Gratitude Week Two: Dependence on God

WEEK TWO: DEPENDENCE ON GOD

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Have you ever been walking through a store or at a park and seen a child just melt into a temper tantrum? When the parent is holding their hand, you just see the child being barely held off the ground by their parent, pulling them along. A few weeks ago, as I was driving to church, I felt like a child having a temper tantrum with my Heavenly Father. I felt like I was on a dark path and didn’t know what lay ahead in life, and I begged, “Please, God, show me the plan.” But God simply said to me, “I know the plans I have for you, child.” 

If I’m being completely honest, that’s not the answer I was hoping for. My plans for my life did not pan out, and I’ve been searching, trying to figure out where it is that God wants me. But then God showed me myself as the child breaking down, walking next to the parent, and I realized God doesn’t want me searching wildly for the right place to be. He wants me to trustingly cling to His hand like a child. I don’t know what my future holds, but God does, and I can trust that His plans are to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future. 

Rather than being afraid of what lies ahead, why shouldn’t we be thankful that God is walking beside us through it all? 

Heidi VanBenthem

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Father, thank You for guiding me though every day. Thank You that You have plans for me beyond what I can imagine! Open my eyes so that I can be amazed at how personally You relate to me and show me how to be more dependent on you. Amen.


Day One:

Day One: The Israelites were going into a new land with a new leader. The words in this Scripture are Moses’ final words of encouragement to the Israelites before they move on without him. Going into an unfamiliar place can be terrifying, but God carried the Israelites and will continue to carry His people to where He wants them to go. 

Deuteronomy 1:29-31 – Lord, as Moses told the Israelites, I will also not be terrified; I will not be afraid. You, Lord my God, are going before me and will fight for me before my very eyes as You did for the Israelites in the wilderness. The Israelites saw how You carried them, and I will see how You will carry me, as a father carries his son, until I reach the place you have set for me. Amen. 

Ask yourself: What am I afraid of? What in my life do I need to trust that God will carry me through? In what areas of my life does God want me to allow Him to carry me?


Day Two:

PRAYER: Father, thank You for guiding me though every day. Thank You that You have plans for me beyond what I can imagine! Open my eyes so that I can be amazed at how personally You relate to me and show me how to be more dependent on you. Amen. 

Day Two: God gives His people strength when they grow weary. All we need to do is hope in the Lord to receive His strength. Dependence on God includes hoping in Him when we grow weary. 

Isaiah 40:28-31 – Lord, you are the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. You will not grow tired or weary, and your understanding no one can fathom. You give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but I will hope in You, and You will renew my strength. I will soar on wings like eagles; I will run and not grow weary, I will walk and not be faint. Amen. 

Ask Yourself: In what areas of my life am I feeling weary? Have I asked God to give me strength? Am I rejoicing that He provides strength both when I have strength and when I don’t?


Day Three:

PRAYER: Father, thank You for guiding me though every day. Thank You that You have plans for me beyond what I can imagine! Open my eyes so that I can be amazed at how personally You relate to me and show me how to be more dependent on you. Amen. 

Day Three: Sometimes, it feels like attacks are coming from all sides, but just as a father holds his child’s hand to prevent them from falling or getting lost, God holds our hand to prevent us from falling. He is there to help, so we should not be afraid. 

Isaiah 41:10-13 – Lord, I will not be afraid, for You are with me. I will not be discouraged, for You are my God. You will strengthen and help me. You will hold me up with your victorious right hand. 

You say, “See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and humiliated. Anyone who opposes you will die and come to nothing. You will look in vain for those who tried to conquer you. Those who attack you will come to nothing.” Lord, You hold me by my right hand. And You say to me, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” 

Ask Yourself: Do I feel attacked by enemies or am I letting God’s right hand uphold me? Do I trust that God is always with me?


Day Four: 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for guiding me though every day. Thank You that You have plans for me beyond what I can imagine! Open my eyes so that I can be amazed at how personally You relate to me and show me how to be more dependent on you. Amen. 

Day Four: When tasks and worries pile up, it can be overwhelming. When this happens, God is always there. Worries may be in the back of your mind, but God’s soothing touch is there to ease those worries. 

Psalm 94:16-19 – Who will rise up to defend me against the wicked? Who will stand up for me against the evildoers? If You, Lord, had not helped me, I would have laid down in the silence of death. If I say, “My foot is slipping,” Your loyal love, O Lord, supports me. When worries threaten to overwhelm me, Your soothing touch makes me happy. Thank You, O Lord. Amen. 

Ask Yourself: What worries are threatening to overwhelm me? Am I asking God to help me? Do I feel God’s soothing touch making me happy?


Day Five:

PRAYER: Father, thank You for guiding me though every day. Thank You that You have plans for me beyond what I can imagine! Open my eyes so that I can be amazed at how personally You relate to me and show me how to be more dependent on you. Amen. 

Day Five: When we are weak and may not even have words to pray, God is still with us. The Holy Spirit is always with us and will pray when we don’t know what to pray. We can depend on God even when we don’t know what to ask for. 

Romans 8:26-28, 32 – Holy Spirit, You help me in my weakness. I do now know what I ought to pray for, but You intercede for me through wordless groans. And He who searches my heart knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And I know that in all things, You work for the good of those who love You, who have been called according to Your purpose. 

What shall I say in response to these things? If You are for me, who can be against me? Amen! 

Ask Yourself: Do I thank the Holy Spirit for interceding for me? When I am weak, do I trust that God is working all things for my good? What is my response to knowing that God is for me?


Day Six:

PRAYER: Father, thank You for guiding me though every day. Thank You that You have plans for me beyond what I can imagine! Open my eyes so that I can be amazed at how personally You relate to me and show me how to be more dependent on you. Amen. 

Day Six: God has a plan for His people. God’s plans give His people hope and a future. He will deliver them from trials and listens when they call. God keeps all His promises. 

Jeremiah 29:10-13 – Lord, You said to the Israelites, “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill My good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” You declare, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Today, I seek You with all my heart. Amen. 

Ask Yourself: Do I trust that God’s plan is for me to have hope and a future with Him? Do I trust that God listens when I pray? What requests have I made to God before that I felt were not heard by Him? How should my attitude change towards those requests? What promises that God has made encourages me? (Here are some examples that may encourage you: Exodus 14:14, Joshua 1:9, Malachi 3:10, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 John 1:9. What others can you think of?)


Day Seven:

PRAYER: Father, thank You for guiding me though every day. Thank You that You have plans for me beyond what I can imagine! Open my eyes so that I can be amazed at how personally You relate to me and show me how to be more dependent on you. Amen.

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Day Seven: Look over your notes/prayers from the past week. What seems meaningful to you? Did you receive any insight, inspiration, or challenge? Does something require more prayer of discernment? We don’t decide when God will “show up;” instead, we want to be ready and aware when He does. Whatever your experience has been this week, stay committed. God is! “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

Catherine HortonComment