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Assurance in the Face of Worry
Series: Prayer Worrier - Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer
Assurance can be described as a guarantee, a promise, or a word of honor. When we pray, we long to know that everything will turn out the way that we want. But what we want is not always the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.
So how can we rise from that secret, quiet place of prayer and be assured it's going to be ok? I remember the old hymn…Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. Oh what a foretaste of glory divine…
The words remind us of our future hope. Our perspective must rest beyond the here and now in order for us to truly leave our burdens at the feet of God. There has to be an expectation of what is to come resting deep in our hearts. Otherwise, we will continually be praying then worrying, praying then worrying…
''You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.'' (Isaiah 26:3)
I love the word steadfast because it speaks of such unwavering faith. It is solid, resolute, and immovable. Read those descriptions again. Solid, resolute and immovable. Aren't they powerful?
One of the most remarkable stories I've ever read is that of Martin and Gracia Burnham. Perhaps you've heard of them. For one whole year they were taken captive in the Philippine jungle by radical terrorists. Without proper food, shelter and clothing, they faced unimaginable hardship. Their story is riveting, terrifying and almost unbelievable. And though the outcome was heart-wrenching, a testimony of steadfastness was born through their severe trial.
(read more here: http://www.graciaburnham.org/)
Powerful prayer includes steadfastness…a trust that says, ''No matter what, Lord, You are Sovereign.'' This is perhaps the most difficult aspect of turning our worries into powerful prayer. Assurance can easily falter when we let worry creep right back in.
''I know Who I have believed, that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.'' (2 Timothy 1:12)
Sisters, do we know Who we have believed? Do we trust that He is able to guard what we've committed to Him? Dear ones, can we let the assurance of God's promises be our steadfastness in the face of worry? Can we somehow look past the current whirlwind of turmoil we are facing and trust Him?
''Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. He who vindicates me is near.'' (Isaiah 50:7-8)
He who vindicates us is near. We must determine to set our faces like flint, (like stone), toward the One who gives us Divine assurance in the midst of chaos.
Please don't misunderstand and think I am asking you to deal with adversity in stone-faced resolution. We were designed with great feelings and emotions. When the tough times come, we should ...
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