Peace from the Rock

Life does not feel like it is settling down.  We are still facing crazy things.  Some are understandable, some don’t seem to be – we all have different perspectives.  Whatever is happening in your life, God cares. Those who seek God have the opportunity for peace.  I know that can be hard to believe, but God has always kept His promises.  Seek God; He wants to be found. He makes is easy to find Him through His Word and His people. 

Dear God, thank You for the peace You provide.  Please help us to seek You and show others what it means to seek You.  I claim the promise of Your peace for my life and those around me.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Pray Seek Repeat

There is so much trouble in our world.  Some seek to manipulate for their own gain.  The truth does not seem to matter.  How do we navigate the treachery? We need to seek God.  God is teaching me the need for prayer.  And them some more prayer.

And keep praying.

Don’t stop – no really, don’t stop.

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to seek God continually.  God is our source of wisdom (James 1:5) and peace (John 14:27).

Dear God, thank You for being available to listen to my prayers.  Thank You that anyone can seek Your presence.  Please help us to spend more time seeking You and Your strength.  We need You.

I pray this in Jesus name.

God is so good.

Me Me Me Me Me

Sadly, we live in a world of people who often put themselves first. Instead of being aware of others needs, we want to tell others how to meet our needs. The Bible reminds us that we need to show humility and consider others to be more important. 

I hope 2020 is teaching us to seek the truth from God’s Word and find ways to “count others more significant.”  God’s way is always best.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the example of Jesus Christ counting us more significant by His death on the cross.  Please help us to follow His example and look for ways to help others according to the truth of Your Word.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

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.

Praise and Glory

While it seems easier to ask for things in our prayers, we need to remember to praise and thank God for what He does.  God allows us to see some of His work, but I am convinced that He doesn’t share everything He does.  None of us could handle all the work Almighty God performs – even in our own lives. 

God is in control.  He does wonderful things.

Praise and glory to God!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for all You have done.  I know Your work is great and You are mighty.  Please help us to focus on Your work and what You will do in our lives.  Thank you for all You will do.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

More Thinking

As we continue to navigate the challenges of 2020, I keep going back to what we think.  There are so many opinions and, of course, they are conflicting.  God has been teaching me to go to Him in prayer to make sure my thoughts are on the right course.  My thoughts need to be captive to Christ and His purposes. 

We live during troubled times.  The Bible promises that we will have trials (James 1).  The Bible also reminds us that knowledge puffs up (1 Corinthians 8:1).  We need to keep going back to God’s Word to give us direction.  We need to keep praying to humble ourselves before God in order to obey Christ.  That is the purpose for those of us who follow Christ. 

Dear Heavenly Father, we need to humble ourselves before You daily so we can obey Christ. Thank you for providing Your Word to give us guidance.  Please help me to follow what You have commanded and encourage others to do the same.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Thinking, Thinking, Thinking

In our day of many negative news stories, we need a reminder of what we should dwell on.  I’m not saying we should completely ignore the news.  We need to be informed, but dwelling on the ugliness in our world will drag us down.  Negativity can also push us to believe lies.  We need discernment to think correctly.

God provides a way to keep our minds on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and commendable.  His word gives guidance for every situation.  God did not give us details on how to handle every situation, but He gives the principles we need.

As we navigate the rough terrain of 2020, we need to seek God to keep our minds focused on what will bring peace. God’s peace.  Philippians 4 gives good advice.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing truth and the principles we need to seek the truth. Please help us to think on the correct things.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Freedom by Truth

Much has been posted on social media lately about freedom.  As usual opinions are strong and opposing.  How do we navigate these tricky situations?  I have found that truth is the best starting point.  We will often come to different conclusions after evaluating the same data.  Ultimately the truth is still the truth. God is still God; He is truth (John 14:6).  If we hope to come to the best conclusions, if we hope to move forward despite difficulties, we will need to cling to truth. 

Since God is truth and the Bible is His word, we should start there. Spending time reading and meditating on God’s Word gives us peace and a solid foundation to work through what is going on around us.  The right foundation gives us more freedom to maneuver difficult circumstances.  All of that starts with truth.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us truth.  Please help us to seek the truth and to cling to it.  Please help me to lovingly share the truth with those around me.  Your way is the only good way.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.