December 30, 2017

A New Year’s Prayer

A New Year's Prayer by Wendy Blight

I’m so thankful for each one of you … for how you love God’s Word and have come alongside me for so many years to study His word together. Here’s a New Year’s Prayer for you!

Father,

I’m so thankful to walk into this New Year with You. I stand amazed that though You are the King of kings and Lord of lords, You are also my Abba Father. The One who knit me together in my mother’s womb.  The One who knows my heart, my every need, my deepest desires, my scars, and my faults and failures. Yet, You still love me. Thank You that Your love knows no bounds. Lord, in this New Year, I invite You to fall afresh on me.

Father,

You are holy, and You call me to holiness. Not perfection. Holiness. Help me know the difference. You created me in Your image and call me to be more like You. I confess at times, my heart wanders. My speech disappoints. My actions fail. Draw me closer to You. Keep me alert to Your voice. Give me a teachable mind and ears to hear the whispers of Your sweet Spirit. Clothe me with humility. Enable me to submit to Your Word. Use it to penetrate those deep places in my heart that resist change.

Father,

Give me a heart that hungers and thirsts for more of You and Your Truth above all else. Grant me a spirit of wisdom and discernment so I can understand the wonderful truths and promises tucked in pages of Your Word. Give me a Spirit of revelation to discover the secret treasures You have hidden for me. Help me discern truth from lies. Open my eyes to the schemes of the evil one. Keep my eyes forever fixed on You. When I wander, Lord, draw me back. Refresh and refill me with the fullness of Your Spirit.

Father,

As I enter into this New Year. I’m not making resolutions. I’m making a commitment. I commit to give You Your rightful place on the throne of my heart. To put You above all else. Give me the courage to make the decisions that will make that happen.

Father,

You are Faithful and True. I’m inviting You to do a mighty work in and through my life this year. Thank You for Your promise that when You begin a work, You are faithful to complete it. I want to walk step-by-step with You every day. Help me to trust You, even in the hard places. Even when it costs. Help me lean not on my own understanding, but Yours. Help me to acknowledge You in all my ways so that I can obey Your voice when You speak, “This is the way, My child, walk in it.”

Father,

I love You and thank You that You love me. Make my life a living testimony to You. I ask this in the powerful and mighty name of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who will do exceedingly, abundantly above all that I could ever ask or imagine. Amen.

May you have a blessed and joyous New Year!

December 20, 2017

A Prayer for the Hearts Who Ache this Christmas

Christmas brings great joy and incredible highs.

But, it can also bring deep sadness and heartbreaking lows … mostly because of relationships. Loved ones who’ve betrayed us. Hurt us. Abandoned us.

Satan uses these pain-filled places to steal our joy and draw us away from the very peace Jesus came to give.

So, how can we effectively navigate heartache and hurt during this season?

Prayer and Love … the love of Jesus.

His love in us enables us to overcome the grief, heartache and hurt. It’s our choice. We can choose to live steeped in anger and bitterness. Or we can choose to surrender our hurt to Jesus. The only One who can truly take it and transform us through it. It’s when we truly understand and live in the extravagant, lavish love of the Father that we can surrender the grief and forgive the hurt.

Below, please find a prayer taken from my new Bible study, “I Am Loved: Walking in the Fullness of God’s Love.”  If your heart aches this Christmas, please pray this prayer. Personalize it. Make it your own.

Heavenly Father, I confess that my perception of love is so vastly different from Yours. Oftentimes I view people’s actions through the lens of my wounded soul. I sift people’s words through the hurt piled up in my heart. I know deep down inside that I don’t understand Your love. Help me surrender my inaccurate, preconceived notions of love. Open my heart to receive and embrace authentic love … Your love … the kind of love that laid down its life for me. Enable me to comprehend the vastness of this love. Soak it deep into the marrow of my bones so that it becomes one with my soul, and I truly live loved. And then transform my heart from the inside out with Your love so that I can be a glowing example of Your lovingkindness. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, enable me to walk in that love, in any situation, in any relationship, anytime, anywhere. Help me to believe the best and forgive the worst. May I reflect the fruit of Your love in all I say and do. I ask this in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

God’s Word says the prayers of His daughters are powerful and effective.

If you’re hurting and prayed this prayer, leave a short comment letting me know. No need to share details. I know these are hard things to share. Later this week, I’ll pray for you by name. And, if you have a few moments, pray for a few of the names in the comments, and I ask for your prayers as well.

I trust God will answer our prayers and do a mighty work in our midst. I believe that by the power of His Holy Spirt, WE WILL BE GLOWING EXAMPLES OF GOD’s LOVINGKINDNESS wherever Christmas finds us!!

Merry Christmas!

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If you’d like to watch my entire session 1 video of I Am Loved, FaithGateway is offering it for free here as their Bible Study of the Week.

Week 1 Video - I Am Loved by Wendy Blight.

Also, I hope you’ll join us for our Online Bible Study at Proverbs 31 Ministries. It kicks off January 22 and you can sign up here so you don’t miss a post.

I Am Loved by Wendy Blight - an online Bible study with Proverbs 31 Ministries.

See you in the New Year!

October 31, 2017

How to Pray God’s Word w/ Giveaway!

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin with prayer. We want to pray specifically for our friends and family, but we can’t quite figure out where to start.

I felt that way until I spent a few years around some amazing prayer warriors a few years ago. They taught me to pray God’s Word for the people I love. Praying God’s living and active Word is what makes our prayers powerful and effective!

So, over the next weeks and months, I dove into God’s Word and found topics that led to Scriptures that equipped me to pray for my people.

Today, I thought I would share some of those Scriptures with you. But, instead of just sharing the verses, I’m going to personalize them to help you see what I mean when I say “pray God’s Word.”

Many of you already do this, so I would be grateful if you would share any tips you have or verses you’ve personalized for your friends and family in the comments below.

It’s always a gift to share what God has taught us with friends. It’s what I LOVE about this community God has gathered here at wendyblight.com.

I’ll use my my family prayers as an example so you can get the feel for how to personalize your prayers.

Heavenly Father, I lay my family before You today asking:

Our love for each other will grow deeper and stronger the longer we walk with you and that it will abound more and more and reflect Your character. Help us be patient and kind, not boastful or proud. Help us always think the best of, and seek the best for, each other. (1 Cor. 13:4-7; Phil. 1:9-11)

You help us live in unity, putting each other’s needs before our own. Give us oneness of heart through the beautiful thread of Your Holy Spirit that binds us together in Jesus. (John 17:11, 21; Phil. 2:1-5)

We would have the mind of Christ and acknowledge You daily, no matter where we are, together or apart. Help us take every thought captive to Your Word, replacing lies with truth. Despair with joy. Grieving with hope. Anxiety with peace. Hate with love. Rudeness with kindness. Disrespect with honor. (Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 Cor. 2:11-16; 2 Cor. 10:3-5)

We will live each and every day in the fullness of Your Spirit and in the abundant life You promise. (Eph. 5:18; John 10:10)

We will be confident in who and Whose we are, never looking to others for affirmation of our value and worth. Knowing down to the marrow of our bones it is found solely in You. (Psalm 139:13-16; Eph. 1:3-4, 7-8)

We would hunger for more of You and more of Your Word. That nothing else would satisfy us more than spending quiet time alone with You. (Psalm 63:1; Matthew 4:4; John 4:13-14, 7:37)

We would daily take up the Armor of God to protect us from the evil one. Keep us alert to Satan’s temptations, schemes, and lies. By the power of Your Spirit enable our hearts to fully submit to You so we can confidently resist the devil by speaking one Word alone … One name… Jesus. (John 8:44; Eph. 6:10-18; James 4:7)

We would be strong, courageous and bold in a culture hostile to You. That we would never be afraid to share our story and the hope we have in You. (Joshua 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:17-20)

You give us servant hearts. Hearts that seek to serve the least and the lost. Give us eyes to see the ones who need an encouraging word. Give us ears to hear the stories of those who need a listening ear. Give us patience to love those who drive us crazy. Give us a generous heart to share our blessings with those who have needs much greater than ours. (Mark 10:44-45; John 15:12, 30; Gal. 6:2; Hebrews 13:16)

You give us hearts of gratitude. Awaken us each morning with Your joy filling our hearts, no matter what the day may hold. May we anticipate divine encounters with You throughout our day … to see where You are at work and join You. (Psalm 118:24; Romans 15:13; Col. 2:7; 1 Thess. 5:18)

You develop in us prayerful hearts, ones that seek You in all things and for all things. Hearts that are tender to Your voice and leading, ready to pray wherever and for whoever You ask. (Phil. 4:6-7; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:16-18)

I pray these verses bless and help equip you as you pray for your friends and family.

Now it’s YOUR TURN.

If this is new to you, in the comments, please share the verse(s) that spoke most to your heart. If this is how you pray, share your favorite verses to pray and give examples of how you personalize them. I will choose one name from the comments to win a copy of my book “Living So That:Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life.” It has an entire chapter devoted to (you see a picture from that chapter above, “Pray So That”)!

I’m so grateful for each one of you. Thank you for meeting together with me here. I only wish we could be in the same room together sharing our thoughts and our hearts.