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Lord, I Need Your Special Strength–1 Kings 18:46

Today’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

Heavenly Father, when I read the story of Elijah, I long to see the kind of miracles he saw.  I’m amazed at Elijah’s physical and mental strength, but I’m most amazed by his faith.  He didn’t just believe, He acted on what he believed.

What faith it took for Elijah to call all the Israelites together and challenge the Baal worshipers to a “worship war.” (1 Kings 18:19-24)

Elijah also challenged the Israelites to get off the fence:

Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.  –1 Kings 18:46

Lord, help us today to stop “hobbling between two opinions.”  Help us to follow You with our whole heart.

Jesus, give us Your special strength.  Allow us to be a part of the miracles You are doing today.  Lord, when we begin to waver, come along side us and remind us of Your plans, Your Kingdom, and Your power.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

Lord, I Don’t Want to Miss My Chance–2 Chronicles 16:7

Today’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

Heavenly Father, today’s reading is a clear reminder that misplaced trust can completely change the outcome of our lives.

At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. 

Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you relied on the Lord, and he handed them over to you.  The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.” — 2 Chronicles 16:7-9

Lord, I don’t want to miss my chance to make a difference in this world and Your Kingdom.  I want to be someone who relies on You, not leaders, popular opinion, or the latest fad or craze. I want to be fully committed to You Lord.

Lord, strengthen my heart for Your Plans.  Make Your will clear.

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


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, Who Am I? –2 Chronicles 2:5-6

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:16-28; 1 Kings 5:1-18; 2 Chronicles 2:1-18; 1 Kings 6:1-13; 2 Chronicles 3:1-14; 1 Kings 6:14-38

Heavenly Father, Solomon was wise enough to know just how inadequate he was as a temple builder for the God of the universe.

“This must be a magnificent Temple because our God is greater than all other gods. But who can really build him a worthy home? Not even the highest heavens can contain him! So who am I to consider building a Temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices to him?”  —2 Chronicles 2:5-6

Lord, the message for me in this passage is that yes, Solomon knew he was inadequate, but he also knew You had appointed him to do it.

He did it anyway!

I know I’m inadequate to preach and teach Your Word, but I believe You’ve appointed me.  Lord, I can do all things through You (Philippians 4:13).

Lord, I pray for my friends today who feel inadequate in the things You’ve called them to do.  Help them (and me) to know that You qualify the called, not call the qualified.

Use us for Your Glory.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 7:1-51; 2 Chronicles 3:15-4:22

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


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, 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

God, You Did It! 1 Chronicles 14:11

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-3; 1 Chronicles 11:1-3; 1 Chronicles 12:23-40; 2 Samuel 5:17-25; 1 Chronicles 14:8-17; 2 Samuel 5:6-10; 1 Chronicles 11:4-9; 1 Chronicles 3:4b; 2 Samuel 5:13, 4-5, 11-12; 1 Chronicles 14:1-2; 1 Chronicles 13:1-5; 2 Samuel 6:1-11; 1 Chronicles 13:6-14

Heavenly Father, why are we always so amazed when You do what You said You were going to do?

So David and his troops went up to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “God did it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So they named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). –1 Chronicles 14:11

… I think David was most amazed by the fact that You used him, a simple shepherd,  to carry out Your will.  You could have picked anyone and You chose him!

Lord, I am with David.  I stand amazed that you choose to use me to speak and teach Your Word. It’s not that I doubt Your power and ability, it’s that I’m so acquainted with my own inabilities and shortcomings.

Lord, help me to remember that the possibilities for my life are endless as long as You are in control.  Jesus, help me to think big because You are big!

Lord, use me to change the world for Your Glory and Your Honor!


In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 6:12a; 1 Chronicles 15:1-28; 2 Samuel 6:12b-16; 1 Chronicles 15:29; 2 Samuel 6:17-19a; 1 Chronicles 16:1-43; 2 Samuel 6:19b-23

Lord, Protect Me from Human Schemes—1 Samuel 26:17-19


Today’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

Heavenly Father, I’ve read David and Saul’s story many times. I’m always amazed. David’s complete reliance on You to get Your will accomplished in his life almost seems superhuman, but it wasn’t. David was just a man, but he was a man who knew he had been called by You, the God who made him for a distinct purpose. I think David was always mindful of where he came from; a sheep pasture on a hill in the middle of no-where. He believed that if YOU wanted him to be king YOU would make it happen. There was no scheming on his part but he knew that may not be the case with everyone.

Saul recognized David’s voice and called out, “Is that you, my son David?”

And David replied, “Yes, my lord the king. Why are you chasing me? What have I done? What is my crime?  But now let my lord the king listen to his servant. If the Lord has stirred you up against me, then let him accept my offering. But if this is simply a human scheme, then may those involved be cursed by the Lord. For they have driven me from my home, so I can no longer live among the Lord’s people, and they have said, ‘Go, worship pagan gods.’  —1 Samuel 26:17-19

Lord, in today’s world it’s hard to know what to believe. Greed, manipulation, half-truths, and un-truths being sold as absolute truths through the media, government, and even in Christian organizations and churches. Nothing is worse than humans using Your Word to manipulate others.

Jesus, I say with David, Lord, if You are stirring things up in the world or just in MY little world, so be it. Let me learn from it and grow from it but if these are simply human schemes, protect me. Give me supernatural discernment and peace that You are in control. I will trust You take care of the situation.

Lord, I trust You to fight my battles for me.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 30:1-31, 1 Chronicles 12:20-22, 1 Samuel 31:1-13, 1 Chronicles 10:1-14, 1 Chronicles 9:40-44, 2 Samuel 4:4, 2 Samuel 1:1-27

Lord, I Want the Confidence of David–1 Samuel 17:32

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:32-19:17; Psalm 59; 1 Samuel 19:18-24

Heavenly Father, David amazes me!  I’ve read this passage many times, but I don’t think I’ve ever noticed his extreme confidence.  The wonderful thing about David’s confidence was it was in You, not himself.

Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!  The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” —1 Samuel 17:32-37

Lord, David made stepping out in Your service look so easy.

Your Word doesn’t show him



Bawling and squalling… (very southern term)


to find Your will for this season.

He just did it!

He looked to his preparation and level of expertise, the current situation and the bigness of his God and just did what needed to be done.

Lord, is it really that simple?

Is serving You really this simple?

Talents, gifts, abilities

+ Preparation, training  from my day-to-day life

+ Current situation and need

+ Confidence in Your Power in my life

= Your Will for my life today

Holy Spirit, I know that serving You is a moment-by-moment experience, not a mathematical formula but it helps me to simplify it in this way. Lord, use me today. Like David, my confidence is in You!

David continued to succeed in everything he did, for the Lord

was with him. –1 Samuel 18:14

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15; Psalm 34

Lord, Help Me to Be a Leader Who Waits–1 Samuel 13:7-14

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 9:35-39; 1 Samuel 13:1-5, 19-23, 6-18; 1 Samuel 14:1-52

Heavenly Father, leaders can really be impatient.  We want the world and You to operate  in our timeframe.  Saul was definitely an impatient leader:

Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away.  So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself.

Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?”

Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”

“How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” 1 Samuel 13:7-14

Father, from Saul’s example we see that there are things You may have for us to do that requiring waiting. Help us to wait as long as it takes. Help us to see waiting as a privilege.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-17:31

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