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Prayers XVII

Mat 26-27
There are many similarities between Judas and Peter. Both of them let them down Jesus. Yet there are also crucial differences between the two men. Peter responded to failure in the right way. Judas did not. As Paul writes, ‘Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death’ (2 Corinthians 7:10).
Let us respond as Peter did and we can have a great future ahead of us in the service of Jesus.

Lord, thank you that you were bound in order to liberate me from my sins, guilt, shame, addictions, fears and failures. When I fail, help me always to turn back to you in ‘godly sorrow… that leads to salvation and leaves no regret’.

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Prayer XVI

Exodus 6-8
Lord, give me a soft heart that is open to listening to your words and obeying them. Thank you that in obeying them there is great reward. Help me today not only to listen to your life-changing words but also to put them into practice.
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Jesus Cares

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Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

In a universe so incomparably vast, in a world so marvelously diverse, we can be paralyzed by our insignificance and impotence in the face of such staggering enormity. But in moments of simple faith, we can be calmed by our reverence and dependence upon the Creator and Sustainer of such wonders and find great comfort that our lives are in his hands.

When Peter was writing this, the Christians were under great persecution. While God did not send this suffering, He allowed it. So Peter is instructing the believers to humble themselves under God and when the timing was right, He would deliver them from their present troubles.
This is still good instruction for us today! While our very lives may not be in danger for claiming Christ, we all have struggles and problems that come with living in this fallen sinful world. When our circumstances are less than desirable, we must stay humble before God and trust Him to deliver us from our troubles when He sees fit in His timing, not ours. It is easy to trust Him when things are going smoothly, that does not require faith at all, but when things are rough and difficult we have two choices. We can either trust Him to carry us through or we can doubt His love for us and worry!

Verse 7 tells us to “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
I heard a preacher describe worry like this;
“Worry is sin because it denies the wisdom of God; it says that He doesn’t know what He is doing. It denies the love of God for it says that He does not care. And it denies the power of God; it says that He is not able to deliver me from whatever is causing me to worry.”
We tend to not think of worry as sin, but it is! I had a dear friend who used to say, “If you are stressing, you are not trusting God.” Every time I start to worry I think of her saying this. I wish I could say that it always stops me from worrying, but sadly it does not. I am happy to report that I don’t stress on things as much as I did 20 years ago, but oh, I have not arrived yet!
When I stop reacting to bad circumstances and truly stop and think about it, I know that God loves me and if He allows the worst to happen, He will be there to comfort me and give me peace through the process! He will never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5), and He will work everything out for my good (Romans 8:28).

Notice it says to cast “all” our anxiety or cares on Him. This means every single one of them. No taking part of them back after we have surrendered them to Him! God has proven His love for us repeatedly, so why would we ever think for one second that He would not continue to do so in future?

My Prayer…

Almighty and wondrous God, thank you for knowing me even though I can’t begin to comprehend your glory. I need your love, care, protection, blessing, grace, forgiveness, and presence. Without you, I have nothing of lasting significance. Please be near.

Help me to always remember Your love for me and that You always do that which is the very best for me. Thank You for sending Jesus to die for my sins and for the blessings that You have given me in this life. I love You so Abba and give You all glory, honor, and praise this day,  In Jesus name. Amen. 

What is Greater

Luke 22:24-27New International Version (NIV)

24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.


 

Prayer:

Father, the impeding arrest, suffering and death of Jesus was about to take place and the disciples were still arguing about their prestige in the Kingdom. They were so wrapped up on their own concerns that they failed to understand what He had been telling them about His death and resurrection. Lord, may I not make the same mistake of being so concerned about myself that I miss the next big event which is the return of Jesus. Instead, help me to keep my eyes on You as I go about enjoying Your presence and serving You while preparing for Christ’s return.

Talents That Given To Us

Luke 19:11-27 (NIV)

The Parable of the Ten Minas

11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’

14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’

15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’

17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’

18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’

19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’

20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’

22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’

24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’

26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”


 

Prayer:

Father, You have given us excellent resources to build and expand Your Kingdom. You expect us to use these talents so that they multiply and Your Kingdom grows. Someday, Jesus will ask each of us to account for what we have done with Your gifts. Lord, while waiting for the glorious appearing of Christ, help me to faithfully use whatever resources and talents You have given me to further Your Kingdom. Let me not waste time for life is short and the message is urgent. I pray that when Christ returns, He will find me faithfully doing the work You have entrusted to me.

Sacrificial Giving

Luke 21:1-4New International Version (NIV)

The Widow’s Offering

21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
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Prayer:

Father, the poor widow who gave as an offering all she had to live on is in stark contrast to the way most of us handle money. When we consider ourselves generous in giving a small percentage of our income to You, we resemble those who gave a tiny part of their surplus. The widow exemplified generous and sacrificial giving – something that we should all learn to do. Lord, whether it’s money, talent or time, help me to give them to a point beyond convenience or comfort. For these resources are undeniably Yours, lent to me for a period of time and have no right to keep them for myself alone. You bless me so I can be a blessing to others. Let this truth be a constant reminder as I go about my daily life.

True Repentance

Luke 19:1-10 (NIV)

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”


Prayer:

Father, Zaccheus was a small man by stature but big in repentance and restitution. For when he realized how much of a sinner he was after associating with Jesus, he immediately offered to give half of his possessions to the poor and give back four times of what he has defrauded of anyone. True repentance does not stop at asking for forgiveness but taking action to make restitution. Lord, may my heart be as open to Your correction, as ready for repentance and as generous in restitution. For only a humble and contrite heart will enable me to really experience Your grace and reap benefits.