Isaiah 37:20 Prayer For God’s Honor

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Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are the only God. Isaiah 37:20 

Desire for deliverance from a problem is desired by all people. No one really wants to go through a struggle or tough time. Even more so, most people do not want an enemy.

Yet, in life there are many struggles that face every person on a regular basis. As troubles occur, people seek out ways to overcome or stop that trouble that is in their life. The will seek self-help books, friends, astrology, doctors, religion, lawyers, drugs and many other people, places and things.

The entire reason for searching for help is for selfish reasons. It is all about making life better for self.

Hezekiah was being attacked by the enemy. As he prays to God for some help, he tells God to deliver them from the enemy so that the world may know that there is only one God and that He is that one.

Along with the rest of the world, believers have many struggles and enemies in life. They may be physical human enemies, or spiritual ones, habits, thoughts, or beliefs. Most will seek God for help against these enemies and struggles that they have.

While there is nothing wrong in seeking God for help against the struggle, many are only seeking it for relief in their own life. They are seeking it to help self, rather than to help others or be a witness of God’s great power.

Every believer is to be a witness of who God is. This is something that is to occur day-to-day with everything that they think, say and do in every situation.

The prayer of the believer should be for relief so that God may be glorified and honored. The answer to the prayer is to be a witness to others of who God is and what He can do, not just for personal relief.

As you are struggling in some situation in your life, go to God for help. As you seek His help, also seek ways to use that answer as a tool to be a witness of His great love and power. Be willing to use that answer to build His kingdom, rather than just hoard it to yourself.

The answers to your prayer are not to just make your life better, but to build you and His kingdom up.

What is your motivation in your prayers?

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will have a desire to pray to God daily; that you will use all answers of prayer to be a witness of God’s great love and power; and that God will help you remove all selfishness in your prayers. 

Proverbs 24:10 Slipping When In Trouble

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If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! Proverbs 24:10 

During times when there is no trouble people appear to be strong and able to do what needs to be done. They are able to focus correctly and often make good choices.

There are also times of trouble, times when everything that can go wrong seems to go wrong. Those days when a person is having a bad day. It is during these times that there is a challenge in how a person walks his life. He must make a choice to walk correctly or choose a wrong path.

Very often during times of trouble, people will make very poor choices. Some choices will not be very drastic, while others will be extreme. When a person has been laid off and evicted from his house, that is when some will turn to crime to get the needed money.

Solomon calls this faltering and one of small strength.

Believers can often have this same challenge. Theirs is slipping into sin. It is when a person is having a bad day, is alone or among non-believing friends, that one often chooses to step into sin. He is faltering during the time of trouble.

Yes, a believer is weak in and of himself, but he has God at his side in the Holy Spirit. The believer is to turn to God for the needed strength.

Jesus said that He would give the believer all the strength and power needed when needed to be His witness. Slipping into sin during times of trouble is not being His witness.

God is at work at building the believer up in Jesus, to become more like Him every day. Jesus walked in strength, not weakness. Believers need to daily walk in the strength, including days of trouble.

You will have days that are filled with trouble and struggles. During these days work to turn your focus upon God and not the troubles. Do not allow the devil to get a foothold into your heart and mind, causing you to make a poor choice and slip into sin.

Lean on the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life to keep you from all sin. Allow God to build and strengthen you each day and in each trial that you go through.

This is becoming more like Jesus and being His witness each day.

I pray today that you will know the power of God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will keep your eyes on God at all times; that you will know God is beside you in times of trouble; and that you will allow God to guide your every action. 

Psalm 77:2 Seeking God

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When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. Psalm 77:2 

When a person wants something badly enough, he will go to extreme lengths to get it. It is common to see people working eighty to ninety hour work weeks striving to get a large income, in order to have a large house, fancy car, large retirement, or some other thing. They will punish themselves with grueling hours to get what they want.

There are many other things that people work hard to get. They will not sleep at night trying to get what they want as soon as possible. Nothing can discourage them from going after their goals or desires.

Asaph talks about a time when he was under a lot of stress. He began to cry out to God for help throughout the night. He did not get tired and quit, but kept at it, until he would hear from God and receive the desired help.

Every believer has times in his life in which it is very stressful and difficult. It is during those times that he must cry out to God for help.

While many will cry out to God for help, for most they will not continue to cry out. They will seek God for a moment for some help, but when He does not immediately answer, they look to someone or something else for help. They give up on hearing God, thinking that He did not hear or does not care about them. Both thoughts are wrong.

Seeking God should be a believer’s highest priority in this life. Whether it is in a struggle or for direction, seeking God is needed. One should not get tired of seeking God, but keep going no matter what it takes or how long it takes.

In your life, there will be times where you have some great struggles and need God’s help. Take time to seek Him for answers. Don’t make that time of seeking Him just a few minutes, but dig down deep and seek Him with everything that is within you.

Be willing to put everything temporary in this life aside until you hear from God. However, be willing to listen and accept His answer to you when He speaks.

God is waiting for you to call on Him. He is also waiting to comfort you in your time of trouble. Seek Him today and don’t give up..

I pray today that you will have a heart to seek God; that you will give all you have to hear from God; that you will put aside this world to hear from God; and that you will hear what God has to say. 

Psalm 54:4 What Keeps You Going?

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Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4 

In order to keep moving forward a person needs something to sustain him. The basics that every person on this earth needs are: food, water, shelter, and clothing. Without these things at a minimum he cannot keep going forward.

Beyond those basics one also needs some motivation to keep moving forward, especially during a difficult time in life. There has to be a reason to want to keep pushing forward and not give up. Many people call it quits when the going gets tough and some will even end it all if the struggle becomes too much.

Wealth, position, fame, and power are some reasons that keep many people moving forward. They hold on to the hope of these things to come or in their life to go through tough times. However, each of these things can and will fail in the end.

As David was being chased by his enemies, he was also being betrayed by a close friend. Instead of giving up, he holds on to the hope that God is his help and will sustain him, keeping him moving forward despite the challenges.

Instead of looking to the temporary things that the world seeks for sustenance, such as wealth, fame, and position, believers look to God to keep them going. He is the one who provides everything that is needed.

Along with providing food and water, God also provides a hope that is eternal. There is a reason for going through the struggles in this life that makes it all worth it in the end. This can also provide a joy and a peace that passes understanding.

These are the things that give a person strength to keep going forward when the world is fighting against him. They are internal and eternal motivations, rather than temporary and external as the world has.

Look to God for what you need to keep moving forward. You are on a path towards becoming more like Jesus every day. You are on the path God has set before you to get into heaven.

The greatest motivation you can have is knowing that God loves you and has great things in store for you some day in heaven. Don’t give up and get discouraged and want to quit. Keep moving forward.

Allow God’s love and strength and hope He provides to sustain you during the tough times in this life.

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will trust in God’s provision for your life; that you will know God will help you in every situation; and that God will strengthen you to keep moving forward in His will. 

Job 18:21 A Bad Implication

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Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who does not know God. Job 18:21 

Generalizations of people happen on a regular basis. Because someone is something specific, other rules ‘must’ apply to him also. This is where racial prejudice usually comes in. Because a person is of a certain color, then he must be like something bad or especially good.

People are often categorized according to one or two things in their lives, rather than looking at their entire life. It is easy to judge someone with just a little bit of evidence, but that does not mean that the judgement is correct and accurate.

Bildad chooses to talk about how the life of a wicked man is. In this chapter he describes one who is abandoned by God and people and loses everything. It is a picture of total hopelessness and destruction. Job was going through total loss and destruction, but it was not eternal. It was not because of his sins. It was God testing and proving him.

It is true that in the end the wicked man will be completely abandoned by God and destroyed. He will lose everything in the end. However, that ‘end’ is when Jesus returns to judge the earth. That loss is when he is finally cast into hell with the devil and all others who have rejected Jesus.

While a person is still alive on this earth living in sin does not mean he will automatically prosper or not prosper. There are people who reject Jesus today that are living very well, by earth standards. They are not being rejected and have everything going for them, at least it appears that they have it going for them.

However, when Jesus returns, if they have not chosen to follow Jesus, they will lose it all. They will be rejected and destroyed in eternal punishment.

Believers today may be tested and proven by God, but that does not mean God has abandoned them.

You may be going through a time of testing and proving. Stand strong and true in your belief in God. Do not waiver or give up. In the end you will not lose everything, but will gain everything.

When Jesus returns and finds you faithful, despite the struggles on this earth, He will invite you into heaven for eternal life. Be careful how you judge what others are going through and what you are going through.

I pray today that God will reveal His presence to you; that you will see God’s hand in all you are going through; that you will know God’s peace in the midst of any trials; and that you will be proven faithful to God.