What’s on your mind?Category: NEED HELP (specifically seeking tips/advice for faith/spiritual growth)What advice would you give or what would you say for if someone is going though something so they pray to God and the thing they prayed about gets worse and then on top of that more bad things keep happening and happening
Sheela Leigh Staff asked 3 weeks ago

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What advice would you give or what would you say for if someone is going though something so they pray to God and the thing they prayed about gets worse and then on top of that more bad things keep happening and happening. And they still are praying throughout it.

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Sheela Leigh Staff answered 3 weeks ago

It’s great that you’re praying throughout it! 🙂 Sorry you are getting this late. As a Christian, I will always justify God, because He is just and fair. Prayer is an activity that should be done not just privately (literally behind closed doors), but an activity that should go beyond that without the intent of showing off. It’s not suppose to be an activity that requires however much time you can afford in a day; that should not be the focus. Your focus in loving Jesus so much, and praying should become so natural that it develops as your internal dialogue and the effects therefore should permeate through your actions and reactions throughout the day. If you have a struggle that you’ve been praying about but can’t seem to see any benefits from praying about it, then somewhere along the way, the intent was misplaced and forgotten. If you’re going to God with great expectations and skepticism, it won’t please Him. Pride and and humility cannot and will not coexist…you must drop one and be completely dive in with the other. THE QUALITY OF YOUR FAITH DEPENDS ON THE INTENTION OF YOUR HEART. Proverbs 18:12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty (proud), but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. HUMILITY COMES BEFORE HONOR. Sure, prayer honors God, but is the one praying in a state of humility? It’s difficult to respect God or any authority without first being intentionally humble, otherwise respect has no value. You will know you are in that state of humility when you can honestly say there is nothing you can complain about. It’s impossible to live without complaints, but I’m saying is your mind completely out of complaints during that time you are asking God for anything in prayer? If not then let go by confessing anything standing in the way. HUMILITY IS ACCEPTANCE OF WHAT YOU HAVE (GOOD OR BAD) AND TRUSTING GOD WITH IT. When you begin your prayers with genuine and unrestrained praise and worship, thanksgiving, and confession, it will help you come to that state of humility. 
 
Asking God for anything you desire comes last and it has a powerful effect on the one praying because it shows that you are completely surrendered and pride doesn’t stand in the way. There will be peace in your heart, knowing that God is pleased because with humility coming before honor, you will have more hope and faith knowing that your prayers were definitely heard. YOU WILL KNOW YOU STILL HAVE PRIDE WHEN YOU HAVE THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF DOUBT/FEAR BECAUSE THAT REVEALS TO GOD HOW UNTRUSTING AND UNFAITHFUL YOU STILL ARE. SURRENDER. At the end of my prayers I yield again, surrendering everything I have and have said as I verbally and mindfully put my confidence in His will, by saying “In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.” THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO EVERY WORD YOU LIFT UP TO HIM and BELIEVE THAT IN HIS WILL THEY ARE GOING TO BE ANSWERED BECAUSE YOU’VE DROPPED ALL PRIDE (GAVE UP ON YOURSELF AND GAVE IN COMPLETELY TO GOD).
 
If more bad things keep happening, it may seem as if God is punishing you, but it’s only His way of training you to pray more confidently. He disciplines those whom He loves, especially if they say they love Him. Pray confidently according to His definition, not yours. God’s confidence is full of humility. I myself have to go through this process everyday. Don’t lose focus by magnifying your problems in your prayer, keep your focus by trusting God because you know that your humility is what pleases Him, not your fear or your doubt. If negative thoughts and feelings are still there as you pray through the struggle, you will only stop suffering once you remind yourself all it takes is surrendering again. Once you have that down, any hardships you pray through will make those negative thoughts and feelings be easier to dismiss. Believe everything God gives you is good, no matter how awful it may first introduce itself. Your reaction is 90% of how you experience life, the other 10% is what happens. Your response is your responsibility, so learn to respond with praises despite your circumstance because the process teaches you to become better at decision-making overall. Why does God seem like He’s making you go through the same situation over and over again?….because He loves you so much and wants you to learn to approach your problems differently. I am praying that you will have a renewing of your mind this year. God bless you! <3
 
Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
 
1 Peter 4:13 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
 
Hebrews 12:10-11 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
 
Job 5:17-18 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.
 
James 1:6-8 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
 
By His Grace, Sheela (Via godfirstgodalways)

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