And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Thought for the Day: God answers prayers through those around us.
There are those moments when you feel God is in your presence and it comes when you need it. As I sat by our creek in the backyard yesterday morning praying for my day and praying for an interview last evening, I asked God to “rain His peace down on me.” I mean, I put my hands in the air motioning with my fingers rain coming down. As I did this, a text message appeared on my phone that said, “My prayer for you today is that you will feel the love and prayers of friends and family. I pray the Holy Spirit will give you a feeling of peace and the right words to speak. I pray you will feel Jesus sitting with you. The LORD is in control!” My eyes did a double take as I read her words because the timing could not have been closer to the words I was saying in prayer in that instant. I responded to her immediately because I wanted her to know how her words brought God to me through her words. As I went through the day, I felt more at peace and I felt that God had prepared me for the interview. My hands went in the air as I sat in the car reminding me that God was raining his peace down on me, and I prayed before going in that God go before me and for Him to sit next to me through the interview.
Through these days of unknown, I have found that talking to God has been essential. In the morning, I pray and I find myself talking to Him as I go through the day. I find myself occasionally yelling out for Him when I am upset or questioning why I am not seeing my wants and needs met. I find myself crying out to Him when I get feel sad or unsure about something happening around me. I praise Him when I feel His presence or when He speaks to me through a sermon or someone’s words. As I have continued working through so many unknown situations in our lives at this time, I have truly felt closer to God than ever before. Two days ago, I felt very alone and shared that with my husband. Neither one of us knew what to do or to say except that we have faith in God….we question that faith sometimes….but we keep that faith in God. As my friend wrote that text yesterday at that instant when my hands were over my head motioning for God to rain His peace down on me assures me, once again, that He is hearing me as I pray and talk to Him, and He loves me enough to bring peace to me when I pray for peace.
Prayer: God, You are our Almighty Father and we praise You today. Lord, thank you for loving us and for listening to our voices when we are in need. Thank you for showing us through our friends and family that You are near. Thank you for understanding that we need to see you clearly and for letting us see You through our friends. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those searching for peace