Chelsea Crockett

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Prayer Road Map

Have you ever gotten stuck in a “prayer rut”? Do you feel like you don’t have the words to say when you pray, and your prayers fell empty? Many of…

Have you ever gotten stuck in a “prayer rut”? Do you feel like you don’t have the words to say when you pray, and your prayers fell empty? Many of us have felt like that at some point in our walk with Christ. We could all use a few tips on how to have more effective prayer lives, and God will show you if you just ask. He doesn’t need fancy words or long monologues, He just asks that we come to him with our hearts ready. He is always listening.

Luke 11 tells a story of one of Jesus’ disciples who came and asked for Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus gave them an example and gave us guidelines for what we should be both asking and thanking Him for. Even the disciples had trouble knowing how to pray sometimes! “Jesus said, ‘This is how you should pray: ‘Father, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.’” (Luke 11:2-4).

So, let’s break that down into a prayer road map to follow:

  1. May your name be kept holy: We should give the Lord the honor and glory that He deserves. We should begin our prayers by praising him!
  2. May His kingdom come: Asking the Lord to return soon reveals the eagerness in our hearts to be with Him in heaven someday.
  3. Give us the food we need each day: We ask him for the things we need to get through each day because we know that He is our provider.
  4. And forgive our sins: By admitting we fall short and need God’s grace, we humble ourselves and show we know that we need him.
  5. Forgive those who sin against us: We should be merciful towards those who do us wrong.
  6. Do not lead us into temptation: Pray that he will keep you strong and guard your heart from giving into temptation.

Our prayers should be like a continual conversation between you and the Lord – because talking to Him every once in a while is not enough! There is nothing too big or too small for Him to handle. Sometimes the answers to our prayers will be a yes, sometimes a no, and sometimes a “maybe.” But, you will always get an answer. He hears and he cares. Never stop talking to your Father in Heaven.

Chels

 

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Prayer Trumps Panic, Every Time

Have you ever felt real, raw, knees weak, palms sweaty, mind-numbing panic? Me too. There are times in my career where I have been on top of the world. Life…

Have you ever felt real, raw, knees weak, palms sweaty, mind-numbing panic? Me too.

There are times in my career where I have been on top of the world. Life is good, business is good, my friendships and relationships are strong, and I feel like life couldn’t get any better. Then, inevitably, something knocks me down. Life is all about the hills and valleys. In those valleys, panic sets in. Do people still like me? Am I going to be successful? In those moments, the panic can be overwhelming. It can feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest and fear keeps me rooted in place. What if I make a wrong move? What if I do something and people don’t like it? What if I do something and I don’t like it?

With any change comes a certain degree of panic. Whenever I launch a new project, such as writing a book, that fear sets in. What if people don’t buy the book? What if no one reads what I have to say? That is where prayer comes in. Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in ever situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” This means that you should put your panic away, trust in God, and ask him to calm your heart. Also, Psalms 56:3 says “When I am afriad, I put my trust in you.” These two verses had a common theme: trust.

Trust God with your worries and your panic. Give it to Him and let Him carry that burden for you. We do not have to put all of our confidence in ourselves. We can rest assured that Jesus is the Solid Rock in which we stand. He will never fail us. We can trust him completely, deeply, and with our whole hearts, even when we start to feel pannicked. You also don’t have to go through anxious times alone. I know when I was at my lowest, I just wanted someone to be with me, even if it was to simply sit with me and not talk. Often times, a few words of encouragement can calm our hearts and help soothe our fears.

Don’t suffer panic alone. Let people know where you are. Reach out in prayer. Prayer trumps panic, every time.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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4 Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

Prayer is a powerful thing. Sometimes, it can be a tough thing to do. Our prayer lives reveal so much about our relationship with God, but there are times when…

Prayer is a powerful thing. Sometimes, it can be a tough thing to do. Our prayer lives reveal so much about our relationship with God, but there are times when we can put it on the back burner and it can get lost in the craziness of life. We get lazy, busy, or too distracted. Even if you are not much of a prayer, it is so important to maintain a strong prayer life. If yours is in need of a jumpstart, here are a few tips on how to make it happen.

  1. Write your prayers down: Use a journal to write your prayers down. Not only does this help you focus and allows you to vent and get your feelings out, it also lets you to look back at your prayers and see how God worked through them!
  2. Doodle your prayers: Yes, doodle! Grab a sketch book or a piece of paper and doodle while you pray. It can help calm your heart and help you surrender your worries to God. It will also be a fun way to incentivise yourself to pray.
  3. Pray through scripture: The Bible is full of prayers. You can take them and adapt them to your life, and you can use them as inspiration. The Bible is an awesome resource!
  4. Read about it: There are countless books written about prayer. You can also ask close friends or mentors about how they maintain a strong prayer life. Never be ashamed to ask others about their faith! They have most likely had the same struggles in their walk with God that you are having and can give you advice on how to overcome them.

Having a strong prayer life is essential. It is how we talk to God, and how he talks back!

XOXO, Chels

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Why Do We Pray?

Why do we pray? God knows everything anyway. He is almighty, soverign, and in control of all things. What could we possibly add to His wisdom with our prayers? That,…

Why do we pray? God knows everything anyway. He is almighty, soverign, and in control of all things. What could we possibly add to His wisdom with our prayers? That, my friends, is a great question. Why do we pray? Here are some great reasons.

  1. We pray because we are God’s children, and He loves to hear from us!
  2. We pray because it deepens our trust in God. (Philippians 4:6-7)
  3. We pray because it causes us to depend on God. (Isaiah 40:26)
  4. We pray because it gives us the chance to express ourselves completely to the Lord. (Psalms 62:8)
  5. We pray because our prayers move the heart of God. (James 4:2)
  6. We pray because it is an amazing way that we get to be involved with what God is already doing in our world. (1 Thessalonians 5:25)

Mother Teresa said “God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” Prayer is so important, and having a healthy prayer life is crucial to your walk with Jesus!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Reasons to Pray

Why do we pray? God knows everything already, so why do we need to tell Him about our troubles or ask Him for wisdom? He is in control of all…

Why do we pray? God knows everything already, so why do we need to tell Him about our troubles or ask Him for wisdom? He is in control of all things, and knows all things. So why pray? Here are 5 great reasons to pray.

  1. We pray because we are God’s children and he loves to hear from us! (Zephaniah 3:17). Just like your dad and mom love to hear from you, God is our father and loves hearing from His children.
  2. We pray because it deepens our trust in God. (Philippians 4:6-7).
  3. We pray because it causes us to depend on God. (Isaiah 40:26).
  4. We pray because it gives us the chance to express ourselves to the Lord. (Psalms 62:8). Just like it feels good to vent about our troubles or gush about great things happening in our lives to the people we love, God loves hearing us express our ups and downs to Him.
  5. We pray because it’s an amazing way that we get to be involved with what God is already doing in our world. (1 Thessalonians 5:25). Mother Teresa said that “God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” There is a lot of evil happening in the world. Just turn on the news and that will be obvious. Our prayers help shape the world!

So when you are feeling like your prayers don’t matter, just remember these 5 reasons to pray. Your prayers are so important to God!

XOXO, Chels

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