LORD God (Yahweh Elohim),
I want more of You. More of who You are. More of what you offer. More of You.
Please remove the obstacles to my becoming more like You. Help me to identify the issues in my life and deal with them as You would have me. Show me Your path and give me the strength to stay on it and not stray from it. Send the people who will direct me to You every time I falter (and even when I don’t falter). Keep me safe as I deal with people who would seek to take me from Your path. Please help me to love them as You do.
Father LORD God (Abba Yahweh Elohim),
I want more of You.
I would have to answer with an emphatic, “No!”. Worry is a sin. I am learning that worry is an indicator that I need to get on my knees before God and ask for His help.
I haven’t learned how to stop worry, but I’m thankful that God is teaching me how to pray. Prayer is a powerful tool.
“Pleading in Prayer” is my blog name after all. God is so good!
Have you ever worried? I certainly have.
I love this picture. Pretty flowers with a beautiful, blue sky background. However, life is not always this pretty. Sometimes it is downright ugly. There is much trouble. But worrying about the trouble (especially tomorrow’s trouble) doesn’t help me. In fact, it can be a great hindrance to what I need to accomplish today. Worry also doubts God’s ability to provide.
I am thankful God has given us passages like Matthew 6:25-34. My loving Heavenly Father takes care of the lilies and the birds. He will take care of me. He has promised. God always (yes, always) keeps His promises.
I am thankful for God’s promises. They are encouraging, but sometimes I still worry. The best remedy I know for worry is pleading in prayer. I know God will listen and provide.
The only “down” I want is on my knees before my Heavenly Father.
This is a good place to be.
I don’t know where the term “rug burns” actually originated, but I like to think my friend and I came up with it. 🙂 As we walked some difficult paths together, God frequently brought us to our knees. Not literally mind you (I don’t tend to last long kneeling – I’m 41 after all). However, rug burns are the best way of seeking the Lord with anything difficult.
Pleading in prayer.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
The most exalted position we as human beings can have is on our knees before holy, almighty God. It is the best place to be.
Now why don’t I remember that more often?
God’s still workin’ on me!