Can we pray for the salvation of a lost person? Absolutely! The Apostle Paul models a passionate prayer life for the salvation of the lost. In Romans 10 Paul writes, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them (Jewish kinsmen) is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1). Take time today to intercede on behalf of the people in your life that you long to see place their faith in Christ.
What can you tell a God in prayer who already knows everything? The answer is … anything! When we come to God in prayer, He already knows our weaknesses, our sins, and our failures. He knows our hidden secrets, our inconsistencies, our wants and our needs. He knows everything … and He still loves us! The fact that God knows everything doesn’t diminish the value of prayer, it heightens it. We can draw near to Him with absolute confidence that he accepts and loves us because He already knows everything!
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Do you need wisdom to discern a next step? As a parent do you need wisdom in your parenting? Is there a challenging situation in your workplace that requires sound wisdom to navigate the best course? James writes, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). Join with me today as we ask God for the wisdom we need to face today’s challenges.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with life’s concerns today? One of the most hope-filled passages of scripture in all the bible is Phillipians 4:6-7. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
When we meditate on something, we ponder it. To meditate on God’s Word is to think deeply about it, to mull on it in our minds, and bring it to our awareness throughout the day. As all the events of the Christmas story unfolded we are told “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Today, I encourage you to take the time to think deeply about God’s truth. Allow God to meet you there and minister to your spirit.
God is omnipotent (all powerful). He can accomplish and fulfill all His Holy will. Imagine if a righteous, loving and just God could not accomplish all that He wanted to do. God can do everything He has revealed, everything He has declared, and everything He has promised. We can celebrate the omnipotence of God!
God intensely hates all sin. Because He is holy and just and loves all that is right and good, it should not surprise that He hates everything that is opposed to His moral purity. All of mankind has violated God’s holiness. Only those who accept, by faith, His provision for forgiveness of sin through Jesus will escape God’s holy wrath.
When we think of jealousy, we think of someone being selfishly jealous for their own benefit. God’s jealousy is an expression of love because He knows that exclusive devotion and dependance upon Him is in our best interest. He alone deserves all honor and glory.
Our lives can be filled with confusion and disorder. We can experience unsettled turbulence in our marriage, our family and at work. Society is increasingly being torn apart by hostility and anger. What is needed in our hearts, homes and cities is peace. The source of the peace we need is God himself.
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 For. 14:33). “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). “And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39). “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).