Devotional 8/11

I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From where, comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

I pray because the need flows on of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God it changes me.
C.S Lewis

Why pray? For starters prayer tells God that you acknowledge Him. When you recognize him as God you give Him his rightful place in your life. He understands that you are humble enough to seek Him, and He has a reward for those who do so!

The Bible says of a story of a friend who goes to his neighbors house to ask for bread. The issue was that His friend was already in bed, and wouldn’t open the door. But guess what? When you really believe there is help where you are knocking (faith) you keep knocking. He kept knocking and his friend eventually woke up and opened the door to give him some bread. God is similar, Jesus ends the story by saying if your friend will get up to give you what you ask- wouldn’t your Heavenly Father do the same? God just wants us to fight for what we want, because it’s a battle.

Battle: 
  • a sustained fight between large, organized armed forces; fight, armed conflict, clashstruggleduel
  • fight or struggle tenaciously to achieve or resist something

We battle with comfort, with pride and with insecurity. Some are so comfortable, they won’t ask for help or for more, because they are already used to their life. Many are prideful, they want to do for themselves and never humble themselves to ask for help (you may be independent but this doesn’t mean you are self sufficient. When you believe you are, you are working in a spirit of pride and fear. The psychology behind pride connects it with fear, I won’t go into it, research it if you’d like (it will bless you). And the other is insecurity, when we do not value ourselves enough to understand that God is truly for us, caring for the smallest of details in our lives. Worthlessness and making mistakes can keep us from praying to God.

Many people say “I don’t know how to pray. And the truth is that nobody knows how to talk to anyone else until they take the chance to do so. It goes as far to say that we can look at someone and assume they are rude or a mean person because of the way they look to us. Read that again: we judge people by our own view of them, or perception of them. And wouldn’t you know, that people do the same thing to God. Some people see God as complicated, or like a creator who’s far off in heaven somewhere, and even see Him as too busy to care for our small problems. Yes, I ask people these things and they tell me a bunch of things (I find it interesting). The truth is that all of creation, God has desired to be in the middle of His people. He has wanted to speak to us, help us and use us because those who do not know Him can receive His love through us. That’s another reason to pray, so that God can give us the desire, the wisdom and the power to do good to others. The bible says that we should pray with thanksgiving, so start off your prayer by being grateful. Thank God for your eyesight, for your family, your health, your bank account, your job, for the food you ate today, and even for the hard times that you are and will be learning from despite of the pain. God loves when we come into His presence in this way, and He blesses us with an ability to feel his presence. See this is called ‘praise’, and praise is having a thankful heart. Scripture says “God inhabits the praise of His people”. An ungrateful heart will have a really hard time accessing God’s presence, even with long hours of talking to God. Let me clarify, God will still hear them, but His presence is not accessed. The presence of God is His glory. His glory is His power and His authority. Without God’s glory we can not be transformed, we cannot cast out demons and expel diseases, without God’s glory our words are empty of authority and anointing. Yes, God can use us at a given time for His name to be glorified but if we are not in HIS PRESENCE, we are simply regular Jane and John Doe’s.

The Hebrew word for GLORY: kabod (K-B-D) originally means “weight” or “heaviness. As in Shekinah Glory, this is God’s presence which makes itself tangible. I did not intend to go into this subject, but whoever will be reading this needs it. Glory to God! And then just to end this… Worship is not the same as Praise. We can praise other people, for their good service or their choice in fashion, or skills in cooking. But we cannot worship people, we actually should NOT (some do). Praying to anyone or anything other than God is idolatry, and many people get confused in this area– “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols” (Isaiah 42:8). I will go into depth with this tomorrow.

Let’s pray:

Lord God, thank you are awesome thank you for this topic. I trust that you have the right assigned to read this devotional. I did not intend to write it, but you did intedn to give it and we trust you. I praise you because we are awesome because you are awesome, I praise you because even when we are afraid you are the one who has never lost a battle, even if we have issues of pain and anger you are perfect Love. And no matter what we are going through, you give us power to overcome. I pray for those reading today, that you may give them a spirit of a warrior to know that they have an enemy who does not want any good thing for them. The good comes from you, and even the hard times but only because you know that it will work for our own good. I stand in the gap and ask for forgiveness for anyone who has leaned on tarot card readings, saints, baths or candles and I ask that you may wash them in your blood and purify them by your word. I pray for revelation and understanding in the area of praying to the one true God who has all power and authority, the one who was, who is and who is to come. The one who knows the end from the beginning. I pray for new strengths for all my prayer warriors, and even myself; may we all discipline ourselves to come before you to honor you and to love you as the loving father that you are. In Jesus name, Amen. 

 

 

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