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Committed to Prayer – Saturday

This is the confidence that we have in our relationship with God:
If we ask for anything in agreement with his will, he listens to us.
If we know that he listens to whatever we ask,
we know that we have received what we asked from him.
(1 John 5:14-15)

There is no request that God deems off-limits in the life of prayer. But not every prayer is answered in the way we desire. This troubles us. Oftentimes, we even ask for good things, such as recovery from illness or the alleviation of suffering, and it does not come to pass. Why would this be so?

In every instance, we simply cannot know why our prayers were not answered in the way that we desire. It takes a great deal of humility to concede this. But we do know that when our prayers are answered, it is an occasion of God’s grace. It is a cause for celebration and thanks. It is a sign to us that we have asked for something in accordance with God’s will.

Lord, help me to discern your will,
so that I bring prayers to you that are good and right,
that align with your purposes and hopes for this world.
When my prayers are answers, help me to remember to give you thanks. Amen.

From Committed to Christ: Tweets, Posts, and Prayers by Ben Simpson, Copyright © 2012 by Abingdon Press. Used by permission.

Committed to Christ – Monday

We love because God first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

Before you made any move toward God, before you discovered or contemplated or considered Jesus’ invitation to follow him, God moved toward you. Before you did or said anything, God declared a deep, abiding love for you. God loves you. God loved you first. This is a life-altering truth.

Our capacity for love is influenced significantly by the love we have received. If our parents and other adults have loved us well throughout our lives, we find it easier to pass along love and encouragement to others.

Following Jesus is a natural consequence of realizing who he is and the greatness of his love for us. John Wesley, who at Aldersgate saw that “Christ died for me, even me,” is but one example of the transformative power of beholding the depth of God’s love displayed on the cross.

Likewise, may you behold God’s love and, as a follower of Christ, evidence that love to others.

Creator God,
may my commitment to you be a response to your love and commitment to me,
to save, redeem, and use me for your purposes. Amen.

From Committed to Christ: Tweets, Posts, and Prayers by Ben Simpson, Copyright © 2012 by Abingdon Press. Used by permission.