Daily D – Genesis 30:22
Genesis 30:22 Then God remembered Rachel’s plight and answered her prayers by enabling her to have children. (NLT)
If God said “Yes” to you in fulfillment of what you most seek from him today, what would that make possible?
God remembered Noah (8:1).
God remembered Rachel (30:22).
God remembered Hannah (1 Samuel 1:19, 20).
God remembered (Insert your name here). What changes? What difference would it make for God to turn his full attention to you and your prayer request? What difference would it make if he lovingly cared for you today the way he did Noah, Rachel, and Hannah?
What will you ask that honors God and serves others? How will God be able to bless you so that you are a blessing to others?
This is a good time to turn to John 15. Read verses 1-17. Take careful note of verses 7 and 16. Jesus teaches us important lessons regarding prayer. He says to remain in a deep and abiding relationship with him. When we learn his heart and seek what he most desires for us and others, we can ask for anything we want and it will be granted.
Lesson One in prayer is to want what God wants (verse 7). Psalm 37:3-6 says the same thing. This passage tells us to
* Trust God
* Do good
* Take delight in God
* Commit everything you do to God
* Trust God
Then he will hear and answer your prayers.
Lesson Two in prayer is to live a fruitful and effective life (verse 16). God chooses us to produce fruit that lasts. When we seek to live fruitful and effective lives that honor God and bless others, his answer is Yes.
Motives matter in prayer.
Why do you pray? How do you pray? Can you learn to pray the King David and Jesus way?
You have God’s full attention. What do you want to say?
I will ask God for what honors him and serves others so that he can use me to bless his world.
Our Father, whatever you want is what I want, too. I trust you. Everything you do is good. I want to get in on your goodness. I want to overflow with your grace, mercy, gentleness, and kindness. Direct me in all I do today. Make me fruitful and effective. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.