Daily Devotion Saturday, September 14

Saturday, September 14, 2013 – Psalm 55; 1 Kings 18:41-19:8; Philippians 3:17-4:7 and Matthew 3:13-17

Philippians 3:17-4:7 – 4:1Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. ….

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

When I find myself troubled; when I’m worried about different things, this is a passage that I turn to. This is one that gives me help. It’s not that the trouble or worry simply goes away; it is that I bring God into it. I strive to remind myself of two basic things. God is God and God has the whole world in his hands. I then strive to remind myself of all God has done; creation, how he delivered his people out of Egypt, how God sent his Son, how the disciples in the face of great opposition shared their faith. I then pray are pretty simple prayer.

O Lord, you already know my troubles and my worries. I know when I am troubled or I worry I think the worst and leave you out of the equation. So, now I seek to put you in the center of all that is going on and turn it all over to you. I rejoice in how you have helped your people in the past and how you are my life and my hope. I trust in thee. I ask you now to work the miracle of grace and life (insert whatever my trouble or worry is) knowing that your will and your ways are best. Help me trust in your process and your timing. May I trust in thee. Amen.

Now I may have to pray this prayer or similar ones often, but as I do the peace that surpasses all understanding does come upon me and then goes with me.

So, my friends in the face of the storms of life may we stand firm in the Lord and let our hearts and minds be centered in God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

O God, even in the midst of the troubles of life, may we seek to rejoice in you always, knowing Your love, Your grace and Your peace that surpasses our understanding. May we trust in You. Amen.

Psalm 55 – But I call upon God,
and the Lord will save me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he will hear my voice.

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