Jesus is the Rock we build our lives on. Matt 7:24 tells us that “anyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on the rock.” Psalm 144 declares: “Praise be to the Lord my Rock…He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge…”
Psalm 18 adores the Lord saying: “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer: my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Psalm 31:3 states: “Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.”
Here the Psalmist remembers that God’s name is “my rock” and “my fortess” and on this name, he calls to the Lord for help. Jesus is the rock we hide ourselves in for protection. According to Matt 7, there will be storms that will test what our life is built on.
So before the storm (when there are still storm clouds brewing) we take the time to pray: strengthening our relationship with the Lord, submitting to His purpose and will for our lives and recognizing our total dependence on Him. We are watchful during this time and pray about telltale signs of difficulty that may be coming our way.
As the storm develops around us, we pray to bring the power of God into the situation. We ensure that we are firm on the Rock and obedient to His direction.
In the midst of the storm, when the storm is severe, we hide ourselves in God. Steady in Him, we hide behind His rock-shield and move deeper into the rock-fortress of our relationship with Him. We spend extra time resting in Him and waiting expectantly for His deliverance.
All the time during the storm, we are praying as Jesus taught us to pray in Matt 6:13 “deliver us from the evil one.” We take on a warfare stance in prayer and as we fight, we do it from the throne room of God where we are “seated with Christ in the heavenly realms” (Eph 2:6)
Never during the storm, do we let up on prayer because we know that we have a powerful promise from the Lord: (Psalm 31:8) “You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.” The Rock of Christ.
Instead we praise, worship and present our lives before Him: “You are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel..”(Psalm 22:3). God is honored in our prayers as the One who is in charge of the storm and the One who has given our feet a firm place to stand, “he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (Psalm 40:2)
Lord you are my Rock. Help me to meditate on this name, to understand what it means to secure my life on the Rock of Jesus. Help me to understand the security there is in a relationship with You because You promise in your Word that I will not fall because my foundation is on the Rock. Help me to understand that my feet are secure, that I am protected and strengthened by You, no matter how bad the storms become in my life. No one, whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame (Psalm 25:3). I declare that You are my Rock
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