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Day #4 – 30 Days Challenge

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Today’s entry from Thirty Days of Devotion is still within the season of rest, and it’s probably the most important activity during this season – or any season for that matter.

When do you pray?

I’ve shared a section of an old sitcom that dealt with this question. While I love the little blurb, and even today it moves me to tears to see the character submissive and broken before God, his action isn’t the answer.

His attitude is.

It’s why kneeling has always been the characteristic position of prayer. Why we tell children to bow their heads.

Prayer acknowledges the presence of our great God. It releases our need to fix things, carry burdens, or take on the next challenge. It bends the will and the heart to God’s plan.

He doesn’t need to hear our fears or hopes or wants or desperations in order to know about it. We need to voice it to Him to recognize again that all of those huge things that we face are nothing to Him.

This is why the scripture urges us to pray without ceasing. We need to always be mindful of how big our God is. How mighty. And how much He adores us.

And prayer defines our place as desperately loved but hopelessly helpless in the face of our need. (Tweet This!)

Whether big or small, we can’t right the wrongs, or control the circumstances, or fix broken people. When we talk to God about these things throughout the day, we are constantly before the One who can. And we are constantly reminded of that fact. It’s a win-win!

Enjoy today’s song! I’m reminded as I listen that THIS is the God to whom we pray. What power on earth can defeat His greatness? What desperation can He not conquer? Like a radio minister I’ve heard lately. “Stop looking at how big your problems are, and start looking at how big your God is!” Wow! That hits me square in the face!

Your Turn: Share your prayer needs today. Let’s pray for each other!

Are you wondering what this 30 day challenge is about? I’m hoping to build a strong habit of Bible Study, devotion, and quiet time with the Lord and you’re invited to join me. We’re going through Thirty Days of Devotion. It’s 99¢ through Amazon. Tomorrow’s entry is still in the season of rest, Using Different Glasses.

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

4 thoughts on “Day #4 – 30 Days Challenge

  1. I loved this day’s devotional, and it made me feel encouraged! It is so good to remember we can’t fix things ourselves. My prayer needs are for help in the health area–the smoke from the wildfires in nw U. S. are causing me breathing problems off and on, for wisdom and help as we continue to work on our mcs home, and for God’s blessings to be poured out on our church who is helping us do it.

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  2. I think we all have many prayer needs: families, relationships, money, health, etc. Lately, the Lord really has impressed on me the most important thing of all: our need to be found complete in Him. That is my prayer request to be found in Him completely in His will.

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