September Devotion, Day 5

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Peace Like A River

“For thus says the Lord, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river,
And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees.
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.
Then you will see this, and your heart will be glad,
And your bones will flourish like the new grass;
And the hand of the Lord will be made known to His servants,
But He will be indignant toward His enemies.”
Isaiah 66:12-14

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I love the old hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” written by Horatio Spafford.  As soon as I type the words, or hear the title spoken, my soul begins to sing the words within me. You know how it begins…

“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.”

We all know the song as if it is our own and probably even know the story behind the writing of the song as well.  This man had known extreme financial difficulties prior to the sinking of the ship that his wife and four daughters were traveling on.  According to some reports, only his wife survived that wreck, and the pain and grief he must have felt had to be overwhelmingly tremendous when his own ship passed safely near the very location where his daughters had given up their lives.

It was in that place and that moment on the ship that he was said to have pinned the words to this song that seems to be etched for eternity in our souls. But we can never know the grief that he alone bore at that moment.  Each one of us can only know our own sorrows and pains.  And it can only be us alone in our moment of suffering who cry out to God in prayer and supplication to receive that peace like a river.

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I wonder if Mr. Spafford cried out to the Lord at that very moment, and in return received God’s peace right then and there, or if it flowed in slowly, taking a long time, like a lazy, shallow summer river?  Maybe it took time for him to receive that peace.  Maybe the words he pinned on that day were the beginning to a long hard trial that God would walk him through.  I don’t know that part of his story.  I only know my own and for me some of the peace came quickly, but other parts have come very slowly, over years even, and after twenty years, it’s still flowing in.

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It may be true that each one of us will experience deep sorrow during our lifetime. But God has a plan during these times.  A plan to comfort us, to give us peace, to supply all of our needs.  His plan, if we are willing, will cause us to rejoice, and to remain gentle in spirit, and to rest in His peace.

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Take a moment and look up Philippians 4.  Read through the entire chapter taking notice of what God does for us and what He calls us to do.  Now let’s write out in our very best handwriting, verses 4-7.  I found it interesting that the word “supplicate” means the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.

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Have you ever spent time in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving to God because of a situation that made you incredibly anxious or even distraught?  Did you receive God’s peace that surpasses all understanding?  Did it guard your heart and your mind?  Did His peace come quickly, all at once, or slowly and over a long period of time?

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Tomorrow we will continue with Day 6 of our September Devotion.  I pray that you have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, and September 4

Blessings for a Happy SimplyLiving weekend.

Constance

The Power of Prayer

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I am a praying person – I pray diligently for my family and I take my time with God very seriously on their behalf.  Sometimes I send up prayers of blessing, other times I am in prayer and supplication – communing with the Lord until I have His peace. Then there are those hours of prayer where I am pleading desperately because I don’t know what else to do.

In all these circumstances, God has been with me and has heard my every word.  As I’m thinking about it now, I’m no longer concerned about how God answers my prayer – just that He hears me and that I know it by His still, small voice that gives me such peace.  I’m learning to fully trust Him to take care of the rest in His perfect way.

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Today I want to share a prayer that I pray over my husband daily.  Although it may change slightly depending on what is going on in his life – these are the basics of the prayer.  I am so thankful for him!  I want to be the blessed wife that he deserves.  I want to be a blessing to him; he has been such an amazing blessing to me and our family.

I want to be like King Ahasuerus in the book of Esther when he realizes what a blessing Mordecai has been to him.  He wants to lavish blessings upon him and tell all the people how wonderful he is.  Although I am not an earthly king, I am a child of the King of kings and the Lord of lords.   So I pray to the King on behalf of my husband.

You get the picture… but, if by chance you have never heard this amazing story, you can find it in God’s Word, in the Book of Esther, the 6th chapter – I recommend reading the whole book for good measure.

Maybe you can use the following prayer as a sample of how you might pray for your husband, wife, or other faithful people in your life.

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Prayer for A Husband

Father,  I lift up my husband to You.  Please surround him with Your angels that watch over those who will inherit the Kingdom of God.   He loves You and has placed his faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ.  He desires Your will for his life.  What a wonderful man of God he has been for our family.  He is steadfast and faithful at home, at work, and within our church.

Father, please consider my husband on this wonderful day and bless him with an extra measure of faith in Your Word.  Give him vision that he might not perish.  Give him sound mind, love, and no fear.  Give him a humble heart.  Give him a heart of solid, sure, trust in You as his Provider and Protector.

Lord, Please heal his body and keep him strong and active.  Give him a desire to eat Your good food and a desire to exercise daily so he can enjoy Your beauty out of the office walls.

Lord, please help him to sense Your pleasure in him and see Your favor upon him.  Give him a hope everlasting.  May he be protected and safe from the enemy within and without. Fix his eyes on Jesus, Your Kingdom and Your Righteousness and give him fresh opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Please bless him on this fine day as we give You praise! Amen.

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Be sure to leave a comment below and tell of your personal experience with the Power of Prayer.  God is faithful and it is wonderful to give Him praise by telling of His goodness!

Happy Praying!

Constance