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Everyday Prayer

Leon Fontaine Devoted

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
Jeremiah 33:3

This past summer, the social media team at Miracle Channel posted a survey on Facebook asking people what topic they would like to see highlighted in Devoted at the beginning of this month. The topic that had the most votes was prayer, so I’m excited to get into a series on this incredibly important topic with you!

Through this series, I hope to help you look at prayer differently. You see, prayer isn’t just asking God to do things for you. That may be one part, but during your prayer time, you also build your relationship with God and begin to absorb his strength, peace, courage and love. You help to change what you believe, and therefore what you experience in life. And you make tremendous power available to you and those you pray for (James 5:16).

In this quiet time with God, you can receive just the right download you need from him. You absorb his power to deal with your situation. You can talk to God when you are at work, in traffic and doing chores around the house. You can ask for his input on decisions you need to make. When you make a habit of praying often throughout your day, your heart begins to fill with his joy, courage and peace.

This week, try making prayer a more natural part of every day. Ask him to teach you what you need to know, and let him radiate his ability into your life so you can impact your world out of his overflow of love and strength.

September 30

Always There For You

Leon Fontaine Devoted

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.  Psalm 28:7–8 (NIV)

Life can be tough, but we have a Father who loves us and is always there for us.

In raising our five children,
Sally and I watched them go through the same struggles every child faces as they learn how to navigate through life and get along with others. To foster independence, we didn’t always step in immediately to save the day. They needed to learn how to solve problems on their own, but we were always there if they had questions or needed help.

For example, if my son had climbed a tree when he was six and couldn’t get down, I wouldn’t have said, “You’re on your own!” If he said, “Dad, help!” I’d be right there to coach him through it—and to catch him

if he needed it.
In the same way, God is always there for you. As you do what you can,

work hard, grow and learn, he works within you all the time. It’s not a matter of relying on your own strength until it has run out and then involving God. You do what you can and keep going while trusting that his power and ability are in you.

God wants to comfort you when you’ve had a rough day. When you read the Bible, you can almost hear him cheering you on as you handle life. And like the psalmist says in today’s verse, he’s your strength and shield. You can always rely on him.

September 29

Consult The Expert

Leon Fontaine Devoted

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

God wants to show you how to build the best life possible! He’s the expert, but we often ignore his direction.

If you have a passion for something, you’d probably jump at the chance to hang out with an expert in that field. Let’s say you love golf and you get the chance to play a round with the winner of the U.S. Masters. As you get ready to tee up, he offers to give you a few tips to improve your swing.

Wouldn’t it be crazy if you said to him, “Stop telling me what to do. I’ll play the way I want to!” No one who actually wants to get better at golf would respond this way, yet we do this with God all the time.

Instead of looking to him as the ultimate expert for every area of life, we think of his biblical principles as limiting, and we even accuse him of trying to ruin our fun.

Meanwhile, God is always out for our good. His principles show you how to build a marriage that will rock your world, raise kids who will honour you and live with love and laughter all their lives, develop a phenomenal career and create great friendships.

God’s Word helps you to be a better friend, spouse, child, student, employee and parent. The principles you can learn from it aren’t designed to condemn or limit you; they were recorded to help you live a great life.

God loves you more than you’ll ever know. Look to him for the expert advice you need to build the life of your dreams.