The Wellspring

A Prayer to Maintain Proper Focus

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But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:30

Have you ever driven in torrential rain? ...a snow storm? ...a storm of any kind?

Years ago, a friend and I were traveling to support our mentor as she was serving at a ministry engagement. Our travel day started out with a beautiful sunny day. Out of nowhere, without warning, a terrible hail storm unlike anything either of us had experienced appeared. With terrifying sounds on the top and hood of our vehicle and the clashing on our windshield, we both were anxious. We had not seen hail that size ever. We prayed as we crept nervously along discussing whether we should continue to drive. We continued, nevertheless, hoping we would drive out of it in no time. And that’s exactly what happened. What seemed liked forever, was only momentary. No sooner than we had driven into this storm, we were on the other side in beautiful sunshine again.

Something very similar happened with the disciples in Matthew 14. They were experienced fishermen, who were walking in obedience to Jesus by even being on the boat at that time. Verse 22 says, “Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.” In other words, the All-knowing God in the Person of Jesus Christ knew what was ahead and sent His disciples still. This should calm fear and silence anxiety in our lives knowing God is aware and must have purpose in the storms He allows.

This storm begins to rage immediately and the disciples are afraid for their life. Jesus doesn’t rush to them. But when He does arrive, He displays His Sovereignty by appearing walking on the water amidst the storm. God is sovereign and will come for His children no matter what. Sovereignty means God governs the entire universe according to good His pleasure. It means He answers to no thing and no one. He is the Supreme Ruler. He’s the possessor of heaven and earth.

What things in your life are contradicting what God has said and has promised you? Shift your focus away from those things and place it back on God. Wrong focus causes you to drift and even worst, sink. Other than Jesus, Peter walked on water amidst a storm when he maintained proper focus—on Jesus. God is the Author and Finisher of your Faith. Humble your heart, open your mouth and ask God to save you. When you do, watch the storm within you cease and watch your Saviour come for you.

We can find ourselves in uncanny situations as we are walking in obedience to God. Know that. But these situations never diminish the truth that God will never leave nor forsake us; He’s with us even unto the end of the world.

Let’s Pray: Dear God, Thank You that we’re never alone. Thank You that You’re always with us. Thank You that trouble won’t last always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Tags: prayer, focus

First Thougts

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She wakes up in the morning. Grabs her phone. Scrolls through missed notifications. A missed text. Two missed calls. New updates & directives regarding the coronavirus. Emails, new promotions, and more grab her attention.

Her first thoughts of the day are taken up by the feed received from the outside world. After seeing that none of her missed notifications are urgent, she turns over and thinks, "10 more minutes..." and drifts back off to sleep.

I'm sure that as you were reading, you shook your head in agreement a few times, and you may have even chuckled. You were able to relate with the morning routine of this young lady. But do me a favor... Take a step back...

Although her routine is common and very relatable, what was wrong with it?

Romans 12:2 admonishes us to,

"...not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

If this world has our first thoughts, how are we not to be conformed to it? #selah

I get it - as we move through this global pandemic, there is an increase of concern among the world and the body of Christ; which explains why you are eager to know, "What's new?" or "What did I miss?"

IMAGINE THIS! Upon waking up, what if you asked our Omniscient God, "What's New?"

I mean, He has all of the answers we'll ever need. It's His answers that prepare us for the day. Your first thoughts form your perspective for the day.

Isaiah 26:3-4 says,

"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.

Giving God your first thoughts is a place of strength. It's a place of joy and peace. It's such a safe place!

Think of it this way:

The sun rises and its rays break through the window of a young child's room. The child opens her eyes. Realizing that it's morning, her first thoughts are, "Where's Daddy?"

She pushes her covers back and rushes to her parents' bedroom with excitement. She made it through the night on her own, and couldn't wait to climb into bed with Daddy to be held in his arms.

She pushes the door open and there he is... resting. Even while resting, she is able to find safety in him. #selah (think about it and let that settle in)

She climbs into the bed. He cracks his eye open for a second, and she says, "Good Morning Daddy, " and then lays down next to him. He wraps his arm around her. She takes a deep breath in, and slowly exhales as she rests in her father’s arms. #safety

Giving God your first thoughts is such a safe place. You may be in a dark place, but even in your dark place God is your hope. I don't know about you, but being in His presence, wrapped in His arms, is enough for me. What a privilege that the Creator of the Universe, the Sovereign King gives us direct access to Him.

Make the choice to give God your first daily. Each day has a special fulfillment when you give God your first thoughts.

May you be intentional about your meetings with God. May your encounters with God bring a constant transformation of your mind. May excitement arise with each new morning. May your greeting to our Heavenly Father bring you great comfort.

Begin today. Give God your 1st Thoughts.

"Good Morning Daddy."

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