Lord, there are so many battles afoot. We remember to You each and every person impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We remember to You the troops fighting the War on Terror. We remember to You military families and those veterans struggling to find their way after service. We remember to You the families of the fallen. We remember to You others around the world who are suffering, grieving or worried about someone they love. We remember to You the many who are ill or injured or face physical or emotional challenges. We remember to You those who face financial difficulties of every sort. We remember to You the abused and forgotten, those enslaved, experiencing injustice or wronged in any way. We remember to You those imprisoned and their families. Lord God, indeed there are so many battles afoot that there seems no end to the list of prayer requests we could and do bring to You…. It is impossible for us to list them all!
These battles are not something new and they are not unique to our generation. As long as we have been ordained to live out these physical lifetimes away from the Eden You created, there have been struggles, obstacles, challenges, disappointments and hurts in every life. And through it all You are there.
We are grateful that You are Supreme and Sovereign even in that which breaks our hearts! Even in these hard places, You carry us if need be until we can walk by Your side holding Your hand again.
Oh Abba Father, our hearts hurt! Thank You, Lord that as God, You hear. You could have created us and abandoned us to live under our own power during this lifetime. But instead, You invite our prayers and supplications, hear every one and answer. Lord God, thank You that You not only hear, but listen and answer – perfectly! Thank You, Lord, that when we choose to simply adore You for who You are, giving You the honor You are due, You invade our circumstances with more of Your magnificent, omnipotent presence and bring Your answers to those issues which weigh most heavily on our hearts. Thank You, that Your ways are not our ways and Your thoughts not our thoughts so we can rely on You to answer beyond our human expectations – no matter how long it seems to take…
Lord, to our childlike ways of thinking (in comparison to Yours), it often looks as if You are moving too slowly in all these things. Sometimes it looks as if You are not there at all. But we know Your promises – You promise to restore, bring healing and to comfort – and so we choose to trust You, because in the end You are all that we have. Nothing is in our control. Nothing. And so we rely on You in every regard and You do not fail. You cannot. Because it is a promise and You are Truth, therefore You cannot lie.
Thank You for the “pictures” You give us in the natural realm of how You work in the supernatural spiritual realm to bring Your answers. It helps to see that even though sometimes You bring supernatural, instantaneous, miraculous answers, often times Your answers, which seem so slow in coming are like seeds planted in the ground which will eventually produce a harvest. Before there are any visible signs of life, when we might despair whether anything is even happening, You have already caused the seed to sprout. Beneath the surface unknown to all who watch and wait, it is growing, putting out its roots so it can thrive. Once the infant plant is seen above ground, still Your way is not to have it grow to maturity in an instant, but bit by bit so that the resultant plant (like Your answer to our prayers) is strong enough to survive the storms and bear the harvest for which it was created.
Thank You, Lord that though for You a thousand years are like a day and a day like a thousand years, in Your perfect timing You indeed will supply Your answers to all our concerns and bring Your victory out of all that is hard and discouraging. Thank You, that Your answers always have a breadth which addresses needs in our lives as well as needs in the lives of others we might not be considering. Thank You that You care even about the seemingly small “stuff”, but all Your answers also are about addressing our needs now and through eternity.
Lord, You are all we have! ….And when we reflect upon it, You are all we need. In You all answers are found. You give us life. You have the supreme plan and You are the One with the overarching strategy and power to complete it. You restore. You heal. You provide. Suffering will come to an end. You surround us in our pain and grief and through Jesus at the proper God-ordained time, You redeem each of us to a place with no more tears forever.
Thank You for Your strength for today. We lay all burdens at Your feet and have eyes for You alone by dwelling on Your promises and who You are, trusting that even today, again You will help us and those we love “walk on water”, survive the storms and be used for greater good in the times to come. Thank You that You are and we can rest in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen
by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012www.eaglesnestfoundation.org
Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She has just released her 5th full-length worship CD of original songs called GOD SEEKER, to give word and melody to our desire for Jesus to be Savior and Lord and to declare ourselves God seekers as compared to the gold-seeker mentality which predominates society (searching for life’s answers anywhere else besides in the Lord God.)
For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org Worship music with audio clips are available at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro on itunes and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-Fulgaro/14919192923?ref=ts&fref=ts where Elizabeth also posts worshipful prayers and teaches how to turn worry into worship for more of God’s power in our everyday lives.
Fulgaro is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
Through Eagles Nest Foundation which Elizabeth founded in 2007 she provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss. Email email@example.com or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org for more information.
Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible. Thank you for your prayers and support!