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“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” Genesis 3:8-9

Every day God had a set time when he came down to the Garden and spent some time with Adam and Eve. No doubt they looked forward to this every day, a chance to communicate with their Creator and tell Him about what they had done that day.  I imagine they showed Him what new flowers and animals they had discovered that day and how much they were enjoying all the beautiful things that He had created.  It was a time of refreshing and renewing and something they waited for each day.

But, on this day, they had hidden themselves away, because they knew that God was going to be displeased with them.  They had been disobedient and eaten of the tree He had told them was not one they should partake of.  God knew what they had done, and He knew exactly where they were.  He missed them and their time of communicating, and in love He called out to them.

In I Kings 19, we find the prophet Elijah after the great victory over the prophets of Baal, fleeing for his life from Jezebel.  He was in a cave feeling discouraged and ready to die.  It was then that he heard the voice of the Lord calling out to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah.”

There may be times in our lives when we feel we have failed God.  Because of feelings of guilt, we may neglect our daily time of prayer and communication with the Lord.  Or maybe we just get too busy with the cares of life and keep putting off spending our normal quiet time reading our Bible and praying.  It is then that we hear the voice of the Lord saying, “Where are you?  I miss our time together.”

God misses us when we don’t show up at our daily place and time.  Communicating with Him is so important and He knows how much we need that. His still small voice calls out to us, “where are you?”  May we always be alert for that voice and be quick to get back to our daily communication with the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I need that daily time and place where I meet with you.  Help me to be every mindful of that need, and not let anything keep me from it.  When I fail, remind me, and help me to listen for your voice.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

“Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.” Psalm 119:36-37 KJV

“Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” Psalm 119:36-37 NLT

Psalm 119 uses many different words and phrases that pertain to God’s law, or God’s Word, and every verse stresses the importance of it.  We cannot separate God from His Word. We cannot love God without loving His Word.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The writer went on to say in verse 14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”  Jesus was the Word clothed in human flesh.

The Psalmist prayed that the Lord would make him eager to know His Word.  The more we read the Bible, the more we learn about the Lord Jesus Christ, and the more we desire to draw closer to Him.  The closer we draw to Him, the more we want to read and study His Word.  As we read it prayerfully, it becomes alive in our hearts.  When we are facing problems or having to make decisions, we find the answers in His Word.

We often hear the quote: “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”  That is true, if we allow sinful things to fill our hearts and minds, we lose our desire to read the Word of God, because we know that it will convict us.  But with the Word of God hidden in our hearts, we can resist the things that would try to turn us away from God.  Another verse in this 119th Psalm tells us that we should hide His Word in our hearts, so that we might not sin against Him.

The Word of God is as necessary to our spiritual health as food is to our natural health.  The Cambridge dictionary describes eagerness as: 1. wanting very much to do or have something, especially something interesting or enjoyable: 2. having or showing desire or interest.  This is how we should approach our Bible reading every day.

Prayer:  Thank you Lord for your Word which gives us guidance and direction.  May we approach it with eagerness and a strong desire to hide it in our heart.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesians 6:18

I was meditating on prayer this morning and came up with this acrostic about the different kinds of

P R A Y E R:

            Perseverant Prayer – James 5:16. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  In our daily prayer time, we bring the needs of our family, our church family, our missionaries, etc., to the Lord, and in faith believe that He is going to answer.

Routine Prayers – These are the things we pray about every day, strength and guidance, protection, our families.  The Lord knows our needs before we call, but He wants us to bring these things to Him.  I Peter 4:7 “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”

Agonizing Prayers – These are the times that we go to the Lord with a great need and travail before Him.  Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

Yielding Prayers – The prayers we pray when we are making a decision, or battling against some temptation, and we come to the place where we can say, “Lord, not my will but thine be done.”  Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”

Emergency Prayers – The prayers we pray when we get a phone call that someone is experiencing sickness or some other problem, and we drop everything we are doing and call out to God on their behalf.  Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

Random Prayers – Whenever I hear a siren, I pray “Lord, someone is in trouble, be with them whatever their need is.”  Or, when we are going about our daily tasks, and a family member or a friend comes into our mind, we whisper a prayer that the Lord will be with them and bless them.  If we wake up in the night and realize we have been dreaming about someone, we take them before the Lord in prayer, asking Him to be with them in whatever they are going through.

There are probably many other types of prayer, but these are the ones that the Lord impressed upon me today.  Of course, prayer must be accompanied by praise to the Lord for all the prayers He has answered and that we know He is going to answer in the future.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for the privilege of prayer, to be able to bring our requests and our burdens to you and know that you will answer and give us what is best for us.

Devotion by Anne Johnston