July 3rd // Prayer

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"Is anyone among you sick? Let him call

for the elders of the church, and let them pray

over him, anointing him with oil in the name

of the Lord."

James 5:14

Prayer is so important in any kind of sickness. Sometimes it's hard to pray if we are being honest. It's hard to hear a response from God most days. But, I promise He is listening.

Another thing, sometimes His answer will be a no. It's not because He hates us, because I promise you He is in love with us, but sometimes He has to say no, or even not yet. Praying does not automatically give you a yes from God. Just because we prayed to win money, doesn't mean God wants us to have that and that's okay.

I believe I get bitter about prayer and even asking for prayer. I have a church family that I know if I ask for prayer that they just won't go home and pray for me, but right then and there they will pray for me.

The Bible tells us to get prayer from our brothers and sisters in Christ, but we are too ashamed because what we need healing for is too embarrassing or we aren't going through anything "that bad." All of His children need to pray for each other. When one is sick, when one is hurting, the whole body is hurting.  

Please do not be afraid to ask form prayer. It is so valuable. More people coming to agreement with you and going before God asking Him these things.

You are so worth people praying for.

Prayer // Dear Lord Jesus, I am sorry for not trusting you and talking to you. I'm sorry for not telling people when I need prayer. I know it's important and I know prayer is so valuable. I understand that I am apart of the body and when I am hurt, the whole body is hurt. Praying for others is important, as well as asking for prayer. I lift up my friends today. As well as myself. Amen.

July 2nd // He Took It All

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"Yet He Himself bore our sickness,

and He carried our pains;

but we turn regarded Him stricken,

struck down by God, and afflicted.

But, He was pierced because of our rebellion,

crushed because of our iniquities;

punishment for our peace was on Him,

and we are healed by His wounds."

Isaiah 53:4-5

If you don't get anything out of this today except one thing, I hope it's the words "we are healed by His wounds."

When I was in the middle of my self harm addiction I heard this statement, "Jesus bled for us, so we don't have too." And that is still true today.

This life is hard, God never promised it would be easy, because if it was easy, we wouldn't need God. But, here we are, in need of a Savior to heal all of our wounds.

God so gracefully sends His Son down to die on the cross for us. He just does it, He's nailed onto the cross and just thinks about you. He did that because He loves you so much.

God doesn't want us to have pain, that was not apart of His original plan. But, sin entered the world, and we struggle so much with pain, shame, wounds, addictions, and so much more. Then God sent Jesus and Jesus went to the cross. I don't know what you are going through, but think about a nail going through your hand, your feet. Ouch, right?

That's exactly what Jesus did for us. He did not want us to go through any pain at all, so He took the most pain for us.

God healed our wounds with the blood of Jesus Christ.

Prayer // Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for taking my death. Thank you for making me brand new - white as snow. Because of You, I get to live free. I am healed from my sin because of You. You are good and You will never fail me.