The Upper Room Devotional 9 September 2022 || Surrender

The Upper Room Devotional 9 September 2022 || Surrender

The Upper Room Devotional 9 September 2022 || Surrender

Welcome to The Upper Room Daily Devotional for Friday 9th September 2022, written by Eileen Nuñez. God bless you as you study His Word!

THE UPPER ROOM 9 SEPTEMBER 2022 DAILY DEVOTIONAL

Today’s Topic: Surrender
Andre de Albuquerque Caetano (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

TODAY’S READING
James 4:13-17

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I will put my plans in God’s hands.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

Long before our children were born, my wife and I started to make plans for their lives. These expectations, hopes, and fears seem to be a big part of parenting. We have wondered: Will our children be good students and professionals? Are they going to keep loving God? Will the world be hard on them? Sometimes we worry more than pray for them, forgetting that we are all children of the same Creator.

For instance, my wife and I were anxious about our daughter’s future plans as she neared high school graduation. We envisioned her going to college or doing a short international exchange or working for a year before going back for more schooling. But then COVID-19 spread around the world, and our plans fell apart.

Going to college was not an option and neither was traveling. We turned to God, praying and reading scripture together. The uncertainty of the pandemic has forced us to look to God and remember that the Almighty’s love never fails. We find comfort in God’s words: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:9). Our God is all-powerful.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord of love and mercy, teach us how to pray and rest in you. Give us our daily bread, and help us to be anxious for nothing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
Parents of high school students

The Upper Room Devotional 9 September 2022 || Surrender

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