When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for truth. Lord, I never want to be ashamed of You, nor do I want You to be ashamed of me. Lord, I want to live as losing this life and gaining eternal life with You in heaven. Lord Jesus, it is not easy to understand how to handle each circumstance, but I thank You for showing me the way. Thank You for always being faithful and walking with me through it all. Thank You for shining Your light of truth into my life. Lord, not my will be done, but Thine. Teach me what Your plans are for today and help me not grow too eager to look into tomorrow, for each day has enough trouble of it’s own. Thank You for always being my safety and refuge in times of trouble. Lord, please help me to trust You with everything today. Thank You for Your unending love. Amen.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalms 23:1 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for this verse. There is such peace and security in it. You truly are the Good Shepherd and You have cared for and provided for me in so many ways. I am so grateful and humbled by Your never-ending love. Lord Jesus, You alone are my strength and security. In You I find all that I need: peace, love, joy, patience, goodness, kindness, understanding, and eternal life. Lord, there are many things I do not understand, but I praise You that You are using all things for Your glory. Lord Jesus, for those who are suffering, please bring them comfort. Lord, for those who are afraid or in bondage, please bring healing and freedom. Lord, for those who are piercing themselves through with many sorrows, trying to fulfill their own salvation, please bring them to the truth. Soften the hearts and return those who know of You to a right relationship with You. Lord, for those who have yet to know You, please open their eyes that they might see, open their ears that they might hear, let the truth be planted in fruitful ground. Please, Lord, put godly men and women into places of authority. Let those who are in positions of leadership be honorable before You. Please do not allow anyone to use their authority to harm others. May our lives and the lives of those who are called by Your name, be honorable before You. Please be glorified in us. Lord Jesus, thank You for being my all. Thank You for blessing me in so many ways. Lord, thank You for shining Your truth into my life. Please continue to hone my heart into Your image. I love You, Jesus. Thank You. Amen.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:13-18 NKJV
These verses make it clear that peace is a fruit of living daily in the wisdom from God.
God’s wisdom brings peace.
The shear weight of this truth should be enough to cause one to pause and meditate.
How would the world look if everyone followed God’s wisdom?
If every person, for all of time simply “loved your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18b), how much more peaceful would our world be?
The facts are easy to see if one simply looks at history.
Whether it is one’s own history or the history of a nation, the wisdom of God makes a incredible impact on the peace of the people.
Unfortunately, those who walk in God’s Word, practicing His wisdom each day are rare.
But that does not discontinue the fact that God’s wisdom brings peace.
He also gives us a pattern of conduct to follow when we are feeling anxious.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
It is through Jesus Christ we find the answer to the lack of godly wisdom around us and in us.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 27-28
Through the working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts we can find the understanding, we can find comfort, we can be reminded of God’s Word.
Daily time in prayer and in God’s Word is where God’s wisdom is planted in our hearts and where peace will grow.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word and for the Holy Spirit. Thank You for the help we can find. Lord Jesus, please continue to teach us Your wisdom, let our hearts never grow weary of seeking after it nor our eyes tire of looking into Your scriptures, but instead let our minds be receptive and our hearts fertile ground. Please continue to open our understanding that we might discern the times and seasons we are in and look to You for the answers we seek. Lord Jesus, please help our lives to bring forth the fruit of peace, that others might see that Your truths are true and Your ways are best. Thank You, Jesus. Amen
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord ! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. Psalms 119:1-3 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for these verses. Lord, I humbly request that the hearts of the people would return to You, that we would see a true softening of the heart. That the eyes would be opened, the ears would be opened, and the truth would be seen. Lord, restore the family. Let husbands love their wives and their children. Let wives respect their husbands. Let them love them and their children. Lord, let us be full of wisdom from Your Word, not seeking man’s wisdom, but seeking it from You. Lord, please fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Convict us of sin that we might repent. Please help us to walk forward into Your perfect truth today. Lord, please be with our leaders. Please raise up people who love and honor You and put them in authority over us. Let it be obvious that only through You can we find peace. Thank You. Amen.
2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV — If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for the hope we find in these words. Lord Jesus, our nation and many others are suffering. People are frightened, hurting, lost, broken, discouraged. Lord, You know much of this we have done to ourselves. We have chosen to follow after other things rather than You and Your Word. We have allowed the innocent to be killed, we have called evil entertainment, we have not been faithful to you or to each other we have washed our hands, claiming nothing we do is wrong. Lord Jesus, this morning let our hearts be humble before You. Lord, let each one acknowledge their sin and repent, starting with me. Lord, please cleanse our churches, our homes, our lives from the impurities and poison of sin. Lord, please let our hearts be completely Yours. Please let our lives be restored to correct priorities and proper respect for You and one another. Lord, please heal our land. Please bring us back to Yourself, that the world may know You are God alone. Thank You. Amen.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the guidance and wisdom we find in Your Word. Your ways are perfect and Your Word is truth. Lord Jesus, we know You have a perfect plan for today and that You are going to be with us throughout. Please help us to listen to Your voice, to obey Your Word. Lord, let our hearts not be hard, but soft and humble. Lord, let our words be praise and thanksgiving. Lord, please shine Your light into our day and shine through us to others. Please, touch the hurting and heal the sick. Lord, bring back the captive and the wayward. Lord, please break the chains of addiction and idolatry. Lord Jesus, shine Your light and save the lost. Let the whole Earth be filled with Your glory. Amen.
She has a few words she uses, but she’s yet to speak fluidly.
Her curiosity and joy at life are infectious.
Her little smiles, her little hands grasping toys or books or patting, her little eyes looking up so innocently, all these brings us such joy.
And while she is learning about her world and the people in it, she’s asking:
What is it?
It’s something I ask my Heavenly Father frequently.
I’ll hear of an event, see something on the news, or be surprised by a post and my heart will leap:
“God! What is it?”
“Why did that person do that? What caused the behavior there? What were they thinking?”
But He always leads me gently back to the truth.
No matter what I see on the surface there’s something deeper.
A spiritual battle going on which often affects us when we least realize it.
So, again comes the question:
“What is it?”
And added to this:
“How do I pray?”
The answers are as varied and numerous as one might expect.
Each circumstance is unique and therefore holds different points to pray for.
Sometimes, I don’t receive an answer right away and therefore turn to scripture.
I ask God to give me a verse or group of verses to pray.
I seek Him personally, to be sure nothing is hindering my prayers.
Sometimes, I just pray and thank God for whatever He is doing that I don’t understand.
But I am so blessed to be able to go before God, the Creator, and lift up people.
The privilege of talking with the Almighty about anything and everything is overwhelming good.
To find peace and security in His voice, His direction, His Sovereignty.
It’s comfort to my soul, not unlike when our granddaughter gets lifted up to her father’s shoulder.
She leans in and rests her head on him and smiles.
She’s content in the arms of her father.
I can be as well.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for letting me lift up my heart to You. Thank You for opportunities to pray. Lord, thank You for the comfort I find in You and in Your Word. Lord Jesus, please hold me in Your arms and continue to teach me how to pray. I want to be able to stand in the gap, to lift up others bed You, to know You as a Father and a friend. Lord Jesus, thank You for walking with me daily. I give You my all. Please be glorified in me today. Amen.
Dear Reader, please understand that this post is extremely difficult for me to publish as it is very personal. My prayer time with the Father is not something I like or want to share for so many reasons. However, I must obey the Lord. In no way are my prayers meant to teach any specific theology or to declare a form that works or in anyway be an example. It is simply my time with Jesus and I hope you can respect the privacy that I’m sharing with you. God bless.💗
“Good morning, Lord.”
Good morning, Little one. I know, you are weary.
“Yes, Lord, I am.”
“Jesus, please fix me, my attitude is poor, my body is cranky, my mind is fuzzy. I’m a mess. I need Your strength to do home school, to pray for others, to smile at my family. I’m empty, please fill me up.”
Child, why are you empty? Or are you?
“You’re right. I’m not.”
What you are is Mine.
“Yes, Lord. Please forgive me. I allowed my emotions and my physical to crowd out the truth. Thank You for reminding me.”
I love you. I am with you.
“Yes, Lord. Thank You, so much. Jesus, please guide me as to what Your will is today.”
I will. I am. Don’t forget to praise.
“Yes, Jesus! What a blessing and what joy to glorify Your name! Lord Jesus, You alone are worthy of all praise. You are incredible! You give me breath, life, food, all that I need. You have blessed me with family and friends and a place to live and clothes to wear. Thank You! God, how awesome is Your name! How precious are Your ways! You alone are worthy of all praise! Jesus, I so much want others to be able to enjoy the relationship You are wanting to have with each one. Please open the hearts and minds of those who have yet to know You. Please deepen the walk of those who already know You. Lord, please don’t let us simply know about You, and then go our own way, please let us walk with You in all things.”
“Lord Jesus, there is so much hurt, loss, and fear right now and I know You understand the hurting far better than anyone. You see the heart. You love more than we can ever have the capacity to love. I also know that I can trust You in all of this. I don’t understand all that You are doing, but I know You are.”
Yes child, I know. Trust Me and pray.
“Lord, thank You for all Your wonderous works. Whether we see them or understand them, I know You are working. Lord Jesus, please heal the hurting and the sick. Lord touch the hearts. Please, soften the bitter. Open those spiritual eyes who have grown dim or blind to truth. Unstop the ears, let Your truth be heard. Shut the mouth of violence. Stop the ways of wickedness. Put an end to harming the innocent. Please strengthen the feeble. Please protect those who are doing what is right. Please guard those who are risking themselves for others. Please put Your hand on those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. God, put an end to hate between people. The only thing we should hate is evil. Lord, please raise up leaders who are people of integrity, honor, and truth. Please let fathers be responsible, loving, kind. Men who do what is right each and every day. Men who love their wives, work hard, provide for their families, lead the home in teaching and worshipping You. Lord, please let the men of this country be Mighty Men of Valor, able in word and deed. Men who love to serve You and those around them. Not vulgar, not addicted, not lazy, not angry, but full of peace, love, integrity, and truth: Your Word. Lord, please let women be praying for their husbands, their children, their communities, their homes. Let us be steadfast in caring for our families and our friends. Lord, let us raise our children to know You, to be honorable, to be humble. Lord, please help us women to be full of virtue, not lazy, not addicted, not bitter, not angry, not depressed, not held down by lies. Lord Jesus, please let us be Women of Worth. Please whatever the task at hand let us do it with all our might, in love, in service, in gentleness and kindness. Lord, raise up women who will speak the truth with love to those around them. Women who lovingly serve no matter the personal cost. Women who support and exhort their husbands and their children. Women who love You more than life itself. Lord, there is so much more. Thank You so much for loving us. Thank You for salvation. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your unwavering support. Jesus, I love You. May Your name be glorified throughout the whole Earth.”
For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; Job 19:25 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus,
Nothing in all the Earth compares to this. You are my Redeemer, and the One Who saves my soul. One day You will return for Your Bride. How I long for that day! Lord Jesus, purify my heart, cleanse me completely that I might be ready to honor You today. Lord, cause me to continually turn to You and Your Word in all areas, in every part. Lord Jesus, I want to be held by Your truth, filled by Your Holy Spirit, and be a Christ follower, one who picks up and carries their cross daily and with joy. Lord, I lay my plans, my ideas, and my desires before You. I trust You to speak through Your Word to my heart and mind, to provide for all my needs, to guide and direct all my steps. In days of uncertainty, may I cling to You. In days of pain, may I rejoice in Your salvation. In days of joy, may I praise You continually. Lord, Your ways are best, Your love is pure, You are the Redeemer. Thank You. Amen.
The other people were equally following the rules.
Some I’d seen before.
A few new faces as well.
Since September, I’ve been regularly seeing the receptionist and nurse.
I feel warmth for them both.
I’d stop and speak to them if we were to meet elsewhere.
(For those who know me you’d expect this.)
Yes, I’ve even hugged them in gratitude.
But not since the virus.
As I looked at the receptionist, I smiled.
She was more than 6ft away, but behind her mask, she was smiling too.
When my turn came, the nurse was also smiling, behind her mask.
After returning to my seat, I picked up my crocheting and began to wait while working.
I also prayed, as I felt led.
Due to the office size, everyone’s conversation is easily audible.
Although, I try to mind my own business, I hadn’t missed a young man who was relating the fact that his wife had developed allergies after the birth of their baby and how compassionate she was to him because of this.
His seat was to my left and I prayed for his wife, his allergies, their marriage, and their baby.
I noticed other people in the office.
Especially a white haired, short-statured lady in front of me.
She seemed rather frail, and my prayers for her included God ministering trust in Him to her.
It seems the elderly are suffering so much these days and it breaks my heart.
Not long before my time was up the young man to my left had reached the anticipated “good to go” from the nurse.
He quietly packed his things, including a shiny laptop which sent reflections of sunlight streaming into my face.
I knew it wasn’t anything, but an accidental happen-stance.
So, I bent my head closer to my work and continued to count stitches.
To my surprise his voice came next.
“Ma’am, I’m sorry if I bothered you with my laptop. I didn’t mean to get sun in your eyes. I hope you don’t mind?”
I looked up and smiled behind my mask.
I shook my head and replied.
“No, not at all. Just one of those things.”
His eyes looked a bit squinty, like he wasn’t sure.
“Well, I’m terribly sorry for bothering you.”
“You didn’t. Really it’s fine. Thank you for apologising, but it’s really fine.”
I was still smiling behind my mask.
Of course the young man had to keep his distance, so I can’t be certain, but he looked less concerned.
Infact, I think he was smiling behind his mask too.
That night I related to my husband my joy at running across a polite young man who cared for others.
Upon reflection of the whole visit, God revealed something.
I’m going to have to learn a new skill.
I’m going to need to read people’s eyes behind their masks.
I never thought time with the public would come to this.
But I know God wants me to remember those are people behind the masks.
People He loves dearly.
Whether I agree with these policies or not, I can continue to love others.
I can continue to stand fast in prayer for my fellow man, my country, and the world.
I can continue to be sure that my mask does not keep in the love that God wants to show to those around me.
So whether someone is hiding behind a cloth mask or a fake representation of themselves, I need to love and pray for them.
And of course there are many, many, many, people who have their protective gear on to protect those they are treating.
They too need prayer.
I’m also praying that God will help me, that my eyes will shine the warmth, love, and compassion that my smile can no longer communicate.
Although I’ve been guilty of saying, “I’m over the mask”, I’m trying to adjust my attitude to thinking about who is behind each mask I see.
And I’m praying for a renewed perspective.
Not to simply wait out the things which are uncomfortable, but instead to find the truths God has for me within it.
After all, nothing is permanent, except Jesus Christ and life with Him.
John 5:24 KJV — Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.