Monday Prayer 12.11.17

Psalm 6
1O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath. 
2 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled. 
3 My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD–how long? 
Precious Father, my Shepherd,
It’s Christmastime, and everywhere and everyone looks so happy and carefree — but not me. It feels like You must be mad at me, but I KNOW that You are not. I depend on Your grace, Lord, for I really have no other place to turn. And I don’t know how long this will last. . .
4 Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love. 
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise? 
6 I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. 
7 My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes. 
God, I am so incredibly tired. Your steadfast love and faithfulness promise me that You will never leave me nor forsake me. I am here. I submit to You. I will obey You. Strengthen me according to Your Word; give me life according to Your Word. O, Father, what would I do without Your Word!? Your Word is my life and my hope!
8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer. 
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
So, get out, all despairing thoughts! God is my hope and my strength.
Get out, all lies that everyone but me has a charmed life — God is my portion and my strength, and has numbered and appointed every one of my days for His purpose.
Get out, feelings of abandonment and isolation –God has promised to never leave me nor forsake me. He has counted all of my tossings, put my tears in his bottle, written them in His book (Psalm 56). God is my Immanuel, and His steadfast love and faithfulness promises that it will ever be so.
God, You hear every cry, You see every tear. I am Your child. You have given a difficult assignment, but You are my Father and my Savior, and I will do whatever You ask, and depend on Your strength.
You are my Sovereign, and I belong to You,

The Candle of Love/Sunday-December 10

This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins.
1 John 4:10 (NCV)

Have you ever sent or received a note that looks like this:

I love you. Do you love me? Check one. __ yes or __ no

Regardless of our love for God, His love for us is immeasurably more! That kind of potentially unreciprocated love is incomprehensible to us. Before taking the risk to love, we want to at least check our odds of being loved in return.

God’s love for us is not only incomprehensible, it’s limitless! His love knows no bounds. We don’t even have the capacity to understand His kind of love. Yet He loves us anyway! Even when our lives are running in the opposite direction and there’s no sign of slowing down, He loves us still. He loves us more than any human could possibly love us AND He knows us better than we even know ourselves.

It occurs to me that …

Love gives. Love risks. Love pursues. Love forgives. Love rests.

This Advent season can be the time we choose to rest in God’s abundant love for us personally and respond to His tender embrace. Our greatest need has been met in the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ. He lived the life we could not live and He died the death we deserved to die. That’s love, my friend. That’s Christmas!

Living It Out – Slow down today and remember when you first responded to the love of God. How did He draw you to Himself? Is there someone you should thank for being faithful to share His great love with you?