There are many good benefits of prayer:
- you learn how to walk with God: He calls you to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Learning how to walk with God is essential for your own maturity. Faith is the hallmark of the pioneers who believed God (Hebrews 11).
- you deepen your trust in Him: You are called to trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). Trusting God will enable you to depend more on Him, and less on yourself.
- you are delivered from captivity into freedom: You can call upon the Lord, and come and pray to Him, and He will listen to you (Jeremiah 29:12). God delivers you from captivity through the finished work of His Son on the cross.
- you can share your burdens with Him: Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). The weight of your burdens can be relieved by His care for you. His care is a great relief in times of the most painful struggles.
- you receive what you need: you can come to Jesus, when you are weary and burdened, and He will give you rest. You can take His yoke upon you and learn from Him, for He is gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).
I come to you through, Jesus Christ, your Son. You promise to hear my prayer, and to answer me. Show me how to walk by faith, and trust you completely. Thank you for delivering me from the kingdom of darkness and placing me in the kingdom of your beloved Son. It is wonderful to share my burdens with you, so that you can meet all of my needs. As I grow in my relationship with you, may you continue to show me all of the benefits that come from seeking you in prayer. Amen.
It is possible to rest well and and enjoy a good night’s sleep. You can lie down and sleep, knowing that when you wake up the Lord has sustained you (Psalm 3:5). He will continue to support you during your sleep, and give you His peace, because He is the One who makes you dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8). He keeps watch over your steps by day, and your sleep by night, for He has knowledge of all of your ways (Psalm 139:3). Be willing to seek His wisdom and understanding, then you will be able to lie down and not be afraid; you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet (Proverbs 3:24).
Lord Jesus, thank you for sustaining me during my sleep. You give me your peace, and you make sure that I dwell in safety. As you watch over me, reassure me of your presence, so that I can lie down and not be afraid. I look forward to experiencing more of your sweet sleep that you promised according to your Word. Amen.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
My soul thirsts for the living God, and I choose to put my hope in Him. Even when unbelievers taunt me, and ask where you are, I will not doubt your presence with me. By day you direct your love towards me, and in the night your song is with me. My soul will praise you, even when it is downcast; for your assurances strengthen me and your faithfulness is a wonderful delight to my soul. Thank you for continuing to be faithful to me, for you are my covenant-keeping God. Amen.
The righteous man who walks in integrity and lives life in accord with his [godly] beliefs — How blessed [happy and spiritually secure] are his children after him [who have his example to follow]. (Proverbs 20:7)
Today, we honor our earthly fathers, for being willing to walk in integrity and for living lives in accordance with godly beliefs. We are blessed as their children who come after them, and who desire to follow their godly example.
We honor the best in our earthly fathers. They are not perfect, and they made have made mistakes, but we appreciate the good things they have brought into our lives. It is our desire to follow their example, as they follow Jesus. May we learn how to live lives of integrity according to your Word, and we bless those children who come after us, with a godly example to follow. Amen.
After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“ ‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
Lord God Almighty, you are worthy of all glory and honor and power. Along with the twenty-four elders, we bow down and worship you, for you are the One who lives forever. You alone created all things, by your will you created them, and by your will they have their being.
You are worthy of all praise, for there is none like you. You are holy, holy, holy, and you are the One who was, and is, and is to come. Glory be to your name, forever and forever, Amen.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:25-34)
Forgive us for worrying about what we will eat, drink, or what we will wear. Worrying will not add a single hour to our lives. You feed the birds of the air, and they trust you for their provision. You cause the flowers of the field to grow, and you dress them with more splendor than Solomon could ever imagine. Forgive us for chasing after the things we need. It is always your desire to meet all of our needs, so we only need to look to you. May we continue to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness, knowing that you will take care of us. Therefore, we don’t need to worry about tomorrow, but we can enjoy the fullness of your provision today.
P.S. Thank you for your tender care.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20)
Scripture shows us that when a man is slow to anger he can calm a dispute rather than stir up strife (Proverbs 15:18), he is considered to be better than the mighty (Proverbs 16:32), he can use his own discretion to slow down his anger (Proverbs 19:11), and it is one of the trademarks of a good overseer (Titus 1:7).
James 1: 19-20 also speaks about being quick to listen. A good listener maintains eye contact while talking with you, doesn’t interrupt you when you are speaking, and asks meaningful questions for clarification. They give you their full attention, and don’t try to fix the situation for you, but just listen while you share your concerns.
Someone who is slow to speak knows the importance of spending more time listening than speaking. They know how to patient with you, so that don’t miss or misunderstand what you are saying, and their words are filled with God’s grace and compassion, as you pour out your heart to someone who cares.
Now let’s take it one step further. What would it look like to be slow to anger? A person who is slow to anger is not easily offended, they maintain great composure while under stress, and they never consider the way of the foolish who are quick-tempered (Proverbs 14:29).
Teach us how to be quick to listen, so that others can share their hearts with us. Show us how to be slow to speak, so we can choose our words carefully, and help us to be slow to anger, because its easy to let our own anger get the best of us. Amen.