Today’s Truth

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me

(John 10:27).

Friend to Friend

Prayer really is so simple. We try to complicate it, and if I do say so myself, we manage to do a fairly good job of it.

Everyone prays when in crisis.

When the house is on fire, the kids are driving you nuts, the job is in jeopardy, the health challenge is serious, the finances are failing – it is amazing how even the ungodly will resort to prayer. It is built into our very being to cry out to God when we are desperate.

But is that all prayer is? Is talking with God only for desperate people in desperate moments?

I really do want to know God’s will for my life. I desperately need His wisdom to get through every day. I just tend to look for it in the wrong places.

Instead of first looking in His Word, I scour the pages of self-help books. Now there is nothing wrong with those books – as long as they take second place to the Word of God.

Instead of instantly dropping to my knees to pray, I call a godly friend for a quick-fix solution. Now there is nothing wrong with looking for wisdom from godly friends – as long as we understand that they should be confirmation of what God has already told us.

Our questions about the best and highest plan for life should be directed to the One who created that life – the One who knows us best and loves us most – God.

Here is the good news. If we ask Him, He will tell us. And the way we ask is through prayer.

Prayer is simply communication with God, a heart-to-heart conversation with Him. Prayer is our source of power and strength. And we need to stay plugged into that source.

In one of her books, Bible teacher Evelyn Christenson tells a story that drives home the importance of prayer in our lives. She needed to drop something off at her church office and decided to take a shortcut through the auditorium. When she opened the auditorium doors, she ran into the janitor, a man who had worked there for years. Unfortunately, he was losing his memory due to an illness, but the staff chose to keep him employed until retirement.

As she chatted with him, she couldn’t help but notice that he was drenched in sweat and had obviously been working very hard. When she asked what he’d been doing, the man smiled and proudly explained, “Why, I just vacuumed the whole auditorium!” Evelyn glanced around the huge auditorium and then looked down to see the vacuum cleaner cord lying on the floor. It had never been plugged in.

How sad! Maybe. But what is even sadder is the fact that many of us try to live the Christian life – unplugged – separated from our greatest source of power – prayer.

Prayer ushers us into God’s presence. And in His presence is everything we need, wrapped in His perfect will.

As we walk in daily obedience, God will direct our prayers and shape our desires so that His plan becomes clear. Oh, we won’t see it all. But we will see enough for the next step. And that is all we need.

1 John 5:14 “This is the assurance we have in approaching God. That if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

We cannot hear His voice or experience His power without spending time with Him. It is that simple. And the thing that really rocks my world is that He stands – waiting and wanting to spend time with me.

With. Me.

My God wants to spend time with me.

He longs to hear my voice.

He loves me, and He really does long for me to come to Him in prayer.

And the same is true for you.

Come to Him today.

Just come … and pray.

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to You right now … pouring out my heart and soul. Every dream, every fear, every longing, every hope … I lay it all at Your feet. I want to know Your plan for my life, and I want to live out that plan. Please guide my steps. Teach me how to follow You and honor You all the days of my life.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Read and memorize Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Grab your journal. Write this verse in your own words. What does it mean to you? How would you rate your prayer life – plugged in or unplugged? What one change can you make this week to make your prayer life more powerful?

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20 Responses to “Unplugged”

  1. Please pray says:

    I’ve been begging God to save my baby in this pregnancy. I’ve dated to come to him with humbleness yet courage to say, “please,
    Have mercy on me and this child you brought to me. Please honor the life you brought to me and protect it and don’t let me miscarry again. You know my heart, my heart God to be a mother. Why would you bring me a child just to make me feel fear? I’m trying to hang on and wait and pray your word back to remind you that you are the Giver of good gifts. Please, please God have mercy on me and this baby and let things work out amazingly and display your glory through this.”

    Please, please anyone reading this and willing, please pray a miracle for this desperate mama’s heart. Maybe more praying will get God to please be merciful. I’m desperate. Thank you in advance.

    • Linda says:

      I am praying for you and your sweet baby.

    • Kate says:

      God hears your prayer and knows your desires. Trust he will answer you in time. Ask God what you can do for him. Thank him for all your blessings and continue to pray for a healthy baby. I am praying for you and your baby and can see the beautiful abundance of life to soon bring joy to your heart. Bless you, Kate

    • Jean says:

      I will lift you up in prayer and for that precious child God created growing in you. God creates all that is good yes? I understand that burning desire to be a mom. Why is it so hard to just give it to Him and let go.? I ask God to comfort you and give you strength . He has not left you. Reach out and hold His hand. He will get you through this. God bless you

    • Jasmine G. says:

      I sent up a prayer for you just now. I believe that it’s already done! Walk in faith & not by what you see & feel in the natural. Do what 2 Corinthians 5:7 says: For we walk by faith, not by sight. Keep declaring over yourself that you will have successful birth. When you speak life over your situation, that’s when your faith in God kicks in. Don’t let the enemy put fear & doubt in your mind. You have power from God over all the power the enemy! Luke 10:19: “Behold I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and NOTHING shall by any means hurt you.”

    • Bridgett says:

      psalms 91 on you and the baby, psalms 27 vs 13 on you. you will see the goodness of the LORD and the time is now, start thanking GOD for your healthy baby. With God all things are possible

    • Julie B says:

      I prayed for you today with tears in my eyes. I feel the desperation in your words. Take care today, get through today. Let God work through you. You will get through this. Love Julie.

    • Vicki says:

      Praying for you and your baby.

    • Jacqui says:

      Praying for you sister and your baby.

    • sue says:

      I am praying for you and your baby; stay strong and know that God loves you and I believe He desires for you to be the mother you so desperately want to be. Praying praying praying for you and for your peace.

    • Rosie says:

      Lifting you up in prayer. I’ve been where you are. ((Hugs)) to you! xo

    • olga says:

      The bible says we will not cast our young. I pray for you that you receive strength to carry your baby full term in Jesus name. Just be giving him thanks.

  2. armoreph says:

    Jesus, I am calling Psalm 91 as a declaration over “Please Pray’s” baby and her as well. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

    Dear Please pray,

    Get out your Bible and insert your name and your baby in the places in Psalm 91 that apply and pray it out loud. This is a prayer of protection. God’s mighty hand is on your child. Repeat it until you get peace.


  3. Mary says:

    God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. I am praying that God’s peace will be in your heart n spirit today. Trust His heart to strengthen you and that you feel His love and care for you and your unborn child. Our names are written in the palms of His hand. I am praying for you to feel, know, and walk confidently in His grace as you continue to nurture yourself with His Word and nurture your unborn child. He is faithful. Trust Him.

  4. MaryNell says:

    I will pray for you and this little baby, and for God’s will, but that he give you mercy.

  5. MaryNell says:

    I have been divorced since Nov. 2001. My husband abandoned my 2 sons and me while still living in our home…he lived his own life as if he was single. Since then, and after I healed, I have longed for a good Christian man to love me, to be my partner, to be a mentor to my now grown sons. I’ve done great by myself and have grown spiritually in leaps and bounds, God has always been with me and lifted me up. I don’t even know if he wants me to have another partner, but if not, if He’d please remove this longing from my heart. Please pray for God’s will in this area of my life while I continue to give thanks in everything, stay by His side, humble and loving others. Thank you.

    • Senny says:

      MaryNell, Wait on God ask Him to be your husband.Then tell Him you want a Godly man that would love God first. I waited for seven years after my divorce and he gave me a wonderful man of God that loves me and my children. Just believe in Him.


  6. Jean says:

    We cannot hear His voice or experience His power without spending time with Him. It is that simple. And the thing that really rocks my world is that He stands – waiting and wanting to spend time with me.

    That just knocked me out. Duh! What a treasure that is. Before my Joe Passed away almost a year ago, the first thing I did when I got up was get my tea and spent time with God.qq Thank you for the reminder how important and special that time is. My days were so much better. If or when something did come up I had Him right there with me. I need to be plugged in too.

  7. Dominque says:

    Mrs Southerland, I know you been through depression I don’t know how it impact your ministry all I can say MY LORD JESUS I love your wisdom, prayers it is so heart hitting and if anyone truly take heed it will be a radical change this devotional is raw truth and I thank you for your obedience! I will keep you posted of my progress because I believe my journey starts today with the help of this devotional it’s my heart cry!!! Be blessed keep going thank you

  8. Nangamso says:

    I was raised by my gran and she was a follower. Growing up she tryed to show me that every answer is in the bible. Its only in my mid 20’s when life hit me so hard(Financially) that i started reading the word. I was lost in that book didnt even know were to start and how to read it till i found a christian friend Ruth who guided me on chapters to start with and how to pray. I have read alot about prayer from different books and listened to many mp3 from pasters talking about prayer and how it sets u free from anything. I must say God did hear me when i asked and i would thank him for what he has done. Thou prayer and fasting i have seen God. But the are times i would pray to God and ask him to open a door for me but that door would be closed. I would get angry and say what kind of God that allowes so much suffering upon his child, how come am i suffering yet people that dont even care about him seem to be having an easy life, what sin did i do that i can not be forgiven for? Ruth would calm me down and after some time i would see my self picking up the bible and praying as well. I still pray every day that God would answer my prayer one day even thou im expecting result now.

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