Hope Notes – May 26, 2011

Today’s readings are:

  • 1 Kings 3-4
  • 1 Peter 4-5
  • Proverb 26
  • Psalms 85-86

As I have been watching the news and events going on here in the US and around the world I found myself plunged into prayer, crying out to God for event after event.

In my local area alone the past few days there were multiple murders, out of control fires, accidents that took several lives, a high-speed chase in which an officer was shot, 4 children were left in a car in 100 degree heat, stabbings, and inmates escaping from work details. As each of these came across my screen I stopped and prayed. It seems that I would just finish praying for one and another would come at me. There were also devastating tornadoes across the mid-section of our country that had destroyed towns ,taken so many lives, and so many are still missing.

This is not a bad thing, mind you, to be called to prayer, but I realized something as a few scriptures kept running through my head.

Luke 21:26a men’s hearts failing them from fear

As I talked to folks, or read their remarks on social media I heard fear. Over and over and over, fear. And this was from believers! How can we assist others or pray effectively when fear is our guide? We can’t. This is the devils goal apparently, to cripple the body of Christ. Set your mind today to have this not be you. If you don’t know how to pray for things like this get into the Word, start in Psalm 91 and pray that. This is the time to build yourself up and be ready to do battle with the Sword of Truth, the WORD. Why? Because we are told to be sober (which means be alert), and vigilant

1Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

If you don’t know what else to pray, the Name of Jesus and the Blood are also a good start!

But do not pray in fear!! Pray in faith that God is completely able to do what He promises and begin to praise Him for it after you have asked and prayed.

Ask God to give you a revelation about the difference between praying in faith and in fear.

But this is what I realized during all this, I must beware that my eyes are not focused on the problems, the horrible events on the news or in my local area. Keep my eyes on HIM! The author and finisher of my faith. If you keep your eyes on the event, fear is the outcome. If you keep your eyes on Him and speak the Word, faith and victory are the outcomes.

Keep my eyes on Him…

My Strong Tower!

My Secret Place!

My Redeemer!

Be blessed!

-Kath

Scripture quotations marked “NKJV” are taken from The New King James Version / Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville : Thomas Nelson Publishers., Copyright � 1982. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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