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Our Daily Bread: Asking God
The Good Seed: Logical and illogical thinking
The Word for Today: How To Set Your Goals (2)
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Our Daily Bread
by RBC Ministries
Tomorrow Today Yesterday Archives
Asking God

Bible in a Year: Hosea 12–14, Revelation 4

The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.
Psalm 6:9

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 6:4–9

When my husband, Dan, was diagnosed with cancer, I couldn’t find the “right” way to ask God to heal him. In my limited view, other people in the world had such serious problems—war, famine, poverty, natural disasters. Then one day, during our morning prayer time, I heard my husband humbly ask, “Dear Lord, please heal my disease.”

It was such a simple but heartfelt plea that it reminded me to stop complicating every prayer request, because God perfectly hears our righteous cries for help. As David simply asked, “Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love” (Psalm 6:4).

That’s what David declared during a time of spiritual confusion and despair. His exact situation isn’t explained in this psalm. His honest pleas, however, show deep desire for godly help and restoration. “I am worn out from my groaning,” he wrote (v. 6).

Yet, David didn’t let his own limits, including sin, stop him from going to God with his need. Thus, even before God answered, David was able to rejoice, “the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer” (vv. 8–9).

Despite our own confusion and uncertainty, God hears and accepts the honest pleas of His children. He’s ready to hear us, especially when we need Him most.

By: Patricia Raybon

Reflect & Pray

What’s stopping you from asking God for His help? What help will you seek from Him today?

Dear God, as you cleanse our hearts, grant us courage to ask for Your divine help, believing that You hear us and will answer.

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The Good Seed
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH
Tomorrow Today Yesterday Archives
Logical and illogical thinking

This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
John 17:3

Logical and illogical thinking
It is astonishing that many people spend their life without being occupied with God, even denying His existence, yet they envisage the possibility of going to heaven after death because they have done no harm to anyone. This attitude reveals a fatal misunderstanding. Heaven is God’s dwelling: “It is God’s throne” (Matthew 5, 34). How can anyone imagine being happy in heaven with a God whom one has chosen to ignore all one’s life?

Man is often illogical; God is not. He is a Saviour-God, who “desires all men to be saved” (1 Timothy 2, 3.4), but if you do not want Him now, you will be far from Him in eternity.

We have access to heaven solely by having a relationship with Him who dwells there and by knowing Him personally. This knowledge comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. “Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal him” (Matthew 11, 27).

Jesus has revealed Him to us. To do so He agreed to leave His glorious state in heaven and come to this earth. At the end of a life of suffering and rejection He paid the debt of my sins. I believed in Him and He brought me into the relationship of a child with His Father. God is an integral part of my present life, and I await the day when He will receive me in heaven with assurance.

Let us be logical. If we wish to live with God in heaven one day, let us now come to know the Saviour-God through Jesus Christ!

Today’s reading: Psalm 104

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The Word for Today
by Bob and Debby Gass
Tomorrow Today Yesterday Archives
How To Set Your Goals (2)

‘Before you were born I set you apart.’ Jeremiah 1:5 NIV

Ask God to tell you who you are. Bookshop shelves are lined with volumes telling us that we can be anything we make up our minds to be. And while there’s some truth to that, it’s not the whole truth! A dog may believe it can fly, but if it tries to, it will go ‘splat’. A fish may believe it can bark, but it’s not going to happen. The same is true for us.

Bottom line: we may pray, believe, claim, confess, and try all they want, but we won’t succeed unless it’s in line with what God called and equipped us to be. He told Jeremiah: ‘“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, I am too young. You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out His hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put My words in your mouth.”’ (Jeremiah 1:5–9 NIV)

When God equips you with one talent He doesn’t give you a five-talent assignment, and vice versa (see Matthew 25:14–15). And here’s the great thing: the one-talent person and the five-talent person will one day stand before Him and hear the commendation: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ (Matthew 25:21 NKJV)

SoulFood: Micah 5–7, John 19:31–42, Ps 105:23–36, Pro 30:15–19

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