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Lord, Please Lay Your Hand of Blessing on My Life Today—Ezra-7:6-10

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezra 4:7-23, Ezra 7:1-8:36

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading King Artaxerxes of Persia ordered the rebuilding of Jerusalem to be stopped. He thought the rebuilding would harm his interests (Ezra 4:17-22). Years later this same king gave Your servant Ezra everything he asked for as he led the second group of exiles home to Jerusalem.

What changed?

Your gracious hand of blessing and favor came upon Ezra and that season.

This Ezra was a scribe who was well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given to the people of Israel. He came up to Jerusalem from Babylon, and the king gave him everything he asked for, because the gracious hand of the Lord his God was on him. —Ezra 7:6

Lord, I’m not sure I can expect to have Your hand of favor on every season of my life, but it’s definitely my desire. Ezra knew You through Your Word and because of that Your gracious hand was upon him.

He had arranged to leave Babylon on April 8, the first day of the new year,and he arrived at Jerusalem on August 4, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel. —Ezra 7:9-10

Lord, I want to know You. I want to move when You say move, speak when you say speak, and be silent when you say hush! 🙂

I want Your gracious hand of blessing and favor on my life today. If there something I need to start, stop, or change, please show me.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezra 9:1-10:44, Nehemiah 1:1-2:20

Lord, Thank You For Your Favor—Psalm 84:9

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 47-49, Psalms 84-85, 87

Heavenly Father, You have blessed me in so many ways. Your grace and mercy are overwhelming. When this Psalm was written it was only the selected few who were blessed with Your favor. But Jesus changed everything.

O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.
Listen, O God of Jacob. Interlude
O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!
Show favor to the one you have anointed.
A single day in your courts
is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. —Psalm 84:8-10

Lord, You are the reason my life makes sense.

Lord, I agree with the psalmist, ANYWHERE that You are is better than the best this crazy world has to offer.

Thank You for Your favor. Thank You for Your anointing.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 1-2, Psalm 10, Psalm 33, Psalm 71, Psalm 91

Lord, My Motivation for the Good Life has been Wrong—Ecclesiastes 2:24

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:12-6:12

Heavenly Father, the older I get the more I understand Ecclesiastes. I used to think this was one of the most depressing books of the Bible but now I see it as a book that has as much wisdom as Proverbs. Solomon had it all, did it all and owned it all. From the beginning he was driven to succeed, very goal oriented and never settled for less than his high expectations.

Here’s what he says about success during the later years of his life:

Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. —Ecclesiastes 4:4

Lord, in our 20s, 30, and 40s most of us would never admit that our motivation for success is to be like our neighbors. Now that I’m in my late 50s I will confess that more than likely that was my motivation for most of my life. In today’s world it’s even worse. We are tempted, stimulated and manipulated by the media and advertising from the time we are born (how many 3 year olds know what McDonald’s looks like?), so we don’t just envy our neighbors we envy advertisements, air-brushed people on magazine covers, celebrities, movie characters, and our social media friends’ pretend lives.

Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible got caught up in the success myth so we’re in good company, right? Here, I go again Lord, using the mistakes of people in Your Word to make me feel better about myself. While it does give me comfort, the purpose of Your Word is for us to learn from the mistakes of others, not feel better about our poor attitudes, desires, and choices.

From everything Solomon experienced this is what’s on his mind in his golden years:

So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. —Ecclesiastes 2:24

Lord, help me to enjoy each day’s work, food, and drink. Help me and my friends who are striving for “the good life” to stop striving and just enjoy the simple pleasures You provide. Forgive us for envying the lives of our neighbors, both the real and pretend ones.

In Jesus name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:1-11:6

Lord, I Know You Will Provide–Psalm 37:25-28

Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 35-38

Heavenly Father, we are living in tough times.  I’m sure they’re nothing compared to what past generations have suffered but many of your people are worried about putting food on the table for their families.

David, gave us words to hold onto in tough times:

Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing. Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the  land forever. For the Lord loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly. —Psalm 37:25-28

Lord, I remember a time many years ago when I wasn’t sure how I was going to feed my family.  I was a single Mom of two teenage daughters.  It was a very tough time.  We were so short on food that my daughters would tell their friends “you can come over but we don’t have any food!”  We laugh about it now, but it was one of the most embarrassing times of my life.  When you can’t provide the basic needs of your family it leaves you feeling worthless.

I will never forget this one Saturday morning. I looked out the window and saw this strange car backing into my driveway.  I had no idea who it was, until I saw this sweet Asian lady from my church.  She came and knocked on the door and said in her broken English, “The Lord bought you groceries!”  She didn’t stop until she unloaded about $200 worth of groceries.  My girls and I were in awe.  We hadn’t told anyone we needed food, but Lord You knew.

Lord, times are tough and they may get tougher but with David I say, “I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.

Jesus, we trust You to provide for us! Lord, I pray for anyone reading this  who’s concerned about feeding their family.  Holy Spirit, supernaturally make a way for them to have nutritious, healthy food for their family.

Holy Spirit, speak to my heart.  Help me to share what I have with those in need.  I want to be generous to others.

Give me a heart like Yours, Jesus!

Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 39-41; Psalms 53, 55, 58

27 Words–1 Chronicles 4:10


 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Ruth 4:13-22; 1 Chronicles 2:9-55; 1 Chronicles 4:1-23; 1 Samuel 1:1-8

Heavenly Father, why do I make talking to You so difficult?

Why do I compare my prayers to others?  It must make you laugh!

Jabez used 27 words to communicate his needs to You…

“Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” –1 Chronicles 4:10

And You granted him his request.

Lord, can I use Jabez’s prayer?

Lord, oh that You would bless me and expand my territory!  Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 1:9-4:11

Lord, I Want a Different Attitude–Joshua 14:12


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 12:7-15:19

 

Heavenly Father, I want a “different attitude.”

But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land. –Numbers 14:24

Lord, I want to “wholeheartedly” follow You.

So that day Moses solemnly promised me, ‘The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.’ –Joshua 14:9

Lord, I want to be able to confidently say, “Lord, I did what You asked of me, please bring the things You promised to fulfillment.

So when Caleb said, So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. —Joshua 14:12

Lord, this is just one more reason we need to read Your Word–it’s full of Your promises; promises for all of Your children.  If we don’t know what You’ve promised, how will we know to claim them.

Father, today I’m believing You to bring a promise to fulfillment that You put in my heart many years ago.  Lord, give me my mountain!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Joshua 15:20-17:18

Lord, Help Me to Never Forget—Deuteronomy 6:12

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9:29

Heavenly Father, You know us so well. You know that when things are going well, we tend to put You on the back burner of our lives.  You know that we can easily forget that You provide everything good in our lives. Lord, You warned the Israelites about forgetting in Moses last message to them before they entered the Promised Land.

“The Lord your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you when he made a vow to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build. The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. When you have eaten your fill in this land,  be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.  Deuteronomy 6:10-12 

Lord, I don’t want to forget all the blessings You send into my life. I don’t want to forget all the times I’ve lived in houses I didn’t build, eaten goods I didn’t produce, drank water from cisterns I didn’t dig and have eaten from vineyards and olives trees I did not plant. Lord, everywhere I look your provision is there!

I will not forget!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 10:1-12:32

Lord, Please Bless and Protect Me–Numbers 6:22-27

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 6:1-27; Numbers 10:1-36

Heavenly Father, I want Your special blessings, but sometimes I just don’t know how to pray.  Thank you for including prayers of blessings in Your Word.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing:                             ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.” Numbers 6:22-27

Jesus, the Israelites could only receive this blessing when Aaron or his sons spoke it over them, but because of what You did for us on the cross of Calvary, Your followers are royal priests; we can speak this blessing over ourselves and our household. Lord, once again  remind us that we are your chosen people, your royal priests:

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Lord, bless me and protect me.  Lord, smile on me and be gracious to me today.  Lord, show me Your favor and give me Your peace today.

(Insert the names on your prayer list in the me space)

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 11:1-13:33

Lord, I Don’t Want a “But” in My Blessing–Genesis 49:3-4


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 47:28-50:26

Heavenly Father, as I began reading Jacob’s blessing for each of his children, I couldn’t get past Reuben, his first-born.  I know that the first-born is usually the one who gets the largest and most powerful blessing.  How sad that Reuben’s first born status was taken away from him.

Reuben, you are my firstborn, my strength, the child of my vigorous youth.

You are first in rank and first in power. But you are as unruly as a flood,

and you will be first no longer. For you went to bed with my wife;

you defiled my marriage couch. —Genesis 49:3-4

Lord I don’t want to hear You say to me when I see You, “Dianne, I chose you, I had plans for your life, but you went your own way, did your own thing; you were as unruly as a flood.”

Jesus, I sometimes wonder if we really believe you are coming back.  Do we really believe there is a heaven and a hell?  Do we really believe that all Christians will come face-to-face with You and be judged and rewarded for what we’ve done for Your Kingdom on this earth? (2 Corinthians 5:9-10)

Holy Spirit, help us to allow You to direct our lives.  Help us not to be like Reuben, as unruly as a flood.  Help us to keep our eye on our ultimate blessing; to hear our Heavenly Father say, “Well done good and faithful servant!  (Matthew 25:23) Draw us closer to You today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen an Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Job 1:1-4:21

Lord, Help Us to Remember…

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 45:16-47:27

Heavenly Father, I’m amazed at the way You kept your promise to Abraham. With split-second timing You orchestrated a plan that saved Jacob and his sons. They didn’t just sneak into Egypt and barely stay alive. They were given the best land and were fruitful, and their population grew rapidly.

Lord, help us to remember that we are Abraham’s seed. In these turbulent times we can either live in fear or live our life expecting You to do for us what You did for Joseph and his family.

Father, help our desire to know You to grow with each passing day. We want to hear from You, just like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Speak Lord, Your servants are Listening…

 

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 47:28-50:26

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