. . . that He gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
O Lord, I am astonished at the difference
between my receivings and my deservings,
between the heaven I am bound for and the hell I merit.
Who made me to differ, but You?*
*adapted from The Valley of Vision, p.8, edited by Arthur Bennett.
Some things God lets me decide for myself
But I ask Him to choose
for He is infinitely wise and cannot do amiss
As I am in danger of doing
When I leave all things at His disposal
My prayer turns into praise.*
*adapted from The Valley of Vision, p. 4, edited by Arthur Bennet.
Read God’s Word.
Pray according to God’s agenda and revelation.*
Repeat. Day after day, week after week, year after year.
*Dick Eastman, The Hour that Changes the World.
Abraham’s faith was strengthened before God fulfilled His promise. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed. He was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he promised (from Romans 4:18-21).
Strong faith doesn’t depend on answers to prayer.
I’ll never forget my Mom’s Bible club lessons. She taught us to whisper a prayer in the morning, at noon, and in the evening.
Isaiah 62:6-7 also encourages constant prayer: Pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work.
Thanks, Mom, for teaching us to pray. Happy Birthday!!
God is near.
not the present
not the future
from God’s love.
No matter what
God is there.
No matter what
you can pray.
As I walk through my day, I try to remember that the Lord, though unseen, hears every conversation.
I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers (Isaiah 65:24).
Those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name (Malachi 3:16).
Include God in every conversation.