After praying over a passage of Scripture, I like to read the passage over and over again (especially if I have not memorized it) and allow the Holy Spirit to highlight a verse or concept for me. I was once led to a portion of Isaiah 26:3 in the middle of a meditation time: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
Even though there are sixteen words in that verse, the Holy Spirit led me to concentrate on the phrase “perfect peace.” I did not consciously make a mental effort to pursue that phrase; yet, I ended up there first spiritually and then mentally. Meditating on that phrase raised some questions and led me to make some observations about my life.
Here are some of my observations. First, I know a large number of Christians, but I do not know any Christian who has perfect peace. Why? Second, I knew that I did not have perfect peace but for the first time in my life, I realized that I desperately wanted perfect peace. I concluded that, for my life, the only way to live in perfect peace was to have complete trust in God. This particular meditation time led me into a deliberate attempt at trusting God on a deeper level, and I continue that journey today.
Holy Spirit, I confess that at times, I struggle to trust. I know in my head that I can fully believe Your word and Your promises, but that realization needs to move to the depths of my heart. Help me to begin a fresh journey of faith that keeps my mind steadfast as I trust in You. Thank You for the promise of perfect peace that You will pour into my heart.
Adapted from The Path toward Passion: Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s by Dean Trune.
Give all your praise to God, for his faithfulness endures forever. In quiet reflection, thank God for his faithful presence during your times of greatest need. With humility, confess your attempts to manage life without him. With a desire to reflect God’s faithfulness, commit to recognizing his power. Ask that you will see his faithfulness each day of your life.
God’s faithfulness is communicated through you to others. Pray that you will reflect a sustaining, patient presence with those who observe God in you.
“To pray is nothing more involved than to open the door, giving Jesus access to our needs and permitting him to exercise his own power in dealing with them.” —O. Hallesby
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend