Expecting God to Remain God

2015 Hawaii Pics frm Samsung Cam 060“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:1-3, NIV)

 

Lord, thank You for hearing and recognizing our outcries and the sobs we keep hidden deep inside.

 

In Your goodness, You care enough to listen, to really hear us out. Even the things we’re not able to express, You know. Still, You urge us to entrust You with our offering of transparency and faith.

 

You welcome our raw emotions and vulnerability, Lord. You assure us of Your faithfulness. You remain approachable.

 

And when we can’t seem to find the words, Your sweet Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf.

 

You are our King, Almighty Lord, God, and Creator. You are Provider, Redeemer, Good Shepherd and Savior.

 

Your lovingkindness has no boundaries. You never change and never fail.

 

Thank You for inviting us to approach Your throne of mercy with boldness that knows we can expect You to remain true to Your character.

 

We can expect Your sovereign faithfulness to reign, even when we can’t understand the way things play out.

 

We can expect Your love to cover us, Your plan to remain perfect, Your timing to maintain relevance, Your purpose to come to fruition, and Your grace to always be more than enough.

 

Help us believe when we cannot see, surrender when we cannot bear letting go, trust when we can’t seem to identify any good in the pain.

 

Thanks for empowering us to wait with expectation that magnifies Your all-knowing greatness.

 

As we lay our requests before You, help us to withhold nothing, take nothing back, and expect nothing but Your perfect will to prevail.

 

In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

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I’m Safe in You, Lord

Website - I Give - Adobe pix by X Luna July 2010“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8, NIV)

 

 

 

 

Thank You, Lord, for remaining true to Your Word and faithful to Your character.

 

Your mercy guards us. Your grace shields us. Your hope revitalizes us. Your Spirit strengthens us.

 

We lie down, put down our guard, rest secure in the peace of Your constant presence.

 

We sleep in peace, in trust, in confidence, and in the waves of Your unchanging and irrevocable love.

 

Your promises anchor us in the still waters of Your truth.

 

Under Your wing, worries are banished, anxiety is squelched, and fears are brushed under the cover of Your grace.

 

Thank You for answering us when we call You and giving us relief from our distress (Psalm 4:1).

 

There’s no need to toss or turn when our prayers reach Your ears.

 

Thank You for providing according to Your perfect will, for  always meeting our deepest needs as You go before us and hem us in on all sides.

 

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

 

Lord, You reign.

 

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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What has been keeping you from sleeping in peace?

 

What promises of God or aspects of God’s character can help you feel safe in His presence today?

 

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Photo used with permission by photographer Xochi Luna, July 2015.

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Help Me Hear Your Voice, Lord

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’ But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.” (Psalm 3:1-5, NIV)

 

Thank You for fighting on our behalf, Lord.

Please help us recognize Your voice, which is always consistent with Your Holy Word.

Help us focus on Your truth amidst the cacophony of negative whispers that tempt us into discouragement and disobedience.

Ready our hearts to receive wise counsel and accountability wrapped in good motives, authentic love, and the desire for restoration and encouragement.

Guard our minds with wisdom and discernment, Lord.

Help us live like we believe our worth comes from You, our purpose is in Your hands, and Your promises stand firm as You faithfully guide our steps.

Protect us from the naysayers who are quick to criticize or offer opinions that shove us into fear, insecurity, and doubting You instead of following You courageously.

Please bless us with an abundance of loving grace as we speak truth and hope into the lives of others.

Help us to be careful with our tones, our attitudes, our responses, our words, and even our silence, Lord.

And when someone is careless with their words toward us, help us extend grace and forgiveness while setting healthy and holy boundaries. Thank You for sustaining us, holding us up in mercy as we cry out to You with bold faith and rest secure in the peace of Your constant and powerful presence.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

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How can negative voices interfere with our relationship with God?

What can we do to help us focus on what God says, instead of what the cacophony of negative whispers that tempt us into discouragement and disobedience?

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Help Me Delight in Your Law, Lord

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“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the LORD wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3, NLT)

 

Lord, thank You for the privilege of listening to Your heart beat through each verse You’ve chosen to be included in the whole of Scripture, the Holy Bible, the Old and New Testaments.

 

Thank You for affirming blessedness is a joy and contentment that focuses on Your unchanging truth and Your prevailing purpose, not our comfort or selfish desires.

 

Forgive us for doubting You or trying to censor You, Lord.

 

Please help us delight in Your law as we savor the sweetness of Your life-transforming Word.

 

Empower us to submit to Your authority, especially when it’s tempting to surrender to the pressure of opposition.

 

Increase our wisdom and deepen our faith as we thrive where You’ve planted us, fully understanding Your definition of prospering isn’t hinged to worldly success or status.

 

When we’re delighting in You, we’ll prosper in You. We’ll rise in victory, prevail and achieve Your purpose within the boundaries of Your perfect will.

 

Nourish us with Your wisdom and hope, clearing our vision with an eternal perspective that doesn’t cower in the face of temporal obstacles.

 

Oh, refine us until our passions and priorities reflect Yours, Lord God.

 

May Your love ignite our devotion to You, bringing forth fruit that glorifies Your name.

 

Revitalize our spirit as we refuse to wither, lose heart, wear out, or fade into unbelief and deliberate disobedience.

 

Help us trust You, follow You, and accept Your Word as irrevocably God-breathed, Holy Spirit illuminated truth.

 

You are worthy of all our praise, Lord.

 

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

 

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What things distract us from delighting in God’s Holy Word?

How does the time we spend in God’s presence, seeking His voice through prayerful reading of Scripture, help deepen our appreciation for His truth?

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