Do you desire God's presence in your everyday life? With your children in school? In your homes? In your workplaces and travels? In your marriage and your family? With prayer, it's possible. Have you lost touch with God? Do you desire God's presence in your life? With prayer, it's possible to communicate with God again.
In author Lee Pierce's Time to Pray: Live in Abundance Now, you will learn how to improve your conflicts on the job, with your family, and in relationships. This guide to a prayerful life helps you to concentrate more on God. You will find yourself motivated to overcome life's challenges. Pierce shows that when you release insecurity, fear, and hurt through prayer, you will live in God's abundance.
Time to Pray: Live in Abundance Now provides life resources. It encourages prayer for our nation, our children, our elderly, our parents, our leadership, our communities and neighborhoods, our schools, and our public assemblies. Time to Pray unites change for us individually and collectively for our nation. And it reminds us nothing is too big for God.
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Time to Pray
Live in Abundance Now
By Lee Pierce
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Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
— Abraham Lincoln
Do you have God on your side? Are you secure with your life? Are you secure in your education and profession? Are you secure in your relationships? Do you dedicate time to insecurity? Can insecurity block your blessings? Let us take an in-depth look at insecurity. Insecure people may lack confidence and feel tentative about his or her decisions.
Can insecurity block your blessings?
Insecurity is definitely a blessing blocker. Being insecure in your circumstances, lacking faith, and not believing in God can hinder your blessings. Tell yourself, I am secure in the things that I believe, and I will maintain my faith. There's not a doubt in my mind that God has control of my life and my circumstances. Christians often use these words of Paul to the Philippians: "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13 NKJV)" This is powerful scripture. No matter what I have to do, Jesus Christ will strengthen me.
Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. (Phil. 4:13 MSG)
Completely rely on God. Allow Him to strengthen you. Have confidence, knowing that you can do all things when you have God on your side. When we know God is the head of our lives, uncertainty, unsafe feelings, shaky thoughts, and fear all must disappear. Philippians 4:13 is a familiar Bible passage that my spouse and I repeat numerous times to our young adult children, to other children, and to the high school and college students we mentor. There is no support like God's! Regardless of the task that lies ahead, regardless of the situation or trial that you may be experiencing, the Lord will provide you the strength to get through it. I remind children and adults that if they are believers, they will experience the strength of the Lord during challenging and easy times in their lives. Pray daily, and allow God to influence your direction in your trials. Pray daily, also, when everything is going well, so you can always be aware of God's voice in your conscience.
Have you ever told someone how to get through a difficult experience? When those close to you are unsure about or insecure in a decision that could cause catastrophic damage in their lives, remind them that things will not always seem as problematic as they are today. Remember — this is an opportunity to pray with and for them. Even if you are the parent of an adult child who is away in college, serving in the military, or working, give him or her this scripture, Philippians 4:13. Faithful believers can do all things with Jesus Christ. Parents, unfortunately, cannot exist everywhere, but God can. Parents, when you place your children in God's hands, the Lord will continually watch over them, your prized possessions, because they ultimately belong to Him, anyway. Thank You, Lord!
Having insecurities and feelings of uncertainty can cause you not to take a chance on a new job, a new career, a new friendship, or a new assignment. As a result, you can miss an opportunity for promotion. Being insecure reduces your opportunities. You may not completely apply yourself when insecurity invades your thoughts. Insecurity may keep you from exploring new perspectives or ventures at work, in relationships, and in life.
At the beginning of this chapter, I asked, "Can insecurity block your blessings?" The answer, without a doubt, is yes. Insecurity can block your blessings. It's vital that you develop into the strong and secure individual that God intended you to become. Grow into God's purpose and will for your life. Become the elite "you," regardless of the tests, trials, temptations, and testimonies involved. You can handle these things.
For we walk by faith, and not by sight. (2 Cor. 5:7 NKJV)
We have to learn to walk by faith and not by sight. Be confident, knowing that God will make a difference in your life. I have a support system. I have God! I have Jesus Christ! I have the Holy Spirit! Become self-assured. What you see right now will not always exist. Increase your prayer life, and increase your faith in God. Whatever you are experiencing today, good or bad, will not last forever; it's only a temporal state. Victory is in the plan, regardless of the situation. God will get the victory from your life, which means you will get the victory.
Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (Mark 9:23 NKJV)
Today people are hurting and wondering what changes are coming. They are fearful about the future of our economy. They wonder what is happening to our justice system, what is occurring in our schools. Sometimes life seems normal and everything appears good, and then comes a negative thought, word, conversation, and action. Before long, hurt occurs, whether it's divorce, financial troubles, unemployment, bankruptcy, foreclosure, health problems, or the death of a loved one. When "things," either within or outside our control, change your circumstances and bring pain, the situation is difficult. At times, the outcome will be the same regardless of what you do unless you pray and allow God to change the situation or change you. You need faith and the Lord. You have to believe that with God, all things are possible.
On the Job and in Our Neighborhoods
Every day, people go to work with a smokescreen of security. A supervisor might have one to four hundred employees on the job. Some supervisors let their employees know daily that they are the finest workers in the building, while other supervisors avoid having or even thinking about that conversation unless they are required to, during the evaluation period. Do you need validation from your supervisor or boss? Do others at work make you feel secure? All supervisors should encourage their employees, training and preparing them for success. Don N. Howell Jr., Servants of the Servant states, "Along with the opportunity to lead comes grave responsibility, particularly when God's reputation (honor) is at stake." What are you doing on the job and in your neighborhood to influence others to know God?
Some people seem so confident that they might as well be saying, Look at me — I have it all together. On the outside, they appear perfect, with great families, beautiful homes, or luxury vehicles. On the inside, however, they might be in turmoil, with upside-down finances and families in confusion. On the outside, they have everything that others dream of having; they're the envy of their friends, families, coworkers, and associates. But on the inside, they are screaming for help, with nowhere to turn.
You do not have to work in corporate America to see this scenario. Look at America's inner-city neighborhoods. People in these neighborhoods know whom the drug dealers are and in which houses drugs are being sold. Dealers are feared and have a reputation of not allowing anyone to disrespect them. They sell drugs openly, as if they have no fear of getting caught. On the outside they display a sense of confidence, but on the inside they might fear getting caught, setting a bad example for their loved ones, or dying young and not seeing their children grow up. They might fear entering a legitimate profession because they don't want to start at the bottom. They've become comfortable in their lifestyle; the street life is all they know. Are they satisfied with their illegal profession? Why should they change? The only way to have a secure life is to know God. With the Lord, all things are possible.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isa. 41:10 NIV)
Illegal drugs are taking more and more of our young people's lives. The collateral damage wrought by drug wars, drug abuse, and drug-related violence has been tremendous. Our jails are filled with young people whose God-given purpose remains unfulfilled. Instead of making a difference in this world and serving God, as they were intended to do, they are serving time behind bars. Many criminals, young and old, may never learn that their purpose in this life does not involve prison. God never wanted His people to become hooked on anything but His Word. God's purpose in this life for you is not to do drugs. God never meant for you to feel secure in a drug environment. Yes, God does change and save some prisoners while they are incarcerated, but His original plan for their lives was not prison. God can meet you at any crossroads or in any set of circumstances.
Have you ever known someone who used shopping to feel secure? Some people go shopping whenever they feel sad or happy. It does not matter if they have the money or available credit. It does not matter if their bills are paid. It does not matter what others think of them. It does not matter if they have to increase their credit limit to allow more shopping. They just need to get a fix, and then everything is okay. Compulsive shoppers feel they are living their best lives right now. They will worry about their bills, rent, and FICO scores when they have to — tomorrow, next week, next year, or at some future date. Shopping for immediate gratification (to satisfy cravings) is shaky, uncertain, and insecure behavior. When your finances cannot support your spending, you are displaying insecure behavior. Instead of yearning for material things, you need to yearn for God's values and become a good steward of God's blessings.
All three types of people (corporate employees, drug dealers, and compulsive shoppers) appear secure. But when people are out of control in any area of their lives, they should change their behavior. Corporate American workers can have joy in their lives and everything in balance. Drug dealers can switch to legitimate jobs, although they may start at the bottom, and gain success in life. Shoppers can stop shopping and find creative ways to budget God's blessings and share those blessings with others.
Do you need a behavior check and correction? As we peel back the layers of the onion, we will find individuals in our society who are insecure. Is insecurity displayed in our work? Maybe. Is it demonstrated in our homes? No. Does it appear in how we dress? No. Does it show in how we carry ourselves? Maybe. The answers to all these questions vary. Insecurity is a well-hidden beast that lurks, waiting to devour an unsuspecting person.
Insecurity sometimes seems faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Are you confident in God's blessings or are you insecure in God's blessings? Do you sometimes allow insecurity to separate you from God's blessings? Plenty of people do it every day. You walk around on this earth with a huge red S hidden beneath your shirts or blouses. Yes, you should maintain a sense of confidence with faith and assurance that your bad situations will not last. Allow God to increase your faith and decrease your insecurity. Break out and fly, knowing that God will sustain you as your eyes, thoughts, and prayers focus on Jesus.
People feel they have plenty of time to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is not going anywhere. Do not use this excuse. Take the time now to discover Jesus Christ. When you desire to increase your faith, you should enhance your biblical knowledge, which will enrich your desire for a personal relationship with Jesus. Yes, you have free will to choose Jesus. You also have free will to choose security and not allow insecurity to develop in your character. Allow God to increase and give you the confidence you need to seem faster than a speeding bullet.
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." (1 Cor. 15:33 NIV)
Some people mislead others. Do you surround yourself with secure or insecure people? What is the character of the company you keep? Are you mindful of the type of people you call friends? Are you mindful of the type of people in your immediate surroundings? Do your close friends and family lift you up or tear you down? Do your close friends and family build your character or destroy your personality? You have free will to choose your friends, but you are born into your family. If you feel insecure in the company of certain relatives, do not allow them to mislead you. Choose wisely. Scripture says, "Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." (1 Cor. 15:33 NKJV)
Are you an insecure person at work but a secure person at home? Have you seen supervisors who treated their people terribly all day long? Managers who made sure everyone knew who was in charge. When they met with their employees, they announced with their voice, their mannerisms, or both, "I am the one in charge!" Everybody had to know that these supervisors were on top of their game, the best of the best. At home, these same supervisors were mild-mannered and respectful of their family and friends. But they were sheer terrors in the work environment. True leaders do not have to announce their leadership, which is made obvious by their actions and behaviors.
Certain managers are hard-charging supervisors. They do not allow mediocrity in their department. Managers who take great care of their personnel are great; those who are thoughtful and insightful truly make a difference. Do you need a family in order to appreciate others with families? No, you just need a heart. If you're a manager, are you attentive to your employees? As a manager, you should always practice good judgment and exercise time-management skills. Some people with so much to offer others are not very skilled at taking care of subordinates effectively. Other people will not lower their guards or allow someone else to mentor and train them. Mentoring and training are always required. Controlling your subordinates or mistreating your coworkers is not necessary. Belittling others in the office does not build cohesiveness, but trusting your coworkers and subordinates will increase their work efficiency and training. Develop those around you as much as you can.
Have you ever worked in an atmosphere where you openly shared everything with others, from training and expertise to new technology? Certain coworkers learn things and then start holding secrets — excluding you on e-mails, backstabbing, and becoming suspicious. Perhaps they secretly follow you on social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Pinterest to find out more about your interests and become a better enemy, not a better friend. Perhaps you trained someone in the workplace, and now he or she wants your job because you make it look so easy. You are a child of God. Remember the Lord will always have your best interest at heart. Fast and pray on the job. Allow the Holy Spirit to have His way in your office and in your education. Do not allow others to stop you from sharing and training others. Jesus continuously taught others during his earthly ministry. When you give freely, you are open to receive freely. Pray for your coworkers, supervisors, and bosses.
Have you ever worked with an insecure person, knowing he or she will lie to your face? Time after time you've prayed, fasted, and allowed the Holy Spirit to show you this person's lies. Sometimes you know the lie is coming even before it flows from the person's mouth. What kind of relationship is based on lies? Keep your faith, and pray for him or her anyway.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Col. 3:23–24 NIV)
Work with all of your heart in any position. As a worker, coworker, supervisor, or manager, you are a Christian, and you should give your employer the detail and expertise that the Lord would expect from you. Ultimately, your boss is God, and if your employer does not recognize your hard work, don't worry — the Lord will.
You have a choice when you work with an insecure person who lies. Do you want to call the person out and bust his or her bubble? You know the truth, and you may desperately want to say, "You are a lie!" Shouting this may work, or it may cause further disharmony. So build unity. You may never have an opportunity to build a relationship with this coworker (family member, friend, neighbor, church member) again. Pray and ask God for guidance. Do not make that decision alone, acting on your gut and giving in to your annoyance. When you are communicating with someone who lies or exaggerates about events and situations, keep your faith. Pray for an understanding of the person. Pray that the Lord gives you a Word to share with him or her. It is never too late for someone to change. Attempt to keep things positive, but do not lower your morals by lying or exaggerating to him or her. Time to pray.
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Table of Contents
Part 1: Things That Separate, 1,
Chapter 1: Insecurity, 3,
Chapter 2: Fear, 24,
Chapter 3: Secrets, 45,
Part 2: Things to Release, 61,
Chapter 4: Hurt, 63,
Chapter 5: Jealousy, 79,
Chapter 6: Hatred, 97,
Part 3: Things to Revere, 109,
Chapter 7: Love, 111,
Chapter 8: Personal Relationships, 125,
Part 4: Hidden Things, 141,
Chapter 9: Diversity and Equal Opportunity, 143,
Chapter 10: Nothing Is Too Big for God, 164,
Chapter 11: Time to Pray, 179,
Part 5: Life Resources, 201,
Chapter 12: Prayers, 203,
Chapter 13: Scriptures to Live By, 212,