Several years ago I took the advice of a good friend and I started keeping a prayer journal. I use this journal as a way of talking to God. I now put all of my daily prayer concerns in writing. Writing requests in my journal helps me to stay focused because honestly sometimes my mind will just start wandering off. Additionally, my journal also provides me with records and reminders that God does answer my prayers. It’s a really good feeling when you can document on paper that a prayer was answered.
I also use my prayer journal to help me with my daily bible study. Several months ago, my daughter, Shelly, introduced me to a monthly scripture writing plan that is available online. Each month has a special theme with a set of verses on the specific topic. For example, this month’s theme is PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE. I learn better by writing so instead of just reading verses, I write the verses in my journal. I then underline or highlight verses that I may want to memorize or simply be able to easily refer back to them. I have been doing this for about 10 months and it is really helping me as I try to read and study God’s word.
Well yesterday was no different. I wrote the verses, read a few other verses, and then I wrote my prayer requests for the day. And that was that.
Then I just started working in my house. I cleaned and organized my utility room. I cleaned and organized my closet. I cleaned a little on the motor home. I emptied two boxes that have been sitting in my living room floor for months. I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. I cooked lunch. I cooked supper. And while we were eating supper, Bill jokingly asked me, “What kind of pill did you take today? Where did you get all this energy?” I just laughed and said to Bill, “I am doing what I like to do.” And to myself, I said, “I really haven’t accomplished this much work in a long time.” You see, I usually either don’t have the energy or I don’t have the motivation. But then I just started cleaning the kitchen and never gave it another thought.
This morning, when I opened my prayer journal, there it was in black and white. Yesterday morning, I had literally asked God to give me the strength and willpower to get my house in order and that is exactly what He did. He answered my prayer, and yet I had forgotten that I even asked Him for help. I wonder how many other times this has happened to me or maybe to you. How many times have we prayed, God has answered our prayer, and then we never acknowledge it or perhaps we never even realize that it was God.
In Matthew 21:22, Jesus said, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” And in John 16:24, Jesus said, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name; ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” God tells us to ask him for things and then to believe so that we can receive. So why is it such a surprise when God answers our requests? And God doesn’t say to only ask for big things. I believe that no request or concern is too small to carry to Him. Getting my house in order is no big deal in the big scheme of things; but, yesterday, it was a big deal to me. And I want to thank God for yesterday’s answered prayers.
This is Nana Nancy, Let Jesus be YOUR Guide as you enjoy YOUR ride!