Daily Devotional – 10/13/15 “Are you praying?”

Every time you open up your email or phone, there’s a breaking news story on more violence. Every time you turn on the television, there’s another report of someone being gunned down. Every time you open up social media, there are more RIP statuses than ever before. This bothers me! It bothers me that with the current state of our cities, the worship places are empty and yet we want to blame the pastor. “He/she didn’t preach worth nothing today,” when the truth of the matter is; you just didn’t worship worth nothing. Please understand, I am not saying that going to worship will automatically stop the surge of violence but it is my prayer that it’ll automatically shape the person whose coming. This is why for those of you seasoned Saints; who has your favorite seat in the church that nobody can sit in, who will tell anybody that you know more than the person who has been assigned to lead you, who will challenge any change that occurs, who act like they built the church brick by brick and then called folk, who will chase folk away because you don’t like how they look, who will sit the children down because you don’t like their choice of music, who will keep your mouth on folk because you simply talk too much and who will choke out the religion in those trying to learn it; you need to sit down somewhere!

It’s time that we, as believers of God, start fighting in the spirit as believers of God! (Read that again.) See, you can’t change folk but God can. You can’t help everybody but God can. You can’t be everywhere but God can. You don’t know it all but God does! Baby, you can plan out your day and then death will show up and throw you a curve ball. You can plan your future but then life happens. This is why the bible says in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Philippians 4:6 says this, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” I won’t say that time is winding down, I don’t know that for sure but what I do know is this … when a common man doesn’t think it to be so, I know it to be true; prayer changes things! Are you praying?

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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