Happy Monday, Prayer Warriors!
I’m working on a new set of prayer cards…this is one of my favorites in the new set (sneak peek!):
“Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.”
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NIV)
I’ve been thinking so much lately about God’s call to rejoice in all things, even when our circumstances call for sorrow, frustration, fear, anger, hurt, panic, grief, etc. There is certainly a place for all of those emotions, but through Christ we are given the power to rise above our circumstances and choose joy.
This has been a hard weekend for our nation. Whether or not we are personally affected by the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we can all imagine ourselves in those shoes. We feel the pain and fears rise up within us. We are without words and struggle to find the hope in the midst of such evil. It’s hard to even imagine joy coming out of the pain…
“YET, I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior…”
God’s Word promises that He gives us the grace we need, when we need it, to face our circumstances with joy. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) In doing so, we become light in a dark, dark world. We become hope in a hopeless world.
Let’s pray this for our bothers and sisters in Newtown, Connecticut. They have a difficult task in the days ahead to be Christ’s ambassadors to hurting souls – especially challenging in the midst of their own pain!
Let’s pray for the families of the Sandy Hook victims. May the God of all comfort fill them with His peace and His understanding. Pray that their eyes might be opened to see the tragedy from an eternal perspective and draw closer to the Lord during this time.
A few more requests this week:
• Pray for Christ to be at the center of our hearts this Christmas season! Pray God will give us all wisdom to order our steps each day as we move closer to Christmas – having discernment to stay committed to that which is God-honoring and discernment to take off the to-do list those things that are simply calendar-fillers! Pray we will all be open to His plan and not hold so tightly to our own! (Can we all say “Amen” ??)
• Please pray for Tami as she awaits the news of her breast biopsy last week. Pray she will continue to feel the Lord’s peace and pray her results will be negative for signs of cancer! Tami is also asking for the Lord to use her husband’s vacation time over Christmas and New Year’s as a time of refreshment for her and Kyle both.
• Pray for the health of Molly’s family. We’ve been battling small colds this weekend but are preparing to travel later this week for Christmas and for the birth of a new baby in the family! Pray for quick healing so we can be strengthened for the busyness of the travel agenda and so that we don’t bring any sickness to the new baby!
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