Let’s jump into today’s Wednesday Devotional, which is all about learning to pray confidently to God. Today’s verse is 1 John 5:15. “And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
In these verses, John tells us we can have confidence in God. He tells us we can have confidence when we ask God for anything in line with His Will. Therefore, if whatever we ask is in line with God’s will, we can be confident He hears our prayers.
So, let me ask you, when you pray, do you ask of God? Most of us will probably say “Yes.” I think most of us do ask of God when we pray. God is generous, and He wants us to ask Him. He wants us to ask Him for anything, like the scripture says. Asking does not mean He will give us everything we ask for. However, asking God for anything means we are talking to Him about everything. We must also remember nothing is ever too big or too small to ask of God.
On the other hand, we must also take it a step further and ask God according to His Will, and not our will. When I asked you previously, you may have answered “Yes” to the first question about asking of God, but let me ask you another question. Do you ask of God according to His Will instead of simply what you want? Asking God for what we want is not the point of prayer at all. Prayer is about asking God to accomplish His will. God wants to use us to accomplish His Will. He wants us to be so close to Him, we only pray about the things He cares about, so He can use us to accomplish His Will.
When we begin to pray about things according to God’s Will, we can be confident our prayers will be answered.
Prayer is not just throwing words up to God. It is not asking for our own selfish desires. It is wholly seeking God and praying His desires to Him in order for them to be accomplished through us.
Our will must become aligned with His Will.
Do you have confidence your prayers will be answered because they are aligned with God’s Will? If not, what do you need to change in order to have confidence your prayers will be answered?
God, thank you for answering our prayers. Forgive me for seeking my will instead of Your Will. Help me to seek Your Will more fervently, and help me to have more confidence in my prayers because I am seeking Your Will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Today, I want to share an invitation for you to come to the thrown of grace. First, I want to say, welcome back to the Wednesday Devotional! Sorry for having missed a few, but I was revamping my blog, and I really hope you like it! Make sure you didn’t miss the last Wednesday Devotional too, so you can stay caught up with all we have been talking about throughout the Wednesday Devotional series! The last one was good too because it relates back to the election, even after President Trump has been elected.
Let’s look at the verse before we get started. Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.”
The verse tells us that we can with confidence and with boldness come to the throne of grace. This statement is pretty remarkable. If you are like me, when I think about God and His throne, I typically picture it as untouchable, like it is just too big or too powerful to even look at much less be around. Sometimes I think God is sitting up there on His throne just watching everything happen, and we are just here suffering through life. However, this verse is inviting us to come to the throne of God!
When we come to the throne of grace, it tells us we get mercy instead of what we deserve-suffering and death. It also tells us we get grace, which we don’t even deserve. We get all of these things when we need them and even when we don’t need them.
This shows the true attributes of God. God is both merciful and just. The throne of grace reconciles these two attributes of God-God gives us mercy and grace instead of what we deserve. Jesus died on the cross to invite us to the throne of grace. God is still a God of justice, but grants us grace through the death of His Son, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus!
So, I invite you today to the throne of grace, where you can lay down all your requests to God, who answers them no matter how big or how small. His grace and mercy allow us full access to Him. We can come to Him with our whole lives, every situation, and He will respond to us. The separation, the barrier between us and God, has been bridged by the sacrifice of Jesus, so I invite you take that bridge and submit yourself to Jesus’ Lordship of your life.
So will you accept the invitation to come to the throne of grace with everything you have?
God, thank you for Jesus, who died so that I can have a relationship with you. Forgive me for not accepting your invitation to come to your throne. Help me to come in boldness to your throne. Thank you for your mercy. Help me to seek you in my times of need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
A few weeks ago at our church’s camp, I talked about friendships. I talked about what a true friend looks like, so I wanted to share it here with you all also.
We are all familiar with friendships and have many types of friends. Right now, you can probably think about your best friend, or perhaps, you are sad because you are thinking about a friendship you had that is no longer intact. We have Facebook friends, acquaintances as well as deep friendships.
Well, it turns out, the Bible actually has alot to say about friendships too, so let’s turn to the Bible to see what it has to say about friendships.
The first example we will look at is in 1 & 2 Samuel, the story of David and Jonathon. As we will see, David and Jonathon had a deep relationship filled with love and devotion from one another. (I would encourage you to read the story of their friendship in 1 & 2 Samuel to get the whole picture of their friendship.)
1 Samuel 18:1 “As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”
They were of “one spirit”, so this picture shows the foundation to their relationship was firmly planted in God.
So having a Biblical relationship allows you to walk together, alongside your friend. It allows you to have someone you can go to for advice-Biblical advice. It’s someone you can have fun with, but not someone who will get you in trouble. It’s someone you can cry with because she will give you hope in God. And it is someone you will see again-in heaven, of course!
For another Biblical example of friendship, let’s look at Japhthah’s daughter and her friends.
Judges 11:37-38 “So she said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me: leave me alone two months, that I may go up and down on the mountains and weep for my virginity, I and my companions.” So he said, “Go.” Then he sent her away for two months, and she departed, she and her companions, and wept for her virgiinity on the mountains.”
Did you catch it? She wanted to go hang with her girls when life was hard. They were in the same walk of life she was in, so they talked with her because they understood what she was going through. It is not a spiritual concept to have women in the same walk of life as you, but it is always a good idea to have someone in the same stage of life as you, so you can relate to each other’s situations in order to best be able to talk to each other in the good times and the bad.
Moses, Aaron and Hur also give us a Biblical example of friendship in Exodus 17 too. (Again, read Exodus 17 to give you a better understanding of their friendship.)
Exodus 17:12-13 “But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, on on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Almalek and his people wiht the sword.”
Aaron and Hur supported Moses. They held up his hands when he couldn’t do it anymore. Sometimes we just need a friend to walk alongside us and hold our hand. Not only did they help him hold up his hands, but they encouraged him to continue to do what God called him to do. How do your friendships measure in this area? Do you have friends holding your hand when you feel like you just can’t do it anymore? Are you friends encouraging you to be a trustworthy employee? Do they join you in the pity party or do they pull you up by encouraging you? What do you do for your friends?
Yet another example of Biblical friendship is portrayed in Mark 2:1-5. “And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd; they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening; they led down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
These men were taking action for their friend. They were serving him by doing for him something he could not do for himself. He could not walk, so they carried him and brought him closer to Jesus. Do you have friends that will help you “carry your mat” when you are not able to do so? Are you helping your friends by taking action for them when they are unable to do it for themselves? Are you serving your friends? Do you act for your friends or do your just say you will do something and then never follow through? What can you start doing today to begin taking actions in your friendships?
Jesus is also a perfect example of sharing the load with his friends. He trained up 12 disciples. He shared meals with them, He shared His ministry with them and He shared His burdens with them.
He was friendly toward everyone.
This passage shows us this perfect example: Matthew 9:10-12And as Jesus reclined at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.”
I need to note that Jesus wasn’t best friends with everyone, but He was friendly to everyone. So this passage is telling us that we need to be friendly with our coworkers, family members, Facebook friends, the people we meet at the gym and our neighbors. You have influence on each of these people, even if they do not have influence on you. You can positively influence their lives, even if they give you nothing in return.
So who are your friends? And what makes them special to you? What is a favorite memory you have with your friend? Why? How long have you known your best friend? What is something meaningful she has done with you? How does God use her to bless your life?
Our friends can bless us, but we can bless our friends in return. So, who is your Biblical Friend Forever and how can you be a better Biblical Friend Forever?
Last year at camp, I talked about our inner beauty as opposed to outer beauty. If you would like to read about it too, check it out here!
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Well, folks, it is less than 1 week before Election Day in America, and if you are like most, you think both candidates are a stinky choice for authority!
So let’s talk today about authority. We, as Christians, have to remember that God has ordained all the authorities put in place, including our government, our president, our church leaders, our pastor, our families, our parents, our husbands, our bosses and anyone else who is the authority in our life.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”Romans 13:1-2
Boy, is this a heavy topic. I feel like our American culture has surely drifted away from respecting authority. We see it everywhere-the police, our parents, our bosses-everywhere. It is all about “me” and not many people are respecting the authority figures placed above them.
So back to the election…No matter what the outcome of this election, God is the one that put them in that place. (Remind me to reread this after the results are announced!) But seriously, we must remember that God’s plan is perfect, and He always works out every scenario in order to glorify Himself! Crazy to think that one of our Presidential candidates will be used to glorify God, right? But remember Pilate? He was placed in a position of authority, and God still received glory from his leadership. He was the one that crucified Jesus-glory to God!
So let’s put our faith in God and not in people, and remember that even through this election, God is in control!
God, thank you for the authorities you have placed in my life. Forgive me for not trusting in your sovereignty. Help me to trust in the leaders you have placed in my country, my home and all aspects of my life. Help me be faithful to pray for the authorities over me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.