4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. – 1 Timothy 4:4–5 (ESV)
I want us to begin by lamenting to God what is really true inside of you in this moment. I want you to confess your deepest doubts, your struggles, your fears, your brokenness, your real feelings, and emotions. I want you to show up as authentically as you can with your heaviest burdens. I want you to say the things you are afraid to say to anyone else. Say it out loud if you’re in a place where you can, or if not write it down in a safe place. God is big enough to take our darkest thoughts. He can handle it, but we’re not strong enough to push it down and carry it alone forever. Search your heart for whatever needs to come up to the surface.
Praying to God can be a struggle, but I want you to ease the burden off yourself, and just thank God for even one thing in your life today and make it really specific. If all you do in your prayer life is practice gratitude, I promise that will be enough. Let’s thank the Giver of every good gift.
Lament, and gratitude, and now I pray that each one of us be given a revelation. God give us a very specific word, or a phrase; because You alone know what this day holds for each one of us. Let this revelation be the daily bread that sustains us through whatever trouble lies ahead. Give us your Word to go before us. Let us each ask God for this; and help us to remember what is true and recite this throughout the day.
Father God, we thank you for breathing words of life into us today. We ask that you gently remind us throughout this day of the revelation you have given us specifically, that we might believe that your words are true, that we might be made more aware of your presence, that we might allow you to animate our actions and be the words in our conversations – Amen.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, – 1 Timothy 2:1–3 (ESV – Underline and italics added)