For this time and always

We need you, God. You are our rock, our ever-present help in times of trouble. But this was always true – even before a world-wide pandemic.

I am so thankful that I already had a structure in place for a daily outpouring of praise and prayer for the everyday challenges in life.

This verse in Lamentations I have always kept close to my heart, especially in raising two daughters and always striving to keep my family close together:

Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward him for the life of your young children.

Lamentations 2:19

I came across Deuteronomy 32:2 this morning in my daily devotional by Joyce Meyer. It really resonated with me as I ask God often for spiritual wisdom and understanding. I editorialized a bit, but this is basically the message:

Let your messages fall on me like rain and your words descend like dew on a cool summer morning, like showers on fresh grass, and as an outpouring of rainfall upon the herb.

Deuteronomy 32:2

As we come to you each day, God, lift us up in Jesus’ name.

Absolute faith, day after day

Through your grace, help me “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” me. Let my gaze be steady on you.

Prayers for our first responders, doctors and nurses, and everyone on the front lines today combatting COVID-19… Prayers for our communities, our states, our countries, our leaders, and our world.

Colossians 1:9-14 (NIV)

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

A Prayer for Growing in Christ

Help me live a life worthy of the calling I’ve received from you.

Let me practice humility, patience, gentleness, and forbearance.

Keep me focused on the hope of Christ with single-mindedness.

Through your grace, give me the strength to build others up.

Let me grow in faith each day, learning more and attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Based on Ephesians 3:16-19

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called ; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Our work

God, establish the work of our hands and confirm it in our hearts. Let your favor be upon us. Give us a new understanding of the work you’ve planned for us and let us use our time for eternal purposes. Renew in us your Spirit!

Based on Psalm 90:17

Breathe in calmness today

As I sat down in prayer this morning, as thoughts poured into my head, I heard… Slow down your thoughts and breathe in my presence. This is my gift to you every day. The pace of your life is quickening, you feel overloaded. But I am your God. Breathe deeply and know that I’m beside you. I’m there with you in regret; when you fail to see things as they truly are, through my eyes. I know your heart. Give me all your anxiety; pour out your fear. Be confident that I’m working in you always. The only “race” to be concerned about is keeping your faith.

(Based on 2 Timothy 4:7)

Parting ways with the world in this heartrending day, a prayer

Let your divine Holy Spirit fall upon me like a watershed… Let your Word sink deep down and resonate in my soul. Help me know its strength like an undertow, enabling me to fight the battles of this fallen world, amidst the sludge, using your ways and those of Heaven’s. Let my heart not be troubled or afraid.

God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in times of trouble.

Psalms 46:1