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What Has God Done for Me?

What has God done

November, especially the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, is the time when many reflect more on that for which we are grateful. Pinterest oozes with ideas for family activities, transforming any environment into a picturesque event, and tantalizing recipes captured in perfection. For the believer in Christ, this is the ideal time to ponder what God has done for you.

Finding Scripture that calls us to be thankful or even what words to express our gratitude is easily located. Just open the Psalms and within a few pages, it will surface. But the call to reflect on what God has done for you is not limited to the Psalms. In fact, even a casual reader of the Bible will find it appearing across the entire book. The one that comes into focus for me this particular season is from the prophet Samuel.

Above all, fear the LORD, and worship him faithfully with all your heart; consider the great things he has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24

We find this verse at the tail end of a discourse from Samuel (the last of God’s prophets) to the Israelites. The people wanted to become like all the other kingdoms and asked for a king to be set above them. You might recall how the request angered Samuel. But God reminded him that the rejection was not of Samuel and his leadership but of God. They didn’t want to rely on what they could not see for life. It’s a sinful request, but God instructs Samuel to grant it. Before doing so, he helps them see their error and calls them to remain committed and close to their God.

What if I really Mess Up?

These people really messed up. But their blunder did not result in rejection. Instead, God beckons them to Himself through His spokesperson, Samuel. Chances are, like me, you have made a few blunders of your own. Instead of hiding or covering it up or taking a different option moving forward, God calls out to you and to me through this same Word.

As you experience these days of November, remember who is Lord of your life. It doesn’t matter if you have failed Him. He still wants you near. All of you – all of those aspects of you that tempt you to turn away to what will not satisfy – He wants you.

The best way I have found to keep myself near is to take this good advice from Samuel.

Consider the great things God has done for you.

What has God done for you in the present and in the past? Answering this question should draw us to pray prayers of gratitude and praise for what only He can do. I hope you will do just that.

Today I want to pray over you to this effect.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for What God has Done for You

what has God doneDear Jesus,

In what other way can we come before you except in humble gratitude? You are the God who performs miracles. Indeed, what God is so great as our God?

Today I ask that you reveal Yourself to my friend. Make your ways of provision known. Spark her memories of Your activity in her life up until this juncture. Help her to know of your care for her and of her each passing moment. As promised, there is never a time or place You are not with her. Remind her of what You have done and of your presence in her going out and coming in. Then show her what you are doing now. The people in the days of Samuel needed a miraculous sign to help them see their sin and become sensitive, once again, to your voice and lordship over their lives. If this sweet sister needs the same, I ask that You give it. Give her a heart overflowing with gratitude until You return.

In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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Knowing God’s Will

Knowing Gods Will

Knowing God’s will for your life can seem elusive. At times it feels as if there is some magical formula or secret code hidden from the woman who wants to know what to do or how to do it. But it’s not really like that in reality. The Word of God is instructive, guiding the reader to understand and make spiritual progress in the will of God for her life.

Sometimes Knowing God’s Will is a Straight-Up Answer

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

 

For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:40

 

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 1 Thessalonians 4:3

 

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 2 Peter 2:15

 

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4

This is just a sampling of what the Bible says using the words will of God. There are many other passages that assume it by giving a directive or using other similar language. The point is that God’s will for our lives is not as distant or cagey as it seems.

Problems Discerning and Knowing God’s will

One problem is that we, as a population, are not familiar enough with the Word of God to know this reality. The latest statistics (from the Barna Group) tell us about one out of every six adults reads the Bible most days. That leaves a lot of people who read a few times per year. One certainly can’t expect to know God’s will without being in God’s Word. Unless you and I are deep in the Old Testament, and thoroughly in the New, will miss what He clearly intends us to know and embrace for our lives.

Another issue often rises to the surface. There exists a duel between our desires for what we want God’s will to be in our lives and God’s actual will. It’s as if we approach Him as someone we can manipulate into doing what we want. Maybe it’s a good thing. It may even be a godly endeavor. But neither of these qualifiers enables us to bend the will of God to our own. He remains sovereign even over the details of our lives.

Thank goodness.

The Gift for Knowing God’s will from Paul

One approach you and I can take in knowing God’s will for our lives comes from Paul. In his letter to the church at Colossi, he wrote to them about what he was praying over them and why.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. Colossians 1:9-12

When I read that the Apostle Paul was praying for those with whom he ministered, I believe it is there for a reason. And thatknowing gods will reason is you and me and every other reader before us and hereafter. God saw fit to place these specific prayers in the Bible so that we might benefit. I am not wise enough or Christlike enough to know how to pray for myself or others. What a gift to preserve these specific needs for us as well as the purpose in relying on God to meet them.

No matter what the specifics are in your quandaries about the purpose and direction for your life, we share this same desired end: to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. Therefore, we, too, should ask to be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Today, this is the very thing I aim to do, my friend, over you.

A Prayer for Knowing God’s Will

Lord,

Thank you for Your Word. I pray that my friend reads it, desires it, and learns from it more tomorrow than she did today. Open her mind and heart to what You might say to her. And tender her to Your desires for her life, over her own. Fill her with the knowledge of Your will for her in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Show her how much You care for her. Then draw her to Yourself more and more as You reveal who You are to her and what Your purposes are for her life.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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A Prayer for the Wise

A prayer for the wise

A Prayer of the Wise

Do you have a favorite Psalm? Is there one that speaks to you more than another? If I had to make a short list, Psalm 107 would be on it. I love all 43 verses, but the final verse encompasses the theme of the Psalm, which is a reminder to the wise.

Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD. Psalm 107:43

Do you have a history with God? Can you think back to a time in your life when you made the decision to follow Jesus, asking Him to forgive your sin? It’s that moment a person becomes a Christian or believer in Christ, beginning a relationship that will last through eternity.

Maybe the time was a drastic shift for you. It’s possible you were young and there is not much memory of the specifics. One thing is sure, there comes a point when every believer in Christ realized they needed rescuing from what they could not save themselves from.

This set of verses is a call for the reader to be thankful for God reaching for her, to remember what He has done, and to consider these things.

Most of us will have different stories or testimonies for how God made the need known and provided the remedy. And this is the reason I love Psalm 107. It’s basically a combination of different ways God rescues and redeems all sorts of people from trouble. The writer takes the time to go through this litany because he deems it wise.

Wise reflections

Some wandered in desert wastes finding no way to a city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty their soil fainted within. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble… Psalm 107:4-6

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. So He bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble… Psalm 107:10-13

Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; the loathed any kind of food and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble… Psalm 107:17-19

Some went down to the sea in ships doing business on the great waters; they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep. For He commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits end. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble… Psalm 107:23-28

What do all of these scenarios have in common? Trouble. That’s what. Not one situation leaves a person any recourse for saving themselves. We all need a Savior. And the Psalmist calls it wisdom to remember our need, to thank God for it, and consider what has been accomplished.

A Prayer of the Wise

prayer for the wiseToday is a perfect day to do just that. It is my joy to and privilege to pray over you right here and now.

Lord,

I thank you for seeking out my friend. You reached toward her in her need, in her desperation, in her trouble. Thank you for reaching toward her, but I also thank you for rescuing her. Heaven only knows what could have happened to her without your pursuit and remedy. For redeeming her and giving her new life evermore, I thank you. Give her a heart of wisdom that regularly remembers from where you have brought her. And give this precious soul a mind that ponders such sacrifice, love, and care done on her behalf. Bless her. Lead her. And always pursue her.

In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

For the one who feels invisible, largely passed over, and insignificant – I have created a resource for you. Grab your copy of Can You See Me, Now? Good news for the lonely, left out, and less than and join the Strange Readers Café. We will be going through the book together beginning Oct. 3 until December 16 – just in time for Christmas.

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Asking God to Intervene

Asking God to Intervene

Are you hoping for a miracle? Need God to intervene? If you have not yet experienced the need, you likely will. It’s only a matter of time before life circumstances extend beyond our ability to manipulate and control. But I’m sure you know this. There is an accident that changes life forever. A loved one receives an unfavorable diagnosis. The phone rings with the police on the other end to give you unwanted news. Or you or your spouse lose a job calling into question how you will obtain basic necessities for your family. Someone you love experiences what can only be described as a freak accident or act of nature.

The reality is that you and I may have already experienced more than one of these catastrophic situations. Chances are you know all too well what it is like to cry out to God because you need Him to intervene as only He can. Honestly, my friends and family, even parts of my own crew, have experienced all of these possibilities and more. Things happen, leaving us no hope short of a divine work.

How does a person pray when we are in need of a miracle? What is the right approach when asking God to intervene Thankfully, you and I have resources at the tips of our fingers for effectively petitioning God regarding what lies beyond us. Psalm 77 is written with just such dire straits as we sometimes find ourselves called to encounter.

Using this Psalm as we pray in the midst of our deep need does not guarantee God will grant us our desired outcome, but it offers a model for how to make our requests and provides a reminder of who God is and what He can do.

A Pray for God to Intervene, Psalm 77:1-14

Let’s walk through these verses to glean what we can to prepare our hearts and minds for when we need a miracle only God can provide.

I cried out to God for help;

I cried out to God to hear me.

2When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;

at night I stretched out untiring hands,

and I would not be comforted.

3I remembered you, God, and I groaned;

I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. Psalm 77:1-3

We first learn that crying out to God is exactly the right move.

Go to the One who can do something about it.

Cry out for help.

Ask Him to hear.

And it’s totally fine to do it as one HOT MESS IN DISTRESS. The Psalmist admits not being responsive to the comfort offered. This is where good-intentioning people say all the wrong things, leaving us speechless in our predicament. All grow heavier than we can stand.

And that’s okay. God will not leave you helpless.

You kept my eyes from closing;

I was too troubled to speak. Psalm 77:4

The Faithfulness of God in Our Deep Need

Even when we cannot help ourselves, He remains.

5I thought about the former days,

the years of long ago;

6I remembered my songs in the night.

My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

7“Will the Lord reject forever?

Will he never show his favor again?

8Has his unfailing love vanished forever?

Has his promise failed for all time?

9Has God forgotten to be merciful?

Has he in anger withheld his compassion?” Psalm 77:5-9

In his needful moment, the Psalmist calls up his memory of the times and situations in which God has been faithful to see him through. He remembers the favor of the Lord, his mercy, and His unfailing love toward him. You and I can do the same. In fact, it is imperative that we take this reminder and put it to good use in moments like these because our faith depends upon it.

What I appreciate at this stage of the discourse is the rhetorical – maybe not-so-rhetorical questioning we read from this author. Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed? As to say, “Isn’t this the same God who is the omniscience, all-powerful, sovereign over the universe?” These thoughts move our hurting friend to do something on his own behalf.

Appealing for God to Intervene

10Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:

the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.

11I will remember the deeds of the Lord;

yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

12I will consider all your works

and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77:10-12

The author chooses to remember what God has done in the past, thinking back to prior graces granted and the miraculous workings of his experiences and those of others. It is in this mental framework he is able to meditate on God’s way and his Word until he is reminded of whom he is dealing:

13Your ways, God, are holy.

What god is as great as our God?

14You are the God who performs miracles;

you display your power among the peoples. Psalm 77:13-14

Readied for Asking for God to Intervene on our behalf

Only now is he ready to ask for what only God can grant. It took him a while to gather his courage and articulate his need. There were tears, sorrow, and a lack of adequate words. But he got there, just as you and I can approach God in like manner any time we need Him.

Sometimes you and I need a friend to help us ask for what we cannot. Wherever you are on your faith journey, I ask that you allow me to pray God’s Word over you. It could be there is no one else to do it. Or maybe you cannot yet do it for yourself. Standing in the gap for you is my very joy.

Asking God to InterveneA Prayer When We Need God to Intervene

Lord,

I lift up my friend today. Although I don’t know the details, I can imagine the emotional deficits. In the moments when nothing short of divine intervention will do, may we know nothing else but to call upon You. You are the God who performs miracles. Help this precious soul to know this truth about you. Grant her memories of when you have sustained her and displayed your power in the past. Even if it’s not been in her life as of yet, show her through others that you are this very God. Give her the courage to cry out in her pain, her lack of understanding, and in the middle of her sorrow for what she cannot control or understand. Hear her heart. Give her peace. Usher in a supernatural healing. Use her experiences for Your Glory and her good. In all these things we ask of the only One who can bring beauty out of ashes. Amen.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

For the one who feels invisible, largely passed over, and insignificant – I have created a resource for you. Grab your copy of Can You See Me, Now? Good news for the lonely, left out, and less than and join the Strange Readers Café. We will be going through the book together beginning Oct. 3 until December 16 – just in time for Christmas.

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A Prayer for Deliverance

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A Prayer of Deliverance

True and lasting deliverance is only found in God.

Oh, we look for plenty of other methods and to sundry hope-filled promises from other sources. Alarm systems. Our jobs. A clean diet. A rich aunt. Side hustles. Our spouses. The bank account. Education. Even our family.

Whatever you and I need deliverance from, God, alone, is able to reach, rescue, and redeem.

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah Psalm 32:7

Without sharing the details, I needed this during the past week. Not only did I plead it for myself but I did so for a soul close to me.

In terms of deliverance, I can’t fix what’s broken.

No other human can. There is no other source to whom or to which we could turn. But the Lord was true to His word. Reflecting on the events of the past few days, I never want to experience them again. But if I do, or something as dire, in God I have a sure refuge, a formidable rock, and an impenetrable army surrounding me.

I know the Lord is my hiding place. His protection, I have felt and seen. I have experienced His deliverance from what could have been, and for all accounts, should have been, devastating and disastrous.

Chances are, you will have a week or a month, or a season like me. A time will arise when no human intervention can do any good. A divine work is needed to get you through it, to move mountains out of the way, to make your path straight, or to offer an unreasonable amount of protection to deliver you or those you love unscathed.

I am so grateful God’s Word meets us even here. To the one who needs a safe place to hide and divine deliverance, I pray for you today.

deliveranceA Prayer for Deliverance

Lord,

I thank you for your word and I ask you to be true to it today. Protect my friend and those she loves. To whomever or whatever is coming against her, I ask you to form an army that cannot fail around her. Give her your songs of deliverance. Make a way when there is only impossibility. Reveal yourself as her secure hiding place and unshakable refuge. Demonstrate as only You can, the wisdom in relying on you over any other option available. Only you have the power to deliver, and from You, only, do we place our confidence.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

For the one who feels invisible, largely passed over, and insignificant – I have created a resource for you. Grab your copy of Can You See Me, Now? Good news for the lonely, left out, and less than and join the Strange Readers Café. We will be going through the book together beginning Oct. 3 until December 16 – just in time for Christmas.

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