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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, February 4, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Romans 12:11-13 – Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.
Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Cindy Smith (New York) titled her story “GRATITUDE FOR ANSWERED PRAYER;” here is a portion of Cindy’s story:
“Recently, I have been praying daily for the big battles that I face. It occurred to me, however, that when my prayers are answered, I am not so steadfast in giving thanks as I am in my asking. I may thank God once or twice and move on to some other petition for others or for myself. I rarely recognize answers to prayers for the little things in my life.
“Daily activities and troubles seem to guide my prayer life, . . . Since God created all things, I pray for them, but I often fail to notice the answers to such prayers. When I do recognize these answered prayers, joy comes to my heart . . . I thank God for answering my prayers.
“The practice of persistent prayer has led me to persistent thanksgiving, and I am now trying to be faithful in thanking God for answered prayers, big or small.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Persistence in prayer can lead to faithfulness in thanksgiving.
Prayer: Faithful God, help us to be as grateful for answered prayer as we are motivated to pray for our needs. Amen.
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