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Lord, I Want to Know You Like Balaam. —Numbers 24:15-16

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 22:1-24:25

Heavenly Father, as I read the story of Balaam I was so impressed with his discipline. He would not answer King Balek or his messengers questions without consulting You first. He wasn’t tempted by gifts or the trapping of the king. Like a little girl in a candy story who just saw her favorite candy, I say “Lord, I want that! I want that kind of relationship with You.”

Lord, I want to know You Like Balaam.

Balaam told Balak, “Don’t you remember what I told your messengers? I said, ‘Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord.’ I told you that I could say only what the Lord says! —Numbers 24: 12-13

Lord, let me see myself as Balaam did:

Decree of Balaam son of Beor,
decree of the man with 20/20 vision,
Decree of the man who hears godly speech,
who knows what’s going on with the High God,
Who sees what The Strong God reveals,
who bows in worship and sees what’s real.

Numbers 24:15-16 [The Message]

 Lord, in today’s world it is so hard to know what’s real, to know what’s truth. Help me to follow You closely, spend time in Your Word, wait for You to reveal my next steps and worship You in everything I do.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 25:1-26:65

Lord, Help Me to Trust You More—Job 23:10


 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 22:1-25:6

Heavenly Father, I want to trust You more.  I want to be able to say with Job, “You know where I am going.  And when you test me, I will come out as pure gold.”

Lord, as I read Job’s monologue in Job 23:11-12, he gives instructions to help me trust You more:

  • Stay on God’s paths
  • Follow the ways of the Lord and not turned aside
  • Do not depart from his commands
  • Treasure God’s Words more than daily food

Jesus, to be able to trust you more I must to keep my eyes on You and not be distracted by other people and other things.  In today’s world, focus is a real problem.  Holy Spirit, help me to focus on the things that develop a trust relationship with my God.

Lord, teach me to trust you more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 26:1-29:25

Lord, I want the faith of Job—Job 19:25-27

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 19:1-21:34

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Heavenly Father, I’ve heard the cliché for years, ” I want the patience of Job.” I’m not sure Job was that patient, but I certainly believe Job was a man of extreme faith. I want the faith of Job. Yes, Job was complaining, whining and questioning you (Why do the wicked prosper? Job 21:1-34), but even if his questions never got answered, He was confident in this…

But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
    and he will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
    yet in my body I will see God!
 I will see him for myself.
   Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.
 I am overwhelmed at the thought!  Job 19:25-27

Lord, when life gets hard, it’s so easy to doubt your existence. It’s so easy to think Your promises will not come to pass. It’s so easy to wonder if The Bible is really YOUR Word.

 Lord, I say with the father of the son with an evil spirit in Mark 9:23-25, “Lord, I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”

Father, increase my faith.

Jesus, I would love to never complain, whine, or question You but when I do, help me to always end it with  Job’s words, ” I know my Redeemer lives!”

I too, am overwhelmed with the thought! I will see You with my own eyes!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen.


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 22:1-25:6

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

Lord, You Told Me–Genesis 32:9-12

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 32:1-35:27

Heavenly Father, El-Shaddai–God Almighty, You are a God who can be trusted!  When you tell me to do something I can expect You to be faithful to protect me through it.  The last words out of Jacob’s brother Esau’s mouth were hate and death towards Jacob, but You told Jacob to go to the land where his brother lived and face his fears.  You wanted Jacob’s past to be settled so the future plans You had for him could be fulfilled.

Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my grandfather Abraham, and God of my father, Isaac—O Lord, you told me, ‘Return to your own land and to your relatives.’ And you promised me, ‘I will treat you kindly.’ 10 I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant. When I left home and crossed the Jordan River, I owned nothing except a walking stick. Now my household fills two large camps! —Genesis 32:9-10

Father, I pray for my friends who have things in their past they don’t want to face.  Holy Spirit, give them the courage to move toward it like Jacob.  Lord, help them to know that it is not Your will for them to be paralyzed by their past.  Give them the confidence to know You will go with them, you will protect them, and you will heal them of the pain of their past.

Jesus, we thank you in advance for answering our prayers.  We pray that we remember the lessons from our past but forget the pain.  We stand on Your promises.

IN Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 36:1-19; 1 Chronicles 1:35-37; Genesis 36:20-30; 1 Chronicles 1:38-42; Genesis 36:31-43; 1 Chronicles 1:43-2:2

A Prayer Lesson from Isaac –Genesis 25:21


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 25:1-4; 1 Chronicles 1:32-33; Genesis 25:5-6, 12-18; 1 Chronicles 1:28-31, 34; Genesis 25:19-26, 7-11

Heavenly Father, as one of your children who’s done quite a bit of pleading over the years, it was comforting to know that Isaac, Abraham’s son, did some pleading as well.

Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins. —Genesis 25:21

Lord throughout my life I’ve pleaded for many things.  You’ve ALWAYS answered, just sometimes it wasn’t the answer I wanted.  Whether Your answer is now, later, or never, I think you want us to come to You and pour our hearts out to You.

Holy Spirit, I have many friends reading these words who are pleading to You for a miracle.  Lord, hear their prayer.  Lord, if possible, answer their pleas. Jesus, it would be great if You could get the most glory through giving them their heart’s desire.

Lord, for those whose pleadings seem in vain, please comfort and encourage them. Jesus, carry their burden and give them grace to trust You when life doesn’t make sense.

Lord, we plead for a few more things before we go…

  • Jesus, can we know You more?
  • We want to be more like you.
  • Lord, please forgive our sins and heal our land.
  • Father, use us for Your glory.
  • Holy Spirit, please help us to understand Your Word.
  • Heavenly Father, will You speak to us today?

In Jesus’ Name we plead.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 25:27-28:5

Dear Lord, Send Your Angels Ahead of Us–Genesis 2:7


 

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 21:8-23:20; Genesis 11:32; Genesis 24:1-67

Heavenly Father, Oh that we would have the faith of Abraham!

For the Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my descendants. He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son.Oh that we would believe that in every day and in every situation You Lord are sending Your angels ahead of us.  Holy Spirit, if we could ever get this, our lives would be changed forever. Genesis 24:7

Jesus we give You our situation and the outcome.  Send Your angels and orchestrate Your Will.  Holy Spirit help us to believe and trust that You will bring Your best to pass!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 25:1-4; 1 Chronicles 1:32-33; Genesis 25:5-6, 12-18; 1 Chronicles 1:28-31, 34; Genesis 25:19-26, 7-11

Lord, Forgive Us For Laughing–Genesis 18:10-15


 

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 18:1-21:7 

Heavenly Father, we are definitely Abraham and Sarah’s descendants.  We laugh at the plans you have for us saying, “Surely we’re too old, to shy, to uneducated, to poor, to young, etc.” to have a miracle happen in our lives.  Yet, we think, “Why didn’t Abraham and Sarah believe; God Himself spoke to them?”  “If only, He would speak directly to me, then I would believe.”  Holy Spirit, remind us today that You have spoken directly to us through Your Holy Bible.  Remind us that if You said it, it will come to pass.

Lord, forgive us for laughing at your plans.  Forgive us for working against Your plans through our unbelief.

Help us to remember throughout this prayer journey that even though Abraham and Sarah had times of unbelief You still heard their prayers.

But God had listened to Abraham’s request and kept Lot safe, removing him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain.  Genesis 19:29

Teach us to intercede like Abraham and continually petition you on behalf of the lost and hurting of this world.

Lord, help us to overcome our unbelief (Mark 9:24).

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 21:8, Genesis 11:32, Genesis 24:1-67

Lord, How Can I Be Sure? –Genesis 15:8

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1-17:27

Heavenly Father, we want to be like Abraham, we want to believe You and have our faith seen as righteousness by You (Genesis 15:6).  We want to believe your blessings and promises.

But just like Abraham we sometimes have questions:

  • O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I

don’t even have a ________. (Genesis 15:2

  • O Sovereign Lord, how can I be sure that I will actually

possess _________? (Genesis 15:8)

Thank You Lord for understanding our questions.  Help us to know that when You speak a  blessing or make a promise…it will come to pass.  Help our faith to increase as we read the story of Abraham’s life.  Holy Spirit remind us that because of Jesus Christ we are heirs to Abraham.  Help us Lord to receive the blessings you’ve spoken over us in Your Word.

Lord, we believe You are who You say You are and You will do what You say You will do!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 18:1-21:7

Constantly Measuring and Never Measuring up—Philippians 1:6

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Philemon 1:1-25, Philippians 1:1-2:11

Many of us, including me, get all reflective this time of year?

  • Did I meet my goals?
  • What did I do well?
  • What did I learn?
  • What do I need to work on next year?

I’ve always been a goal-setter, even before I knew there was such a thing.  I guess it’s part of my personality.  But believe me, just because I’ve always “set” goals doesn’t mean I’ve always met them.  The down side to setting goals about everything is a mindset of constantly measuring and not always “measuring up.”

In today’s reading Paul gives this “bar raising, goal-setter” a verse that brings peace and rest and lets me know that God is continually working in my life and He won’t be finished with me until Christ returns.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. —Philippians 1:6

Does this mean it’s all up to God to get me to where He wants me to be?

I don’t think so.  The analogy that comes to mind is farming…

I’ve never heard of  God planting a field, weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting the crop without a farmer.  But I’ve also have never heard of a farmer bringing a crop to harvest without the help of the Lord.

I think it’s the same way in the growth plan God has for our lives…

God won’t do it without us and we can’t do it without Him.

Where are you on the continuum of growth in your walk with Christ?

Beginning——————–Continuing————————Finished

Where do you want to be in 2014?

What is it that you need to do to reach your goals?

How will you make your goals a reality?

What is your part?

What is God’s part?

It would seem that if God’s plan is to begin, continue and finish; that should be our plan as well.

What are you going to begin, continue, and finish in 2014?

Heavenly Father, thank You for the things You have begun, continued and finished in my life this year.  I’m so excited about a new year to serve You.  Show me where to begin, help me to continue, and cheer me on as I finish the plans You have for me.  Holy Spirit, speak loudly, direct boldly, and correct immediately on next year’s journey.

Resting in Your plans.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

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