Prayer posted November 4, 2009

Dedicated to: All members and family of the military
Posted by: Joyce Clasen in La Palma, CA
Prayer: DEVOTION ON GRIEVING When you are grieving, there is great comfort in going to the Word of God. Read the promises over and over. Let the message sink into your heart. When you cry out to the Father, you are touching the very heart of God. God understands your sorrows and grief. He does not minimize the time for grieving. Jesus is a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. (Isaiah 53:6) Jesus wept as he saw the mourning of Mary and Martha when their brother Lazarus died. (John 11:35) Psalm 56:8 states that God has a record of every tear you shed. They are all precious to him. God is with you always. He says, I will never leave you or forsake you, so we can boldly say, The Lord is my helper, I shall never fear. (Hebrews 13:5, 6) You can look to God your Father as your personal Shepherd. (Psalm 23) He directs and guides your steps. Jesus calls you to come to Him when you are weary and heavy laden and He will give you rest. With Him you will find rest for your soul. (Matthew 11:29,30) God so loved you that He sacrificed His only begotten Son. (John 3:16) You are that important to Him. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) God will walk with you through the valley. (Psalm 23) Lean on Him for strength and comfort. You have a time for mourning, weeping and grieving. Accept that. But God promises you also that He will bring you through it to a new day. You are encouraged to offer Him a sacrifice of praise. When your heart is broken, your praise to God is a sacrifice. You are to add to that the sacrifices of doing good and sharing. This pleases God. (Hebrews 5:15, 16) God will use these gifts and bless you as you reach out through your sorrow. He will exchange: Beauty for ashes The oil of joy for mourning The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Isaiah 61:3 This is a promise to cling to. This is the hope you have. Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5). Trust in the Lord with all your heart And lean not on your own understanding In all your ways acknowledge Him And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5 Joyfully, Joyce
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