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Prayer Devotional: Day 51

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalms 46:10 NIV

As much as it is good to get things done and check things off our “to do” lists, there is power in stillness.

Taking time out of our day to sit quietly and breathe can be incredibly healing. Listening to a guided meditation or even standing still in the sunlight can bring small moments of peace where we can align ourselves with God.

We exalt Him by taking a few moments to slow down and acknowledge Him. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 50

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8 NIV

In a world of never-ending change, one thing is constant: Jesus loves us and saved us.

It doesn’t matter whether we gave our lives to Jesus a long time ago or if we are new to Christianity. Jesus loves us no matter what. He will never break our hearts. He will always offer us living water.

Sometimes we find ourselves thinking about people whose actions gave us grief in the past. When we find ourselves grumbling about the past, we can remind ourselves to love one another the way Jesus loves us. He forgives us, and we can forgive others, no matter what they have done. God is a God of redemption. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 49

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. – Isaiah 64:8 NIV

There is something extraordinary about the way God can speak matter into being. God is a greater artist than Michaelangelo.

We have a limited understanding of space and time, as well as how something can be created out of nothing. God has secrets!

We owe our lives to God. He does not have to put up with all our day-to-day questions and mistakes, but He has more patience than anything in the world.

We can learn and thing or two from His patience. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 48

According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: – Ephesians 1:4 KJV

God put a lot of thought into choosing us to receive His eternal inheritance.

Time is a different experience for God than it is for us, because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He knows what will happen even before we are born, and even before He created the world.

God’s choices are not rushed by deadlines or expirations. He chose us, and His choice counts.

We may not know a lot about what God was thinking before He created the foundation of the world, but we know one thing for sure: anyone who is saved by grace through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ can have hope for a future in Heaven without sin, death, or sorrow.

God is love, and the love we experience today is only an inkling of what God can give. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 47

Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:23 KJV

Our hearts reveal a lot about us, both spiritually and physically. When we are not in good health or when we eat too much fast food, our physical health suffers. When we neglect our loved ones because we work too much, our spiritually leads us to pay more attention to the things that count.

There will always be issues in this life, but God helps us solve them all. He is preparing a better place for us in Heaven. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 46

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” – Revelation 5:13 NIV

There will come a time when every being on earth will praise the Lord, Jesus Christ. Regardless of our religious affiliation or our cultural upbringing, the universe and everything in it will honor the Lamb on that glorious day.

Sometimes it may feel like that day will not be within our lifetimes, because noone knows the day or the hour of Jesus’s Second Coming, except for our Heavenly Father. Some people say that day will be soon, but instead of spending time trying to predict when the Second Coming will happen, we can focus on spreading the good news of salvation through Jesus. Instead of hiding our light, we can let our light and love of Jesus shine through to everyone who knows us. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 45

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. – Psalms 33:6 NIV

Whenever we find ourselves caught up in our thoughts, it helps to look at the sky.

The Lord created the heavens. He paints a masterpiece in the clouds at sunset and sunrise, and gives us whimsical patterns in the clouds. He has a sense of humor!

Gazing at the stars at night can remind us how small the earth is in the grand scheme of the universe. Our problems are small. There is no need to make them bigger. We can address them and move on. Sometimes all we have to do is look up. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 44

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. – Psalms 25:6 NIV

The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We don’t have to worry about His mercy or love running out. He never gets burned out. He loves us deeply.

What a beautiful thing it is to have a kind Heavenly Father! Each day we need His mercy just as much as we need to show mercy towards ourselves when we face challenges. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 43

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. – Isaiah 54:10 NIV

Sometimes we have to go through iterations to get things right. Making corrections shouldn’t shake us up. We just make the corrections, learn from them, and move on.

Letting things go and giving them to God is a challenge, but we will feel so much more peaceful when we do. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 42

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. – 1 John 4:15 NIV

We sometimes get caught up in the differences between one Christian demonization and another, but God is love, and if we love others, we are of Christ.

God lives inside of us, which means that the Holy Spirit can guide us and give us counsel if we ask. God-given talents that we may have help us to spread the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ to others. We can be joyful when we share our live for Jesus with others.

Sometimes we feel sad, but that emotion passes, and when we take time to reconnect with God’s Word each day, His peace can shield us from giving into worries throughout our days. Each day is a new beginning. Amen.

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