Arise! 5 Keys to Jonah’s Prayer

Apply for that job, Karen.

I don’t want to, Lord. It’s too big. I don’t know how to do all that’s required.

Week after week, notices appear. Delete. Delete. DELETE!

OK …

Has God told you to do something you’d rather not do?

God told Jonah, “Arise and go to Nineveh.” He went the other way.

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The Ultimate Promise

I’ve broken promises.

One that haunts me is a promise that I made to our daughter when she was about 11 years old. I told her that I would pick her up when the library closed. Unfortunately, the library closed 30 minutes before I thought it closed. It was raining that night. I was horrified when I pulled up to the darkened library and there she was standing and waiting. That broken promise has haunted me for decades. She doesn’t remember the incident.

“If you eat all your dinner, you can have ice cream for desert.” A promise that’s easy to keep.

“For richer, for poorer. In sickness and in health. ‘Til death do us part.” A stronger promise. Really a covenant. It’s harder to keep.

God made the ultimate Promise.

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God-Focused Prayer

Praise the LORD!
I will praise the LORD with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
The works of the LORD are great,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
His work is honorable and glorious,
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
The LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
Psalm 111:1-4

When I’m disappointed, I go to the Psalms.
When I’m blessed, I go to the Psalms.
When I need to pray earnestly, I go to the Psalms.

When I go to the Psalms, my disappointment becomes awe and wonder.
When I go to the Psalms, my blessings resound in praise.
When I go to the Psalms, my prayers refocus from me to The Almighty God whose love is everlasting.

Psalm 111:14 reminds me of God’s works and guides my prayer.

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Are You Willing?

“For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel,
‘In returning [repenting] and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’
But you were unwilling,”
Isaiah 30:15

The Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel is telling His people to repent, to turn from our wicked ways. In repentance and rest, we will be saved, delivered. In quietness and trust, we are strong.

So far, America has been unwilling.

Are you willing?

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