Draw from God’s strength to overcome life’s challenges.
By Norman Vincent Peale
One of the great truths in life is that you are bigger than anything that can happen to you—as long as you know it and act accordingly. Every challenge and crisis that comes your way provides the opportunity for you to ask God to release the creative ingenuity, wisdom and strength that lie within you. The Psalmist knew this when he declared, “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure” (Psalm 18:32).
How do you tap into your inner strength? First, pray to God and place your entire situation in his hands. Say, “God, I commit my challenges to you. Show me the way through them. Give me eyes to see your solutions and strength to act on them.” God wants to help you solve your problems—and who could be a better counselor? “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). Next, sit down and lay out your entire problem, perhaps on a piece of paper. Sketch out possible solutions and pray over them, asking God to show you which one is right. When you feel you have an idea of how to proceed, move forward resolutely, praying all the time for the power to succeed. Affirm that you can do anything through the strength that Christ gives you (Philippians 4:13).
If doubts creep in, set them firmly aside with a quick prayer: “God, rid me of these fears and give me your strength.” God will answer that prayer, and, step by step, you will find yourself drawing upon an inner power you perhaps never knew you had. In Jeremiah 33:3, God promises, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
You can face your difficulties by the presence of Christ, for He is stronger than all of them; He is the antidote to discouragement and fear. Draw upon his power. Walk tall. Stand up to your situation!
Six steps that will help you make the most of each day and live your best life!
By Norman Vincent Peale
Want to go from having a “nice day” to having a powerful one? Then follow these six steps…every day!
1. Upon waking each morning, say this statement the very first thing: “This is the day which the Lord has made; we (I) will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
2. Get some vigorous exercise. Run, walk, bike. Do Zumba or Pilates.
3. Read a chapter from one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and try to visualize Jesus as a friend who is having the experiences described.
4. Before you begin your daily work, repeat the following: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). Note that the focus is not on a surge of spiritual power, but on the ability to walk, that is, to keep on going.
5. At noon, thank Jesus for a good morning. Say, “I am going to have a great afternoon.”
6. When you get into bed each night, thank the Lord for the day, no matter what it held. Put the decisions you made into his hands and leave them there. Repeat this verse from Isaiah 28:12: “This is the resting place, let the weary rest.”
Transform your life through The Lord’s Prayer.
By Elizabeth Peale Allen, Pawling, New York
Do you remember the place in the New Testament (Luke 11:1-4) where one of Jesus’ disciples asks him to teach them how topray? In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gives a slightly longer version of the same prayer (6:9-13). Truly understanding and learning to live the Lord’s Prayer can transform you into the individual God wants you to be.
Although most of Jesus’ disciples had many times heard the prayers prayed in their synagogues, they no doubt sensed something different about his prayers. Perhaps they suspected a connection between the Lord’s amazing miracles and the times he spent in prayer—often rising early in the morning to pray, sometimes even praying all night (Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12). There certainly is a connection between praying and receiving God’s help. Jesus promised, “Everyone who asks receives” (Matthew 7:8).
Now to the perfect prayer:
Our Father which art in heaven.
Reminds us who God is. He is a just judge, but above everything else he is the perfect Father. In fact, he is Love itself (I John 4:8).
Hallowed be Thy name.
Names are important; they reveal who we are. We hallow God’s name by honoring Him in what we do—and by coming to Him in prayer so that we can have the strength and wisdom to do it.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Planet Earth is filled with evils of every kind. In heaven there is only love and joy and peace and praise. You can pray for God’s will to be done on earth, even as you pray that you may do his will yourself
Give us this day our daily bread.
God is interested in your body as well as your soul, your food and well-being here as well as everlasting life in heaven. But Jesus wants you to pray for this day’s needs. Live one day at a time and, “Do not worry about tomorrow” (Matthew 6:34).
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
All of us fail (often!) to do our best. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God forgives us when we ask him to—but he cannot forgive us if we fail to forgive persons who have done something wrong to us. This is so important that Jesus repeats it right after the Lord’s Prayer ends (Matthew 6:14-15).
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Temptations are all around you, but sincere prayer can help you refuse to yield to them.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Thank God that his Kingdom’s power is yours for the asking! You can glorify him every moment, beginning now and extending on into eternity. Amen!