Mondays at lunch: prayer and fasting for men to bravely lead, for women’s hearts to soften, and for current and future marriages to honor the Lord.
Living in the present is not my best skill. I specialize in regret (living in the past) or worrying (anxious future living) or daydreaming (happy future living). When it comes to my dating life, I am an experienced professional at all of these categories. I can regret the miscommunication that ended a previous relationship, worry that no one will ever choose me, and daydream about how happy that new cute boy at work will be when he realizes he is my soul mate. Sad but true.
So when a budding relationship that looked and felt so perfect evaporated into thin air recently, I managed to do everything except live in the present. In fact, I still find myself regretting some particular detail, as if the relationship would still exist if I had worn that other dress? And I worry that I will now be alone forever, as if this relationship’s failure is the barometer of all men ever? And I daydream that perhaps he will realize his obvious and great error and pursue me again, as if my only hope rests in this relationship’s restoration?
Again, I see how much I resist living in today. Living right here, right now requires an intentional embrace of the tension of past and future. I’d rather want to know what comes to next or to revive the opportunities that yesterday seemed to present rather than trust God with today’s struggles and thank Him for today’s joys.
Here are my reminder verses – I hope they are encouraging for you as well!
(Psalm 27:13-14): I believe that I shall look on the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage – wait for the Lord!
(Romans 8:28): And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.
(Psalm 139:16): Your eyes saw my unformed body, all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
(Proverbs 3:5-6): Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
(Matthew 6:33-34): But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Praying with and for you on Monday – that we would know His goodness in our present tense lives, that we would live free of regret and worry and daydreaming. In valleys and at high points, He is equally good and gracious to us. Praying to find a place of gratitude and rest in His provision for this day.
Bread of Life – give us this day our daily bread!