The Transgressions of Israel were Found in Thee

A study of Micah 1.13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.

Time frame: God had allowed Assyria to destroy Israel (the Northern Kingdom) for their deep sin against the Lord their God (2 Kings 17). Micah is prophesying particularly against Samaria (Northern Kingdom) and Jerusalem (Southern Kingdom). He prophesied in the days of Jotham (good king), Ahaz (evil king), and Hezekiah (good king), all kings of Judah (Southern Kingdom).

Lachish: “impregnable;” located southeast of Gath; southwest of Bethlehem (and Bethlehem is straight south of Jerusalem); it is in the foothills of the Shephelah on the border of the Philistine plain, in the Southern Kingdom (Judah).

Previous history of Lachish: Amaziah (good king of Judah) fled to Lachish when “they” conspired against him (2 Kings 14.19). But “they” followed him and killed him in Lachish, and brought him on horses back to Jerusalem. When Hezekiah was (good) king of Judah (during the time of Micah), Sennacherib, king of Assyria, swooped down from the Northern Kingdom, onto the west side of Judah, took over Lachish (“impregnable” indeed) and was encroaching upon Jerusalem (2 Kings 18). [This is that time when Hezekiah spread the letter before the Lord, and prayed (2 Kings 19), and the Lord sent Sennacherib away.]

As Sennacherib encroached upon Jerusalem, so did the sin of the Northern Kingdom (Israel) encroach upon Judah (“the beginning of the sin”).

We must beware and be aware of the sin of our neighbors, and of our own brothers and sisters (for the northern and southern kingdoms were the twelve tribes, and were brothers), for they will creep in and eventually conquer us. We think “a little bit” is okay, but we and our children then allow more. There is a quote, the source of which I cannot trace, that goes, “What parents allow in moderation, their children will take to excess.”  We can easily see this truth when we compare our own generation with our parents’, grandparents’, and great-grandparents’ generations.

Sennacherib did not take Jerusalem at the time, but it was the beginning. Why didn’t Sennacherib take Jerusalem? Because its king cried out to the Lord God Almighty! God saved them when they cried. Hezekiah’s whole army was obedient in keeping their silence before the taunting enemy (2 Kings 18.36). The people obeyed their king, and their king obeyed God. This is the mighty work that God performed to save His people:

2 Kings 19.35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. 36So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. 37And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

Even with this miracle that God gave them, this picture of hope and trust in Him, the people of Judah did not listen, but chose their own ways of idolatry and lust. “The transgressions of Israel were found in thee.”

Micah was warning the people of Judah to turn back to God. Through Micah, God is using His Living and Everlasting Word to warn us.

Recipe Friday: Choco-Cherry Shake

In trying to think of something different for breakfast, I came up with this. My normal breakfast is a smoothie and a biscuit with peanut butter and honey. Like, every. single. morning. I love the nutrition I get from my breakfast, and the way it fills me up just right. But I suddenly got bored.

I had some raw milk that I wanted to use up before it went bad; some yogurt sounded like a good idea; I should add some protein powder; I should have some fruit; and, as an afterthought, I threw in some of my super-greens powder (that taste didn’t come through).

I didn’t want to wash my blender bowl, either. So, I used my immersion blender. It worked well except for the parsley flakes I added to the super-greens powder – I had to chew on those just a bit.

I enjoyed the taste of this; and it could be for any time.

I don’t list amounts for any of the ingredients because I rarely measure, and everything depends on how many people will be consuming it. I have a scoop that came with my bone broth protein powder, and I added one scoop of that. The bone broth protein powder that I use, it should be mentioned, is sweetened, but it’s with monkfruit, which is a healthy, no-calorie sweetener (like stevia). So, if your protein powder is not sweetened, you may need to add something to make it palatable (it’s hard for me to eat plain yogurt 😝). Suggestions: raw honey, real maple syrup, date syrup.

If you drink this right away, the frozen fruit makes it thick and icy, like a milkshake. But I couldn’t finish the whole thing, and stored it in the ‘fridge until later; and it was still very good.

I used dark sweet cherries and chocolate protein powder, but I think other combinations would also be delicious, like vanilla bone broth powder with frozen peaches or berries.

Ingredients:

  • Raw milk
  • Organic, plain, whole-milk yogurt
  • Chocolate protein powder
  • Super greens powder
  • Frozen dark sweet cherries

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a deep cup or blender. Use an immersion blender or high-speed blender, and blend on high until all is dissolved and mixed completely. Enjoy.

Where to Get Those Expectations

I’ve been wading through the book of Micah, and am still on Chapter 1. Verses 9 – 16 contain several metaphors, similes, onomatopoeias, and paronomasias (play on words), and led me to dig a little deeper. Yeah, God is deep; deeper than any of us can ever be.

Micah 1.12 (For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.) made sense to me. I looked up Maroth, and it means bitterness. They are waiting for relief, but God sends only evil.

It’s interesting that, whenever hardship, evil, disaster hits, we wait for relief; we pray for things to get better, back to “normal.” But our expectations are skewed.

Unbelievers may think they can work their way out, that none of this was deserved and, if there was a God, He should be cursed.

Believers can pray and hope for eternal relief / joy; but in this sinful world, we may not expect things to “get better.” Indeed, we have no right to expect things to get better: although we have every right (and we are passionately invited) to pray about every and all situation/s.

Whatever that situation is, we know that our relief, our hope comes from the Lord (Psalms 62, for example).

God has His own thoughts and plans.

Jeremiah 29.11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.

Isaiah 55.8, 9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We must consider what our expectations are: are they realistic and Biblical? Pray to God about expectations, and ask Him to place them where they belong.

Isaiah 26.3, 4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

9 Ways to Pray for Afghanistan by Jen Evangelista

As are many of all of you, I am following events in Afghanistan with a heavy heart. I was struck by this post from Jen Evangelista, outlining the burden she received from God to pray for Afghanistan. The entire rest of this post is shared from https://www.graceincolor.com/pray-for-afghanistan/  Please visit her site.


By Jen Evangelista  

It’s been a tough couple of weeks.

We are facing a continued and invigorated battle with COVID-19, even among our children, which is particularly distressing to me as a pediatrician. We watched Haiti torn apart (again) by a devastating earthquake. Many are dealing with the aftermath of a storm called Fred… and waiting for the arrival of Grace.

And now, we are utterly shaken and grieved by what we see happening in Afghanistan.

This is not a political post, but rather a call to prayer. Honestly, I have been so distracted and have been hurting so deeply for the Afghan people that even my prayers have been jumbled. I can’t even imagine a scenario in which my despondency would extend so far as to pass my baby over a wall into the waiting hands of strange men in uniform in a desperate attempt to save them.

Yet, mothers are doing just that.

This is why I wanted to write out a few things I’m praying for in particular related to this current international crisis. Maybe it will help you to pray for Afghanistan as well when you get overwhelmed.

NINE WAYS TO PRAY FOR AFGHANISTAN

1. Physical protection and provision for the innocent. Pray especially for the women, children, and vulnerable men who will be left behind. They are at particular heart-breaking risk.

2. Spiritual strength and peace for believers, who are standing strong in the face of persecution and probable death. May they hold tight to the gospel and keep their eyes on the One who has already rescued them.

(https://www.9marks.org/article/afghan-pastors-ask-for-prayer/ and https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/afghanistan-afghan-pastors/ are two good articles for more specifics on this)

3. US civilians and other foreigners, as well as the US supporters who have risked their lives and families to aid the US through this war. They are desperately trying to get out of the country. Pray for wisdom for their maneuverings and mercy for their exit.

4. American troops on the ground working tirelessly to quite literally save lives, some who are inevitably feeling the burden of accepting those precious children mentioned above. Pray for their physical health and strength as well as emotional endurance.

5. American soldiers currently stateside who have served these people and the families of those who have lost loved ones in that land over the course of these past 20 years. They are now hurting in ways we can’t understand from this dreadful loss of a war they have faithfully fought.

6. Our children and teens as they are dealing with the news of this tragedy on top of Haiti, hurricanes, and a pandemic. Even though it’s distant geographically to us, it is affecting us. Pray for our kids.

7. The hardened hearts of the Taliban. Pray that they will have mercy on the weak and that God’s power washes over them. I’m not sure whether I am praying more for God’s grace or his judgment but my feeble heart can at least cry out in petition for their actions toward others.

(https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-pray-for-the-taliban/)

8. Protection from future terrorist attacks that may come due to this world-altering event. We can’t live in fear but we can openheartedly pray for protection for those we love and peace for what may come.

9. And most earnestly, we can and should pray for the advance of the Gospel for a dying world. This event in world history that we are watching in real time, just like so many others we have witnessed, did not take God by surprise. And we can join together and pray that even through this tragedy, he will be glorified and the life-giving message of the redeeming truth of the cross of Calvary will be poured out over a barren land.

God is still sovereign.

God is still good.

And you are not helpless.

Jen

Recipe Friday: BBQ Chicken Pizza with Caramelized Onions

This was my first crack at making pizza. It turned out pretty good.
If / when I make it again, I will add chopped broccoli florets and bacon to the frying pan mixture.

Use the recipe as stated for the dough/crust (unless you want a half-recipe). But measurements for chicken, bbq sauce, onion, and cheese are just suggestions.

I used two good-size chicken breasts, and it almost wasn’t enough. It would have been better if I could have spread it around more evenly, and/or cut the pieces smaller. You can use whatever chicken you have on hand.

I used about 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, but certainly add more if you like barbeque sauce gushing from every bite. The 1/2 cup was plenty to coat the chicken and onions.

The cheese: I like Monterey Jack cheese a lot. It was gooey enough for me, and it pairs well with the bbq chicken. However, I’ve seen recipes with a combo of mozzarella and smoked gouda, which looked delicious. Of course, no need to follow the recipe exactly; use as much of any kind of cheese you like.

The pizza dough is really a matter of personal preference. this dough made enough to fill my 15 1/2 ” x 11″ pan with a thick crust. If you like it quite bready, then use the whole recipe. If you like a thinner crust, you can make the whole recipe, then, before you spread it in the pan, tear off a chunk of dough and make mini bread loaves or some dinner rolls. (I went out on a limb and cut some of the finished crust off and spread it with butter, so I know it would make good rolls.) Alternatively, I think this would make enough dough for two pizzas.
I used einkorn flour (an ancient grain), but I think any flour of choice would work.

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 package dry yeast

1 1/4 cups warm water

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cups 100% organic einkorn flour

2 tablespoons cornmeal

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Topping:

2 – 3 cups cooked and chopped (or shredded) chicken

2 large onions, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons bacon drippings

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

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olive oil for drizzling and coating

Directions:

Crust:
Measure the warm water into a cup. Dissolve sugar, then yeast, in the warm water. Allow the yeast to proof (bubble up).
Add flour, salt, and oil to a mixing bowl. After yeast proofs, add it to the flour, and mix to make a soft dough.
Turn out onto floured board. Knead about 3 minutes. Put into an oiled bowl and turn to coat the dough; cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.

For the topping:
Melt the bacon grease into a medium-large fry pan. Add the sliced onions, and cook until caramelized.

Back to the crust:
Brush olive oil over the surface of an 11″ x 15 1/2″ baking pan. Sprinkle with cornmeal.
When I made this, I spread the dough out to a rectangle on the counter first, then transferred it to the pan. If you like a thin crust, rolling it out would work well.
But, however you do it, spread the dough into the baking pan.
Put the pan in the oven as it preheats to 475°. Take it out of the oven once it reaches the 475°.

Back to the Topping:
Add the chicken to the onions, stir until heated. (If you’re adding the broccoli and bacon, add it here, and let the broccoli cook down a bit.)
Add the barbeque sauce. Stir to combine well.

Putting it together:
Take the crust out of the oven. Drizzle and brush with olive oil.
Pour the topping over the crust, and spread evenly.
Sprinkle the cheese evenly over all.
Put it back into the 475° oven for another 15 minutes.

Slice and eat hot.

The Wind Bloweth

John 3.8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

When we think of the Holy Spirit being like the wind, we like to think of that wind as a balmy breeze that kisses our shoulders. And maybe sometimes He is.

But winds can also be hurricanes, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and derechos. Those are destructive winds.

Sometimes God must destroy things in our lives. Sometimes His Spirit works through health; or other people; or nature. Whatever the conduit, God works in our lives to conform us to the image of His son, Jesus. And when He needs to whittle away something we love, it hurts.

Things we love: our private time, working on our projects, television, money, power, gossip, choosing our own schedule, our families, our pets, choosing our own friends; sometimes we love the wrong things; sometimes we love the right things / people, but we turn them into an idol that we love more than God. (Please note, I am not in any way implying that when loved ones die, it is because we idolized them or loved in the wrong way. God has reasons I cannot imagine – Isaiah 55.9, but they are all because He loves us.)

Those things we love or idolize have got to go, and it hurts when God hints at putting those things to death. It hurts even more when He brings about circumstances (winds) that push us into a corner and make us choose.

It’s better to put things to death of our own accord. Sometimes Love Looks Like Death. It is an act of worship and love when we sacrifice our worldly loves for whatever else God has in mind for us.

Job 1.18, 19 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:  And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job’s children were killed by a wind. I can’t even imagine how that hurt [just the day before, he had offered burnt offerings to God for each of them, in case “my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts(v5)].

Job’s response is written for us in verses 20 – 22:

Job 1.20 – 22 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

God has a kingdom for us, and it is a kingdom worth dying for, that He may live within us. May we take Job’s example to heart. Let it hurt. Grieve. Worship God.

Job 13.15, 16 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

Intercessory Prayer Workshop Opportunity

I wrote previously about my new excitement about my prayer journal. I’m still excited about it, and use it and add to it. If you don’t use a prayer journal, please consider starting one: it will change your prayer life, and your connection with God Almighty.

Here is an opportunity to enhance your prayer journal, or to get motivated to start one: https://arabahjoy.lpages.co/prayer-journal/

Use the above link to join the FREE intercessory prayer journal workshop on Tuesday, August 24th, hosted by AJ (arabahjoy.com) and Jen Evangelista. If you sign up, you will be eligible to watch the replay, in case you can’t make the original.

The invitation invites you to join them as they cover:

01
How an intercessory prayer journal can help you consistently pray for others

02
How to pray Scripture by identifying prayer points in a passage. (Hint: You’ll be able to start using these tips to improve your prayer life immediately!)

03
Simple ways to beautify your prayer journal using color, lettering, and other elements – no experience or art skills necessary 🙂
And much more!

Forsaking Our Own Mercies

Jonah 2.8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

What a lot of meat to chew on in this verse! This is a reminder of the Israelites in 2 Kings: they knew God, they knew His commandments, they knew He loved them and had saved them; and yet, they chose to follow the heathen practices of their neighbors. God called those ways vanity:

2 Kings 17.14 – 16a Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God.  And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.  And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God.

In Jeremiah 10, God points out the foolishness (vanity) of preparing their own idols from wood or silver, and then worshiping / receiving instruction from them. And then, Jeremiah 16 portrays the wonder of the people that God would pronounce this great evil against them: “What is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?” (v10)

We simply cannot expect the blessings and mercies of God when we are disobedient. He told us so in in the whole Old Testament, especially in Deuteronomy (and especially Chapter 28).

We are without excuse:

Romans 1.19 – 21 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

God has made Himself clearly plain:

Psalms 98.2 The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

Christians are called by God’s grace, and given His Holy Spirit – divine wisdom. We can live day – by – day for His blessings. We can pray that we see His blessings.

Beloved, we cannot imagine the blessings God has for us when we obey!

2 Corinthians 2.9 But as it is written [in Isaiah 64.4], Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

His blessings are so magnanimous and beautiful that we cannot even imagine them!

May we pray fervently “unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3.20) that we will read His Word, and obey Him Who loves us so deeply and widely!

In that belly of the fish, Jonah recognized that God’s ways are not his ways, and that he forsook the mercies of God by following the vanity of lies he preferred.

How often do we do this? We feel that tap on the shoulder that this activity or person is not what the Lord intends for us; we feel that caution, and we know it’s from God that we should not enter into what is ahead of us.

We will never know the blessings we forsake when we go our own way. We think we can imagine the blessings of following our ways, and it looks good – enticing. Even in the details, we may think this little thing is not going to make any difference. We cannot imagine the peace God will give us when we obey.  We think that it will be worth it to go ahead with this sin this time.

And we forsake our own mercies.

But God always blesses obedience! When we weigh our options, we cannot imagine any kind of blessing by rejecting this thing we love; we can only feel how good it would be to follow the sin. But we can listen to and obey that still small voice, that one Who tells us to walk to the right or to the left.

Isaiah 30.20, 21 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

When we recognize this, when we run to God in the face of sin, we run blindly. But when we run to Him anyway, this is FAITH. God will increase this faith, and He will BLESS you!

Isaiah 55.6 – 12 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Jonah 2.9 tells of Jonah’s final, encompassing confession: “Salvation is of the Lord.” He humbled himself, and gave himself up to whatever God wanted for him.

God directed the fish to vomit Jonah out upon the dry land (v 10). Note that Jonah still could not save himself – God did not direct Jonah to crawl out of the fish. Jonah’s tribulation and deliverance were completely under God’s control.

So are ours. Submit to God.

James 4.7 – 10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Recipe Friday: Cole Slaw with Vinegar Dressing

If you have 6 cups of coleslaw ingredients (cabbage, onion, carrot, etc), then you will need only half the dressing recipe. Stir well.

You can make a half-recipe, or make the full recipe and make twice the coleslaw (12 cups); or you can save the other half for another use or another time. This would be very good as a salad dressing, especially if you blended it up with some blueberries or other fruit.

I didn’t add any salt, and we didn’t think it needed any; but you can add to taste.

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 15 min

Serves: 10

Ingredients:

1/2                      medium cabbage, red or green

1                          large carrot

1                          small onion

                            The dressing:

1/2 cup               raw apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup               healthy oil, such as hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil

1/2 cup               healthy sweetener, such as raw honey, maple syrup, or date syrup

1/2 teaspoon     garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon     celery seed

1/2 teaspoon     basil

1/4 teaspoon     paprika

Directions:

Shred the cabbage, carrot, and onion into a large bowl.

In a 2-cup measuring cup, whisk together all the dressing ingredients.
Pour over the cabbage mixture, mix well.
Let it marinate for a few hours or overnight.
I threw in a bit (maybe 1/2 cup) of left-over bagged coleslaw ingredients, and this filled my 6-cup food storage bowl.

God Always Listens and Answers

Psalms 28.6 -9 Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

I can’t imagine how many gazillions of prayers are being sent heavenward every minute of every day. And God listens to them all; and He answers them all.

The thing is, sometimes we don’t or can’t see His answers.

Isaiah 55.8, 9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Most times, when we pray, we have expectations of what the answers ought to look like. We play God all the time, believing our answers – our solutions – are the best way, and that’s what God ought to do.

But, thank God, His ways are not our ways; and He is high and mighty and lifted up. He loves us best and most perfectly, and will answer accordingly.

However, no matter our situation, a Christian can always be comforted through prayer. The greatest of God’s answers to our prayers is peace with Him. David was in some pretty tough situations, but he knew without any doubt that God was his rock, his peace, his comfort.

We can know the same. Whatever our need, whether for ourselves, loved ones, our country, our world; we can be comforted in prayer, knowing that God is in control, He can quiet our anxious hearts (Psalms 139.23), He is trustworthy, and He is working in our lives and everyone’s lives to the benefit of those of us who love Him, and to His glory (Romans 8.28).

John 14.27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Let God be your guide in prayer (The Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6, Luke 11; Matthew 21.22, 1 John 5.14, 15), even if you can’t find the words (Romans 8.26, 27).

And do not worry about how God is going to answer your prayer, just know that He listens and He answers. Be content in letting God handle it all.

Matthew 6.33, 34 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

And, as David did, end each prayer with praise and thanksgiving. God is worthy of that, in any situation, any time.

2 Samuel 22 – 24 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in Him will I trust: He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my Saviour; Thou savest me from violence. I will call on the LORD, Who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Revelations 4.10, 11 The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.