It’s not easy to wait for a breakthrough to come your way. As in the photo above, the chick learned how to be patient while it was growing inside of its shell. It counted each day as it looked forward to moving beyond its living quarters. Finally, the day came when it was able to break free and explore life outside of its own confinement.
Are you in need of a breakthrough? Then, let’s pray about it:
Help every person reading this prayer to overcome any barrier that stands in their way. Encourage them with your presence. Inspire them with your love. Speak to them about where they find themselves. Calm them with your peace, surround them with your strength, and cause them to soar to new heights with you.
Bring them into a pattern of rest for their souls. Remove their yokes of burden. Present them with your yoke which is easy and light. Allow your gentleness to smooth out any rough edges, your humbleness to extract any pride, and your ease of pace to free them from any tension or stress.
You are the potter, and they are the clay. Mold them and shape them with your living water, fire them in the kiln of your perfect love, and let them cool under the leading of your Holy Spirit.
Breathe life into their mortal bodies, empower them in their faithfulness towards you, and call them forward to finish the work on earth as it has been completed in heaven. Break the power of Satan’s control over their lives, establish them in your holy ways, and unite them together as ones you have chosen as holy and blameless before your throne room. Amen.
Take a moment to gaze into your Heavenly Father eyes, for He desires to affirm you as His beloved child. Look for His genuine smile as He delights in your presence. Listen for His tender words as He speaks softly to you. Be comforted by the sound of His calming voice. Feel His reassurance as He holds you secure, and be amazed by His neverending love. For you are truly your Father’s child. He calls you by name, and you will always hold a very special place in His heart. Amen.
Therefore we do not become discouraged [spiritless, disappointed, or afraid]. Though our outer self is [progressively] wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day by day. For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an eternal weight of glory [a fullness] beyond all measure [surpassing all comparisons, a transcendent splendor and an endless blessedness]! (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)
After spending time with my wife this afternoon, I realize that I need to take more time to renew my inner self.
After church today, we went to a store to buy some food, and then we went to a local park to enjoy a picnic. This time of eating, chatting, and resting was good for our souls. Even in the quietness we could hear the birds chirping, the waters behind us flowing, and the sound of stillness bringing us peace.
Doing simple things can renew your inner self:
- getting enough rest, especially if you have been missing sleep during the week.
- eating good food, instead of eating whatever is available.
- putting your feet up, listening to silence, and relaxing in a comfortable chair.
- entering into worship with others, or even by yourself, to enjoy God’s presence.
- sharing your pain, and receiving encouragement from a trusted friend.
- spending time reading scripture, a favorite devotional, or a good book.
- taking an epsom salts bath, a hot shower, or stretching tight muscles.
- learning to relax, knowing when you are tired, and setting aside time to rest.
Help me to set aside time so that I can rest, relax, and even enjoy more sleep. Show me how to manage my time, re-adjust my schedule, and even say “no” to things that are really not important. I need to be able to fully function, and to enjoy the life you have given me. So, speak to me about what changes I need to make, as I follow you, and fulfill the Father’s will in my life. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.
The technology that we hold before us knows a lot about us. It tracks our location, individual preferences, and where we search on the internet. Everyone seems to have a suitable device, they check it frequently, and don’t leave home without it. When you are by yourself, it becomes your instant companion and the resource for everything you need.
What do you think about black mirrors? Are they a good thing, a bad thing, or just a thing?
Speak to us about black mirrors. Help us to be aware of how much time we devote to them, where they take us, and if we need to curb our appetite for their attention. May we use this technology in cooperation with you, to advance your kingdom, and to fulfill your specific purposes for our lives, here on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen.