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Lord, Help Me to Know That You Are the Lord, MY God—1 Kings 20:13

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 20:23-22:9, 2 Chronicles 18:1-8

Heavenly Father, it is my desire to know, r-e-a-l-l-y know that You are the Lord of my life.

 Then a certain prophet came to see King Ahab of Israel and told him, “This is what the Lord says: Do you see all these enemy forces? Today I will hand them all over to you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” —1 Kings 20:13

I know there is always a struggle  between MY desire to be Lord and my desire for You to by my Lord. Sometimes I struggle because Your way is the hard way and I want the easy way. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of  the battles of life.

But…

If there is no battle, there can be no victory. Lord, as I look back on my life I realize there are two, very different scenarios that have caused me to ‘know that You are the Lord MY God:”

1. During the heat of the battle when I was wallowing in the depths of despair and realized You were so close I could almost feel You touching me.

2. During times of victory. Lord, You and I have a history. Over and over I’ve faced impossible situations and You have fought for me. Many times the battles were within me but all the battles were overwhelming and stacked against me. Our history of fighting together and winning together makes my relationship with You stronger than any human relationship.

Lord, thank You for reminding me that the added benefit of  fighting through the battles of life is seeing You supernaturally fight for me, it’s knowing that You are My God. You’re not just Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s God. You’re not just Paul, Peter and John’s God. You’re not just the preacher’s God or my parent’s God.

You. Are. My. God.

Jesus, I Love You.

Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 22:10-28, 2 Chronicles 18:9-27, 1 Kings 22:29-35, 2 Chronicles 18:28-34, 1 Kings 22:36-40, 51-53, 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:30

Lord, I Don’t Want to be Strong—2 Chronicles 12:1

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 13:1-14:24; 2 Chronicles 12:13-14; 2 Chronicles 11:18-23; 2 Chronicles 12:1-12; 1 Kings 14:25-28; 2 Chronicles 12:15-16; 1 Kings 14:29-15:5; 2 Chronicles 13:1-22; 1 Kings 15:6-8; 2 Chronicles 14:1-8; 1 Kings 15:9-15; 1 Kings 14:19-20; 1 Kings 15:25-34; 2 Chronicles 14:9-15:19

Heavenly Father, the last couple of years have been a time of struggle and weakness. Most people consider me to be a strong woman of faith. That has been my desire but this season has required a depth of trust that I do not have.  You’ve known that all along. You’ve told me many times, “Dianne, this trial is too big and You are too weak to handle it. You have to let it go and trust Me to handle it.”  I’ve considered this a dark time in my spiritual life, a time where I’ve failed You over and over. I keep waiting for “my” strength to kick in, like a double shot of espresso.

As I read these words I thought, “Lord, I don’t want to be established and strong if it causes me to abandon You.”

But when Rehoboam was firmly established and strong, he abandoned the Law of the Lord, and all Israel followed

him in this sin. —2 Chronicles 12:1

Rehoboam thought “he” established himself. He thought “he” was strong. He thought “he” made it happen.

In today’s Christian world, it seems negative and unspiritual to boast in our weaknesses. Many Christian leaders think we’re supposed to wait until the trial is over and then write a book about how You brought us through our difficult season but we’re not to talk about it when we’re in the midst of it—it shows a lack of faith, trust and a lack of leadership. Well Lord. I have a lack of faith, trust, and I’m not sure anyone should follow me.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. —2 Corinthians 12:9

Lord, I say with Paul, the only reason I’m in the vertical position is because of Your grace. I am weak. Show Your power in my life.

Lord, I know that my faith, trust, and strength are developed in the trials of life. When I come to the end of this season I pray that I don’t abandon You. Let me use the lessons learned during this difficult season to cause others to know You more.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen.

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 15:16-22, 2 Chronicles 16:1-10, 1 Kings 16:1-34, 1 Kings 15:23-24, 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19, 1 Kings 17:1-7

Lord, I Need a Sudden Good Break—Proverbs 13:12

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 11:1-13:25

Heavenly Father, thank You for putting this scripture in Your Word.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. —Proverbs 13:12

I’ve known You as my savior since I was in the 5th grade. In the first half of my life depression wasn’t something that Christians talked about. Then as a young adult I began to walk a road I never imagined I would travel.  I found comfort in Your Word, my faith, and my church family. But a day came when I hit the brick wall of hopelessness and came to the conclusion that this trial was never going to end and I was going to go around this mountain the rest of my life. My heart became sick.

Lord, You knew there would be times we would feel this way. You knew the enemy of our soul would try to put condemnation on us during these difficult times. You knew this type of suffering is mostly done in silence. You knew we needed to know that You know what we’re going through.

I looked this verse up in several translations. When I saw it in The Message I had to laugh.

 Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around. —Proverbs 13:12

Yes, Lord those of us who are going through unrelenting disappointment need “a sudden good break”  to turn life around! We need a reason to hope!

Lord, We’re waiting on You!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 14:1-16:33

Lord, Prepare Me for the Storms of Life— Proverbs 1-:25

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 8:1-10:32

Heavenly Father, when I read about the early days of King Solomon’s life, it seems he had it all. With Your favor and supernatural wisdom, life seemed pretty easy for him. Many of today’s prosperity preachers probably use Solomon as an example of what kind of life you can have if you ask and expect big things from You, Jesus.

In today’s reading, Solomon said something that made me think life was not all luxury and success for him.

When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation. —Proverbs 10:25

Lord, Solomon didn’t say, if you are one of the unlucky ones who find yourself in a storm, if you sin and cause the storms of life to come, or if you lack faith and bring on one of life’s storms.

He said when…

Solomon said when the storms of life come. Storms will come for the wicked and the godly.

Jesus, I’m in a storm. I know I’m Your child, which makes me godly but honestly I feel like I’m being whirled away. I stand on this scripture and believe that BECAUSE of this storm I will have a fasting foundation. I will not be whirled away. I will stand like a mighty oak of righteousness through this storm!

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.

—Isaiah 61:3

Jesus, let it be so in Your mighty name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 11:1-13:25

Lord, My Load is Too Heavy—Psalms 145:14

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 144-145, 88-89

Heavenly Father, I’ve spent the last 30 minutes desperately trying to find another scripture for today’s prayer. I kept hearing this voice in my head saying, “your last few prayers have been sad, you need to lighten it up.” What’s really going on is I’m afraid my last few prayers are revealing more about me than I want to share. I am bent very low beneath the loads of my life and I don’t want anyone to know.

Lord, but Your Spirit rose up in and said, “Dianne, yes you’re  low. Yes, you’re tired and weary. Yes, you feel like you have no faith but You know how to fight the enemy of Your soul. My daughter, you’ve been here before. You know to do. Take the fiery darts of the enemy (Ephesians 6:6) and throw them back at him. Take the very thing he’s using to cause you to want to hide and face this pain in secret and bring it into the light. Dianne, will you allow Me to use your pain to help others? Will you be transparent and real?

Lord, I don’t feel strong enough. I’m really too consumed with my pain to care about anyone else, but I trust You.

The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. —Psalms 145:14

Yes, Lord I will tell the world that I’m bent low. I’m tired. I’m angry, I’m sad and I feel You are far from me. But Jesus I will also tell the world that I know You will rescue me! I know You understand and have not forsaken me. Holy Spirit, how would I make it without Your Word? It’s like medicine to my soul.

Thank you for loving me when I’m completely unlovable.

I trust You.

In Jesus Name. Amen

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 50, 73-74

Lord, Answer Me for My Depression Deepens—Psalms 143

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 131, 133, 138-141, 143

Heavenly Father, in today’s world one in ten people take antidepressants. Everyone reading this prayer has either been depressed or is close to someone who is depressed. I have personally dealt with depression a few times in my life. Before I experienced clinical depression first-hand, I thought it was a lack of spiritual discipline that caused people to get in this sad place. I thought people who were depressed could “get themselves out of it” with prayer, Bible study, and guarding their minds. Thankfully, it was over 20 years ago the last time I thought this way, but how narrow-minded can you get? Lord, it’s funny how You allow us to personally experience those things that we  judge.

As I read Psalms 143 I was brought to tears realizing that You knew depression would come. You knew that our enemy, Satan would chase us and use this tactic to try to cause us to lose the fight. Lord, You knew we would feel hopeless and feel like no one understood. Holy Spirit, You knew we would have trouble praying when we were living in this kind of darkness and You knew we would have trouble putting our feelings into words. So You allowed David to feel this pain and write this Psalm to help us through our dark days.

Lord, I am amazed at You. I am amazed at Your Word.

Lord, hear my prayer:

 

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
listen to my plea!
Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
Don’t put your servant on trial,
for no one is innocent before you.
My enemy has chased me.
He has knocked me to the ground
and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
I am losing all hope;
I am paralyzed with fear.
I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in prayer.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. 
Come quickly, Lord, and answer me,
for my depression deepens.
Don’t turn away from me,
or I will die.
 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
I run to you to hide me.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
on a firm footing.
 For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies
and destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.

Psalms 143

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 144-145,88-89

Lord, Do What Seems Best–2 Samuel 15:26

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 15:1-17:14

Heavenly Father, here’s another example of David’s amazing heart.  His son has worked a four year plan to steal the throne from him.  Now David’s running for his life and these are his words to Zadok, the priest…

Then the king instructed Zadok to take the Ark of God back into the city. “If the Lord sees fit,” David said, “he will bring me back to see the Ark and the Tabernacle again. But if he is through with me, then let him do what seems best to him.”  –2 Samuel 15:25-26

Lord, this kind of trust is my desire…

  •  If You see fit
  • Do what seems best to You

Jesus, it sounds like Your words:

“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”   –Luke 22:42

Father, thank You for the example of David.  Thank You for the example of Your Son.  As this day begins, my prayer is that You do what seems best for my life and Your Kingdom.

Lord, You can be trusted.  You are our hope!

In Your Name we pray.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion: 2 Samuel 17:15-29; Psalm 3; Psalm 63; 2 Samuel 18:1-19:30

Lord, Be Our Stronghold in the Wilderness—1 Samuel 23:14

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 23:13-29, Psalms 54, 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44

Heavenly Father, as I read Your Word early this morning a phrase jumped off the page:

David now stayed in the strongholds of the wilderness and in the hill country of Ziph. Saul hunted him day after day, but God didn’t let Saul find him.  —1 Samuel 23:14

Lord, I know that in Jewish culture the word wilderness or Midbar in Hebrew didn’t just mean a place that was wild, unsettled, and desolate. It also symbolized a place of struggle, emptiness, and fear. The word stronghold is completely opposite of wilderness meaning a place of security or survival.

Father, you had David safe and secure in his place of struggle, lack and fear. What a beautiful picture! What a message for us in today’s world.

Lord, I have many family and friends who are in a place of struggle, emptiness, and fear. Lord, be their security today. Let them know they will survive and even thrive through this wilderness season. Let them know you are working this hard season for their good and Your Glory (Romans 8:28).

Holy Spirit, comfort them during this time of loneliness, uncertainty and anxiety. Use this song by Out of Darkness to encourage them today.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

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©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 26:1-27:7, 1 Chronicles 12:1-7, 1 Samuel 27:8-29:11, 1 Chronicles 12:19, Psalm 56

Lord, I Want To Be Brave–Judges 7:3


Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 7:1-9:21

Heavenly Father, I know it takes bravery to serve You and be in Your army.  Serving You has never been for the faint-hearted.  Lord, in today’s reading You told Gideon to send home every warrior who was timid or afraid.

 

Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain

and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who

were willing to fight.  —Judges 7:3

Lord, it didn’t seem as though You were angry with those who went home; they were never mentioned again.

But…

They missed out.

 

They missed being a part of the miracle.

 

Jesus, Your miracles show up in the tough times.  Help me not to run from them.  Help me to stand strong and be brave.  Help me to look for your miracles in the hard things in life.

Lord, I don’t want to miss Your miracles.  I want a front row seat!

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 9:22-11:28

Lord, If You Are With Us, Why Has This Happened? Judges 6:13


Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 3:31-6:40

Today’s prayer was written three years ago. I still pray this prayer for these special friends and anyone dealing with “why God?”

Heavenly Father, I’m so glad Gideon asked You this question.  It tells me it’s okay for me to ask You “why?”

Lord, my heart is breaking for my friends. They lost their child in a tragic accident.  I’m asking this question on their behalf today, “Lord, if You are with us why did this happened?”

“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”  —Judges 6:13

Lord, You didn’t answer Gideon’s question and I don’t believe the answer to my “whys” will come while on this earth, but You did answer him:

Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!  —Judges 6:14

The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.  —Judges 6:16

Lord, we don’t know what this day holds, but we can take comfort in these three things:

  1. We have strength that we may not know we have
  2. God knows the situation He is allowing us to walk through; He knows we can get through it
  3. He will be with us

 

Father, help my friends to make it through the day!  Show us how to love and comfort them during these dark hours.  We are so grateful to know that You are welcoming this sweet young man into Your presence.  Jesus, thank You for eternal life.

We trust You.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 7:1-9:21

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