31 Days of Praise | Day 29 The God Who Answers Prayers

Before they call I will answer;
while they are yet speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

As believers, Christians can practice honest communication with God. In the future kingdom yet to come, enjoying perfect communication with God will be another blessing of a future peaceable kingdom.

When we pray, we can be confident God hears us. And yes, prayer works.

Matthew 6:7-8 (ESV)

7 And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

1 John 5:14-15 (ESV)

14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

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We certainly have a lot to be prayerful about in our modern 21st-century world. It seems like every other day there is another tragic shooting or devastation shakes a region of the world as the result of a natural disaster. While prayer alone will not stop these things, prayer still plays a significant role in overcoming the dire circumstances surrounding these horrific situations. We pray for comfort and healing. We pray for recovery. We pray for discernment and wisdom in identifying solutions. We pray for the courage to act and address those things that divide us.

As believers, we can be sure that God hears our cries and confident that He is at work all around us, even in the bleakest times. He can raise beauty amid the ashes and transform that which was meant for Evil for Good.

If we are willing to trust God, He is faithful to supply our needs. When we call on Him, He answers. He is worthy.

The Devotional Guy™

Evening Prayer 16 | Accounting for My Day

The end of the day provides us the opportunity to spend time with the Lord. We review the events of the day, what went wrong and what went right, prayers we promised we’d make on others behalf, and how our walk matched our talk. We can thank God for His goodness and watch-care for us. We can ask Him for forgiveness where we fell short. We can ask Him to hear about the needs of others as well as ourselves. 

I sleep better when I pray before my head hits the pillow. I don’t toss and turn as much. I wake up better rested and at peace, ready to face a new day.

How about you? How does prayer impact your life?

Prayer:

Father God, thank you for the divine encounters you put in my path today. I pray for those who shared their burdens and cares with me. I give them over to you and lift up those who need you. Forgive me where I fell short today. Help me do better next time. Give me a good night’s rest so I can face the day ready to honor and glorify You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Devotional Guy™

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Evening Prayer 13 | Being More Patient

The alarm didn’t go off like it was supposed to this morning. You’re running behind. Finally, you get out of the house only to find yourself stuck in traffic. It’s obviously not going to be your day. 

Many of us, faced with this situation, lose our patience. We become frustrated because things aren’t going our way. We feel our blood pressure boil and our temper flaring. That’s a natural response. How do we learn to respond more supernaturally? 

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Neutralizing our impatience results in a better, calmer, and happier life. Here are 3 things you can do to practice greater patience when your day isn’t going according to your plan:

  1. Pray. Take it to God. Ask Him to give you supernatural peace at that moment you are struggling to keep your patience.
  2. Take a deep breath. Wait. This too shall pass.
  3. Alter your POV regarding your present situation. You can choose to get mad. You can also choose to let it go and concentrate on something more positive.

 

Prayer: Lord, help me focus on You when things aren’t going my way. Don’t let my anger take control. Help me see that this situation is temporary and soon will pass. Help me honor and glorify You in my daily interactions through exercising patience with others. Forgive me, Lord, for not being more patient today. Help me grow in my ability to exercise patience.