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Prayer Devotion: Prayer is an Exchange of Desire

When I was writing the Prayer Study I learned one definition of prayer was “an exchange” and more specifically—an exchange of wishes or desires. It's in prayer that we exchange our desires with God. We give Him ours, and He gives us His.     How often do we take time...

Prayer Devotion: Tell God

Today's devotion is written by the lovely, Amy Hale, a new-to-us guest writer, sharing her honest heart with us. Welcome, Amy.     As I prepare for a new year, I like to reflect on the ways God worked in the previous year by looking back through my journal. The pages...

Prayer Devotion: Honesty With God

One ordinary morning the Lord spoke to my heart, "You think about talking to Me a whole lot more than you actually do. Tell Me something you think I already know. I want to hear you." So I did.   I told God my desires and fears, my dreams and frustrations, and God was...

Prayer Devotion: God is Our Ever-Present Help

So often in my helpless estate, I forget I have help readily available. The days I wallow in self-pity because there’s no one to sympathize—I have help. The days I lose my patience and then my temper for the umpteenth time—I have help. The days I’m ready to give up on...

Prayer Devotion: After God’s Own Heart

For a long time I wanted to be the best at everything. I thought I had to be to get God's attention, and yours. I thought the reason He wasn’t using me to do something great was because I was not great enough at something. Anything.   The Lord did a work in me and set...

Prayer Devotion: To Seek God First

When the decision is out of your hands and you deeply desire it or desperately need it to be in your favor, the feeling of powerlessness can be overwhelming. You are not powerless when you are God’s. You can seek first His kingdom. Do you know what that really means?...

Prayer Devotion: Lord Show Me The Way

God is faithful even when we are not. He is an ever-present help, and asks us to come before Him without fear. It is why we can offer honest prayers. I invite you to make this one your own. Lord, make a way, but not just any way. Make the way You have for me. Forge...

Presence Session Devotion: Enough Time

I have ideas—more than anyone can pursue in a lifetime. I bet your minds are swirling with them and notebooks are filled with them, too. The question is which ones do we follow? Inspiration is everywhere, and I get a little too inspired sometimes.     I want to do all...

Presence Session Devotion: Dream and Invite God

At new beginnings like the New Year we tend to think about our future. We dream a little more, make plans, write down goals. Some of us have become good at reaching our goals. Others are still trying to find our way.     Do you ever feel a hinderance to dreaming?...

Presence Session Devotion: Together Lord

I am not sure what feelings the New Year brings for you, but it always brings mixed emotions for me—celebration mingled with regrets. I came and keep on coming to God with all the feelings and honest prayers. I invite you to also.     Lord, there are so many thoughts...

Presence Session Devotion: Lovers of God’s Presence

May we long for God's presence, as He longs for ours. May we delight in God's presence, as He delights in ours. May we be lovers of God's presence, as He is a lover of ours.     God wants to be with us. Sometimes the truth of His affection for us gets lost in our...

Presence Session: Come Fall Afresh On Me Lord

Today, each of us are facing the Monday after Christmas. And whether Christmas week was wonderful or not so much, I imagine that exhaustion has set in for you. Or, maybe just for me. I really did not want to wake up this morning. It’s not just physical exhaustion...

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