My mother taught me to pray. Here’s the advice she gave when she left me in charge of my five younger siblings for a week:
“Any problems — pray. The Lord will help miraculously if we only believe.”*
*Mom wrote this more than 34 years ago. I have found it to be true.
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
Jesus says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).”
Find rest through prayer as you learn from God.
She* wakes and welcomes the day with singing. When she tires of singing, she calls out, “Daddy!” who takes her from her crib so they can make breakfast together.
Their father/daughter relationship exemplifies how to begin each day with Father God:
*She is our 2 year old granddaughter, Talia.
Jesus is powerful. Even the wind and sea obey Him (Mark 4:41).
Jesus is gentle. He took children in His arms and blessed them (from Mark 10:16).
Jesus is God. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14).
He is able and willing to answer prayer. If you ask me anything in My name, I will do it (John 14:14).