Prayer Devotional: Day 247

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16 NKJV

My family and I are fans of Star Trek, and the intro of The Next Generation is known by many English majors such as myself for the grammatically incorrect split infinitive: “to boldly go.” The correct way to say it is “to go boldly.”

I imagine that it would feel intimidating to approach a prince’s throne, yet Jesus invites us to come right up. Jesus offers grace and mercy to all of us.

Why would He help us? Humanity is not exactly known for its redeeming qualities. Yet God loves us so much that He sent His only son to redeem us. That’s quite a gift! We can be thankful for His love every day. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 246

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 NIV

God doesn’t put a cap on the gifts He gives us.

He is able to supply for all our needs.

He never has supply-chain issues.

He never delivers things late.

His timing is perfect. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 245

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” – Revelation 4:11 NIV

Jesus is worthy of our praise. His power cannot be underestimated.

When we spend time each day in prayer and meditation, we honor Him. When we work, we can honor Him. When we are taking down time, we can glorify Him.

No tribute to the Lord is too small. The price He paid so that we might be saved was great. Salvation may be free to us, but it wasn’t for Jesus. Just because something is free to us doesn’t mean that it loses its value. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 244

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. – John 4:23‭-‬24 NKJV

Jesus’s power to heal amazed many people around Him, but He did not use magic to heal.

There may have been people who doubted that Jesus was the Savior, until they saw Him heal someone they knew who had an incurable condition.

We don’t have to see a miracle to believe in Jesus. He is living and active in our lives as much as He was for His disciples.

God doesn’t discriminate when He gives us the Holy Spirit and truth. He gives all of us access to the Spirit and to the truth. We can pause from our busy day to realize how powerful our God is. He is worthy of worship. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 243

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8 NKJV

Justice, mercy, and humility are all things that can guide human behavior.

It’s normal to feel angry, sad, or frustrated, and surely Jesus felt those emotions, too, but He did not sin.

Sometimes mercy means showing mercy towards ourselves. We can give ourselves a break because we are not perfect, and God is the only one who is.

Humility doesn’t mean that we never accept a compliment. It is okay to achieve things, and as long as we don’t let ourselves and our ambitious overshadow what Jesus wants for us, bettering ourselves is fine.

The Lord knows that we are human, and He loves us flaws and all. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 242

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. – Romans 8:1 NKJV

God doesn’t point out everything that we do wrong. He does not condemn us.

Instead, God loves us and sent His son to atone for our sins.

What does it mean to walk according to the Spirit?

When the Holy Spirit guides us, our choices become more clear. Our focus shifts from ourselves to loving others.

Treating others with love is not always easy, especially if they don’t treat us nicely to begin with, but God can give us strength to walk away from conflict and to be at peace with all people as much as possible. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 241

For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the Lord. – Habakkuk 2:14 NLT

God is everywhere, and He is inside us as well.

The water in the sea covers a vast area, yet it doesn’t cover all the earth.

Not everyone is aware of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Maybe they grew up believing in another religion, or perhaps they may not believe God exists.

We can’t assume that all our friends already know who Jesus is, and it’s one of our callings to share the good news.

If we haven’t already, we can devote just a little time each day to share our love for Jesus. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 240

And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. – Luke 1:17 NIV

John the Baptist prepared people to hear what Jesus had to say.

God gave John power to influence.

When someone we respect speaks, we pay extra attention.

We sometimes don’t realize how much influence we have with our own words.

We can plan and prepare, but God determines our steps.

We never have to feel lost because Jesus knows the Way. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 239

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? – Matthew 6:25 NKJV

I have had severe food allergies since I was 16 years old, and for years I have been very careful about avoiding soy, peanuts, hazelnuts, raspberries, and water chestnuts (to name a few).

Because of my allergies, I been conscious of what I eat, not because I don’t think I can afford decadent meals, clothing, and possessions, but because if I eat something I am allergic to, I have about 30 minutes to get an EpiPen and Benadryl, or else I might go into anaphylaxis.

I have only ended up in the ER three times for anaphylaxis, but each time, I had hives all over my skin, plummeting blood pressure, and breathing problems. One of the symptoms of anaphylaxis is a feeling of impending doom, and I have actually experienced that.

Do I worry about what I eat? Yes.

The good news is that God is the Great Physician, and He always provides a solution.

Over six years ago, I found out about NAET, which is an alternative allergy elimination technique, discovered by Dr. Devi Nambudripad in the 1980s. The method, although tested by only a few double-blind studies, is based on acupuncture, acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines that have been around for years.

In short, I go to an acupuncturist and endure the needles in order to get relief from my myriad of food allergies and sensitivities. After a treatment, I avoid the allergen for 25 hours, and if I “clear” it, I can eat the food without reacting as much.

God gives us illness for a reason: to teach us. Whenever I feel like complaining about a food that made me “crash”, I also remind myself to thank God for the patience and lessons He is teaching me.

It’s not always fun, but God gives us life, and for that we can be grateful. We can savor each bite of food we eat, for those foods we can eat. We can clothe ourselves comfortably. We can live a life, knowing Jesus saved us and cares about every detail of our lives. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 238

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. – John 15:9 NKJV

Jesus loves us, flaws and all.

When we mirror God’s love, we can love everyone, not just the people who already love us back.

Our assumptions and pride can sometimes get in the way of loving other people as Christ loves us. Our past hurts are in the past, yet they find their way to our present thoughts more often than not.

Mindfulness and being present is a tool that God gives us to redirect our thoughts towards love and away from resentment. The breath is an achor and a gift from God.

Jesus can direct our work, our home, and even our hobbies if we let Him. We need not control everything. Amen.

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