May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Prayer Reflections for March 22
I locked eyes with my two-year-old. I knew he was going to do it, but I did my best attempt to stop him from across the room.
I watched him spill yet enough cup all over the floor on purpose. He giggled and clapped his hands as he watched the water flow off the top and onto the ground.
It was a new thing that my youngest was doing that I didn’t know how to stop. Every time anyone else in my family left any cup on the table, his superpsychic-two-year-old powers knew.
He would immediately run to the table, knock that cup over, and get all excited when the water flowed out. It was exhausting.
But at the same time, I would also giggle on the inside. He just got so excited watching the cup overflow. There was a type of joy that came from it that let me get to see the world through the eyes of a two-year-old. He was all in for this game, and even though it was a phase that He eventually stopped, it secretly brought me a lot of joy.
Because let’s face it- when was the last time we were “all in” for something that brought nothing but complete joy? It’s easiest to see that through the eyes of a child, but the real world jades us a bit. It is hard to get that 100% all-in attitude of joy as more life happens to us.
But that is the exact type of joy God wants to give us.
He wants to give us ALL joy and peace. He wants us to be as joyful as a two-year-old whacking a completely filled cup off the side of the table.
But the joy isn’t just for us- it serves a greater purpose.
Just like Daniel’s cups would overflow onto the ground and go everywhere, God wants our joy to do the same exact thing.
Because what happens when our cup of joy spills everywhere? It turns into hope. Joy on the inside becomes hope on the outside, for a world that desperately needs hope to cling onto.
1. How can you be reminded of the joy God wants us to have today?
2. How can our joy provide hope for others?
Prayer for March 22
Dear God of Hope, I trust you to fill me with all joy and hope. Help that joy overflow with the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Jessie Synan is a Master’s student in Theological Studies who helps other women find their prayer focus in a distracting world. She went from her ADHD interfering with her prayer life to finding her own unique rhythms for prayer and encouraging other women to do the same. She is the founder of Pray With Confidence, which has helped over 5000 women focus on prayer through the real and vulnerable advice she gives to those on her email list when they sign up for the free guide “How to pray [when you can’t focus.]”
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