Rooted in God Continues from Page 3 of Psalm 91 - A Prayer For Strength
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Below is the original prayer from Paul in the Bible (known by Catholic Christians as Saint Paul).
I pray this prayer of blessing and prayer for strength for all of you who are here now on this page.
Before you say it pause to think of someone that you would like to be blessed with a greater knowledge of love today. This could of course be yourself.
Rather beautifully this prayer to be rooted in God is equally suitable for someone you have a problem with or someone you feel at peace with!
Isn’t that wonderful?
I pray to be rooted in God.
I am rooted in God.
What do I love about this prayer?
I love the way this bible quote refers to things of the earth and nature, as the Bible so often does.
I, like so many of you, find it easy to find God in nature.
I also find it easy to relate to the idea that if I am rooted in God, rooted in Love, I am able to withstand elements of my life that might otherwise cause me harm...
This for me is a real prayer for strength.
The source of strength of a tree is not restricted to what is visible - a tree has roots.
In the same way, my strength does not lie in my own limited idea of who I am - I too have roots.
I draw on an unseen source of nourishment and strength - I draw on God that is in me and all around me.
“May my roots go down deep into the soil of your marvellous love.”
As the Beatles sang: All you need is love....
I would add that it is only God’s love that meets every need.
God's Love stays when the love of others has gone.
God's Love stays at times when self love is difficult to find.
All you need is God’s Love.
We can find it hard at times to believe that anyone can help us:
We might tell ourselves:
"Too much has happened. I am too damaged. It is too late."
"There is something about me which means I can't be helped."
"I have made too many mistakes to deserve help."
I am here to tell you (and myself). You can be helped. :-)
It doesn't matter how much has happened.
It doesn't matter how damaged you seem to be.
You are right on time.
There is nothing about you that means you can't be helped.
You are not too bad.
The image of seeing yourself as rooted in God’s Love helps you to have hope that God can and will provide for your individual needs.
Because the same earth nurtures very different seeds.
Just as many different kinds of seed are nurtured by earth. So all of us are nurtured when we allow our roots to go down into God's love.
To grow, all I need is love.
To grow, all you need is Love.
In an environment of love, growth is natural.
A seed is an amazing thing. It contains life.
When placed in the earth a seed breaks open,
and shoots up on its journey of growth.
You are an amazing thing.
You contain life.
You are on a journey of growth.
Let God be your earth.
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There are so many Bible nature quotes which encourage us to reduce our dependence on external circumstances and become more dependent on God.
Here is another:
“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
(Psalm 1:3, KJV esword)
Just as we prayed to be rooted in God before, now – in this Bible quote – we choose where to plant ourselves.
We choose to plant ourselves next to the rivers of water – the river of God’s love.
Even when the elements of life threaten to destroy us, our roots tap into this water.
One of the most famous Bible quotes about being rooted in God refers to us choosing the foundations of the building which is our life:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain came down,
the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat against that house;
yet it did not fall,
because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
The rain came down,
the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat against that house,
and it fell with a great crash.”
(Matthew 7:24-27, NIV)
In 1993, the walls of my life fell with a great crash: I lost my health, my emotional strength, my job and many important relationships.
I became motivated to build my house on the rock of God’s love.
I had been rooted in the things of this world including my own self-image as a helpful busy person. The things of this world did not sustain me through a difficult time.
Instead they were dug up, and I became willing to be rooted in the good earth of God’s love.
One of the ways I did this was to pray this wonderful prayer of blessing and prayer for strength: “May my roots go down deep...”
What I receive is mine to give. And so, I pray for all who read this...
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