Today, Father God, we choose to lay these burdens at Your feet. Amen!
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are praying against hopelessness and discouragement. We are praying for healing in lives that need restoration; that need to feel Your peace. We are praying for loved ones to find their way to You before it’s everlasting too late. We know that You are a God of deliverance and You can work out any situation and circumstance.
There is nothing too hard for you, O Lord. With that, we lay every burden and tear at Your feet. Even in the midst of pain and confusion we believe Your word that tells us, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him,” (1 Cor. 2:9). And Father God, we can’t wait to see the blessedness that You bring about after the storm. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen!
Have ever awakened to turn on the news only to hear of some horrific event that has taken place? Upon hearing it, have you ever had the urge to run to the scene of said event to try to do something; to want to help some and get the situation back in order?
Often, among devastation, life can make us feel as though we are limited in our options to do something. But, the fact of the matter is you can do something. Something that most count as the last option should actually be the first.
Prayer is powerful! Prayer is authoritative! And, prayer works!
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:6-7.
NOTHING is out of the scope of God’s reach. The worse world events can be made tame under the hand of a Sovereign God if He so wills.
Confident prayer that He hears and is able, makes a difference in life’s circumstances. “If we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us,” 1 John 5:14.
You can do something. To some, it may seem a trivial thing, but there is a real power in prayer. Who knows what you can change when you approach Him with a heart that wants to intercede on behalf of others.
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Where I go today, I pray it be only in the path You have directed for me.
If I stumble today, I pray it only be into the deep waters of grace You have provided for me.
If I fall today, I pray that it only be into the arms of Jesus where I know I am held and loved.
No matter what comes my way and no matter where You lead me, I pray that my eyes will only be focused on You; my Rock and my Stay. Please, God, guide me today for I don’t know what the day may hold, but I do know that You are holding my day!
Proverbs 16:9 – “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”
Psalm 37:23 – “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
Psalm 25:12 – “What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.”
Charles Stanley – “Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.”
Thomas Merton – “For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God’s will, to be what God wants us to be.”
Frederick Buechner – “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
Psalm 25:10 – “All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.”
Luke 22:42 – “Not my will, but thine, be done.”
Dr. Tony Evans – “When you realize God’s purpose for your life isn’t just about you, He will use you in a mighty way.”
Joanna Gaines – “God, . . . I trusted you with my dream and you took it far beyond what I ever could have dreamed or imagined.”
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We don’t always understand why we have to hurt the way we do. We don’t always know the reason behind suffering, anguish and pain. But, Father, one thing we do know is You are sovereign. Every tear that we cry and every sorrow that pierces our heart, You know all about it. We struggle with the if’s, and’s and but’s, but You are He who knows the beginning from the end and the right now’s of this life. Even when we don’t fully comprehend it all, let us find our trust and our peace in You.
Please touch and bless the bereaved families everywhere on today. Comfort the brokenhearted and set the captives free. Cast off yokes of heaviness and let the hurting feel Your presence in the midst of the pain. Cover and protect Your people, O God, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen!
How many times have “anxious” thoughts robbed us of the enjoyment of today? How many worried days have we spent trying to control the uncontrollable? How many times do we expend all our energies and might to solve all the world issues only feel like a wrung-out washrag at the end of the day?
Worried thoughts have a way of trying to compel us to look to ourselves for the answers that we can’t find. Believing that in and of ourselves we are the all end authority to all of life’s issues, at least this is what the human intellect would have us to believe. Rather, God exhorts us over and over to rely on Him. To come to Him in prayer and relinquish all of our cares, worries, and frustrations on Him because He cares for us.
The Lord knows what a heavy load humanity can carry. He has felt it in His own being. As a matter of fact, He carried it all to the cross so that we wouldn’t have to carry these burdens alone. Yet, when push comes to shove and trials and tribulations knock on our personal doors we feel a need to answer the call and find a remedy to our problems on our own. As a result, we struggle to find the answer to the question of why we can’t find peace in the midst of it all.
In actuality, the reason peace seems so evasive to many of us is because of our personal insistence on trying to do it on our own. We pick up the problems that we are going through with every intention on carrying them to the altar and leaving them with Jesus. Walking away from the altar of prayer, we pick those same problems back up feeling a need to control the outcome on our own. As if God can’t handle our specific needs. Our humanness gets in the way of His divineness. The limits we see on humanity are then applied to God and it gets in the way of His wonder-working power in our lives.
The way to obtain peace during these anxious moments is to give whatever is bothering us; whatever is burdening us over to the Lord and trust Him to give us His best in the situation. After all, when it came to the matter of saving us He already gave us His best, didn’t He? How much more difficult would it be then for Him to work out our everyday worries for us? I believe you would agree that the two can’t compare. So, if He was willing to do that for you and me, should we not then trust Him to do right by our anxious thoughts?
Would you rather place all of your problems in your own hands or in the hands of God? Let me ask you this, how have you been handling things on your own? How have your own efforts been working out for you so far? Maybe it’s time to try something new. Maybe it’s time for you to give God a shot at wrangling in the worrisome so that you can experience true peace. Let’s get rid of the anxious for something better.
Be blessed 🙂
When fear surrounds
And questions lurk
And doubt becomes
A prevalent force
When troubles prevail
And night overtakes day
And my times feel lost
At the end of my course
When hope slips, memories fade
I grab hold to pull You near,
To hear what You have to say
My Redeemer lives are the words I read
The whispers that encourage
The strength to stay
Sitting in the ashes and dust
Friends, miserable comforters
In companions, no trust
Alone and desolate
Vacant from the touch of love
My eyes raise in prayer
Seeking from Him that is above
Back down on the pages
In Your Word I read,
My Redeemer lives
Someone, somewhere is thinking about me
A revelation to encourage
A truth to hold
My Redeemer lives, there I am told
Guess what, all hope is not lost
Though turbulent waves crash
And my life feels tossed
Shine down, O Savior, I pray
My understanding fails
Lift me from this dusty sorrow
Let Your might, Your love, Your truth prevail
Bless my soul, O My Hope for tomorrow