Daily Praying – Part 5

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Luke 6.12 Now it came to pass in those days that He (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (NKJV)

Prayer is much more than duty. It is much more than a spiritual discipline. It is much more than petitioning God. It is both wondrously simple, profoundly life changing, and absolutely necessary.

Prayer is communication with the truest best friend you will ever know. Think of the ease, comfort and pleasure you have spending time talking with a person you consider to be a life long best friend; that person whom you trust most with your worst fears, most embarrassing failures and craziest dreams; that person you feel safe with; that person who understands you, accepts you and knows you.

God is infinitely a better and trustworthier friend than any human will ever be. He’s just waiting on us to discover it.

We approach God in prayer recognizing Him, honoring Him, respecting Him, fearing Him and worshiping Him. We come to Him without pretense or facade realizing that our verbal trickery can’t conceal our true selves from Him. So we confess our sins and glory in the restored fellowship. This brings us to a very natural state of appreciation and gratitude and we are blessed in time of thanksgiving for God’s endless bounty of blessing.

Now we ask of God and petition Him concerning our needs and make requests of Him. Will He grant them?

God is not a Heavenly Supply Sergeant
or Celestial Super Walmart

There is much false teaching today about answered prayer. It’s not practical to refute those teachings here, but suffice to say this:

  • God is not a genie to be rubbed and commanded
  • God is not bound by certain formulas or spiritual laws that force Him to do our will nor by the fact that we speak certain words in a certain way
  • Biblical prosperity and abundance as applied to the Believer pertains primarily to spiritual riches and only takes the form of material wealth when God’s purposes are achieved through the faithful use of that wealth
  • He is not forced to honor our requests because of some silly notion that humans can “create reality” or “confess into existence” financial wealth, blessings or positive circumstances simply by speaking certain words enough times or in a specific way; true creative power through words (ie, “let there be”) is the domain of God alone. God is sovereign, not our words. Our future is in the hand of God’s providence, not some mystic power of the human tongue. It is easy enough to create an illusion of this power but it is not Scriptural, nor eternal.

So what do the Scriptures say about God answering our prayers? (NKJV, emphasis mine)

  • 1John 5. 14-15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
  • John 15. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
  • Mark 11. 22-23 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
  • Luke 22.42 “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
  • James 5.16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
  • Phillipians 4. 6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
  • Romans 12.9-10 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

God will grant our prayer requests if we ask according to His will; if our faith is in God (not in our own words, or faith in our faith); if we obey His commandments; if we have purified our lives through confession of sin; if we don’t doubt God’s ability; if our motives are pure, if we are righteous, if we don’t worry, if we are thankful… in short, our faithful, selfless, Godly prayers will be answered if our lives are in line with God’s Word.

If our lives are in line with God’s Word,
we don’t tend to ask for things that are not His will.

It’s a positive spiritual catch 22: if our lives our in line with God’s Word, we won’t tend to ask God for things that aren’t His will. If we ask according to His will, He gives us what we ask.

We could list many verses that show the conditional nature of answered prayer. Can we be confident God will answer if we ask in faith, not doubting, according to His will? Yes. But how do you know His will?

Time. Time with God every day getting know Him better. The more we know God, the closer we are to Him, the more we understand God’s will. Getting to know God is the key to answered prayer.

Let’s put this down on our level. Think of the one person you know most intimately… your wife, a brother or sister, a lifelong best friend, whoever. Are you not fairly confident that you know what the answer to any given request you might make of this person? Can you not confidently guess their response to something you ask of them because of your close relationship to them?

As a child, did you not have a pretty good grasp on how your parents would answer your request to get something, do something or go somewhere? Did you tend to avoid asking those things you knew they would say “no” to? Why bother, you knew the answer would be “no”.

I pretty much know how my wife is going to answer something. So I rarely bother asking her things I know she will say “no” about, or things that I know she doesn’t care if I ask her or not. I just go forward knowing what her answer will be and respond accordingly. I know her “will” in other words. Why? Because I live with her. I see her everyday. I talk to her everyday. I can talk to her about anything. I know her will, she knows mine.

Every human analogy applied to God’s truth is weak. But I think this one is adequate to help us understand the whole idea of “whatever we ask God in faith without doubting according to His will” He will answer.

Spending time with God allows us to:

  • Know His will more accurately and with greater depth over time
  • Ask in faith not doubting
  • Confidently expect it to be answered
  • Avoid “failed” prayer because we won’t even bother to ask those things that aren’t His will

Think of the beautiful, simple logic here: if you ask something that you know is God’s will (because of your intimate friendship with Him) of course He’s going to answer your prayer because of the very fact that it is His will in the first place!

As with all things Godly, there is no shortcut. Our nature wants the blessing of answered prayer without sacrifice, without time and without discipline. Won’t happen. Daily, consistent, disciplined fellowship in prayer, worship and study is the answer and the only answer to praying with confidence.

Lord, help us today to make time to get to know You, and thus know Your will. Then may we in faith, without doubting, make our requests known to You that You may be glorified through the answer. Amen.

Contemplation: Do you know God well enough to know His will? If it is unreasonable to expect to know a person well that you spend very little time with, how much more unreasonable is it to believe that about God?

Application: If you want to experience a life of answered prayer, live a holy life and ask God for things according to His will. If you don’t know His will, spend more time with Him until you find out what it is..

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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Daily Praying – Part 4

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Luke 6.12 Now it came to pass in those days that He (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (NKJV)

As we come to God in daily prayer, we ask Him for a deeper, clearer understanding of His nature. To the very best of our ability, we recognize Him as Creator-Lord-King-Master-Sustainer-Judge and Father. We carefully consider just Who it is that we are speaking to and assign to Him the proper honor, respect and fear.

Recognizing Him, we realize that it is futile to make any pretense of goodness or righteousness about ourselves. We freely admit our sinfulness to God, humbly asking for His forgiveness, and much more than that, we rest in the freedom of knowing that He will help us overcome our sin. We can enjoy the liberty and peace that comes from freely admitting our sins and accepting God’s unfailing mercy and compassion.

Now we are truly prepared to spend time in His presence. We can begin to thank Him for what He has already done, and ask Him for those things that need to be done.

Heb 13.5 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Gratitude and appreciation are rare commodities in modern day America.

We have fostered and encouraged a society who feels like every comfort of life is their right by birth; that freedom and peace are owed to them; that success and opportunity are due them simply because the exist.

We have become a nation of whiners, complainers and gripers acutely aware of and engrossed in every thing we DON’T have and constantly communicating it in every way imaginable.

  • When is the last time your children expressed gratefulness for the lifestyle and privileges you have worked so hard to obtain for them?
  • When was the last time one of your employee’s expressed genuine appreciation for the very fact they have a job?
  • When was the last time one of your students thanked you for your hard work preparing for class?
  • When is the last time you remember anyone for ANY reason express tearful appreciation for anything except under extreme circumstances?

Now, let’s make it personal.

  • Are you thankful for your job, or just complain about your pay, working conditions and boss all the time? Have you ever expressed humble gratitude for the very fact you have a job?
  • Can you rattle off a list of complaints and shortcomings about your church or Pastor? Have you ever thanked anyone for their service at your church? Have you shown appreciation to your teachers and preacher? Have you ever thanked the Sunday school teacher? Do you appreciate the church janitor, lawn keeper, handyman, trash man… the person who runs the copier, fixes meals, gets flowers, writes cards, changes diapers, greets visitors, prepares worship, sweeps the parking lot, cleans the windows, vacuums or refills the toilet paper?
  • Stop and think truthfully for a moment… how many things can you think of that is “wrong” with your church versus how many things you have expressed thankfulness for before this moment? Convicting, isn’t it.
  • Have you thanked God for your freedom? Do you live in amazement that God has blessed us with such comfort and luxury (even the poorest of us)? Do you thank God every day for the incredible ease of our American life? Do you thank Him and truly appreciate our almost embarrassing bounty of food, clothes, houses, transportation, entertainment, comfort and material blessing?

Are you a person who is continually overwhelmed with appreciation for God’s blessing, or continually focused on the one thing you don’t have?

Col 3.17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

How do you feel when your children, employees or subordinates constantly demand more, complain, never thank you for anything you do? How do your feel about the attitude that it is not only their right to “have” what they have, but that they deserve more?

Do you treat God the same way?

I can remember my Dad saying:
“All I ever hear is ‘gimmee, gimmee, gimmee’”.
Is that all God ever hears from you?

Eph 5.20 …giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

Determine that for today, you will become a person with a thankful heart and an attitude of appreciation for all you have:

  • A comfortable life
  • Friends
  • A job, any job
  • Church
  • Freedom to live and worship
  • Family
  • Clothing and food
  • Health
  • A roof
  • Love
  • Socks and shoes, heat and air, mouthwash, convenience stores, mail, computers, books, music, art, fingernail clippers, pencils, microwaves, stop signs, iced tea, soccer balls, flea collars, lawn mowers, telephones, hearing aids, doctors, trees, water, sidewalks, airplanes, aspirin, coffee cups, pets… and on and on.

    Note: if you found yourself refuting this list of blessings (“my life isn’t comfortable”; “my job stinks”; “I’m not healthy”; “I’m not happy”) then you are truly missing the point. Pray that God will change your heart and reveal these truths to you.

Spend today recognizing all the wonderful gifts in life (big or small, obvious or subtle) that we take for granted, and worse, think that it is our “right” to have. Thank God for them.

Ps 100.4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

A life of thankfulness and appreciation is the most liberating, exciting and enriching life you can live. Thankful to God and thankful to others.

No matter what your situation or circumstance,
the ONLY proper response is thankfulness to God.

Lord, help us today to become appreciative. Transform us from “complainers” and “wanters” to “thankers” and “blessers”. Clear away the selfishness in us and reveal to us all the many wonderful blessings you pour on us. Let us then shower you with love and appreciation for Your goodness. Amen.

Contemplation: Are you full of thanks or complaints? Do you focus on the 99 things you have, or the one you don’t? How would others describe you? Appreciative or whiner? Grateful or griper?

Application: In the Bible, being rich was having more food than just today’s food. Having mutliple sets of clothes and a house with a room for each person was considered “super rich”. We classify people today as poor who live like kings compared to the truly poor. We need to keep things in perspective. Be thankful for what you have. Be thankful for every single thing you have.

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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Daily Praying – Part 3

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Luke 6.12 Now it came to pass in those days that He (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (NKJV)

Continuing our look at the four parts of prayer, we come to confessing our sin.

Confessing sin is a mere pious exercise unless we understand and accept the Biblical concept of our sinful nature. As we grow in God’s wisdom, we come to know that sin is much more than just the external acts of disobedience. We begin to understand the real underlying reason: that we are sinful by nature and must ask God to reveal our pension for sin and the ability to deceive ourselves concerning sin.

It is said that while Bible believing Christians understand and teach that mankind as a whole is sinful by nature and incapable of righteousness, but we subconsciously don’t believe that about our own self.

We rightfully believe mankind is sinful,
but mistakenly believe that individually we are basically good.

We subconsciously perpetuate this misconception by comparing ourselves to others who are “worse than us”; or by comparing our sin against sin we didn’t commit; deciding that we aren’t all that bad because of what sin we aren’t guilty of.

Effective, life-changing prayer comes from time with God, your beloved best friend, having no pretense of self-righteousness and asking Him to make you increasingly aware of your ability to deceive yourself.

Proverbs 28.13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

There are NO blessings or benefits for ignoring, rationalizing or excusing sin. The sooner we admit our phenomenal talent for excusing sin, the sooner we can begin transform our relationship with Him. To the contrary, the longer we avoid coming to grips with sin, the more destructive it is to our Christian growth.

  • Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
  • Genesis 8:21 …the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…
  • Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
  • John 8:34 …whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
  • Romans 14:23 ….for whatever is not from faith is sin.
  • Ephesians 2:1-5 …dead in trespasses and sin…

From cover to cover the Biblical message is: man sins, God saves. There is no use, benefit, reason or reward for ignoring the former while professing the latter.

Why is it hard to admit our sin? Because we don’t truly understand sin which is the consequence of not being close to God, which is solely the result of a lack of time with Him. Time: there is no other answer. So we are left with our human experience as our example. In our mind, we believe that God will respond to us the people respond to us. We’re afraid God will:

  • Embarrass or reject us
  • Throw our confession in our face later on when it suits His purpose
  • Use it to berate us or beat us down
  • Keep a list or a grudge against us

God is not like us! But you will never know that unless you get to know Him. When it comes to our sin, God is:

Learn to trust God. Feel safe in His presence. Come to a point where you are completely vulnerable and honest in His presence. When we truly seek God’s will, He judges and blesses our intentions. When we seek our will or ignore our sin, He judges based on our disobedience.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

  • Freely confess all sin you think of
  • Ask God to reveal what you cannot remember or recognize
  • Ask God to increase your understand and sensitivity to sin
  • Ask God to help you understand not just the actual acts of sin, but the attitudes and motivations that are the real cause

Confession is one of the most powerful blessings of Christianity; and one of the most neglected. Confessing your sin:

  • Frees you from guilt (Ps 51.7)
  • Brings intimacy with God (Ps 63.8)
  • Stimulates spiritual growth (2 Peter 2.1-3)
  • Glorifies God (2 Pet 2.11-12)
  • Brings real power to your life and testimony (Col 1.10-11)

Confess daily. Confess immediately after sinning. Keep a very short account with God. Ask God to each day to increase your sensitivity to sin.

Sin is like dirty window between you and God.
The longer you go without cleaning it, the less you can
clearly see God and the harder it is to clean up.

Lord help us today to quit hiding, ignoring or rationalizing our sin. No matter how much we try to excuse it, it doesn’t change anything and only hurts us. You know the truth about my sin even more than I ever will. Let me run to You and confess my sin. Show me today the blessing and freedom of cleans hands and pure heart. Amen.

Contemplation: Do you keep short accounts with God? Or do you allow sin to build up making it difficult to return to His presence?

Application: Learn to confess your sin to God everyday and then you will never have more than one day’s worth of “muck” to clean up in your life. The longer you allow sin to build up, the more difficult it is to decide to “wash” it off.

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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Daily Praying – Part 1

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Luke 6.12 Now it came to pass in those days that He (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (NKJV)

There are four basic elements of prayer:

  1. Adoration (Titus 1.16; Psa 99.5) – worshiping God, recognizing His supremacy, acknowledging who He is, humbling ourselves before the reality of Him
  2. Confession (Psa 69.5, 1John 1.8-9) – recognizing, admitting and asking forgiveness for the sin in our lives
  3. Thanksgiving (1Thess 5.16; Psa 26:7) – showing gratitude for God’s blessing and the simple realization that we have received all that we have (1Cor 4.7)
  4. Supplication (1John 3.22; James 4.3-4) – expressing our needs, asking and believing God will grant our requests

As our understanding in these four areas increase, our prayer life will cease being a burdensome duty (1John 5.3) and become an exciting (Phil 1.3), powerful (James 5.16), fulfilling (Acts 10.31) part of our existence that is as natural, enjoyable and satisfying as eating, drinking or breathing.

Yeah whatever.
That sounds great in a devotional or sermon,
but prayer is hard; its a chore and everyone knows it.”

I agree. For the vast majority of Christians that is all it may ever be. But it doesn’t have to be! For ANYONE willing to make the necessary sacrifice (Rom 12.1-2) and persevere concerning prayer, you can transform prayer from a chore to an exciting way of life.

There are analogies that give us encouragement this is realistic and attainable. In general, everyone knows:

  • If you’re out of shape physically, you will go through a phase of real and painful struggle to get back into shape before enjoying the benefits and making it a way of life (everyone knows this is possible).
  • If you’re overweight, you will struggle through a very difficult time of changing eating habits, disciplining your appetites and losing weight before you will enjoy a transformed body and good health (everyone knows this is possible).
  • If your finances are in shambles, you will have to endure the painful and dreary process of digging your way out of debt before enjoying the liberating blessing of being debt free and “owing no man” (everyone knows this is possible).
  • When you pursue a career or profession, you must go through a long period of hard work and study, becoming educated or experienced, before enjoying the benefits of it (everyone knows this is possible).

If it’s possible concerning physical things, it’s just as logically possible concerning spiritual things. While it is easy for us to accept this concerning “real” life, somehow we think prayer is different and thus, prayer becomes “real” for very few.

  • If you’re prayer life is out of shape, weak and flabby, you’re going to get some sore prayer muscles on the road to getting it back in shape
  • If you’re prayer life is fat and lazy, there is going to be some pain, discomfort and discipline needed to get it back into shape and good health
  • If you’re prayer life is in debt up to its eyeballs because you’ve traded it for high interest plastic spirituality, you will need to spend some time paying the debt back spiritually
  • If you want a degree in prayer, to be an expert in prayer or have career in prayer… you will need to pay your spiritual dues and dedicate time to the Great Professor, the real Expert, the heavenly Trainer.

We commonly acknowledge that everything worthwhile and valuable in our life requires consistency, hard work, discipline, sacrifice and time. For some ridiculous reason we want a powerful, satisfying prayer life (that is infinitely more valuable than any physical pursuit we are willing to pay dearly for) to be effortless and convenient.

We want powerful prayer available for three no-hassle
credit payments on high interest spiritual plastic
(overnight shipping available for an extra charge)

It’s a scam. Don’t fall for it.

Tomorrow we will look at the first of four areas of prayer: Adoration… knowing God, understanding who God is, and recognizing Him.

Lord help us, just for today, to determine to exercise our prayer muscles. We’ll ask again tomorrow for help for another day. It’s going to hurt, and I will be really sore for a while, but I trust Lord that eventually You will bring me to a place of being spiritually powerful in my prayer life, that it may become a fulfilling, exciting way of life. Let my sole reason for this desire be to bring You glory, recognizing that is it possible through Your strength alone. Amen.

Contemplation: Do you have a consistent daily lifestyle of prayer? If yes, congratulations, your a rarity. Do you believe there are shortcuts, tricks or special skills needed to have a consistent prayer life? Do you think its too simplistic that the answer to a good prayer life is to….. pray?

Application: Praying is the only way to pray. Boring and simple answer… but the truth. If you want to have a prayer life, pray. If it’s important enough to you, you will. You get, and do, what you really want deep down.

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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Daily Praying – Part 2

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Luke 6.12 Now it came to pass in those days that He (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (NKJV)

Today we will look at the first of four areas of prayer: Adoration… knowing God and understanding who God is. By the way, this acronym of A.C.T.S. used for structuring prayer is hardly an original idea of mine. It has been around in various forms for a long time. I am simple elaborating on the points in my own words.

To help you keep perspective, here is a review of four basic areas of prayer:

  1. Adoration (Titus 1.16; Psa 99.5) – worshiping God, recognizing His supremacy, acknowledging who He is, humbling ourselves before the reality of Him
  2. Confession (Psa 69.5, 1John 1.8-9) – recognizing, admitting and asking forgiveness for the sin in our lives
  3. Thanksgiving (1Thess 5.16; Psa 26:7) – showing gratitude for God’s blessing and the simple realization that we have received all that we have (1Cor 4.7)
  4. Supplication (1John 3.22; James 4.3-4) – expressing our needs, asking and believing God will grant our requests

As our understanding in these four areas increase, our prayer life will cease being a burdensome duty (1John 5.3) and become an exciting (Phil 1.3), powerful (James 5.16), fulfilling (Acts 10.31) part of our existence that is as natural, enjoyable and satisfying as eating, drinking or breathing.

You may be wondering at this point how a one page devotional is going to cover the infinite subject of adoring, worshiping and understanding the reality of God. It won’t. A 10,000 page book couldn’t begin to scratch the subject.

But that exact thing helps to make our point today. Knowing God is not a subject to be learned like a college class. It’s asking God every single day to increase the depth and accuracy of your understanding just a little more. Step by step, bite by bite, piece by piece… like a blurry picture that slowly comes into greater focus.

When you begin your time with the Lord each day try asking Him something to this effect:

“Lord, in the very best way that I am capable of at this point in my walk with You, I acknowledge You as Creator, Master, King, Savior and Lord. Father, today I ask you to increase my grasp on that… make it clearer, make it more real, make it more accurate so that I may be in even greater awe of You tomorrow.”

Our Lord honors the sincere desire to want to know Him more fully. We are not punished for our inability to grasp the Infinite God, but blessed abundantly when our petition is for a greater measure of clear vision.

I believe at times we are dulled by sprititual complacency into assuming we “know who God is, so let’s move on to other things”. I encourage you to make it a daily request of God that He increase your understanding and bring you closer to the true reality of who He is. It will transform your life.

Here’s some thoughts to spur your contemplation of God and plow up some fresh soil in your spiritual imagination:

  • God created us, drew us, saved us, protects us, cares for us… then rewards us with eternal life as if we deserve it. Ever thought about the nature of our God who does everything for us, then rewards us for what He alone did?
  • How awestruck are you at the fact that the Creator of the Universe, who at this moment is holding the Universe together by His sheer existence; who is conducting the orchestra of earthly events, governments, plans, leaders, societies and nations; who controls the rain, the sun, earthquakes, harvests, the sea, hurricanes and all the aspects of life on earth; who is at this moment assuring and overseeing that His will is accomplished perfectly in every act or decision made at every moment… that this same Creator will, at your request, turn His full attention on you to comfort you, teach you, guide you and bless you?
  • Have you ever pondered the God, who in eternity past knew man would sin; yet created us anyway? Then He sacrificed Himself, forsaking Himself from Himself, then raised Himself from the dead while never ceasing to exist; to give us an eternal life with Him that we don’t deserve and if left to us we would squander, neglect and forsake anyway?
  • Have you ever tried to grasp a Savior that could never cease to be God, but for a time was a man just like us? Who knew from eternity past the torture and suffering He would endure for men he had not yet created; and instead of deciding He had better things to do with His eternity, created us anyway so that we could enjoy eternal blessing at His expense? Ever soaked in the mind boggling task of comprehending that?

Begin your prayers by entering into God’s presence, asking Him to bless you with increased understanding of who He really is and a glimpse of His true reality (for that is all we could bear at any one time).

Next time we will apply the same focus to sin and confession.

Lord help us each day to increase our understanding of Your true nature. We can spend an eternity and still not get close, but just a new taste each day is enough to keep us awestruck at Your majesty. Amen.

Contemplation: Do you ever find yourself skipping to “something new” when it comes to taking time to “know God”? Is knowing God the same thing as adoring Him? Can you adore Him without knowing Him?

Application: Your adoration of God is only as deep as your knowledge and understanding of Him. Your knowledge and understanding is only as deep as the time you devote to Him.

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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