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Devotional by Mark Jerndt

A Safe Harbor-by Mark Jerndt

The rabbit tensed every muscle. The fox had his scent, and was stealthily moving in for the kill. Timing was everything. The brambles were just yards away, but the fox was fast. As the fox pounced, the rabbit broke into a hopping sprint and wriggled into the brambles. Fox teeth closed in on air, mere inches behind.

The rabbit knows where it should go in times of trouble. It is well aware of where its fortress is. Are we as wise as the rabbit? Our fortress is the Lord. In times of desperate need, we should immediately turn to Him. There is no better place to rest and be safe. Let me suggest however that we don’t just wait until we are in desperate need. I chose that story as a prologue to these simple suggestions.

1. Pray and believe that He hears. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14. Make time to get away from distractions and focus on hearing from your Heavenly Father who longs to speak with you.

2.Pray knowing that He cares. "You do not have because you do not ask” James 4:2 You may get a flat out “no”, but rest assured that He still cares. He often invites us into the process, and answered prayers builds our faith.

3.Pray through the fear. Don’t be hesitant because you’re afraid of the answer. We pray for God’s will and direction. Will He command us to walk through a door we don’t want to open? That’s a maybe but it may also be just the opposite. His answer will always be for your better good.

4.Pray believing that your prayers matter. There are many verses in the Bible that command us to pray. If it wasn’t important, Jesus would not have taught His disciples how to pray. We even see times in the life of Jesus where He went off to a quiet place to pray.

5.Pray away those obstacles in your life such as harboring un-forgiveness towards someone. Do your part to make it right.

6.Pray consistently. When we do this, we will see how praying more frequently leads to hearing more answers. It is a discipline to be sure, but it’s like eating. We need to do it! “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Satan has our scent, and stealthily moves in for the kill. Sometimes timing is everything to him. The rabbit broke into a sprint and made it to the brambles and safety. In closing, take these words to heart: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble; therefore we will not fear.” Ps 46:1 He is, and always will be our safe harbor.

Mark Jerndt

Elder Emeritus

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