I have a great worship video to show you. But before that, let me tell you why it’s so special. It’s 3:40am right now. For the second night in a row, I’ve been awake since about 1:30am. So tonight (this morning), I decided to get out of bed and go into my prayer closet.
This has been a very challenging week for me. Just when I feel like my most intense battles are behind me, I wander onto a battleground so fiery, it punches the life from my lungs.
My greatest weapon (and yours) in such times, is our prayer closet.
In the prayer closet (that designated place where we meet with God), these are the prayers we say to Him…
As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before Him? Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?”
My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration!
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again—my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember You…
I hear the tumult of the raging seas as Your waves and surging tides sweep over me. But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. (Psalm 42:1-8 NLT)
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. (Psalm 23:1-5 NLT)
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. (Psalm 91:1-2 NLT)
All of these verses are true. God is the water you long for (and need). He is the One who gives you true rest. He gives you peace. He renews your strength. In the prayer closet, He eats a meal with you in the presence of your enemies. He is your shelter, your refuge, your place of saftey, and your God.
Here is the worship video I’m playing in my prayer closet this morning, as I find: water, rest, peace, strength, shelter, refuge, and safety.
How beautiful this love, You would lay down Your crown
Surrender Your throne in heaven, so that I could be found
How awesome is this love that conquered the grave
Love that can move the mountains, yet knows me by name
It’s unbreakable, it’s undeniable
Nothing will ever, separate us
Your love is higher than the skies up above
Your love is wider than what I can dream of
Your love is deeper, it’s the greatest of all
Holy are You Father
A love like no other
So vast like the universe
Is Your love, is Your love
A beautiful song, and a beautiful moment with God… just meditating on His Love for you and me. I’m praying for you while I’m awake, calling out the names of my friends and family.
Does it seem like you are surrounded with challenges today?
Don’t just stand there exposed to the onslaught of your enemies. Build a prayer closet on your battlefield. Meet with God, and watch what happens. He is a God who does miracles for those who believe in Him!
Ps: Today’s image from Ricky Sorenson