Candace Cameron Bure's Amazing Prayer Proclamation That We ALL Need Right Now

God gives us the free will to decide for ourselves how we want to live, what we want to say and how we choose to interact with the people and things around us.

But free will often comes at a cost. Along with the ability to live and behave as we choose, God has also fortunately given us a blueprint to discern His plan for our lives. This roadmap is the Bible — a timeless book that explains the ins and outs of how human beings are meant to live.

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Some of us choose to follow this “GPS” to the best of our abilities, while others opt to ignore it. The latter carries with it some potential pitfalls, as a life off path from God’s guidance and plan is a life not lived in accordance with the very force that Created and sustains us.

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Proverbs 20:24 summarizes this phenomenon with a stirring rhetorical question: “A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?”

Pondering that question is essential. How can we understand “our own way?” Why would we want to embark on a windy path without a baseline?

Unfortunately, life is complicated and many of us, at some point or another, get stuck in the weeds — but the wonderful reality is that there’s always a way back.

Perhaps you’re struggling right now. Maybe you’re realizing that you’re nowhere near where you want to be in your relationship with God. Your path has potentially taken you away from His will, and you’ve found yourself meandering and flailing as you try to do it all on your own.

Stop. Pray — and crack open your Bible. Again, there is always a way back.

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Actress Candace Cameron Bure once told me something about prayer that I believe is essential to revisit. We were discussing those who mock prayer in the wake of tragedy — people who prefer action to invoking God. Here’s what she had to say in response:

“If you don’t start with [prayer] there’s no power behind it, because God’s the power. God can do anything, change anything — change hearts. It’s the heart of all of us that need to be changed and that’s where God needs to get in.”

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So, if you’re feeling lost, don’t rely on your own heart; look to God. Prayer matters and it can recenter us and bring us back to the place God wants us to be. It’s a daily struggle, but it’s one we can win with God on our side.

Proverbs 20 also offers up some other powerful reminders about not letting vices control us. Verse 1 reads, “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” and Verse 5 adds, “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.”

Let’s all find our purpose in God.

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Why Your ‘Desire’ Alone Can Lead to Chaos

Each of us is filled with “desire.” This is a natural human reaction to the world around us; it fuels our goals, aspirations and wants. But the Bible makes it pretty clear that unrestrained desire — desire not based on Christ — is fruitless.

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Proverbs 19:2 proclaims, “Desire without knowledge is not good—how much more will hasty feet miss the way!” Most of us are deeply motivated to reach our goals and aspirations, but too often we forget to seek God’s path for our lives.

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Rather than ask for guidance, we plow through the chaos of life on our own in hopes of reaching our final destination. Unfortunately, too often we’re unsure whether this fixed and final point is where God actually wants us to end up.

So, how can we live with a bit more certainty?

Basically, it all comes down to knowledge and wisdom, which should be rooted in a baseline (i.e. God). When it’s not, the potential for chaos rages.

We can find success here on Earth, but what’s the point in indulging in temporary bliss that isn’t part of the plan for our most fulfilled and God-driven lives?

Solomon affirms this sentiment when he writes the following in Proverbs 19:8: “The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.” So, while many of us are motivated to reach our desires, we also must run our races well, in God’s timing and on the right and proper track.

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Translation: our plans are fruitless without the right guidance.

Proverbs 19:21 tells us, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” It all begins with seeking God’s plan for our lives and then operating from there.

I am too often guilty of implementing my own plans and then attempting to pull God in at some point when it’s most convenient for me. Spoiler alert: this is unwise.

The Bible proclaims, “The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” Part of this process involves listening to God, though there are also benefits to taking advice and guidance from those God has placed in our lives.

Verse 20 tells us, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.”

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Proverbs 19 carries other lessons as well, including the importance of hard work, helping the poor and those in need — and disciplining children. Just as God expects us to follow His lead, we’re also called to guide our kids on the right path.

“Discipline your children, for in that there is hope,” verse 18 reads. “Do not be a willing party to their death.” Discipline is how we teach our kids to have the right desire, and how to discover the most important wealth of knowledge within the gospel.

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