Prayer Establishes Our Refuge in God
Scripture Reading: Psalm 20:1-5
Key Verse: Psalm 20:7
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
If I don’t control my emotions, aligning them with facts, I will be a very unstable person. Emotions are so fickle. Emotions don’t need “facts” to exist. Unfortunately, emotions can cause us great turmoil, even though many times these emotions have no reality behind them.
If we are going to enjoy being part of the family of God, we must get control of our emotions. Joy-filled Christ followers can walk in faith or they can walk in fear. It’s our daily choice. The Apostle Paul spoke of “beating his body down,” as well as “taking captive every thought.” He realized that his body and mind didn’t always want to cooperate with the facts of God’s Word. The apostle worked hard at mastering his emotional and physical responses. He was determined to walk in faith.
Note the words of our Key Verse: “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses.” In other words, David was seeing people around him make their choices. Many will choose the physical—that which they can see—to depend on. What will you base your life on today? Is it your job and paycheck in which you place your faith? Is it your family or friends that you rely on?
The Psalmist declared his choice: “We will trust in the name of the Lord our God.” If you want to make this same choice, you may need to write this phrase down, carry it with you and read it often! When your emotions make you fear, read these words. Demand the faith journey of yourself!
Father, remind me to fight off my normal tendencies to anxiety and stress. Help me to cast them on you and remain in your peace. In Jesus’ Name, amen.