Monday, December 14, 2009

Praying the Scriptures

Has your heart been heavy this week? Some have lost a job, some have been ill and some have been laid off their job, some are struggling financially and are having other issues in their lives. Last week it broke my heart to hear some of the things that people had told me. All I could think about was encouraging them to stand firm in their faith and lay it before the feet of the Lord. I encouraged them to take a chapter of scripture and to pray it back to the Lord as worship to him. It is sometimes hard to worship when there are so many tough things going on. I followed my own advice and looked at Psalm 119. When you worship the Most High God, we thank him for who he is and what he has done for us. It also reaffirms his promises and loving care for us. I just wanted to share with you what I came up with - God is Mighty--thank him for helping us, giving us his word and walking with us through whatever it is we are going through today. He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. He preserves our lives according to his word. He gives us wisdom and knowledge in understanding his word. He never backs down or forgets his promises and his love is never ending. We are always on his mind. He gives us peace when everything looks like it will never get better. He is our portion all the time. He is patient, gracious and sustains us with his love. He upholds us with his Righteous right hand. He is good and what he does is good. He sees the big picture and knows what is best for us. Thank him for by his hands we were formed. Thank him for being faithful when sometimes we are not. He is trustworthy. His word is eternal. Thank him that you belong to him. Tell him how sweet his words are to you. His words will be a light unto your feet and a light on your path. He is our sustainer and does not leave us or forsake us. Thank him for acting and giving us just what we need at the right time. He is worth more than silver or gold. His face shines upon his servants. He offers and gives us hope. He is our deliver and redeemer. Thank him that he keeps your feet from stumbling. His hand is always ready to help us. Are you asking him that you may live to praise him? Are you telling him that he alone is worthy of all of your praise and worship? There are not adequate enough words to describe him -- give it your best try. Worship him in the peaceful times and in the difficult times. Recognize him for who he is, Almighty, Most Holy, Perfect and Sovereign Lord. Thank him--he is Eternal, Powerful and we seem so frail compared to him. So I am asking you go with a grateful heart--he already knows all about what it is that you need, what your circumstances are, and how you are feeling. Thank him for who he is and all that he does for you. This is your spiritual act of worship. The things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace. Go to his word and pray it back in worship to the Most Awesome God. It may not change your circumstances, but it will be a little easier to bear and it will help you to remember all the things, promises and help that our God is so able to do for us.
Father, When we get pinned to the wall of life through no fault of our own -- there are times we are not able to do anything about it. Only you can help. I thank you that when we cry out to you, that you are quick to respond. As we search in your word, as an act of worship to you, may we take your word and say it back to you, and with thankful hearts, give us ears to hear and eyes to see your love and gentle care for us during these times. It is in your name we ask these things. Amen
Sometimes it is hard just to live life. Go to God’s holy word. Meditate on it. Look for who he is and what he does for us. Then offer it back to him in the form of worship.. It will be a sweet aroma to God, and you will have a different out look on your troubles. Have a blessed week. Janice- Encourager Coach

1 comment:

  1. Gail McConnell: What? You don't "feel" like praying the Scriptures back to God? Well, that is pretty normal for the flesh. I hope I can invite you into a new perspective so that you can "reframe" praying the Scriptures. Instead of praying the Scriptures....by faith decide to "believe that the Word has power for the saints who are redeemed because God says so". That takes all the human logic out of praying. Praying is not a human logical intellectual decision. Praying is the most illogical act of a saint. Why? Because there is no reasoning in prayer. There is no logical explanation for prayer. Prayer back Scripture invites us to "trust that saying these words put us back in our right position with God as His creatures...back into the position of the reality that HE ALONE IS GOD and we are not."
    Ok...so then what? Then God wants us to wrestle with Him and persevere....then tarry...wait on Him. He will come. He will answer in His way, His will, and His timing. The flesh is about "give it to me now!!!!". God is about "I will grant it when I know it is the right timing and in perfect harmony with what I am doing that you cannot see that I am doing."

    The bottom line for you bottom liners: He is Father;i am child. He is Lord and Master; i am servant. Pretty humbling huh? Uh-oh....refuse to let that pride that is rising up in you win. Only a fool gives into pride and resists God's will. Yes...child. That is spelled c-h-i-l-d....not G-O-D.

    Take the faith test and watch GOD put satan as a footstool beneath your feet. He does it everyday in my life. So much to share with you...all to come in my writings. I am broken. I matter. And only God gets the glory for the miracles He does to me, in me, and through me.

    Love ya,

    Gail

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