I love the idea of Bible journaling but find it hard to make time. There is a lot of difficult stuff going on in the world right now. David wrote some awesome honest and raw Psalms when he was going through some difficult times so I thought I would write my own. It was very cathartic. You don't have to use fancy words, just be real. If you need some inspiration, read some of the Psalms in the Old Testament.
I often do this. When I wake up in the middle of the night I talk to God. Sometimes I fall asleep really quickly and other times we have a really good chat.
You could use this idea to make a great prayer journal or gratitude journal for a friend or family member.
I love, love, love these DIY prayer journals. They would make fantastic Christmas gifts.
In the Lord's prayer in Matthew, Jesus tells us to ask God to forgive our sins, just as we forgive others. In verse 15 it warns us, but if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins - they are some pretty heavy words. 1 John 1:9 it says, But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. So if we ask God to forgive us and forgive other people it's all good.
Is there something that you need to ask God to forgive you for?
Is there someone who has hurt you who you need to forgive?
In the Lord's Prayer in the books of Matthew and Luke, Jesus tells us to pray, Give us the food we need for each day. This refers to our basic needs, not just food. It teaches us to ask God to supply everything that we need to survive - food, water and shelter. Most of us have more than enough of these things. I believe that we should be praying for those whose daily needs are not being met. And more than that, we should be doing something to help meet their needs - donating to charity, buying a homeless person a meal...
In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul was talking about spiritual gifts. Verse 28 says, But he also chose some to work miracles or heal the sick. Then verse 30 says, Not everyone can heal the sick. That doesn't mean that those of us who do not have the gift of healing should not pray for the sick. James 5:15 says WHEN you pray for sick people, not IF you pray for them. The IF in that verse relates to your faith. I believe that sometimes healing comes in the next life, not in this lifetime - but that is just my personal view.
We should pray about our troubles because God cares about us, therefore he cares about our problems. Here are three facts about God and our problems:
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.