Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10
Lord God, You are the perfect Creator, and You tell us we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We confess that our pride prevents us from believing this truth.
We question your craftsmanship and often wish that you had made us a different way. Heal us of this sinful tendency. Help us celebrate how you have made us in your image with perfect purpose and care.
Lord, we know that you call us into your holy service to use our gifts to further Your Kingdom on earth. We confess that we find ourselves using our God-given gifts to further our own agendas instead of yours.
Renew our hearts and strengthen us. Go with us as we do the work you have given each of us to do. In the powerful Name of Christ, Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalms 103:2-5 (NKJV)
Have you ever found yourself not wanting to go to church because you just felt frustrated or bitter? Maybe it was because you were angry about something or someone and you just didn’t feel like worshipping. Perhaps you found yourself not wanting to go because you were flat out tired, or maybe even felt beat up due to an overwhelming schedule?
The truth is, all of us can relate to those times, and it can be just about any number of things going on in our lives that keep us from making our way to church. I have found during these times that if we would simply press forward and make the decision to go to church to hear God’s word being taught — if we’d just spend some much-needed time in prayer and worship — we will usually find ourselves being restored and cleaned up. Jesus knew we would have times like this, and He knew we would need to come to Him to be refreshed.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)
We need to remember that Satan and his emissaries are going to do everything they can to keep us from spending time with Jesus and the family of God. They know the effect God’s word and spending time with the body of believers can have on us, and if they can get us to focus on our own problems, on someone else, or even our own desires, then we will not be focusing on our Lord.
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb. 10:24 (NKJV)
I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Let’s not allow our personal issues to keep us from coming to spend time with other believers in the presence of the Lord. We may find ourselves coming into worship bitter & beat up, or simply fatigued, but we will soon find ourselves leaving totally blessed. We will find as we seek to worship God in spirit and in truth we will be led to lay down any issues we may have brought in with us, and we will be prepared to allow Him to help us navigate through every trial we face. God wants us to have a perfect peace, and He has provided a way for us to have this peace.
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained in this devotional, what can we learn with respect to our coming to the Lord?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to press through any fatigue or bitter feelings to worship the Lord and to seek His will for your life and the situation you may be facing?
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s decide to make spending time with the Lord our priority — both alone and with the body of believers. Let’s choose to push through those times we may feel beat up or fatigued and allow Him to minister to us as we worship Him. Let’s choose to submit to His will for what we are facing and allow Him to deal with it in His perfect way and time.
LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your amazing love for us. Thank You for refreshing us and ministering to us; especially during those times where we are feeling beat up or fatigued. Help us to push through the times when we are tempted to skip our time with You Lord. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Devotional By Scott Wright