Each day GOD both precedes and follows all of His covenant children…
The Message (MSG)
A David Psalm
1-6 God, investigate my life;
get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can’t take it all in!
Oct 2, 2020
Quiet, Confident Expectation In Prayer
by Graham Cooke
You have a divine advantage as a new creation in Christ. Your lifestyle of prayer in the New Man is one of quiet, confident expectation.
God knows your story from beginning to end, meaning He has been to all your tomorrows.
As you are traveling and learning, your advantage is you are traveling with Someone who has already been before you.
Not only that, but He is also IN you.
He has prepared EVERYTHING you need and He’s 100% dedicated to helping you find it.
In this context, prayer becomes an incredibly relational place where you abide, listen and receive the provision God has already made for you.
You can approach Him in every circumstance ready to encounter another aspect of His true nature.
There is a confidence that you carry that no matter what you see, God can be Someone for you in that moment that you’ve not yet experienced.
Let us NOT ignore God’s presence in our life, because if that’s what we’re doing we do so at our own peril.
The Message (MSG)
25-26 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer:
“Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”
27 Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly.
“The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge.
No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does.
But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Let us learn to cooperate, each day, with the Holy Spirit – trusting in Him with all our heart and not leaning on our own understanding – and then when we go out into our day we acknowledge Him in ALL of our ways, by faith, and His promise is that He is then directing our steps (Prov 3:5-6).
Come join the Adventure!