DAILY DEVOTION

I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness…And I will give her her vineyards from thence (Hosea 2:14-15).

A strange place to find vineyards–in the wilderness! And can it be that the riches which a soul needs can be obtained in the wilderness, which stands for a lonely place, out of which you can seldom find your way? It would seem so, and not only that, but the “Valley of Achor,” which means bitterness, is called a door of hope. And she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth!
Yes, God knows our need of the wilderness experience. He knows where and how to bring out that which is enduring. The soul has been idolatrous, rebellious; has forgotten God, and with a perfect self-will has said, “I will follow after my lovers.” But she did not overtake them. And, when she was hopeless and forsaken, God said, “I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.”
What a loving God is ours!
–Crumbs

We never know where God hides His pools. We see a rock, and we cannot guess it is the home of the spring. We see a flinty place, and we cannot tell it is the hiding place of a fountain. God leads me into the hard places, and then I find I have gone into the dwelling place of eternal springs.

PRAYER DEVOTIONAL

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The second daily edition of our Word of the Week,
Opening doors that no man can shut. -by Kathleen Dillard

When Was the Last Time You Resisted the Devil?

When was the last time that you resisted the devil? James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” You know what? Sometimes we do the first part and we submit to God but we slack off when it comes to doing the second part: resist! This means to set yourself against, to withstand, to oppose. You may ask, “But then how do I know when it’s the devil?” Well, here is what the Bible says, “The devil is the accuser of the brethren and of God. He comes to kill, steal, destroy, he is a liar and he is a tempter.”
So let’s go ahead and resist the enemy together right now in this prayer:

Lord, I submit to you now in Jesus’ name. I submit to Your will, to Your ways and to Your wisdom, and now according to Your Word, I resist the devil in Jesus’ name. I stand against the accuser with an attitude of forgiveness and prayerfulness towards those who have offended me. I stand against every way in which the enemy is trying to kill, steal and destroy me, my family, and my loved ones, in Jesus’ name. I resist all forms of darkness and do not allow the enemy any access. I declare Your words Jesus, because You came that I may have life and have it to the full. I thank You Lord for Your unfailing love, that You are a sun and a shield, that no good thing do You withhold from those who walk uprightly. In Your holy name, Lord Jesus. Amen.

PRAYING

Free Access to God’s Throne

Intro:
God sits on His throne high above the heavens and the earth. However as His child you have His listening ear whenever you need it. The door to His throne room is open wide to you through the sacrifice of Christ. You can come before the Father boldly, bringing your needs and the needs of others to His attention. Consider these scriptures and receive confidence that His ear is open to your cry.

Prayer:
Father, You are the sovereign Lord over all creation, and yet Your ear is open to my prayers. I thank You that I can come boldly before Your throne to receive the help I need for myself and others. I am grateful that You are not a God that is far off, but that You are near. Your heart is full of concern for Your children. I am confident that You hear me when I cry out to You. I rest in the security of Your watchful eye. My heart looks with anticipation for the answers You will send. I receive the privilege of coming before Your throne, where I can release my burdens and the needs of others into Your bountiful care.

Scripture:
Psalms 34:17 “[The righteous] cry and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.”
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.”
2 Samuel 22:7 “In my distress I called upon the LORD, Yes, I cried to my God; And from His temple He heard my voice, And my cry for help [came] into His ears.”
Jeremiah 23:24 “Can a man hide himself in hiding places, So I do not see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.”
Psalms 34:15 “The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous, And His ears are [open] to their cry.”

PRAYER DEVOTION SHARING

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The second daily edition of our Word of the Week,
Opening doors that no man can shut. -by Kathleen Dillard

Day-30 When Was the Last Time You Resisted the Devil?

When was the last time that you resisted the devil? James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” You know what? Sometimes we do the first part and we submit to God but we slack off when it comes to doing the second part: resist! This means to set yourself against, to withstand, to oppose. You may ask, “But then how do I know when it’s the devil?” Well, here is what the Bible says, “The devil is the accuser of the brethren and of God. He comes to kill, steal, destroy, he is a liar and he is a tempter.”
So let’s go ahead and resist the enemy together right now in this prayer:
Lord, I submit to you now in Jesus’ name. I submit to Your will, to Your ways and to Your wisdom, and now according to Your Word, I resist the devil in Jesus’ name. I stand against the accuser with an attitude of forgiveness and prayerfulness towards those who have offended me. I stand against every way in which the enemy is trying to kill, steal and destroy me, my family, and my loved ones, in Jesus’ name. I resist all forms of darkness and do not allow the enemy any access. I declare Your words Jesus, because You came that I may have life and have it to the full. I thank You Lord for Your unfailing love, that You are a sun and a shield, that no good thing do You withhold from those who walk uprightly. In Your holy name, Lord Jesus. Amen.

TESTING

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PRAYER DEVOTIONAL

1 Samuel 17

Goliath the Philistine challenges Israel’s army.

INSIGHT

When God goes to war, there are no accidents. Just as He uses Gideon and an army of only 300 to rout the Midianite army that was “without number,” so He uses a boy with a slingshot to rout the Philistine army. In 2 Chronicles 18:33, “a certain man drew a bow at random,” but it “struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armor.” There are no accidents when God goes to war. We can take comfort in this fact in relationship to the spiritual warfare in which we all find ourselves. The obstacles may seem insurmountable. But if we are on God’s side, no foe is too great.

PRAYER

Offer to the Lord this psalm of praise as you rejoice in the power He uses in controlling the events of history:
We have heard with our ears, O God,
Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:
You drove out the nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
Because You favored them (Psalm 44:1-4).

Pause for personal praise and thanksgiving.

Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger,
Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
My soul also is greatly troubled;
But You, O Lord-how long? (Psalm 6:1-3).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. Now pause to pray this affirmation to the Lord:
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me (Psalm 138:7).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, pray for:

  • Greater courage in the midst of trials
  • Your pastor
  • Whatever else is on your heart

Finally, offer this closing prayer to the Lord:
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands (Psalm 138:8).

PRAYER DEVOTION FOR TODAY

God’s Provision

Intro:
God is a loving Shepherd, Who constantly has your well-being on His heart. Whatever you need, God has an abundant supply. Learn to depend on Him. You will see His faithful answers to your prayers. Read over these scriptures and let God’s word paint a fresh picture of His generous heart. You can trust Him with all your needs. Receive the peace that is yours, as you embrace Him as the God of your provision.

Prayer:
God, You are my loving Father. You sacrificed Your only Son so I could be reconciled to You. Your word says that since You gave Your Son, how will You not also, “with Him freely give us all things?” I rejoice in Your faithfulness and ask for You to teach me to depend on You. To bring my needs and burdens, presenting each concern before Your caring heart. Help me to trust in You more Lord.

I want to see Your abundant love be released into the people who live around me. I embrace Your word that says, “The Lord gives grace and glory and no good thing do You withhold from those who walk uprightly.” I receive the truth of Your generous heart. Jesus, make my life a shining example of Your faithfulness.

Scripture:
Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
2 Peter 1:3 “…seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us…”
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have [it] abundantly.”
Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”

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