When I was in seminary we were taught a prayer that would aid us when we could not pray. Yesterday, I published that prayer: “Lord help until you can help.” I added others to that prayer because I knew I wasn’t alone with struggling in whatever. Today is a new day and God’s mercy has given my soul peace once again.
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”
Father God, I’m so glad you’re a faithful God. It was your faithfulness that reminded my soul that had fallen into stagnation a prayer I’d forgotten decades ago. Prayer keeps us linked to you but our words communicate our desires for life and builds a strong bond between the creator and creation. And today I ask for generational favor for me and my descendants. Among my requests is that my children, their children and so forth and so on discover and worship you the true and living God for all the days of our lives. Amen
Everyone has friends or at least everyone should have friends. When I was younger and in my twenties I had a friend that baked me a birthday cake each year. And every year I missed the message God of the Universe was sending because of emotional pain. I’d been through so much mentally. My existence wasn’t important, at least to me. Yet, to this friend and to God, I was a diamond in the rough. She, like God, saw through my pain. Her kindness displayed that I was worthy to be loved. My friend is now off and living her best life. It’s been years since we’ve gone to lunch or even talked. She’s extremely occupied with traveling, family and running the family business.
My life was changed with riches of the heart because of birthday cakes! Let’s pray!
God of the Universe, today and everyday I visit with you. I tell you my sorrows, my joys and about the pain of others. As I remember to thank you for your many blessings. Today, I thank my friends and I thank you for the gift of friendship. Each has played important roles in my life. Wherever they are I pray your favor over them and those they love. I continue to ask for your favor upon me and my family and our descendants. Amen
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
While I studied for my Masters In Divinity I learned a very helpful tool. How to apply knowledge centuries old to a current situation. It seems in Deuteronomy Israel had gotten scared again. Once before they became full of fear and refused to fight for the land God said belonged to them. As a result, they spent years wandering in the wilderness. OMG! That sounds familiar! Well anywho, the land that was promised to them was occupied by mean and horrible people. And adding to Israel’s fear was the large army. I’ve had to face a few giants and found myself shaking in me boots! But! God, being God, gave Israel and Joshua another chance to claim what He freely gave them. So to ensure they didn’t run scared again God gave them a pep talk. He assured them several times He would be with them. A practice He continues today. Let’s Pray!
Lord, forgive me. I’m only human. As I read the above scripture I thought about all my missed opportunities because of fear. Then I thought about the opportunities that returned. My life is richly blessed because I entered into the land you reserved for me and my family. I thank you for those blessings each and everyday. I pray you continue to be with me and never forsake me. Always giving me your courage to secure and keep the blessings you said were mine. Asking you to continually do the same for my children, their children and our descendants. Amen