Commonly called “The Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus emphasized the personal nature of prayer. Prayer is not speaking to an impersonal force, but literally to “Our Father in heaven” who always seeks the welfare of His children and always does what is right.
Our prayers should not only thank God for what He has already done, but also anticipate what He will do in answer to our petitions.
Ecclesiastes teaches there is more to success than overcoming challenges and realizing goals. In one brief but profound six-word sentence, Solomon provides the defining secret for meaning and fulfillment in life.
God’s holiness so deeply impacted Isaiah he thought his life was over. In all likelihood, he recalled the words of God to Moses saying, “no man shall see Me and live” (Ex.33:20). Whether a vision or a view into the heavenly realm, we know Isaiah was never the same.
You can boldly face challenges with determination and seize the opportunities in the New Year! Use your passion to make a difference in 2017!
When we take time to pore over the Scriptures, we no longer see Abram as a flat dusty character, but a real human being who was a bold and passionate man of faith.
Of the 3,000 some people named in the Bible, only one man is associated with the enviable title, friend of God. That man’s story began over four millennia ago.
He knew his actions didn’t support his earlier claim of loyalty and devotion. He was profoundly ashamed. He was overwhelmed by his failure. He couldn’t trust his feelings, so he appealed to Jesus who knew all that was in his heart.
Living through seemingly unfair situations, David was uniquely qualified to encourage us with a testimonial.
The word “wait” is the exact opposite of frantically trying to make something happen before its time on a self-determined timetable. Wait conveys persistent expectancy—waiting on God to accomplish His purpose at His appointed time.
David had come to know the Lord’s goodness over the course of a lifetime. Based on God’s past faithfulness, He had an expectant confidence of God’s continued care not only in this mortal life, but in the very presence of the Lord forever!
More often than not, it is during the difficult and challenging periods of our life that we draw closer to the Lord seeking His protection. But, how do we respond to God’s blessing?
Does David really believe that God always chooses the right path? We aren’t left to draw our own conclusions.
When King David testifies, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures,” it’s not the Shepherd forcing a “lie-down” on the sheep. Sheep do not lie down to eat!
Imagine yourself sitting across the table from King David. He’s earnestly discussing his relationship with God. He’s the king of Israel passionately speaking to you from personal experience.