I am pretty good at sharing with people that life is so much easier if we “give it to God”. In theory that sounds wonderful, in reality, it is very difficult to hand over our stuff to our God who we know is there but is none the less, unseen. I pray every day and practice what the Bible teaches me. I try diligently to look upward before I look around the world I am living in, and yet, when times get difficult it is easy to turn to “Dottie” power instead of “Godly” power.
Me, being the kind of person I am, thought it might be beneficial to make a prayer box where I could literally write down my requests, my thanks, my petitions, my joys and my sorrows and stick them in the prayer box. Literally handing God control over all that enters the box and signifying the act of handing it over to God, shutting the lid and knowing when that lid shuts, whatever I have written on my card, just passed from my control, to Gods.
To help remind myself why I need to put stuff in my prayer box and shut the lid, I remember these verses.
Do we really need more that this promise?
2. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
Put that concern in the box, shut the lid and know that it is now in God’s hands.
3. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
I guess it is fitting to tell myself to practice what I preach and to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that God has this, I am not alone no matter what I am facing.
4. “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Accept this peace, really accept it, in fact wear it like the cloak it is, gather it tightly around you and let the meaning of God’s peace sink in.
………..and so I ride