Our Prayer of Faith in the Book of James (A Longer Version of the Bible Byte: James – Revealing Our Prayer of Faith)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of James is specifically addressed “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad” (James 1:1), yet today all believers can enjoy the instructions that encourage us to walk into the fullness of our prayer of faith. The word “faith” is the Greek word pistis and always means “believing faith,” as is recorded in the verses below.

Jesus taught us that we should offer up all our prayers in his name, so that when we pray we invoke his own power and believing faith, “that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:16).

In order for people to genuinely have believing faith in the powerful name of Jesus Christ, it takes knowing him, as he taught and encouraged us to “learn of me” in Matthew 11:29. Learning of Jesus builds up our trust to enjoy a partnership with both him and his powerful name which combined will mature our believing faith to receive the precise answers to our prayers of whatsoever we shall ask.

Jesus is our golden thread to God’s abundance, yet for so many people, Jesus is so often bypassed on their way toward God’s promises that are recorded in His healing Word. I cannot think of a faster way to learn of Jesus and of his readily powerful name than through our new eBooklet series, The Golden Thread, that presents Jesus in crystal clear revelations through the whole Bible.

James 1:1-2:
-1: JAMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
-2: My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers {many} temptations.

Temptations are so often signs that a believer is doing something good, noteworthy, and godly, as the pressures of life often arise to cause the Christian believer to fall off the path he or she is walking on. Though the “temptation” itself is not a literal joy, but the proof that a believer is heading along in a godly direction that leads to everlasting joy, like my friend, Dell used to say, “I must be doing something right or the Devil wouldn’t be bothering me so much.”

The Apostle Paul taught, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (II Timothy 3:12), yet Christians who pass through temptation can count it all joy, because they will know, as Paul knew, “the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me” (II Timothy 4:17).

Temptations are peripheral and temporal, while Joy is continuously inside the believer’s heart as a “fruit of the spirit” (Galatians 5:22), and as Jesus said, “your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you” (John 16:22).

The Bible does not suggest that being a Christian will always be easy, but a Christian can always be joyful and overcome the pressures of life and be rewarded for all eternity for standing faithful upon the convictions of their believing faith today.

James 1:3-8:
-3: Knowing this, that the trying of your faith {your, believing faith} worketh patience.
-4: But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting {or lacking in} nothing.
-5: If any of you lack wisdom {about what to actually pray for}, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not {will not criticize or reprimanded for asking}; and it shall be given him.
-6: But let him ask {God} in faith {believing faith, with} nothing wavering {not allowing surging doubts that can crash into our hopes and dreams of receiving a positive answer to our prayers}. For he that wavereth {doubts that his prayer will be answered} is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
-7: For let not that man {who doubts his prayer will be answered} think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
-8: A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

The words, trying of your faith in verse 3 has been used (by some) to suggest that God Almighty tempts His children’s faith just to see if they can pass His tests. This concept presents a false understanding about our God Who is a God “of love and peace” (II Corinthians 13:11).

The Prophet proclaimed for God Almighty, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

God never tempts His beloved children: “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed” (James 1:13-14). Lust takes people into temptation and it can hold them there, but our heavenly Father never has, never does, and never will!

Only by bypassing Jesus, who is “the way” and “the truth” to God’s promises, can people imagine that our God had tempted or is tempting them. You see, without the truths of Jesus in one’s life, false doctrines can and do hatch and take flight on the winds of error and produce the blinding falsehoods that cause one to conceive, confess, and then believe that God is tempting His beloved children in the guise of making them better Christians.

It is a temptation to envision and confess that the God of all love is the actual source of your temptation, but it is not true, as we just read neither tempteth he any man! This world is already filled with temptations without adding our loving heavenly Father into the equation; in fact, it is His will to deliver His children through Christ (Galatians 1:4, Colossians 1:13).

God is not the cause of one’s problems, but He can become the cure when we learn to see Him through the eyes of our Savior. Remember in the Gospels, Jesus was tempted by (not God, but by) the Devil in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). Well, the Devil was so named THE TEMPTER in verse 3, and yet today there are some Christians who imagine just the opposite and blame God for being THE TEMPTER, and this is slanderous to the God of all love!

The belief that God tempts His children distorts biblical truths and compounds giving rise and power to the wrong concepts of a vengeful God rather than coming to recognize the truth that He is a loving Father to His children.

Recall, God not only “so loved the world,” but to prove His love He also “gave His only begotten Son,” as stated in John 3:16, and through His Son one can come to know the truth, the truth that makes one free, with the explicit freedom that allows one to know the wonderful love God has for His children individually. Jesus said in John 16:33 that “in {or through} me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world {for you}.”

Even in the midst of tribulation, which the world is full of (Philippians 2:15), we can experience the comforting peace of Jesus Christ who reassures and consoles us in our inner hearts. In the world, one is enclosed in tribulation but in Jesus, one is lifted up to daily victories over temptation.

I Corinthians 15:57:
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Through Jesus, thankfully, we can experience victory over the real Tempter who is the source of all temptation, as we continue walking with Jesus who not only overcame the world, but also showed us how to follow in his own footsteps. In addition, God helps us to escape temptation when we look to Him and His strength through Christ because God then can “with the temptation {that we may be struggling through} also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear {up and out of} it” (I Corinthians 10:13). For those who claim James 1:13-14 (that we read above) is the truth, and that God, one way or another, still tempts them, then please reread James 1:8 – above – again – please.

Now back to James 1:3 and the phrase, the trying of your faith which simply means that a person is trying out and practicing their believing faith (taking it out for a spin, so-to-speak, for “practice makes perfect”), and this helps develop godly patience. James 1:3-8 is set in the context of prayer rather than on the subject of temptation, and receiving the answers to our prayers is paramount. We are encouraged to have patience with our believing faith in order that we may fully receive all our answers.

The word try is translated “approve” in Philippians 1:10 because we are to test with patience our believing faith until we begin receiving, which will in turn develop in our lives greater and greater results as we stand faithful in Christ. A test pilot takes an airplane, in a leap of courage, up into the sky and flies it to its limits to test its design, but his job is not a temptation, rather it is a joy for him to maneuver his plane through the air and test out all the new designs built into the airship.

Well it is the same basic concept with our believing faith; it is not a temptation to try out our believing faith, rather it is a privileged joy to experience what our believing faith will bring into our lives, it is a leap of faith and in this, we should count it all joy.

Believing faith is actually very, very, very simple to utilize, but takes a lifetime to master. “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith {our believing faith}. And the Lord said, If ye had faith {believing faith} as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine {mulberry} tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you” (Luke 17:5-6).

Many prayers are not answered immediately; if they were, that would be a miracle which does happen from time to time, but most of our prayers are fulfilled at a perfect (future) moment in time to bless us individually as we maintain our believing faith, and this takes patience and steadfastness with believing faith that we SHALL receive.

I Peter 1:7 relates: “That the trial of your faith {believing faith}, being much more precious than of gold.”

The word trial is the same word in the Greek Text as trying in James 1:3 above. God absolutely loves it when we “believers” actually “believe” when we pray and then maintain that belief until we receive!

After a prayer is offered up to God, then believing in that prayer commences as we maintain a positive attitude until we receive – this affords the believer with what God prizes as being much more precious than of gold.

The prayer of (believing) faith works better than a gold credit card, for God does not charge His children any interest nor are we expected to pay Him back with anything but with a thankful acknowledgement that He is our sufficiency.

Proverbs 4:5-7:
-5: Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
-6: Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
-7: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding {as well}.

The Book of James (1:6, above) teaches believers to ask first for wisdom because with (God’s) wisdom we will assuredly know what to ask for in prayer and come to know Him intimately as our sufficiency. This word wisdom in this verse means God’s knowledge received and then applied by our believing faith.

James 4:2:
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill {the word kill is a very poor translation, for kill means lust, as it is written in the center margin of the King James Version}, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war {within the mind of the lustful}, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

To lust and desire after things beyond what is a need in our life is not something God provides for His children. God will supply your needs, but greed is something people attempt to acquire by their own labors. Whenever we simply believe in prayer offered to God for Him to take care of us, and we began believing that our prayers are heard, they will absolutely be answered. However, James says that, ye have not, because ye ask not, because simply “wishing or hoping” that God is our sufficiency is not the same thing as asking and thanking Him in our prayers to be our sufficiency as we manifest our believing faith with confidence.

God wants us to pray and thus connect with Him on a spiritual level, as He wants to answer our prayers on a physical level; and believe me when I say this: He wants to return our prayers answered even more than we want to pray them. God is our heavenly Father, He loves us, and nothing is too hard or difficult for Him, rather it is our believing faith in our prayers that determines the actual outcome.

Jeremiah 32:17:
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

I have heard it said, “Give your prayer to God, and then forget about it, for it is now in His hands.” But this negates what the Book of James has stated. Would a farmer plant a seed and then sit on his tractor and never start it up or take it out of the barn and forget about all his labor, thinking, it is now in God’s hands? Well if he did, the seed would eventually be choked off with weeds.

When believers pray and continue believing, they also are cultivating a particular prayer with positive believing faith and with patience; this opens the doors of receiving. Hebrews 6:7 states, “For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs {vegetables} meet {meet means worthy} for them by whom it is dressed {cultivated}, receiveth blessing from God.”

It is the one who cultivates with continued believing faith in a prayer to be answered; this is who will reap the blessing from God with a bountiful harvest. It would be a better practice to say, “Give your prayer to God, and then do not take it back by doubting Him, but believe until you receive, for until you do it is in His Hands and it is on its way.” What did the Prophet write, “Now faith {believing faith} is the substance of things hoped {or prayed} for, the evidence of things not {yet} seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

James continues with man’s greatest downfall in prayer:

James 4:3:
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

So the question becomes, how do we know what to ask for so that we may receive? The answer goes back to first asking God for wisdom, and then secondly, knowing what God promises in His Word because if we claim any of God’s promises (and there are hundreds of them that we can ask for) in Christ’s name, then God will supply them to us.

One of the greatest joys in this life for the believer is discovering God’s promises and, in addition, trying out our faith, our believing faith, that God will answer our prayers; the more we do so, the greater and more priceless our believing becomes, much more precious than of gold. Have you ever considered why our believing faith is so much more valuable than of gold? A man may sell his soul, but he cannot buy eternal life, peace, joy, true inner happiness, or love, even if he possessed all the gold in the world. These are all gifts of God and freely given to men and women who enjoy believing faith!

We can stand in total awe of these gifts and thoroughly appreciate them for they far surpass any monetary value.

Proverbs 8:11, and 16:16:
-11: For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

-16: How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

Believing faith gives us the joy to believe God will care for us, as we do the best we can with what we already have and what we already know about our God.

Who is richer, a person with a large checking account or someone who has all his needs met by having believing faith in his heavenly Father to be his sufficiency? No contest, the believer is by far the crowned winner in God’s eyes because “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

James 5:16:
Confess your faults one to another, {This does not imply confessing all our sins to each another, but rather in context: when we try over and again to believe and still fail, we may go to a fellow believer who has received answers to their own prayers, and they can help guide us to improve our own believing and, as well, they can pray with us:} and pray one for one another, that ye may be healed {in regards to our prayer life}. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

My wife, prayer partner, and best friend says I sometimes have greater believing when I pray for others than I do for myself – thank God she not only prays with me but for me! The point is, it is great to have a prayer partner, for when one falls a little short in their believing faith, the other can give comfort and a shoulder to lean on.

Matthew 18:19-20:
-19: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
-20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Matthew 18:19-20 is such a wonderful, thrilling, and powerful section of Scripture that Jesus spoke; I want to re-quote this for you, from the Amplified Bible. Enjoy!

Matthew 18:19-20 (The Amplified Bible):*
-19: Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.
-20: For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.

When you have a prayer partner, your emphases literally change from the focus of you only receiving – to giving, and that is a very important key for unlocking your believing abilities and your receiving potentials.

Receivers, whose focus is on gaining always take and use more and more, while givers, whose focus is on giving and blessing others always receive more and more (Luke 6:38, Acts 20:35, and Ephesians 4:28)!

Proverbs 27:9, 17:
-9: Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
-17: Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10:
-9: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
-10: For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

It is a good idea and very rewarding to have a prayer partner, someone we can pray with and for you and someone you can pray with and for in Jesus Christ’s powerful name. Having a Christian friend who can inspire us, encourage us, and even confront us, if needed, is priceless and so very satisfying to the soul of man, and if you do not have this right now, then, I would suggest trying out your believing faith and pray for one.

The Book of Hebrews further encourages us to not to forget the leadership in the church who have so much to offer the newer believers that can help them to develop their own prayer of believing faith in order to receive from God.

Hebrews 13:7-8:
-7: Remember them which have the rule over you {in Christian leadership positions}, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith {believing faith} follow, considering the end of their conversation. {Their conversation about the teachings of Jesus Christ that never change with time but, if anything, they become more concise over time, as the next verse continues to explain:}
-8: Jesus Christ {is} the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

You see, the lessons Jesus taught about having believing faith to receive are still as powerfully real as they ever were. As Jesus taught us, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 16:23) and this is still as true today because Jesus Christ {is} the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

The Book of James gives us a great example of an Old Testament believer who had learned to operate his believing faith, and received.

James 5:17-18:
-17: Elias {Elijah} was a man subject to like passions as we are {who failed and succeeded, yet his believing continued to grow}, and {then, finally one day} he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
-18: And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

This record of Elijah is recorded in the Old Testament in the Book of I Kings 17:1 and 18:1, 41-45; God had told him that it would not rain, this was the wisdom of God, which then Elijah could pray for with believing faith. This is not a license for us to pray for rain or drought on a whim, or to pray for disasters like some people wrongly believe, and who miss the mark completely on God’s true intent.

The point here is that Elijah received God’s Word, and then he believed in his prayer as God brought it to pass. However, today we have God’s whole Word available to us, and we can find promises that will meet our daily needs. One great promise is recorded in John 15:16 (see the beginning of this Bible Study), which is really quite vast, where the word whatsoever is used, as long as what-so-ever we ask of Him in Christ’s name does not contradict or run at cross purposes to God’s whole will.

We have God’s permission to pray with believing faith and to keep on practicing, for this is more precious than gold, especially when we begin receiving our every need (Philippians 4:19), because gold cannot buy us happiness, peace of mind, love, joy, or any of the gifts that accompany eternal life. Our Prayer of Faith brings God’s healing Word to life in our hearts and His Son (our golden thread) into focus in our minds, as we continue believing God in Christ’s name for blessings to be in and around our lives.

Philippians 4:19:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.” ~Isaac Newton~

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Nahum – Revealing Our Stronghold

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Nahum, Jesus Christ is revealed as our stronghold in the day of trouble. Jesus Christ as God’s representative not only gives us God’s strength, but also God’s deliverance from any and all the troubles that may come our way day to day. Looking to Jesus Christ moment by moment can become a lifestyle in thankfulness for receiving God’s divine grace upon our lives.

The more we know Jesus Christ, the more he introduces us into the true ways of God, showing us the spiritual realities of our God-given stronghold that we have through Christ.

Nahum 1:7 – The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

“The Lord is good” rather than vengeful against His people, yet today society itself teaches that God does render to us evil when we make mistakes and fall into trouble. However, God is good to His children!

God gives us a stronghold to hold onto when we are in trouble of any kind and thus when we know Him as our stronghold, then we can begin trusting in Him to save and deliver us. We learn to trust in our God through Christ’s name which is given to us by God (John 16:23).

II Timothy 2:19 – Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure {unbreakable}, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his {you and I}. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity {wrongdoing}.

“Depart from iniquity” is first a request from God, also our departure from wrongdoing can happen effortlessly in and around our lives when we continue looking to the stronghold we have in the powerful name of Jesus Christ. When we take our guidance from the Scriptures and begin walking with God, then negatives will begin to fall by the wayside. This will continue strengthening our believing and anticipation of the blessings that God will next bestow upon our lives.

The word, “knoweth” is an interesting word in the Greek Text for it means to know by experience with a conscious effort, and this is how God knows us. He took the time to know exactly who we are; He is so intimately acquainted with us that the Bible says that He has numbered the very hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:29-31).

Psalms 139:1-5:
-1: O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
-2: Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
-3: Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
-4: For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
-5: Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

God knew us before we were even born, He knows everything about us, and yes, thankfully yes, He loves us just as we are with all our frailties!

Hebrews 13:5-8:
-5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. {Well, praise God!}
-6: So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
-7: Remember them which have the rule over you {those who watch over your spiritual lives}, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith {believing faith} follow, considering the end of their conversation {their conversation about Jesus Christ}.
-8: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.

As the believers in the Old Testament had the belief in the coming of their Messiah, Jesus Christ, they could see him as their personal stronghold.

Today in the New Testament, Jesus Christ is Our Stronghold, and he continues revealing the ways of God as he will do for us “forever.”

The Start of a Great Day (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Recognizing God via a morning prayer brings gladness and joy into our lives because we have invited Him into our lives ― early, before heading out into the world. When we walk with God and become aware that He is with us from our waking moments, being thankful for even the simple things in life, such as for the air we breathe, then we will become ever more cognizant and in tune to realize that the LORD our God indeed made this day to be enjoyed by His children.

Psalms 5:1–3:
-1: GIVE ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditations.
-2: Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
-3: My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

David, in praying says directly to God consider my meditations. He is asking God to take notice that he has meditated, as David’s thoughts were upon the Scriptures and his belief in the promises of God for a wonderful day. Then he further asks God to hear the voice of his cry. This does not mean that King David was a “cry baby” but a man in need (as we all are when we look to God’s help and deliverance throughout the day). David’s voice was humble, solemn, and constant in the morning for God to hear his prayer.

King David set a wonderful example for believers to follow; to remember our God in the morning starts our day’s journey off with God in our hearts, thus commencing for you and me The Start of a Great Day.

Inviting God first in the morning into our day’s journey by way of our prayers can set the pattern for the whole day, for it will be a day to enjoy the blessings of God in our life. The phrase, and will look up illustrates a twofold meaning. First, David would look to God Who answers prayer, and secondly, because David prayed, he would be looking up (or out) for the blessings of God that he prayed for in the morning to return to him throughout his day.

Time spent with God in the morning is always fruitful and permits the mind of the Christian to believe that he or she is walking with God; this comforts men and women who will then be able to acknowledge that this day will be filled with great expectations of deliverance in victorious living as God’s children.

Psalms 143:8–9:
-8: Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee {in prayer}.
-9: Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. {What a wonderful prayer offered in the rousing moments of David’s new day; the day which the LORD hath made!}

David confessed to God, I flee unto thee to hide me because David understood that in the LORD his God, in fellowship with Him, there was safety to be found away from his enemies, and an inner peace to be thoroughly enjoyed in each and every day.

From time to time, there are spiritual forces inspiring evil men to set themselves against the believers, and therefore David knowing this prayed (as we can) that his God would hide me, that He would watch over David from the beginning of his day with lovingkindness in the morning. True, “They {antagonists with evil-inspired intentions} have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones” (Psalms 83:3), and yet David not only prayed for a wonderful day knowing that evil waited for him at every turn, but because he prayed, he was enabled to experience days full of joy because his God was with him. David knew this because he prayed, for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way {in this day} wherein I should walk.

David wrote, “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me” (Psalms 138:8–10). David knew that wherever his daily path would lead him, he had his God with him even when he was encompassed by his enemies, unknown dangers, or unseen catastrophes.

David knew: Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me!

Psalms 91:1–2:
-1: HE that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
-2: I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

This Psalm begins with the word HE, and HE is the Author of the Scriptures, the Author is God, God is Spirit, and God’s Spirit is sending out an unrestricted invitation to come and dwell with Him. God is conversing in this first verse to enlighten the heart dear to Him who accepts His invitation and then begins following His guidance to receive the blessings that are revealed to believers. To dwell is to be at peace immersed in quietude of heart over what the Scriptures identify as the secret place of the most High.

This place is in a state of peace between the most High and the person who accepts, remains, and appreciates the serenity tendered through this offer. The secret place is what I like to call, the sweet spot of life, where one walks with God through His Son, who “is our peace” (Ephesians 3:14), and knows this to be true in his heart. This is known and enjoyed because the believer is benefiting from daily blessings along with an unparalleled relationship of fellowship with God in Christ Jesus, giving each believer evermore reasons to abide with Him.

The most High is the Possessor of heaven and earth and He is the dispenser of blessings to the dweller in His secret place.

Abide under the shadow of the Almighty is not that bad of a concept when you think about it because the Almighty’s true brilliance is that of being perfect light, as we read in I John 1:5, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” Therefore, being under the shadow of the Almighty is very enlightening and uplifting to the soul and as the Psalmist wrote “in thy light {in God’s light} shall we see light” (Psalms 36:9).

To abide is first being in and then remaining in a state of fellowship with the most High.

“The fear {respect and honour} of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide {ABIDE} satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23).

Under the shadow also means to be shaded from the heat that rises up from the pressures of life which can oftentimes overwhelm and melt away one’s hopes and dreams, all the while he or she that is abiding under the shadow is enjoying the sweet fellowship of being under a peaceful covenant of graceful living in thankfulness with the Almighty.

The Almighty is the giver of all grace because He is “the God of all grace” (I Peter 5:10), as He is the All-bountiful supplier to those who walk with Him in their hearts.

Psalms 84:11–12:
-11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
-12: O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

II Corinthians 9:8:
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Philippians 4:19:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Above, in verse 1 of Psalms 91 is a brilliant reflecting pool of understanding, in that as one begins walking with God in His secret place, then the recipient of the Author’s blessings comes to know that the LORD is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

The reason why we know and believe this to be true in our hearts is because we have been dwelling in the secret place of the most High, fellowshipping with Him, and as a result are abiding under the shadow of the Almighty!

Psalms 18:2–3:
-2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. {In this verse we read of eight wonderful attributes that the LORD became to the Psalmist, eight qualities that He desires to also be for you. He can be your rock, your fortress, your deliverer, your God, your strength ― and in His strength you will trust, and He can become ― your buckler, your salvation, and your high tower where the views are always spectacular!}
-3: I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. {If there ever was a dire time and age where these promises of God can be claimed in Christ’s name to great advantage, this is certainly that time! “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble” (Psalms 37:39).}

Psalms 9:9:
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

Psalms 27:5:
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalms 62:8:
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him {in prayer}: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Psalms 31:19–21:
-19: Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear {reverence and respect} thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
-20: Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
-21: Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

Psalms 32:7:
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psalms 46:1:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalms 119:114:
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

Taking the time to start our day with God, taking a moment to perhaps read a verse or two (like these above or some of your favorites), and meditating on them before we enter out into the hustle and bustle of daily life, and to set a little time aside to pray in the morning will indeed bring great things to pass in our lives.

Whenever trouble, danger, or fear arises, the average instinct is to recoil, withdraw, and become encased in fear, but with God in our lives we are encouraged to continue standing with Him on His promises. This is the meaning of God not only being your refuge, but also His setting you “in a large place,” or up upon a rock.

Even when you are out there and exposed, God is with you, you who have called upon Him. “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalms 34:4), and thus, even though David was out there ― he was safe. “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me” (Psalms 118:5–6).

David in summing up the 5th Psalm shows to us the joys and blessings that can travel with us throughout the day as we permit God into our life.

Psalms 5:11–12:
-11: But let all those that put their trust in thee {God} rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them {God covers and protects us with grace}: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. {In this one verse alone we have the words, rejoice, joy, and joyful; this is the result from permitting God and His healing Word into our lives.}
-12: For thou, LORD wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. {The shield that compasses us is God’s loving favor upon His children as He watches over them.}

Whenever we read such powerful promises such as – God will defend those who trust in Him and that He will equip them with a shield and that they may experience this while being accompanied with heavenly joy – it is such an awesome blessing. Yet, for so many confessing Christians, these promises seem to be so distant from their present reality.

You and I can expect to have a great day with meaningful purpose as we take time to acknowledge our God by reading His Word and in our prayer life, as this forms a loving bond and relationship that will last through eternity.

The link that bridges the gap between the promises of God and one’s receiving them is coming to understand what it is to actually have and know the certainty of the living Christ in one’s life as he leads believers to God and His promises.

Mark 1:35:
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he {Jesus} went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Jesus, a great while before day, took the time to be alone with his thoughts, to be alone with God, and to pray for his day. This set the pattern for a wonderful day at the very start.

When we follow the example of Jesus, we will increase our believing trust in our God, and this will help us to recognize that God is always with us. Remembering that we are God’s children is easier as we acknowledge Him and place the promises of His Word in our hearts ― in the early hours.

Jesus Christ has given you and me permission to use his name in our prayers to God, as he taught us in the Gospels, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 16:23). You see, Jesus’ name is as a golden thread that connects our hearts to the Father’s, and His promised treasures of whatsoever ye shall ask!

Jesus took the time to explain to just one man the way to God’s heart, the way to His secret place, and this is it: “Jesus saith unto him {Thomas}, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Today this way is still open and readily available to you and me; it is through Christ who said, I am the way, for he is the hope of life everlasting and our entrance into the loving arms of our heavenly Father.

I Peter 5:10 reads that, “the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by {through} Christ Jesus,” for he is, as he confessed, the way that leads men and women to God’s eternal glory! “Christ also received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7), because “Jesus Christ is Lord {he is the Lord because he is the way}, to the glory of God” (Philippians 2:11).

As Jesus told Thomas that he was the way, he still is the way for us, individually, as we are all personally invited into the glorious “household of God.”

Ephesians 2:18–19:
-18: For through him {through Jesus Christ} we both {you and me} have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
-19: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

Whenever a believer is having trouble finding their way to God, His loving embrace, and His refuge from the storms of this life, we always encourage him or her to try going with Jesus by following his lead through the Scriptures, as he taught, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9). The more one sees and recognizes Jesus in the Word, the more clearly he or she will see the Father and the easier it becomes to believe in God’s awarded promises.

Jesus is the “author and finisher” of their personal faith, as his faith can help carry the load he or she has been trying to carry alone.

Ephesians 3:12:
In whom {in Christ} we have boldness and access {to approach God and His promises} with confidence by the faith of him.

Hebrews 12:2:
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. {Jesus is already there at God’s side, seated at His right hand, therefore, Jesus who is the way, is our guide, and he blazed the trail for us to follow him into daily victorious living.}

Matthew 11:28–30:
-28: Come unto me, {Jesus pronounced to} all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
-30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Coming to personally know Jesus Christ certainly leads to the open doors of an amazing, spiritual abundance and insights and heavenly gifts that we can believe and pray for and receive in Jesus Christ’s powerful name.

John 14:12–14:
-12: Verily, verily, I {Jesus Christ} say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father {and he has, and so we can ― do}.
-13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-14: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Christ Jesus is our connecting point to the God of heaven and His promises. You see, God’s will is to, “have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (I Timothy 2:4–6).

It certainly is due time to testify of our loving Savior and of his powerful name, because he is our mediator to heaven’s throne, to God Himself, which is the knowledge of the truth.

Jesus commenced his day with prayer; we are also instructed to pray in his name because he is the master key to ensure The Start of a Great Day!