Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.   

Psalm 120:1 (NIV)

1 I call on the LORD  in my distress, and he answers me.

DEVOTION -David Bowman (Texas)

I can’t count the number of times the psalmist’s experience with prayer has been true for me.  Keeping a record of answered prayers helps me call to mind quickly and easily instances when God unmistakably said yes.

It is important that we keep a record of answered prayer because we need encouragement from day to day.  The best encouragement comes when we remember the good things God has done for us.  As God has been faithful in the past, so God will be faithful now – and tomorrow.  God doesn’t change.  God is not fickle.

Whatever troubles we are experiencing today, we can take to God.  When we cry out to our Creator, as the psalmist did, God hears our prayers.  Then in absolute trust we can believe that God will answer us.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  God is faithful and will answer when we call.

PRAYER: Dear Father, help us to remember and be grateful for everything you have done in our lives.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV).  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: GRATITUDE FOR GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

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