Monday, July 23, 2012

2012 July 23 - Morning Manna

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:1-5)
Today's Morsel: One of the things about prayer for me is that it is refreshing. I always like to begin my day with fresh prayer. Like David, when he said, "I shall be anointed with fresh oil" (psalms 92:10), I too want to be refreshed with the anointing of God daily. No matter how it turns out, I always like to begin with thanksgiving. There is nothing like thanking God for letting me see another day, roof over my head, family, and that I still have all my senses. How much of your time in prayer would you say that you sit and listen to God? Do you spend more time telling Him what you want and need than you do thanking Him? Do you pray for the lost or do you pray for laborers so the lost can be found? How much time do you pray for worldly leaders and leaders over you? I am of the firm belief that God can do more through our prayers than we could ever do on our own. When king Jehoshaphat was faced with a major situation, he went to the Lord and scripture says: " And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's" (2 Chronicles 20:5-15). God has given us exceeding, precious promises that He won't leave us nor forsake us. If you are worrying and your life is in a knot, you may be praying to the wrong god. For I am one that believes that if God be for us, everyone else might as well be also.
Sing: If God be for us, who can be against us! If God be for us, who can be against us! If God be for us, who can be against us! Just have faith in the power of the Lord.

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