Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Our hearts should break for what breaks the heart of God. I started this journey as a way to keep myself accountable for my prayer life. I record them so that you all can join me in the journey. The beautiful part is that we don’t all look the same or act the same; most of us aren’t from the same cities, we don’t have the same upbringing. But we hold one thing in common, and that is faith.
We all have faith that every single day, we have the power to take control of our emotions. We have the power to cast our worries and anxieties onto Him.
My prayer last night, today, and every day is that God heals the brokenness. I know it’s a prayer many have prayed for many, many generations. I can only imagine the Christians during the Roman Empire prayed the same thing; we can look to Paul for that. I know that people all over the world have prayed the same kind of prayer for generation over generation—different parts of the world, all praying for one thing, peace, and healing.
Yet, for generations, we are passed down this book, full of love and full of faith. Even in the darkest of times, it has context for us to hold onto. Today I choose to hold onto Romans 12:12. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
I don’t have the answers. But He does. I can’t see the full picture, be He did and died for us anyway. I don’t know what will happen, but he does. So today, I will be joyful in the hope of a better tomorrow. I will be patient as my country bleeds. As we redefine who we are going to be known for. I will be faithful in prayer. I know where my power comes from. I know who has me protected; I know who watches over me. I know who watches over you.
Our instructions, for the time being, are simple. Love thy neighbor. Serve thy neighbor. Love each other. 1 John 4:8 says whoever does not love does not know God because God is love. So I am going to love today. I am going to love those around me extra tight. I am going to continue to work on what God has called me to do. Those are the only orders given to me that matter.
Jesus, the world is changing, but then again, nothing surprises you. It can’t because you know it all. Therefore you know what happened yesterday, what’s happening today on the other side of the world, you know what is going to happen tomorrow. We have the choice to be a part of your bigger picture. We have the option to trust you along the way. So today, I surrender my anxieties about the future. I know that you have a plan for us all. We ask that you cover our nation; I ask that you cover us as we go about our day. We love you with everything in us. It is in your Holy Name that we pray, Amen!
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