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Confidence in God

Today’s Reflection

MANY DEMANDS UPON OUR TIME and many opportunities waiting to be explored often fill our lives too full with activities and distractions. When this happens, it is not surprising that we grow anxious and lose our sense of peace and tranquility. Today remember that God and God alone is able to care for all that exists; we can trust our smallest and largest concern to the wisdom and love of God. Peace, hope, calm, and joy are the fruits of placing our confidence in God. May these gifts be yours in abundance.

– Rueben P. Job
A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God

From pages 369-370 of A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job. Copyright © 2003 by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

In the coming week, intentionally carve out some time each day to rest in God’s presence. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.

Philippians 1:3-5, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who struggle to forgive. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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  • robert moeller December 6, 2012, 3:51 am

    Yes, I need to rest in God’s presence. Life is full of concerns: a college application, a baby on the way, possibly moving to a different house, caring for Mom, and health issues are the most important. Lord I need your wisdom to make the right decisions, do the right things, and to rest in you through it all. Thank you for always being there.

    Help, guide, reassure and be with everyone who is struggling with forgiveness, that we may forgive as you forgive us thus doing your will. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen

    May your blessing, Lord, be with each one on this website. I thank you that many people have come here for devotions and reflection, to share their prayers and concerns. Through your love we are able to lift them up, encourage them, and ask for your blessing. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Amen

    • Buzz December 6, 2012, 2:32 pm

      May peace be in your spirit as you seek answers to your questions. Remember that when you pray for discernment in each situation, you will be shown the right answer for you.

      You deserve our prayers and we willingly offer them up to and for you.

  • Buzz December 6, 2012, 2:39 pm

    Carving out some time to wait on the Lord is not just an Advent thing for me. It’s the way to start every day.

    To “carve out some time” seems to imply that our schedules are usually too busy for coffee with God. Truth is, we cannot afford not to start our days without coffee-time with God.

    • robert moeller December 7, 2012, 4:08 am

      Yes, Buzz, life without God is mere existence. Thank you for your encouragement, prayers and support. Where two or three are gathered in Jesus name, he is there too, for everyone.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 6, 2013, 12:17 am

    Help us God not to be distracted with too many activities or concerns but to commit everything into your hands.

    Help us to block out some time each day to rest in your presence for it is in your presence that we will have fullness of joy.

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