Prayer Week Reflections: Friday

Don’t dig up in doubt, what you planted in faith. This is my prayer for today. It has been an amazing week of prayer and I am sure as I have shared my words and thoughts with you, God has shown, confirmed, released and restored something(s) in your life too. It is my prayer that we will continue to hold onto God and that our faith will persist.

I am using today as a day of consolidation. To once again go over all I have prayed this week and write down anything that has stood out for me; maybe there is something I need to invest more prayer in or simply thank God for.

Have a great day!

NM x

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Prayer Week Reflections: Thursday

Good Morning! I hope you slept well and have woken up refreshed to greet this day! This morning I prayed against some things. The basis of the prayers was, it is so easy to get dragged into a life and a pace of life that sociey and others set for us. To be led by other people’s expectations. Today I pray that we will use our gifts, abilities and time in the way God requires. It is sad to see the influence peer pressure can have: from gangs, sexual exploitation and living small minded to eating disorders, broken homes and homelessness…And more! It is time for that to change. I pray against those mind sets and ideas that make us vulnerable to evils and living slaves to the world’s standard. I pray that we will be built up in the Word of God. I also pray that we can help and be blessings to those already suffering the effects of these ills.

NM x

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Prayer Week Reflections: Wednesday

Good Morning! If you are doing the prayer week also, happy third day! Yesterday I went to my cell group (a small group that meets to share life and the Bible) prayer meeting. God gave me a picture during the meeting of the people in my group and several other Christians around the world gathered in old war formations (you know when the soldiers were guarding the fort). There was too many of us to count but from far it looked like lots of huge squares of fire protecting large pieces of land. I believe that land symbolises our communities because as Christians we should be fighting against evil in our areas by showing love. We should be the light casting out the dark. Now that can come in many ways: helping the homeless, donating to food banks, randomly buying someone a coffee, helping single parents babysit…whatever it may be.

I pray that God will give us the wisdom, the discernment and courage to reach out to our communities in whatever way we can. I pray He will show us how we can (because we always can!). I also pray for community leaders. I pray that you will give them wisdom and courage. The devil can (and often does) attack by dishing out crippling fear and making us doubt what we have heard from God. I shut the voice of the devil in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen!

I have put some verses about overcoming fear below. I pray you will walk in boldness, living the best life God has for you.

NM

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Prayer Week Reflections: Tuesday

Good Morning! It is amazing how being stuck in traffic in the morning can turn into a time of reflection. I hate traffic but I decided that instead of having it spoil my mood, I was going to use the time to think and pray (with my eyes open of course). I asked God to just show me how I could be a blessing today and to make me aware of people’s need so that I could pray and if possible, physically do something to help.

My thoughts and prayers have been with the teenagers and pre-teens. The world is so ‘open’ to violence, interpretive truth and sexuality, and it is unnerving. I have chosen not to worry about it because as noble as worrying may seem, it is contrary to my faith. Instead I have committed to praying and showing an alternative through my music, blogs and daily interactions. You see I have noticed that if I allow myself to get stuck at the point of worry, my faith is non-existent and I start to feel overwhelmed. The problems in the world seem too large and I can get into the mindset of ‘how will it ever change?’. I have seen that this type of thinking is useless and gets no results. If anything it just adds to the problem. So today I spent time thinking about all God has already done and how great He is. I prayed for the leaders in my church and in the community who work with the young people. I pray that they will have the wisdom, strength and boldness to do all God has called them to do. I pray that they will be able to hear His voice clearly. I pray the same for the young people and their leaders in your community too.

NM x

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Prayer Week Reflections: Monday.

Good Morning! Sorry this post is later than usual. It is my day off so I just wanted to chill a bit. The funny thing is, I was actually up at 5.30am because I signed myself up for the 6am prayer slot at church. What is a prayer slot you ask? Well….my church is currently doing a prayer week. Part of that is people committing some of their day to pray. Why do such a thing? Personal and corporate prayer are so important. There are some things that need the intimate, quiet prayers of an individual, and others that need people to join together in numbers. Either way prayer is a blessing, it is life-changing and it is necessary.

So I decided to post my thoughts as I pray throughout the week. Let me make it clear: I pray whether or not there is a prayer week at church. Prayer is fundamental to my being. At church they gave us a little booklet with prayer points and the one that stood out to me was to ‘pray for the kingdom of God to reign in Barking’. I have been going over certain words from the Bible in my head. I have spent a lot of time studying different powerful people, people that were focused on who they are in God and devoted themselves to being who God called them to be. People whose primary mission was to make God known. I want to live with that same mission. So I started thinking about my gifts and talents God has blessed me with. Honestly, I know I am not using them to the full ability. I could be doing more for Barking. I need to correct that. My prayer today is that God will give my church and I the wisdom, strength and commitment to be His light in Barking. That we will corporately and individually be our best for Him.

How are you showing the world love? Showing the world God? Could you be doing more? Or are you doing too much and burning out? I pray that you and I will get some clarity today and be bold enough to take all necessary steps in Jesus name Amen.

NM

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What it means to be free.

Today is a special day for me. I am Zambian and this day 50 years ago we broke free from British colonial rule. Since then we have enjoyed peace. I thank God. I won’t go into the politics of our economy because that just invites too many questions and arguments. Instead I choose to reflect on what it means to be free personally.

I believe that a Nation gains strength when the individuals one by one live to the best of their ability; seeking to love and build one another. When each is invested in each other and loves their brother and sister equally, if not more than themselves. But above all, I believe personal freedom in mind, body and soul can only and will only be achieved when the first love is God and all focus is on loving Him.

You see love is a complete way of being. No single action can ever ‘prove’ you love someone or something. Instead a way of living where we are devoted to a life of serving; committed to doing the true, helpful, valuable things that set ourselves and others free to be our best self. The self God designed us to be.

So today I pray that we will all make that freedom our focus. For Zambia I pray in the powerful Name of Jesus that from today and every day after, all of us will seek that freedom so that as a Nation we become God’s best for us. Amen.  One Zambia One Nation.

We fought to be free from human oppression by a foreign nation.
Let us not be our own captives.
Looking forward to all that is before us, optimistic that the change ahead will be greatest.
Let us not be our own captives.
To invest is to strengthen the people, creating opportunities that benefit all.
Let us not be our own captives.
The diamond in the rough, like our people: hidden stars.
Let us not be our own captives.
Shine Jesus Shine, through our people show your light.
Let us…

NM x

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The progress-commitment connection

Some months ago I came to what I like to call a ‘shake-up’ realisation. Following a period of several months of self reflection, I discovered I was a flake in a lot of areas. By flake I mean: heavily reliant on my feelings; only doing something if I felt like it. Letting my feelings rule my life; so buried in myself I had lost sight of the bigger picture. So consumed by my little world, I was shut off to the real world and other people’s concerns, joys, hurts etc. I knew and have known somewhere in me that God did not want that for me. I knew that I had to commit to focusing on God’s words instead of how I felt.

One of the first things I did was to commit myself to peace. If something started scratching at my peace, I immediately looked at God’s Word and shut that fear down with it. That led me to my next thing, prayer. I started studying prayer and focused on hearing from God, understanding and applying His Word. Last I committed to taking the actions that are in my power to bring change. You see I started to see that I was waiting for a miracle when what I really needed to do was get off my backside and act!

I am still on this journey and am loving exploring prayer. Communicating with God is such an honour and a beautiful thing. I am in the best shape I have been emotionally and spiritually for a long time. I walk in peace and I am passionate about keeping it so my focus is on God.

Today commit to committing. It is essential for progress. I have done the flake thing. Let me save you the trouble, it doesn’t work.

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