Pray to Him earnestly each morning

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, March 1, 2020

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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 secret of a close relationship with God is to pray to Him earnestly each morning.  In the morning, our minds are more free from problems, and then we can commit the whole day to God.  Regular communication helps any friendship and is certainly necessary for a strong relationship with God.  We need to communicate with him daily.  Do you have a regular time to pray and read God’s Word?  (NLT)

Psalm 5:1-12 – O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning.  Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you.  Listen to my voice in the morning Lord.  Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.  Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil.  You will destroy those who tell lies.  The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.

Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.  Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me.  Make your way plain for me to follow.

My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.  Their deepest desire is to destroy others.  There talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.   Their tongues are filled with flattery.  O God, declare them guilty.   Let them be caught in their own traps.  Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever.  Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.  For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.

Quoted verse: In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.  –Psalm 5:3 (NIV)

“Story” – Dean T. Skoglund (Minnesota, USA) titled his story “STARTING THE DAY WITH GOD;” here is Dean’s story:

“I used to begin my days by greeting family members.  Then, as I would come in contact with other people, I would greet them.  One day I wondered, What would happen in my relationships with those I care about if I didn’t acknowledge them?  That made me realize that when I first wake up, God is there waiting for me.  God deserves to be acknowledged, but what if I don’t acknowledge God?

“I need God in my life every day, so I decided that when I first wake up and am still lying in bed, I would greet God.  Many times, I thank God for a good night’s sleep, and sometimes I complain a little if it was not a good night.  Each day, I acknowledge that God is first on my mind.  Then I get up.

“God deserves our attention, and I have discovered that when God is the first thought of my day, God becomes more important in my daily journey.  All throughout the day, I remind myself that
God is with me.  When I seek God first, then the rest of my day is transformed.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Acknowledging God is my first offering of love each day.

Prayer: Dear Father, remind us to seek you every day.  Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY SLEEPING

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