"The Lord will be our Mighty one. He will be like a wide river of protection that no enemy can cross, that no enemy ship can sail upon. For the Lord is our Judge, our Lawgiver, and our King. He will care for us and save us." Isaiah 33:21-22
Father God, Truly you are our King. We just celebrated the birth of our Prince of Peace and now we are on the brink of a new year. We ask for Your protection throughout 2019. Be our wide river of protection that the enemy cannot cross. Guide the sails of our lives as this year unfolds. Help us remember You are our Lawgiver and show us how to be obedient to Your laws...the ones written in Your word and the ones You write on our hearts as we spend time with You. Holy Spirit, be our Judge and keep us sensitive to those times we are disobedient to our King's wishes. Then make us quick to correct our course and sail back to the middle of His will. Teach us to keep our confession current and keep Your word tucked away in our hearts as our compass pointing us to You, our True North.
Lord, we know even the widest of rivers sometimes narrows into a mere trickle of water. When those times of dryness come help us not lose sight of our Fountain of Living Water; but know You are still with us, walking beside us, carrying our ship through the desert until that river of abundance flows again. May we quench our thirst in You alone and keep our feet firmly planted on Your path through the desert sands; remembering that You sometimes part the waters allowing us to walk away from the enemy, even when it seems he is right behind us and gaining ground. Help us walk steady and wait expectantly for You to crash those waters over him!
And, Lord, we also know that rivers contain rapids, places the waters become rough and hard to maneuver. When we hit the rapids of 2019, we pray for Your strength to infuse us as we navigate those rough waters. We ask for You to be the guide who helps us through the rapids and brings us safely to the other side. Father, if we fall out of the raft into the rapidly moving water we ask for You to keep us from banging our feet into the sharp rocks of the enemy. Throw out Your lifeline and save us, for we know You are the One who cares for us and saves us. You are the One who keeps our feet from striking those rocks. You are the One who steers our ships through all of life's waters. You've done it before, through all the rough waters and small trickles of years gone by. We believe You will do it again in 2019. May we all look to You, our Mighty One through everything 2019 holds because we know You are already at the end, You see the whole year from eternities viewpoint. We do not need to fear the dry times or the rapids because You are our God, our Father, our Protector. Keep our eyes firmly fixed on You throughout this new year.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
Happy New Year!
God bless and keep you!
Until next time,