Have you ever felt demotivated when it comes on to praying because you think you aren't praying the correct way or your prayer isn't long enough so God will not hear you? I have experienced that same feeling too, and it was because I was making prayer too hard. I later learned that God doesn't hear my prayers based on my perfect choice of words or how lengthy my prayer is (not saying that praying for long periods is wrong).
For this long time, I only prayed when I had a request or was in immediate need of rescuing from danger and crisis when prayer is simply communicating with God. Often time we think prayer is just talking, but prayer includes staying quiet and listening as well.
Psalm 46:10 tells us,
Sometimes, all we need is to sit still in the presence of the Lord and allow him to refresh us. Being still also enables us to reflect on the goodness of God, his power, grace, and faithfulness towards us.
When we hear the word sin, we think of biblical terminologies like transgression, iniquity and wrath. So how do we strike a balance between religious ideologies, 21st century recreated fallacies and what God's displeasures are? Is it that we become blinded by victory/wealth inheritance preachings from the pulpit that we disregard the order of the world that "cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy" (St. John 10:10).
To know what sin is and when you're doing it, you must first identify it.
We are now at the end of this series and, I would love to bring these stories to your attention…
The story of Samson and Delilah
Samson was a man born with the mission of delivering Israel out of the hands of Philistines. One man was meant to deliver his people out of the hands of an entire nation. Before he was even conceived, the Lord sent an angel to inform his mother of the greatness and abnormal strength the Lord had in store for him. He was a man intended to live prosperously in the Lord, but the influence of evil associates made him let go of his only protection. Samson’s seeking of worldly pleasures led to his demise.
He fell in love with a Philistine woman named Delilah.
His attachment to this vile individual cost him his life. Delilah was employed by the enemies of Samson to discover his weakness.
15Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won't confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven't told me the secret of your great strength.”
16With such nagging, she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.
17So he told her everything.
Upon reading the title, I can imagine the induced skepticism that one might experience. Let's be honest the topic of discussion might sound ludicrous, how can someone be in the “world” but not of it?
How to approach fitting into a secular world.
Often as Christian youths, we struggle with placing our faith out in the open among our non-Christian peers. We worry about their view of us. Views such as: “He/she is boring and does nothing of interest; all he/she talks and cares about is God." In a world lacking faith, we are faced with the dilemma of curbing our faith to be accepted or exalting God at the chance of losing acceptance. We, at times, focus so much on being accepted that we strangle our faith.
My name is Serena Richards and I, along with other helpful contributors, and of course the inspiration of God have written these posts as a source of help FOR YOU <3