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Lord, I’m in a Battle. I Need Your Help—1 Chronicles 5:20

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 5:18-26, 1 Chronicles 6:3b, 49, 4-15, 1 Chronicles 7:1-8:28

Heavenly Father, it’s 2 a.m. and I can’t sleep. Some nights I just can’t turn off my brain. I’m fine until I get in the horizontal position and then it starts. The lists; to-do lists, project lists, and lists of things troubling my mind. No, I’m not in a physical battle like the armies of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh but there’s a battle—it’s in my mind.

They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him. So the Hagrites and all their allies were defeated. —1 Chronicles 5:20

Lord, I’m crying out to You. There are some really big needs in my life. I can’t solve these problems. If You don’t show up we will be lost. We will lose the battle.

During my sleepless times I analyze these needs, looks for ways to fix them, tell myself to “let it go,” pray, and attempt to rest in Your peace.  I tell myself to trust You–You’ve got this.

But, sometimes I can’t “let it go.” I can’t rest in Your peace.

I know it’s my problem. I know it’s a lack of trust.

Lord, You are trustworthy. You’ve proven over and over that You always have my best interest in everything You allow to come into my life. You work this out for Your Glory and my good. Holy Spirit, I know there are things You are trying to teach me during these battles. I want to be a fast learner. Speak loudly and clearly.

Help me to trust You with my whole heart.

Lord, I give my list of battles to You. I am trusting You with the outcome.

Jesus, hear my prayer.

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading; 1 Chronicles 8:29-9:1a, Daniel 4:1-37, Ezekiel 40:1-37

Lord, Rescue My Friends From Their Deepest Fear—Jeremiah 39:15-18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 39:11-18, Jeremiah 40:1-6, 2 Kings 25:8-21, Jeremiah 52:12-27, 2 Chronicles 36:15-21, Lamentations 1:1-22

Heavenly Father, when I read this passage I immediately thought of  a special couple. The husband is battling stage four cancer and the wife is battling her greatest fears. They been together since they were teenagers and look forward to growing old together.

The Lord had given the following message to Jeremiah while he was still in prison:  “Say to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: I will do to this city everything I have threatened. I will send disaster, not prosperity. You will see its destruction, but I will rescue you from those you fear so much. Because you trusted me, I will give you your life as a reward. I will rescue you and keep you safe. I, the Lord, have spoken!’” —Jeremiah 39:15-18

Just like Ebed-melech theEthiopian, who rescued Jeremiah from the cistern, they have served You well. They’ve served You as pastors and now during the midst of this two-year cancer battle they have opened their home to many missionary families. There home is like a bed and breakfast retreat for missionaries who are home on fur-low. When I visit them my desire to serve You through life’s tough times is strengthened. I always leave inspired and encouraged.

Jesus, rescue them from their fear and keep them safe. Give this mighty man of God his life as a reward.

There are many others who are suffering with fear of a shortened life because of illness. Lord, please add each of their names to this prayer.

Lord, hear my prayer,

In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Lamentations 2:1-4:22

Lord, Do With Me As You Think Best—Jeremiah 26:12-15

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:1-4, 2 Kings 23:31-37, 2 Chronicles 36:5, Jeremiah 22:1-23, Jeremiah 26:1-24, 2 Kings 24:1-4, Jeremiah 25:1-14

Heavenly Father, the level of faith, trust, and confidence Jeremiah had in the message You gave him, the boldness he had to proclaim that message and the peace he had in the outcome is humbling to say the least.

Then Jeremiah spoke to the officials and the people in his own defense. “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this Temple and this city,” he said. “The Lord gave me every word that I have spoken. But if you stop your sinning and begin to obey the Lord your God, he will change his mind about this disaster that he has announced against you. As for me, I am in your hands—do with me as you think best. But if you kill me, rest assured that you will be killing an innocent man! The responsibility for such a deed will lie on you, on this city, and on every person living in it. For it is absolutely true that the Lord sent me to speak every word you have heard.” —Jeremiah 26:12-15

But there’s more to this biblical principle…

At this time Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-jearim was also prophesying for the Lord. And he predicted the same terrible disaster against the city and nation as Jeremiah did. When King Jehoiakim and the army officers and officials heard what he was saying, the king sent someone to kill him. But Uriah heard about the plan and escaped in fear to Egypt. Then King Jehoiakim sent Elnathan son of Acbor to Egypt along with several other men to capture Uriah. They took him prisoner and brought him back to King Jehoiakim. The king then killed Uriah with a sword and had him buried in an unmarked grave. —Jeremiah 26:20-23

Lord, Jeremiah stood strong after he delivered the message You gave him. Uriah ran away in fear after he delivered Your message. Jeremiah lived, Uriah died.

Lord, fear is a destructive emotion. It paralyzes, it destroys, it steals Your best for us. It’s an epidemic in today’s world. I want the faith, trust, and confidence of Jeremiah to live each day of my life following Your leading. I want to walk through this life in peace.

Holy Spirit, help me to recognize the demon of fear as soon as it begins to creep into my mind. Teach me to fight fear through the power You have given me as Your child.

Lord, Jeremiah looked his possible assassins in the face and said “do with me as you think best.” I say, my Father, my creator, my Savior “do with me as YOU think best!”

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: Jeremiah 25:15-38, Jeremiah 36:1-32, Jeremiah 45:1-46:28

Lord, Take Care of the Doors in My Life—Isaiah 22:22

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 18:1-23:18

Heavenly Father, when Isaiah confronted Shebna, Hezekiah’s palace administrator and prophesied his fall from that high position, he also told him that Hilkiah would be his replacement and gave him a glimpse of the favor he would receive as the new palace administrator.

I will give him the key to the house of David—the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them. —Isaiah 22:22

Lord, You also talked about open and closed doors in Revelation 3:7-8:

Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia.

This is the message from the one who is holy and true,
the one who has the key of David.
What he opens, no one can close;
and what he closes, no one can open:

“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.

Lord, I ask You for this kind of favor. I ask You to take care of the doors in my life. Take the hinges off the ones You want me to walk through and throw away the keys of the ones that aren’t in Your plan for my life.

I trust You.

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: Isaiah 24:1-27:13, Isaiah 29:1-24

Lord, I’m Counting on You —Psalm 130:5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 128-130, 132, Psalms 134-135

Heavenly Father, it’s a new day. As I sit on my porch watching the sunrise my world feels calm and peaceful. Thankfully, Your peace isn’t confined to my quiet place. Lord, go with me as I do my best to live for You today.

I am counting on the Lord;
yes, I am counting on him.
I have put my hope in his word. —Psalm 130:5

Lord, I’m counting on You to…

  • Get Your plans and desires accomplished in my life
  • Give me the strength to face and overcome the challenges of the day
  • Give me supernatural wisdom to live out Your Word
  • Give me discernment to know who’s speaking to me (You, the enemy of my soul, or my human failings)
  • Give me a heart for Your people
  • Help me represent You well

Lord, my hope is in You and Your Word!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow Scripture Reading: Psalm 136, Psalms 146-150

Lord, Help Me to Think About Your Promises Instead of My Problems—Psalm 119:147-148

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 119

Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Word. In these two verses lie the answer to living in this troubled world.

 

I rise early, before the sun is up;
I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.
I stay awake through the night,
thinking about your promise. Psalm 119:147-148

Yes, I get up early.

Yes, I cry out for help.

And sometimes I stay awake during the night…

But

My many times I feel hopeless and focus on my problems not Your promises. Lord, forgive me. Your Word is full of promises and I have seen them fulfilled many times in my life. Holy Spirit, remind me of this verse when I begin to worry and fret.

Thank You for Your merciful ways.

Lord, I trust You!

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 120-121, 123, Psalms 125-126

Lord, I’m Slipping! —Psalm 94:18-19

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 92-97

Heavenly Father, the relevance of Your Word amazes me! When doubts fill my mind I feel like my faith is slipping. When my faith wavers I lose my hope, joy and happiness.

I cried out, “I am slipping!”
but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.
When doubts filled my mind,
your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. —Psalm 94:18-19

Lord, thank You for Your unfailing love. It’s like a safety net that catches me when I slip. Knowing that You hear my every cry is indescribable. I Love You.

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 98-100, Psalms 102, 104

Lord, Heal Me of My Faithlessness —Hosea 14:4

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Hosea 9:1-14:9

Heavenly Father, I wish I could say that I’ve never been faithless. I know Hosea is talking about Israel in this scripture but if a nation can be faithless so can individuals.

The Lord says,“Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever. —Hosea 14:4

In so many ways I am like the Israelites. When a trial is over and I’ve seen Your hand, my faith is high but as soon as I walk a new road and experience fear in a new way, my faith drops like a rock.

Lord, will You heal me of my faithlessness?

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 28:1-29, 2 Kings 17:5, 2 Kings 18:9-12, 2 Kings 17:6-41, Isaiah 1:1-20

Lord, Transform My Valley of Trouble Into a Gateway of Hope—Hosea 2:15

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Hosea 2:14-8:14

Heavenly Father, I know that this verse is rich in history, prophesy, and symbolism but when I read it took it literally.

I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope… —Hosea 2:15

What an amazing thought!

You Lord, the God who made me will take my troubles and use them to open new doors that will give me hope!

What a promise! I think I’ve heard You say something like this in other places in the Bible.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. —Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. —Romans 8:28

Jesus, let this be so in our lives!

Amen and Amen!

 

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©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hosea 9:1-14:9

Lord, Help Me Trust Your Timing—2 Kings 8:1-6

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-8:15

Heavenly Father, one of the things I’ve learned from reading The Bible cover-to-cover is that Your will and Your plan are all about timing. Over and over we see life-changing events that only happened because the timing was perfect. This story in today’s reading is a great example:

And Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land.

“Look, my lord the king!” Gehazi exclaimed. “Here is the woman now, and this is her son—the very one Elisha brought back to life!”

“Is this true?” the king asked her. And she told him the story. So he directed one of his officials to see that everything she had lost was restored to her, including the value of any crops that had been harvested during her absence. —2 Kings 8:5-6

At that very moment…

Father, I’m a planner, organizer, project manager, and frequent control freak and I love to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. It’s hard for me hit the bull’s-eye of getting things done and putting people, events, and situations together in a week’s time and it usually NEVER turns out the way “I” planned it but You make miracles happen down to the second!

Wow!

When I really think about it, everything in my ordinary, daily life is a result of Your perfect timing.

I’m amazed.

Jesus, there is a down side to Your perfect timing. You are never one second early and “I”  don’t know Your plan or Your time frame. May times its easy to look back and see Your amazing timing but when I’m waiting and waiting and I don’t know how or when Your going to come through, it’s anything but easy.

I wonder if the Shunemite woman was fretting about getting her house back? My first thought is no way! After all, she’s seen many miracles: she gave birth to a child when her husband was very old, Elisha prayed and her son was raised from the dead, and Elisha told her ahead of time there was going to be a seven-year famine in Israel and instructed her to move to the land of the Philistines so she would have food to survive.

But then I thought about my life. Lord, I too, have seen many miracles. I’ve seen Your perfect timing many, many times. Yet, I still fret and “stress out” because “I” don’t know when or how You are going to do it. If I’m truly honest, there have been times when I’ve prayed and prayed and haven’t seen You answer that I’ve wondered “if” You’re  going to come through.

Maybe the Shunemite woman was as human as me. Maybe she had she her doubts…

Lord, thank You for Your Word. Forgive me when I fail to trust You.

Have YOUR will in my life today. Make it happen in YOUR perfect time.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 21:8-20, 2 Kings 8:23-29, 2 Chronicles 22:1-7, 2 Kings 9:1-10:17, 2 Chronicles 22:8-9, 2 Kings 10:18-31

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