Matthew 16:18, Matthew 26:75
“And I tell you, you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church, and powers of death shall not prevail against it.”
And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
Thought for the Day: We have to put our trust and faith in God
You know when it happens and you feel that there is nothing that can get you through. Those emotions that come when you don’t know they are about to hit. Those feelings of insecurity that come and you don’t feel your worth. Through the last days, I have felt very much like this and it has been difficult feeling good about where I am. Early this morning, I opened the Upper Room devotion for the day and began reading the words to my husband about Jesus stating to Peter, “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my kingdom.” The reading then went on to remind us of Peter’s many weaknesses. As I continued reading, I heard my husband laugh and say, “That is almost humorous!” Then I remembered a conversation with “Mom” (Rita) that I had last night where she said that my prayer needs to be something to the effect of, “God, I don’t have anything left and I need You to get me through.” This morning I prayed a long prayer with my husband and in it I asked God to take over because I have nothing without Him. I said, “I am a lot like Peter. God, it is not You I don’t have faith in….it is me, as Peter, that doesn’t have faith in myself.” It was in that moment that I realized that I was trying to do everything on my own and that I had not truly placed all my faith in God.
Today, with my head held high, I will enter another day knowing that God has placed in front of me several things that I need His help in fulfilling. First, I am speaking to a Sunday School Class this weekend about who I am and how I came to begin writing. Today, I will sit and pray, then I will discern what He would have me say when I stand up in front of new friends to speak. Then, I am beginning a new role as I become the director of one of our children’s choirs that starts in a week. I feel blessed that God has led me to that role as it is truly one of my most fulfilling areas where I have seen many children use their abilities to show their love of Christ. God has led me to these two things and I recognize that I cannot fulfill those tasks without Him at the helm. “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my kingdom.” “I am a child of God, WITH GOD’S HELP, I can show others my faith and through that, maybe, just maybe, I can bring others to a new relationship with Him.”
Prayer: Father God, we have our struggles as we try to do things on our own. Thank you for giving us devotions to read that help us understand that we are not alone and that others have the same struggles. Help all of us to look to you for our strength. Lord, God, please lead us through our steps today. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those struggling to have faith in themselves.