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Just pray….Scripture

So often we have prayed for “favor…in the sight of God and man”, but I think if we were to actually quote the scripture correctly we wouldn’t pray that at all. Instead, we would pray “let love and faithfulness never leave you”. This verse is much more about our obedience to Him not what’s in it for us.

As Christians I feel most of our personal time in prayer is nothing more than selfish ambition. I believe that if we were to quote more scripture during times of prayer our motivations for faith would be deeply rooted. I believe that because our prayers have been selfish we are not seeing the fruit we expect and it’s somehow God’s fault. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

The verse in its entirety is this: Proverbs 3:3-4

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”

It’s much more clear that when we read and quote scripture accurately what the intentions of the verse are. The verse’s context will also speak volumes for its intent. Remember this: pray God’s word accurately and believe it is for our benefit.

Selah

Encounter

What is it that you think of when you read the word ‘Encounter’?
Is it positive? Spiritual? A memory?
For me I can’t help but think of the times where The Lord directed my footsteps. Similar to the verse David wrote in Psalm 119:133 “direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.” Here David is requesting The Lord direct his steps, for me it was that The Lord was already directing my steps because I didn’t know any better.

So my encounters early on and often were where He was controlling the outcome of the decisions being made. He encountered my path to make it what it what it was. Had I taken more control the outcome would have been drastically different.

There are two encounters we deal with daily. Physical and Spiritual

I hope you weren’t expecting some theological stance or some exegetical delivery right there! It’s just those two encounters, day in and day out.

What will matter most is how we respond to each of these and whether or not we initiated them. Did we go to God first before we stubbed our toe and yelled a cuss word or did God come to us to shut us up before it slipped out?

Choose your encounter and respond courageously!

Selah

Confused? Don’t be!

Don’t confuse passion for anger,
Nor joy for hype.
If you aren’t sure which it is,
Just ask the One they represent.

“For God has not given us a spirit if fear and timidity, but if power, love, and self discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7