Showing posts from December, 2019

Praying about my New Year's plans

Dear Lord,  You are great and holy. I am in awe of you and the relationship you offer me. Teach me to wait on you. Give me patience and wisdom as I plan for this next year. I want to do your will-- I want to obey your purpose for me this year and let you fulfill your plans through me. How do I plan and yet rely on you? How do I plan while I wait for you? How do I discern the difference between what should be done and what you want me to do? There is so much injustice in the world, so many opportunities to do good and so many people who need a friendly smile or a helping hand. I am overwhelmed. Certainly, you don't need me to do anything, and I can't do everything, not by a long shot. I feel like I do almost nothing. But I want to do your work. I want to make a difference. I want my life to be about your mission and your kingdom and not just me trying to feel good about being a good person. Those lines blur so easily. I'm asking you for wisd

A Prayer to Emmanuel

Lord Jesus, Thank you for being Emmanuel, "God with us." (Click here for "A Christmas Prayer for you.") There's no reason that You should want to be with us, to be our God or offer forgiveness, much less become human like us. What a degradation for the Creator to become the created. Why did you do it? Here's why: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." ( John 3:16 ) Love. What a wonderful reason to take human form, and what a compelling reason for us to trust you! It's a wonder we don't comprehend "God with us" more often. (Click here to read "9 Prayers for Christmas hope.") You loved us. You and God the Father and God the Spirit. You created our world. You placed us in it. You came to us because we couldn't be good enough on our own. Then you died and paid our debt. Then to rose again

When your kids rebel

Did you know that God had rebellious children? In Isaiah 1:1-4 , God talks about the children that didn't "turn out," even though they "knew better." For the Lord has spoken: "I reared children and brought them up, they have rebelled against me... Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him." Does that make you feel any better? Even God experienced this problem. So if (and when) your kids rebel, go to God in prayer . He understands. His kids rebel all the time, and He's even a perfect parent . It feels personal if our kids forsake our faith or our wisdom or our friendship. But God understands. We've all done it to Him. And He sticks. He's always there. Don't give up! Here's a little prayer for rebellious children -- Lord God and Heavenly Father, I pra

Discouragement, abandonment, & faith

I read Psalm 5 & Psalm 13 t his morning. They are prayers of lament and praise . David feels forgotten and assaulted, so he shares his discouragement, despair, fear, abandonment, and call for justice in his communication with God. He praises God for who He is and believes that God will make all things right in His own way. I am convicted. I turned these two Psalms into the following prayer: Lord God, How long will you forget me? Forever? Do you remember that I'm wrestling with my emotions and thoughts all the time and I can't get clarity on who you are or what you're doing in my life? I feel abandoned and forgotten . Weak . Misunderstood and assaulted. I'm trying to serve you, and always, someone or something is coming for me-- disappointing me, hurting me, rejecting me, discrediting me. Sometimes it's my own thoughts and faithlessness. Many times, I believe it is the enemy. Friends become foes . They secretly enjoy my misfortune