Let Your Prayer Exalt God

When David was in his greatest distress, in this Psalm it is when Saul is pursuing him to kill him; he did not pray and seek out his own petition for rescue. Instead he prayed to God to glorify himself and his own great name.

“Whatever becomes of me and my interest, be thou exalted, O God! above the heavens, be thou praised by the holy angels, those glorious inhabitants of the upper world; and let thy glory be above or over all the earth; let all the inhabitants of this earth be brought to know and praise thee.” Psalm 57:5

If God’s glory lies nearer our own hearts, shouldn’t we be more concerned for it, than for any interests of our own? Like David,  we face distress, struggles and uncertainties in our own lives, should our first inclination be to pray that the Lord will exalt us above all those trials that lie before us?

When the Son of David’s soul was troubled as he faced eminent crucifixion and death and he prayed, “Father, save me from this hour,” he immediately withdrew that petition, and presented instead “For this cause came I to this hour; Father, glorify thy name,” John 12:27.

Be Exalted O GodOur best encouragement in prayer is taken from the glory of God. The first petition in the Lord’s prayer sets the standard and directs all the rest, “Father in heaven, hallowed by thy name.” Luke 11:2.

When we glorify the Father, He will extend His glory to us and respond favorably to our petitions.

I pray that God’s glory will extend grace, love and mercy to you until we meet here again.

Be Encouraged, You Are Loved

~ Laura

 

O LORD, Be Gracious

OH LORDO Lord Be Gracious

*BE GRACIOUS TO US*

Believers are to call on the name of the Lord every morning that he will be gracious to us, that we will be renewed and invigorated in our spirits for the day. We call on His merciful kindness whereby God exerts his holy influence upon us, turns us toward Christ; keeps, strengthens and increases us in Christian faith, knowledge and affection. While God is Holy, Sovereign, Omniscient and Omnipresent, He is a loving Father too. He pours His love out to His children in ways that only He can. He favors us, is benevolent and merciful to us. He wants to bless us, give us the abundant life He promised. He is standing at the door with open arms waiting to bestow His grace on us …. all of the time, every where, for anyone.

*WE LONG FOR YOU*

Our hearts should long for the Lord. We should seek after and desire to be in His presence and desire that He is ever-present in our lives. I know that God is omnipresent, what I mean is [an example] … when I am struggling with a life decision, or it is hard to deal with some people or the job is getting to me … whatever it is, I call on the name of the Lord and tell Him that I need him at that very moment. I pray for His presence that I may actually know He is there. There have been times that I would feel a presence, an aura around me; I would almost surely feel a touch on my shoulder or the small of my back. It is so reassuring that I immediately know that it is God. Are there any witnesses out there?

*BE OUR STRENGTH EVERY MORNING*

We pray such a prayer as Isaiah 33:2 because we know our own strength is not sufficient, neither can we bring anything to pass; only God strengthens us [Genesis 49:24], for He himself is our arm of strength. So we should depend on the strength of His arm every morning,  we must commit ourselves to Him and move forward in His power to get through day and do the work that we have been called to do. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 God says: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore [we should] boast all the more gladly about [our] weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on [us]. Seek the Lord grace every day, trust in His will and the power of his might, call on, trust, depend and wait on Him and He will give you what you need to live. He will equip you to do the work for which you have been called. He will be your strength.

*OUR SALVATION IN TIME OF DISTRESS*

Believers should not be shocked, surprised or amazed at the atrocities, devastation and evil that is going on around them. One has only to read the newspaper or listen to the radio to find out the “horrors” of the day. People killing strangers in schools, in malls, in places of employment; tycoons and moguls lying to and stealing peoples’ life savings; hatred and bigotry being spewed against the leader of our country and from under nationally recognized hate groups. It really disturbs me that a country that was supposedly founded on Christian beliefs has resorted to such unchristian behavior. But, it’s like I mentioned earlier, we should not be [and I am not] shocked at these things. They hurt us, yes; they may even cause concern for the safety of our families. Again, when we call on the Lord in time of distress, the Lord our God is our salvation. He comes to the aid of His  children. He is our ever-present help in time of trouble.

Praying always that God’s Grace abounds in your lives.

Be Encouraged ~ You Are Loved

~ Laura

Be Still in The Storm

We face “storms” in our lives that affect us at home and abroad … illness, unemployment, poor family relationships, wars, famine, homelessness. Sometimes we may be so overwhelmed by it all that we forget how big God is.

It is when we are overwhelmed that we are to call on God, acknowledge His sovereign power to overcome anything we face. As Christians, we know that God is greater than any turmoil or trial we go through. We know that even when times are really rough, God is right there with us through the tossing about and whirling around in the torrents of life. Nahum 1:3b tells us that the LORD has his way in the storm.

There is nothing that happens in our lives that God is not aware of. Sometimes He allows situations to come into our lives, not to disrupt it to destruction, but to challenge it and build us up into stronger FAITH, more solid TRUST, a future built on the HOPE we have in Him … to TRANSFORM us even more into His image. He will not allow us to go under, but holds us up …. He is our life-preserver. When we calm down and rest in Him, He will calm the storm.

I know I have used a lot of analogies in reference to storms today and in light of the destruction and turmoil of Hurricane Sandy, I do not take lightly what those effected by it are going through. I have asked God’s mercy for those families who lost loved ones or lost their homes. I have asked God’s love to embrace and comfort those who are devastated. I have asked the Lord to send workers to aid in this desperate time of need.

Hurricane Sandy reminded me of the many blessings I have and how thankful I am that, even through the darkest times, there is a silver lining, a blessing, a strength and a faith that grows out of it. This morning I was compelled by the Holy Spirit to encourage others that whatever “storm” they are facing, they do not have to be afraid but to hold on, to call on and trust God – He will bring you through.

Most Gracious, Almighty and Sovereign God, it is with a bowed head and humble heart that I come boldly into your presence Lord, believing that you will hear the petitions of your lowly servant and grant that you will answer according to your will. I beseech your Holy Spirit’s to intervention on my behalf that He will transform my request so that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart will be acceptable in your sight. Lord, I ask that you visit the hearts and homes of those affected by recent storms and inundations on the East coast; even other parts of the world Father. I ask that you will be with those who are experiencing all types of torrential trials in their lives. Let your children know that you are with them. Give them the strength to hold to your unchanging hand. Give them peace in their spirits to know that trusting you will get them through anything if they trust and believe. In the matchless Name of Jesus I pray and give thanks in advance, Amen

Be Encouraged – You Are Loved

~ Laura