Respect or Foolishness

The fear (respect) of the Lord is something that seems to be lost in society at large.  Too few even know who God is.  Some think God exists but doesn’t care.  Some don’t believe God even exists.  I know God is real and cares, based on what He says in the Bible as well as the evidence many Christians have witnessed.  We take much by faith.  We all have to – whether we believe in God or not.

I want to live life with a solid foundation.  The knowledge that comes from the fear of the Lord is solid and unmoving.  Fools are unteachable and live a shaky life.  I pray that you seek the fear of the Lord.  You will find no greater security.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing wisdom and instruction in a shaky world.  Please help us to fear You and gain Your knowledge.  We need You.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Who Needs Forgiveness

I know we often use this verse around election time.  Corruption seems more rampant.  Some of the corruption is from those seeking election; some is from those pushing for a person to be elected.  We want the wickedness to stop.  While that is a worthy desire, I think we forget our own issues.

2 Chronicles 7:14 is specifically for the children of Israel.  However, I think this concept applies to children of God today – those who have trusted in Jesus as their Savior.  The verse says, “My people who are called by My name.”  Friends, those of us who claim Christ are called to humble ourselves, pray, and seek God’s face.  I think we want those who have rejected Christ to do that first.  While we should pray for those who do not know Christ to seek God also, we need to do this daily.   

Dear Heavenly Father, I still struggle with my sin nature.  Please forgive me for my sins and help me to turn away from wrong behavior.  I claim Your promise to hear, forgive and heal.  I pray for those who do not know You.  Please help me to be the example to help people desire a relationship with You.  Thank You for providing a way to know You and find forgiveness and healing.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Peace from the Rock

Life does not feel like it is settling down.  We are still facing crazy things.  Some are understandable, some don’t seem to be – we all have different perspectives.  Whatever is happening in your life, God cares. Those who seek God have the opportunity for peace.  I know that can be hard to believe, but God has always kept His promises.  Seek God; He wants to be found. He makes is easy to find Him through His Word and His people. 

Dear God, thank You for the peace You provide.  Please help us to seek You and show others what it means to seek You.  I claim the promise of Your peace for my life and those around me.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Pray Seek Repeat

There is so much trouble in our world.  Some seek to manipulate for their own gain.  The truth does not seem to matter.  How do we navigate the treachery? We need to seek God.  God is teaching me the need for prayer.  And them some more prayer.

And keep praying.

Don’t stop – no really, don’t stop.

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to seek God continually.  God is our source of wisdom (James 1:5) and peace (John 14:27).

Dear God, thank You for being available to listen to my prayers.  Thank You that anyone can seek Your presence.  Please help us to spend more time seeking You and Your strength.  We need You.

I pray this in Jesus name.

God is so good.

Me Me Me Me Me

Sadly, we live in a world of people who often put themselves first. Instead of being aware of others needs, we want to tell others how to meet our needs. The Bible reminds us that we need to show humility and consider others to be more important. 

I hope 2020 is teaching us to seek the truth from God’s Word and find ways to “count others more significant.”  God’s way is always best.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the example of Jesus Christ counting us more significant by His death on the cross.  Please help us to follow His example and look for ways to help others according to the truth of Your Word.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.