The first place we must learn to go to find the food that feeds our soul is into the presence of God.
~ Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.
This verse brings me into focus as I begin prayer time…and I hope you will find it helpful on a daily basis as we all struggle in the busy world to find time to be still and just be with Him.
Some Bible interpretations say "Cease striving and know that I am God...". Both versions bring different images to my mind. There are times when I just need to be calm and still so I can hear God's leading and then there are times that I am trying so hard to make things 'happen' that I need to be reminded to cease and let God be God. So both versions speak goodness to my soul!
Try this exercise to help you find that calm place in your heart.
Close your eyes and take a moment to release all that is burdening your heart today. Concerns, worries, thoughts, distractions…visualize a large empty basket and place each one of those things in that basket. Is it heavy to carry? Is it cumbersome? Visualize yourself approaching His throne and now laying that basket at His feet. In your mind now, look up… and see that He is smiling. He is willing, able and desiring to make your burden light. Offer up to Him a smile of praise and thanksgiving. Actually smile right now…it’s just you and the Lord. If you want to lift your head and smile…do as you feel led.
I’ll share with you a personal challenge I had for the longest time. I would come to the Lord, placing my burdens into that basket and then walk away feeling the freedom of knowing that He is in control…that He is God. But it wouldn’t be long before I would realize I kept going back to that basket to take things out, one at a time, and put them back into a basket that I carried. It dawned on me that while my heart wanted to give it all to Him and trust that He is God…my head kept saying I needed to take control and handle it. It was as if I was saying to God… “OK…I can take that back now. Thanks for giving me a break and holding it for me while I took a little rest. But I’m ready to take it back and take control of the situation. Thanks for your help…but I’ve got it now”.
Ouch…that was a hard self realization to deal with. But how great is God that He already knew that about me and was smiling the entire time, waiting for me to come to the same realization so that He could be there to heal me, restore me and strengthen me.
God is good….God is here…God is Great!
PRAYER: Oh Lord our God…our Father in heaven who created me, loves me and desires fellowship with me. I come into your presence with a heart ready to praise you. I confess the distractions, worries and concerns I hold tight to and ask that You take my basket so that You may fill it with food that will strengthen me this day. Prepare my heart at this time to be ready to receive this blessing from you. Prepare me to enter into a spirit of sincere, heartfelt, joy filled praise that I might bless you with my words and songs and then be blessed by Your teachings. ….[NOTE: sing this song to Him as a prayer offering ….I love you Lord, and I lift my voice, to worship you, oh my soul rejoice. Take joy my King, in what you hear. May it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear. (repeat as needed as you draw near to Him and He draws near to you) ].Amen.
It’s good to be with the Lord. And it is times when we draw near to Him that we are most aware of the hunger in our soul that longs to be fed by Him and only him.
God Bless and Keep You,