Earnestly Pleading in Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, there is so much misunderstanding of who You truly are.  We are in need of truth.  We need to humble ourselves before You.  I am here in prayer. 

Thank You for the Prayer March led by Franklin Graham today.  Thank you for the thousands both in Washington D.C. and those praying at home. Lord, we need You.  We need Your truth – the only truth that is real.  The United States has been a great country, but we are struggling with selfishness and entitlement thinking.  We too often put ourselves first or only give help when it suits us. We need to allow You to lead and show us how to use the resources You have provided.

Father, I want to be used by You to share the hope that only comes from the truth You have provided through creation, through Your Word and through those who follow You.  Please help me to live a life that shows honor to You and Your way.  I want to be a shining light for You.

Thank You for all You have done and all You will do.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Faith or Sight

In days gone by, lighthouses were a beacon of protection for ships to avoid rocky shorelines.  The light would shine bright so the ships could navigate away from treacherous terrain they could not see.

I am so thankful God provided the light of His word and the Holy Spirit to guide me.  I tend to prefer sight – to me it seems easier.  However, God does not promise to show us everything; He promises to guide us through anything He brings our way.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for lighthouses that are a picture of how You guide us through Your word.  Thank you for Biblical principles to show us what to avoid and how to live life.  Please help me to cling to who You are and what You want.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Faith Over Fear

We continue to see negative circumstances dramatized before our eyes in the news, on social media – seemingly everywhere we look.  I was struck by a statement from a minister from California.

“Fear always attracts the information needed to legitimize its existence.” 

Bill Johnson

Fear is a powerful emotion.  If we don’t keep fear in check, we will see through the cloudy lens of that emotion.  Too often we let biases and emotions take over and we don’t view our circumstances through the lens of the truth of Scripture.  In crazy times like ours, we need to cling to truth.  We need the grace and wisdom of God to guide us through the bombardment of information and opinions.

There are scary things going on.  However, God promises to take care of us.  We are more important than birds and flowers, but God takes care of all of us.  Matthew 6 reminds us of that. So, friend, don’t worry about tomorrow.  Allow God’s grace and wisdom to guide your thoughts and decisions each day.

Dear Heavenly Father, we struggle with fear.  Please shape our thoughts according to Your truth. Thank You for caring for even the birds and flowers as well as us.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Be Happy and Rejoice

When times are tough, it is easier to dwell on the negative.  God commands us to rejoice. While we don’t want to pretend nothing is wrong, we should easily be able to find a way to rejoice.  A friend of mine took this picture of a sunflower field.  I can easily smile when looking at something so bright and cheerful.  God made sunflowers happy. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing ways to rejoice.  Thank You for beautiful flowers to brighten my day.  Thank You for friends who send me pictures to brighten my day.  Thank You for the many blessings You send my way.  I praise Your name and rejoice in who You are.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.