The prayer that is flowing from my heart right now is for us to let go of anything holding us back from You. For when we are ensnared by our own ambitions, desires and dreams, our pursuit for these things keep us from knowing You. We are too busy chasing after temporary escapes, earthly desires and our own glory. When we hold our dreams and desires in our own hands, they distract us from all that You are. If our dreams are thwarted, we become angry. Confused. Crushed. Fearful. Hopeless. Or we chase after them harder. If we hold onto anything for ourselves, our hope is not in You. But, as we strip away our own desires, and lay them at Your feet, NOTHING can stand in our way. For when we place our lives and all that we have in Your hands, our will aligns with Your will. We have nothing to lose and no fear of losing it. There are no footholds. May any bondages and chains be broken; may the walls we have placed between us and You come crashing down. When we are confronted by a trying situation or a broken heart, may we trust the truths of Romans 8:28 and know that You cause everything to work together for our good. May we place the situation in Your hands and see Your sovereignty reign over it.
"Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that i could gain Christ and become one with Him." -Philippians 3:8-9
As i spent time in prayer and worshipping the Lord, i meditated on James 5:7-8 and it's beautiful promise. Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord's return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. With the changing of seasons and the eager expectation of rains, farmers watch their once barren fields be replenished and fruitful once more. Their fruitfulness is dependent on the Lord's hand and the coming rains. When our life appears empty, barren, dry, arid, can we not trust the Lord to restore us in time?! When we place our hope in Him, even through these times, when we surrender our ambitions and wait on Him, depend on Him, and look to Him, He will provide. He is faithful - the rains are coming. Our time of rejoicing is coming. As the farmers eagerly await the rains, let us eagerly await the Lord's will to be done and allow nothing to stand in our way.