Turn to the Father

When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe His commands (Deut. 8:10-16).

As a believer, when times of trouble come, I immediately turn to God. I stay in His presence whether I am totally focused on prayer or talking with Him while doing daily tasks. It’s easier to trust when we must, in situations where we have no control. But this is God’s desire in the good times, too.

God doesn’t enjoy our pain, in fact, it tears His heart too. In all their distress, He too was distressed (Isa 63:9a). Although He doesn’t initiate our suffering, He uses it to draw us into His fellowship so that He can dispense His love and mercy and bless us with His better plan.

When times are good, it is easier to lean on ourselves and forget the Giver of all good things. If I could only always be mindful of this and avoid what is documented time and time in scripture when pride led to destruction.

May His praise continually be on my lips.

Alone with God

In His public ministry, He never taught without using parables; but afterward when He (Jesus) was alone with His own disciples, He explained everything. (Mark 4:34)

With my apologies to various authors C.S. Lewis, Paul Harvey, maybe others, who have written about how the enemy endangers our relationship with God. When he can’t find something with which to tempt us, he keeps us busy, busy, busy with nonessential activities and needless random thoughts.

God desires our fellowship. He wants us to be part takers of the good things that are found in His word. Although His word never goes out void, just like any relationship, if we only communicated with occasional, random texts, we would not have anywhere near the relationship that we would have by spending time alone with that person.

Through His word and prayer, we can know God intimately. It is where His truth comes alive in our soul.

“When He was alone with His own, He explained everything. “

More

All glory to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us (Eph 3:20).

I have two thoughts on this verse. When God has answered, “Yes” to my prayers, He has amazed me by doing it in such a way that my limited mind had never imagined. I am reminded of jobs that I prayed for and how He answered with positions I would have never even pursued.

My second thought is that if He had not said, “No” to some of my requests, my life would be a hot mess at this point.

Through His power He is able to do ___*____ more than we ask or imagine. (*infinitely, exceedingly abundantly, above and beyond). And His love is equal to or surpassing that!

Mathew Henry’s commentary on this verse notes that “it is proper always to end prayers with praises. Let us expect more, and ask for more, encouraged by what Christ has already done for our souls.”

Without Ceasing


Rejoice at all times. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1Thes 5:16-18).

Recently I read two different reading passages that may seem totally unrelated, so hang in there with me. The first was in a novel set in the South in which a funeral home bought a former bank building. Making the most of the location, they set up a drive through viewing area.

Okay, I’ll wait while you let that sink in.
The second reading was a devotional that said, “Prayer is more often a drive-thru event than the sit-down-at-his-feet experience it should be.”
It would seem that these drive-by examples in both cases would be more out of a obligation or, in the case of prayer, to check it off our daily list. But I think that both kinds of prayer times are important. We need time at His feet, just to totally focus on communicating with the Father. But, as we are actively involved in life, we can pray unceasingly by having an attitude of being conscious and appreciative of, and surrendering to God at all times.

More than Conquerors

You are so valuable that the Creator of the universe and the ruler of darkness of this world battle for you every day!! Although it is spiritual, it is still very real. Just turn on the news and you’ll see it clearly displayed. The weapons are lies and deceit vs. faith and truth.

The most powerful weapon is the word of God—speaking it, absorbing it in our heart, living it. God’s own Son battled the enemy on the mountain, not by His Godly power, but by quoting scripture, the same ammunition that is at our disposal too. It can be used defensively when we’re attacked, or offensively to fortify our heart.

I have included scriptures at the end of this entry as the start of an arsenal to repeat and claim. They’re not magical, but they are powerful:

I can’t ______………..I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength(Phil 4:13).

My life is insignificant…… I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved (Col 3:12). He has created me anew in Christ Jesus, so I can do all the good things He planned for me long ago (Eph 2:10).

God could never forgive my past… I am washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Cor 6:11).

I am afraid… When I am afraid, I put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3).

If only I was _______….I am God’s masterpiece(Eph 2:10).
Many of these were already paired by Pricilla Shirer and Nancy DeMoss, but the most meaningful are the ones we find ourselves, those that jump off the page at the exact time when we need them.

The Secret Place

 

But when you pray, go into your room, shut the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you (Matt 6:6).

God always seems to know exactly what I need to work on at just the right time. To me, the room in this verse isn’t Miss Clara’s prayer closet, but an area in my mind. It’s the place where the Father and I meet to commune. But even when I’m the one talking, another room in my mind is off somewhere else. I might be replaying a past event, or rehearsing how I’m going to respond to someone, or going over my to-do list (can a to-do list be an idol, a false god?).

I know this verse may have a totally unrelated message for someone else–that’s the beauty of God’s word, but today this is how God spoke to me.

I may need a bank vault size door, but to focus directly on the Father solely is worth every second.

The Secret Place

 

But when you pray, go into your room, shut the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you (Matt 6:6).

God always seems to know exactly what I need to work on at just the right time. To me, the room in this verse isn’t Miss Clara’s prayer closet, but an area in my mind. It’s the place where God and I meet to commune. But even when I’m the one talking, another room in my mind is off somewhere else. I might be replaying a past event, or rehearsing how I’m going to respond to someone, or going over my to-do list (can a to-do list be an idol, a false god?).

I know this verse may have a totally unrelated message for someone else–that’s the beauty of God’s word, but today this is how God spoke to me.

I may need a bank vault size door to block all else in order to focus solely on the Father.