Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015:  Waiting and Praying

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 291  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Chris Tomlin singing, Everlasting God, … declaring the truth of our strength growing in faith as we trust and wait on God to deal with those elements in our lives where we’re out of control.

Highlight Passage:   Psalm 9: 9-10 [NKJV] …  
9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, … a refuge in times of trouble. 10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. 
…  We can always wait and trust in our God.
Highlight Context – Psalm 9: 1-10 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  David declares his trust in a God Whom is always there for the faithful.

Reference Passage #1 - Deuteronomy 31: 6-8 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK ...
… Moses to Joshua after 40 years of wandering and waiting on God in the wilderness.

Reference Passage #2 - Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK ... 
… You know this one - I hope!! … Our willingness to wait on God is the measure of our trust in Him.

Reference Passage #2 - 1st Peter 5: 6-7 [NKJV] … 
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 
… When we can’t be in any degree of control, where do we take our life?

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, James Banks, the author of the Book, Prayers For Prodigals tells his own faith and waiting story to illustrate his teaching. He writes, … When our daughter was 15, she ran away. She was gone more than 3 weeks. Those were the longest 3 weeks of our lives. We looked everywhere for her and sought help from law enforcement and friends. During those desperate days, my wife and I learned the importance of waiting on God in prayer. We had come to the end of our strength and resources. We had to rely on God. … It was on a Father’s Day that we found her. We were in a restaurant parking lot, on our way to dinner, when the phone rang. A waitress at another restaurant had spotted her. Our daughter was only three blocks away. We soon had her home, safe and sound. 

Perhaps you can recall such an incident, as did the ODB author, when things had gotten to a place where, even tho you had done all you could, you just had to wait on God; and prayer was the only remaining battle strategy. David reflected on such a time in today’s highlight Scripture (linked and copied above in Psalm 9). And Moses was in such a place when he had led God’s people, wandering in the wilderness for over 40 years; and he had to charge Joshua to pray and take them into the Promised Land (see Deut. 31:6-8).

 There are just some times when trusting and waiting on God in prayer is the only viable battle strategy. Of course, doing all we can do is understood. But when things are beyond our control, which is most of the time, really, we need to just be proactive in our trust, going to our God in prayer and casting all our cares on God, Who totally cares for us [see 1st Peter 5:5-6].

 Common, … join me to pray - and wait - with such a prayer today.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, Jesus! … Take it, … handle it. And I wait on You. … Amen  

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