Weekday devotionals for Christians

That Really Helps?

I have another quick thought that I want to share with you today on prayer. Pray the Promises From God…continued

Psalms 34: 3-6
(3) O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
(4) I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
(5) They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
(6) This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

I don’t know how it started or why it started. I wish I planned it this way. In the “grand scheme of things”, it doesn’t really matter why or when, but mostly the fact that I did it. What is the “it” that I am talking about? I am talking about writing down verses in my prayer journal.

Writing down verses in my prayer journal started a long time ago. I honestly think that the Holy Spirit led me to do this, while I was unaware of His leading. Oh, sure, I could claim many spiritual things, but they would be a lie. Most importantly, I wrote them down, and still continue to write them down. I do not have scores and scores of verses, but I do have around 10 passages of verses hand written in my book.

What kind of verses are they? Great question! The only factor I have for those verses is, “the verses have to jump off the page and make an impression that will not stop.” Let me explain what I mean by that. While all verses are important, there are those that God uses to capture my attention. These verses are the ones that God keeps on my brain through the day without my doing it. That means, God reminds me of these verses through out the day. It is almost like “a thought impresses on my heart and mind to write that down!”

I have learned to go with those thoughts the past 10+ years and I am so glad that I have! In my low points, as I go through my prayer book, those verses will continue to jump out at me and encourage or challenge me in a great way. I will give you one example: Habakkuk 3:1-2
(1) A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
(2) O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

I recently developed the above verses into a message that I preached on a Sunday night a few weeks ago. Here is the link

I continue to pray those verses and many others. The verses have been a constant source of encouragement especially when I was not expecting it. Let me encourage you to do the same. It just might surprise you how much of a blessing they will be to you!

April 28, 2020 - Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church


  1. Praise the Lord! Thank you for the kind words and faithful encouragement! I hope the journal will be a blessing to you as much as it is to me! God Bless You!

    Comment by cwkennedy | May 1, 2020 | Reply

  2. Great devotional and great thought. I have those verses you talked about… that jump off the page and impress me to investigate. Those that stay with you. I’m starting a prayer/praise journal today!

    Comment by Marie Watkins | April 28, 2020 | Reply

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