“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him,
for he shields him all day long,
and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”
Almost everyone longs for romance. Little wonder. God was the One to think it up; we were made for relationship.
When God created Adam, he knew He wasn’t done. “It is not good for the man to be alone.” So He gave him someone who was literally “bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh.” Eve was a companion as well as a lover, a covenant partner with whom Adam could walk, enjoy sunsets, share meals, share kids, and learn to love unselfishly as God loved.
But fairy tales, not Scripture, speak of “happily ever after.” On this side of heaven, at least, relationships don’t always pan out. When we are contending with the free will of another human being, things get complicated. Relationships unravel. Romance fizzles. Dazzling beauties get old and frumpy. Things change.
True love weathers these storms and transitions – true love, though, only happens when people are true.
Today as many prepare to celebrate the love of their lives, others are feeling loveless as well as hopeless. Valentine’s Day, perhaps more than any other holiday, can be a long and painful 24 hours. If you have lost your love through death, abandonment, rejection, or divorce, you have our sincere prayers today….
Thank you that in your Word you promised to be near to the broken-hearted. We recognize that your Word is as good as your word. You meant everything you said, and it holds true today. So, Lord, as you draw near to this beloved, heart-broken lover, we ask that you would make manifest your presence by giving him/her the gift of hope.
We boldly request that from your hand which extends from your great heart of mercy you would heal the deep emotional wounds caused by disappointment.
You are not a god who plays with our lives like a Chess game to win over us. No, you play to ensure that we win. Therefore we know that with every betrayal, every sin against us, and every misstep we make ourselves, you recalibrate the chess board to give us another opportunity for success.
So, Lord, use this pain and what feels like failure to bring about a new day for the broken-hearted. May encouragement come from unforeseen quarters. May joy be found bubbling up from deep within. May wings sprout to cause them to soar again. And with the sunrise on Valentine’s Day, may new horizons be discovered so that the pain and grief will dissipate bringing joy with the morning light.
For more encouragement, here is another blogpost you might find helpful – A Prayer For Anyone With a Broken Heart http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/prayerplainandsimple/2009/08/a-prayer-for-anyone-with-a-broken-heart.html
Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. John 17:7,8a ~Jesus’ Prayer (NLT)
Shortly before His death and resurrection, Jesus prayed for his disciples. It is recorded for us in John 17 when the beloved disciple of Jesus eavesdropped, captured the prayer, wrote it down, and shared it with us. Read it in its entirety, and be greatly encouraged as well as challenged, for these are the thoughts and desires that dominated the heart of our Lord when He interceded for us.
Let’s borrow bits and pieces of His prayer, and pray this powerful, anointed prayer over our children today…
I have done my best to reveal You to the ones you gave me…I have passed on the message You gave me in Your Word. [Here we might want to do a little repenting for where we’ve missed it, and don’t forget to receive His forgiveness and grace!]
My prayer is for those you have given me because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me. (Thank You, Lord, for the gift they are!)
Protect them by the power of Your Name. I have given them your word.
They do not belong to this world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than You did, Jesus, when you walked this earth.
Make them holy by your truth. Teach them your word which is Truth. You are sending them into the world as God sent Jesus into the world. And you gave yourself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
Father, I pray that they will be one as you and Jesus are one. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent Jesus and that you love them just as much as you love Jesus!
Father, I want these whom you have given me to be together, working side by side with me in Your Kingdom. I have done my best to reveal them to you, and I will continue to do so.
In Jesus’ Name and with His very own words, Amen!
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And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
“He was an evil king, for he did not seek the Lord with all his heart.” (2 Chronicles 12:14)
Rehoboam was the grandson of King David. His missteps led to the tragic division of the kingdom. Both kingdoms then continued to dwindle until finally sent into exile.
King David, while certainly not without imperfections and grievous sins, was considered a man after God’s own heart in spite of himself. Why? Because, though imperfectly executed, he truly sought to follow God with his entire self. He didn’t compartmentalize his devotion to God to certain times and religious festivals. God was part and parcel of his day-to-day living, his constant counselor, his personal shepherd, and his intimate friend. That’s true devotion.
Plain and simple, heart-felt devotion is what we pray for today…
I want to seek you with every ounce of my heart, intellect, energy, and capacity. I am done with being a part-time follower, for it is impossible as well as futile. There was nothing part-time, nothing lacking, nothing reserved in your devotion, Jesus, when you walked on this planet. You were in it fully. You jumped onto this planet with both feet. So I, like you, Lord, will jump into my commitment to you with both feet. I do not look back. I will not hesitate. I give myself to you spirit, soul, and body, and with great joy I will follow you wherever you lead.
In Jesus’ Name Amen.
“But with God everything is possible. ” ~The Carpenter
“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” ~The Carpenters
As I begin a new week, I lay before you my whole self, spirit, soul, and body. I ask that you would recalibrate all that I am to align with your great will for me. May I keep my thoughts in line with your thoughts, my desires in line with your desires, my words aligned with your Word, and may all I do bring you pleasure.
First, I ask that you would pour out your love into my heart through the Holy Spirit. May I have the power to experience Your love. May I bear fruit that will give you glory today. Holy Spirit, please fill me up, empowering me to do the will of God from my heart.
I want to be about your business, Lord, not my futile busy-ness. You are all about forgiveness, so give me grace to overlook offenses. Remind me that my enemy is not flesh and blood but evil spirits who seek to undermine my purpose in this world.
I refuse to be deterred! I refuse to be discouraged! I refuse to be disqualified! I refuse to be daunted!
My charge to myself this morning is right from Your mouth: “With God nothing is impossible.” I’m with you, God! And I know you are with me, for you said you would never leave me or forsake me. Thank you!
Now, let’s do this thing! Let’s have a blessed day, You and me, Holy Spirit, for nothing is impossible when I’m with You and You’re with me.
In Jesus’ Name Amen!