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PSA 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit

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Ask in Faith, Expect an Answer!


God tells us in Jeremiah 33:3, "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know."


1. Endure: Don't lose heart. Keep praising God for His goodness. (James 1:1-4)

James encourages us to "consider it all joy" when we encounter trials that test our faith. That may sound difficult. But as we endure these trials, pressing on in faith and believing God has our best interests at heart, we will emerge from the experience "perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." Often, God allows us to go through difficult challenges because those very experiences shape us to receive the answer He has already prepared. Even in the midst of pain, if we can press on -- praying, standing on His Word, believing His promises -- we will see His goodness bring us to a better place. 

2. Stop worrying: Ask God for wisdom concerning your situation. (James 1:5)

God gives wisdom to everyone who asks Him. He gives it generously. He doesn't think any less of us for asking. In fact, He loves it when we come to Him with our concerns. But the catch is, we have to ask for wisdom to get it. Too many of us reason out problems and come up with solutions on our own -- coming to God only as a last resort. God tells us in Jeremiah 33:3, "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know." If we come to Him as soon as we encounter difficulties, He promises to give us His perspective on our situation. He can show us ways to deal with our trials that may never have occurred to us. 

3. Deal with doubt: Come to God in faith -- and expect an answer! (James 1:6-8)

When you ask God for help, remember that He is faithful. When Jesus invited Peter to walk with Him on the water, Peter was able to do it -- as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus and focused on his circumstances -- looking at the waves around him and the water beneath him, he sank. When you ask God for help, focus on His Word and what He is speaking to your heart to believe for, rather than letting your faith be determined by your situation. 

4 Remember: God is not limited by your circumstances. (James 1:9-11)

By the world's standards, wealthy people have the greatest range of opportunities because they have the resources to make their dreams come true. They can afford the best the world has to offer, and can gain power and influence through their wealth. In contrast, God is not impressed by a person's wealth, but rather by our willingness to believe Him and by obedience in what He has told us to do. If we are rich in faith, there are no limits to what God can accomplish through us! 

5 Persevere: Keep your eyes on God, and thank Him for the victory! (James 1:12)

Through persevering in prayer in each trying situation, praising God and believing in His goodness, we will build the character we need in order to receive all that God has for us without being overwhelmed. And each situation we emerge from in triumph is a small picture of the victory that awaits all believers someday when we receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him!

Make Room For God

Many years ago Oswald Chambers said to a group of students in a college
chapel service: We have to learn to make room for God -- to give God ?elbow
room.? We calculate and estimate, and say that this and that will happen,
and we forget to make room for God to come as he chooses. Expect him to
come, but do not expect him only in a certain way. At any moment he may
break in. Always be in a state of expectancy, and leave room for God to come
as he likes.

Life is anything but predictable! Human nature is not fixed and settled. We
live under hope. That hope is rested in God, not the situation.

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It was Winston Churchill who said, ?Success is never final. Failure is never fatal.
It is courage that counts.?
The prospects of something great happening can look grim. Peter had fished
all night and caught nothing. Jesus asked him to let down his nets for a
catch. It seemed foolish to do so, because Peter knew there were no fish to
catch. "But at your word," he said, "I will let down the nets

Abraham Lincoln
Failed in business...........................................1831
Lost election for state legislature...................1832
Failed again in business...............................  1834
Sweetheart died...............................................1835 
Nervous breakdown.........................................1836 
Lost second political race...............................1838
Defeated for Congress....................................1843 
Defeated for Congress....................................1846 
Defeated for Congress.....................................1848 
Defeated for US Senate...................................1855 
Defeated for Vice President.............................1856 
Defeated for US Senate....................................1858 
Elected President..............................................1860 

Abraham Lincoln

"Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel."

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The purpose of Pray, Discover and Obey is to help you
make important decisions with the confidence
that God has revealed His direction and that He
will give you the discernment, strength and
courage to carry out His plans.

John White, after studying the book of Nehemiah, concluded the following:

Prayer is where planning starts. Our first goal in prayer is not to get a steamhead of power but to find out what God wants. Planning that arises from and is the product of prayer is far superior to planning that is merely "backed by" prayer. The plan that is God's plan, revealed by him to those who wait on him, is a plan that cannot fail. If the plan is not of God in the first place, no amount of prayer will make it count for eternity. It may "work". That is, it may achieve the goals the organizers are aiming at. But if the goals are not God's goals, of what value is it that they were achieved efficiently? - John White, Excellence in Leadership, pp. 40-41

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Bible Quotes

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace...that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit."
--Romans 15:13

"Behold, I have engraved your name on the palms of my hands."
--Isaiah 49:16

"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered."
--Matthew 10:30

"But now thus says the Lord, who created you,...He who formed you...I have called you
by name, you are mine."
--Isaiah 43:1

'He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds' (Psalm 147:3).

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Today's Bible Verse
Keep your eyes on God, and thank Him for the victory! (James 1:12)

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