Devotion, Fasting, Kids, Uncategorized

Day 18: “Children are God’s Best Gift.”

fearfully-madeToday’s children are bombarded with more information than any previous generation. Just go to a shopping mall you’ll see iPads strapped to prams and realise even two year olds are filtering messages coming at them at breakneck speeds. The pace doesn’t slow as they get older.

The most important data young people need is God’s word which tells them they are precious in his sight. An urgent affirmation of the Lord’s plan for them is due.  Timely reminders that they aren’t in your way nor too naive to make a difference.

Today, focus on praying for the children and youth in your life. Maybe they live with you… Look them in the eyes and say, “God loves and cherishes you. You are SO SPECIAL and worthy of love, perfectly made in his image and fully equipped to change the world.”

If you have grandchildren, nieces and nephews, kids at church over whom you have influence, don’t take your position for granted. The world will tell them everything they aren’t and will reinforce what they lack. As Christian leaders, parents, grandparents, you have a responsibility to speak and pray into the lives of the precious ones in your life.

Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
    the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
    are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
    with your quivers full of children!
 (Psalm 127:3-4 MSG)

Devotion, Fasting, government, Leadership, Prayer, Uncategorized

Day 14: “Pray for Government Leaders.”

pray-for-rulersIf you’ve been watching any world news, you know we are living in interesting times. Instability in various nations around the world, changes in leadership, and uncertainty seems to be the overriding noise in our ears. Romans 13 reminds us that all authority which exists has been established by God. The Apostle Paul admonishes us to be “good citizens” under that authority.

Part of our civic duty as Christians is to pray for our local, state, national and international leaders. The problems they seek to solve are not black and white. They are complex and varying and we must lift them up and ask God to intervene with his sovereignty and love in every situation. Pray for safety and wisdom. Ask God to help leaders to lead with humility and grace.

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

Courage, Devotion, Fasting, Personal Growth, Uncategorized

Day 6: “Seek God’s Approval.”

win-approvalSeeking to please God by righteous living is a worthy endeavour. Obeying his Word, exhibiting the fruit of the spirit, and working out your salvation are all Biblical notions.

Sometimes, this effort is misguided; instead, you spend your time working to please others. Your Christian walk becomes about saying what you think you SHOULD say and acting in a way that will impress others. You think you must have the answer that will sit well with everyone rather than your own opinion that might be different to the crowd.

When you’re feeling a desire to be noticed, affirmed, or approved of by your friends, co-workers, bosses, leaders, or even your social media followers, stop and ask yourself, “Why?” What do you gain from their attention and accolades?

As you pursue God more intimately, let HIM fulfil every need within you. May God’s truth match his grace as you line up your achievements and see that when you fall short, he loves you the same. Remind yourself that you’re created in his image and he is cheering you on even when others aren’t. He wants you to “win” and “winning” doesn’t mean perfection.

“Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave” (The Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:10).