Devotions

Devotions

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29, 2020

I Kings 19:9b  (MSG)  “So Elijah,  what are you doing here?”  God asks questions—not because He doesn’t know the answer but because we need to open our hearts to Him and have an honest conversation at a deeper level.   If you are having trouble praying and concentrating on your prayer list,  maybe you just need to stop and notice your heart.  Choose to linger in God’s presence and talk with Him about your real feelings and frustrations.  “Honest noticing…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JANUARY 28, 2020

I Kings 19:6b (MSG)  (Elijah)  ate the meal and went back to sleep.  When the doctor finally declared me  “cancer free,”  everyone celebrated.  Then a friend told me,  “It will take you two years to get over this.”  I am so thankful for that piece of reality,  because everyone  (including me)  expected life to go back to normal.  It didn’t.  I was exhausted and unable to jump back quickly.  I worried that my pace would never return.  Elijah’s story helps…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JANUARY 27, 2020

I Kings 19:5  (MSG)  Exhausted  (Elijah)  fell asleep under the lone broom bush.  Suddenly an angel shook him awake and said,  “Get up and eat!”   Elijah had been running for his life.  Exhausted from an outpouring of spiritual,  physical and emotional energy,  he collapsed under a tree.  Most of us are not living at that level of a breaking point.  Still fairly functional,  we try to keep moving;  but when it is time to get quiet in prayer,  external…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JANUARY 25, 2020

John 16:23b (NIV)  …I tell you the truth,  my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”  Prayer does not require a feeling to be a prayer of faith.  Faith is not a feeling;  faith is an action.  Faith is obeying God’s rule.  When He says to  “ask anything”  or when you are moved to pray for a certain thing,  do it.  The fruit will be harvested later.  You will sense the pleasure of God that you prayed, …

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JANUARY 24, 2020

Matthew 6:6 (NLT)  When you pray,  go away by yourself,  shut the door behind you,  and pray to your Father in private.  Then your Father,  who sees everything,  will reward you.  “Prayer is the choice we make where we want the rule of God to come.  And when we see things out of order,  outside His rule,  whether in our families,  neighborhoods,  churches or cities,  we can pray decisive prayers and He will come.  The Lord is looking for people…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JANUARY 23, 2020

I John 5:14-15 (NLT)  And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him.  And since we know He hears us when we make our requests,  we also know that He will give us what we ask for.  The Holy Spirit is our helper in prayer—a prayer specialist.  Ask Him to enable,  energize and enrich your prayer life.  How do you know if you are praying presumptuously?  Well,  are you asking for something selfish…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22, 2020

Philippians 4:6 (MSG)  Don’t fret or worry.  Instead of worrying,  pray.  Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers,  letting God know your concerns.  When we pray  “Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory”  we are not making a recitation—it is a proclamation.  We are taking our place with millions of others around the world to bring God’s will to pass in homes,  cities,  and nations.  The Holy Spirit leads the individual focuses,  and Heaven dispatches…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JANUARY 21, 2020

I Timothy 2:1-2 (NLT)  I urge you,  first of all,  to pray for all people.  Ask God to help them;  intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them.  We must pray with concerted passion in order to  “see the overthrow of those works of hell that manifest themselves in evils such as human trafficking,  bondage to drugs and other horrific oppressions.”  When we pray,  decisive things happen.  “God is at work beyond our sight and sound.  Don’t doubt it.” …

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JANUARY 20, 2020

I Peter 3:7b (MSG)  In the new life of God’s grace,  you’re equals  (husband and wife)…being heirs together of the grace of life  (KJVS)…so that nothing will hinder your prayers (NIV).  Satan has launched an assault against unity among believers,  and Christian homes are a primary and unique target.  To some degree this is true because of the unique endowment of the Holy Spirit that is available to husband and wife as they are united in prayer  (Matthew 18:19).  Being…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JANUARY 18, 2020

Psalm 42:1 (NIV)  As the deer pants for streams of water,  so my soul pants for you,  O God.  Desperation and desire for God can lead us to withdraw from noisy,  peopled places and to sit our whole selves down to wait for that which comes from beyond ourselves.  God comes and does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  Do not be afraid of spiritual hunger.  Let it surface,  notice it,  express it to God.  Let the Holy…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JANUARY 17, 2020

Luke 18:13 (MSG)  …slumped in the shadows,  his face in his hands,  not daring to look up,  he said,  “God,  give mercy.  Forgive me,  a sinner.”  How many of us have ever walked through a season of life in which we felt challenged on every level?  We’ve felt inadequate in prayer and inept in life skills.  We’ve wondered how we could come so far in life and yet fall so short in maturity.  We’ve felt desperately hungry for God yet…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JANUARY 16, 2020

Matthew 28:20b (NLT)  (Jesus said)…And be sure of this:  I am with you always,  even to the end of the age.  “Over time our body and soul respond to established rhythms,  so eventually the very act of entering this set-apart time and place  (for prayer)  ushers us into our own inner sanctuary.  There we can listen to our desire for God and God’s desire for us and allow that desire to guide us beyond our information-grasping,  controlling,  problem-solving patterns of…