What to do when your prayer path seems to have ended

Have you felt like you were walking on a daisy-lined path with the Lord, and then, the path ended? What do you do?

PRAY!

Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, LORD, do I seek.” 
                 . . .
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies. Psalm 27:7-11

Some think that David wrote these words before he was king, when his parents died, or he was being pursued by Saul. Others think that he wrote this when he was old and after his men told him that he should not go into war again. 2 Samuel 21:16-17  

Ancient pleas for favor and guidance, and yet, they are relevant to us today.

David knew how to get back on the right path. He prayed, and he trusted that God would hear him and answer him.

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Have you tasted God’s goodness?

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Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8 (ESV)

David killed the Philistine giant, Goliath, and saved the Israelites from defeat. Years later, David fled from King Saul into the land of the Philistines. Soon, the Philistines recognized him and brought him before the king. David acted insane, and the king released him. Psalm 34 is David’s response to God upon his release.

I enjoy eating. I especially enjoy the sweet, sour, salty, and bitter tastes of vegetables and fruits. I spend hours chopping red, green, orange and purple vegetables. Cooking rainbows of color is my delight as I get ready for a family gathering. We savor the meal as we focus on each other. These meals help us understand each other better.

One day, I was asked to close my eyes and open my hand as someone dropped something into my hand. I was then asked to smell it, put it in my mouth and taste it without eating it. My thoughts were focused upon what was in my mouth, and it became sweeter as it melted in my mouth. I knew this piece of chocolate candy intimately. I understood its goodness.

David tasted God’s goodness like melting chocolate lingering in his mouth.

Have you tasted God’s goodness?

Thought for the Day

When we focus upon God, we understand God’s goodness.

My prayer

O God, help us to savor Your goodness. Your goodness fills our world with pleasures that delight our senses. Your goodness wraps us in Your love and peace. In the midst of our troubles, we take refuge in You and taste Your goodness. Thank You, Lord!

God’s lovingkindness leads

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The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The Lord is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.
All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Psalm 145:8-13

Lovingkindness leads us to the manger.

Lovingkindness leads us to the foot of the cross.

Lovingkindness leads us to repentance.

Lovingkindness leads us to thanksgiving.

Lovingkindness leads us to proclaim His mighty works.

Lovingkindness leads us to say, “Come, Lord, Jesus.”

Lovingkindness endures forever.

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

My prayer for you

Our God of lovingkindness, Your mercies are new every morning. Thank You for enfolding us in Your wings of protection, Your wings of warmth, Your wings of intimacy, Your wings that take us to heights we could never know without them. Although we cannot fathom such lovingkindness, we bask in it. Thank you, Lord, for Your everlasting lovingkindness.