I’ve recently become part of a group that journals and prays over bibles for a specific period of time. Once the bible has been prayed over and “loved” it is taken to someone in need. This could be someone without a home, someone affected by trafficked, someone in prison, someone directly affect by domestic violence or abuse, etc. I immediately fell in love with this project because it doesn’t take a complete change in your day to do this. I have begun incorporating it into my morning bible study and prayer. I was all about being able to make a difference in the life of someone who I may or may not be able to meet. I would be part of providing them with food for their soul. This would be something that could transform their life and put them on a greater path that God has set for them. I could be part of God’s plan in such a bigger way.
I wanted to change someone’s life.
What I didn’t know was that God wanted to change mine.
Just over the last 7 days I have started to recognize that I was the one needing this extended time in God’s word. I needed to spend a “little more” time in prayer for God to speak to my heart. I have been asking God what I needed to pray for when it comes to those who will receive these bibles. As the words come to mind I realize these are areas I could also use a little help in or areas I should be praying for those I love. Family members and friends.
God’s started showing me that at the core of who we are, we all need the same thing. Those who we look at as “the least of these” are just the same as we are. Their life circumstances may look a little different, but who they are isn’t.
They are a child of God. (John 1:12)
They were created in His image. (Genesis 1:27)
They are the reason Jesus died on the cross. (John 3:16)
They are sons and daughters of the most High King. (1 John 3:1)
They have been fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
They are not alone. (Hebrews 13:5)
They have been rescued into God’s family. (Colossians 1:13)
They have access to the Father. (Ephesians 2:18)
They have been justified. (Romans 5:1)
They are no longer lost, but found. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
They are a friend of Jesus. (John 15:15)
They have been adopted into his family. (Ephesians 1:5)
We are one. (Galatians 3:26-28)
And, as I started to write down the areas I believed I needed to pray for them, they started to connect us all as well.
And, the list could go on and on.
As I read this I find that there are people in my life (and me!) who need this on an almost daily basis. I need to be reminded that:
God’s mercies are new every morning.
God’s grace is sufficient for me.
God is my refuel when I feel weary.
God’s guidance and the path He wants me to take are far greater than any other.
God’s Wisdom is so much greater than the “knowledge” we all claim to have.
God’s healing for my soul, body and mind surpass anything any doctor could ever prescribe. He is the Great Physician.
If you are in a place today where you feel you are lost, broken or in need of a recharge. I encourage you to pray these things over your life. And, know that I am standing in agreement with you!
You belong to the Father.