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Lord, This Blows my Mind! —Acts 23:11-35

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 21:37-23:35

Heavenly Father, I can’t stop thinking about Paul’s nephew. He “just happened” to be in the right place, at the right time to hear of a plan to kill his uncle.

But Paul’s nephew—his sister’s son—heard of their plan and went to the fortress and told Paul. Paul called for one of the Roman officers and said, “Take this young man to the commander. He has something important to tell him.”

So the officer did, explaining, “Paul, the prisoner, called me over and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.” —Acts 23:16-18

The commander took his hand, led him aside, and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?” 

Paul’s nephew told him, “Some Jews are going to ask you to bring Paul before the high council tomorrow, pretending they want to get some more information. But don’t do it! There are more than forty men hiding along the way ready to ambush him. They have vowed not to eat or drink anything until they have killed him. They are ready now, just waiting for your consent.”

“Don’t let anyone know you told me this,” the commander warned the young man. —Acts 23:19-22

Holy Spirit, thanks to You and Paul’s nephew the plot to kill Paul was stopped (Acts 23:23-35) but there’s more to this miraculous coincidence. Holy Spirit, this is amazing! The night before Paul’s nephew heard of the plot to kill Paul, You appeared to Paul to encouraged him and give him his next assignment:

That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, “Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have been a witness to me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in Rome as well.” —Acts 23:11

So basically You took what Satan meant for evil (Genesis 50:20)and the very next day got Paul a free, escorted trip to Rome (Acts 23:23-25)

Holy Spirit, can I say, this just blows my mind!

Lord, get Your will accomplished in my life today. I trust You!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 24:1-26:32

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

God, Did You Send Me Here?–Genesis 45:5


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 42:1-45:15

But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. —Genesis 45:5

Heavenly Father, surely You didn’t send me here?

This can’t be Your best for me.

My current situation just couldn’t be in Your plan for my life.

God, would you really allow this to happen to me?

Father, if we’re honest we all ask these questions from time to time. Jesus, use the story of Joseph to give us hope in our difficult places.  He went through thirteen years of being in a place he would have never chosen to be.  Lord, You orchestrated every detail of those thirteen years so that at the exact time and place You would use Joseph, one person, to save the whole Jewish race.  Help us to see this as more than a Bible story, help us to really believe that You did this for Joseph and You will rescue us as well.

Lord, there are folks reading this prayer who are fighting for their lives. I have friends and family who have children and grandchildren who are chronically ill; waiting for a miracle.  Everywhere we go, people are stressed and overwhelmed.  Some haven’t had a job in months. Many are wondering if You have forgotten them…wondering if You really love them.

Lord, let us grab on to Joseph’s story and realize that if You had a plan for Joseph’s pain, You have a plan for ours as well.  Help us to really believe that You see every tear and understand the depth of our pain.  Let us grasp the fact that You are all-powerful and are a miracle-working God.

Holy Spirit, send supernatural hope to everyone who reads this prayer.  Help them to be refreshed and renewed in their hard place. Fill them with belief and trust in You.

Jesus, squeeze every bit of good You can get out of our hard times. If we have to be in this place, use it for Your Glory, use it to cause others to know You more.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen an Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

Lord, It’s Beyond My Power to Do This–Genesis 41:16


Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 40:1-23; Genesis 35:28-29; Genesis 41:1-57

Heavenly Father, help us realize there are many things in our life that are beyond our power to control.  But Father, help us to know even more, You are all-powerful and nothing is too difficult for You.

Holy Spirit, help us to see that coming to the end of ourselves is not a bad thing, it’s a great thing.  As we can see from today’s reading Joseph had to get to a point where His only hope was God to be able to be used greatly by God.

“It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.” Genesis 41:16

Heavenly Father, Your plan + our desperate situation = the makings of a miracle!

Lord, help us to focus on Your power, Your strength, and Your sovereignty!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 42:1-45:15

Lord, Help Us Succeed in Everything We Do–Genesis 39:2

Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 37:1-38:30; 1 Chronicles 2:3-6,8; Genesis 39:1-23

Heavenly Father, is it wrong to ask You to help us succeed in everything we do?

Is succeeding in everything possible?

In Genesis 39:2, Your Word tells us that You were with Joseph so he succeeded in everything he did. Joseph had been sold into slavery by his brothers and was a servant in the house of Potiphar; that doesn’t sound like succeeding.

In Genesis 39:23, again Your Word tells us that You were with Joseph and caused everything he did to succeed. Joseph had just been falsely accused of trying to rape Potiphar’s wife and was in prison; that sure doesn’t sound like succeeding to me.

Lord, I guess before we can ask You to help us succeed we have to ask You to teach us what it means to succeed in Your eyes. Lord, as we study the rest of Joseph’s life, teach us how to succeed Your way.  Help us to succeed in everything we do.

Lord, show us Your faithful love, the love that You showed Joseph in his darkest times. Heavenly Father, give us the desire to succeed in ways that are pleasing to You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen~


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 40:1-23; Genesis 35:28-29; Genesis 41:1-57

Lord, Teach Us to Lead Our Families to You…

Today’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

Heavenly Father, as I read several pages of genealogy in today’s scripture, I realized that each of those fathers and mothers made a conscious choice, to introduce their children to the God of Abraham and Isaac or to go their own way, serving the god of the day.

Lord, help us to realize that each day’s choices affect many generations to come.  Help us to realize our responsibility as patriarchs and matriarchs of our family.

Jesus, help us to continually ask ourselves “If my family follows me will I lead them to Jesus?”

Holy Spirit, teach us how to be the spiritual leaders of our families.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 37:1-38:30; 1 Chronicles 2:3-6,8; Genesis 39:1-23

 

 


 

 

 

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 for the Workplace–Genesis 30-31

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Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 30:25-31.55

Lord, help us to have the work ethic and dedication to our employers like Jacob:

Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Please release me so I can go home to my own country. Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them by serving you, and let me be on my way. You certainly know how hard I have worked for you.”

“Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the Lord has blessed me because of you.  —Genesis 30:25-27

Heavenly Father, bless me today with the blessings of Jacob.  As I go into my workplace give me the wisdom and creativity to be an asset to my employer.  Remind me to be loyal and faithful to my company, corporation, or organization.  Lord,  help me perform my job with excellence for Your honor.

Jesus, reward me for my hard work and faithfulness.  May my boss see my contribution to their team as an asset, may they feel blessed to have me in their employment. Give me favor with them.

Father, bless my employer!  Give them a year of increase.

Lord, protect me from harm in the workplace.  Guard me from the rage that is rampant in the world today.  Help me not to fear what people can to do me.  Help me not to forget that You gave me this job and no one can take it away from me, unless You give them permission.

Holy Spirit, speak loudly if You have plans for a job or career change this year.  Lead and direct me if there are preparations needed for this change.  Give me the peace and confidence to know You are in complete control and that You will get Your will accomplished in my life.

Jesus, let my attitude, integrity and performance in the workplace be a witness of Your love and faithfulness.  Use me to help others know You more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

I Am With You, and I Will Protect You Wherever You Go–Genesis 28:13-15


 

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 28:6-30:24

Heavenly Father, when I read about Jacob’s encounter with You on the way to Haran, my first thought is “I long to have a similar experience” But when I stop and think, I realize that because of You Jesus, we are living in the fulfillment of Jacob’s blessing (Romans 4:13).  Help us to receive and accept that blessing.

At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you. —Genesis 28:13-15

Jesus, I ask that You be with us in all that we do.  Guide and direct us, and protect us wherever we go.  Lord, don’t leave us; finished everything You have planned and promised for our lives.

Holy Spirit, speak to us and give us a renewed excitement for living for You today.  Help us to realize the promises You made are as real and true for today as they were in Jacob’s day.

Lord, help us to be aware of Your Presence today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 30:25-31-31:55

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