Even now. Even here.

The following is a declaration of faith – the start to a prayer you can pray when things are difficult. I have learned that even in the waiting, wishing, and hoping, and even in the pain, confusion, and chaos, the Lord is with us.

Even now. Even here.

I will abide, even now. I will trust you, even now. I will believe, even now. Because you are working. You never grow weak or weary.

I will pray and seek you, even now. I know that you are leading me by your Holy Spirit, and shedding light onto my path. At every turn, you are with me. In everything, you are right beside me. When the heights are higher than I can climb, you sustain me.

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
    and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
    and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
    He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
    able to tread upon the heights.
Habakkuk 3:17-19

So even here, I will praise you. Even here, I will bless your name. I trust that you will teach me and show me your best way. I can face my fears, because you are with me.

There is nothing you do not know, and nothing escapes your eye.

I will bless the Lord who guides me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me.
    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Psalm 16:7-9

 

Holy is your name

At times, what we need the most is to remind ourselves of who God is. To tell our hearts what is true. To whisper to our souls what is good.

May this prayer give you a place to start.

Lord, thank you. You are my father in heaven. Holy, holy is your name. May your kingdom come and may your will be done, here on earth just as it is in heaven. Please give me today my daily bread, and forgive me of my sins – just as I forgive those who sin against me. And lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil.

You are the Alpha and Omega. You are the first and the last. You are the same now as you were back then with Adam, with Moses, with David, when you sent Jesus… You never change.

You plant and you harvest. You prune and you cultivate. You are the author of my faith. In you I am whole, perfect, clean, blameless, redeemed. You set my feet upon a rock. You restored my soul. Your ways are higher. Your thoughts are greater. You know all. You see all.

The heavens are your throne, and the earth is your footstool. You are unfathomable. You are everlasting.

Holy! Holy is your name!

Finish what he started

On my way into work the other morning, Finish What He Started by Steven Curtis Chapman came on and it encouraged me so much. As I listened to this song over and over again, it reminded me that my story is still being written. It’s only just begun.

No matter what your age or stage of life, God is working.

So what’s going on now is just a start, just a beginning, of a great work he is doing in all of us. We’ve been redeemed if we’ve placed our trust in Jesus Christ. If we’ve come to that place and we believe that he is our only way to God, we will live on with him forever. He will finish his work through to completion here on earth, and then on to the other side.

I hope this encourages you today to stay the course and to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Remember to trust his process, his timing, his faithfulness, and his goodness.

Psalm 46 says that God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.

Isaiah 40:28 says, Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

He sees you. He knows you. He understands.

Trust him.

He’ll finish what he started.