The 40 Prayer Journal Entries is an eight-week series designed to exam certain words which describe emotions and actions that keep us from having a close relationship with God. Each week we will examine five new words with accompanying Bible verses. These five words and Bible verses will be prompts for you to write about your own feelings, responses, and prayers surrounding these words and verses.
Dear Followers of The Prayer Journals,
Adversity usually comes from our own decision making, and sometimes, it comes from nowhere. Adversity can blindside us. For example, a sudden death in the family or healthy emergency. In my case, it was a medical/health isse that has kept me away from blogging here at The Prayer Journals… then the holidays happened…
One thing I did not lose focus on is my relationship with Christ. I continued to journal my thoughts and prayers as I meditated daily on His Word. One of the many things I learned during this unforeseen health sabbatical was not to lose focus not only on my relationship with God but my relationship with others.
My hope was to conclude this 8-week series before the start of the Lenten season to help you prepare for the Easter celebration. Yet, adversity in my life has always been God’s way of tugging at my arm as is if to say, “This way, Sheri.”
My prayer ~ “Help me to stay focused by serving out of my gifts God has born within me so my service will be satisfying when it is difficult or painful.”
So let’s get to it!
Adversity, troubles, whatever form it comes in the Bible has a lot to say about the topic, particularly, in the Book of Psalms. Why not try your hand at writing your psalm in your journal, or perhaps the following Bible verses may trigger a memory for you to express your feelings in a prayer journal entry or more.
Who are your angels?
“No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house. He will put angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:10-11
God brings light to the darkness
“Don’t laugh at me, my enemies. Although I’ve fallen, I will get up. Although I sit in the dark, the Lord is my light. I have sinned against the Lord. So I will endure his fury until he takes up my cause and wins my case. He will bring me into the light, and I will see his victory.” Micah 7:8-9
A safe place for sorrow or trouble
“The Lord will not reject such people forever. Even if he makes us suffer, he will have compassion in keeping with the richness of his mercy. He does not willingly bring suffering or grief to anyone, crush any prisoner on earth underfoot, deny people their rights in the presence of the Most High God, or deprive people of justice in court. The Lord isn’t happy to see these things.” Lamentations 3:31-33
In our times of trouble or adversity, we can often feel the pangs of loneliness even when we in the midst of other people. God is ever present in our time of need, loneliness, and despair. Again, we can first turn to the Book of Psalms.
In a time of suffering
“But I am oppressed and needy.
May the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my savior.
O my God, do not delay!” Psalm 40:17
Have you felt His presence?
“I will not leave you all alone. I will come to you.” John 14:18
Have you heard His call?
“Then you will call, and the Lord will answer.
You will cry for help, and he will say, “Here I am!” Isaiah 58:9
Perhaps you felt a tug on your arm, gentle whisper in your ear, or a sign that made you know God’s presence in your circumstance. Maybe you are confused that it was God at all? The blessing of a daily ritual of a prayer journal is to draw close to God, and He will draw close to you!
What way did you turn?
“A person may plan his own journey, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Seeing in the darkness
“I will lead the blind on unfamiliar roads.
I will lead them on unfamiliar paths.
I will turn darkness into light in front of them.
I will make rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do for them,
and I will never abandon them.” Isaiah 42:16
Have you ever felt lost and alone?
The Lord says, “I will instruct you. I will teach you the way that you should go. I will advise you as my eyes watch over you.” Psalm 32:8
It takes courage to be patient, to be strong, and more importantly, to follow when you are unsure of anything.
Be strong in heart
“Be strong, all who wait with hope for the Lord, and let your heart be courageous.” Psalm 31:24
Do you feel powerless?
“He gives strength to those who grow tired and increases the strength of those who are weak.” Isaiah 40:29
“I have commanded you, ‘Be strong and courageous! Don’t tremble or be terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’” Joshua 1:9
One of the most difficult things to have, to hold, and to earn is trust. I have many a journal entry on this topic alone! How about you?
Has someone misplaced your trust? Or did you lose their trust?
“Blessed is the person who places his confidence in the Lord and does not rely on arrogant people or those who follow lies.” Psalm 40:4
It’s not always for us to understand
“Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16
(All Scripture verses are from GOD’S WORD Translation of the Holy Bible.)
Reading in context
When you come upon a Bible verse, read the verse in its context. Often people like to pick and choose a verse that seems to fit a particular view or purpose. But God has so much more to say when you read His Word in its’ entirety.
Continue to read and re-read the book of Matthew throughout the 8-week series to understand the heart of Jesus Christ. Biblegateway.com or Bible.com are both excellent online resources. On their home page, search any word for Bible verses containing the word. Keep writing your way through whatever has brought you to draw closer to Him.
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