“In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.” Psalm 71:1

As I was reading this Psalm in my Daily Devotions a few weeks ago, I realized that there were a lot of good verses that could be used as prayers, so  let’s just look at a few of them. I am using the New Living Version of the Scriptures.

Verse 2: “Save me and rescue me, for you do what is right.”  We can always trust God to know what is best for us and to rescue us when we start to go astray from His plan.HH

Verse 3: “Be my rock of safety where I can always hide. Give the order to save me for you are my rock and my fortress.”  No matter what we are going through, we can take it to the Lord and cast all our cares upon Him.  He is a safe place during every storm.

Verse 5: “O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted in you from childhood.”  We know that the Lord had his hand on us before we were even born.  I am thankful that I came to know him while I was a child, and that He has been with me through the years.  Many of you may not have learned of Jesus until you were older, but you can be assured that He was watching over you all through your life and reaching for you with His love.

Verse 9: “And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside.  Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.”  Although I may still feel young in heart, my body tells me that I am getting older.  I can’t do all the things I used to do, but as long as the Lord gives me breath, I am going to praise Him and endeavour to be a blessing to others.

Verse 22: “…because you are faithful to your promises, O my God I will sing praises to you.”  He has never failed; He always keeps His promises.  We could never praise Him enough for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us.

May this Psalm be a blessing to you as it has been to me.  The Lord Jesus Christ has been so good to us, and He deserved all our praise and worship.

Prayer:  Jesus, we lift our hearts in praise to you today, thanking you for all that you are and all that you do.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16

There is a preverbal door in front of all of us during our lives; the door of destiny. God has created you with a purpose and has designed intricate details into your life.

There are gifts that God has given to you that are unique. You might be saying, “Trust me, I’m not a gifted person.” But, I would have to disagree. There is something that God has breathed into your life – it knocks on the door of your heart, reminding you of your dream year after year.

When God gives you a dream or a ministry that is far beyond your capabilities and talents, it is on purpose. He is not in heaven making mistakes, mixing you up with someone else’s plan and purpose. He has called you to greatness, just as you are.

Gifts are not given to us in full bloom; they develop over time, so it is okay if you still have to grow.

God will never give you a dream you can achieve alone because He desires for you to depend on Him every step of the way.

He wants to reveal His glory, display His provision, and operate His miracles in your life. When you see a door of destiny before you, step through it in faith and believe that God has made room for your gifting.

Prayer: God, I feel incapable to pursue the ministry that You are calling me to. I pray that You will help equip me and use me in my gifting. Show me the areas in my life that steal time away from my calling and help me make Your will a priority.

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

John 13:7

Have you ever wished that you could see into the future, even just a little bit? It would be nice to be able to check up on things and have some reassurance that everything really will be okay.

I don’t read fiction novels very often, but when I do I usually skip to the last chapter just to make sure everything worked out fine before continuing on with my reading. The suspense of the novel is too much to bear and I have to find out for sure what happens!

If life worked that way I imagine we would have fewer worries and a lower level of stress, but would we trust God as much?  We really don’t know what our next moment holds, but we do know that God holds our world in His hands.

His timing is perfect.

His plan is flawless.

His purpose for our lives is incredibly beautiful.

We can trust an unknown future to a known God today. Do not fret or become anxious, God is all knowing and in absolute control.

Jesus, I surrender my plans to You today. Let your perfect will be accomplished in my life, and lead and guide me in everything I do.