Humble Themselves And Pray And Seek My Face

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 93 - 2 Chronicles 7:14 - Humble Themselves And Pray And Seek My Face - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 93 – 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Humble Themselves And Pray And Seek My Face – Growing As Disciples

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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

I Called You By Name

This applies to you. I did this for you. What did you do for me? I called you by name. Yes, you did. For that, I am so very thankful and grateful. That’s good. How did you respond to me when you heard my call? Maybe, at the time, you did not even realize that I was calling you by name. But you did respond to me. What did you do? What was required of you? There was only one adequate response to your call on my life. I humbled myself before you. I turned my life over to you. I told you that I was going to forsake my wicked ways and sinful life. I said that I was going to leave my old life in the world so that I could love and follow and serve you with all that is within me. I said that I would follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. I gave myself to you, without hesitation, without reservation, and without qualification. I made myself fully available to you. I placed myself at your disposal. Was your response a one time offer? No, not at all, it was a onetime commitment, to be reaffirmed day by day as I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. This commitment meant that I would continually seek to know you and do your will. That is very good.

I want to tell you something. I’m listening attentively to you. This commitment you made, your seeking me with all your heart, and mind. and soul, and strength is the ground on which you can know that I will hear and answer your prayers. Do you know why that is true? I’m not positive. As you live in an intimate relationship with me, as you walk through life with me, as you listen attentively to me, I will both give and grant you prayers to pray. You will know how to pray. You will know what to ask for in prayer. And I will hear and answer your prayers. I would like nothing better than to pray prayers that are according to your will. I want to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. And so, you shall, as you seek me with all your heart. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I will humble myself before you. I will turn from wicked ways. I will seek your face with all that is in me. I will pray the prayers you give me to pray. I will pray for the healing of our land. Hear my prayers. Answer our need. My faith, and trust is in you. Amen

Key Question…  What prayers are you now praying for the healing of your land?

Living It Out…  Make it your daily practice to humble yourself, turn from wicked ways and pray to God.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will hear your prayers as you humble yourself, turn from wicked ways, and pray to Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group the prayers you are now praying for the healing of our land.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you live a godly life filled with prayers that the Lord will hear and answer.

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Bear One Another’s Burdens

The Compassionate Life - Day 268 - Galatians 6-1-3 - Bear One Another’s Burdens - 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

The Compassionate Life – Day 268 – Galatians 6-1-3 – Bear One Another’s Burdens – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Galatians 6:1-3 (ESV)

Burdens

This world does not function according to its original design. You live in a battered and broken, sin tainted world. As a result, you and everyone around you will be carrying heavy burdens off and on throughout your life. Does this surprise you? Is this news to you? No, this comes as no surprise to me. This is not news to me. You have heard it said that I can bring good out of bad situations? Yes, I know that to be true. Obviously, you and others carrying heavy burdens is a bad situation out of which I can and will bring about good. I understand. That’s good, let me ask you, “What good can I bring out of you and others carrying heavy burdens off and on throughout life? I thought you might ask me that question. Go ahead and answer, I am listening. Whenever I am carrying a heavy burden, I can come to you to ask you for help. I can place all my faith and hope and trust in you. You will help me. You will hear and answer my prayers. Yes, I will. Heavy burdens have tended to draw me back to you. They have helped me to continue to rely on you. They have kept me from becoming self-reliant and self-sufficient and self-centered. Heavy burden have helped me to focus my heart and mind and life on you. That is true. There is one thing I would like you to remember, however. What’s that? I don’t want you to be carrying heavy burdens. I want you to lay all your burdens down as you come to me. That I will do. That will be very good.

What other good can I accomplish through burdens that are part of this life? Having had my own burdens to carry has reminded me that others are also carrying heavy burdens. My own experience with carrying a heavy burden has made me tender hearted and compassionate toward others who are carrying burdens. That’s good. I know that you want me to help others by bearing and helping them to carry their burdens. You want me to demonstrate your love to others by helping them when they are in need. Yes, I do. Helping someone to bear and carry their heavy burden will make me to be a bold and bright witness for you in the darkness of this world. That is true. I can help lead someone to you, so that they can also lay their burdens down at your feet. Yes, you can. Will you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I am not bigger or better than others. I make mistakes. I sin. I need correction and restoration. Help me to walk closely and intimately with you. Help me to serve others by demonstrating your love to them, as I help them to carry their burdens in life. Amen

Key Question…  How have you demonstrated the love of Christ to others by helping them to bear and carry their burdens?

Living It Out…  Demonstrate the love of Christ to others by helping them to bear and carry their burdens.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will be able to demonstrate the love of Christ to others as you help bear and carry their burdens.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are helping others to bear and carry their burdens.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you demonstrate the love of Christ to others by helping them to bear their burdens.

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Be Careful To Follow

The Word Centered Life - Day 20 - Deuteronomy 8-1-3 - Be Careful To Follow - 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

The Word Centered Life – Day 20 – Deuteronomy 8-1-3 – Be Careful To Follow – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers.  Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.  He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:1-3 (NIV)

Live On

What will you live on? What will sustain and strengthen you. What will guard and guide the course of your life? From where will you receive your teaching and training? How will your thoughts and opinions develop? What will help you discern between what is wise and what is foolish? Will you humbly rely on me? Will you rely on yourself or someone else? Those are all very good questions. I will start off by saying that I will not rely on myself or someone else. To do that would be beyond foolish, it would be tragic. Only you are worthy of all my faith and trust. Only you can guard and guide the course of my life. You are the one who will teach and train me. Only you will help me to discern between what is wise and foolish. You will help me to know and do your will. You will mold and shape me by your word. You will use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. It is your word that will form my thoughts and opinions and values. I will live on your word. I will feed on your word. Your word will sustain and strengthen me. You have answered well. Yes, my word will do all these things in you, for you, and through you.

What will you do with my word? How will you allow my word to do its work in you, for you and through you? I will set aside a time and place to meet daily with you in your word. Our time together will be the priority on my schedule. I will make sure that I am hearing and obeying and following your word. I will live on every word that comes from your mouth. I will meditate on your word day and night. I will allow your word to dwell in me richly. All my thoughts, and words, and actions will be guided by your word. With your help, I will live my life according to your word. That will be very good. You will have my help and I will richly bless your life as you live your life according to my word. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, it is my delight to feed on your word. It is my joy to meet with you in your word. Give me an even greater hunger for your word. I will humbly follow and obey every word that comes from your mouth. Sustain, strengthen, and bless my life with your word. Amen

Key Question…  How is feeding on God’s word changing your heart, and transforming your mind?

Living It Out…  Make sure that you are daily feeding on and following God’s word.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will use His word to sustain, strengthen, and bless your life.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has blessed your life as you have fed on His word.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you live on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

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The Cost Of Discipleship

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Parables - The Cost Of Discipleship - Luke 14:28-33 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Parables – The Cost Of Discipleship – Luke 14:28-33 – Growing As Disciples

In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33 (NIV)

Surrender

I give up. I surrender. I’ve counted the cost and I can’t do it. You can’t do what? I can’t build a tower or win a war. What do you mean by that? I know that I am weak. I have no ability to build a tower or wage a war. My own efforts would certainly fail. Why is that? I have no construction ability. I have a gift for hitting my thumb every time I use a hammer. It’s kind of pathetic isn’t it? Yes, it is.  But, are we really talking about building an actual tower here? Maybe, I’m not sure. What if we weren’t? Then, I would think that building a tower, might represent, me trying to build my life into something really impressive like a monument. How would you do on that construction project? I would fail even more miserably than trying to build an actual tower. Why do you say that? Well, I’ve already tried to build a life that would stand out and be really impressive. How did that work out for you? My own efforts just led me further away from you and into sin that really hammered my life. Only this time it wasn’t just my thumb that hurt. Your whole life hurt? Yes, it did.

So, you can’t build a tower monument to yourself? No, I can’t. How good are you at fighting a war? I’m better at building a tower than I am at fighting a war. That bad, huh? Yes, I’m afraid so. What kind of war have you been fighting? I have been fighting a war between right and wrong. I’ve wanted to do the right thing. I’ve wanted to make the right choices. How have you done? Haven’t you noticed? Yes, I have. Well, as you can see I’ve often liked the alluring and attractive easy sinful choice. So, I’ve chosen it. Have you been happy with your choices? Absolutely not, I’ve experienced so much pain and suffering I can’t stand it anymore. That’s why I’m giving up. I’ve counted the costs of trying to live my life apart from you. The price is too high to pay. I want to surrender my life to you. You do? Yes, I most certainly do.

Do you realize that there is a cost to follow me? There is? Yes, there is. What is the cost? If you want to follow me it will cost you everything. What do you mean by everything? What part of everything is hard for you to understand? Do you mean everything I have? Yes, I do. Do you mean everything I am? Yes, I do. Do you mean everything I hope to be? Now, you understand, don’t you? Yes, I think so. Can I ask you a question? Yes, of course. Won’t either choice I make end up costing me everything? If I choose to lead a self-centered, selfish, and sinful life, won’t living that kind of life cost me everything and lead me away from you forever? Yes, it will.  But, if I give myself to you completely, won’t you help me to live a life of loving, following, and serving you? Yes, I will. Then I’m done counting the cost. I surrender myself to you. It will be my joy and pleasure to follow you to wherever you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good.

Lord, it is my delight and joy to give up everything I am, have, and hope to be as I follow you as my Savior and Lord. You are first place in my life. You have my heart, and mind and life at your disposal. Use me according to your purposes and plan, for your glory. Amen

Key Question…  Why is it worth giving up all you have, are, and hope to be to follow Christ as your Savior and Lord?

Living It Out…  Give up everything you are, have, and hope to be to Jesus Christ as you follow Him as your Savior and Lord.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that Jesus Christ really is asking you to give up everything you have, are, and hope to be to follow Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group the love, joy, and peace you have in giving up all to follow Jesus Christ.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you give all your heart and mind and life to Christ as you follow Him today.

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The Way Of Escape

The Virtuous Life - Day 218 - 1 Corinthians 10-13 - The Way Of Escape - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 218 – 1 Corinthians 10-13 – The Way Of Escape – Growing As Disciples

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

Way Out

I know that you have provided me many ways out of temptation. Let me hear your thoughts on this subject. What you have to say will be very interesting. I will start with the most obvious way out of temptation. What’s that? I will not willingly allow myself to enter or remain in tempting situations. When, where, how and why I am most likely to be tempted is no mystery to me. Temptations rarely come out of nowhere. Temptations rarely sneak up on me and take me completely by surprise. So, the first and most important and wisest step I can take is not to enter or remain in tempting situations in the first place. You have given me the wisdom to know this to be true. Yes, I have. Can you say more on this point? Not only should I not enter tempting situations, but I need to get out of them immediately when they are upon me. Why is that? Lingering around temptation is the surest way to defeat. When you provide a way of escape, I need to take it immediately. That is correct. You want me to run from temptation, draw near to you and you will draw near to me. That is how I will resist temptation and submit myself to you. At the same time, the devil and all his evil will flee from me. So, running away from temptation is not enough. I must have a direction to run, and that direction is to you. Yes, as you draw near to me, and I draw near to you, and the devil and all his evil will certainly flee from you. There is no safer place to find yourself, than in my presence. I know that to be true. That’s good.

I have provided you another powerful way out of temptation that isn’t quite so immediate. Tell me about that. You want your word to dwell in me richly. You want to use your word to change my heart, transform my mind. and guide my life. Your word will make me able to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. Your word will make me able to live the life you have called me to live. Your Holy Spirit will take your word and use it like a sword to fight in me, with me, for me, and through me. Your word will help me to put off my old life in the world and put on and live out the new life I have in you. Your word will help me to resist temptation and fight against evil. Yes, it will. Thank you Lord, for the many ways you have given me to endure temptation when it comes my way. I will immediately take every way out of temptation you provide for me. That will be very good.

Lord, I know I will not experience temptations that are unique to me. This sin broken world provides temptations to us all. I will not allow myself to be placed in tempting situations. I will immediately take the way out of temptation that you will provide to me. Amen

Key Question…  Why must you immediately look for the way out of temptation, that God provides, so you can escape it?

Living It Out…  Immediate take the way out of temptation that God will provide for you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will provide you a way out of temptation so you will be able to endure it.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God has provided you ways out of temptation.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you take the way of escape the Lord will provide for you when you encounter temptation.

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The Persistent Widow

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Parables - The Persistent Widow - Luke 18:1-8 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Parables – The Persistent Widow – Luke 18:1-8 – Growing As Disciples

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.  He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’  “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men,  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!'”  And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:1-8 (NIV)

Imagine That

What do you want from me? What are you willing to continue to ask of me day and night? What will you continue to persevere in prayer for until you have an answer from me? I’m not hearing a very quick answer from you. I know, I’m thinking. Doesn’t something jump out to you right away? It’s not that I can’t think of anything. I’m not sure of what’s worthy of bringing to you night and day. Don’t tell me that you don’t want to bother me with small stuff. I was about to. That would be a mistake. Why is that? Your prayers are never a bother to me. I delight to hear all your prayers, both the large ones and the ones you consider to be the small ones.  There is something that I want you to know. What’s that? There is no such thing as a small and unimportant prayer request.  Why is that?  Think back over your life for a second. What very small seemingly insignificant events changed the course of your life? Do you have any in mind? Yes, I do.  Would you ever have been able to predict, in advance, which insignificant detail was going to change the course of your life? No, I wouldn’t. So, what does that tell you? It tells me that I should bring all my prayer requests to you, even ones I consider to be insignificant. Yes, that’s right.

There are a couple of things that I want you to know about being persistent in prayer. What’s that?  Your persistence in prayer tells me something about your prayer. What’s that? It tells me that you are serious about it. When you pray a “one and done” prayer how important is that prayer to you? Not very, I suppose. Yes, there have been times that you have prayed a prayer and not even remembered that you prayed it. I’m sure that is true. It is. Do you know what else your persistence in prayer tells me? What’s that? It tells me that you have faith in me. Otherwise, you would stop praying.  Yes, I would. You believe that I will hear and answer your prayers. Yes, I do.

Since you are having a hard time remembering your persistent prayers, at this moment, let me tell you what I am regularly hearing from you. Alright, go ahead. You are persistently praying that you will know and love me. Yes, I am. Do you think this prayer is being answered as you persist in prayer with me? Yes, I do.  You have been praying that I will use you so that you will bear abundant fruit for me. Yes, I have. Is this persistent prayer being answered for you? Yes, it is. You have been asking me to mold and shape you into the person that I want you to become. That’s right. Are you being transformed as you persist in prayer with me? Yes Father, I am.

So, what are you thinking about persistent prayer right now? I’m so thankful for your invitation to come and persist in prayer with you. You are answering my prayers beyond what I could have possibly imagined. Yes, I am. 

Heavenly Father, thank you for inviting me to come and bring all my prayers to you. Help me to persist in prayer with you. Mold and shape my life and grow my faith and trust in you as I await your answers to my persistent prayers. Amen

Key Question…  What has your Heavenly Father been able to do in your life as you have persisted in prayer with Him?

Living It Out…  Accept the invitation from your Heavenly Father to persist in prayer with Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that your Heavenly Father is inviting you to persist in prayer with Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group the prayers that you are persistently praying to your Heavenly Father.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you be persistent in the prayers you pray to your Heavenly Father.

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For This Is God’s Will For You

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 89 - 1 Thessalonians 5-16-18 - For This Is God's Will For You.

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 89 – 1 Thessalonians 5-16-18 – For This Is God’s Will For You.

Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)

My Will

Is there any mystery here? Is there a lack of clarity? Is there any room for misunderstanding? Is there a mystery, lack of clarity, or potential misunderstanding about what? About my will. Do you know what is my will for you? Do you know the attitude that I would like you to maintain? Do you know the continual activity that I would like you to be engaged in? Do you know how I would like you to respond to all the twists and turns and ups and downs in life? No, there is no mystery, lack of clarity or room for misunderstanding your will. What is my will for you? You want me to be joyful, thankful, and prayerful throughout all the circumstances of life. That is correct.

What will happen to you as you remain joyful, thankful, and prayerful throughout life? What will be the outcome of your knowing and doing my will? With a joyful and thankful attitude and prayerful action, I will come to know you more intimately. How so? My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. In fact, the only way for me to remain joyful, thankful, and prayerful is to have my heart and mind and life focused on you. You alone can make me joyful, thankful, and prayerful through every adversity in life. You alone are the sole reason why the circumstances of life should never steal my joy and thankfulness or hinder me from praying to you. Why is that? I have a hope and joy and thankfulness in me that far surpasses whatever negative circumstance could come my way in this brief life. I have a hope and joy and thankfulness that is far larger and more comprehensive. This life is like a snap of the fingers or a blink of an eye or a morning mist that quickly passes away. I have an eternal hope and a forever future in you. One day, very soon, I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Yes, you will. So, I need to keep that in the forefront of my heart and mind and life when trouble comes my way. Yes, you do. What else? With a joyful, thankful, and prayerful attitude I will be a bold and bright witness for you in the world. Others will be drawn to you because they will see your life being lived out, in and through me. Others will want to come to know and love and follow and serve you because of the joy and thankfulness and prayerfulness they see in me. Yes, they will. I will be able to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name as I remain joyful, thankful, and prayerful. Yes, you will. Will you remain joyful, thankful, and prayer throughout all the circumstances of your life? Yes, I will. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I want to know and do your will. In this case, I do clearly know your will. It is your will that I am joyful, thankful, and prayerful throughout all the twists and turns, and ups and downs of life. Help me to think and speak and act according to your will. Amen

Key Question…  When have you been able to be joyful, prayerful, and thankful in a difficult circumstance?

Living It Out… Live out God’s will by being joyful, prayerful, and thankful in all circumstances.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that it is God’s will for you to always be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful in all circumstances.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are joyful, prayerful, and thankful in all circumstances.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you always be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful in all circumstances.

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For Everyone Who Asks Receives

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 98 - Matthew 7-7-11 - For Everyone Who Asks Receives - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 98 – Matthew 7-7-11 – For Everyone Who Asks Receives – Growing As Disciples

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:7-11 (ESV)

Will You?

Will I what? Will you make your wants and needs known to me? Will you come and ask for my help? Will you rely on me? Will you ask until you receive? Will you seek until you find? Will you knock until doors open for you? Now, do not be so quick to answer my questions. Think deeply about what I have asked of you. Consider the implications of each question. Now? Yes, now. Jump right in, get started, tell me what you think. I think prayer is essentially relying on you. If I don’t make my wants and needs known to you, then I am not relying on you. I think prayerlessness is rooted in pride. If I don’t make my wants and needs known to you, I must think that I can meet them all by myself. That would be foolish. That would be misguided. That would be prideful. I will rely on you. I will humbly make my wants and needs known to you. That is very good. Keep going, tell me more. I will be persistent and consistent in my prayers. I will not pray one and done prayers. I will keep on praying for what I want and need, not only for myself, but also for others. I will only stop when I have received an answer from you. And I know that, “no” is sometime the best answer you can give me. You are far wiser than me. You know what is best for me. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for prayer requests that you said, “no” to. It is wise of you to understand why I have sometimes said “no” to one of your prayer requests. I’m not finished. Yes, keep going. There are two things that I will be continually seeking from you. What’s that? I will be seeking to know you. And I have no doubt that you will help me to know you more and better as I seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, you can count on that. I will also seek to know and do your will. I will allow you to guide the entire course of my life. Yes, I will guard and guide your life as you follow and serve me. Of that, I have no doubt of either. That’s good. I’m not finished yet. Yes, I know. I will keep on knocking. I will keep on asking you to open doors of opportunity. What kind of doors of opportunity will you ask me to open for you? I will ask you to open doors of opportunity for me to serve you. I will ask you to open doors of opportunity for me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will ask you to open doors of opportunity for me to store up treasure in heaven with you. These are doors of opportunity that I will gladly open for you. Keep on asking. Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking. Yes, Heavenly Father, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I will make my wants and needs to you. I will seek until I find. I will knock until doors open. I will ask until I receive. I know you give very good gifts. I know that you will hear and answer my prayers as I persistently and consistently pray to you. Amen

Key Question…  How have you come to trust your Heavenly Father’s manner and timing in answering your prayers?

Living It Out…  Be persistent and consistent in making your wants and needs know to your Heavenly Father.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that your Heavenly Father will hear and answer your prayers in His manner according to His timing.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group what prayers you are persistently praying to your Heavenly Father.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you keep on asking God for what you need.

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Building Others Up According To Their Needs

The Virtuous Life - Day 213 - Ephesians 4-29-32 - Building Others Up According To Their Needs - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 213 – Ephesians 4-29-32 – Building Others Up According To Their Needs – Growing As Disciples

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:29-32 (NIV)

Guard My Words

That I need to do. What do you need to do? I need to carefully guard my words. I need to make certain that no unwholesome words come out of my mouth. What will you do with your words? How will you not use your words? How will you use your words? I’m beginning to understand that my words are a tool. My words can be used to either build up or tear down. What kind of words tear down? Words of fear and doubt tear down. Words of slander, judgement, and criticism tear down. Words of frustration, argument, and anger tear down. Bitter, evil, and immoral words tear down. Arrogant and prideful words tear down. None of these kinds of words are life giving. None of these words are worthy of thinking or speaking or acting on. You are correct. All these kinds of words grieve the Holy Spirit. You have called me to think and speak and act on words that build up, words that give life to all who hear them. That is exactly right.

What kinds of words build up? Words of hope and peace and joy build up. Words of encouragement build up. Words of faith build up. Words of love build up. Words that you give me to think or speak or act on will build others up according to their needs. You will give me words to think and speak and act on that will lift others up and spur them on. Yes, I will, you can be sure of that.

Where will life giving words that build others up come from? They will come from you. They will come from your word. As your word dwells in me richly, you will give me new words to think and speak and act on. As I meditate on your word and memorize your word, you will change my heart and transform my mind. You will replace my old thoughts and words and actions with those you want me to think and speak and act on. Yes, I will, let there be no doubt about that.

One more thought. What’s that? The new life-giving words that I give to you to think and speak and act on will not only be for the building up of others, but they will also build you up as well.

Holy Spirit, I do not want any of my thoughts, or words, or actions to grieve you. I don’t want any unwholesome words to come out of my mouth. I want my words to build others up according to their needs. Help me to be kind, compassionate and forgiving. Amen

Key Question…  How are you using your words to build others up according to their needs?

Living It Out…  Make every effort to live a kind, compassionate, and forgiving life that does not grieve the Holy Spirit.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Holy Spirit will help you to live a kind, compassionate, forgiving life that does not grieve Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how your words are building others up according to their needs.

Prayer To Bless Others… Lord, I will build others up according to their needs.

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Investigate My Life

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 92 - Psalm 139-23-24 - Investigate My Life - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 92 – Psalm 139-23-24 – Investigate My Life – Growing As Disciples

Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong— then guide me on the road to eternal life. Psalm 139:23-24 (MSG)

Examine Me

That is what I want you to do. What do you want me to do? I want you to examine my life. I want you to a long and hard and close look at my life. Aren’t you worried about what I will find? Not at all. You are that confident? Yes, I am that confident. Wait, let me be clear, I am not confident in myself, that would be ridiculous. My confidence is in you. What kind of confidence do you have in me? I am confident that you love and care for me. I am confident that you are molding and shaping my life. I am confident that you are and will continue to make me into the person you want me to become. I am like a lump of clay in your hands. So, I am positive that you will see many things that need to be changed in me when you take a long and hard and close look at my life. I know it is silly and foolish for me to speaking in this way. You know more about me than I know about myself. You know what needs changing in me even before the thought of asking you to examine me entered my mind. Yes, I do. Why then bother asking me to examine your life? It is the asking that you want from me. It is my welcoming you to examine my life that is pleasing to you. It is my willingness to submit myself to you that brings you joy. Yes, it does. You must know more than you have already said. Yes, I do. Tell me what you know. You have been and are and will continue to do a good work in me. You are helping me to become like you in my thoughts and words and actions. What else? Nothing, but good can come out of my inviting you to examine my life. I will never regret that you examined my life. I will never regret when you change me in ways that please you. I want what you want. I want to live the life you have called me to life. I want to be the person you have called me to be. These desires that you have placed in me will only occur as you examine my life and do your good work in me. So here I am, and I will say it again, “examine me”. Yes, I will. Yes, I will continue to do my good work in you. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, examine my life thoroughly. Test me. Do your work in me. Mold and shape me. Make me to be like you. I want to think, speak, and act like you. Lead me as I walk through life with you. Guard and guide me as I live out the eternal life you have given me. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making it your daily practice to ask the Lord to investigate your life?

Living It Out…  Allow the Lord to examine your life and make changes in you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will examine your life and make changes in you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has examined your life and made changes in you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you allow the Lord to investigate your life and make the changes He wants to make in you.

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