Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.27.16

Scripture


Luke 2:14

Pray

Father I pray for peace within myself, my family, my home, my community, my place of worship, my workplace, and throughout my country and every part of the world. 

I know that the broadness of this prayer requires Your billions of other children to also consistently be praying for that peace. It doesn’t deter or stop me from praying for it however. 

I know Your power, Your strength, and Your love. I’ve witnessed Your healings and restorations. I’ve seen with my own eyes, how You have said “yes” when doctors and naysayers said “no”, and Your “yes” brought astonishment. 

Father I pray that every willing and even unwilling heart, finds that internal peace that they need to survive, to clinch tightly on hope, and increase their faith in You and Your son Jesus. 

Father I need the peace within myself and my family. The enemy is working double-time on us, individually and collectively. I and we are not it’s but are Yours. 

Protect us Father. Fill us with peace so that we lean into Your light and out of the darkness. Give us the strength to fight the enemy and it’s plot to disrupt, destroy and kill. I pray to You in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Reflection

When we read of “peace” in the Bible, many of us first think of wars and physical unrest. But take it to the spiritual realm, where God is, and you then see “peace” as what takes place within before it spreads outward. 

All things done in the physical first start within; our thoughts and emotions pour out into action. 

Our thoughts of betrayal turn to anger, which lead to revenge—the enemy’s goal of disruption, destruction, and death. 

Our thoughts of admiration turn to love, which leads to unity—God’s plan for us.

You may be physically, psychologically, and/or verbally fighting with a loved one. The enemy is winning. There’s no peace there. There’s no joy, love, calm, or light there. The more we fight, the farther we fall into the dark trap set by the enemy. 

The only way out of the enemy’s trap is God. Grab your Bible and prayer book and start praying for peace and a way out of the darkness. Turn to prayer partner and a pastor (or other religious leader) that isn’t blinded by your foolishness (that which led you into the trap) and have them pray over you, for you, and with you, so that God can see and know your changing heart—to bring peace to you, and a cease and desist notice to the enemy. 

There is never a day of rest by the enemy, so we can never rest a day from his attacks. We must stay prayed up. 

Your strategy for surviving and winning, can’t be your good looks and charm. That’s probably how the enemy got its hands on you to begin with. You can’t try to simply out think or out wit the enemy. It’s craftier than you could ever imagine. 

Your only weapon against the enemy is prayer. Pray. Pray. Pray. Sit down, kneel, lay down, and talk with God. Your prayers don’t need to be poetic, just genuine. God knows all that we go through, and in our free will He gives us options, so until we show Him a heart that seeks His Light, and not the darkness, He allows us to walk and experience the consequences of choosing chaos over peace, darkness over Light, riches over wealth. 

Pray for your peace. Pray for your spouse/significant other. Pray for your parents and your children. Pray for your siblings, grandparents, and extended family members. Pray for your in-laws. Then pray for those outside of your family. Who do you associate with more outside of family? Start there and pray for those who come to your mind, and keep praying until you find yourself praying for strangers. You don’t need to know their name and they don’t need to know yours, God does, we are His children–so pray for them. 

Imagine how you pray for people whose story you hear about on the news, read about in newspapers and on social media. You don’t know them and there’s a 99.999% chance that they don’t know you, but you stop and say a prayer for them in their time of need. What if you did this consistently, and not just for tragedies you hear or see, but just in the laying of your eyes on another, you stop and pray for them and their peace. 

Pray for the rude or lazy employee at the restaurant or store you patronized. Pray for the driver who cut your car off, or rushed to take the parking spot you were waiting for. Pray for the impatient person who is yelling and cursing. Pray for the heckler who aims to start drama. Pray for the frowning person that you pass. Pray for the person who seems to have it all in life, because you know that they are still under attack. 

We all need peace, even if we do things that prove we don’t deserve it. Peace is the receptor that connects us to God. We can’t live without that connection. 

The calm waters. The faint breeze. Imagine that same presence within you. It’s possible. 

Pray!

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?

5. Who would you like to pray for today?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

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Love always,

Natasha

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