My Prayer this Sweet Sunday (from Praying Through the Tough Times by Lloyd John Ogilvie):
WHEN I AM A STINGY RECEIVER
Revive me, O LORD, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
Gracious God, sometimes I’m a stingy receiver who finds it difficult to open my tight-fisted grip on circumstances and receive the blessings that You have prepared. You know my needs before I ask You, but wait to bless me until I ask for Your help. I come to You now honestly to confess my needs. Lord, I need Your inspiration for my thinking, Your love for my emotions, Your guidance for my will, and Your strength for my body. I’ve leaned that true peace and lasting serenity result from knowing that You have an abundant supply of resources to help me meet any trying situation, difficult person, or disturbing complexity, and so I say with the psalmist, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits.”
I gladly respond to the admonitions of the psalmist: “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall being it to pass…Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him.” I prayerfully accept the vital verbs of this advice and apply them to my faith today: commit, trust, rest, wait. You have shown me that when I commit to You my life and my challenges, You go into action to bring about Your best for my life. Commitment opens the floodgates of my mind and my heart to the flow of Your power to help with people or problems that concern me.
I trust in Your reliable interventions to free me from anxiety, and when I rest in Your everlasting arms, I experience spiritual resilience and refurbishment. All Your blessings are wroth waiting for because nothing else gives me the strength and courage I really need. Thank You for Your faithful reliability. You, dear God, are my Lord and Savior. Amen.
(Psalm 68:19; 37:5,7.)
My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
I will keep on being filled with the Spirit.
EPHESIANS 5:18. AUTHOR’S TRANSLATION
May each of you have a wonderful day and upcoming week…
Commit! Trust! Rest! Wait!
p.s.: That “waiting” is the hardest part, right? Sheesh.