For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11:13
I would like to encourage everyone to be faithful to believe; to get into the timing of God; to trust Him no matter what the circumstance may be.
Often times, we become discouraged because things don’t happen in our life according to the time frame or the schedule that we've mapped out for ourselves and because of this, we have a tendency to misdirect our focus or attention away from the intention of God. But, we have to realize that God is an all knowing; all seeing, all capable God who is constantly working on our behalf. But, He’s working in His time; not ours. Once we realize this, our hope in Christ Jesus should never waver. So even when things don’t work out according to our schedule, God should continue to be the center of our joy, He should continue to be the one we rely on. Remember that we are not operating on our strength nor our timing. God is the creator of all and He is always moving things in the atmosphere, stirring things up down here on this earth, shifting things and you, setting things in the way that He would have it to go for His glory; not mine, not yours, but His. This is what God tells Isaiah:
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31
This chapter in Isaiah is one of comfort but it also teaches patience to the children of Israel to let them know that their reliance should remain faithful to God that they would not always be in captivity and that their restoration would come. So though you may grow faint in your spirit and weary in your walk, don’t give up your hope in Jesus that He will do what is promised in His word.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
He tells us in his word, on farther down in Isaiah that His word will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it. So don’t forget the condition: it’s for those who hope in the Lord. Make this your declaration:
Apostle Paul tells the Roman church to Rejoice in hope; to be patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.
Here is my prayer of encouragement for today:
Dear heavenly Father, we thank You for this opportunity to once again come before You in prayer. We thank You Lord for one more day; for the dawning of this day; for allowing us to see another day; for keeping us through this day, for watching over us, for keeping us from hurt, harm and danger; for allowing us to wake in our right mind, with our health and our strength and a desire to serve You, for bringing us thus far through this day, Lord, for Your traveling mercy; keeping us safe in our comings and our goings.
And now Lord, we look to You for our strength; You say in Your word that power belongs to You. So then Lord we know that whatever we need, You are able through Your sovereignty. We believe in Your word Oh God and have faith to believe that all things are possible through You. In all things we trust You. In the good times and the bad times, when things are going our way and even when they seemingly are not, our trust; our hope is still in You. Help us to understand and believe that all things are working together for the good – even when we can’t see it Lord. Help us Lord to be faithful to believe in You and Your word.
We trust You Lord God for our healing. Remember those among us that are in need of a touch from You Lord. We call on You as our Jehovah Rapha; the Lord God our healer.
Lord, we know that all things are possible through You. Teach us patience Lord to abide in Your timing; trusting and believing that You are able to bring us to that expected end; to that which You have ordained and purposed for us. Let Your perfect will be done in our life. Move us from fear to faith. From depression to delight in You; faithful to believe on Your promises. Let Your will be president in our lives. Process a ‘yes’ in us; a yes to Your will, a yes to Your way, a yes to Your word. Help us to be obedient to Your word so that we can be all that You require us to be. We are Your instruments to be used for Your glory. Let Your glory be revealed through us.
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Romans 6:13
Lord, You are the lifter of our heads, even as we’re to lift You up. We thank You for Your goodness and Your mercy. When we trust in You, Your goodness and mercy, they follows us. Even as You’re faithful to forgive, help us to be faithful to believe in You and Your word. Help us to believe in Your sovereignty; that all things are possible through You. Help us to keep holding on to You; take away the spirit of defeat. We shouldn't worry because You said in Your word that we have victory in You. Help our unbelief Lord. Take us to a higher place in You.
Lord we worship and adore You. We worship You Lord, You’re so holy that there is none like You, we love You Lord. Nothing compares to You. We bless Your holy name. Lord Your name is far above all other names. Lord You said that if we lift You up that You would draw all men unto you. Don’t let us forget that it’s not about us, but about Your manifested glory.
You gave us the precious gift of the holy ghost so that we would have power to witness unto all men. We’re on the battle field; soldiers for You; help us to stay directed and focused on You and the battle that is waging around us. Help us to be the light in this world filled with sin; darkened by iniquity and polluted by evil. Help us to stand up and proclaim Your name in our speech and in our actions. Lord, where ever we go, in our homes, on our jobs, where ever we go, let your glory be revealed; make us glory carriers for You; willing and able instruments.
Lord, even now, we plead the blood against every thing that is not like You. Lord we ask, in the name of Jesus, that You intercede on our youth; loose the bonds that are enslaving our children, give them a hunger and thirst for You Lord, for righteousness. Give us, the parents and guardians, wisdom to raise them and train them in Your ways; to teach them to love and serve You. Lord give us a passion to work for You, to be about our heavenly father’s business. Help us to be willing, submissive and obedient servants to you.
In all things Lord, we acknowledge You and look to You for direction. We pray for our spiritual leaders and pastors that You keep them covered in the blood. Lord we pray that You lift a standard of holiness among our pastors and shepherds, Lord that they remain humble in Your sight and that they do according to Your will; never forgetting that it is no goodness of our own, but through Your grace and your mercy that we live, move and have our very being. Lord we ask that you intervene on behalf of our governmental leaders; that you place God fearing men and women among them.
Because of who You are Lord, we thank You, we give You the honor and the glory, we thank You for Your sovereignty. We thank you Lord, because in the midst of it all, Lord, I know that You are with us. We thank You for the plan that You've designed for each one of our lives. We thank you Lord because we know that Your will is good, it is acceptable and it is perfect.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
Lord we pray for every person that doesn't know You, Lord, that You deal with them in such a way that they see You and recognize You for who You are. Give them a desire; a hunger and a thirst for You. Help us Lord on this battlefield of unsaved souls; help us to be fully adorned in Your armor so that we are a help and not a hindrance to those that are lost and need You. Help them who are distressed over the cares of the world. Loose the bonds of worry; redirect their thoughts to You. You said in Your word that in all our ways, we are to acknowledge You and it’s You that will direct our path. Help them to cast their cares on You; to put their problems and their situations in Your hands.
My continuous petition before You, Lord, is that the body of Christ keep our trust and our hope firmly in You; that we don’t waver, that we don’t become deceived by the enemy, but rather we become an anointed force to be reckoned with as we move and operate in Your power.
In Your name Lord, we thank you for all that You’ve done and all that you’re going to do; in your name, Jesus, we pray, amen.
Glory, get us to that place Lord!
God bless you all.
Elder C, L. Henry