Ah, Lord, God, let the peace that escapes our understanding invade our lives today. Let us see it, feel it, and show it to the world around us. Make it so!
In Psalms 139:14 the writer is giving praise because he is aware of God’s love through being ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’. He is in awe of the One who cares more about our well-being than anything else.God protects and sustains us from the time we are born until we have many gray hairs. It’s truly something He wants to do. Don’t we want to protect and sustain those we love? Of course we do. It’s God’s love for us showing through us. (Isaiah 46:4)
Let’s look at the book of Hosea. The cycle is repeated over and over. Hosea marries Gomer, they have a child, she cheats on him and has two more, he continues to forgive her and take her back. So like God’s love for us; we sin, He saves us, we sin, He forgives, and the cycle goes on and on and on…
Give me strength and keep me safe.
Let those who hate You be shamed because You are my Helper and Comforter.
Heavenly Father, make it so!
Today I’m praying for you. I may not know you personally or you may be among my group of besties but I AM PRAYING for you. Here are the requests I am making before the Throne:
Father in Heaven, grant every woman the ability to know You more and more. Open hearts, minds, and souls to Your incredible love for each of us. Make us aware that in Your Word we were not only created by You but created in Your image. (Genesis 1:27)
Creator of all that is, was, and is to come, help us know the great value You place in each of us. Help us understand deeply in every cell of our bodies that You take great joy in Your daughters. You are the Redeemer of not only our souls, but our lives, our future. You have seen us during our times of deepest fear. Help us know and understand Your great love for us. (Psalm 31:7)
Abba, Father, I know You hear each of us. You hear our praise. You hear our needs. You hear our nearly silent pleas for mercy. You hear us when we regret our sins. You hear us when we have no one but You. Oh, Lord, hear this prayer. Grant each of us the ability to totally trust in You. (I Chronicles 5:20)
I lift this prayer before the Throne of Grace, in the Precious Name of Jesus, my Lord, my Provider, my Savior… Make it so!
I grew up in a family that went to church every Sunday but really had no true idea of who God and Jesus was. Depending on the particular church, (We moved around a lot.) He was an observer of my actions, hellfire and brimstone, always there….I know now He was there because there seemed to always be something missing in my life. After I met and married Ray God made himself visible to me. Ray led me to affirmation of faith and baptism. I have never doubted that he wants me to have a relationship with my Lord that is greater than what I have with him. The plan of our lives is God first, spouse next, and anything after that comes after that. There is no better way to enjoy the purity and sanctity of marriage without having God in the primary relationship position.
Exodus 20:3 tells us we are to have no other gods. Unless we keep sight of the fact that God is God and we (or our spouse) are not we will not be able to build the relationship that God wants. Keeping God first and knowing He will ‘grow’ our marriage relationship allows us, as a couple, to recognize what is most important in our earthly lives. He loves us, He cares for us, He wants what is best for us. Once we recognize that it is much easier to be the helpers, lovers, and friends God intended both relationships will grow and flourish.
Heavenly Father, thank You for creating marriage. Grant us the ability to see You in our coupleness. Let us model to the world around us the joy of making You first. Help us learn to forgive one another with love and grace. Let the sanctity of marriage show through us. Make it so!
In Prayer – – Father You alone are the true Guide of my life. Give me the supernatural ability to follow through with what You want of me.
In Song – – “I have decided to follow Jesus: No turning back.” “All to Jesus I Surrender, all to Him I Freely Give” “I’ll Tell the World That I’m a Christian” “Set My Soul Afire, Lord”
In the Word – – The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20, Being fishers of men – Luke 5:1-11, Proclaiming the Word – Romans 1:15-17
Heavenly Father, King of All Creation, Master of my life, I am willing to move my feet just help me know where to move to. Amen and make it so.
The birds are singing, the grass is growing, there are buds on the trees, the sun is shining and in 6 days it will be spring according to the calendar. God gives us this reminder every year…winter is a cold, dark, waiting time for life to reappear in the spring.
This winter has been a great time of rest and reflection for me. I was drifting and needed to refocus on what really matters to me. Daily time with God in prayer, Bible reading, study, and contemplation matters to me. Time to make decisions on where He is leading me. Joy in warm blankets, kitties on my lap, really good books, talking with Ray, and planning for spring.
So now what will Spring bring. First of all great celebration as we have been married for 40 years. (I tell everyone I was a child bride…) Then, I will be getting to know my brother, whom I just met for the first time in my life about 3 weeks ago, and my new sister whom I will meet for the first time this summer. (I also have two sisters that I grew up with.) Perhaps a cruise or some time in the mountains with the man who has kept me laughing and in love for 44 years.
God is so good! He has given me so much, so many blessings and miracles. How can one not believe that HE IS? I don’t know. I do know this, without Him in my life I would be nothing, could do nothing, and would be going nowhere.
I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Psalm 146:2
Shout for joy to the LORD; all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:1-2
Heavenly Father, King of all Creation, You are my God. You give me all I need and bless me with mercy and miracles. You know my sins and forgive me. You know my enemies and protect me from them. I give You all my praise and honor and lift this prayer to the throne in the Precious Name of Jesus…Hallelujah!!!
Giving thanks for what God is, has, and will do for us should be as natural as breathing. Yet, we often have to be reminded to do just that. In every book I’ve read on prayer the author makes a point of suggesting thanksgiving be part of every prayer. That includes the Bible. Such verses as Colossians 2:6-7 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 remind us to give thanks for everything.
In our worship service this week we did a ‘Wave of Thanks’. Wave offerings are mentioned in Ex. 29:23. Although not the same concept as an arena ‘wave’, we were still giving thanks for what He had done and given us and ‘waved’ them with our words before the altar. The usual thanks were given like family, new babies, new homes, Jesus and salvation (in no way usual), friends, the church, and more. We have faced cancer in some of its ugliest forms and God has intervened with His healing touch. One offering of thanks stands out – – The Miracle of Life. We have had life threatening Traumatic Brain Injuries, one resulting in a coma, and both men not only survived but are living life to the fullest.
On this special day, set aside to give thanks, let’s not forget to give thanks for life.
Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving To God the Creator triumphantly raise, Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us, Who guideth us on to the end of our days. *
Ah, Lord God, Creator of Life, you have not only caused us to live and breathe but have also given us the choice of eternal life. Thank YOU! Give us all the desire and courage to live our lives to the fullest, totally for You. Don’t let us forget the greatest LIFE of all. Thank YOU for Jesus in whose name I lift this prayer. Make it so!
*(Katherine K. Davis set these words to the melody Ash Grove in the early 1900’s.)
Have you ever experienced the pain of the Spirit within? Have you ever been so totally unsettled with a spiritual decision that you can’t even find the words to pray about it? Have you ever known with all your heart, mind, and soul that something being done by those who are your leaders is not only wrong, but totally not in the best interests of the body?
Can you explain to me why people want to change God to fit their earthly desires? Can you tell me why the Bible isn’t big enough for some? Can you tell me why there is such a feeling of defeat when this happens?
What is the solution? Where are the words? When will man stop trying to do it better than God?
My heart is breaking, my soul is aching, I have no words, I fear for the future. Yet my Lord has clearly shown me in so many of these situations that my empty prayers are going to Him with groans and utterings that I can’t understand (Romans 8:26). He has told me that He truly has my best interests and future in His plan (Jeremiah 29:11). He sent the Paraclete, the Holy Counselor, to advise me when things don’t seem right (John 16:6-8). And above all He loves me so much more than I can even fathom (John 3:16).
Abba, I know You are in control of all situations. I know You have a plan. Lord calm my heart and give me the peace that passes all understanding. I believe You and Your word. Give me peace, Lord. As I lift this prayer before the throne let me and anyone else who doesn’t get it know that You are working in the background for the greater glory of the Kingdom. Amen and Make it so.