Call to Prayer

In prayer we reach up, while You reach down, give us what we need and strengthen roots so we can stand strong and firm, confident in You & loving others.

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011               www.holyspiritpress.org        www.eaglesnestfoundation.org 

2 Hear the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to You do I pray.  3 In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].  (Ps. 5:2-3 Amplified) 

God calls us to pray.  He promises much if we will pray – most importantly that He will always answer according to His perfect will.  He tells us to ask so that we will receive.  He is waiting to hear from us.  And yet for many it is as if there is an aversion to prayer.

The reasons are many.  One promiment reason is the idea of being too busy to pray, that there is no time which can be set aside for prayer because other priorities of life are too pressing.

When we stop to consider this, it makes no sense!  If he is God, then we are not in control; He is.  Therefore we don’t have the power to steer our own destiny no matter hw much effort we put into it because all power lies with God; He enables all.  It means He is the One who opens all doors along our path (or closes them), determining our speed and our progress.

We have to have the courage, faith and fortitude to walk through the doors He has opened, understanding all is by His power and not ours.

If we say we believe in God, then by definition we also believe in the invisible, supernatural, spiritual realm.  “Supernatural” means superior to us (for we are natural).  There is both the supernatural force of God’s good and the adversary’s evil at work in the supernatural spiritual realm which exist concurrently with the natural realm in which we physically exist.  Who do we think we are that we could overcome spiritual evil without God?  We can’t.  Yet God’s power is with us, when we are with Him.   Prayer is one way we are connected with Him.

Another obstacle to prayer can be the sense that we don’t know “how” to pray or don’t have the “gift” of prayer like others. Contrary to what we may think, there is no “formula” to pray.  If we know how to think and how to talk, then we know how to pray.  Prayer is our means to conversation with God.  Of course, when we pray we are addressing the Creator of the universe.  He is our KING!  But at the same time, He is also our beloved Papa, our Daddy, our Abba-FAther.  We are His beloved children.  He loves us so much and delights in any effort we make to communicate.  He knows we are learning.  He isn ot looking for perfection.  As in all things, He doesn’t care about fancy words because He is looking at our hearts.

So talk to Him! (And listen for what He has to say in return…)  God conversations….God’s Spirit moving across the earth in response to our prayers…

Thru prayer much is birthed. He is honored; He releases His
supernatural power in response; the adversary’s schemes are defeated and turned
back on himself; God uses all things to restore more people to Him for
eternity; we receive increased peace, joy and manifold blessings throughout our
every day.

Blessed be God, Who has not rejected my prayer nor removed His mercy and loving-kindness from being [as it always is] with me. (Ps. 66:20 Amplified)

Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!  END

UPCOMING DEVOTION: GOD & The Financial Markets

PLEASE remember to view the new song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  SHARE the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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