This post by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott does a wonderful job of making us think about where we find our satisfaction in life. The Bible teaches that if we have a right relationship with Jesus Christ we will be at peace with God, others, and ourselves. Too often we spend our time trying to find others who will validate our self-worth. I hope you enjoy this article: \”The Quest for Wholeness\” click here.
As long as I can remember, I have been taught the importance of memorizing verses in the Bible. Verses like Psalm 119:11, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” or Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Knowing Scripture helps lead us in all areas of our life. It’s bright light illuminates our daily path that we might live a life which glorifies God.
In his book “I Will Follow You, O God: Embracing Him as Lord in Your Private Worship,” Jerry Bridges closes out each chapter with a prayer using Scripture as his guide. Here is a sample of how he uses Scripture to lead his prayer.
Before You, O God, I acknowledge again that by my own insight and reasoning I’m utterly powerless to accept or even understand Your truth. I depend totally on Your enlightenment and teaching through the gift of Your Spirit, and for these I ask again: “Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11 In my heart and mind, let me be still and know that You are God. In this quiet moment, I worship You. In quiet reverence I acknowledge Your total sovereignty and authority over my life. “You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.” Psalms 46:10; 118:28 It is You who made me, and I am Yours, the sheep of Your pasture. “You are God … I am your servant.” “You alone, 0 Lord, are God.” “You, whose name is the Lord … you alone are the Most High over all the earth. “ Psalm 100:3; 1 kings 18:36; 2 kings 19:19; Psalm 83:18 Jesus, my Lord and my God, I praise You. You are God! “Truly you are the Son of God!” Your “name is the Word of God.” You are “the image of the invisible God.” You are “the Holy One of God,” “the Righteous One,” “the Living One.” You are “the Alpha and the Omega … who is, and who was, and Who is to Come, the Almighty.” Matthew 14:33; Revelation 19:13; Colossians 1:15; John 6:69; Acts 22:14; Revelation 1:18; 1:8 You are the Lord of lords and King of kings, and Your kingdom will never end. “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom” Revelation 17:14; Luke 1:33; Hebrews 1:8 And You are “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” “To the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” John 1:29; Revelation 5:13 Amen (page 109-10).
This is not only a beautiful prayer but one that is both pleasing to God and according to His will. Won’t you set aside time throughout your day to hide God’s Word in your heart that you may live a life according to His Word?
Have you ever had a situation where you didn’t know what to do? Maybe you have tried to straighten things out, maybe you have run yourself ragged trying to put out a bunch of fires, or maybe you’ve grown weary of trying to clear your name. Regardless of your efforts things seem hopeless and to be getting worse. All you want is relief so you ask the simple question “now what do I do?”
In 2 Chronicles 20 Jerusalem is surrounded and Jehoshaphat knows that he is powerless to stop the enemy. What did he do? In verses 20.6-11 he reminds God of all His promises and then in 20.12 he prays, “…we know not what to do, but our eyes are on you!” he didn’t look at the size of his problem, he looked to God and trusted Him to take care of everything.
Jehoshaphat gives us a great example to follow. Instead of trying to fix things, put out fires, or clear our name maybe we should just pray, “Father, I don’t what to do but I am looking to You.” This prayer reminds me of a song we sang growing up, ” Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
It is amazing how simply looking to Jesus puts everything into perspective. Let me know if you need prayer and I’ll join you in looking unto Him.