I come joyfully into Your Presence, my Prince of Peace. I love to hear You whispering the words You spoke to Your fearful disciples:
Peace be with you!
I rejoice that Your Peace is always with me because You are my constant Companion. When I keep my focus on You, I can experience both Your Presence and Your Peace. You are worthy of all my worship — for You are King of kings, Lord of lords, and Prince of Peace.
I need Your Peace each moment in order to accomplish Your purposes in my life. I confess that sometimes I’m tempted to take shortcuts — to reach my goals as quickly as possible. But I’m learning that if the shortcuts involve turning away from Your peaceful Presence, I must choose the longer route.
Lord, please help me to keep walking with You along the path of Peace — enjoying the journey in Your Presence.
In Your worthy Name, Amen
Isaiah 9:6; John 20:19; Psalm 25:4 NKJV; Luke 1:79
Prince of Peace,
I come to You, feeling weary and burdened. I want to spend time resting in Your Presence. I need Your Peace continually, just as I need You each moment.
When things are going smoothly in my life, it’s easy to forget how dependent on You I really am. Then, when I encounter bumps in the road, I tend to become anxious and upset. Eventually, this revives my awareness of my need for You, and I return to You — seeking Your Peace. I’m thankful that You give me this glorious gift, but it’s hard for me to receive it until I calm down. How much better it would be to stay close to You at all times!
Please help me remember that You, my Prince, are Mighty God! All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to You. Whenever I’m experiencing hard times, I can come to You and tell You my troubles. But I need to come humbly, acknowledging how great and wise You are. Rather than shaking my fist at You or insisting that You do things my way, I can pray these wonderful words of David:
I trust in You, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hands.
In Your majestic Name, Jesus, Amen
Isaiah 9:6 AMPC; Matthew 11:28; Matthew 28:18; Psalm 31:14-15
Jesus, my Peace,
Help me to live close to You, remembering that You are my resting place. Since You — my Prince of Peace — are both with and within me, I can dwell in this peaceful haven with You.
I long to be able to stay calm in the midst of stressful situations, centering myself in You. We can deal with my problems together, You and I, so there’s no need for me to panic when things seem out of control. But I confess that the more difficult my circumstances, the more likely I am to anxiously shift into high gear — forgetting Your steadfast Presence that strengthens me.
As soon as I realize I’ve wandered from Your Presence, I need to return to You immediately. Whispering Your Name reconnects me with You and calms me down. Sometimes I get discouraged because I seem to wander away from You so frequently. However, I’m striving to form a new habit, and I know this takes time and persistent effort. Thank You for showing me that the rewards of this strenuous training are well worth all the effort. I’m finding that the more I return to You — my resting place — the more peaceful and joyful my life becomes.
In Your wonderful Name, Amen
Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 4:13 NKJV; Proverbs 18:10; Matthew 11:28 NASB
Excerpted with permission from Jesus Listens by Sarah Young, copyright Sarah Young.
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Nothing is worth losing the Presence of the Prince of Peace! Let’s not take shortcuts and rest in Him joyfully through worries and stresses, hard times and troubles. We can stay calm in Him! Come share your thoughts with us. We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily