Friday, June 18, 2010

Hands of Faith, Knees of Prayer

This verse is God's word of encouragement
to us
to lift the hands of faith
to fortify the knees of prayer.

Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down,
and the feeble knees;
And make straight paths for your feet,
lest that which is lame be turned out of the way;
but let it rather be healed.

Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down,
and the feeble knees,
and make straight paths for your feet,
so that what is lame may not be dislocated,
but rather be healed.


So don't sit around on your hands!

No more dragging your feet!

Clear the path for long-distance runners

so no one will trip and fall,

so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle.

Help each other out.

And run for it!


So take a new grip with your tired hands

and strengthen your weak knees.

Mark out a straight path for your feet

so that those who are weak and lame

will not fall but become strong.


Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms

and weak knees.

"Make level paths for your feet,"

so that the lame may not be disabled,

but rather healed.

No matter which version of the Bible you fancy,
they all say the same thing:

God says, "Lift up the hands that hang down."

Do not allow your feet to be "turned out of the way,"

but let your body "be healed,"

and your faith strengthened.

Friends, can you believe what God does for us?! I mean, really? Ain't it something to be His child? As we near Father's Day, let us not forget to thank and honor the most High Father we know. And if you don't have a personal relationship with The Man yet, may I encourage you to start one today. He has changed my life. He has given me Life. Real Life!

This post today was a result of my devotional reading in Streams in the Desert. Whenever I read the first half of Hebrews 12, generally I focus on running the race at the beginning and the peaceable portion near the center, but today, I found this tid-bit tuck in between those two.

Amen. Amen, sister. So, what are you waiting for?

May I take this moment to encourage you to join this study with my dear sister in Christ, Jennifer (and her friend Lelia)? You will not be the same once you Surrender the Secret.

And ladies, that is indeed a good thing. In fact, it is the best gift you can give your Father in Heaven for Dad's Day!

Let us humbly pray:

Father God, give us all that we need this day to lift our hands to you, both in a longing for healing and a sign of praise for what you promise. Turn our feet to trod upon Your path. Heal our hearts. Renew our minds. Strengthen us as we raise up and kneel down. In Jesus' name, amen.

* Quotes above from Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings by L.B. Cowman, edited by Jim Reimann; p. 227-238, June 18 entry

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1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Hey there sweet sister! Thank you for mentioning our study! And yes, we should now forget our Heavenly Father this father's day. What a gift He has given us!!!

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