Daily Devotional – 6/3/13 “Stuck and you don’t even know it!”

My uncle spoke on this topic on yesterday and you know it stayed with me because I was trying to figure out how I can be stuck and not know it but then I started listening to him and reading. He came from Matthew 6:5-7;14 and this really got me because this particular scripture is talking about prayer and I thought again, how I can be stuck and not know it if I’m praying? So, I kept on reading and me and my Holy Spirit got excited. See, many times we are stuck in our situations because we aren’t praying right. Yea, we get all caught up in our feelings and start rambling on about this and mumbling about that but this isn’t how we should pray. We think we are supposed to be kneeled down at the altar or on the side of our bed with our hands clasped together, head bent and eyes closed but that isn’t right either. I can remember when I lived with my grandparents that every night my grandfather would get ready for bed (real early) and after coming from his bathroom he would go into their room and close the door and before he got in the bed, each night, he would kneel and say his prayers. I know I said that this isn’t right but his routine was and I’ll tell you why. Matthew 6:6 says, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” See! The word says that you don’t need an audience to pray, you don’t need a building that has been deemed “church”, you don’t need deacons nor an altar but what you need is a place to yourself. Oh, and remember when I said you get caught all up in your feelings? Yea, Matthew 6:7-8 says, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” God doesn’t need you to repeat what you’re going through, He knows; all He needs is for you to recognize the mess you’re in and then acknowledge that you need His help. He gave you exactly what to say that’ll cover everything and it’s called “The Lord’s Prayer” and it’s all you need when you seek God’s guidance. (I’ll break it down tomorrow). All I need you to get out of this devotional today is, you’re stuck in the mess you’re in and you don’t even know it because you aren’t reaching God the right way. Pray to Him and not to those nosey, messy folk around you who’s listening trying to block your blessing. Stop waiting until Sunday morning because the next minute of your life isn’t promised. Stop waiting because you think you aren’t praying right because prayer is simply having a conversation with your Father. Get you a place to pray where you won’t be bothered. You don’t need an hour because all it takes is a few minutes for you to reach the prayer line and then let God handle it.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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