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Pray for All People

We can never pray enough. Paul notes in in his letter to Timothy, that we need to be sure that we do not limit our prayers. We are “to pray for all people.” That is a great command. Pray for all people. This means we don’t just pray for your family and friends. We don’t just pray for our church family. We don’t only pray for those we want to lift up in prayer. We pray for all people.

Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies. This is something that can help us to be more like Christ. While praying for our enemies, we are interceding on their behalf. Doing this opens our heart for the Spirit to help us forgive and heal. The verse in the letter to Timothy doesn’t only ask that we pray for all people. The letter continues that we “give thanks for them.” We are to give thanks for all people. Is this something you feel like doing? Do you thank God for the person who drives you crazy?

Understand that we are asked to do these things because it helps us to grow more Christ like. Often we think the prayers we pour out to God are to change others. The truth is the prayers often are to change us. Today, pray for all people. Intercede on their behalf. Give thanks for them. Be ready for God to respond in a mighty way!

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” – 1 Timothy 2:1 [NLT]

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Evidence Accepted

Since I was a little girl, I always wanted to know the facts. When someone would tell me something, I had to learn about it and seek out the truth. When I was in high school, I spent a lot of time in research. I also did puzzles which challenged me to take the facts and find the truth with what was presented to me as evidence. It was part of my legal training. Even today I spend much of my time reading non-fiction books.  I have a great love for facts. In my employment and in ministry, facts are very important.

Today’s verse is one snippet from a passage where God’s people messed up. It simply says that the Israelites looked at a group of men and took their word. They trusted the people. The bread looked old. The clothing looked dirty and worn. They accepted the evidence. Even worse, they did not go to God about it. They accepted lies and agreed to a treaty.

These people paid the price for not looking for the truth. We too can pay a hefty price when we accept what others call “truth” as truth without consulting God. It is important to seek the Truth at all times. God is the Truth. Therefore as things are presented to you and you do not know what is real, what is true, what is God’s will—turn to God. Call upon the Holy Spirit. Ask God about it.

“The men of Israel looked them over and accepted the evidence. But they didn’t ask God about it.”

– Joshua 9:14 [MSG]

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She Went to God

When there is a problem, who do you go to first? When you do not understand something, to whom do you turn? When Rebekah became pregnant, it was a great answer to the prayers of Isaac. However, there was a fight going on in her womb. Jacob and Esau were getting ready for what would continue throughout their life.

Rebekah was so upset by this situation that she questioned living any further. It was too much to endure. I could not imagine the pain of two babies fighting from within the womb. A normal kick alone could be painful but this was a war from inside.

Immediately “she went to God to find out what was going on.” She didn’t seek help elsewhere. She didn’t go to a friend or neighbor. She didn’t go to a midwife. She went to God. It’s the same action we should take when we face a situation, whether it is a war from within, a loss of employment, an illness, or anything and everything else you may face. The bottom line is go to God. Today. Tomorrow. Always.

“Isaac prayed hard to God for his wife because she was barren. God answered his prayer and Rebekah became pregnant. But the children tumbled and kicked inside her so much that she said, ‘If this is the way it’s going to be, why go on living?’ She went to God to find out what was going on. God told her,

Two nations are in your womb,
two peoples butting heads while still in your body.
One people will overpower the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

– Genesis 25:21-23 [MSG]

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Come and Save Us

When do you like to pray? Do you pray daily? Weekly? Only when in trouble? Rather than pray when in trouble, we are to live a life of prayer—a life where we commune with God.

Jeremiah wrote of people who treated idols, in this case a piece of wood or a stone, as their father or mother. They gave honor to the idols. They turned their back on God all the days of their life except when they were in trouble. When in trouble, they would call out for help, “come and save us.”

Calling for God when you are in a boat sinking won’t get you far in life. If you pray to Him daily, it is quite possible that you wouldn’t have all the trouble in the first place. He is your Father. Instead of shouting, “come and save us,” make each day a day where you call out to Him. There will be no need to shout when you are living in such a close relationship with Christ.

“To an image carved from a piece of wood they say, ‘You are my father.’ To an idol chiseled from a block of stone they say, ‘You are my mother.’ They turn their backs on me, but in times of trouble they cry out to me, ‘Come and save us!'” – Jeremiah 2:27 [NLT]

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I Will Not Ask

The Bible says that we are not to put God to the test. When Jesus is tempted three times, He even responds with the Deuteronomy 6 verse when He is told to throw himself down. In today’s passage, Ahaz responds that he “will not put the LORD to the test.” There is a difference though.

Ahaz was asked by the Lord to ask for a sign or confirmation. God was saying, “Go ahead Ahaz, seek me. Ask me.” Ahaz did not want to know the truth. Ahaz did not want to seek the advice of God. He responds by attempting to make himself look as if he is following the Law. He proclaims that he didn’t want a sign because he didn’t want to test God. But he was simply pretending to have reverence for God, though it was more of a refusal to accept what God had for him.

Jesus and Ahaz had the same response but their hearts were different—their true motives were different. Reverence for God is something we all should have, but there is true reverence, what Jesus displayed, and a false reverence, which is the display put on by Ahaz. Today consider the reverence you show for God. Do you have a deep respect for the Lord?

“Later, the LORD sent this message to King Ahaz: ‘Ask the LORD your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want–as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead.’ But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.’” – Isaiah 7:10-12 [NLT]

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