I praise you, Lord Jesus, that as I awoke this morning, you were there–my God, my Shepherd, my elder Brother, my King. I praise you that this day I shall not lack anything I need, for you in your wisdom, your riches and your power have already provided all that is necessary and much more.
As it says in 2 Peter 1:3,4 “[Your] divine power HAS GIVEN us EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of [you] who called us by [your] own glory and goodness.”
We just need to learn to take up your provision and use it—to get to know you more and more, to be filled with your Spirit, to put on the whole armor of God daily, to lift our souls to the Father and off-load our junk stress, to meditate on your Word and to flee temptation, taking refuge in you.
Because you have given us all we need for life and godliness, we don’t need to pray for patience, you have already given it to us! (There is nowhere in Scripture where we are told to pray for patience). We just have to pray, “Lord, I lay down my poor puny patience, and take up your great and glorious Patience, remembering that my times are in your hands, and you will move things along at the right pace as I trust in you.”
In addition, through your glory and goodness, Lord Jesus, you have “given us [your] very great and precious promises, so that through them [we] MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
Wow! We are able to participate in YOUR divine nature! What a gift, to be your children and to have the Holy Spirit indwell us, as He did David, Isaiah and Daniel. We are truly different from all other creatures and peoples because, as your born-again children, your divine nature dwells in us!
As John wrote in astonishment, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).
Help us, Lord Jesus, to live today in the reality of your personal indwelling and powerful provision. Help us to take up and use all that you have given us so we can live godly lives, bringing you honor, while shining your light and hope on all those around us, including my grand-kids in the picture below.