Pray without ceasing

This morning I had no thoughts on what to write. My heart is heavy for the suffering this country is going through with the bushfires, and I have a great sense of helplessness. Last night I struggled to pray, ‘Please bring rain God.’ So my words shifted to ‘Please make it not be as bad today as predicted. Please give the firefighters strength. Please protect people.’

Perspective comes

Earlier this morning I was frustrated by a technical issue with my PC. And then I remembered the people who will be wondering if they will have a home by the end of the day. And the people who have chosen to stay and protect their homes. Perspective came.

Where to start?

But still the question is there, ‘What do I write about today?’ So I ask God, ‘Please tell me what to write about today.’ He simply responds, ‘Me.’

Start at the beginning ….

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 NKJV

The earth. Our temporary home. Heaven. Our eternal home.

Then God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:26-27 NKJV

God forgive us for not taking care of all you have given us.

And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NKJV

When we are seemingly hemmed in, help us to trust that you have gone before us, you are with us and you will not leave us.

God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge!
You’re a proven help in times of trouble – more than enough and always available whenever I need you.
Psalm 46:1 TPT

Sometimes your help comes in ways we don’t expect. You are always more than enough. Thank you.

For this how much God loved the world – he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life. John 3:16 TPT

Jesus Christ. Choose to believe in Him.

And since we now have a magnificent King-Priest to welcome us into God’s house, we come closer to God and approach him with an open heart, fully convinced by faith that nothing will keep us at a distance from him. Hebrews 10:21 TPT

We open our hearts to you God.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

We choose to trust that your ways are higher than ours and that you are at work in the unseen.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and eliminate death entirely. No one will mourn or weep any longer. The pain of wounds will no longer exist, for the old order has ceased. Revelation 21:4 TPT

We know the end-game. Eternity with You, our Heavenly Father. Thank you.

The Lord’s prayer

Let’s finish with the prayer Jesus suggested we pray, from The Passion Translation ….

Our Father, dwelling in heavenly realms, may the glory of your name be the centre on which our lives turn.
Manifest your kingdom realm, and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth, just as it is fulfilled in heaven.
We acknowledge you as our Provider of all we need each day.
Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
Rescue us every time we face tribulation
and set us free from evil.
For you are the King who rules
with power and glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13 TPT

Today is a good day to ‘pray without ceasing’ for this nation.

For some more thoughts on God as our source please visit this post:
God is our source – Day 18 – Drawing Closer to God devotion

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