Psalm 115, Deuteronomy 28:8-14
Reflections of the Heart:
“We can be certain that God will give us the strength and resources we need to live through any situation in life that He ordains. The will of God will never take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” ~ Billy Graham
Divine Father, we thank You for Your grace. Thank You for knowing exactly what we need before we even ask. Thank You for never abandoning us or leaving our children begging for bread. Thank You for being our faithful source. We have always been able to depend on Your goodness. We take delight in You, Lord. We commit everything we do to You because we know we can trust You to help us. You direct our steps and You delight in every detail of our lives. Even though we sometimes stumble, we will never fall because You hold us by Your hand. You love us with an unfailing love and Your faithfulness endures forever. We find comfort in knowing that the very hairs on our heads are all numbered. Therefore, we are not afraid because we know how much You value us. We praise You Lord, for You have shown us the wonders of Your unfailing love!
Almighty Father, as a Church Family, we declare that we will not worry about what we will eat, what we will drink, or what we will wear. We trust that You already know our needs, so we will simply commit to seeking Your Kingdom above all else and living righteously. Then, we can expect everything we need to be added to us. We decree that we will keep the gates of provision open by giving cheerfully and not reluctantly. We know that if we continue to be obedient in our giving that You will generously provide all that we need. Not only that, but we will have plenty to share with others. We declare that we will learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others. We confess that our love for You, Father, will not be overshadowed by a love for the material things Your goodness provides for us. We believe that You will faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds. You crown the year with a bountiful harvest. Even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. We decree that You are our sun and shield, giving us grace and glory. You will withhold no good thing from us when we do what is right.
Reflect on the goodness of God and praise Him for what He has provided for you this year:
Holy Spirit, help us to acknowledge our motives when we ask for things. Help us to seek the Father only for what belongs to us, not to covet what doesn’t. Help us to trust the Lord completely with our needs. Remind us that the Father causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for them. Help us to keep a generous heart even when times are tough. Show us areas where we need to fortify our faith in God’s faithfulness to us. Help us to teach our children to honor the Lord for all that He does for us. Remind us that we are not to compete with one another, chasing after status and possessions. Keep our feet firmly planted on the ground. Remind us to keep a Kingdom perspective in all that we do. Sharpen our discernment to recognize opportunities to sow seed into good ground. Deliver us from being fearful about how our needs will be met.
Faithful Father, forgive us for being greedy, selfish, arrogant, rude, impatient, and thoughtless. Forgive us for murmuring and complaining while we wait for manifestation in our lives. Forgive us for our lack of good stewardship over what we already have. Forgive us for lying, cheating, and even stealing to get ahead. Forgive us for withholding our best gifts from You. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that You have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us of all those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that You may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in Your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help us all not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
We praise You, Lord! How amazing are Your deeds! Everything You do reveals Your glory and majesty. We know Your greatness, Father; that You are greater than any other god. You do whatever pleases You throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths. Your Name endures forever. Your fame is known to every generation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Matthew 6:8, Psalm 37:25, Psalm 37:4-5, 23-24, Psalm 117:2, Luke 12:7, Matthew 6:31, 33, II Corinthians 9:7-8, Titus 3:14, Psalm 65:5b, 11, Psalm 84:11, James 4:3, Proverbs 3:5, Romans 8:28, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 135:5-6, 13-14
Today I will trust God to: