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Prayer Journal: Day 145

Day 145

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. – Psalm 52:8 KJV

When we know that change is coming, it’s all the more important to trust in God. He is a merciful God. He won’t bring upon us changes that are too much. He always has the best in mind for us. He knows which transitions that we will face, and He gives us the strength to face them.

He does not make us endure hardships forever. 

Trusting God may mean letting go of worry, of over-planning, and of trying to control outcomes. Ultimately, God is in control. He already knows the results.

He has already won the race. When we focus on His power instead of our problems, we can have peace. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 142

Day 142

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV 

God’s plans pan out. When He says something–commands it–it happens. 

Our thoughts and plans don’t always match God’s purpose for us, and if we trust Him, He will redirect us back so that we align with the divine purpose He has for us.

The process of relinquishing control of our plans to God is sometimes frustrating. His timing is not our timing. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He can make decisions clearly and confidently. We can trust Him to lead us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 140

Day 140

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV 

I sometimes wonder if God gets tired of hearing about my troubles. I don’t mean to complain, but at times, I ask Him for a lot.

It’s a good thing that our God is patient, and He is capable of solving all our problems. Nothing is impossible for God. No challenge is too difficult for Him. We can trust that He has all the answers. 

When we entrust Him with our time, money, and plans, we know that we have invested wisely. God never lets us down. He does, from time to time, show us what we really should want, because it is better than what we had imagined. He can see the big picture. Our God loves us and saved us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 127

Day 127

He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8 NIV

Good things and abundance come from the Lord. When we act justly and love mercy, we become closer to God in our walk with Him.

We can trust that when we show mercy, He will bless our lives in a much bigger way than what our limited minds can fathom. He has good plans for us, much greater than we know. 

When He calls us to move, we can move. When He asks us to trust Him, we can know that He will never let us down. We can have peace that when we follow God’s purpose for us, we will be blessed beyond imagination. He renews and teaches us each day. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 109

Day 109

Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. – Isaiah 30:20 NIV 

Even though this year has been difficult for many, the Lord has taught us hard lessons that we are better off knowing. He has taught us forgiveness. He has humbled us during times of illness. He has taught us to rely on Him, during prosperity and during adversity. 

We don’t always like to hear these lessons. We would like everything to work out our way, but it doesn’t always go according to plan.

When we surrender to God’s plans, we learn that a brighter future is possible. We learn to trust in Him always. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 106

Day 106

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 NIV 

Even though we might have fear that our dear, elderly friends who have COVID-19 might die, we can rest in the assurance that we can trust in the Lord. 

Jesus conquered death. It no longer has its sting. He has saved all who believe in Him. We have hope that we will not perish, but will have eternal life.

We can feel joy in the midst of sorrow. We can have peace in the midst of change and uncertainty. We can have hope and trust because He strengthens us and guides us through the Holy Spirit.

We are secure in His love. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 74

Day 74

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. – Colossians 1:27

Despite all the uncertainty in the world right now, one thing is constant; Christ is in us and with us.

He watches over us wherever we go. The people we work for may change.  The place where we live may change. The people we see every week may not be the same, but God never changes. He is the same today, yesterday, and forever.

We can always count on Him. He gives us strength when we are weak. He revitalizes our energy when we are tired. He gives us hope when we are discouraged. He knows the big picture, and we do not, so it is important to look to Him for guidance every day.

Each day has its challenges, but He knows about them before we even open our eyes. He helps us and comforts us. We can trust that He will guide us to the way everlasting. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 69

Day 69

“I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendents the land on which you are lying. Your descendents will be like the dust of the earth, to the north and to the south. All peoples on the earth will be blessed through your offspring. I will be with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised.” – Genesis 28:13-15

The Lord appeared to Jacob in a dream. Jacob’s ladder was a staircase to heaven. Angels of God ascended and descended on it.

God is in our reach. In fact, He is with us and in us. His promises are true. 

We worry because we cannot always see how powerful He is. He blesses us in times of trouble and in times of abundance. He is on our side.

A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus knew that. He doesn’t want us to focus on division. He asks us to love one another. He also asks us to love ourselves. 

We all make mistakes, but He has paid the price for our sins. He cleanses us. He heals us. He blesses us. He goes with us wherever we go, and we can trust that He will always lead us in the right direction. It’s because of Him that we have hope for a better future. It’s because of Him that we are saved. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 62

Day 62

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16

Today is the first day in several years that I don’t have health insurance. Jesus knows what we need and we can trust that He will supply for all our needs. Jesus did not have health insurance, either. But He didn’t worry about it. As far as we know, he didn’t worry about work deadlines. He spent time in meditation and prayer and went where His Heavenly Father told Him to go. He had absolute trust in the divine design of His Heavenly Father for His life. And so must we.

Prayer Journal: Day 45

Day 45

For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death. – Psalm 48:14

I always ask God to guide me, yet I don’t always let Him because I am so consumed by my worries, negative thoughts, and family drama.

Life won’t always be this hard.

When God guides us, that doesn’t mean that our problems go away. It means that He has a purpose for us, and sometimes listening to Him and following His will is not the easiest thing to do.

It is so easy to be stuck in unforgiveness, anger, and resentment. But God never changes. And He wants the best for us and the best for those we love.

He transcends space and time. He knows what we are going through and how it will end. He can also give us a happy ending if we trust Him.

Everything will be okay.

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