We always need God's protection in our lives. But sometimes things happen that drive us to our knees. Regardless of your current circumstances, below is a prayer for protection that I wrote on crosswalk recently. Are you feeling exposed today? Seeking ...

A Prayer for God’s Protection

 

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We always need God’s protection in our lives. But sometimes things happen that drive us to our knees. Regardless of your current circumstances, below is a prayer for protection that I wrote on crosswalk recently.

Are you feeling exposed today? Seeking the kind of shelter described in Psalm 91? Run to the Father’s fortress with these words on your lips and in your heart, knowing that God will stand guard over any area of your life you surrender to Him. Will you pray with me now for his divine protection?

Prayer for Protection

Lord Jesus,

The world is changing so fast. Every day the media relays tales of those who disregard law, devise evil, and destroy both people and property. And because of what’s happening, fear sometimes rises up in my heart—for me, for those I love, and for people everywhere. Yet I know you are in control. You can read the rest of this prayer here on crosswalk.

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God’s Grace: How Deep Is It?

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Can grace cover the worst thing you’ve ever done? The most terrible act committed against you? The one thing you have the most trouble forgetting? The worst deed ever committed in history? In your lifetime?

Can God’s grace cover that? How complete is His forgiveness? How unconditional is His love?

 

How Deep is God’s Grace?

By Rebecca Barlow Jordan

God’s grace is so deep, you can never contain it.

So wide, you can never explain it.

So deep you can never see its beginning,

So wide, you can’t see its ending.

So deep, you can’t comprehend it,

So wide, you can’t ever end it.

So good, you can hardly believe it,

So great, you can only receive it.

So free, you can never earn it,

So amazing, you will never return it.

Take a moment again to remember, because we never truly forget. Memories—we may replace them, but we can never erase them. What is your worst memory? Your greatest (actual) nightmare? Then place God’s grace beside it.

How Deep Is God’s Grace?

Deep enough to cover the deepest sin. Because of Jesus, it’s wide enough to erase it from God’s “memory,” in that He no longer holds it to our account (Psalm 103:11-12). We are forgiven!

His grace is deep enough to cover every prison cell in every country. It’s wide enough to envelop the blackest heart. It’s big enough to embrace you forever. But it’s a gift, and must be received (Acts 2:8-9).

How Deep Is God’s Grace?

Deeper than you think.

I don’t know about you, but I remember those times in my life—painful times when I wasn’t proud of my actions or thoughts. Judgmental times, too. At times, I’ve wished I could forget. But I choose to believe His grace is not only sufficient to forgive, but that it’s deep enough to heal every memory. And it’s strong enough to help us grow deeper with Him.

Maybe it’s time to really believe and act on that grace.

“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is” Ephesians 3:18 NLT

“May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace” Galatians 1:3 NLT

NOTE: I found the inspiration for this blog several years ago through Christy Nockel’s song, Healing Is in Your Hands, as we sang it in our worship service one Sunday morning. Listen carefully to the words of that song on the video. It’s one of my favorite songs. God’s healing grace is so powerful!

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There Is Only One Safe Hiding Place

safe in Jesus safe place God refuge hiding placeIs any place really safe in the world we live? Through the years people have looked for places to hide, but there is only one safe hiding place. Here are some of the reasons why some may look for a hiding place. Maybe these reasons apply to you–now or in the past:

 

Ten Reasons Why People Look for a Hiding Place

  1. Hiding from Parents (Rebellious kids or teens may hide, especially from discipline)
  2. Hiding from Storms and Natural Disasters (Sometimes even the best preparations fail to give protection)

  3. Hiding from Unpleasant Circumstances or Situations (Often because of the inability to face them, as in denial)

  4. Hiding from “Irregular” People (Those who are hard to get along with)

  5. Hiding from Employers (Usually where dishonesty or fear is involved)

  6. Hiding from Responsibility (Selfishness, fear, or laziness may rule)

  7. Hiding from Authority (As in cases of crime or fear of punishment)

  8. Hiding from Threats of Danger (Perhaps from fear of domestic or sexual abuse, from terrorism, or from persecution as a Christian, or from unjust leaders)

  9. Hiding from Loved Ones – (Fear of discovery of harmful, controlling habits)

  10. Hiding from God – (The one person from whom we cannot hide)

    While praying for those who need a safe hiding place recently, I read some of the words from Psalm 91:

    “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shelter of the Almighty” (v. 1, NKJV). “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’ (v. 2, NIV). “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge” (v. 4, NIV). 

The One Safe Hiding Place

In reality there are no truly safe hiding places but one (Psalm 32:7). We can never hide from God. He created us and knows everything about us (Psalm 139). But we can hide with Him, and in Him (Psalm 11:1). 

American eagle metaphor for GodThe American Eagle

I love the picture of the American eagle, with a wingspan anywhere from six to ten feet. Young eaglets are safe underneath the huge wings of its parent. And those wings are powerful! If an eagle sees an eaglet in danger, (or seeking an enemy for prey), it can fly at 200 mph to scoop it up. The eagle believes in protecting its young.

A Metaphor for God – Our Secret Hiding Place

That’s a great metaphor for God: He is our “secret hiding place.” The Most High God is our “refuge.” And there is safety “under His wings.” He may take us through the storm or around the storm, but either way, God is the only safe hiding place.

The Psalmist says that whoever dwells–lives–in that secret place will rest. Where? Under God’s shadow–underneath His wings, covered by his feathers. 

Because we live in a fallen world, we as Christians will not escape every danger. But when we live in God’s hiding place, He will bring us through safely to the “other side.” “His faithfulness will be your shield” (Psalm 91: 4, NIV).

And when you are resting in that one hiding place, you need never fear–ever.

My Personal Prayer for You

Almighty God, where can we run, but to You? We have no safe hiding place but in You. Spread your wings over us today; protect us with Your mighty wings of love. Teach us to fear only You. Draw us closer to You, Jesus, for we belong to You! And we rest with sweet confidence in Your ultimate protection. We do not fear what others can do to us, because if we are Your children, we know You and love You. Not even death can separate us from Your forever presence (Romans 8:38)!

Day-votedly Yours,

Rebecca

* This is a revised post that I first published in 2011.

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Is God Really Trustworthy? Do You Really Trust God?

trust God, God is trustworthy, God is faithful, worry, fear, faith, trust in GodOkay, the first question is not the real issue, is it? The real question is, Do you really trust God? Do the two go together? Absolutely.

Most of us want to trust God for the “fix”–the answer that we’ve asked Him for. Claim the promise. Right? So we confess it, we act on it, and we nail it down! God said it, that’s that! Yes, I really trust God. And we wait to see the fix.

What Happens When…

Lost your job? You child is rebelling? Received a bad report from the doctor? It’s only a matter of time…until God will come through. Right? Right! Do you really trust God? Maybe….

Is God really trustworthy? Yes! What if? What if the fix doesn’t happen? Unemployment stretches on. Children don’t return. You don’t get well. Is God still trustworthy?

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 3:5-6 NKJV

That verse in Proverbs says to trust in the Lord with all your heart–not a part, not halfway, but all. Lean not to your own understanding. Don’t try to figure it out on your own. Refrain from dictating to God when or how something should happen. God is God; you are not. That’s where the problem lies with the “trust” issue.

In all your ways–that means all–acknowledge Him. Make His name known; put Him first; make Him “boss.” And He will (not maybe) direct your paths. It doesn’t say God will answer the way you want, but He will direct, lead, or prod you in the right direction, the “path” He has laid out for you (even if you don’t have a clue what to do). Another translation says He will make your way smooth. He will make your way bearable.

Trusting God Is a Challenge

Trusting God is a challenge for me. I bet it is for you, too. It’s easy to trust God for ___________ but when it comes to _______________. We’ll both just fill in the blanks, okay? God knows what our most difficult issues are.

Let’s test our “trust quotient.” How do you know if you’re trusting God? Here are four possible ways:

Real Trust Means:

1. No timetable

2. No fixes

3. No worry

4. No control (of mine)

Here’s another way of looking at it:

The ABC’s of Trusting:

1. A sking God’s help (Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 46:1)

2. B elieving God is in control (Jeremiah 32:17, NLT)

3. C onfessing God’s faithfulness (Psalm 89:8, NLT; Deuteronomy 32:4, NLT)

4. L eaving the answer to God (even if He decides not to “fix” the problem). (Psalm 31:14, NLT; Romans 11:33, NLT).

Wait a minute! It’s that last one that tests us the most, would you agree? That’s the one that doesn’t fit our “alphabet order.” Because believing that God is trustworthy is believing that God will never act any other way than what will ultimately bring good. He is God; He is faithful; and He is good. And no lack of trust in Him will ever change the character of God.

The question is not, “Is God really trustworthy?” The question is, “Do you really trust God?” Only you–and God–can answer that. But there is a sweetness in the relationship when your faltering steps of faith turn to quiet rest and total dependence on One who will never disappoint you, never fail you, and who is always, 100% faithful.

  • This post first appeared in 2012.

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What to Pray in Times of Natural Disaster


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In times of disaster, natural or otherwise, maybe you struggle with why’s or how to help. Some arrive in the center of the storm, ready to pluck victims from death’s reach. Others use hands, feet, boats, cars, or planes for rescue. So many send food, water, clothing—anything and everything that is needed in the aftermath of a disaster. But any of us—all of us—can give something. And we can all pray. Whether you are a victim or concerned Christian, pray in your own way. And if you’re at a loss for words while staring at so much destruction, here is a prayer you can voice to God:

Read the rest of this prayer which is posted on crosswalk.com.

We Can Pray for Each Other

With the recent hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and other natural disasters, we all need each other more than ever, and we need to pray for one another. We all need God’s tender mercies and help. Whether you are a victim, a responder, or concerned Christian, please know the above prayer is what I will pray for you. If you have or will help in any way, thank you!

We Can Find Hope in the Lord

May God grant strength, courage, and hope always, but especially in these times of unprecedented natural disaster. You are loved, and you are treasured by our Heavenly Father. You are never forgotten, and you can do all things through Christ who will strengthen you.

Together, we can find hope in the Lord.

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield (Psalm 33:20, NIV).

It’s Your Turn

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