Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.21.16

Scripture

Mark 6:5-8

Prayer 

Father thank You for this day. Thank You for answering my prayers, for guiding me through some rough times, and for making me wait for Your time. Humbly Your servant I will remain. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Reflection 

 It is amazing how when you are really tuned in to the right “frequency” you can have these talks with God (that we reflected upon the other week), and make better decisions. 

There are times when I speak aloud rather than silently so that I’m hearing what I’m thinking (especially when I’m upset or sad and easily distracted), and because sometimes it just feels good to say it aloud rather than in my private mental thoughts. 

You would be surprised how many times after hearing what I was thinking, I realized how crass, negative, foolish, fearful, selfish, or impulsive I was and then I could work to change directions—since we all know that just because you realize you’re wrong doesn’t mean you necessarily change your behavior immediately (our human flaw). 

For those of you who enjoy or prefer to pray to and speak with God aloud, let me share some new tech benefits that should also make you laugh a little…. 

With the vast majority of the world wearing headsets and Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, now you can speak aloud without insecurity (of feeling judged by others as being “crazy” for talking to yourself)–because most people will simply think you’re talking to someone on your cell phone. Just don’t talk too loud because then your “crazy” odds will shift, and not in your favor. Are you laughing yet? 

But let’s be clear, you don’t even have to speak aloud to have a conversation with God. He hears our thoughts. He knows them before we form and make sense of them ourselves. 

You don’t need an “amen corner” of believers backing up your words to seemingly give your words validity. However, having prayer partners can be very beneficial because sometimes we get so succumbed by our issues that another person can help you snap out of yourself, and truly tune in to God. 

I have prayer partners who pray for me and I pray for them. We lift each other up in God’s Word. We’re not doing it for recognition from God or His children. We’re doing it keep ourselves focused on walking the walk as believers in Christ. I’m even a founding member of the Women In Entertainment Prayer Group. My friend, Lavonya Jones, had the idea, and together we have been connecting with other women for and through prayer. 

Isn’t God amazing?!?

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. How do you pray? 

4. Are you comfortable praying aloud in front of other people? 

5. Where/how did you learn how to pray?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email. 

Love always,

Natasha

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