Daily Bible Reading

Continually

There are few things in life anyone does continually. We all breathe. That’s a given. Most will work continually until retirement. Some talk continually. Some sleep continually. But all of these things can, and most often do, required breaks of some sort or another. There is one thing, though, that the Bible tells us to do continually.

Pray.

Never stop praying.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)

Many in the western church probably couldn’t tell you the last time they started praying let alone the last time they prayed without stopping.

One of the greatest needs of the present day is men and women who will not only start out to pray for things but pray on and on and on until they obtain that which they seek from the Lord.

R.A. Torrey (1956-1928)

We all want to see God move in church on Sunday, but who is really willing to pray on Monday? For most of us, the Great Awakenings of the last century are so far gone (and often forgotten), that we don’t realise how effective prayer can really be. I make a point (though not often enough) to go back and read of the great revivals that brought North America to its knees. You cannot learn about a great move of God without being stirred to see one yourself.

But who is willing to pray for a move of God? Who even knows what that kind of prayer looks like?

True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God. It is not the utterance of words, it is not alone the feeling of desires, but it is the advance of the desires to God, the spiritual approach of our nature toward the Lord our God. True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that—it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of heaven and earth.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Acts 1:14 says that they all met together continually for prayer. Do you think the Holy Spirit would have shown up with tongues of fire if the group hadn’t waited? If they hadn’t been praying while they waited?

It is time that the Church look again toward prayer. Not just programs and growth strategies. I believe those things will come as the result of effective prayer.

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.

James 5:16b (NLT)

We all have a decision to make regarding prayer. We can go on with our daily lives and offer up a prayer every once in a while when we feel like it or need heavenly help out of a jam—but what’s the point of our faith at all if that’s the case? Or we can pray continually. Continual prayer will require sacrifice on our part, but the reward is great power and wonderful results.

Daily Bible reading: Ezra 9-10, Acts 1

Daily Bible Reading

Let it shine

You’re probably already humming that old tune to This Little Light of Mine, aren’t you? It’s catchy. And it’s full of biblical truth. We are supposed to let our lights shine. And, hopefully, they’re more than little lights. They should be big lights. But Jesus gives us a warning about our light.

Make sure that the light you think you have is not really darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a flood light is shining on you.

Luke 11:29-54 (NLT)

But how can light be darkness?

Satan was once known as Lucifer, meaning light-bearer. Though the devil is unable to create anything on his own, he tries his hardest to manipulate what God has already created and distort it into something that mimics light. If we are not careful, we may mistake his distortion as the real thing.

God’s light has several characteristics:

  • It brings truth in love. Satan will use truth when it suits him, but it often lacks the love that comes with God’s truth. While truth may hurt, it does not hate.
  • It always reflects His Word. God will never reveal something to an individual that is contradictory to what we already have in His written Word.
  • It will encourage, not discourage. God is in the business of building people up, not tearing them down. While uncomfortable change may be required on our part, the end result is always constructive.

It always comes back to the Word of God. The Bible. It is and should always be our standard and we should always be checking ourselves against it. If we fill ourselves with the light of the Word of God, there will be no room for darkness. We will have true light so we can let it shine.

Daily Bible reading: Ruth 1-4, Luke 11:29-54

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Father

Whether you are with or without a father today, let us consider The Father. The One who created us in His image for His pleasure. The One who gave us free will and, even though we turned from Him, He still made a Way for us to have fellowship with Him. Though man has continued to turn from Him, He is still faithful and true, and always, always keeps His promises.

Let us celebrate the One who sent His Son, His only Son so that we could be saved from our own sinful nature.

This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven by given among men by which we may be saved.

Acts 4:11-12 (ESV)

There is  and will every be only one Saviour. And he was given to us by a Father who loves us so much, that He was willing to be separated from himself in order to make a way for us to come to him.

Daily Bible reading: Nehemiah 9-11; Acts 4:1-22

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When your words come true

Do you believe God’s Word? I mean really believe God’s word? When you pray, do you hope for an answer or do you know the answer is coming? When you read of all God has promised you, do you say, “I’ll just wait and see.” or do you go about your life as though you know you have what He said you have?

In the days of Israel’s constant rebellion, an angel of the Lord appeared to the wife of a man named Manoah. The woman was barren and had no children. The angel came and promised her a son. When the woman told her husband of what had happened, he asked God for confirmation. God sent the angel again.

When the angel told Manoah of the coming child, his response was not of the we’ll-wait-and-see-what-happens variety. His response was:

“Now, when your words come true…”

Judges 13:12 (ESV)

It amazes me, reading through the Old Testament, how many people simply believed God. And this was coming from a nation who constantly turned away from Him! They didn’t have Bibles on their bookshelves. They hadn’t yet received the power of the Holy Spirit. They had intermittent times where judges would rule them, but when those judges died, they went back to their pagan ways.

“When your words come true” should be the close to our believing prayers. When we pray according to God’s Word, there should be no ifs involved, but when.

Daily Bible reading: Judges 12-14; Luke 9:37-62