“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14).
You may ask, “What if I have lots to do – deadlines and responsibilities? How can I take time to just sit and do nothing?” You can take time if it is “divine” nothing. When the Israelites were being pursued by Pharaoh’s army they allowed themselves to be overwhelmed by their circumstance instead of filled with faith. They panicked and blamed their situation upon Moses. Although he must have been greatly irritated at their lack of faith, Moses calmed their fears and told them to set aside their fear. He urged them to let God deal with what seemed to be an impossible situation. Do you have an impossible situation to set aside today? Be still and let the Lord fight for you.
Awesome Father, show me how to be still and wait upon You when I find myself in an “impossible situation.” Help me to remember that nothing is impossible for You if I will only let You fight for me instead of insisting on my own way. Fill me with faith to trust in Your ability to answer my cries for help.
–By Kim Butts, author of The Praying Family (Creative Ways to Pray Together) and co-author of Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings)
Praise God, who is perfect in beauty and holiness (Ps. 50:2). Thank him for making everything beautiful in its time (Eccl. 3:11), including your own life. Confess those times during this past week when your words or actions did not reflect to others the beauty of Christ. Commit yourself to being transformed into his likeness (2 Cor. 3:18). Ask God daily to change the ugliness of sin in your life to his loveliness.
Pray that the spirit of worship may fall upon all who enter your church’s sanctuary on Sunday, that they may desire “to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Ps. 27:4).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend