We find ourselves in stressful and troubling times. The circumstances do not give us evidence of the promises of God working, but the scriptures and the Word of God advises us to not look at the evidence in the world around us. Instead it tells us to look to God and know and trust Who He Is, who He said we are, and all that Jesus has inherited on our behalf through His death, burial and resurrection. As Jesus is now, seated at the right hand of the Father, so are we while in this world right now. 1 John 4:17. Every promise is YES and AMEN through Jesus. 2 Corinthians 1:20. God has done everything that needs to be done in order for us to experience Life and life abundantly; the same quality of life that He enjoys. 2 Peter 1:3-4. Our part is simply to believe in our hearts and receive/take hold of these promises because we have hope in Him, which will eventually produce faith because we become fully persuaded of His goodness and character.
We acknowledge the fact that we are in the middle of difficulties, but we know Who our God is and in our hearts we can trust Him in His love and provision for us. We can trust that more than the circumstances around us. Look to Him as your Source of Life. Let your eyes be focused on Him until you experience His deep and abiding peace in your heart.
I am including a link to a recent video that my good friend, Pastor Clint Byars of Forward Church in Georgia, made regarding praying during troubling times. I believe you will find this a helpful and practical way that you can apply to your prayer life in these times and beyond. He will walk you through praying Psalm 91 from the New Covenant perspective applicable to our current circumstance.
Here is the introduction/outline he provided with his video:
“His Faithful Promises Are Your Armor and Protection” — Psalm 91:4
In these uncertain times, we can turn to the spirit and Word of God. We pray you experience strength in your inner man as we pray and meditate through Psalm 91.
Ephesians 3:14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. 20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
Personalize this Psalm, take it as a word from God for you and your family. Don’t just read the words, use your imagination and see yourself experiencing these promises. Get your heart involved and feel these promises as true for you and your family.
Psalm 91:1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. 3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. 4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. 5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. 6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. 8 Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. 9 If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. 13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! 14 The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. 15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. 16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
I trust this will be a blessing to you and your families.
Patty Christison says
I love Clint Byers teaching too…..so good!
Patricia page says
Thank you Ted. We love listening to Clint too and we are using this message of Psalm 91 as our meditation.