What Do You Need to Exchange?
This morning in my devotion time the word exchange was in the devotion. It took me to a reflection time of how many times we are hurting. In our hurts sometimes we take it to God, sometimes we take it to others, sometimes we just hold on to the pain. Why do we hold it? God knows our needs and desires for us to call upon Him, yet we hold on to the burden. Now there are times we share it with others and they either ignore it, give a thought, or try to fix it for you. Now what happens is the hurt still lingers or it brings in others hurts along with it. That is why we must pray!
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Praying is the key. Only God can fix your need. Now as you may have shared your pain with others let it be with a praying friend or family member. We are unique and God knows all and has a plan for us. A praying friend can help us find the Throne of Grace. Praying to the One who can fix all, yes, all the things we are not to carry. So, the question is…” Have you prayed about your situation?” Has the person you shared it with prayed with you or for you? So, as you pray trust God to listen and know that He cares.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)
So, we read be in prayer about everything and now we see to cast all our care upon Him. Both Scriptures guide us to His love and for us to walk in His love. Now as you pray and cast all your cares upon Him you must trust His perfect timing to be able to see His love for you. This takes us back to the question: “What do you need to exchange?”
I need to exchange:
Fear for faith
Pain for hope
Disgrace for grace
Mistakes for mercy
Anxiety for joy
Emptiness for fullness
Loneliness for love
__________ for _____________
Truly the power of His love makes all the difference. Please pray, please trust, and if you are the one needing to pray for others help them take it all to the Throne of Grace, Mercy and Love.
Father: Thank You for caring and please forgive me where I have tried to fix things on my own. Praying about everything can challenging and yet we are blessed when we do. Exchanging hurts is a healing when we truly let go and receive Your goodness. Father as I learn to grow in Your love help me to be a better prayer warrior for my family and friends. You are our Comforter, Redeemer, Healer, Maker and Savior so I put my complete trust in You. I exchange my doubt for trust and thank You that I can come to You.
In Your Son’s Precious Name, I pray, Amen.