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Daily Prayer, Finding Favor

Finding Favor

Dear one, there is nothing better than the love of God. Finding favor in His eyes has nothing to do with worldly wealth or comfortable circumstances. It is the deep, intense, personal relationship that comes from spending time in His presence, and the freedom that comes when we obey. He only wants what’s best for you. Trust Him, obey Him, rest in His presence, and enjoy His favor.

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.

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Lord, strengthen my faith and my hands to trust You, follow You, and do Your will. Whatever You ask of me, wherever You send me, I will obey. Increase my faith, help my unbelief, make me courageous, and bless me with favor in Your eyes and in the eyes of men as I trust and obey You. IN the name of Jesus, Amen!

Would you like to go deeper? Read the Devotion~ Finding Favor in the Eyes of God.

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I pray you find favor in the eyes of the Lord and your faith increase a hundred fold as you follow, trust, and love Him!

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Finding Favor in the Eyes of God

Finding Favor in the Eyes of God

David, even though he sinned greatly, found favor in God’s eyes. God Himself called David a man after His own heart! Why? Because he would do everything, anything, that God asked Him to do. He wanted to honor and please God more than anything else.

After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ (Acts 13:22)

Moses, left his homeland and all he knew to follow God to an unknown, foreign land because he loved him and trusted him. His faith and trust pleased the Lord and He blessed Moses. He knew him by name!

And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17)

God knows your name too! He loves you. He is calling you, asking you to follow Him, trust Him, and have faith in Him. He may not be asking you to serve as king, or lead a freedom march from captivity for thousands, but whatever He is asking you to do, whatever He wants, there are blessings beyond anything you can imagine in trusting Him, in obeying Him simply because it’s the right thing to do.

When you trust God and respect Him enough to simply obey, He is pleased. And His reward? The greatest blessing we could ever hope for…His presence! He offers a deep, personal relationship and calls you His own.

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:3-6)

Choose to trust God today, in every moment, in every circumstance.

Whatever He is asking of you, He will supply the strength, and the courage. All you need to do is take the first step in faith and leave the rest to Him! Trust Him!

Lord, I desire to please You more than I want admiration or respect from the world. I need Your presence and Your power in my life. Grow my faith in You, deepen my trust, and show me the path You have for me. I want to obey You and bring You glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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at His feet Daily Prayer, Finding Favor

Lord, Teach me to listen

Daily Prayer~God’s Perfect Will

God’s Perfect Will

Dear friend, don’t be fooled or seduced by the noise and busyness of this world. Your Father in heaven has a perfect plan for your life, God’s perfect will just for you, and He is faithful to equip you, strengthen you, and guide you to achieving all He has for you. Don’t give up and don’t give in. Stay close to Him, steadfastly abiding in Him, clinging to His Word, and watch Him do amazing things in your life. Trust Him in every moment and cling to His promises. He is faithful and He will see you through. He will fulfill His promises to You, and He is always with you.

at His feet Daily Prayer

Lord, give me a new way of thinking. Help me never be intimidated or fearful because of man. You are my God and I trust You. Teach me to listen to You above the noise of this world and help me discern Your will for my life. Strengthen my faith to make good choices that are pleasing to You. Make me holy just as You are holy; make me into the image of Your Son Jesus. As You transform me into a glorious reflection of You, strengthen me with bold, courageous faith that consistently brings You glory. In the name of Jesus, Amen!

Time in His Word: Romans 12

Lord, Teach me to listen

Do not change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to Him and what is perfect. (Romans 12:2)

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Blessings!

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Trusting God When Life is Hard

Trusting God is a choice, one we must make daily. He is faithful and can be trusted, but it is up to you and me to choose to trust Him.

Give Him whatever is weighing you down, whatever is troubling you, whatever is causing you pain~give it to God today and watch Him create something beautiful out of it. And He will bless you with rest!

“Then the Lord said to him, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you.” (Gen. 31:3)
 Jacob had wronged his brother long ago, and now it was time to “fix” it. He had no idea how his brother would react to seeing him.  He was afraid.  But, he knew God is bigger than fear, stronger than any danger, and he chose to trust God.  He trusted Him with the details enough to obey.
God wants us to have true peace and lasting joy.  Not just on the surface, but deep inside in our innermost heart.  Late at night, when the world is still and quiet, He wants us to rest in complete peace!
And God knows, the only way for lasting, perfect peace—we must deal with our “stuff”.  We can’t cram it down, hide it, ignore it, or run from it.  No, the only way to be truly free is to remove its hold, its power over us, by bringing it into the light and trusting God.
God wants us to live in complete freedom in every way!  Sometimes we need forgiveness. Sometimes we need to forgive.  Sometimes, we need both.  But there is always freedom!
Trust, Obey, Rest…Repeat
 
Is there something (or someone) from your past that needs God’s reconciliation? Forgiveness? Grace? Give it to God and watch Him do the miraculous in you and through you. It won’t be easy.  It might be one of the hardest things you’ve ever done.  But when we obey God, He will bring healing, freedom, and joy…
Trust God for the miraculous!  Go… right now!
God is always with me
Lord, You direct my path and guide my steps.  
Quiet my thoughts, help me be still in Your presence and hear You.  
Whatever you ask me to do, strengthen me to obey with confidence and joy, 
knowing You are with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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Daily Prayer, 6/27/15~The Love of Jesus

The love of Jesus

God’s grace and mercy include an intense love for you. Remember today, whatever you are facing, whatever this day holds, You are cherished and God sings over you. You are not alone, and you are His beloved!

at His feet Daily Prayer~

God, You are love. You love me with an intense, infallible, unconditional, inexplicable, and unstoppable love, so deep You sent Jesus to take my place of punishment so I could be forgiven and reconciled to You. Thank you. Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I might love others the way You love me, the way You have called me to do.

Only as I spend time in Your presence can I be transformed to be like You. Give me a hunger for Your Word and a thirst for Your presence. Equip me with a fierce love for others that makes me look, sound, and act like You. When the world looks at me, may they only see Your mercy, grace and Your goodness, and may they be drawn to You through me. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!

Time in His Word: Romans 8:31-39

The Love of Jesus

 

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Daily Prayer, 6/26/15~Wisdom & Time Management

at His feet: Wisdom and Time Management

Lord, I need Your wisdom regarding my time management. Make me a wise manager of my time, and strengthen me to make choices that honor You, that lead me closer to You, and that reflect Your love to the world. Teach me to be intentional with the choices I make and the activities I’m involved in. Make me aware of poor choices and lead me to a better way. Strengthen my faith in You and give me discernment about things that will cause me harm. My loyalty is to You, Lord, and to You I surrender my time. I am in constant need of Your wisdom and guidance in every area of my life. Reveal to me Your plan for this day, show me what You would have me do, and give me the courage to do it. Lead me clearly as I follow You boldly.

Time in the Word: James 1

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 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5-6)

Wisdom, James 1

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Abundant love, grace, and blessings!

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Daily Prayer, 6/25/15 Abundant Grace

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Abundant Grace

Father, Your love, mercy, and grace are limitless. I don’t deserve to be in Your presence, but in Your abundant grace, You invite me in and call me Yours. Thank You for never giving up on me or leaving me in my mess. Continue Your work in my heart and my life until I shine with Your radiance and reflect Your grace. Make me a person who is known by abounding love, abundant grace, and endless compassion. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Time in the Word: John 1

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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The abundant love and grace of Christ changes everything!

Daily Prayer 6/24/15, Guarding my Words

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Guarding my Words

Lord, teach me to use my words wisely. Remind me to be cautious with my yes and not over commit and overcrowd my schedule, and please strengthen me to say no when necessary. God, I surrender my thoughts to You. I ask that You would guard my mouth, and keep me from foolish, needless talk that dishonors You. Keep me from gossip and protect my reputation. May I be a person of faithfulness in all I say and do, a good steward of my time and my words, and one who brings You glory. Forgive me for any instance of using Your name in vain. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Time in the Word: Matthew 5

 

Matthew 5:37 guarding my words

Let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No.” For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. (Matthew 5:37)

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Abba, Father, thank You for loving me and wanting a relationship with me. That You would even allow me into Your presence is a miracle in itself, and I thank You for that gift. Teach me what it means to pray. I ask for wisdom and discernment and a desire to know You, trust You, and follow You. I praise You and worship You Lord and I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Time in the Word: Psalm 51daily prayer

The Gift of Prayer

What is Prayer and Why Does it Matter?

Prayer.

Every believer knows the word ‘prayer’. We understand the importance of communication with our Father. But there can be a lot of mystery, doubt, even fear surrounding the act of prayer. We all have many of the same questions and struggles, and Jesus has already given us the answers (just like He always does!). So, let’s look at what it means to pray.

 What is Prayer?

Prayer is simply communication, talking with God. He doesn’t expect fancy words or polished speeches. He doesn’t want memorized words. He wants to hear your heart, and mine, cry out to Him. He desires us to know Him more, and prayer is the open door, the invitation into a deeper, closer relationship.

To understand prayer, it’s important to understand Who we’re talking to. It’s equally important to know He is listening, and He cares. Meaningful prayer requires faith.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

Prayer is about having a close, personal relationship with God, coming to Him in our excitement, in our pain, with requests, and with thanksgiving…coming to Him with all that we are and trusting Him with the details.

Why Should We Pray?

God doesn’t need us and He doesn’t need to hear our prayers. But He loves us, He desires a relationship with us, and prayer is the communication that keeps us connected.

Prayer is for you and me to grow closer to our Lord, to know Him more, and learn how deeply He loves us. God already knows everything there is to know, about you, me, the world, everything. Nothing is secret from Him and nothing takes Him by surprise. He wants you, and me, to know Him.

Prayer is for you and me to grow closer to our Lord, to know Him more, and learn how deeply He loves us.

Yet, you desire truth and sincerity. Deep down inside me you teach me wisdom. (Psalm 51:6)

When Should We Pray?

The simple answer, always! We should “never stop praying” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We should “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion” (Ephesians 6:18a). We should “always pray and never give up” (Luke 18:1b).

 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18)

Prayer is an ongoing, constant dialogue between Creator and created, Father and child, Lord and servant, God and His people. It is a choice to personally remember God in every thought, in every situation and maintain an open, constant, relationship with Him—to put Him first, to seek Him first, and to love Him most.

Where Should We Pray?

If we are to pray always, then we are to pray everywhere. God is everywhere and He is always with us. There is nowhere in creation that we cannot or should not pray. We must pray in private and we must pray everywhere we go—always.

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)

Prayer should not be a public display of piety or righteousness. For the greatest reward, His powerful, comforting, overwhelming presence, we must spend time with Him. Just as we would crave time with our best friend, our deepest inner need is time with God. Choose to silence the world for a time and enter into His presence—no expectation other than to meet with Him. He is our greatest reward.

We are called to pray privately, and we are called to “pray without ceasing”, so praying in public is inevitable, and even appropriate, but we must guard our hearts and intentions. We must not pray to be seen praying. If we are seeking the attention of man, then that will be our only reward. But when we pray to God from a sincere heart, our reward is more of Him. Our intentions and attitude matter to God.

How Should We Pray?

Abraham fell on his face before God (Genesis 17:3). Moses spread out his hands in prayer to the LORD. (Exodus 9:29). David cried out for forgiveness, (Psalm 51:1), sat down and prayed (1 Chronicles 17:16), and even danced before the Lord. (2 Samuel 6:14). Solomon knelt before God with hands spread toward Heaven.

Jesus often knelt in prayer, often going off to be alone with the Father. “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” (Hebrews 5:7)

The Bible offers many examples of what our physical posture can be. Jesus even gives us the perfect model of prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 when He taught His disciples how to pray.

God does not want religious piety, memorized words, and dead hearts. He wants our heart cry, our passionate plea to Him for whatever it is we need—forgiveness, restoration, refreshing, help, protection…the list of our need is endless. Thankfully, our God is limitless!

Just Pray!The Gift of Prayer

Prayer is one of the many gifts from God. It is a blessing that, when we grab hold of it, it will change us and change our lives.

Don’t miss out on even a single moment of what God has for you. Spend time with Him right now, today. Let Him sing over you, rejoice over you, and change you from the inside out. He will fill you, renew you, and transform you through His love and peace, and not a single moment in His presence will you ever regret.

In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:6

The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

 

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