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.
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.
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.
A baby girl was born this week. She’s special to us. She’s our granddaughter. We love her very much.
We feel God’s love. How very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children (1 John 3:1).
His love gives me reason to pray.
Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord. . . . He even consulted a medium instead of asking the Lord for guidance. So the Lord killed him and turned the kingdom over to David (1 Chronicles 10:13-14).
The Lord notices whether or not you pray.
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.*
*adapted from Timothy Keller, videofeed: the gospelcoalition.org/2014.
David said, “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles (Psalm 34:6).”
David also said, “My soul makes its boast in the Lord . . . let us exalt his name together (Psalm 34:2).”
Prayer leads to praise.