This is a declaration of faith, even in the waiting, wishing, and hoping. In the pain, confusion, and chaos. 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.
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.
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!
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
What if this morning you felt the Lord inviting you to spend time with him? You wouldn’t have to go far – maybe just to your couch or kitchen table. But how would you respond if he whispered, be still, and know that I am God? How would that change your day if you knew that he was always ready to help in times of trouble?
This morning, bring your concerns and desires before the Lord in full confidence that he’s ready to help in times of trouble. Bring them to him, quieting your heart and acknowledging that he is God. Many troubles may press on you, but God is here! Lay them down before him in surrender.
He is our refuge and strength.