Presumption has no place in prayer.
When the Israelites complained about the apparent lack of food and water in the desert, God gave them food from heaven and delivered it daily to their doorstep. But, it wasn't long before they complained about God's provision and having to trust him to deliver it daily. Isn't it basically the same with you and me? A few days ago we gathered around the lunch table with family and friends and thanked God for his provision of turkey, dressing, ham, potatoes, salads and sweet desserts. Yum! Then, later we enjoyed leftovers while watching football on television, but it didn't have the same appeal as it did at lunch. The next night faced with eating left-over again, most of us found an excuse to go out to dinner.
The song says, "Everyday with Jesus is sweeter than the day before." But, have you come to the place in your life where that song is true, or is spending time alone with Him now a scary thought, or perhaps obligatory and boring? May I ask when was the last time you poured your heart out to God for more than a few moments, day after day looking for an answer to your prayer? The truth is, most of us have long ago surrendered praying to having someone at church do it for us. We don't enjoy fellowship with God, but only with people at church. Do you really believe we're that different from the grumbling, disobedient and ungrateful Israelites in the desert?
I'd like to say, Lord listen to your children praying, but I'm afraid to know how little we do it and with what intensity. You God, are the Creator of the universe and beyond. Your works are beyond magnificent and your love for man is beyond imagination. You deserve far more than we give You and are worthy of that and much more. Yes Lord. We need your Holy Spirit - right now.
Cymbala: The first step in any spiritual awakening is demolition. (2000)
Is your life a product of luck and circumstance or divine care? (2001)
Prayer is a relationship with God based on transparency, not outward appearance. (2003)
We should stop acting like we're saved and start doing what saved people do. (2004)
A horizontal relationship between two people should form a triangle where God is at the top, (2005)
Men may not know what we're planning, but God does and His may differ from our's. (2007)
Is God's presence evident in your life? (2008)
Devotionals began on January 2, 2006 and are the original creation of James R. Green, Prayertower Webservant Content is derived from his alternating
and sequential survey of both the Old and New Testament to offer insight
2. Resources are derived
from daily devotions of James R. Green called, Just Thinkin'... (2000-2003),
Read the Bible Thru in 365 Days (2004), Pray Thru the Word in
365 Days (2005) and One Minute Devotional (2006-2008).
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