Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, – Matthew 6:9
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the LORD.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8
Susan felt like she needed a break. Her work and family took all of her time and there was very little left for her at the end of the day. Exhausted, she fell into bed dreading the ringing of the alarm in a short seven hours. It’s not that she didn’t love her family or her work, but she was just tired. Her energy was depleted. She felt trapped in a cycle of doing and not being.
Trees, as well as other plants, show us when they are in need of water. They droop, turn brown and lose leaves. They are headed towards death. As people, we also need water to thrive. This water comes from the ever fresh spring of Jesus. His cool drink revives a tired soul, lifts the heart of the despaired, and rejuvenates the spirit. Drinking from the well of Jesus requires reading His Word and prayer. This is the pail we lower to collect the beverage of choice. Drink deep.
Prayer: Lord, so many times I forget to lower my pail into Your well. Please forgive me and help me to live vibrantly with your water soaring through me. I know that all I am comes from you. Amen
Faith Tip: Too busy to read the Bible or pray. It may be time to reconsider your schedule and priorities.
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41
When I was taking classes years ago, I would get so tired at night while studying that I would fall asleep and the books would drop onto the floor from my lap. I would brew a pot of coffee to help me stay awake, but to no avail. I would still fall asleep. I truly wanted to stay awake and gather all the learning from the reading I was to do, but my body was weak and sleep came easy.
We also become weak in our spiritual walk as distractions tempt us away from God. God wants us to watch what he is doing so that we can join in when called. He wants us to pray to continue the building of the relationship learning and knowing his voice so that we can be sure of what we are to do.
We truly want to know God’s will for we want to fulfill our purpose in life and make the right choices. It takes perseverance to continue watching God’s hand at work and to pray continuously. There is also great joy in being able to see the great things God has and will do.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the times you have allowed me to see the awesome moving of your hand. I pray that I will stay strong in prayer and watch with your eyes the responses to these prayers. Amen
Faith Tip: Look and listen carefully today to what God is doing. Do you feel invited to join God in this? By all means, accept the invite and enjoy the adventure.
As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”
“Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. – 1 Samuel 1:12-18
Have you ever had that experience of praying and fully trusting God with the answer? It is truly uplifting. You can be free from the burden of your request because God always answers prayer…always. Perhaps not the way we would like at times, but trusting God that his answer is the best.
The next time you pray about something that is heavy on your heart, be encouraged by remembering the promises of God’s love for you. Find a favorite verse and memorize it so that it will always be with you when you need it.
Prayer: Our Father, I do thank you for prayer. It is such a wonderful gift and forgive me when I take it for granted. I trust you with the answers to my prayers. Amen
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8-9)
Have you ever been in a traffic jam for hours? How about waiting in line for tickets to a very popular opening night? These are the types of things in life that stretch our patience. It’s hard to wait. We live in a society where instant gratification is the goal. Let’s consider the beauty of waiting.
Waiting can build on our character as we strengthen our inner makeup through learning how to gain peace in waiting, patience with ourselves and others, and freedom in knowing it will come to be just as the Lord has designed.
Jesus is coming back. This will truly be a wonderful day. We can be thankful that he is patient with us. His desire is for all to repent. Isn’t that what we also want?
Prayer: Your patience, Lord, is incredible. I pray that I can be more at peace and wait knowing you are in control of all things. Amen
Faith tip: Today as you experience waiting, look for the beauty of your waiting time.