Silence, Stillness and Centering before God (2 Minutes)
Scripture Reading & Devotional:
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:19
What are your needs? What are the needs on your heart? I have so many needs and I bring them to our Lord Jesus! “God, please, I need the words to share the gospel with this person.” “Lord, I need faithful supporters so we can stay on the field and minister to your people here!” “Lord, please, please, please, I need to sleep, oh God please let my baby sleep through the night, I need to sleep.” I have so many needs, some are very shallow (mostly these ‘shallow’ ones are material), but I also have some very spiritual ones like the need to share the gospel with a particular person. And certainly, some I can spiritualize to make them seem holier…God, I need a great house so I can minister to your people through hospitality! See, holy! Now can I have an awesome house, with a great stove? (I hate my stove!)
But are these the needs Paul meant? What are the needs Jesus will meet according to his great riches? I think, maybe, just maybe God does fulfill all of our needs. We need Jesus, and He gives us Jesus in abundance. Oh, how Jesus can overflow in our lives. We need the Holy Spirit to pray and intercede for us, to comfort us and guide us, and He has given us the Holy Spirit. We need grace, we need abundant grace from a loving and kind Father and we have it. And maybe, when I’m up in the middle of the night, when I’m struggling to stay awake and nurse my precious baby—maybe that is the need He is meeting. You see, as I pray in the middle of the night maybe I need to pray in the still of the night. Maybe as I look at her precious face, I need to celebrate God’s faithfulness and goodness to us; and maybe as her cry wakes me up I need to be reminded that God has conquered death, and a baby’s cry is new life.
We have other needs, too. We have needs that we are even too afraid to pray for—do you have any needs that you’re afraid to whisper? We need to live a life devoted to God, free of distraction. He can take away those distractions—is that a need you have? What about the children you’ve been given? I think you needed those exact children—out of all of the people who have ever existed or ever will, these are the children God has chosen for you. The job He’s given you? Maybe He has met your needs there, too. I don’t know why…I don’t even know you, but I know God, and I know that our God meets our every need in Jesus. Fulfilling our needs doesn’t mean bad things must happen in our life, but it does mean when those bad things happen God is working them for good. He is for us, and we can rest assured any need we have will be met because of Jesus. We can rest and be fully grateful knowing our needs are being met.
Devo Courtesy of Melanie Morris
Question to consider: Which word or phrase stands out to you. What might God be saying to you?)
- What needs do you bring to God in prayer?
- What are needs that God has met in your life?
- Do you trust God to meet your needs?
- Think about some specific needs you have right now, and how God might be meeting them.
Prayer: Conclude with Silence (5 Minutes)
The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.