OK so it’s Saturday morning!!! The most anticipated day of the week. For some it’s a day for chores, for others it’s a day to finally sleep in. Regardless of the situation, God is waiting patiently to commune with His beloved child – you.
You may have a favorite spot in the house. Or, if you’re from a big family, you may very well have to find a spot, away from the buzz and the tempo. It’s always great when you wake up and it seems that everything is figured out. It’s so easy to get your morning prayer going. You can fling your hands in the air and just give thanks for all that your God has done, but what about the days that it just isn’t so easy?
What about the mornings you wake up and the bills still aren’t paid? Or the morning you wake up to realize your spouse spent the night elsewhere? What about the mornings you wake up only to remember the fight you had night before with your teenager? It’s not so easy to lift Holy hands before the Lord and give thanks. You may even ask yourself “what am I to be thankful about?” But amidst all the drama there is ALWAYS a reason to give thanks.
Always Give Thanks
I know it’s easy to give thanks for the blessings we receive. It’s even doable to give thanks for the breakthroughs that quell the storms we face in life. But what about giving thanks amidst the trial? In the middle of all the hurt and pain and suffering? Seems impossible right?!?! But Apostle Paul did!!! While he was imprisoned He gave thanks to God. Not only did he give thanks to God but Paul was rejoicing FOR the chains.
Apostle Paul was addressing the church at Philippi while being imprisoned for preaching the gospel of Christ. We too should proclaim the good news even as we face our own trials. While there Paul spoke openly to the church, sharing his wisdom with understanding concerning his dilemma.
In Philippians 1: 15 – 19 it says: “It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.”
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Paul rejoiced in his chains because he knew that it would bring glory to God and that it would lead to his eventual deliverance. He didn’t wait to praise God AFTER he was delivered. He made a choice to so so WHILE in chains.
It may seem as though the road you’ve been travelling down can’t get any worse, but trust that through God it would surely get better. David, a man after God’s heart, found himself in similar situations. He also made sure to encourage himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6). If you’re in that place and you have absolutely no idea where to start this morning, let’s pray together and trust that God would make a way when there seems to be no way:Let's pray together and trust that God would make a way when there seems to be no way. Click To Tweet
Saturday Morning Prayer
Heavenly Father, I thank you for this day. I declare that this is the day that you have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Lord Jesus, you are my Prince of Peace. Thank You for calming the raging storm in my soul when You took up residency within my heart, as You removed my sins and replaced them with Your righteousness. Thank you that you have bequeathed your peace to me, not as the world gives, so that my heart won’t be troubled or afraid while the torrential waves of my personal difficulties attempt to shatter my sound state of mind.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3Thank You for calming the raging storm in my soul when You took up residency within my heart Click To Tweet
You have promised to keep me in perfect peace when my mind and heart are fixed upon You. So, I choose today to not focus on the problems that confront me daily. Help me to wholeheartedly seek You and rely on Your Holy Word, so that I will fully trust You to work out the problems that greatly concern me and not take matters into my own hands.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7Help me to wholeheartedly seek You and rely on Your Holy Word, so that I will fully trust in You. Click To Tweet
You have overcome the world and You will also help me to overcome my troubles. It is in our weaknesses that Your power is made most visible in our lives. I thank you for the trials common to all followers of Christ. I call out for deliverance and yet endure the discomfort and affliction as a true soldier of the faith, all the while being “joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.” Because of the blood of Christ, I can overcome the opposition of the enemy and triumph in faith to the glory of God the Father. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” – Psalm 16:8
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