Saturday, February 20, 2010

Devotional Thought - God Will Get Your Attention

God Will Get Your Attention

Bible Reading: Genesis 32

Bible Text: “And Jacob was left alone, and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day”. – Genesis 32:24

Have you ever thought that you were wrestling with decisions or difficulties. Consider the situation of Jacob as he wrestled with and angel sent from God!

He was in a distressing situation and was alone. Our distresses often seem even greater when we must face them alone. This was God’s working in Jacob’s life. God was getting Jacob’s attention.

Jacob’s name held the meaning of “usurper or supplanter”. He had endured the name and its meaning all of his life. God was going to give him great blessing and change his name. He would become Israel, which means “wrestled with God” or “God contended”. This would be his name because “as a prince hast thou power with God and men”.

However, before the blessing was the struggle and the breaking of Jacob. Jacob was crippled before he was crowned as a prince with power. He had to be alone in his distress and spiritual confrontation. He had to realize that in the flesh there was no strength and to allow his resistance to God and His purpose to cease.

Do you pay attention to God?

“…have no confidence in the flesh.” Philippians 3:3b

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Devotional Thought - What is Prayer?

What is Prayer?

Bible Reading: Luke 11: 1 - 13

Bible Text: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” - Matthew 7:7

The subject of prayer continues to fascinate me.

We mere mortals are permitted, no we are invited, into the very throne room of Almighty God. Our invitation is given because of the work that Christ Jesus completed on the cross when He suffered and shed His blood as our sacrifice for sin. We can only accept God’s invitation to commune with Him if we have placed our faith in Christ Jesus.

The fact that we have the ability to communicate directly with Almighty God is astonishing. The fact that most Christians spend only a few seconds a day in prayer is appalling!

Prayer is not a liturgy that must be read. It is a communication for your heart to the heart of the Almighty. Christ gave us the simple steps of prayer when He said to ask, seek, and knock.

First ask for the need in your life to be met by God. Care enough to seek God’s answer as you commune with Him. Continue in prayer to the point of knocking, as it were, on Heaven’s door. Your “knocking” will not be a bother for the Almighty, but will be a sign of your desire to receive an answer to your petition.

Why not talk to the Almighty right now?

Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. ~Satchel Paige