Whenever I read about the Israelites after God rescued them from slavery in Egypt, I am always shocked at how incapable they were at trusting God. Of course, it’s easy to point the finger at other people’s weaknesses than our own. Yet, one thing the Israelites were told over and over again was to remember. They were to remember how God had saved them in the past to help them trust him in the present and the future.
Moses told the people not once but twice, as he gave the ten commandments, to remember:
Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm (Deuteronomy 5:15).
Psalms, Hebrew poems, were written and sung to help the people remember what God had done for them and to strengthen their trust in God.
We, too, are to remember. If you and I remember what God has done for us in the past, it helps us trust him whatever we are facing today.
We can strengthen our faith in God by remembering when he has been good to us.
Are you ready to pray over the next few days and remember what good things God has done for you, so you know you can rely on him again? Let’s get started.
In Psalm 18 below, David is remembering how God came to his assistance, how God helped him. Like David, make this verse your prayer:
You’re the bedrock beneath my feet, my faith-fortress, my wonderful deliverer, my God, my rock of rescue where none can reach me. You’re the shield around me, the mighty power that saves me.Psalm 18:2 TPT
Heavenly Father, I thank you that because I am your child, you make me stand on firm ground. Help me remember this week all the good things you have done for me in the past—
how you’ve shown me your love;
how you’ve turned around situations when I’ve come to you for help;
how you have surrounded me and kept me safe when I was afraid;
how you have been with me in dark times;
how you have rescued me from harm and fought for me.
I will remember you are an amazing God. Amen
Where do you need help today? Is there a similar situation in the past where God has come through for you? Use this as the basis of your prayer as you ask God to meet your needs.
Heavenly Father, I remember how you have come through for me in the past, in a similar situation, by __________________________________
Heavenly Father, when I look back, I can see how you have provided and brought me this far by __________________________________________
Today I am trusting you to _________________________________
Pray for one person today who needs to remember what God has done for him/her in the past so he/she can trust him in the present.
Today I pray for: _________________________________
What have you forgotten about God’s goodness that has caused you to not trust him today or that has led you to go your own way?
Lord, forgive me for _________________________________
God rescued the Israelites from slavery when they cried to him for help. In the same way, God rescued you from slavery when you turned to Jesus.
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. Galatians 5:1 MSG
Remember the time you first believed in Jesus? Show your gratitude to God.
Heavenly Father, thank you for _________________________________
Have you been remembering all the times God has helped you and shown you his love and goodness?
What situations did he turn around?
When did he take away your fear and help you feel safe?
When have you felt his presence when life was really difficult?
When have you realized that he’s been right beside you, fighting for you?
Write down each and every time as you remember so you can come back and be reminded when your faith is wavering and you face other difficult circumstances.
How has God been good to you?