Psalm 130

Have you cried out to the Lord lately?

After you cried out and prayed, do you trust and wait on the Lord with His eternal glory?

Psalm 130 

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

From the depths of despair, O Lord,
    I call for your help.
Hear my cry, O Lord.
    Pay attention to my prayer.

Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,
    who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But you offer forgiveness,
    that we might learn to fear you.

I am counting on the Lord;
    yes, I am counting on him.
    I have put my hope in his word.
I long for the Lord
    more than sentries long for the dawn,
    yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.

O Israel, hope in the Lord;
    for with the Lord there is unfailing love.
    His redemption overflows.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from every kind of sin.

Prayer Life

Recently I’ve spent some time reading the book of Daniel and Daniel’s Prayer.

Daniel Chapter 9: 1-19 (NLT) says:

“It was the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede, the son of Ahasuerus, who became king of the Babylonians. During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, who spoke on your authority to our kings and princes and ancestors and to all the people of the land. “Lord, you are in the right; but as you see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us, including the people of Judah and Jerusalem and all Israel, scattered near and far, wherever you have driven us because of our disloyalty to you. O Lord, we and our kings, princes, and ancestors are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. We have not obeyed the Lord our God, for we have not followed the instructions he gave us through his servants the prophets. All Israel has disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice. “So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin. You have kept your word and done to us and our rulers exactly as you warned. Never has there been such a disaster as happened in Jerusalem. Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the Lord our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth. Therefore, the Lord has brought upon us the disaster he prepared. The Lord our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey him. “O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power. But we have sinned and are full of wickedness. In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors. “O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary. “O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. “O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.””

One of the reasons I was led to start Daniel, first and foremost because I wanted to improve my prayer life.

Some days it’s a struggle. “Dear Lord, thank you for so and so. Amen”

Then some days we talk all night and morning.

Some days – not so much. Let’s just read a Psalm!

So as you probably figured out by now… consistency was seriously lacking and I wanted to improve. Praying is how I get to speak to The Most High, the Great I am, my Daddy, my Maker…. my Everything. So in no way shape or form should that area be “wishy- washy”.

I needed to change my prayer life. I yearned a healthy prayer life.

So, I learned a lot by studying Daniel and his prayer life.

1. Daniel’s foremost lifestyle choice was a decision to pray and give thanks to God. He was always quick to seek the Lord FIRST and wise counsel AFTER.

2. Daniel reverenced the Lord..

3. Daniel pleaded with God through prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting always seem to go hand in hand. Verse 3 says: “So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting”

4. Daniel always thanked God for his goodness and mercy and praised His great name. He always praised God for the revelations of His wisdom.

5. Daniel made request to the Lord. Before the request were made, he prayed confessing his sins and spoke of God’s promises.

6. Daniel was a feverent prayer. He prayed with belief and knowledge. The Dictionary.com defines “feverent” as : having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.

7. Daniel was committed to hearing and knowing God’s word despite any circumstance.

8. Daniel remained within the will of God.

After studying a few chapters of this book I quickly realized that when I pray, I talk to God but when I read God’s word, God talks to me. In order to hear God’s voice after I pray my “listening” skills would need to improve, so will my “conversation” skills with Jesus would too.

I finally got it, Prayer is a conversation with God. It’s an ongoing thing. Something that doesn’t have to be over thought out or overly planned. I simply just had to reverently and openly come before my Father and lay it all out. It’s about relationship

Why do we find it so hard to do some days?

Do you guys struggle with this sometimes ?

Let me know!

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

Battle Size

Can I be honest?

I’ve been seeking the Holy Spirit about a blog post and I got nothing!

Last night, I started a whole post on “forgiveness” … this morning just as I was almost finished to post for my usual 8:30am/ 9 am Tuesday post time… I felt the Holy Spirit “not yet”

👀👀👀👀👀👀👀 not yet?? But I stayed up last night and got up early thing morning to post this whole thing Jesus!

So after dying to the flesh, reminding myself that these post aren’t about me and when and what I choose to post …….I stopped. Got still.

And it’s just now scrolling through my phone notes at 3:15 pm I stopped at:

” The size of your battle confirms the size of your anointing” – (Allyson Rowe)

and then James 1:2-4 came to mind:

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

How many times do we discount our anointing because the battle gets hard?

Are we selling our birthright like Esau? ( Genesis 25: 29-34)

How many times in the midst of our endurance do we just give up?

How many times do we really go all the way around that mountain to find an “easier” way out?

How many times do we ignore the true calling on our life because the battle isn’t as easy as we expected?

” The size of your battle confirms the size of your anointing”

Do you know that means? You’ve been chosen! Chosen to fulfill a God-given anointed purpose.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 TPT says:

“Dear brothers and sisters, you are dearly loved by God and we know that he has chosen you to be his very own. For our gospel came to you not merely in the form of words but in mighty power infused with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. Surely you remember how we lived our lives transparently before you to encourage you.”

Even in the midst of the very difficult and long battles, I am confident that our Lord is faithful with keeping His promises. Even in the midst of the hardest or most silent battle. I know if God says he will do it it will be done. He never fails yet. Not only does He never fail, His timing is impeccable. Even when we think it’s time to give up, or trade up or anointing because it gets rough….it’s just not up to us to try to make things happen we need to be patient and trust His will.

2 Peter 3:9 NLT says:

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

Declare in the battle: I trust God too much to GIVE UP!

” The size of your battle confirms the size of your anointing”

Allyson Rowe

☝🏾 ( check out her video on this 🔥)

Persevere fellow Sister / Brother in Christ

lots of love,

Dayna

(The Graced Citizen)

A Whole Year!

Wow! One whole year of The Graced Citizen.

Can you believe it? I’m so exited y’all! I can’t believe it. Honestly my friend congratulated me yesterday morning and made me actually realize it’s been a full year! I literally was like wait what???

God is so faithful.

I remember when He told me to start this blog and I was like “Daddy, NO! Plus, no one is going to read this. I don’t like writing or reading or speaking whhyyy would you lead me to such a thing. It’s just not me! You’ve got the wrong girl, like what am I going to talk about?“

Then Moses came to mind…..

Exodus 4:10 says:

“But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.””

Then the words came. Won’t He don’t it! Jesus met me when I was obedient and stepped out on faith.

It is just a sweet reminder to me that God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. He doesn’t ask for anything at all except for us to say “yes”. He does the rest!

Exodus 4: 11-17

“Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” Then the Lord became angry with Moses. “All right,” he said. “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well. And look! He is on his way to meet you now. He will be delighted to see you. Talk to him, and put the words in his mouth. I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to do. Aaron will be your spokesman to the people. He will be your mouthpiece, and you will stand in the place of God for him, telling him what to say. And take your shepherd’s staff with you, and use it to perform the miraculous signs I have shown you.””

Wait? Moses wanted God to use someone else JUST like that? I basically- initially did just that! I was willing to walk in full spiritual disobedience because I easily placed a limit and a tag on myself —— “I can’t”

We can’t call on Jesus to use us then place the walls and declare limits/boundaries at the same time. That’s like surrendering in a battle without even fair try. It’s time we stop. When we surrender our situations to God (all in with complete faith) – we lose our control, our flesh based power and gain the power through God over it.

See, I pray to God to use me however He sees fit….. and this is just one way. I am amazed and in awe of what He has done. The spiritual growth. All the things He has laid on my heart to share. Every word He has given me and the punctuations. Let’s not forget the interactions I’ve had – I have met some life -changing persons on this platform.

Can you imagine all that I would have missed out on?

God qualifies you, not the world or the limitations you place on yourself. Remember Jesus took regular, plain old fishermen and CHANGED them for a lifetime! Can you imagine if they just said “no” and continued throwing that dry, empty net ignoring the call of Jesus on their lives? Just imagine. They are now deemed the most ultimate disciples #squadgoals in the Bible.

Matthew 4:18-20 says:

“One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.”

God will never, ever call you to something that you already qualify for. How will the His glory be revealed if we do everything in our own might?

And don’t you dare think for a second think “well in the past …” Your past is the past and it sure doesn’t disqualify you from God’s grace. He is still faithful with His promise and if He does indeed ask you to surrender something or someone…. don’t you think that our Amazing Father would replace it with something or someone much greater?

I’m so happy I said yes to Jesus and started this thing! “The Graced Citizen”

lots and lots of love! Thanks so much for reading❤️

Dayna