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Like Water

Jeremiah gives us a great picture of what prayer should be like for us. In Lamentations 2, he tells us to pour out our hearts to the Lord—and this would be seen as pouring out like water. What a great image! When you empty a container of water, like when you dump a bucket of water outside after cleaning the floors, it all just pours out. There is no holding back.

This is the same way we are to pour ourselves out to the Lord. He already knows what is on our hearts. It is the effort of the pouring, the action of the pouring it out to Him, that matters. He wants us to say, “Here, take this. I don’t want this in my hands. I’m placing this in Your hands. You are in control. I trust You.” It’s about letting go of everything and trusting in Him.

Today, consider if you are holding anything back from Him. What’s on your heart? Have you poured it out to Him? Have you placed it in His hands? Are you only giving Him a short prayer list, neglecting what is truly on your heart? There’s nothing too small and nothing too big to give to the Lord. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord today.

“Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children, for in every street they are faint with hunger.” – Lamentations 2:19 [NLT]

Case Before the Lord

As I was reading about the daughters of Zelophehad the other day, a verse spoke volumes to me. It is a simple verse, one that does not need you to crack open a commentary or understand a great deal of the Bible to comprehend. Numbers 27:5 says, “Moses brought their case before the LORD.”

You see these daughters of Zelophehad approached Moses for an inheritance from their father. This man had no sons and he died, so they approach Moses and what does he do first? He approaches the Lord. This got me thinking about the different situations that I am faced with on a daily basis. Do I take them to the Lord or try to handle them on my own? Do I give them to God or ask friends or family for help?

Every day we have this great opportunity to bring before the Lord anything on our heart. He wants us to do this—to share with Him all that we consider important and all that we care about – our hopes, our dreams, our desires, our problems, our fears. He wants us to pour it all out to Him. And when we bring what is on our heart and lay it down at His feet, He wants us to let it go and to trust Him, and to listen to the still small voice. It is a voice of comfort, a voice of wisdom, a voice that speaks life, a voice that placed the stars in the sky; it is a voice that wants to speak to you. It is the greatest voice—and it’s worth a listen.

“Moses brought their case before the LORD.” – Numbers 27:5 [ESV]

The Yellow Shirt

It was early morning and I had broken sleep. I had not had my morning cup of coffee and I was walking not one, but two dogs, as Max was joined with his pal Marci. I felt like I was sleepwalking through the first half mile. I looked forward and saw a man in the distance sitting on a lawn chair. He looked jaundice. I immediately began to pray for him. As I got closer I realized he was just bald and he was wearing a yellow shirt. It was highly unlikely that he had jaundice. Then I said, “Lord, you’re probably laughing at me. I know I would.”

It was a good morning laugh. I was so quick to pray for the man and it was for something not relevant; however, I’m sure that God answered my prayer. The point that I want to highlight is the fact that I instantly prayed for the person. I don’t always do that but it is the best thing to do when we know of someone who is in need of prayer. When someone asks you to pray for them, do it right away. It does not matter where you are at or who you are around or what you are doing.

Prayer lists are great. I have one. Having a set time of the day when you connect with God in prayer is great as well. But there should always be this open door policy throughout your day where there’s no list, there’s no set time, there’s just you and God. When you are driving in your car and you see someone in need of prayer, pray for them. When you are on your work break and just saw someone post something on Facebook that shows a need, pray for them. Right then and there. Sometimes we put the list together and lose it. Sometimes we plan to take that list to our bedroom and pray before bed but we fall asleep with only good intentions that failed. You will feel better if you pray right away and at the same time, you will know that you took it to God first. It is always best in His hands.

“I love the LORD because he hears and answers my prayers. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath!” – Psalm 116:1-2 [NLT]

Energies of Prayer

You are not going to like everyone and everyone is not going to like you. The Bible says to love your neighbor, but Jesus made a point to tell us to love our enemies. It is hard to love people who do not love back but Jesus told us how to respond—with prayer.

Pray for those who persecute you. Pray for your enemies. Pray for those who are more difficult to love. Pray. Pour out the energies of prayer and watch God move.

Your prayers may not change the person, but they may change you. Pouring out love rather than hate is always the best response. Acting in compassion never goes unnoticed. Your show of mercy may plant many seeds. Keep on loving. Keep on praying.

“I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves.”

-Matthew 5:44 [MSG]

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On God’s Shoulders

When I was younger, my dad taught me to carry things on my shoulders. In doing so, you are better using your body to carry the weight and less likely to get hurt. But as I became an adult, I began to pile things on my shoulders in other ways. I began to keep a hold of my problems and try to fix them myself.

Some of our problems cannot be solved alone. Some of our problems are problems because we try to do things alone. But there’s another way—another option for each one of us in life. We can give it to God. We can say, “God, I cannot do this alone. I can only do this with your help.” We can give it to Him and take a step back. We can trust Him and let go.

Piling your troubles on God’s shoulders is not giving up. Yes, you are giving up control and trusting Him with it; however, you were never in control in the first place. He was and is always in control. Even so, you are not giving up. You are giving in. Giving in to the fact that you cannot do life alone, giving in to Someone better, giving in for something more. Peace beyond understanding. Infinite power. Unconditional, everlasting love. You cannot handle this alone. He will help you out. Trust Him.

“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—
he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.
He’ll never let good people
topple into ruin.”

-Psalm 55:22 [MSG]

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Spread it Out

Hezekiah received a letter and it is written that after he received it, he took the letter and “spread it out before the LORD.” He opened the letter up and gave it to God.

When something is troubling you, what is the first thing that you do? Do you take it right away and spread it out before the Lord? Do you open it up and give it all to God? Do you truly have childlike faith?

If you are going through something right now, spread it out before the Lord. Give it fully to him. You will feel a lot better after you have spread it out.

“After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the LORD’s Temple and spread it out before the LORD.” – 2 Kings 19:14 [NLT]

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Who Are You Seeking?

Over the holidays many people have purchased smart phones. When I first began using my smart phone, I wondered how smart I had to be to use the phone. It turned out that I wasn’t having problems understanding how to use the Internet on my phone, but rather, the customer service representative put the wrong plan code on my account which was causing problems with my service. When that was fixed, the road has since been smooth.

I never really wanted a smart phone. I thought the idea of touching a screen was insane. I always tell my kids to not touch the computer monitor or the television because it causes smudges and here I was with a phone that was about to get smudged up every time I touched it, despite how many times I washed my hands. The oil from our hands always seems to leave its mark.

The other day I placed my phone on the charger and when I returned I noticed a very interesting smudge. I saw the cross. I thought it was interesting how clear it was on the phone. Now please don’t start to think I am going to continue on to tell you about Jesus’ image on toast. I know it was the oil from my hand that made the cross, and I know it was my phone usage that caused it.

The fact is that I make the shape of a cross all the time on my phone. Most do not do that. I watched numerous people, and they do a tap system with smaller swipes. Nonetheless, it matters not how I was doing it differently, but that there was this continuous checking. A vertical swipe to see if there were any notifications. A horizontal swipe to maneuver through the screens. Back and forth.

At the end of all that seeking, I had the cross. This coincides with my point, which is that it is the cross that gave us the opportunity to seek God, and yet I wasn’t making the cross on my phone to seek God. I was looking for other things. I wasn’t taking things to God. I was sending text messages and chatting on Facebook.

After a moment, I thought of how we too often do not take things to God. We are always seeking our own solutions. We have our vertical swipe to see if possibly we can fix it on our own. We have our horizontal swipe to see if a friend can give us the answer. We have problems with looking to God. Even when we know that He is bigger than any problem, we don’t take it to Him. Sometimes when we do take it to Him, we have our own agenda and when we start to hear His, we switch screens with another swipe.

When Christ was on the cross, He thought of you and He thought of me. He made sure that His number was entered into our SIM card. We were not forced to place a call or send a message, but the door was there to open at any time. The door is still there. When we stop swiping and start looking, we can see it. When we turn off the ringer to our phone and allow the Spirit to guide us, there will surely be no desire to swipe away. Our burden will be lifted. No matter how big a problem, we know we have victory with Christ!

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God” [Philippians 4:6 NASB]

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” [1 Corinthians 15:57 ESV].