Psalm 121:1 A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Ps 121:2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Ps 121:3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Ps 121:4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Ps 121:5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. Ps 121:6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. Ps 121:7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. Ps 121:8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
My awakening was greeted with the severest of pain. I have learned to live with it from day to day. Yet this morning, like so many others, it began with the horror of stillness summoning the acuity of my spirit. The stabbing, burning suffering in my flesh upon awakening is more consistent in the last year. There is literally nothing immediate about the relief process naturally. It can happen at the most inconvenient moments and with no apparent reason.
Hopefully, you will read my new book, “A Conqueror In Training” over the holiday season and discover how I came to realize the “Conqueror Lifestyle.” In fact, I pray you will want your friends and loved ones to have the blessed experience of reading it as well through your gift giving via ebooks. When you have read it, the message of this post will resonate in your spirits more brightly. His training has effectively taught me to “pray 1st.” Today, and everyday I start out in prayer 1st helps me to continue to stay in the race and run on some more. Doing this has proven His Sovereignty over my life from situation to situation, experience to experience, outcome after outcome ultimately revealing that “Prayer Changes Things.”
Billie Holiday penned the song “Good Morning Heartache” while wrestling with her reality of pain and heartache experienced every morning when she needed another “fix.” Her addiction to heroin was breaking her spiritually as her body required the drug more and more. Over time it destroyed her talent and took her life in death far too young.
The imagery contained in this powerful recording demonstrates a heart overcome with brokenness and unwilling to “pray without ceasing.” I Thess. 5:17. When you are caught up in your flesh and your spirit is conquered by sin, you will do everything humanly possible to discover change which can only come through the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Pain is painful. God allows pain for the purpose of perfecting His will in us. A personal identity to Jesus’ suffering on the Cross is where this truth begins. Thanks be unto God for the mighty power of His Spirit at work which manifests and maintains the Conqueror Lifestyle in me from day to day. You too can come to know the Conqueror Lifestyle God has just for you. When you pray 1st, you call His power into the situation immediately. Humanity ceases and Divinity commences in spiritually defining ways to demonstrate His power in us. And He will do, what no other power, can do.
Stay in the race!
- Psalms 121! (kristiann1.com)
- James 4:10 NKJV – God blesses the humble (pagprayer.wordpress.com)
- Pray to God With Confidence (fromthedeaconsdesk.wordpress.com)
- God’s Agenda – The Purpose of Prayer (bornfun.wordpress.com)
- Our help comes from God (propheticgifts7.wordpress.com)
- How Often Do You Pray? (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- My Help (devomom.wordpress.com)
- My Keeper (abundantgraceandlove.wordpress.com)
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I wanted to thank you for the pingback. Prayer is such a powerful gift from God. I am reading about it now as I want to develop even more intimate conversations with God. Be sure to visit my blog at http://facingtrials.com
You are welcome. Great hearing from you and I hope you are even more blessed after reading “A Conqueror In Training.” Keep up the good work and be assured – prayer changes things.:-)
Stay in the race!