And now, O Lord our God, who hast brought Thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast made Thee a name, as at this day (Daniel 9:15, NIV).
In the Bible, we see that Daniel was a righteous man who prayed regularly to God. He spent time reading the scriptures and talking with God. He knew that God kept His promises and fulfilled prophecies.
When Daniel prayed, he reminded God of the mighty acts He’d performed.
Has God moved in your life with answered prayer? When you pray, do you rehearse the great acts that God has performed in the past as you ask for His intervention in the present?
Next time you make a request in prayer, start by recalling all that God has done in the past. Include His miracles from the Bible as well as from your own life.
Praying with a memory will help grow your faith.
Dear God, please remind me to lift my friends and family, my circumstances and questions to You in prayer when I see certain objects throughout my day. In Jesus name, I pray.
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I bought a little sketch book recently and as I read the Bible, and my devotionals I have been using my new watercolour pencils to sketch what I feel.
As I read Jesus Calling on August 24th, I felt God’s presence and saw Him hovering over everything – the sea depicted me… full of ups and downs, but full of life.
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4, NIV).
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In times of crisis it can be difficult to hold on to our faith, but thank God we can immediately call upon Him for help. Our hearts may be racing with the trouble at hand, but we are assured He is there to help us.
Many times crisis situations stir up panic, especially when those near and dear to us are involved. I recall a crisis 18 months ago when my littlest grandson was born with major health issues and my daughter became so ill that I flew to Ottawa to be with them. My prayers were desperate to start with, but as the plane took off I refused to entertain doubt and fear and made a concentrated effort to think about faith scriptures. Over and over in my mind I kept saying, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen,” (Hebrews 11.1KJV), and as the plane soared into the skies my faith soared with it.
My son-in-law picked me up at the airport . Within an hour we stood in intensive care looking at a very sick baby. I will tell you in all honesty my faith started to waver, Have you been in a similar situation? I willed myself to focus on God’s word again. Basically that verse is telling us our job is to exercise faith and hope, to look beyond the immediate and with our spiritual eyes believe and see resolution. I’m smiling now, as I think about my daughter fully recovered and that dear little Jacob—I still hear his laughter as he ran around our living room a couple of months ago.
Whatever your circumstance be encouraged and let faith and hope rule in your life.