The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them. – Isaiah 11:6
There really is something special about the spirituality of children. Their hearts and minds have the ability to believe “recklessly” and while that can be a concern in regards to safety, in the realm of God and his kingdom it is a beautiful thing. They have the capacity to believe that God loves them and will take care of them, just because he’s God. It comes out in their words as they pray as I heard yesterday. Before every drama presentation, we gather as a team and pray. There was an unoccupied spot in the nursery, or so I thought, when a few children came in. I explained to them that we were going to pray and they could join us if they wanted. They enthusiastically wanted to join us, and their heartfelt prayers refresh my soul. It reminds me of how to come to God in prayer.
We do not live in a perfect world where the wolf will live with the lamb, but we will. God has promised that all the tears will be wiped away, there will be no more pain, and it will be eternal. Believing that promise should be the filter our prayers go through … not our doubts or experiences. If we can pray “recklessly” like the children, believing what we pray makes a difference, and then we live out the promise that is to come.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your promises to me. I know that you will fulfill them all. I pray that I can believe and surrender like a small child when it comes to you. Amen
Faith Tip: Practice praying “recklessly” with heart and mind wide open.
Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you. – Isaiah 46:4
A friend once told me that I had a triple-charged battery that kept going … kind of like the Eveready bunny. However, this was 20 years ago when they said that. Today, the battery feels like it needs a jumpstart. So where do I go for the recharge? My list looks like it will need more energy than the sparks spitting out just to keep the eyes open.
Perhaps you have felt this way before. You’re tired yet you have a lot to do. Even the espresso isn’t kicking in. How would it feel to be carried? God promises that in Isaiah. For our whole life, he is caring for us even as we get older, slower, and grayer, his living water is splashing around in us to keep us refreshed. Think of it as floating on a inner tube down a lazy river … we are being carried and brought to new areas.
If God calls us to do something, he will give us what we need to accomplish it. The energy and resources will be there to complete it. But sometimes, God just calls us to rest in him. Ahhhh!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the promise of sustaining me. I pray I draw from you well of refreshment when needed. Amen
Faith Tip: Have a lot to do today? Thank God for the busyness laid out before you and pray for direction as you maneuver through it.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8
When it comes to being asked to go on a road trip, to a concert or restaurant that is to my liking, I am the first to say, “I’ll go.” When the topic of discussion is dentist visits, heavy manual labor, or talking to strangers, there is a definite pause in my response. Obviously, I put myself first when considering my actions.
The Lord calls us to many different places and scenarios. Some are good and pleasing to us and some will take great effort on our part, or quite frankly, scare us. As long as we are sitting on the boat of “what does this mean for me,” we will not be walking on water with Jesus. We must refocus our mind and soul to God and our response to his call will be quick and confident.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for helping me grow in responding to your call. I trust you and know you have a bigger purpose than I could imagine. Amen
Faith Tip: Is the Lord knocking on the door of your heart to do something, but you haven’t answered yet? Sit at Jesus’ feet for awhile and focus only on him.
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
Yesterday was one of those days for me. Nothing seemed to be going the way I wanted (control issues?) and my discouragement affected my attitude. My negativity caused a lack of gumption to get work done. It was basically fear of failure that was holding me back. It’s not what God wanted for me.
It’s God’s promises that help us through tough times in life as we remember how he cares for us. He tells us over and over again that we need not fear for he has it all under control. Remembering who God is makes all the difference in the world.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for carrying me through the tough times when my courage runs thin. I pray that I look to you and embrace the refreshment of who you are to me. Amen
Faith Tip: Is this a day of discouragement for you? It doesn’t need to be. Turn to God and remember who he is to you.
At that time you will say,
“Our Lord, we are thankful,
and we worship only you.
We will tell the nations
how glorious you are
and what you have done.” – Isaiah 12:4
I remember going to a conference that had so many wonderful dynamics that I couldn’t wait to tell people about it. The worship was awesome, speakers informative and inspiring, workshops helpful, and the networking priceless. Spreading the news about this conference will encourage others to attend and enjoy what I have.
God has done so many miraculous things in our lives that we need to tell others about him. Especially those who are looking for hope and haven’t had a refreshing drink for their soul for a long time. They need to hear about God who loves them and cares about what they are going through. Throw them a rope of hope by telling of the power of the One who created them and will never let them go.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the great things you have done in my life. I pray that I can spread the news about all you do and encourage others to experience your wonder. Amen
Faith Tip: Has God done something for you today? Share it with another.
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Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? – Matthew 6:26
In this economy, many have struggled, including myself, in making ends meet. There were days I wondered how we would make it. Many have known this fear. Experiencing the peace of God during these times has been beneficial to me, because I have learned that he is the provider of all things and that his arm is not too short (Isaiah 50:2). He owns it all (Psalm 50:10). I connect these promises with the fact that he loves me and cares what happens to me.
I don’t want to make this sound like a “believe in God and everything is good” type message. It usually is a very hard journey that one needs to make and learning to trust is what makes it good. If there are lessons to be learned, struggles are usually the classroom in which I have learned them.
If we really think about it, it is amazing how the creatures on the earth survive. God has provided for each of them and cares about his creation. We are more valued than that. God will provide and allow us to be a tool of his provision for others.
Prayer: Thank you, my Father, for taking care of me. You have seen to it that I have what is needed each day. I pray that you use me to show your provision to others. Amen
Faith Tip: Take some time to consider how God has provided for the creatures of the earth that you see today, and for you.
As I watch the rain this morning and hear the thunder, it reminds me of how things always change. The seasons create new environments in which to adapt as the beautiful dogwood that was in full bloom last week is starting to fade. I am reminded that things don’t stay the same.
Perhaps you have experienced change in your life recently. Maybe you have lost a loved one, had a job change, or are experiencing a health crisis. These types of changes are just a tiny example of all the change that happens in the world. Not that they are less important, but are part of a whole world of change.
Change is hard for many of us and if we focus on those things that do change, we may feel like nothing is for sure in our life. However, if we turn our eyes on God, we find a steady and firm foundation that never changes. We can rely on the word of the Lord for it is truth that lives throughout eternity.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your word that I can hold on to in every circumstance. It does not change as you do not change. I pray that I seek your word for all I need. Amen
Faith Tip: Read some of the unchanging promises God has given you today.