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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
The second part of today’s title “He loves us completely; we can be honest with Him” is from the story in The Upper Room, which you can read below.
Sometimes we don’t let people get to know us completely because we are afraid they will discover something about us that they won’t like. But God already knows everything about us, even to the number of hairs on our heads, and still He accepts and loves us. God is with us through every situation, in every trial—protecting, loving, guiding. He knows and He loves us completely. (NLT)
Psalm 139:1-6 – O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know!
Quoted verse: The psalmist wrote, “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” –Psalm 139:4 (NIV)
“Story” – Adam Weber (South Dakota, USA) titled his story “HONESTY IN PRAYER;” here is a portion of Adam’s story:
“. . . God knows everything I’m thinking and everything I’m going to say! Isn’t that a beautiful and terrifying thing to know?
“Even though God knows all the unspoken words within us, sometimes it’s hard to decide how we should talk to God when we pray. At times I have prayed what I thought I should pray or what I thought God wanted to hear rather than what I was actually feeling and wanting to say. I would tell God that I was thankful when I was actually upset, or that I was grateful for God’s peace when I didn’t feel any peace.
“Thinking about my own prayers, I realize that I often hold back something from God because it feels like something selfish. But the Bible tells us that our Father loves to hear our requests. So I’ve resolved to be honest and say the words I need to say: ‘Lord, I’m tired, and I feel like I’m in over my head at work.’ ‘Jesus, I’m restless. I’m struggling with anxiety. I need your peace.’ Nothing is too big or too small to share with God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will be honest with God in my prayers.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us not to be afraid to be open and honest when we talk to you, holding nothing back. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO BE HONEST WITH GOD
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/