“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5:16 from the NLT of the Holy Bible)
Where would we be without the godly mentors in our lives? Between now and tomorrow it is likely that I will fall short in some category of my life. Only God knows how many senseless things I will do within the next year! I am so thankful to have people in my life who I know are praying for me on a daily basis. It is amazing the difference it makes knowing that you are held accountable not only to God, but to people. I would not suggest blabbing your problems to everyone you know. Start with one. Find a prayer warrior who will sincerely take your needs to Him. Knowing that someone is genuinely there for you as you grow closer to God has the power to change your life.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the spiritual leaders you have placed in my life. Only You know where I would be today had I not been under such incredible people. I pray that those reading this devotion would be willing to open up to a godly person in their lives. Use me today, God, to help somebody going through a trial. Grant me the wisdom I need and give me the words to say. In Jesus name, amen.
Devotion by Melinda Keays
“The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land.” (Proverbs 10:30, NLT)
We will never get along with every person that comes into our lives. First of all, not all personalities jive. No matter what kind of person you are, there will always be someone in your life that is difficult to get along with. Secondly, some people are just bad news! Some people will tear us down and make us feel miserable. While those people are not necessarily “wicked”, they are not the kinds of people that we should want to be around. Let the Lord take care of those people and free yourself of the heartache that comes along with having them in your life.
Prayer: Sometimes it is difficult to cut the ties from people in our lives. I pray that you will make these types of changes easier for us. Open our eyes so that we can see the people who drag us down. In Jesus name, amen.
Devotion by Melinda Keays
Do you need wisdom to resolve a conflict in a relationship? Perhaps you did not contribute to the disagreement or offense, but you find yourself trying to find a way to diffuse the situation. I recommend reading the account of Abigail in I Samuel 25:1-39 for a biblical perspective on conflict resolution. There is much we can learn from her about handling difficult and even dangerous situations. Abigail used spiritual understanding, godly character, diplomacy, humility and good judgement to protect her family and avoid a devastating end to the offense committed by her husband Nabal toward David.
The outcome of Abigail’s intervention is recorded in I Samuel 25:32 when David replied to Abigail, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you to meet me today! 33 Thank God for your good sense! Bless you for keeping me from murder and from carrying out vengeance with my own hands. 34 For I swear by the Lord, the God of Israel, who has kept me from hurting you, that if you had not hurried out to meet me, not one of Nabal’s men would still be alive tomorrow morning.”
We too can manage conflicts and defend our homes from attack if we will apply the lessons from this story. Abigail was honest about her situation. She did not condone the wrong thinking or actions perpetrated by her husband, but wisely pointed out that revenge would not solve the issue. She approached the solution with humility and chose her words carefully. She was organized and quick thinking. At the critical moment, God gave her the words of diplomacy and wisdom needed to save her family and friends. Abigail’s reward was a resolution to an explosive situation and subsequent marriage to King David.
Pray: Lord Jesus, thank You for reminding me that making right decisions in the face of difficult circumstances is not only possible, but will bring eternal reward – I will one day become Your bride! Lord, give me the wisdom and spiritual understanding I need to resolve the issues I am facing today. Amen.
Devotion by Julie Long