“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—-of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack, me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” (Psalm 27:1-4)
We can petition God for mercy and protection because we have confidence in Him and are willing to learn from Him.
Confidence gives us patience to wait for God’s timing and not demand immediate response to our petitions. This request is for closeness with God, and to live in companionship with His purpose and protection.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have given us access to You at all times, because as Your people, we come before Your throne of grace, and seek You will to be done, in all of our petitions. We place no stipulation on You, for You will do for us, whatever ask, when it is in Your plan. We love You, because you we know that our relationship with You is based on love for each other, and that if it is in your plan for us, it will be given to us at the right time, and in the right way to bless us. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“We love, because He first loved us.”
“Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, ‘Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show kindness to you, as you have shown to your dead and to me. May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.’ Then she kissed them and they wept aloud.” (Ruth 1:8–9)
In Moab, Naomi prayed to the one true God, the God of Israel. Geography is no barrier to prayer. She expressed the prayer in conversation with her daughters-in-law.
Prayer, as Naomi expressed with her two daughters-in-law was a prayer, although it was conversational. Orpah, left to go home, but as we know, Ruth committed herself to Naomi and to Naomi’s people and even to Naomi’s God.
“I know O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Correct me, Lord, but only with justice—-not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing. Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the people who do not call on your name. For they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland.” (Jeremiah 10:23–25)
Jeremiah is seeking guidance from God through prayer, and made the statement that “a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” This was a good start, but then he seeks God to correct him, not only with justice—-not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing! This a human’s prayer for sure.
Beloved, it is always appropriate to note that God is in charge, but not us. Then we give him our petition and leave it at that. Whatever it is we want, if it is not in God’s plan for us, is not going to happen, if it is, then we will get our petition at the right moment and in the right way, that is best for us. Let us not assume everything we want is in God’s plan!
Second Thought of the Day:
“Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Simon,’ he said to Peter, ‘are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (Mark 14:37–38)
The disciple’s deliverance from temptation was import to Christ. He knew their danger and warned them that willingness of spirit was not enough.
The disciple’s would need moral strength, strength of spirit. Such strength comes from a strong prayer life. The disciples should have recalled the number of times, when Jesus Himself would go off to pray, and it was then, that He was recharges and strengthened to continue with the work at hand. We too, beloved, must do this in our own lives.