Praying with Open Hands

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“I pray to GOD —my life a prayer— and wait for what he’ll say and do.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭130:5-6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Today is a good day for you to pray with open hands.

Instead of trying to hold on so desperately to what you are afraid of letting go, give it to God.

Trust God with it.

Pray and let God be God.

Present your requests, petitions, hopes, and desires to Him and then let Him do what only He can do.

Give them to Jesus and leave the results to Him.

Release your expectations of how he should answer while at the same time knowing that He will.

It will transform your life.

He wants to.

He will.

Begin today to pray with open hands.

How hard is it for you to leave the results to God?

What does it mean for you to let God be God in your life?

What you Need

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When Moses asked who was sending him back to Egypt at the burning bush in Exodus, God said, tell them “I Am” is sending you.

When Jesus was standing before the Pharisees in the temple, He said: “before Abraham was, I Am”. It was the Greek equivalent to the name given to the Voice from the burning bush.

This Holy, powerful name of Almighty God embodies who He is:
1. Always Existing
2. Independently Existing
3. The “Becoming One”

Life may be surprising you right now.

Your reality may not be matching up with your expectations. Jesus knows where you are and what you are dealing with. He is not surprised.

Jesus will meet you right in the middle of your unexpected chaos and equip you to navigate through it because He is the becoming one. He can and will become what you need:

When you are hungry:
“I am the bread of life.”
John 6:48 NIV

When you are in darkness:
“I am the light of the world.”
John 9:5 NIV

When you are lost and defenseless:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 NIV

When you are exhausted:
“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”  Psalm 118:14 NIV

Rest in Jesus. Rest in his love. Trust in his plan. Let the storm rage all around you as you stay safe in the eye of it.

He is what you need today and will empower you to become what you need to be today.

What do you need from Jesus today?

Open Hands

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“I pray to GOD —my life a prayer— and wait for what he’ll say and do.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭130:5-6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Today is a good day to begin to pray with open hands.

To pray with open hands instead of closed hands holding on so desperately to what you are afraid to let go of.

Pray and let God be God.

Present your requests, petitions, hopes, and desires to Him and then let Him do what only He can do.

Give them to Jesus and leave the results to Him.

Release your expectations of how he should answer while at the same time knowing that He will.

Instead of praying, “God, this is who I want you to be”, begin to pray, “God reveal who you are to me.”

It will transform your life.

He wants to.

He will.

Begin today to pray with open hands.

When was the last time you asked God to reveal himself to you or in your situation?”

How hard is it for you to leave the results to God?

What does it mean for you to let God be God in your life?

The Becoming One

On Sunday, I got to preach a Mother’s Day Service at Harvest Time Assembly. What a joy it was.

Then I got up at 4am Monday Morning to go to work. I didn’t expect that this week all my days would be scheduled for 5am shifts.

The heart of the message I preached on Sunday was that life doesn’t run in the straight lines we fantasize it will. It is more like this:

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And we NEVER expect it.

Nonetheless, God knows where we are and what we are dealing with. He is not surprised. He is the great “I Am” as he told Moses in Exodus Chapter 3.

What that means is that God is:
1. Always existing
2. Independently existing
3. The “Becoming One”

He is “becoming” whatever we need him to be right in the middle of our unexpected chaos.

When you are hungry:
I am the bread of life. (John 6:48 NIV)

When you are in darkness:
“I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5 NIV)

When you are lost and defenseless:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”. (John 10:11 NIV)

When you are exhausted:
“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation”. (Psalm 118:14 NIV)

Life doesn’t EVER goes like we expect it. However, you are not alone in it and when you walk with the Great I AM, you will equipped with what you need, when you need it.

Even if what you really need is a nap.
Like me. Naps are good.

Walk and Rest

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NIV)

How much of the heaviness that you pick up and carry on your shoulders come from your own expectations and the expectations of others?

You are weary with the weight you put upon yourself:

who you think you should be,
what you think you should look like,
what you think you should be doing.

You are burdened with the expectations of others:

who others think you should be,
what others think you should look like,
what others think you should be doing.

Jesus’ words shoot straight to the heart, the tired weary heart.

Your life is not meant to be consumed by trying to conform yourself to your own ideals or the ideals of others.

You were made to walk in freedom, faith and wisdom.

Jesus knows how to. Every day he invites you to walk with him and learn how.

Your own yoke is dripping with unmet expectations.

Jesus’s yoke is dripping with his unmerited grace.

Walking in God’s grace: it is how you walk and rest at the same time.