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Prayer Devotional: Day 18

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: For I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. – Psalm 42:5 KJV

Our relationship with the Lord is not a joint venture business relationship. We do not exchange our money and good works for salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus gave all so that we would live. The exchange was not equal, and He was not coerced onto the Cross to atone for our sins. He sacrificed Himself for us because of pure, unselfish love. If only we could understand the magnitude of His sacrifice for us, we would not grumble about our day-to-day chores.

Our loving Heavenly Father wants to align us with the right people who can further His purpose for us. We never feel taken advantage of when Christ is at work in our lives. We never feel exploited. It is a relationship based on true love, for which we can be eternally grateful. We are blessed to know the Lord. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 347

Day 347

So Israel will live in safety; Jacob will dwell secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew. – Deuteronomy 33:28 NIV

The Lord gives us a safe hiding place. We can take refuge in His everlasting arms.

At times we may wonder if our financial future is secure, but the best insurance comes from the Lord. Imagine purchasing eternal life insurance! Jesus gave the chance for eternal life to us freely. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 271

Day 271

For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. – Hebrews 8:12 NIV

Forgiveness is a practice. We often remember the wrongs done to us and hold resentment for years. God does not remember our mistakes forever. He forgives us and is merciful. 

We need to be more like Him, so when we find ourselves remembering old wrongs, we can remind ourselves that God forgave us and expects us to forgive others. 

We learn from our mistakes. If we were without sin and perfect, there would be no need for salvation. We are imperfect, so we need God. We need Him to transform our resentment into love. We can love the lessons He taught us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 198

Day 198

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise. – Psalms 111:10 NIV

What does it mean to fear the Lord? Does it mean that if we don’t follow His laws we will be squashed like bugs? Certainly not. The Lord is a mighty, powerful God, so when we respect and reverence Him, we simply begin to understand how significant it is to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Salvation is possible through Jesus, and we can offer Him our utmost respect. 

We are not wise in our own ways. Wisdom comes from God. 

The Lord grieves when we forget to listen to the words He speaks to us. It saddens Him when we don’t try our best to follow His example to love and forgive one another. 

Although we are saved through faith and not by works, God enlightens our understanding the more we study His word, pray, and follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We love His precepts because each one deepens our relationship with Him and makes us want to be more like Him. His commandments are not just a list of do’s and don’ts. They are to teach us how to live by faith. He is worthy of our praise. He blesses us with abundance beyond measure. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 184

Day 184

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. – John 11:25 NKJV 

Jesus makes it possible for all of us who believe in Him to live after death. 

Because of Jesus and the resurrection, life is not “nasty, brutish, and short” the way that philosopher, Hobbes said. Instead, Jesus has given us a second life. 

Through one man, Adam, most everyone will suffer what it is like to die. Yet through one man’s sacrifice, Jesus, we are saved. Salvation is nothing less than a miracle. 

Human beings, despite scientific advancements, will never be capable of generating everlasting life.

Science fiction paints a world where we have a future in which we figure out how to live forever, but the answer is simple. Jesus accomplished salvation for us. Amen. 

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