For years I've tried to make my prayer life less of a "set-aside-time" exercise and more of a "practice-the-presence-all-the-time" pursuit. As a result, I find myself in times like this morning thinking and praying, praying and thinking, and inviting God into my thoughts like you would invite a dear friend into a conversation.
And as I was thinking and praying, praying and thinking, I felt an old familiar question arise: Does God really care about all of this? Does He want to hear about my to-do lists and tax questions and my son's care schedule and the conversation I had with my wife before breakfast and work-pressure and responsibilities and diet and exercise and on and on and on? Does He really care? Is He really with me, even in the seemingly mundane?
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you.”
"What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go.”
"Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”
“I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
“For I am with you and will save you,” says the Lord.
“I am with you", says the Lord!
“Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
“I am with you.”
Our God is ever-present, always with us - what an amazing promise from His Word! I pray today that you feel the peace that this truth brings, and that you will take a moment, even if it is in your coming or your going, to rest in the presence of the One who says "I am with you."