This is crunch time in the semester. Many students are tired and burnt out, and many of us who haven’t been sleeping well are especially feeling the fire.
But now is the most important time to to maintain optimum mental and physical health. A lot goes on in the mind of a student, and if you care deeply about your school work or are engaged in work that interests you, it can easily take over your thoughts and your mind.
I am reminded that God is alive and that He cares. He wants us to run to Him because He alone can provide strength. Like Muyiwa, one of the commenters on yesterday’s post said, human strength is a delusion. That statement was incredibly comforting. I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders and I wasn’t expected to be this overall successful student but to take my life one day at a time.
Isn’t that so wonderful? Ask for help, receive it, surround yourself with wonderful cheerleaders because no one expects you to be superhuman. Anyone who indicates that they expect you to do so is a bad friend and should have no place in your life haha.
Anyway, over the weekend I did two very great things: I went for a worship event and I listened to a sermon by Pastor Adeboye.
It was incredibly cathartic to sit in this auditorium with fellow college students and just scream at the top of my lungs. It was only afterwards that I realized how much I needed the release. I’ve been in a bit of a valley period with my writing. I wrote so many pages over the weekend that I don’t want to look at another computer screen or to compose another sentence. But this is the life I live. It’s what I enjoy doing. It’s why I even have a blog.
When I got home, I listened to the sermon by Pastor Adeboye on the Secret of Answered Prayers. Using the story in 1 Kings 18, where Elijah called down fire from heaven, he explained that when we pray, there are four things we are to do:
1. We worship God. Elijah began by saying “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” as an act of worship towards God. To remind God that He’s a big God and to remind himself (Elijah) that he was dealing with the Almighty and all-powerful God.
2. We place ourselves in right standing with God. Elijah openly declared himself a servant of God. Putting our hearts in an attitude of worship enables us make our requests with all humility towards God. A good attitude towards God is key to making it in life!
3. We acknowledge that we are nothing without God. When we pray, we empower ourselves because we know that we are absolutely nothing without God. But because we have God, we have all we need. When God shows us who He is in comparison to the tiny people we are, we understand that He is big and we can do all things with Him, including get our dream jobs.
4. Attach His word to our request. Elijah said “I have done all these things at thy word.” We say this to not only show our faith in God, but to also strengthen our own hearts and minds. Prayer isn’t only to obtain things from God, but also to align our hearts with His will and to build our faith in Him.
I hope that these few tips will give someone a boost in their prayer life this week and always! God is good. Even when I’m so tired I can barely keep my eyes open, I drag myself from class to class because I know that He is good and that He will bless my efforts with success.
He has promised that
- I will always be the head and not the tail, above only and never beneath. Deutreonomy 28: 13
- He directs me and crowns all my efforts with success. Proverbs 3:6
- The Lord renews my strength and makes me mount up with wings as eagles, and when I run, I shall not be weary, neither shall I be faint when I walk. Isaiah 40:31
Have a wonderful ahead guys.
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