Welcome to INTO THE LIGHT Journal! This journal is NOT about me but about the GREAT Savior, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and ALL that He has done for me (and NOT what I have done)—who saved and changed(inside-out) a great sinner like me. I don't claim that I know everything about life. But one thing I am certain, that apart from the love and mercies of Christ—I AM NOTHING. "... God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."(Galatians 6:14). I’m attesting the words of Charles Spurgeon: "My hope lives not because I am not a sinner but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; I don’t trust that I am holy but that, being unholy, He is my righteousness. I don't have to be rich, but I must be pure. My faith doesn’t rest upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ IS and what He has done for me. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, and we live!" Christ said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."(John 15:5). For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 10:36)

Journaling in Christ's throne of grace,

Erlinda Mejia Olson, BSN, RN

Asking God For Help

By: Erlinda Mejia-Olson

LUKE 11:9-10 ~ "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."

What motivates us to go to God for help?  We bend our knees before His throne for countless reasons.  If we genuinely desire to strengthen our  faith, our lives in all faces, then we need to put aside a generous time each day to ask God for help. 

As Christians, we are instructed to pray often.  Prayer should become an integral part of our daily life.  It should not be an on-and-off kind of thing practice.  When we feel like it, or whenever we feel like it, or if we have time.  We converse with God because we have a personal relationship with Him through our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. We want to go to God because we LOVE Him and TRUST Him.  It is more than just a sheer emotional display of feelings.  We should  pray without ceasing.  Otherwise prayer will just be an afterthought.

However, it is important to note that genuine prayer requires much more than bending our knees, bowing our heads, and closing our eyes.  Heartfelt prayer is an attitude of the heart, coming from the very core of our being—surrending every fiber of our being to God.

If your prayers have become more a matter of habit than a matter of passion, you are robbing yourself of a deeper relationship with God.  And how can you rectify that situation?  By praying more frequently and more fervently, diligently.  When you do, God will shower you with His blessings.  His grace.  His mercies.  His love.

Many of us, even well-intentioned believers, tend to "compartmentalize" our walking hours into a few family categories of work, rest, play, family time, and worship.  And to do so is a mistake.  Worship and praise should be woven into the fabric of our lives.  Prayer should never be regulated to a weekly three-hour visit to church on Sunday morning.
Accoding to Dr. Wayne Oates (an American Psychologist and Theologian): "Many of my prayers are made with my eyes open.  You see, it seems I'm always praying about something, and it's not always convenient, or safe, to close my eyes."
Dr. Oates comprehended that God always hears our prayers and that the relative position of our eyelids is of inconsequential to Him, but "the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16b)

Therefore, as you petition God each day, ask Him for the strength and the wisdom to regard your life as His.  And if you haven't done so, now is the best time to give your life to God through His Son, Jesus Christ (John 12:26).

During the coming days, as we continue to live our lives, day by day, we will face trials and temptations, but with God's help, we can treat our lives as the priceless, one-of-a-kind gift that most certainly is of value to God.
"Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him."  (Proverbs 30:5)

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