Reflecting His Decrees

Good morning! My prayer each day is to follow the Lord with all my heart, all my soul and all my mind. Some days I fail. Yet, I continue to persevere and pursue the Lord as the Holy Spirit convicts and guides me. His mercies are new for all of us each morning. Enjoy today!

Joyful are people of integrity,
    who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Joyful are those who obey his laws
    and search for him with all their hearts.
They do not compromise with evil,
    and they walk only in his paths.
You have charged us
    to keep your commandments carefully.
Oh, that my actions would consistently
    reflect your decrees!
Then I will not be ashamed
    when I compare my life with your commands.
As I learn your righteous regulations,
    I will thank you by living as I should!
I will obey your decrees.
    Please don’t give up on me!” Psalm 119:1-8 NLT.

Living our lives focused on serving the Lord requires us to die to “self” daily. What are some of the things you need to remove so that you can pursue joy with the Lord?

Lord God,  thank you for your love toward us. Thank you for new mercies each day. Lord, thank you for allowing us to search for you and learn about your righteousness. Father, we desire to walk in integrity and to follow your instructions – Lord, lead us in all your ways. Equip us with your word and firmly plant it in our hearts so that we may use it to destroy the lies of the enemy and the seeds of doubt. Lord, protect our homes, our families, the lost, the least and the last. Lord, we need you. We need spiritual transformation in our homes, on our jobs, in our finances, in our health and our minds. Lord, like the psalmist wrote “please don’t give up on me (us)!” Lord, continue to work in us and change us to be more like you. May our actions reflect your decrees. In Jesus name, amen.

Keep seeking! Keep trusting! Keep praying!

Do you have a specific prayer request? If so, I would love to pray for you and/or your family. Send your prayer requests to: prayerrequest@maryewhiteministries.com

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6 thoughts on “Reflecting His Decrees

  1. Amanda says:

    What’s the point of prayer when the eight million starving people dont get theirs answered?
    They wont get food so why should any of the rest of us get answered prayers ? And why should we expect to?

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    • Mary E White says:

      Good morning, Amanda. Thank you for your questions. While I’m not God, I can definitely point you to Biblical perspectives & scriptures to help you with your questions.
      Your first question: What’s the point of prayer when the eight million starving people don’t get theirs answered.
      Response: We are all responsible for praying for ourselves and our neighbors (next door or across the world). Our prayers are not simply to bless us, but to bless others. Our hearts are moved and softened in prayer because it allows us an opportunity to seek the Lord with a right heart, to hear from him in our greatest need or concern, to trust him until prayers are answered or when He (God – who created all things) decides not to answer. As He works in our hearts, he begins to transform us and use us to be answers to prayers. While we can’t feed the eight million starving, we can be part of the answer to their prayers by providing food, resources, volunteering, working on committees to make a change. Read Matthew 25:31-46
      Question two: They won’t get food so why should any of the rest of us get answered prayers?
      Answer: Throughout the Bible we read the prayers of faith believers. For years, they waited for the Lord to answer prayers, they faithfully pursued and trusted the Lord. In God’s time and in his way – prayers were/are answered. Prayers are not always answered the way we want them to be answered, but we must remember we are not God.
      Isaiah 55:8-9 reads:
      8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
      9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

      Amanda, prayer is far beyond a Christmas list. It is about a relationship with God. The One who loves you more than anyone in this world. He knows everything about you. He knows your hurt, pain and heart, yet he loves you with an unconditional love. Because He loves you, you can expect him to keep his promises – he is a God who can not lie. We must surrender our will and trust his – he can change anything.

      Question: And why should we expect to?
      Answer: I don’t know about you, but I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. The Lord came into my life at a period when I questioned many things and was running away from him, but knew about him. Then one day the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and convicted me and my selfishness. Since that day, my life has never been the same. It was the day I trusted the Lord more than I trusted myself and the world. Life hasn’t been easy as a Christian, because the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike, the difference – God is with the just. He is my strength in tough times, he is my peace when chaos is all around me, he comforts me when I’m grieving and he sends godly brothers and sisters to lift me up in prayer as I walk through difficult times.
      So, if the question is why should I expect him to – it’s because he is God and I am not. I trust he will do what’s best for me and that he will equip me for the things ahead and to help others in need. James 5:16-18

      Father God, I lift up Amanda and ask that you open up her eyes to see you at work in her life and in the lives of others. Lord, continue to answer her questions and help her to draw near to you. Lord, expand Amanda’s prayer life from this day forward. In Jesus name, amen.

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      • Amanda says:

        I think the problem I have with Christianity is that all of the claims rely on the bible; There’s no evidence for the bible’s claims outside of the bible itself and prayer is one of the many issues atheists have with religions for that reason

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      • Mary E White says:

        Hi Amanda. Yes. I understand what you are saying. However, I would have a problem with a Christian who would base their claims on anything other than the Bible. There are historic books, documents, etc that aren’t part of the Bible but support the things, history and findings in the Bible.

        Amanda, I’m not trying to be cynical, but have you ever read the Bible? If not, and you are still hesitant you might want to read the book Case for Christ. It was written by an atheist attorney who sought out to prove Christ did not exist. I actually have an extra copy and I can send it to you if you want.
        Prayer is always an issue of faith, trust and belief. If you don’t believe then why would you pray to a God you don’t believe in. However, if you want to believe simply ask the Lord to help you with your disbelief and show you that he is real. I guarantee you – he will, not the way you would expect but He will show you that He is God.
        Let me know if you have additional questions. I will continue to pray for you. I pray the Lord will reveal himself to you so that you will know the he is God.

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      • Amanda says:

        So in your opinion what’s the difference between having blind faith and being gullible/naive?

        If praying for atheists is what serves you then sure but I’m definitely not comfortable with you praying for me so please dont talk about it.

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      • Mary E White says:

        Blind faith – seeing God work and trusting God to work, because I’ve seen it and experienced him at work in my own life. Miracle after miracle and healing after healing – he is at work.
        Gullible/naive is trusting anything without looking for yourself to see if it is true or not. We see a lot of this on Social Media – people not doing research before they post believing it’s true hence the new term “fake news”.
        But I’m sure that’s not your case. I’m certain you read all your facts before you made a decision not to believe.

        Ok. I will respect your request and won’t talk about it.
        Thank you for your questions. Please feel free to reach back out in the future. Have a good night Amanda.

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