Restful Trust

My 17 month-old-granddaughter trusts me. She fell asleep in my arms.

She trusts me because she knows me. We communicate over FaceTime when we’re apart. Her parents talk about me and show her pictures of me.

We learn to trust the Lord as we get to know Him through prayer, through conversations about Him and through reading His Word.

That trusting brings rest.

 

 

 

Phinehas

The Lord was with Phinehas (1 Chronicles 9:20). A plague broke out . . . Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was stayed (Psalm 106:29-30).

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually (1 Chronicles 16:11). The Lord will be with you as He was with Phinehas.

Your prayer will be powerful and effective.

The Secret Place

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the Shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1 NKJV)

When you pray, go into your room and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place (Matthew 6:6 NKJV).

God meets with us in the secret place of prayer.

Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

More than forty-four thousand capable warriors, all skilled in combat and armed with shields, swords and bows, fought against their enemies. They cried out to God during the battle and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him (from 1 Chronicles 5:18-20).

God is completely in charge, but what we do matters.*

Pray, believing.

*adapted from Timothy Keller, videofeed: the gospelcoalition.org/2014.