Eager Heart (prayer)

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(Please join me in this prayer to show God’s love to others.)

Lord,

Thank You for my ability to serve,

An eager heart with pure desire,

Give me opportunities to shine

Your light in shadowy places,

To show this dark world

You exist, You care, You love.

Lift my arms in strength,

Help me to carve out time,

Prioritizing You above the

The loud worldly demands

Give me perseverance to follow through

And ensure me my efforts make a difference

In Your present and glorious kingdom.

Let joy spring forth from these hands

The same joy I have

When You lean forward to pick me up

Like a little child with raised arms.

Help me to serve even my enemies

So that they know

There is truth in Your Word

And therefore be changed to

Serve You also.

None of this would be possible

If not for the Spirit living inside me,

Before the day I said Yes to Jesus

I served only myself and my sinful desires,

Thank You that You have birthed in me something new

For this overflowing sense of love, heavenly Father,

We praise You.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

© 2015 Kim Bond

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How To Answer Your Call

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A calling from God is different than a dream because it originates with God and not our own hearts. A calling happens when Christians feel inspired by God to serve Him in some way. Unfortunately, Christians sometimes feel unsure how to answer His call. Worse yet, some feel certain there is a call and an urgency to answer—yet they are unsure what God wants them to do! It’s okay. Relax. We’ll take it step by step.

1. Prepare yourself for service. This includes studying your Bible, attending church regularly, and letting go of sin. Regularly pray for God to prepare you for service.

2. Offer yourself. Open up your schedule to allow God to use you. This may mean giving up some entertainment or cutting back work hours. Regularly request an anointing on yourself to serve God.

3. Be flexible. You may have several callings instead of one single calling. Every time you hear the Lord asking you to do something (no matter how small), respond in obedience. Obey every small command as if it was your calling. Luke 16:10 states, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

4. Seek your calling. Whether you feel unsure or completely confident, seek your calling with action. Begin by taking opportunities that are offered to you. You may feel in your spirit a sense of fulfillment and exclaim, “This is it!” Alternately, you may still feel that probing feeling that you need to answer your call and this is not it!

5. Practice. If God is calling you to be a missionary overseas, practice telling your coworkers and friends about God. If God is calling you to do something that requires skill, then practice doing it over and over again to improve your skill level. Practicing may require you to reach out to other Christians for training, advice, and prayer.

In God’s timing, He will reveal what He wants you to do and open up the opportunity for you to do it. I pray you will hear God’s voice clearly, obey His voice, and fulfill your calling with the valor of a saint. Consider praying this prayer with me right now: “God, Thank You for calling me to service. I offer my body as an instrument for Your purposes. Make known to me Your desires so that I may answer my call. I praise You for all of Your wonderful ways. In Christ’s Name, Amen.”

If you are not a Christian, consider praying this prayer with me right now: “God, I accept Jesus as my Savior. I believe Jesus is the Son of God. I believe He died on the cross and rose from the dead. I believe His death is the sacrifice that paid for my sins and His resurrection is a promise of eternal life. I choose to commit my life to You, Lord. Thank You for my salvation. In Christ’s Name, Amen.”

©2015 Kim Bond

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