I hope to be on track from this point on.
That said … some situations in my family have surfaced in the last 48 hours. Mainly concerning my mother, who is elderly and lives, defiantly, alone. She adamantly refuse help and to all her children any access to the things that need to be done to make her secure physically, mentally or financially. She is nothing if not independent!
Much to my frustration.
If you’ve ever read WAY back in this blog you would have found that me and my family (parents and siblings) did not have healthy lives, upbringings or relationships. It has definitely been a rough road, our lives together. Fast forward to today … And I feel frustrated in regard to my mother’s choices for her life. And … I feel deeply and profoundly that I must do as the Word requires and honor my mother and father regardless of how I feel about our past, present or future.
Am I caring for my parents and my grandmother with the correct attitude?
I believe I am. The past is what it is … that does not negate that they are my parents and I should honor that. Period.
A good attitude does not mean that I should enter into a relationship without boundaries to safe guard myself … and that is how I came to needing this prayer today. For mother, and for my sister and myself as well.
Psalm 71 is a prayer of protection written by David, as much of the Psalms were. It begins …
In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge,
to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.
Psalm 91 is a psalm that contains ALL of the promises of God … written by Moses, it is believed. This Psalm a favorite of many amazingly confirms the above and ends (verses 14-16) with the ultimate promise of God’s love and protection!
It begins …
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
The beginning of Psalm 91 is a prayer that affirms the prayer’s knowledge that God are the very thing David begs in his Psalm 71 prayer.
Much of praying needs to be the solution!
As I was writing this post, God answered the prayers I didn’t know how I was going to pray! Isn’t that amazing! He knows our hearts. He knows our needs before we can even articulate them.
Just in reading these Psalms and typing them and just putting them deeply into my heart, my prayers were answered.
That’s how prayer works, particularly when we pray God’s Word. Praying God’s Word, as I said in my last post, insures that we are praying God’s will for our lives and troubles.
God loves this … He wants us to chose him to help him. He becomes strong in our lives when we are weak and turn to Him to solve our problems.
2 Corinthians 12:9
he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
My encouragement to you is read the Psalms and use them in your prayer life, regularly. God has provided an entire Book in His Word for us to use for prayer! Amazing right?
I thank You with all I am for the answered prayers today! I thank You that my obedience to your Word and guidance to seek You first has become a lifestyle for me, insuring Your presence in my every moment. I glorify You, I honor You, always!
Lord, thank Your Word, for the Psalms You provided for us to pray within Your will, always. Thank You.
Lord I pray a hedge of protection around me and my whole family. I pray the blood of Jesus Christ over this family right now! Lord You, alone our Rock and Redeemer. Our Refuge and Fortress. You rescue and deliver us from the enemy. Thank You Lord that You’ve given Your angels charge over us. I surrender all to You, You are the Lord of my life. Thank You Lord. May my life glorify You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thank you for reading my dear friends. You’re always in my prayers. God bless.