Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Praying from Present Moments

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His PresenceToday's reading from Jesus Calling (excellent book, highly recommended) touched me on a level that only the most skilled Physician's touch could. I hope it blesses you too…

February 22

YOU NEED ME EVERY MOMENT. Your awareness of your constant need for Me is your greatest strength. Your neediness, properly handled, is a link to My Presence. However, there are pitfalls that you must be on guard against: self-pity, self-preoccupation, giving up. Your inadequacy presents you with a continual choice––deep dependence on Me, or despair. The emptiness you feel within will be filled either with problems or with My Presence. Make Me central in your consciousness by praying continually: short prayers flowing out of the present moment. Use My Name liberally, to remind you of My Presence. Keep on asking and you will receive, so that your gladness may be full and complete.

I know why the above passage spoke so much to me. My word for 2011 is empowered, and it comes from this familiar verse:

"I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency.]
Philippians 4:13 (Amplified Bible)

I appreciate that our neediness can be a link to His Presence. And that our inadequacy can lead us to a deeper dependence on Christ. If I didn't know better, I'd almost think He was saying that when we're weak, then we're strong. [Gotta love 2 Corinthians 12:10!]

Praying out of the present moment, and still editing and working toward THE END on this next book...
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