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Daily Devo- Communication with God

Our Creator, God, discloses His thoughts, who He is, and what His will is through His word-the Bible. The Bible is a living, historical text; that was spoke directly by God or inspired by God. All scripture is God breathed.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV

The Bible essentially is the ultimate love letter from God. Often times, the context of the love letter is ignored or goes unnoticed because of our many needs that we petition Him for.

Our prayers are our responses or conversation starters with God. Our prayer life is often full of requests, needs, or thanks for blessings but unwittingly without reflection on scripture we have read.

It’s important for us to be actively seeking and reading the Bible. God speaks to us through His word. (1 Samuel 3:21) This opens the door for two-way communication with God, enabling you to have a conversation with Him about day-to-day happenings and deeper topics that He exposes to you in His word.

God gives us clarity and understanding through His Holy Spirit as we read and study the Bible. He helps to speak to us in a way in which we understand and can apply it to our life.

It’s important to understand that the Bible is the same today, as it was yesterday, and the days it was inspired and written. God uses different circumstances in our life to help us to understand but the meaning and lesson behind the scripture is the same.

Praying is our communication with God. We can come to Him and talk with Him just as we would anyone else. He is our Savior, our friend, our comforter, and our supporter. There is no special way we must pray. The importance lies in coming to Him with a humble and open heart, seeking Him above all else, and bringing every care, need, sin, or praise to Him.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Lord thank You for being a good Father– always by our side and always ready to listen and help. God I pray that each person would cultivate an open two way communication with You. Lord, help us to turn to You in prayer in all we do and all we go through. Lord, thank You for always being near and listening to our every need. Help us to see and understand that Your word is the ultimate love letter and is full of promises that we can count on. Lord help us to have discernment and understanding when we are reading and studying Your word in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Jesus Teaches Us to Pray

23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.

Matthew 14:23 NKJV

Jesus is the ultimate example of the importance of prayer. Jesus prayed in public and in private. He prayed with and for the disciples- He openly prayed for others. Jesus commanded prayer- encouraged prayer- taught prayer- and modeled a healthy prayer life.

During Jesus’ life he often left his disciples and stepped away from His ministry to have alone time in prayer.

Jesus revealed that prayer is much more than request-making or seeking guidance. He teaches us that prayer also drives us for the following-

  • for worship
  • for expressions of praise
  • for a way to show adoration of Him
  • for confession
  • for thanksgiving to God.

In Luke 11:1-4 when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray- He gave the example of what we call ‘The Lords Prayer”.

Prayer was not just a lengthy word exercise for Jesus, it was a connection and the way to communicate with God. Jesus would pour his heart and soul into His prayers. It was a time of great expression from His spirit. An intense intimacy with God that does not just form overnight. Jesus spent years praying, seeking, and spending time with God to reach the kind of intimacy that His disciples observed in Jesus while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. (Matthew 26:36-46)

Luke 24:13-32 tells the story of two disciples that walked with Jesus on the day of His resurrection from just outside of Jerusalem to Emmaus. The gospel reveals that they walked and talked with Jesus for several hours but they did not know it was Him.

When mealtime came Jesus prayed over the bread and than broke it- this is when the disciples eyes were opened and they knew it was Him.

Notice that it was something to do with the characteristics of Jesus’ prayer that confirmed to the disciples that it was Him that they had spent all that time with on their journey to Emmaus.

Prayer was the center of Jesus’ life. The Bible is full of examples on different ways and reasons that Jesus prayed.

If Jesus needed alone time in prayer and He is God’s son- how much more do you think that we need prayer to be the center of our life?

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for the power of prayer and for giving us Jesus as the ultimate example. Lord forgive us for not coming to you more in prayer. Open our hearts and eyes to the necessity of pray and fill us with the desire to be more intimate with you. Remind us God that prayer helps us to build a relationship with you. I pray that Your message on Jesus’ prayer life is made clear to each person who reads this. Thank you Lord for Your patience and forgiveness in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen


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Daily Devo- See It Through

Just as listening to the right voice among chaos is very important- so is carrying out what God has told you to do. Mark 1:36-39 the last verse is not merely a review of the passage- it is the application. Jesus did what He said He was going to do- He preached at the synagogues.

Jesus’ target of ministry was to reach ‘all of Galilee’ with the good news. His target would later change as His disciples followed in His steps. The ministry then extended to the ‘ends of the Earth.’ (Acts 1:8)

Application process of our quiet time is equally as important as the rest of it. Meaningful fellowship with Christ comes when we listen to Him- follow His example- and apply His word to our life in the power of the Holy Spirit. (1 Peter 2:21)

Here is a helpful approach to prayer..

A-Adoration- worship God for who He is

C- Confession- acknowledge your sins

T– Thanksgiving- Thank God for His grace and blessings

S- Supplication- Asking God for what you need.

Following the above approach to prayer is a great way to be sure you do not forget what you want to pray, it also helps you keep your prayer life fresh and fruitful.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Your love, mercy, and forgiveness always leaves me amazed. You are a great and just Father. Thank You God for never leaving me nor forsaking me, You keep me safe and protected under Your wings. Lord, forgive me for my sins. Lord, help me to remember to run to You in prayer first and to always seek Your divine direction. Lord, help me to control my words and feelings as I go about my day- I struggle with being effected by those around me. I am so thankful Your grace is new every morning. Thank you for Your many blessings, for protecting my family and leading us in the way we should go. Lord I ask that you help me to form a healthy and fruitful prayer life. I ask that You fill me up with Your Holy Spirit. Give me Your strength to withstand the schemes of Satan and to stand strong in my faith and not be affected by those around me. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Jesus’ priority of Prayer

Our sense of security begins to form when we are just children. We form our inner sense of security from connections made with family members and others through-out our life. As children we want to know that if we go to an adult family member they will be available and care for us when we need them.

In Romans 8:15 the apostle Paul tells us we are adoptive children of God. That we can cry out, “Abba, Father”. Abba is the term that Jewish children use to address their fathers- just as we use daddy, dad, papa, etc.

How do we access the prayer connection to our Heavenly Father?

We can access the prayer connection by studying God’s son, Jesus and His prayer life.

Jesus made prayer a priority in His life. He prayed early in the mornings even after being up all night healing the sick and demon possessed people. (Mark 1:35-39) According to the scripture, Jesus sought isolation to spend His time communicating to God through prayer.

Cleansing and removal is often a need felt by believers, due to sin. However, Jesus was the only one “who knew no sin”. (2 Corinthians 5:21) This brings up the question-

Why did Jesus need quiet time?

Not because He was sinful, but because Jesus limited His divine interventions and attributes while He was on Earth. This was to be the example for us to show the importance of being dependent on God.

Walking in faith is a journey, not a single step. This is why it’s called walking in faith and not jump into faith or leap into faith.

Repeatedly going to God for strength, guidance, mercy, and more is the whole idea of faith. Requiring you to be fully reliant on God.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for sending Your son, Jesus, to be a perfect example for us. Thank you for Your never ending grace and for Your guidance through-out Your word. Lord, forgive me for not always prioritizing my quiet time with You. Lord, I ask that You help me to prioritize prayer in my life. Remembering that faith is a journey requiring us to continually come to You to have our needs met. Lord, I pray You restore my sense of security, knowing I can rely on You for my every need. Lord, lead me in the days to come and speak to me during my quiet time, in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Cultivating Communication with God

Our Creator, God, discloses His thoughts, who He is, and what His will is through His word-the Bible. The Bible is a living, historical text; that was spoke directly by God or inspired by God. All scripture is God breathed.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV

The Bible essentially is the ultimate love letter from God. Often times, the context of the love letter is ignored or goes unnoticed because of our many needs that we petition Him for.

Our prayers are our responses or conversation starters with God. Our prayer life is often full of requests, needs, or thanks for blessings but unwittingly without reflection on scripture we have read.

It’s important for us to be actively seeking and reading the Bible. God speaks to us through His word. (1 Samuel 3:21) This opens the door for two-way communication with God, enabling you to have a conversation with Him about day-to-day happenings and deeper topics that He exposes to you in His word.

God gives us clarity and understanding through His Holy Spirit as we read and study the Bible. He helps to speak to us in a way in which we understand and can apply it to our life.

It’s important to understand that the Bible is the same today, as it was yesterday, and the days it was inspired and written. God uses different circumstances in our life to help us to understand but the meaning and lesson behind the scripture is the same.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Lord thank You for being a good Father– always by our side and always ready to listen and help. God I pray that each person would cultivate an open two way communication with You. Lord, help us to turn to You in prayer in all we do and all we go through. Lord, thank You for always being near and listening to our every need. Help us to see and understand that Your word is the ultimate love letter and is full of promises that we can count on. Lord help us to have discernment and understanding when we are reading and studying Your word in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Team-Up Tuesday in Prayer

Team-Up Tuesday in Prayer was designed to bring God’s children together to pray for those that are often “forgotten” in our prayer time and to pray for one another’s needs. Let’s pray and praise together as a nation and watch God’s grace and blessings flow over us.

This week let’s come together as a nation and pray for local service men and women. (Police, Fireman, EMT)

The Bible tells us where two or more are gathered in His name He is there. The goal is to bring us together and lift each other up. Let us all be in agreement that God’s will be done!

Leave your prayer request in the comments or submit it privately here.

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Team-Up Tuesday in Prayer

Team-Up Tuesday in Prayer was designed to bring God’s children together to pray for those that are often “forgotten” in our prayer time and to pray for one another’s needs. Let’s pray and praise together as a nation and watch God’s grace and blessings flow over us.

This week let’s come together as a nation and pray for those in powerful positions of government. (President, Congress, etc.)

The Bible tells us where two or more are gathered in His name He is there. The goal is to bring us together and lift each other up. Let us all be in agreement that God’s will be done!

Leave your prayer request in the comments or submit it privately here.

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- July 19 2019

Matthew 21:22 (NKJV)

And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- January 19, 2018

Matthew 5:44- But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- January 18, 2018

2 Chornicles 7:14- “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”