Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10
Lord Jesus, You know that, on our better days, we desire to be good and faithful. We discipline ourselves to resist evil and avoid its many temptations. But these commitments tend to isolate us from the world’s lost, unclean, and broken people. Your greatest concern is to reach out to them, but we confess that our tendency is to avoid them. Forgive us for isolating ourselves from the very people You came to save. Give us a deep and open-hearted concern for the lost sheep of this world. Remind us that, once upon a time, we too were unclean, until You found us with Your amazing grace. For we ask it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Hebrews 11:1,6 (NIV) 1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (CEB) 7 We live by faith and not by sight.
We often think of faith as a firm trust in God for a situation to turn around or a need to be met. And while that’s true, it’s not the whole Biblical perspective on faith. Faith, in reality, does not depend on whether a situation turns out the way we prayed it would. And it’s not limited by how big or small your situation may be.
So then, what is faith? Well, faith is a foundation in God that brings about a realization that, no matter what happens in the situation you are facing, God is still God and God is still good. If faith always resulted in the way we wanted it to, we would take it for granted, and we would not need to depend on God. God is a God of supernatural power and provision, and He works all things together for the good of those who love Him. At the same time, He knows the right answers to our situations and needs far better we could ever know or imagine. So, even if the situation you are facing doesn’t turn out the way you want it to, learn to trust in God. – By Sarah Stone
Is your faith strong enough to genuinely depend on God in all situations? If not, ask God to strengthen your faith. And then, do it again.
2 minute of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.
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