Prayer Devotional: Day 312

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. – Psalms 23:4 NKJV

What was David referring to when he said he was walking through the valley of the shadow of death? It’s hard to know for sure, but as an accomplished warrior, David fought battles and probably came close to death many times. Valleys are often surrounded completely by mountains, and if his enemies lurked on higher ground, David would be in a vulnerable and dangerous place.

In this day and age, we may not be physically fighting battles with swords, rods, or a shepherd’s staff, but we are certainly fighting a spiritual battle between the forces of darkness and those of God’s army. Luckily for us, Jesus already won the battle. All we have to do is believe and obey our loving Heavenly Father. We can take comfort that God loves us forever. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 311

Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV

No matter what season we find ourselves in life, we can pray continually.

We can pray for family, friends, coworkers, church members, acquaintances, and even pets.

Prayer is like an archway to the soul.

God hears all our prayers, wherever we go. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 310

My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. – Psalms 119:148 NKJV

In the early hours, we can pray, meditate, and exercise.

It has been a while since I had energy to do yoga, but this morning I woke up early and did 30 minutes of yoga. After the relaxation sequence, my mind was clear and I felt ready to face the day.

Even if we awake in the night, before sunrise, we can use that quiet time to connect with God. He is eager to hear from us. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 309

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 NKJV

Each one of us ages one day at a time. Our health and physical condition varies.

God knows our limitations and when we are weak, He is strong. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 308

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:10 NKJV

God gave us the Sabbath day to rest. Whether we are on the go or not, we can take a moment to stop, breathe, and look up. The sky reveals God’s glory. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 307

But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. – 2 Corinthians 6:4‭-‬10 NKJV

Patience is a gift from God. Sometimes when we are waiting for change, we tend to ask God for the same thing. He hears us, no matter if we ask Him once or if we ask Him many times.

The Lord does not ignore us. He does not hold a grudge. He does not withhold communication from us, and He does not micromanage us. He is infinitely patient, loving, and kind.

When we focus too much on the trials of this world, we forget how powerful Jesus is to give us peace.

We can rejoice in His presence, rely on His wisdom, and emulate His love. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 306

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. – Philippians 2:14‭-‬16 NKJV

When someone wrongs us, it is difficult not to vent or complain, but Jesus filters the firey darts that the devil throws at us so that we can learn to turn to Him during times of contention.

Despite our best efforts to let things go, anger is a human condition, and one that Jesus experienced, yet without sin. There’s a lot we can learn from Him. Amen

Prayer Devotional: Day 305

Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19 NKJV

New changes, opportunities, and experiences can be daunting, but whatever we do, we can ask Jesus to give us the confidence and strength to move forward towards our short-term and long-term goals.

We can make plans, but ultimately God lets us know the right path to take, whether it be through a spiritual or physical wilderness.

He can give us life-sustaining water, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

On the way back home from a recent road trip, I encountered a fountain at a candy shop in the middle of the desert. In the sweltering heat, my husband, son, and I walked over a decorative bridge to a fountain, which seemed like a desert oasis. The surrounding mountains lacked water.

Jesus supplies us with water of life, just when our well runs dry. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 304

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” – Matthew 6:7‭-‬8 NKJV

God hears our prayers. We can talk to Him like a friend.

We wouldn’t want to say the exact same sentence to one of our friends every time we called him, and it’s normal to pray to God with original, heartfelt words.

He hears all our prayers, even if we have asked Him for the same thing more than once. He cares about us. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 303

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV

Today my husband, son, and I visited Meteor Crater in Arizona. The meteor hit well before I was born.

I can imagine how terrified animals were around the impact.

The natural world can be uncompromising, but the Lord is in control. Amen.

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