Think About This: “Prayer never evaporates. It sets into motion forces as inexorable and perhaps as “unhurriable” as a glacier, but when the Lord’s arm reaches down, no power in heaven or earth will frustrate him.”―
Posted on October 4, 2021 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. (Psalm 77:11 NIV)
Every so often, my pastor will open the microphone up to the congregation and ask if anyone has had any “God Sightings” that week. It’s a great time for the people to reflect on God’s goodness in their own personal lives, and by doing so, encourage their brothers and sisters in Christ as well.
Reflection is an action that I don’t believe we practice nearly enough in the Christian world. There are many times we might ask God for things such as financial provision, healing, and safety. If God answers these prayers with a “yes,” we’re happy… but do we always go back to Him in thanksgiving, reflecting on His goodness? When we worship, do we pinpoint specific areas where we see God moving, and thank Him for doing so? We can worship in the general sense, which is perfectly acceptable and beautiful to God’s ears, but worship can be so powerful when we practice targeted contemplation.
I think about it this way: when a child goes to a parent and says “I love you,” it’s a wonderful thing for a parent to hear. When that same child goes to the parent and says “I love you; thank you for forgiving me for my tantrum yesterday, for always putting food on my plate, and for buying me all of the toys in my room,” it just becomes so much more powerful.
In Psalm 9:1 (NIV), David writes, I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. What David is saying here is, “Lord, I am thankful for your goodness and I will reflect and tell of the specific wonderful things you have done.” Take some time to reflect on the goodness God has shown you in your life. I’m sure you’ll enjoy some intimate time with God by doing so.
This Victory Call was originally published in Real Victory for Real Life Volume 3
Written by Erin C.: Erin served for four years as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new makeup, buying dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. -2 Corinthians 5:14-15