Bible Devotions

A Comparison Part 1

Study the life of Jesus Christ as shown in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).   Create for a picture of God’s character and then consider the character of man.

 

Jesus Human

Sinless, perfect, pure, spotless

Sinful

 

This comparison helps us recognize our need for a Savior.  Romans 3:23 says we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.  John declares the good news: “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NKJV).  Jesus is the perfect lamb, pure and spotless given as a sacrifice to pay the price for the sinful world.  Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ.

 

Jesus Human

Aligned with the Father’s will

Manipulate to get our will done

 

Jesus knew His purpose and did not waver one bit.  He was all about doing His Father’s work.  He did only what His Father wanted done in complete and perfect submission and obedience to God’s will.  Ours is a self-centered nature that clashes with God’s will.  We want our way and usually manipulate and scheme to get it.

 

Jesus Human

Consistent with prayer

Occasionally pray (especially with the ‘big” stuff)

 

Jesus was always praying.  He made time for prayer.  He never made decisions without praying first.  He stayed connected to the Father through prayer.  As a result He was strengthened and enabled to carry out God’s purposes.  We, on the other hand, pray sometimes.  The Bible teaches us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  However, we forget to bring all things before the Lord in prayer.  Somehow we think God is too busy to hear even our smallest concerns.  We tend to call out to God when there’s a crisis or in a stressful situation.  But God longs for us to turn to Him in all situations.  Do we come to Him when we need to make a decision?  Do we ask for wisdom and guidance?  We do not come to Him as much as we should.  Therefore, Jesus is a good example of bringing everything to God in prayer.

 

May the comparisons we’ve drawn today encourage you to seek Him in all you do.  Know you are saved by His death and resurrection.  May Jesus’ example of following God’s will be our desire in our life.  May we bring everything before Him in prayer to stay connected with God and His will. 

 

Lord, Jesus thank you for your example to follow.  Thank you for leading us on the path of righteousness.  We ask for your guidance day by day.  Give us the desire for God’s will in our life. Help us turn to you so often in prayer not one area of our life is unexposed to your light.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

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Identifying Your Spiritual Gifts

The best place to start in understanding spiritual gifts is the Bible.  Find out what it says about spiritual gifts.  Here are few verses to read and consider:

Romans 12:3 – 8

1 Corinthians 12:1 -11, 27 – 31

Ephesians 4:11 – 12

1 Peter 4:9 – 11

Read the above verses, prayerfully.  Ask the Lord which of these gifts He has given you.

To help you document your gifts, most churches have an assessment sheet.  Saddleback Church as a one called S.H.A.P.E.  It stands for Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experience.  Assessing each area prayerfully, while writing down what you know about each area can help you understand what gifts you have. 

 Spiritual Gifts

Think about what other people have said you are good at.  Write those things down.

 Heart

What motivates you or really gets your passions flowing?  What do you love doing? Write it down.

 Abilities

List your current abilities.  Are you creative?  Are you organized?  Can you balance a checkbook?  Name everything you can think of.

 Personality

What kind of personality do you have?  Are you introverted or extroverted? Do you like routine or variety? Are you self-controlled or self-expressive? Are you cooperative or competitive?

 

Experience

What have you lived though?  What trials or obstacles have you overcome?  Don’t forget your work and educational experience too. 

 

With all these items written before you, prayerfully consider how God might want you to use these gifts to build His kingdom and equip the believers for ministry.  God will bless you as you live your life exercising your spiritual gifts for God’s glory.  Life will be exciting.  You will be energized.  As you refresher others, you in turn will be refreshed.  It’s God’s way. 

 

How about it?  Have you discovered your spiritual gifts?  Are you using them for God?  If not, why? 

 Lord, thank you for your variety of spiritual gifts and the knowledge you provide exactly the right gifts for each believer to prepare them for your call in their life.  Thank you for your equipping.  Enable each of us to be a doer of the word, seeking first your kingdom that you may have all the glory.  In Jesus’ name Amen. 

 

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The Faithful are Answered part 3

Part 3 of 3

 

Read 1 Samuel 1-3

 

All through these chapters we see the contrast between good and evil.  God’s Word is full of examples outlining the consequences of godly behavior, as well as what happens to the wicked.  This section of scripture is no different.  The table below outlines a few examples of the different types of behavior and how it is rewarded.

 

Good

Evil

V1:11 Hannah earnestly prays for male child and v1:20 God gives her Samuel

V2:12 Sons of Eli were corrupt and V2:34 both will die on the same day as a sign of God’s judgment.

V1:26-27 Hannah gives Samuel back to the God as she promised and v3:20 Samuel becomes prophet of God

V2:25 Eli’s sons did not heed the voice of their father and the Lord desired to kill them.

V3:21 Samuel ministers to the Lord and God reveals Himself

V3:13 Eli’s sons made themselves vile and Eli didn’t restrain them therefore v3:14 Eli’s house won’t be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.

 

Please notice the good side is represented by purity of heart and obedience.  Also note, the evil side is represented by self-centered willfulness and disobedience.

 

Eli, the priest and his two sons perpetrated evil on a regular basis.   This is set up in contrast to the purity of Hannah’s request for a child and Samuel the answer to her prayers.  Notice each time the deeds of Eli’s sons were mentioned, the next statement is about Samuel: “But Samuel ministered before the Lord”.   

 

Eli, the priest failed as a parent to teach his own children about the Lord.  Then as if to show Eli his error, God sends Samuel to live with him.  Samuel coming from the purity of Hannah remains pure while living with Eli and the wicked sons.  Samuel ministers to the Lord, without even knowing the Lord yet.

 

The time comes when the Lord calls Samuel, but he doesn’t recognize the call and thinks it is Eli calling him.  Three times the Lord calls Samuel and three times he runs to Eli saying “Here I am”.  Finally, Eli discerns it is the Lord calling Samuel and instructs him to listen / respond to the Lord.  Eli was not right with God because of the evil he allowed to continue in the house of God.  The fact it took Eli three times to figure it out the Lord was calling says Eli was not attuned to the Lord.   He should have been able to recognize it sooner.

 

Eli didn’t teach his own sons, so he probably didn’t teach Samuel either.  Notice how Samuel is right before God in the same environment as Eli’s wicked sons.   What was the difference?  One difference is Samuel had a praying mother, Hannah.  She was so grateful the Lord answered her prayers, she probably prayed for Samuel everyday. 

 

What can we draw from the examples today?  We each have a choice to follow God or not.  Our environment is not to be blamed for whether we or not we choose God.  As we see Samuel being raised in a wicked environment still chose to follow God.  We can to.

 Lord thank you for your clear instructions.  Enable us to turn to you in obedience.  Cast away from us any selfish, rebellious thoughts and deeds and equip us for godly living until Christ returns.  In Jesus’ name Amen. © Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.  For more articles, devotions and book reviews, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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The Faithful are Answered part 2

Read 1 Samuel 1 – 3. 

We learned in 1:28 Hannah lent Samuel back to the Lord, which was her offering to the awesome God who had given him to her in the first place.   Hannah had the right perspective.  She knew all things, babies included, belonged to the Lord.  In Chapter 2 we see Hannah’s exuberant and praiseful prayer to God for answering her pleads for a child. 

In verse 2:11 we see Hannah and her husband went home, but the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.  

 

How does a small child minister before the Lord?  Could it be, as he goes about being a child, living out of who he is God is honored?  How interesting. 

 

Next we’re introduced to Eli’s sons, who are not so godly.  They defiled them selves and the people who came to worship.  God is not pleased.  Amidst of this we see Samuel ministering to the Lord, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod. 

 

God blesses Hannah and she ends up having three sons and two daughters, because she honored her vow to lend Samuel to the Lord.  Here’s more evidence the faithful are answered.  Meanwhile, Samuel grew before the Lord.

 

In verses 2:22–25 we see Eli’s half-hearted attempt to confront his sons over they evil and wicked behavior but they would not heed their father’s voice.  Verse 26 then says:  “And the child Samuel grew in stature and in favor both with the Lord and men.” A man of God came to Eli and told him of God’s wrath to come upon them because of the sins of his sons.  Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. 

 

In Chapter 3 we see Samuel being called by God, but he had not recognized it was the Lord until the forth attempt.   Verse 3:7 says “(Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)”

 

All through Samuel’s life so far, he is mentioned as ministering to the Lord but he never really knew the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord revealed to him yet.  This shows us people can appear to be godly, doing all the “right” outwardly things but still not know the Lord.  It’s not fault of the Samuel for not knowing the Lord.  The Lord simply hadn’t revealed Himself to him yet. 

 

After Eli explains to Samuel the Lord was calling him, Samuel waited to hear from the Lord.  The Word of the Lord came to Samuel.  He listened to what the Lord said and the next morning, he fearfully told Eli everything. Read verses 3:11-21 to see what the Lord told him.  Believe me if you were Samuel you might be timid about conveying this particular message.  This is a beautiful picture of a faithful servant.  He hears from the Lord, remembers the message and shares the message as soon as possible regardless of how the message might be received.  We should be so faithful.

 

The result of being faithful was two fold for Samuel.  First, Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.  How cool is that?  The Lord was with Samuel causing all of his words to be effective.  The second result was the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the Word of the Lord.  The Lord reveals Himself to the faithful.  What could be better than seeing more of the Lord?

 

Lord God Almighty may you be with us as you were with Samuel.  Let none of our words fall to the ground but instead be used to further your kingdom.  Reveal yourself to us Lord by your Word.  Lead us into a deeper relationship with you.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

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The Faithful are Answered

 Part 1 of  3

Read 1 Samuel 1-3.

 

The Lord is good.  The Lord is kind.  The Lord is just.  The Lord rewards those who are faithful.  Just look at Hannah’s story in 1 Samuel 1.  She is distressed because she has no children.  He husband’s other wives had plenty of children and were very cruel towards Hannah’s barrenness. 

 

Every year Hannah would go to the Lord’s House to worship.  She prayed, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the afflictions of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” 

 

Later we see, her petition is granted.  1 Samuel 1:20 says “So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and his name Samuel, saying “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.””  The story doesn’t end there.  No.  Hannah had promised to give the child back to the Lord.  And so, we see in 1 Samuel 1:24-28 Hannah fulfilled her promise to the Lord.  After Samuel was weaned, she brought him back to the house of the Lord, so he would live with Eli, the priest. 

 

This is one example of how the faithful are answered.  Tomorrow we will dive deeper into these chapters. 

 Lord thank you for your faithfulness to hear our heartfelt prayers.  Thank you when our prayers are aligned with your will, you answer.  Thank you for the mercy shown to Hannah relieving her sorrow of barrenness.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

 

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The Lord’s Heart for His People

Read Isaiah 1.  

The message from the Lord is so clear, logical, and reasonable although so many refused to hear it.  Although this message was to the Israel, it does give us a better understanding of God’s heart towards His people and how His people responded to Him. 

 Their Choice to Rebel

God made Israel, although He is their Father, the children rebelled against Him.  They wandered away and didn’t realize their sin.  They provoked the Lord’s anger as they turned away from Him.  In verses two through four we see the Lord saying even the ox and donkey know their master, but not my own children.  Nothing hurts like your own child shunning you.

 Their Desolation

In verse five through nine, God goes on to outline His children’s sickness and describes the desolation because of it.  He reminds them they would not exist had He not saved a remnant. 

 Their Worthless Worship

He further outlines the problem with the children’s worship and how wicked it had become to Him.  God is Holy, therefore, He is forced to hide His eyes from His children and refused to answer their prayers.  They worshiped Him with their mouths but their hearts were far from Him.  Can you hear God’s heart breaking as He describes this?

 

God’s Expectations

God reminds the children what is expected of them in Isaiah 1:16-17 NKJV: “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.  Cease to do evil, learn to do good, seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”   Notice how the first four items are geared to the individual’s responsibility:  (1) Wash yourself, (2) cease doing evil, (3) learn to do good, and (4) seek justice.  All of these are aimed at changing their inward heart and mind.  Next, God says (1) rebuke the oppressor, (2) defend the fatherless, and (3) plead for the widow.  Notice how these three items appear to be outward reaching and geared towards helping others.  God’s message has always been the same:  Love God and love others.

 

Reward for Obedience

Isaiah 1:18-20 NKJV says “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” God says let’s work together, “if you are willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.”  The reward for obedience was exchanging their scarlet sin into white wool.   Again, we see God showing the way to forgiveness. 

 God’s Work

Sadly, the children of Israel didn’t want to obey, so God takes matters into His own hands.  He explains in verses 24-31 He will take vengeance on His adversaries, He will purge away the dross and alloy from His children, He will restore the judges and Zion will be redeemed with justice.  Consider what the Lord said He will do.  Know the word “will” is in the present tense.  The Lord is doing these things within the moment of today. Next God describes happens to those who don’t turn to Him.  All those who forsake Him shall be consumed.  They shall be ashamed.  They shall be embarrassed.  They shall burn together in the end and no one shall quench them.  Consider the future tense of the word “shall”.  Notice how the statements about judgment are all future tense.  The Lord is patient and doesn’t want a single one to perish.  But in order for there to be justice these things must happen to those who do not return to the Lord. 

 Lord, thank you for your word.  May be better understand your heart and choose to draw closer to you as we study your word.  Renew our minds and enable us to live for you.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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Seeking a Spirit-Filled Life

The Bible has much to say about a Spirit-filled life.  Every believer wants to be filled with God’s Spirit and the truth is they are.  Today we are going to look at what a Spirit-filled life looks like.  As you read, consider whether these traits are visible in your own life.  If not, pray to our Father and ask Him to help you remove the obstacles preventing this kind of life.  

Marked by Humility

Believers who are well aware of their own sin are much more likely to be forgiving of another’s sin.  They are not judging, critical or condemning for they themselves know they are sinners too. They extend mercy and grace to others because they’ve received mercy and grace from God.  Humble people tend to lack pride, self-promotion and wanting their own way. 

 Considered to be Loving

A loving person is one who is servant-hearted and considers others above themselves.   First Corinthians 13:4-8 NKJV says this about love: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.”

 Confident in God

The Spirit-filled believer is confident in God’s ability as proven by what God has already done in their life.  They know they are forgiven, a huge miracle in itself.  They are not bound by past sins because Christ has already paid the price for those sins.  Praying without ceasing is commonplace in this person’s life because they have experienced the power of God and subsequently know how to depend on God for everything. 

 

Obedient to God

The believer who practices daily living God’s commands is considered to be obedient.  This individual knows there is safety and security in submitting to the authority of God.  The one goal of the believer is to love God with all their body, soul, mind and strength and love others as themselves (Luke 10:27). The obedient disciple of Christ will deny self, carry their cross and follow Him daily by putting off the old sinful nature and purposing putting on the new Spirit-directed nature (Luke 9:23, 2 Corinthians 5:17). 

 

In summary a Spirit-filled life will be evident by the spiritual fruit we see in their lives.  Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV lists the type of fruit produced by the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”  If you are feeling discouraged about your progress, do not be deceived but rather cast those thoughts away from you.  Remember no one lives the Spirit-filled life perfectly in this life, but as believers we are called to yearn for it.  God is the one working in us to transform us to His image and He’s not done with us yet. 

 Lord, we thank you for saving us from a life of sin and for giving us you’re Spirit to guide us into truth to live for you.  Thank you for your life-giving word equipping us to live godly lives until Christ returns.  May we bring glory by allowing the Spirit to produce its fruit in our lives.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

 

 

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Believe and You Will Receive

And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. Mark 5:22-24 NKJV 

Can God’s work in our life be limited or restrained?   I think it can, but don’t misunderstand.  I’m not saying the all powerful and all knowing God can’t do a certain thing if He wanted to.  What I am saying is our choices make a difference in how God works in our life.   

Take for example one ruler of the synagogue, Jairus, in today’s verse.  He came to Jesus asking to have Jesus come and lay hands on His daughter so she would be healed.  What’s wrong with that request you might ask?  Nothing, however, think of this:  Jesus was God who could heal by speaking a word.  He didn’t really need to go to their house, touch the girl so she would be healed.  He could have just spoken the word and she would have been healed. 

Jairus asked Jesus to come to his house and in those days it took time to get anywhere.  If his daughter was severely ill to the point of death, you might think Jairus wouldn’t have wanted to waste time traveling to his house, but rather would request Jesus say the word so she may be healed, like the centurion did in Luke 7:7 NKJV: But say the word, and my servant will be healed.” 

However, that’s one of the wonderful things about Jesus.  He meets us where we are.  If our faith only goes so far, that’s where He’ll meet us.  Over time, as we grow in His love our faith grows too.  I wonder how many times we’ve called out to God to help us, but our requests are so small compared to what God is really able to do.   

What have your prayer requests been like?  Are you asking for small things or big things?  We have a great big God who is able to do what we can not even imagine.  Think big.  As Mark 11:24 NKJV says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them”, believe and you will receive.   

Don’t think your small request is really limiting God, because He can work around your small faith.  Read the last part of Jairus’ story in Mark 5:35-43.  In a nutshell, God’s glory shines forth even more dramatically because the girl, who dies, is raised to life again!  Which would have been the greater miracle?  Healed by speaking a word while not being near the girl or being raised from the dead?  Everything has a purpose to demonstrate God’s glory.  In this case, Jairus’ small faith allowed God’s glory to shine forth to a greater degree. 

Lord God Almighty you are able to do things we can not even imagine.  Help our faith increase by asking you of what you are capable of.  Help us believe we will receive what we have asked for so your glory may shine forth in our lives.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

 

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Where does Forgiveness From?

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 NKJV 

Have you heard about “claiming the blood of Christ” in your prayers?  Some churches teach it as a way of obtaining power over what you struggle with.  I wanted to know where this saying came from, so I became searching the Bible for it. 

 

When I searched for “claim the blood”, there were no results.  I searched for “claim”, but only found 8 references and all of them were not focused on the blood of Christ.  I searched again, this time for “blood of Jesus Christ”, “blood of Christ”, or “blood of Jesus”.  All together, there were 20 references found in the New Testament. 

 

What is so significant about blood, and specifically about Jesus’ blood?  To understand blood’s importance you must travel back to the Old Testament.  Leviticus 17:11 NKJV says this about blood, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’”  In Old Testament times, God gave the people a method of covering their sins, called atonement.  This practice of offering a blood sacrifice was repeated every year, because the blood of animals could never remove man’s sin.  It was atonement for sin.

 

From Smith’s Bible Names Dictionary, here’s what it says about “Blood”:To blood is ascribed in Scripture the mysterious sacredness which belongs to life, and God reserved it to himself when allowing man the dominion over and the use of the lower animals for food. Thus reserved, it acquires a double power: (1) that of sacrificial atonement; and (2) that of becoming a curse when wantonly shed, unless duly expiated. (Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 7:26; 17:11-13)            From Smith’s Bible Names Dictionary, there was a lengthy explanation about Atonement Day.  If you’re interested in reading more about that, use this link: BibleGateway.com Dictionaries: ATONEMENT, THE DAY OF.

Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.  Therefore, Jesus’ blood is most precious because only HIS blood  forgives sins once and for all.  The shedding of His blood occurred once, never to be repeated.  Look at what Ephesians 1:7 NKJV says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”.

 

What do we conclude from this study?  While the Bible never uses the words “claiming the blood of Christ”, in a sense that’s what we do when we put our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. 

 

Are you, not necessarily with words, claiming the blood of Christ in your life?  Today’s verse explains how.  If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.

 

Father God above, you know our weakness and provide a way for us to be cleansed from all unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for shedding your Son’s blood that we may be forgiven and have fellowship with you.  Enable us to claim victory over sin through faith in Jesus Christ.  In His precious name, Amen.  

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God’s House of Prayer

“Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:7 NKJV 

God’s house is a house of prayer.  While in the house of prayer we will be filled with a joy that comes from knowing and experiencing God in a real and personal way.   

I remember a time while driving home from work, my mind was troubled by my desire to have a close, intimate, and fulfilling connection with my husband and my frustration over not being able to obtain it.  I was crying out to God in prayer.  I was telling Him how much I wanted that.  God heard my cry and came to me in that moment.  God began pouring His Spirit in me as if I were an empty glass that needed to be refilled.  Then, an amazing joy came bubbling out of me.  

As I sat a red light, I began grinning and laughing because it became so clear.  The very thing I longed for, God had already given me.  The close, intimate and fulfilling connection I desired was within my grasp, but I was looking for it in wrong place.  The connection I yearned for was really for God, not my husband.  With this new perspective, I could finally see my longings were fulfilled in Jesus Christ!  Hallelujah!  What a difference the right perspective makes!  The pressure I placed on my marriage has now been removed.  My husband and I are free to love one another and connect as we were designed to.  Our relationship is intimate and fulfilling, and now it’s in proper balance.  God is so amazing to me!   

Prayer is the key.  Without prayer we don’t come to know God and experience His presence.  Without prayer our perspective remains incomplete.  With prayer, God is able to realign our perspective with His and we are able to see the truth!  With prayer comes a joy unspeakable!   

Have you experienced a joy unspeakable in prayer?  Have you come to God’s house of prayer lately? 

Lord thank you for making it possible for us to come to you in prayer.  Thank you for hearing our cry, coming to our aid, and filling us with joy unspeakable.  Thank you for aligning our perspective with yours and allowing us to see the truth.  In Jesus name Amen.  

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