#thirstythursday / how desperate are you for your miracle?

the daily Starr thirsty thursday

We all need a miracle – in some way, shape or fashion.

Maybe you need healing.
Maybe you need an answer.
Maybe you need restoration.
Maybe you need help.
Maybe you need comfort and peace.
Maybe you need direction.
Maybe you need forgiveness.
Maybe you need deliverance.
Maybe you need God to make a way where there is no way.

How desperate are you for your miracle?

“Desperate times call for desperate measures, and there is no more desperate act than praying hard. There comes a moment when you need to throw caution to the wind and draw a circle in the sand. There comes a moment when you need to defy protocol, drop to your knees, and pray for the impossible. There comes a moment when you need to muster every ounce of faith you have and call down rain from heaven.

Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker

Yes, prayer is our first line of defense.

Jesus tells the story of a widow who didn’t give up to illustrate how we shouldn’t give up on our own prayers.

Luke 18:1-8 (The Message Bible)

1 Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. 2 He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. 3 A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’ 4 “He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. 5 But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice – otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black and blue by her pounding.'” 6 Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? 7 So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? 8 I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?” 

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Are you desperate enough to keep praying?

If you’re like me, you would say, “Of course I am!”

But then life happens. Am I right?

We have the best intentions and the greatest desires to see God move in our lives – and then we give up or grow weary or just plain get busy and forget. Is God hearing me? Is God even there? Oh, I was going to pray about that today, but I forgot. Maybe I’ll do better tomorrow.

I’m tired of always wishing I’ll do better tomorrow.

It’s time to get serious about my miracle!

I love what else Mark Batterson has to say in the Circle Maker about how fasting can give power to our prayers.

Most people have a willing spirit; it’s the weak flesh that gets in the way. The problem isn’t desire; the problem is power – more specifically, willpower. This is where fasting comes into play. Fasting gives you more power to pray because it’s an exercise in willpower. The physical discipline gives you the spiritual discipline to pray through. An empty stomach leads to a full spirit. The tandem of prayer and fasting will give you the power and willpower to pray through until you experience a breakthrough. 

Mark Batterson, The Cirlce Maker

Are you desperate enough to give up food for your miracle?

Believe me, it’s easier said than done. My stomach does NOT like to be empty, y’all. This girl likes food. And good food.

To deny our body opens our hearts to God. This is an area I struggle in. I want God and I deeply want my miracle, but many times my flesh is weak and I put so much before Him – with my desires, my time and my priorities.

I don’t know what miracle you’re waiting on, but I do know this – the King of my heart is good and He has a future and a hope for us all! He is my song and He’s never gonna let me down! Let this be our prayer tonight as we draw closer to our King and wait on Him.

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