Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Ex. 14:12-14 (NIV)
Heavenly Father, fear and waiting can really do a number on us. Like the Israelites traveling between Egypt and the Promised Land, we know what it feels like to prefer a known brokenness over unfilled hope. Help us get still and trust you to fight for us.
We’re not facing the threat of Egyptian soldiers (thankfully). Often our biggest battles are in the war zone of our own hearts. You tell us how much you love us in Jesus; yet, too often, we look to people to be our saviors—to validate, affirm, or “complete” us. How foolish and ineffective; yet how easy it is to do so. Take down the Goliath of our unbelief.
Other enemies vying for our hearts include comparison and envy, unforgiveness and resentment, discontent and greed. Like stealth ninjas, they creep into our hearts to steal, kill, and destroy. Fight for us, Father, and fight in us. Wage war against the conspiracy at work in our own hearts. Mount a mighty grace offensive.
We also acknowledge how difficult it is to trust you with people we love. We invest, (and waste), much energy trying to “fix” people. It never works, never. Help us love as Jesus loves us. Free us to extend your welcoming heart, daily mercies and radical grace. Again, we throw down our toolbox of trying to be the 4th member of the Trinity in anybody’s life.
Father, some of us are facing the unknown land of aging. Help us trust you as we forget things easier, bury friends, go through transitions, and live closer to heaven. You’ve always been faithful, generous, and present; and you always will be. We choose stillness and trust, over fear and worry. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.