“Ruth made this promise to Naomi, ‘Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried (Ruth 1:16-17).’
We can turn Ruth’s words into a prayer. ‘Jesus, Where you go I will go and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God and Father will be my God and Father. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.'”
*adapted from Tessa Afshar, The Way Home, p.256.
“God isn’t scrambling to come up with some kind of scheme to meet our latest crisis. . . . His plans have long since been laid. They are secure. And they have you in mind.”*
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
Remember these truths as you pray.
*Tessa Afshar, The Way Home, p.167.
Let Scripture inspire your prayer.
Read Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”
Then pray: “Teach me to live a life of trust, and to stop leaning on my own understanding. For the sake of Jesus. Amen.”*
*Tessa Afshar, The Way Home, p.69.
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually (1 Chronicles 16:11).”
“Actively seek God. Pour effort and will into that seeking.”*
*Tessa Afshar, The Way Home, p.31.
“Do you ever grow fretful and anxious as you think about the future? Invite Jesus to take over your situation. Avoid telling him:
- What the outcome should look like.
- How He should resolve the situation.
- When He should solve the problem.”*
*adapted from Tessa Afshar, The Way Home, p.92.