(Deuteronomy 7:6 MSG- You are a people set apart as holy to GOD, your GOD. GOD, your GOD, chose you out of all the people on Earth for HIMSELF as a cherished, personal treasure.)
I’ve read the focal verse for today countless times before, but this morning as I was mulling over it and meditating on THE TRUTH that lies within each word, I was reminded of a precious encounter that I had with THE LORD one morning a few months ago. I say one morning, but because I write everything down in my prayer journal, I know that the exact date of that morning was August 10th.
On that morning, I was just laying in bed praying as I normally would before I get up to start my day and THE HOLY SPIRIT spoke the name Darryl into my spirit. Often we hear THE LORD speak to hearts in the still small voice or through subtle thoughts that if we aren’t careful, we’ll easily dismiss if our hearts aren’t aligned with GOD’S so we know to be attentive enough to recognize that it’s HIM WHO’S speaking to us. But this wasn’t like that at all…
The very second that HE spoke the name Darryl to me, it completely interrupted my prayer because I felt a deep sense of urgency and uneasiness. So, I began to quiet myself and just sit before THE LORD in a “be still and know” sort of posture because in that moment, I knew that there was more that HE was prepping me for.
As soon as I did that, HE showed me a man and though I couldn’t clearly see the man’s face, I saw that he was an amputee and I knew that the amputation had to do with his legs, but I couldn’t see if it was just one leg or both. I deeply sensed in my spirit that he used to be in the military meaning he was now a disabled veteran and I knew that on this particular morning, he was suicidal. (And when I say “I knew”, I mean those were the things that were being downloaded into my spirit through THE HOLY SPIRIT.) And then I heard THE LORD say three words to me, “Pray for him” and so I immediately began to war for his life through prayer.
I’m sharing this with you guys to say this— I didn’t know this Darryl, in fact I don’t know anyone named Darryl, but GOD knew. THE LORD knows, HE sees, and HE cares. HE values THE LIFE that HE has breathed into our lungs even more than we do; so much more than we in our finite minds even have the ability to conceptualize.
Whoever Darryl is, I know that THE LORD deeply loved and treasured him and so much so that HE would give me his name, show me the urgency of his situation in-depth, and tell me to pray for him— me, someone who had absolutely no clue he was. That was astounding to me. I also find it amazing that even when he was ready to give up on life, himself, and GOD— THE LORD was right there in the midst.
I can just imagine THE LORD overwhelming him with HIS PRESENCE and telling him how much HE loves and treasures him and all of the great things that are still ahead of him… and that in spite of his situation his life was still needed, his purpose still remained and it was so much greater than the trials and tribulations that he had gone through.
After I prayed for him, I just began to reflect and think about how GOD could’ve just stepped in and intervened to take care of the situation without including me. But the beauty HIM choosing not to do that was in that fact that HE allowed me to experience HIM in such a deep and personal way which not only increased the intimacy and depth of my relationship with HIM, but it also revealed to me how much HE treasures me as well. I mean, HE trusted me to pray and war for someone’s life— literally. And I don’t take that lightly. It’s a very big deal to me.
Today, I just want to leave you guys with this— it not just Darryl and it’s not just me whom THE LORD deeply treasures, but you as well. Every promise that GOD has made to us in HIS WORD is perfect and true and I want you to know, believe, and embrace that TRUTH with your whole heart and soul. When I speak of THE TRUTH of THE WORD, I’m actually speaking of JESUS, so what I’m really asking you to do is to know, believe, and embrace JESUS, HIMSELF.
Even before THE LORD intricately and beautifully knitted you together in your mother’s womb— HE knew you, chose you, and set you apart as HIS cherished and personal treasure because HE had a holy and perfect plan and purpose for our life. There is no one in the entire universe like you. For you are fearfully and wonderfully made; and out of all of creation THE FATHER’S most treasured possession. You belong to HIM, HE is always with you, and HIS heart, mind, and eyes are always on you. (Isaiah 49:16 VOICE- Look here. I have made you a part of ME, written you on the palms of MY hands. Your walls are always on MY mind, always MY concern.)
ABBA, I come before YOUR PRESENCE this morning asking that with each and every breath we take we would breathe in more of THE LIFE and LOVE that is YOU. FATHER, I pray that as we inhale more of YOU, YOUR HOLY SPIRIT would carry that LIFE into every ounce of our beings that we would not just stand on THE TRUTH of YOUR WORD, but as we breathe IT in, IT would be the very source that continually gives us LIFE. Help us to not just know in our minds, but to feel in our hearts, souls, and spirits to the very core of who we are in YOU just how much YOU cherish us and how deep YOUR love runs for us. LORD, on behalf every eye reading this, I ask that YOU would call them by name and whisper, “I treasure you“ into their hearts. ABBA, I praise YOU and thank YOU for these precious lives and I love YOU beyond words. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.
“To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable TRUTH to be found in this treasure house, THE BIBLE?” ~ Queen Elizabeth II
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