Inspired by prayerful journaling with God.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. — 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
Lord, these words speak of Your excitement – of life restored as You intended, for Your children, forever. In Your eyes, we already live as we will, with You, in eternity. Why is it so hard for us to see, and feel, and know the hope You’ve given us? How can we lay hold of it in boldness and excitement and revelation? How can we live our hope?
Let your heart be lifted up on your words of praise. In the praises of My people, I am alive in their midst, in splendor and glory. The praises of your heart and voice make tangible for you the hope I have given you. Take hold of hope; draw it to your heart; taste it. Let it fill you; revel in it; hold fast to it. Hold your hope before you, for all the world to see: “This is my hope! The promise of my King! His faithfulness is forever! My King who loves me. My King who loves you.”
Lift your hope high as a banner. Let it glisten in the light of My everlasting love. Let it take root deep in your heart, and through your hope, let all My blessings and promises flow, and overflow, and saturate you with abundant life. To that day when My Kingdom will come upon the earth. Be lifted up by the life of My Spirit in you. For the glory of My Son, Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed that you would have everlasting life – and joy beyond measure!
When we hope in You, Lord Jesus, our hope becomes tangible. All that we hope for in You will come to pass. And already, You live in our hearts, and You inhabit our praises.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” — 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
Lord, let our praises be ever on our lips and in our hearts.
Praise Me in all things:
Sorrow, strength, adversity, sickness, jubilation, celebration, accomplishment, forgiveness, thankfulness, despair, reconciliation, new life, death, change, injury, promotion, gain, loss, friendship, love, nature, sunset, sunrise, noontime, mealtime, lying down to sleep, waking up, rain, sunshine, harvest, drought, and in every moment of life.
Copyright © 2014 by Janet Eriksson
From Renewing (Janet Eriksson, author)
Janet Eriksson is an intercessor, writer, and teacher in Dahlonega, Georgia. She loves conversation with friends, front porch swings, sweet tea, and spending time on lakes and rivers. The author of nine books and editor of many more, Janet blogs and teaches at https://adventureswithgod.blog/. She enjoys volunteering with Transformations. Janet received her M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary.