Prayer Devotion: Tell God

by | Jan 27, 2016 | DEVOTIONS

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 of prayers and Bible study notes reveal how I grew spiritually and experienced victory, but also point to the areas where I still struggle and need to be more intentional about prayer and obedience.

Recently, when I revisited my 2015 journal, I noticed there was a particular sin I confessed repeatedly. I had often asked God to forgive me for complaining and gossiping about people and circumstances more than I was praying about them.
It was then that God brought James 4:2 to mind: “…You do not have because you do not ask God.” At that moment I realized the numerous opportunities I had missed to exercise the powerful privilege of prayer.
How many more victories might I have experienced if I’d gone directly to God with my complaints instead of simply grumbling about them? How many breakthroughs might have been received by others if only I’d been more anxious to pray to God about their struggles than to gossip about them?
Thank You, Father, for Your Spirit’s tender conviction of sin. Forgive me for allowing circumstances to distract me from praying. Help me pause when I’m tempted to grumble or gossip and ask myself: Do I want to enjoy the temporary satisfaction that comes from complaining or do I want to seek victory through prayer? In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. {James 4:2,7; 5:13-16; 1 Samuel 12:23}
Go Deeper: James 4:2, James 4:7, James 5:13-16, 1 Samuel 12:23.

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Hi friends! I’m Amy—wife to Stephen, mom to Taylor (25), Sarah (18), Mac (11), and “Gigi” to my new grandson Bentley. I’m a Southern girl, born and raised in Tennessee and wildly passionate about Sunday supper with family, praying and laughing with girlfriends gathered in my home, and learning more about God as I study His Word. Most importantly, I’m in love with Jesus Christ and the greatest desire of my heart is to know Him more and make Him famous as I share with others how amazing it is to have a personal relationship with Him. You can find me sharing about my journey on Instagram, Twitter, and Periscope.

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