If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. (James 1:5)
“I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)
We had dear friends, parents of two toddlers, stay with us for two weeks recently. I couldn’t help but notice that child-rearing has changed since Mark and I were raising our children. “How so?” you ask. Google! Parents can google any question in less than a blink of an eye. Your child has a bee bite? Google to the rescue! Your child has a burn? Google! Your child has a hiccup? Google!
All that can be helpful, no doubt, but let’s not forget where our true wisdom comes from. Google answers have the potential to do more harm than good, produce more anxiety than not, and churn up more problems than they alleviate. Run to Jesus first, dear parents! He is the Source of all wisdom.
Please forgive me for creating a googly-eyed god out of Google! I choose to run to you first, breathing a prayer for wisdom, and receiving that wisdom from Your Spirit, for you care deeply about everything that concerns me! Thank you that I have ears to hear you, that I am Your sheep and I hear the voice of my Good Shepherd.
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. (Colossians 4:2)
If you are like me, you struggle with staying focused when you pray. The answer is simply this: keep the thanks flowing! As we lift up the people in our lives that we are committed to, we will continue to pour out our thanks to God for what He has done and what He has promised to do in their lives. No power of hell can withstand the force of gratitude!
Thank you for this key insight! It was right there before me all these years, and I finally have eyes to see it. Thank you for opening my eyes and ears to a clearer understanding of your Truth. Now teach me to pray diligently, staying on track with you, enjoying my times of praise and adoration, and growing in gratitude day by day!
We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. (1 Thes. 1:2)
He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. (Daniel 6:10)
At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you … (Luke 10:21)
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. (1 Corinthians 1:3)
Seventeen times in Scripture, the writers of the epistles bless their readers with these two virtues: Grace and Peace. When we look at the deeper root meanings of these words, we see that they are comprehensive blessings that contain everything we could ever look for or long for!
Grace – that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, and all that is lovely.
Peace – sense of security, safety, prosperity, felicity, and all that is harmonious.
Grace and peace are two things that I have searched for but haven’t found apart from you. I seldom see them on the covers of magazines. I hardly ever see them displayed on television. Politicians rarely exude them. Fame and fortune can’t buy them. They are only found in You. These two virtues were so very important to Paul and Peter and John when they wrote to believers; they certainly must have learned them first-hand from you, the Source of Grace and the Prince of Peace. Today, I receive this blessing that is bestowed on me in Your Word. I receive Grace – supernatural favor from God in every area of my life, and I receive Peace – security, confidence, sufficiency, and deep felicity in my soul. Thank You for offering these aspects of Your character to me. Thank You for transforming me into a person that freely gives grace and peace to everyone I meet, deserving or not. For I am so very undeserving myself.
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:
Your towns and your fields
will be blessed.
Your children and your crops
will be blessed.
The offspring of your herds and flocks
will be blessed.
Your fruit baskets and breadboards
will be blessed.
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
you will be blessed. (Deuteronomy 28: 1-6)
We attended a family reunion recently and ran into a cousin who had hit the proverbial wall. Nothing was working in her life. We talked for a while, I gave her a hug and told her I’d pray for her. God seriously reprimanded me as I was driving away. “What do you think prayer is, Jill?” I could hear the Spirit say, “Fairy dust that you sprinkle on people that creates some kind of a wave of good fortune in their lives?” “Oh, no, Father, I know it’s not like that. You are so right. I repent, Lord!” I promised Him I would never again say I’d pray for someone like I’m Tinker Bell scattering pixie dust! From here out I have instructions to let people know the full good news: God will bless them if they decide to make a covenant with Him, giving Him their whole lives and receiving the life of Jesus for their own. Until one decides to serve Jesus, he/she won’t have the life Jesus can offer, no matter how much others pray! Once we give our sovereignty over to God, He can do something wonderful with it.
Thank you for your promises. I accept the terms and conditions of those promises! I will be careful to obey you! Until now my obedience has been slow and slack, but all that has changed as of today! I am determined to follow you whatever the cost. Forgive me for my disobedience. Take the reins of this life of mine and take me places I never dreamed of going. I will serve you wholeheartedly with
Your strong arm to guide me,
Your mind to advise me,
Your heart to encourage me,
Your angels to protect me,
Your power to deliver me,
Your riches to provide for me,
Your song to inspire me,
Your wisdom to direct me,
Your strength to cheer me,
Your Spirit to refresh me,
Your comfort to console me,
Your Word to transform me,
Your glory to transport me…