Living in God’s Presence

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Photo taken in Colorado.

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.Proverbs 15:3

Lord, thank you for the peace and comfort it gives me to know that You are everywhere present and that You see every situation in my life; even the events in my life that I do not understand are not a surprise to You.

May I be conscious at all times of the fact that I am living in Your presence. Encourage me to have a growing desire to live in a way that is pleasing to You. When the challenges of life come, direct me to get my focus off of my problems and onto Jesus.

As I invite You, Jesus, to be my defender and counselor, show me how You do not always immediately calm the storms in life but how You are always willing to calm me as Your child in the midst of the storm.

Isaiah 43:2-3 tells me, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…

I bring these praises and requests to You in Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.

God as My Fortress and Refuge

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Photo taken in Colorado.

But I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.Psalm 59:16

Lord, thank you for the image this verse portrays of You being all around me. I praise You for being my strong anchor against all foes.

Thank you for the promise in Your Word: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.1 John 4:4

What a wonderful comfort it is to know that as your child, I can always find refuge in You, my fortress. Teach me how to better grasp the concept of Your faithfulness and to experience it through Your Word.

You have told me many times in Scripture that You want to be my first line of defense. Therefore, I bring to You the following concerns:

*Insert your own concerns here (examples: rejection, illness, children, marriage, friends, travel)

I release these concerns to You so that I, by faith, may receive Your mercy, grace, and help in my times of need. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

I ask that believers in many parts of the world who are suffering from poverty, war, persecution and natural disasters would turn to You as their shelter and refuge as well.

Thank you that I can rest in Your powerful might, which is stronger than any method of self-defense I could ever devise.

I ask and pray these things to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture #4

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Photo taken in Florida.

Call to Me, and I will answer you [thank you], and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know [thank you].” Jeremiah 33:3

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world [thank you].” 1 John 4:4

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” [thank you].” Matthew 19:26

Living With the Joy of the Lord

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Photo taken in Kansas.

“‘These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.‘” John 15:11

Heavenly Father, thank you that the Word of God has within it the power to produce joy.

Thank you that when my life is closely in touch with You, You will walk with me through my difficult times so that I do not have to endure them alone.

In times of great prosperity, I thank You for keeping me from becoming prideful and complacent.

I praise you that when I walk with Jesus daily,  You give me the joy of being level-headed no matter what the circumstances are.

Nehemiah 8:10 says “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Father, since the joy You give far exceeds any human joy, I ask for an abundance of it. Please guide me in the choices I make and the actions I take so that I can experience all the joy You desire for me.

Direct me to understand that Your deep joy comes only to those who value You more than anything else.

Even in times of distress, You are the unchanging basis for joy.

I ask for the blessing Paul expressed in Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God’s Unlimited Foresight

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Photo taken in Utah.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?’ For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.Romans 11:33-36

Almighty and all-knowing Heavenly Father, thank you that in spite of all the chaos and insecurity around me, I can find peace and joy in knowing that You guide the affairs of the world and my life with infinite wisdom.

Thank you also that  in [Jesus] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.Colossians 2:3

Thank you for the may ways that You govern Your creation with Your unseen hand. For example: You are “…He [who] gives to all life, breath, and all things. (Acts 17:25) and You are “…He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food…” (2 Corinthians 9:10)

I praise you, Father, for giving me the ability and practical wisdom necessary to live on this earth. Help me also to recognize the fact that Your ways are much higher than mine. “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.Isaiah 55:8-9

In light of these Scriptures and many more, help me to take the situations in life which I cannot comprehend, put them into the “I do not understand” department and trust Your wisdom and foresight for the solutions. For Your Word says “[cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.1 Peter 5:7

I bring these thoughts and requests to You in Jesus’ Wonderful Name. Amen.

Praying in Light of God’s Attributes

TRIANGLE

Before praying, meditate on the following attributes of God for a few minutes, then look at your situation or problem and pray in light of some of God’s traits.

1. God is MERCIFUL:

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” Psalm 103:8

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him.” Psalm 103:11

2. God is ALL-POWERFUL

Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, ‘Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?Jeremiah 32:26-27 (The answer is “no”)

For with God nothing will be impoissible.Luke 1:37

3. God is ALL-KNOWING

O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my new ways.” Psalm 139: 1-

4. God is EVERYWHERE PRESENT:

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.” Psalm 139:7-8  

5. God is UNCHANGING

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 

 

God’s Comfort: “For My yoke is easy…”

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Photo taken in Nebraska.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

Heavenly Father, I want to thank You for being the God of all comfort who gives us reassurance in our difficult situations. I am thankful for the privilege of being able to come to You to receive mercy, grace and help in my times of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Lord, encourage me to experience what You have told me in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

I ask that You would lead me to:

  • Scriptures in Your Word that speak of Your comfort in times of trouble
  • Christian music that exalts Your Name
  • Fellowship with other believers that will encourage me to live for You

Finally Lord, enable me to share the same comfort You have given to me with my children, grandchildren and others in my realm of influence.

I praise You, my God from whom all blessings flow.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Goodness of God

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Photo taken in Colorado.

James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

Heavenly Father, I praise You for Your wonderful attributes such as being the Creator, all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere present, unchanging, loving and merciful; for giving me the ability to recognize the good things coming from You: beauty, mercy, kindness, grace and love.

Thank you that You always plan whatever happens in my life for my good even when I can’t begin to comprehend the situation. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Give me an understanding and appreciation of Your amazing creation. How precisely everything works together to provide not only for human beings, but for all the animals and plants of the earth.

I ask you to raise up powerful voices in our culture to speak about Your Goodness. Direct me on a daily basis to live out Your Goodness as an example to others.

Thank you for the wonderful promise in Psalm 31:19 “How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.” (NLT)

Thank you, Lord, for your goodness.

In Jesus’ Wonderful Name, Amen.