For many people, 2020 was a tough year and just because it’s now 2021 doesn’t mean the difficulties are over. A new year means new challenges. Whatever God has planned for you this year, it is good to start it off in His presence.
The following are some verses that have been on my mind as I began writing this:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. Jeremiah 29:11-12
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
The central theme in these verses seems to be relying on God, trusting His plan for life, and of course, being in constant prayer. Praying has always been hard for me for some reason or another. I feel like I’ve never been good at it. Recently, however, I have been reading an amazing book by Bruce Wilkinson, called The Prayer of Jabez for Teens. He also has a version for adults. Now, I won’t go into all the details, but this book has really helped me realize the true importance of prayer, especially in times of uncertainty such as these.
Setting aside special quiet time, just to be with God has really helped calm my spirit this past month. I would highly encourage you to find a quiet spot to simply rest in the presence of the Most High. And remember, God has a plan for your life, and he is definitely in control. Written by an NICS student