“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). Dear Father God, I am so aware of how Satan picks at me and tries to trip me all the time. I know there are spiritual dangers around me. Please help me to remain alert and to be under the Holy Spirit’s control at all times. I want to draw near to you, so the devil will flee. Please protect me and my family from harm and evil. Thank you for your love, concern, and protection. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Prime Time With God
Set Your Sights on Jesus
by Kathy Slamp
“How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.” – Psalm 35:17-18
Go Deeper: Numbers 7:66-9:14 Luke 2:41-52; Psalm 35:11-18.
On a family road trip one year, our caravan was accidentally separated. We didn’t have cell phones or GPS at this time so the solution wasn’t as simple as sending a text to make sure everything was okay. My parents had taken our son in their car, and we kept our daughter with us. It took the better part of a day before we finally reconnected. In retrospect this shouldn’t have evoked the amount of anxiety between my husband and I as it did, but our thoughts went to the worst possible scenarios. What an empty, helpless feeling it was!Joseph and Mary attended the Passover in Jerusalem every year. When Jesus was bar mitzvah age, they took him along. This was a big deal for Jesus and his parents. They probably prepped Jesus like we do today: “Remember, son, this is a important occasion. Don’t do anything to embarrass yourself or your family. There will be a big crowd, so stay close. We don’t want to lose you.”
Jesus’ parents left him with the other boys at the party and went their way, meeting friends, socializing, and enjoying the feast. When the celebration was over Mary and Joseph noticed that Jesus was absent. They were uncertain and fearful. Where could he be? Is he safe? But Jesus was not lost, they had just lost sight of him.
We begin our journey with Jesus among us. It is easy to get overwhelmed and caught up in our busy lives. However, when we aren’t daily grounded in Jesus, we open up space for anxiety and fear to seep in. Instead of just getting by, set your sights on Jesus and allow him to guide you through each day with strength and courage.
Ground yourself in Jesus.