I have a new baby granddaughter! Her name is Anya Elizabeth.
As she grows I will play with her, sing to her, read with her, write her letters and tell her about Jesus. I will give her gifts to show my love.
But the best gift I will ever give is this: I will pray for her as long as I live.
He had every reason to be angry and bitter. His brothers expected revenge.
But Joseph said, “Am I in the place of God? You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good (Genesis 50:19-20).”
Forgiveness follows faith.
His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all he did to succeed (Genesis 39:3).
The Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison (Genesis 39:21).
Consider the blessings of walking with God.
I live in the spirit of prayer; I pray as I walk, when I lie down, and when I rise, and the answers are always coming. — George Muller
Work often requires self-forgetfulness, that one lose himself in a cause, in the reality of the task at hand. How then does one “Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)?”
Morning prayer “reaches beyond its set time to include the whole day . . . every word, every work, every labor becomes a prayer; not in the unreal sense of a constant turning away from the task that must be done, but in doing all in the name of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17).”*
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together, p. 70-71.
Today is our granddaughter’s fourth birthday! She is a gift, straight from the hand of our heavenly Father.
“God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb (Genesis 30:22).
Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me (Genesis 32:26).”
And there he [God] blessed him (Genesis 32:29).
Here’s how Jacob prayed:
I am unworthy. Please deliver me.
I am afraid. But you said, “I will surely do you good.”*
Pray like Jacob did, humbly and honestly.
*from Genesis 32:9-12