Hush anxious thoughts. Put down the to-do list. Quiet fear. Close the door. Rest in abandon. Embrace peace. Breathe silence. Cease to think, worry, or wonder. Just be.
Not before bills. Not before responsibilities. Not before failures and faults nor achievements or success. Before God the Creator, Provider, Peace Maker, Redeemer, Savior, Lord, Father. Sovereign, Merciful, Strong, and Gentle. Powerful, Passionate, and Purposeful.
Wrapped in the arms of grace surrounding the soul. Hope not in temporal things but in the eternal One God in three expressions- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Hope not in temporal circumstances but in the embodiment of LOVE itself.
Jesus said how you see the world around you, impacts you:
“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!”
Matthew 6:22-23 MSG
How you look at the world around you impacts how you experience the world within you.
Do you see the world and the people in it with wonder and delight or in fear and distrust?
Have you “pulled the blinds” and given up?
If so, you are in a dark place.
Jesus came for you.
He came to unleash heaven’s light and love in you.
He came to heal the hurts and tend the wounds that fester distrust and fear.
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 MSG
Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent to be powerful.
It doesn’t have to be lengthy to have consequence.
You don’t have to get the words right for God to hear you.
You just need to do it.
Every way you know-how, for everyone you know.
It isn’t a test to pass or a class to take, it is prayer.
There is no wrong way to pray, just talk to God.
The power of prayer is that it connects you with a powerful God who loves you so much that He took care of all that hinders you from connecting to Him. Every fear, doubt, stumble, mistake, misstep or mindset that separates you from God, Jesus took on the cross.
Jesus experienced every judgment, every unjustice, neglect or wrong done to you by others.
This is how you can be unhindered in prayer for others and honest in prayer for yourself. He died to give you permission to talk freely with the Holy One.
Let no excuse stop you today from talking to and listening to Him today.
I want to encourage you today that no matter how dark the situation is, believe that God can do something in it anyway.
I want to challenge you to dare to trust Him in the desert – there is a promised land and you are on your way to it.
My prayer for you is that like Abraham you will decide to live today not based on what you can’t do but on what God can do through you.
God freely gives you His power to sustain you to walk, to love, to care and to be fully alive even when you may feel mostly dead inside.
“Abraham was first named ‘father’ and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.
When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do.”
Romans 4:17-18 MSG
Long before Abraham saw the fruit of the promise, he believed God anyway. Though everything in his life seemed to indicate otherwise, he lived his life, every day, not looking at the impossibility of the promise but in the possibility of God.
I am sure that there were times that Abraham barely believed. I know that there were days that he was only holding on to a bare thread of hope…but he held on.
Hold on, my friend, you may only have a thread of hope, but in Christ, that thread is stronger than what you face and will hold against that which you fear.