In honor of Black History- Quote: “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” —Muhammad Ali
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. Matthew 21:22
Our Food for thought for today is…Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. I Corinthians 16:13(ESV) It is imperative that we maintain our faith in God amidst challenging times. All of us have experienced times in our life when we feel depleted and running on empty. We are mentally, physically, and emotionally drained. You know the times when it seems like you experience tests after tests, after test…and you can’t see your way out. You feel like that the essence of life is being sucked out of you. You are extremely frustrated, aggravated, and fed up. One thing for sure, you can hold fast to your faith in God. So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of God. Romans 10:17 We might not understand what God is doing, but I can assure you that he has a plan and purpose for each and every test that we are faced with. And more than ever we must keep our complete trust in God. The mean time can be a mean time when we’re waiting on God to move on our behalf. And it’s during these times, that we must apply James 3:5-6 where he instructs us not to lean on our own understanding, but in all of our ways acknowledge him and he shall direct our path. I encourage you to cast all of your concerns, cares, disappointments, anger, and pain over to God. HE can handle it. So often the weight of the burdens that we are carrying is way too heavy for us to carry them. God never intended on us to try to carry despair, so on today; let go and let God have his way. Remember Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Just have a little talk with Jesus! Tell him all about any doubts that you are having, and be transparent and open with God. He already knows how we feel, he’s just waiting on us to express to him and ask for help. God is the only one that is going to be able to make a change in our world today. But we must have a heart that is willing and open to receive change and to walk in love and forgiveness.
Our Father, creator of heaven and earth, we come at this appointed time and place, first pausing to say thank you for blessing us to see another day. Lord we thank you for the things in life that we sometimes take for granted. The air that we breathe, being able to get up out of bed without any assistance, and the gift of our family. We are so grateful for all that you have done for us. Father forgive us for the mistakes we made on yesterday, for everything that we thought, said, and done that was out of your will. Whether it was knowingly or unknowingly, we repent in the name of Jesus. We honor you, we exalt you, and we magnify your Holy and righteous name. Lord on today we need you to help us to focus on not allowing ourselves to give into our frustrations or losing sight of hope. We come against and we bind up everything that is trying to cause us to be saddened or discouraged us. Your word says that you would turn our mourning into dancing. Thank you for filling us with joy and laughter; which is healing, health, and medicine unto our souls. Continue to give us enough hope that gives us the will power to get up out of bed and press through the day when the burdens of life are so heavy upon our shoulders. Because your word says that we walk by faith and not by sight. And because of that reason, we refuse to give into our flesh and allow it to control us. But we are determined to lean and depend on you in times like these, because you said in your word if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can command mountains to move from here to there and it will be done for us. We lift up our brothers and sisters in Texas. O Lord please show yourself strong and provide every need they have. Father we still believe by faith in the power of humanity, use us to spread the importance of unity and love. Please continue to dispatch the angels all around us keeping us safe from dangers seen and unseen. Bless our families, friends, and our loved ones. We love you Lord and we pray that your will be done!
Praise: God for who HE is in your life and for all the blessings he has given you.
Offer Thanks: To God for being able to hear his word and apply it to your life daily.
Confess: To God any doubt that you have and ask him to strengthen you were you are weak.
Ask: To open up your eyes to behold the wonderful opportunities that HE has given you to be able to walk in faith.