Weekday devotionals for Christians

Replace Worry and Stress

Psalms 81:7-16
(7) Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
(8) Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel,
if thou wilt hearken unto me;
(9) There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
(10) I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
(11) But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.
(12) So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
(13) Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!
(14) I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.
(15) The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.
(16) He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

This is a continuation of from yesterday…

How much have we prayed in this pandemic? How many minutes have I spent in prayer to God over the things that I am fearful of? I am not trying to be unkind, but I ask myself these same questions?

The point of this is to point out that God wants to answer our needs and prayers like we see in verses 7-16, but the people did not ask God to help them. They went to their other gods instead and God left them up to their own lusts and counsel. God will not force His will on you, nor will He force you to be blessed, have answered prayers, etc… We must ask.

Notice in verse 10, open thy mouth wide and I will fill it. What God means by this is if we do our part, He will do His part. Are we really doing our part? I am not talking about the quick prayers said before bed or before each meal. Those prayers are important, but the extra prayers that we should be praying to God…are they just staying in a “closed mouth” (not asking God, but rather just stressing about them). There are times when we need to open our mouth. In times of great need, we should open our mouth wide with requests in prayer to God. Prayer is how things get done. Prayer is how God has chosen to answer our greatest hardships and needs. Prayer is what motivates us to open up a dialogue with God.

If you really want to get serious in praying, count the minutes that are spent in prayer and compare them to the minutes spent in conversing with others concerning our problems. Compare the minutes in prayer with the minutes spent in daydreaming and the minutes spent quietly stressing out and worrying. I am not perfect in this either. I need this as much as anyone. God is just letting us know how to get our prayers answered. I do not believe that He is trying to scold or reprimand anyone here (neither am I scolding anyone), but He is rather giving us some friendly reminders why our prayers are not being met and why we continue to suffer.

In closing, the summary looks like this: Instead of worrying, pray. Instead of complaining, pray. Instead of stressing out, pray. I get reminded of this one fact: If I spent that time of stressing, worry, and complaining in prayer to God, I would see more prayers answered and my life would be a lot better. I believe that your life would be better as well! Dear friend, let’s determine together to turn those tough times into praying times and see how God will bless! God Bless you my friends!

April 22, 2020 - Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church

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