The Secret Life of a Prayer Warrior

Have you noticed how quickly the years of our lives pass? Finally, we have completed our goals, have successful careers and financial stability, and traveled to mesmerizing vacation spots. Yes, life is good or is it? The level of satisfaction based off of our earthly accomplishments will never provide peace, joy, or lasting happiness.

The person who serves God and is joyful, despite their circumstances is a prayer warrior who has a secret life. “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6).

Our souls require daily spiritual nourishment. There is only one Source of peace–Jesus. No one else can soothe the distress from enduring the ups and downs of a unpredictable life. Prayer connects us to God. Jesus Christ is our Heavenly Intercessor. And we can cast our heavy burdens on the One who can carry them effortlessly.

Desire peace? Become a Relentless Prayer Warrior. “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Prayer: God, we are thankful that we can communicate with You through prayer without limits. In Jesus name. Amen.

Spiritual Nourishment for Our Soul [with Podcast]

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The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. Psalm 34:19

Yesterday, I listened to the testimonies of individuals who admitted that 2021 was their most challenging year. Although filled with many difficulties, they made it through. Many of us can relate to a year filled with economic hardships, health issues, losing loved ones, and devastation from natural disasters. My testimony includes facing homelessness after receiving notice of intent to sell the house I had leased for six years. Even with faith more diminutive than a mustard seed, God lovingly extended His grace and mercies by relocating me to the beautiful Florida Coast.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers them out of them all. Psalm 34:19

God’s promises are always “Yes” and “Amen.” Yet, we worry and fret during our seasons of trials and sorrows. What is lacking in our lives? We are discouraged because our mind is focused on our limited abilities. We cannot recognize the Omnipotence of our Heavenly Father because our knowledge of God is too little. But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken since you do not understand the Scriptures nor the power of God.” Matthew 22:29.

Prayer is the secret of spiritual strength and connects us to Divine Power!

When he calls out to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him. Psalm 91:15

Recently, I read an article on prayer. The author stated, “Prayer changes us by nourishing our faith in God.” Immediately, I thought of the conditions of the desert, lacking water most of the year, yet there are plants and trees, which exist. Yes, my soul was dehydrated. As a result, my faith cannot grow and I lack spiritual insight. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

God desires that we receive His abundant rain that quenches our thirsty souls. Prayer communicates to God that we desperately need Him. Who does not require daily spiritual nourishment? Doing our part allows us to receive unlimited blessings of strength that enable us to persevere and endure our hardships. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5. What a powerful promise! To receive the spiritual insight of wisdom and discernment from prayer. Much prayer gives us much power!

Prayer is a direct connection to our Spiritual Team:

  1. And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:26.
  2. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus…1 Timothy 2:5
  3. “It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24

Prayer is the channel of communication between our souls and God. God speaks to us through His word; we respond to Him through our prayers, and He always listens to us. Prayer, EGW

Many are spiritually dehydrated because they do not know the Scriptures. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Knowledge of God’s promises allows us to think and live differently. It is with an assurance that we receive peace, joy, confidence, and contentment from ongoing prayer and study of the Word of God.

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

A known fact is that yo-yo dieting leads to discouragement and often a state of malnutrition. The body is weakened, eventually causing the individual to give up. Overwhelmed by the busyness in our lives, we forget to put God first. To receive spiritual resilience, we must seek God daily, which takes commitment and a review of how we spend our time. Our praise and worship of God require consistency. We should not factor God into our schedules. Avoid spiritual malnutrition by praying and diligent study of the Bible. Remember, our Team is available 24/7. Call on the Lord! And be persistent in your prayers!

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:17-18

Prayer: God, we are thankful for a new year. And we desire to have a closer relationship with you. We ask forgiveness for excluding you from our lives and pray for wisdom as we seek knowledge through the Scriptures. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen. © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers, and Woman, You Are Loved by God Ministries

The Power, Peace, and Prosperity from Prayer

Has anyone ever said to you, “Don’t be so hard on yourself?” Although it is an attempt to console the individual for making a mistake, we should reflect on why we are in a dilemma. Humility leads us to self-evaluate when we have acted on our desires. The desires that place us in opposition to God’s plans for our lives. Thankfully, we have a Heavenly Father who provides unmerited grace and mercy along with unlimited forgiveness of our sins.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Throughout the Bible, prayer is emphasized as the way to receive God’s Divine Intervention. John chapter 17 is a perfect example of Jesus praying to His Heavenly Father. Maybe we do not understand the purpose of prayer. Prayer connects us to the Spiritual Team–the Trinity Godhead, God, the Father, Jesus, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. Through prayer, Jesus, our Heavenly Intercessor acts on our behalf, presenting us as forgiven to God. “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:14. Yes, our prayers must begin with the request for God’s will to be manifested in our lives. And the Holy Spirit, who is available to all people at all times, still remains a mystery. Yet, it is the Holy Spirit who provides comfort, wisdom, guidance, and discernment from our heartfelt prayers.  

The soul that turns to God for its help, its support, its power, by daily, earnest prayer, will have noble aspirations, clear perceptions of truth and duty, lofty purposes of action, and a continual hungering and thirsting after righteousness. By maintaining a connection with God, we shall be enabled to diffuse to others, through our association with them, the light, the peace, the serenity, that rule in our hearts. The strength acquired in prayer to God, united with persevering effort in training the mind in thoughtfulness and care-taking, prepares one for daily duties and keeps the spirit in peace under all circumstances.—(Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, 85.)

We gain spiritual prosperity–a total transformation from our weaknesses to possessing spiritual strength from daily prayer. Prayer is the only way to maintain the connection between humanity and divinity. Unlimited 24/7 access to the Trinity through prayer is a gift. With gratitude, we acknowledge that God has anticipated our every need. It is time that we receive the abundant life that God has planned for us by praying in humility throughout the day, evening, and night.

 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17. 

Feeling blessed and highly favored? Let’s pray.

Prayer: God, we are thankful that you have given us everything that we need. We are thankful that we can communicate with you through prayer. Thank you for  full access to your Divine resources. We love you. And ask this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen. © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers Ministry

Prayer is a Partnership

Shout the Cry of Victory 30 Days of Prayer Day 4

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

The reason you are a believer is to build a relationship with God whom you believe in. Prayer is a give and take; you call and God answers.

In John 16:33, “Jesus tells us, I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Do you believe that God answers prayers and Jesus, along with the Holy Spirit, they help us to live a victorious life even in our most demanding challenges?

Making a renewed covenant with God is just a prayer away. We are not required to do anything strenuous or challenging to serve God. It is a simple commitment to offer ourselves and worship our Creator. God loves us more than we will ever know. Believing (faith) in God requires constant communion with Him. Pray throughout the day and night for spiritual strength.

We cannot live off of yesterday’s worship, praise, or prayers. Diligently seeking God daily places us in a position to build our faith and trust in Him. Whether we are in the mountain highs or the valley lows, God is always here! He is patiently waiting for us to seek Him in prayer.

Bible Study: Matthew 6

Prayer: God, we confess and ask forgiveness for not doing our part in the covenant relationship with you. Please hear our prayer to create a clean heart in us and to teach us the humility of serving you. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

©2021 Sonya Johnson

It’s an Urgent Matter: Please Talk to God

The quest for simpler lifestyles to achieve peace and tranquility in the busyness of our lives is at an all-time high. Most of us routinely practice precautions to safeguard our physical safety. Businesses are paying attention to the increase of consumers making healthy choices regarding nutritional foods and purchasing clothing and equipment for physical exercise. And Psychologists continue to recommend guarding our mental and emotional health by using stress-reducing techniques and staying clear of toxic relationships.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

We are moving in the right direction, except for improving our spiritual health. When hardships, significant life events, or seasons of darkness overwhelm us, we still do not invite God to be our First-Responder. Prayer must be our immediate “911” call. We carry too many burdens when we fail to cast our cares on Jesus. Without consistent prayer, our faith depletes, and anxiety and worries consume our thoughts. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:27

Prayer is our connection to God, the source of our strength. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5. Jesus warns us that we can do nothing without him.

The only way to stay connected to the vine is through continuous prayer. We can pray anytime of the day and night to optimize our spiritual health by growing closer to God. Remember, prayer is our lifeline. Make the commitment to have a strong bond with God. Prayer is the only way we can receive life-giving nourishment from the Vine–Jesus Christ.

“Just have a little talk with Jesus and tell him all about your troubles. He will hear the faintest cry, He will answer by and by.”

Happy Sabbath!

Bible Study: 1 Thessalonians 5

God, we desire to build our relationship with you and to improve our spiritual health. We thank you for the Sabbath, your gift to humanity. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

©2021 Sonya Johnson