Something I find I have to guard during this time of year is my expectations. If I can lay them down and release them in exchange for the plans God has for my family it always yields good results. When I look at the scripture, in various versions, I know I can walk in confidence that His plans for us are good.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB) “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Let me invite you to join me and pray this kind of prayer……..
“Lord I trust in you. I know you have a plan for the Christmas season that is good. I choose your plan. Please make the thoughts of my mind and the desires of my heart line up with your plan. Instead of going to a place of expectations I choose to praise you throughout the season and give you thanks for Jesus, the Bread of Life.”
….and then let’s declare His Word:
Ps. 9:1 (TPT) I will worship you with extended hands as my whole heart explodes with praise! I will tell everyone everywhere about your wonderful works and how your marvelous miracles exceed expectations!
Ps. 40:5 (TPT) O Lord, our God, no one can compare with you. Such wonderful works and miracles are all found with you! And you think of us all the time with your countless expressions of love— far exceeding our expectations!
Wishing you and yours a God planned Christmas!!
Rev. Patricia Wenzel is the founder and director of a state-wide prayer ministry, PRAY New Jersey Inc., since 2002. The ministry is committed to praying for and blessing those serving in authority positions in our state, particularly in government. The ministry is also committed to equipping the saints to pray for those serving in government. The vision and ministry is guided by the Word of God, in particular, 1 Tim. 2:1-4 and Is. 61:11. Pat is thankful for the ministry of America’s Keswick. She graduated from Women of Character in July 2008.