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Grace Moments Devotions - September 1, 2019

  • 2019 Sep 01

September 1
Praying at our wits’ end
Jason Nelson

We hit our limits by getting ahead of ourselves: stretching, trying, straining, falling, adjusting, and trying again. We gain wisdom from overreaching. We learn humility from what we don’t understand or can’t do. We don’t have to fake it anymore. There is a curious satisfaction in realizing our own limitations. Take a cleansing breath. Heave a sigh of relief. Be yourself. Offer a nice little prayer.

“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters  or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content” (Psalm 131:1,2).

God is beyond us and in us and with us. Our limitations are never the end of the story. He doesn’t honor barriers and tugs us past them kicking and screaming. When we settle down, we realize that he pushed us past ourselves to make us grow. He teams us with people whose limits are different from ours so we accomplish more together than we ever could alone. He redeemed us out of a love that is beyond our capacity to grasp it. He gave us faith in Jesus because we could never save ourselves. That is our confidence. We don’t need to make any excuses. We can offer a nice little prayer: “Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore” (Psalm 131:3).

Feel at peace no matter what storms come your way

When you’re rooted in God’s Word and in Jesus, you’re blessed no matter what comes your way because the Bible tells you that Jesus is the Lord of all. That he loves you so much that he died to save you. That he is the only way to heaven. The book Rooted: Your Sure Hope in the Storms of Life shows you what it’s like to live a life that’s rooted in Jesus.

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