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Prayer Devotional: Day 132

However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love Him. – 1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV

Sometimes with a lot of changes going on in my life all at once, I buckle down and focus on the day-to-day tasks of just getting through the day. I get a lot of stuff done that way, without getting too overwhelmed.

The only problem with that laser-focus strategy is I sometimes can’t see the forest for the trees because I am just trying to get through the day.

Whenever I get too worried about little things that don’t really matter, I try to focus on the big picture that God has laid out for us.

We can’t even comprehend the good things ahead of us, so there is very little reason to sweat the small stuff. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 84

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! – 2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV

It is an incredible process for babies to grow up and learn words. Toddlers can articulate themselves, but not as fully as adults can.

The gift of salvation is something that we try to describe, but like toddlers who try to communicate the best they can, we don’t quite have the words to express the magnitude of Jesus’s gift to us.

When we love someone, we try to buy nice gifts for that person, especially in anticipation of Christmas time.

There is both a joy and a financial stress in buying Christmas gifts sometimes.

God has an unlimited supply of love and He is not constrained by a budget when He gives us gifts. We can receive His gifts with great joy. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 79

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9 NIV

In the past, I tried to live by example, but I very rarely said anything about God to other people unless they specifically asked me.

Declaring that Jesus is our Lord takes courage. Other people might not hold the same beliefs as we do, but what we can do is share how loving Jesus has changed our lives.

Despite all the scientific advancements and medical breakthroughs of today, not a single Nobel prize winner has figured out how to match the salvation that Jesus brings us. Salvation is a gift. We don’t have to try to replicate it; we can simply accept it. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 76

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7 NIV

God’s love gives us an example of how we can love others if we let go and allow our minds to be transformed by Him.

Oftentimes, we go about our days and thoughts about past wrongs and hurtful deeds creep into our minds.

As soon as we catch ourselves thinking that way, we can stop and ask ourselves if God loves the person who hurt us. The answer is always “yes!”

God asks us to love and forgive, and sometimes forgiveness is an ongoing process for us because we still remember what happened. God remembers everything we do, good or bad, but He still offers us forgiveness and salvation. Jesus us an incredible gift! Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 75

There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. – 1 Samuel 2:2 NIV

Our God is one of a kind. Jesus is like no other god who is worshiped on this Earth. He is unique, loving, patient, and kind.

He doesn’t get frustrated with us and leave us even if we make mistakes. He knows our hearts and He never is too busy to care about every word we speak and every action we do. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 71

And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. – Zechariah 3:4 KJV

Sometimes we are blind to our own dirty clothes. For example, I ask my toddler if he wants to take a bath. Then he says, “I’m not dirty.”

As a perfectionist, I am always trying to get things right, but it is God who can make things perfect, not us. He loves us so much that even though we make mistakes over and over, He forgives us.

Nothing we can do on our own will allow us to escape death, but God offers us eternal life. 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.

Prayer Devotional: Day 39

All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name. – Acts 10:43 NIV

Names are powerful. They identify us. They define us. They fit us.

The name of Jesus is holy. He forgives our sins, and all of us sin, even if we try to follow God’s law perfectly. Not a single person has ever been able to earn himself into heaven apart from the salvation that can only come through Jesus Christ.

Some people may consider us unscientific because we believe in Jesus. They do not understand or revere God the way we do, but instead of judging them, we can love them in the same way that Christ loves us. Love conquers all. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 31

In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of Lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. – 1 Timothy 6:13‭-‬16 NIV

The Lord gives life, and life eternal. There is no salvation except through Jesus Christ.

The sun is the brightest object in the sky that we can see, yet the light that can shine from Jesus is even brighter than the sun.

We do not worship the sun, but we are lucky because we worship the God who made it, and everything in existence. Men may chase the fountain of youth in search for immortality, yet God’s treasure in heaven is the best reward we could possibly imagine. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 26

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 NIV

The Lord is the giver of all life. It almost is ironic that God gave up His only son’s life to save humanity. Jesus is the embodiment of eternal life. Noone on earth gave more than He did.

We can be grateful for such an immense gift.

Perhaps we can only understand eternal life in the context of death.

My mom and I were present in the room when my dad died. We watched him take his last breath. As excruciating as it was to see one of my loved ones die, I could feel God’s peace after my dad took his last breath. My dad no longer was suffering, as he had for over 12 years from Alzheimer’s disease. It was as if my dad was shedding the shell of his body, the way a crab does when it discards its shell.

I may not understand everything about death, but one thing I believe is true: everyone who believes in Jesus can have eternal life. We have a gracious and loving Heavenly Father, and it is by grace that we have been saved. Amen.

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