To pray is the greatest thing we can do: and to do it well there must be calmness, time, and deliberation… E.M. Bounds

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

Right now, because of this unique situation our world is faced with, we have time. Never before have we had such an opportunity to think, to enjoy the simple things, to rest. Truly, this gift can be an opportunity to draw closer to the Lord and to deepen our enjoyment of His presence in our lives. Naturally, our hearts are given to fear, to distraction, to worry, to frustration, or any other number of emotions, if we don’t purposefully keep them fixed on the Lord. Peace is the promised outcome of taking all of our cares to the God who controls it all, and who will lead us by the path that He already knows.

Not only will purposeful prayer keep our hearts within His peace, but there are many others who will benefit from our time spent with Him. Those around us who do not know God’s peace are suffering under their burdens alone and are terrified at what the future holds. God’s beacon of peace shining from our lives can light the way for those struggling in the darkness.

For this month of April, I’d like to start a prayer challenge to specifically pray for one thing throughout the day.  Each day there is a need listed with one or more verses to give context to the request.  I plan to pray in the morning, and then throughout the day as the Lord brings it to mind.  I’m so thankful for those of you who have already shown interest in praying with me.  There is a resource that I created to download, if you’d like the calendar in printable form. Click on the download button to access the pdf version. Also, if you have any specific requests, please let me know. I’d like to pray along with you!

Published by ebolticoff

I’m Erica and I love coffee, coffee, and more coffee, with a splash of half and half in every cup, any time before 4 pm. I need coffee, you see, because 3 girls:21, 18, 12; and 1 boy:16; call me mom. There is also a high school exchange student and a dog, with frequent comings and going of various friends, and a father-in-law who lives next door. And last, but definitely not least, there is an amazingly handsome man who spoils me far more than a girl could ever dream of who calls me “Hon.” That would be my husband if you’re not following me. But even with all of these blessings, and ALL of that coffee, this girl held a whole lot of longings in her heart: longings for joy, longings for love, longings for contentment...the list goes on. There was only one place to go, One Person, really. I found the One who satisfies my soul at the Well that flows with His Living Water. Pop in anytime and let’s have coffee over the Word together.

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