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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 30

Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. – Psalms 27:7 NIV

The Lord is a God of mercy. He is slow to anger and abounding in love.

When it takes time to recover from a cold, the Lord hears our prayers. He knows that we need our health restored so that we can serve Him better.

No task for the Lord is too small. He is pleased when we seek Him first.

Prayer Devotional: Day 19

The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; Slow to anger, and of great mercy. – Psalm 145:8 KJV

What can we do to become more like Jesus? When we find ourselves thinking about the past and remembering wrongs done to us, it is possible to surrender those thoughts to God and exchange them for thoughts that are compassionate, even perhaps to the person who wronged us. Although the past experience may have been unpleasant, the Lord used it for good to teach us something.

The Lord doesn’t have a quick temper. He is patient and merciful.

How many times have we gotten angry because we were hungry and didn’t have a snack? In those moments, instead of snapping at those around us and saying something we might regret, we can take a deep breath and instead think about something we appreciate about the other person. Our attitude almost immediately shifts. The Lord is a God of transformation. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 18

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. – Luke 6:36 KJV

Being merciful includes showing mercy to ourselves. Sometimes we need to say “no” even if we think that answer might displease someone. The Lord knows that we do our best work when we are healthy, balanced, and well rested.

If we didn’t sleep well, it may take a day to make up the lost sleep. If we have a cold, it is okay to take time to recover.

Mercy and self care go hand in hand. The Lord can help us balance our priorities. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 326

Day 326

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. – 1 Peter 1:3 NKJV

In this life we will have trouble, but the Lord asks us not to be afraid. He has overcome the world, and gives us salvation through Jesus Christ. If we think our problems are too big, we can remind ourselves that God is more powerful than anything causing our problems. 

He can give us strength to endure any hardship, be it illness, job changes, or a move. The Lord gives us the Holy Spirit to be our Counselor and Helper. He will never leave us nor forsake us, no matter what we may be going through. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 170

Day 170

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not, and you said,”No, for we will flee on horses” — Therefore you shall flee! And “We will ride on swift horses” — Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift! – Isaiah 30:15-16 NKJV 

It must have pained our Heavenly Father when His children rebelled against Him. Instead of accepting His grace and mercy, as well as the consequences of their rebellion, they chose to run from their problems. 

The Lord is a God of justice, and He did not let the children of Israel get off scot free without teaching them what they had done wrong, but He also showed them mercy and forgiveness, and even salvation. They may not have deserved forgiveness, but God makes sure that love wins over all else. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 158

Day 158

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me. – Psalm 13:5-6 NIV 

When the Lord restores our health after a period of illness, it is time to rejoice. Doesn’t that make us feel like singing?

The Lord loves us without fail. He saved us, and that in and of itself is a reason to rejoice. 

We can also find joy in the little things: a sparrow’s song, a smile from our loved ones, and a goodnight kiss for our children before they go to bed.

The Lord’s love is sweet and something to cherish. When we delight in God’s law and follow the path that He has set out for us, our lives prosper. 

Our God is a merciful God. He does not allow suffering to continue forever. He helps us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 134

Day 134

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet without sin. Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV 

We need Jesus. He sympathizes with our struggles more than anyone can. He understands and listens to us, and He is always there to help us when we need Him. We can have the confidence that when we cry out because we need Him to help us, He will never ignore us. He answers us. He knows we need mercy.  We have been saved by grace. 

His thoughts are not our thoughts. He understands the inner workings of the universe far more than we do. 

We do not need to focus on being right; we only need to turn our eyes upon Him, and our path will become clear. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 127

Day 127

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

Good things and abundance come from the Lord. When we act justly and love mercy, we become closer to God in our walk with Him.

We can trust that when we show mercy, He will bless our lives in a much bigger way than what our limited minds can fathom. He has good plans for us, much greater than we know. 

When He calls us to move, we can move. When He asks us to trust Him, we can know that He will never let us down. We can have peace that when we follow God’s purpose for us, we will be blessed beyond imagination. He renews and teaches us each day. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 126

Day 126

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. – Micah 7:18

When someone we worked hard for in the past hurts our feelings, it’s tempting to stay angry and hold a grudge against that person.

God expects us to show mercy the way He would show mercy to us. He pardons our sins, and we can be thankful for the mercy He shows us. Isn’t it also good to mirror His character and let go of anger and resentment?

Forgiveness helps us heal. We may not forget the lesson we learned as a result of whatever happened, but we can thank God for allowing that lesson to come into our lives. When we practice mercy and forgiveness, we become a little more like Him. Amen. 

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