…FATHER, You are not only the Maker of the world, but the Maker of difficult and frightening circumstances. My goal is not to succeed or conquer in such circumstances. Nor should it simply be to “get through it.” You have a purpose, and it is to strengthen my faith. When CHRIST comes may He find faith on the earth in me (Luke 18:8).
It’s true that I need to stand firm and see Your salvation (2 Chron 20:17), but I need to be prepared that You may make me a failure in situations; You create circumstances for Your glory, not mine. So, help me be as clay in Your hands (Isa 64:8) and content with how You present the situation and its outcome.
My human efforts always want success. Realizing my spiritual weakness and consequently submitting to You gives more glory to You than my efforts that succeed. It’s my attitude in going through the situation that glorifies You, not being successful in its challenge.
For the sake of CHRIST I resolve to be content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak , then I am strong in divine strength (2 Cor 12:10). LORD, I ask for more faith to defer to You in difficult and frightening circumstances.
…FATHER, if You are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so I may know You and continue to find favor with you (Ex 33:13). Give me understanding so I might put into practice Your commands with all my heart (Ps 119:34). Make me understand what you want, for then I shall see Your miracles (Ps 119:27). LORD, tell me Your ways, show me how to live, guide me in Your truth, and teach me (Ps 25:4-5).
Oh that I may grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of CHRIST (Eph 3:17-18). Flood my life with light so I can understand the wonderful future You have promised to me (Eph 1:18).
Make me stand firm, mature, and fully convinced, in complete obedience to Your will (Col 4:12). By Your power fulfill every good purpose of mine and every act prompted by my faith (2 Thes 1:1). Strengthen me with Your glorious power so I will have all the patience and endurance I need (Col l:1). May I understand the incredible greatness of Your power for it is the same mighty power that raised CHRIST from the dead (Eph 1:19-20).
Let me search for it as for a hidden treasure for in it I’ll find You, and understand and know You (Prov 2:3-5). I desire to experience the love of CHRIST—to be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from You (Eph 3:19). Draw me LORD, back to You and not to activities I might do for You. AMEN.
[Because we are Christians and live in the world we will always need prayer for our walk and for witnessing to others about CHRIST. Here’s an opportunity to pray for others or even ourselves. Fill their name or your name in the blanks.]
THE RADICAL GOSPEL
…FATHER, guide ____ to always make You the hero of anything (he/she) says. The accomplishments and goals of life do not come from human efforts as non-Christians think. Christians have a radical view of life and care nothing about earthly success.
“This view of life is that we are a people chosen by a sovereign, loving, God who, in Christ, has forgiven us and adopted us into his family. He is at work in each situation to conform us to the image of his Son, supplying all that we need to do what he has called us to do….we are weak vessels of clay that have been filled with the all-surpassing power of God’s presence” Paul David Tripp (ref#5, p297).
“The saint who is intimate with Jesus will never leave impressions of himself, but only the impression that Jesus is having unhindered way…” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, Jan 7th).
Among us, CHRIST, You were gentle and humble in heart (Matt 11:29)—as the One who serves (Luke 22:27). You made Yourself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men (Phil 2:7). And being found in human form, You humbled Yourself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Phil 2:8). For my sake You became poor, that through Your poverty I might become rich (2 Cor 8:9).
In the days of Your flesh, You offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Your FATHER. Only He was able to save You from death (Heb 5:7).
You gave Your back to those who struck You, and Your cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; You did not hide Your face from shame and spitting (Isa 50:6). You were a reproach to men and despised by the people (Ps 22:6). Zeal for Your FATHER’s house consumed You; all who reproached Your FATHER, fell on You (Ps 69:9).
FATHER, keep reminding me that my life’s goal is to be Your bondservant as CHRIST was. If You allow me to serve You in a specific way, keep me from focusing on that service. Rivet my focus on being Your bondservant. Refine me into salt (Matt 5:13)—too much salt to the unregenerate but a perfect portion for the regenerate so that my life mirrors CHRIST.
CALLING AND PROVIDING FOR ME
…FATHER, You have called forth and guided the destinies of the generations from the beginning. You are the first, existing before history began, and You are the last, an ever-present, unchanging GOD (Isa 41:4).
You say to me, “I have chosen you, You are my servant; fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isa 41:8-10).
You, FATHER, come to me with might, and Your arm rules for You; You are Your own reward (Isa 40:10). I am a sheep in Your flock that You tend like a shepherd; You gather me in Your arms, and carry me in Your bosom; You gently lead me (Isa 40:11). I am poor and needy and must have provisions I do not possess. You answer my calls for help and will not forsake me (Isa 41:17).
FATHER, You call and captivate me. Your everlasting gift of Your presence is enough to engage my mind with continual thanksgiving. Not only do You call me, but You fill my arms with promises. You will strengthen, help, uphold, gather me in Your arms, carry me, lead—yes, gently lead me. I never need to fear or be dismayed. Thank You for Your calling and Your providing.
I see it—I see it. I look back over the years and note Your work. I no longer walk in blind faith—desperately wanting to believe, but knowing faith—resting in You. I see it!
GOD WAITS FOR ME
“…the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]” (Isa 30:18 AMP).
…FATHER, it must have seemed like a dream, too good to be true, to the exiles given permission to return to Zion (Ps 126:1). Or when the angel woke Peter in prison and his chains fell off. He thought he was seeing a vision it was so unreal to him (Acts 12:7,9).
With the work You’ve done in my life, FATHER, I should have the same reaction. As I remember Your holy activity toward me, I should feel like I need to pinch myself.
Do not thoughts of You set my hearts vibrating? Is there not a sound of song in the distance? If I ponder long enough, doesn’t the music grow louder?
Nehemiah dedicated the wall around Jerusalem with gladness, with thanksgivings, with singing, with cymbals, harps, and lyres (Neh 12:27). The people gathered offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for GOD had made them rejoice with great joy (Neh 12:43). Doesn’t GOD make me rejoice because of all He’s done?
FATHER, stir me to rejoice; rivet my attention to the rising music in my soul which is the response to Your blessings to me. Lift my eyes to You—You, Who did all for me. Oh soul, rejoice in the LORD, again I say, rejoice (Phil 4:4). Shout for joy (Ps 66:1). In grateful worship, break forth into joy oh my soul!
“Break forth into joy o my soul. Break forth into joy o my soul,
In the presence of the LORD there is joy forevermore,
Break forth, break forth, into joy, o my soul” Composer Unknown.
And LORD, continue to do great works in me. I need Your rain in my drought-stricken life (Ps 126:4). I am like Isaiah looking at You high and lifted up (Isa 6:1). Realizing I am Yours, yet unclean (Isa 6:5). I weep because of my sin, I cry under Your discipline. I plant my crops in sin’s entanglement and despair but in the end I’ll shout hurrahs at the harvest (Ps 126:5).
With pleas for mercy I shall come, and You will lead me back to You (Jer 31:9). So my heavy soul will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing. (Ps 126:6). For all this, LORD, I shout again for joy in grateful worship to You,