August Prayer Verse and Devotional

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August Prayer Verse
Isaiah 43:1-3a
But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name; you are Mine.
 When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
 For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior

   
Devotional

I love that God is straight up with us in His word.  He doesn't sugar coat reality saying come to Me and life will be a walk in the park, free from troubles.  He actually tells us, "In this world you will have trouble but take heart, I have overcome the world".  I love also that He speaks with authority into our lives.  He is our Creator who formed us in our mother's womb. We are a living being, created on purpose because God designed us and called us into life, and then if we are believers, He called us into spiritual, eternal life by pouring His Holy Spirit into our hearts.

When (not if) we face deep, fiery troubles, He tells us not to fear because we belong to Him; He has redeemed our life from the pit.  He called us by name; He knows us; He has redeemed us; we are His.  There will be rivers of trouble but He will not let them drown us.  We will walk through fiery circumstances but He will not let the fire burn us so as to set us ablaze.  Why?  Because He alone is the Lord our God, the Holy One of Israel, our Savior.  Nothing can change who He is and who we are in Him.  We are: chosen, called, created on purpose, formed according to His design, redeemed, belonging to our holy God forever, never alone in times of trouble or sorrow because God is always glad to be with us, saved by God's initiation and by His grace.  Knowing all that, we really do not need to be afraid.  If God is for us, who can be against us?

Thank you for Your everlasting love and Your promise to always be with us God.  Thank you for redeeming us dear Savior, Father and Holy Spirit.  May we live in the reality of Your promises of who You are and who we are in You.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for who You are and the wonderful truth that we belong to You.  Please Father, help each precious resident at our Refuge home come to know Your deep love for them.  Please give them the sure hope that You are with them on their journey of healing each step of the way.  Your love will not let the waters sweep over them and will not let the fire set them ablaze.  Please use our prayers offered up on their behalf to increase their capacity to persevere through the very hard work of healing.  Give each Refuge resident hope and grace for them to understand that in You, they are a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Taken from our August Prayer Newsletter.  If you would like to receive our monthly prayer needs please sign up here:  Refuge For Women - Chicago Prayer Requests