How would you finish the sentence?
Desperate times call for desperate…actions? Measures, people, phone calls? What would you answer?
I challenge you to consider this reality and ask yourself where your trust is.
Desperate times call for desperate prayer, first.
Before actions, and all the rest. Because if anything else comes first, you will not have the peace that passes all understanding holding you firm.
Prayer BEFORE you act.
Prayer BEFORE you decide.
Prayer BEFORE you pick up the phone to call a friend for advice or to vent.
Prayer before you open your mouth to anyone else but God, first. This will keep us from a multitude of sin, from being hasty with our words and choices and probably will save us from the humiliation and consequences of the former.
The words from Philippians might help us if they were on a card by our phones, taped to our mirrors, and on the dash of our cars, better yet, on the dashboard of our hearts.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
1. When we find ourselves worrying is the time to lift concerns to God. Silent prayers can be just as effective as spoken prayers, as He knows our hearts. Don’t wait or hesitate. Don’t speak first to another if you can help it, and don’t speak at all without letting the God who loves us beyond all reason hear. This is not to say we don’t share our hearts with others, that would be wrong, but when we bring all our concerns to others and not to the throne regularly, we will find ourselves running on empty, and feeling helpless and drained of spiritual strength. Remember strength comes from God. We go to Him and He renews our strength. Going to people may temporarily relieve your mind, but in the end will leave you frustrated. Let’s go to God first, before we share our fears and concerns with others.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
2. Instead of worrying, we pray. Period. It takes discipline, perseverance and practice! It will take you confessing and repenting regularly until you break the habit. For women it will be an ongoing effort, because so much of our lives are invested in the lives of nurturing others. We are prone to worry, as a mamma duck is prone to say, “Quack!” Try whacking yourself in the face or saying “quack-quack” every time your mind goes back to worry or anxious thoughts. That should be interesting for anyone who sees you in public. HA! But more importantly memorizing scripture can help train the brain. @ Corinthians 10:5 is my go to “training the brain” verse for worry.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
3. Give it to God. Tell Him what you need. Hey, the worst thing He can do is listen…since He promises to hear your prayers, and answer. That ‘s a fairly good deal. 24 Hour availability to talk to someone who actually cares about our needs AND actually listens! That someone happens to be the God of Heaven and Earth. The One, True, Living 24 Hours a Day and Night God. Pretty awesome, right?
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
4. Give thanks. When things are difficult, it becomes harder to “feel” thankful. Fortunately we live a life of faith, not by our feelings. We live our faith life by trusting in what we know about the character of our faithful God. When your circumstances make for blurry vision, fix those eyes on Jesus Christ and His Cross. Focus on the only one who will ever love you enough to carry your sin, and sweat blood over you. He did it, it is finished and He will carry you through. Thanking God in the storm will empower you through it!
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Isn’t it good that He is faithful, even when we are not? Remember Desperate times call for desperate prayer. Now, on your knees friends!
Let’s pray one another on to victory.
And about my prayers this week? They have been desperate indeed. I am hoping that I will be able to focus a bit more on my intercessory prayer as the current storm passes. But God has been faithful, and I want to thank those of you praying and carrying me through the past couple of weeks.
As of this week’s end, we saw God’s hand move mightily. A little ray of sunshine has broken through and we caught a glimpse of hope on the horizon.
May your upcoming week be full of His grace and truth.
Now tell me how you are doing with your QT this week, if you feel led. No condemnation, just round the table fellowship, conversation and encouragement.