Sweet Potato Muffin Cookie Recipe

Presence-Filled Prayer & Sweet Potato Muffin Cookies

Jeremiah 29:12-13 (erv)

Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will search for me, and when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me.

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It’s moving day for us, and in all honesty, I’m not as prepared as I wanted to be. I haven’t been able to give my full attention to writing, and I struggled with what to say today. I thought about mailing it in and just throwing something together. Then I thought about sending out a “on a break” email. But the truth is  that this daily devotional isn’t about me, or highlighting my thoughts and ideas. It’s about sharing the message, and encouraging anyone and everyone to spend just five minutes thinking about God – His goodness, His love for us, Him.

So today, I’m sharing an entry from one of my favorite devotional plans that I stumbled on last year. The plan is called Presence-Filled Prayer: Experiencing God in Prayer by First15. You can access the whole devotional through the Bible App. The entry I’m sharing with you below is from day 2 of the plan. The author has even included their own questions and prayer prompt, so I’ll let them take it from here.

“One of the greatest privileges afforded to us by the filling of the Holy Spirit at salvation is the ability to converse with God. I mean how amazing is that?! We can talk with God.

The majority of Christians I’ve come across believe that God hears their prayers. We believe God is big enough and good enough to at least listen in on the words we speak to him. But too few Christians I’ve met believe that they can hear God.

For a long time I thought that God didn’t really like to talk, or at least not to me. I thought there were a chosen few that heard from him often, and that he might speak to me about things that really mattered, but that was about it. Then in a moment of desperation I reached out to God and really tried to listen, and he spoke. Then he spoke again the next day. And pretty soon I realized that God actually wants to converse with me. I learned that God cares deeply about the little things. He wants to abide in us and we in him, even in that which feels mundane. He cares about the daily goings-on of our work, school, and family. He cares about our mental musings. He is a good, present Father that loves having conversations with his children.

When I hear the word prayer I often get a mental picture of God up high and me down below. I think a more accurate picture is God and me sitting across from each other like friends or family. Why would I believe God is distant? After all, he sent his Son to die on the cross, tore the veil that we could know that his presence is available, and filled me with his Spirit that I would never be apart from him again. He did a whole lot to ensure there would be no distance between us. But still I act as if I’m “lifting up” prayers when God himself dwells inside me.

Maybe the reason Scripture says that God’s voice is still and small is to remind us that he really is that close. He doesn’t have to shout. He’s right there. A whisper is enough.

Let’s take time today to talk with God, not at God. Let’s open up an ongoing conversation like we would with a good Father or friend. Let’s make space to listen, trusting that he is good enough and real enough to speak. And let’s experience how life-giving it is to have a conversation with a God who knows us, dwells within us, and loves us unconditionally.

Guided Prayer:

  1. What would you like to talk with God about in this moment? What care or joy do you want to welcome him into?
  2. Tell God how you feel. Ask him your question. Ask him for whatever you desire in this moment. Often journaling your feelings, questions, or thoughts can help keep them sorted out a bit better.
  3. Ask God for his heart on your feeling, question, or thought. Pay attention to any way he chooses to respond. It could be simply a sense of his presence. It could be a phrase, image, or idea. Know that God himself dwells within you. Trust that he will speak to you in the perfect way.
  4. Write down or mull over what it is you sense him saying. Take a moment to rest in the reality of his response and allow it to sink from your head to your heart.

God speaks in all sorts of ways. Sometimes you’ll get a phrase or sentence. Sometimes you’ll get an intuition or sense. Sometimes you’ll get a picture or image. The wonderful thing about the Holy Spirit dwelling with your spirit is that there is a whole range of ways God can and will speak to you. He’s not limited to the way we have conversations. He can speak straight to your heart in all sorts of ways. As you go about your day make the decision to talk with God about what’s going on. Ask him for his thoughts on questions or problems you face. Let him speak into insecurities or fears you have. Ask him to reveal his love when you feel empty or tired. Choose to converse with God and discover the goodness of having a continual conversation with your heavenly Father.” (Presence-Filled Prayer: Experiencing God in Prayer, First15)

Sweet Potato Muffin Cookies

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 9 Muffins

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (oats in blender!)
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Microwave sweet potato until warm throughout
  2. In a bowl, mix together sweet potato and banana until a smooth texture is created
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  4. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray
  5. Add all remaining ingredients and mix until combined
  6. Spoon batter evenly into muffin tins, about 3/4 way full
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from center
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