Morning by morning I awaken you and open your understanding to My will. I’m always mindful of you, beloved. I never sleep, so I’m able to watch over you while you’re sleeping. When you wake up in the morning, I am still with you. As you become aware of My loving Presence, I help you become more alert—smoothing out the tangles in your mind and enabling you to see Me more clearly. I invite you to spend time enjoying My Presence and nourishing your soul with My Word. When you respond to My Love-call by drawing nearer to Me, I am delighted.
This time dedicated to Me blesses and strengthens you immensely. I open your understanding to My Word—enabling you to comprehend Scripture and apply it to your life. As you make plans for your day, I help you discern My will. This collaboration with Me empowers you to handle whatever comes your way as you go through the day. I am training you to trust Me at all times—in all circumstances.
The Lord God has given me his words of wisdom so that I may know what I should say to all these weary ones. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
— James 4:8
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
WHY GOD ANSWERS PRAYER Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father MAY be glorified in the Son. ~ JOHN 14 : 13
Why does God answer prayer? The last part of today’s verse gives the answer: He answers prayer for His sake as well as ours. He does it to put Himself on display. Understanding this concept increases our confidence in prayer: we can know God will answer because it is an opportunity for Him to receive glory. We will grow spiritually as we interact with God through prayer and see His power on display.
The context of John 14:13 shows that the disciples were greatly distressed because Jesus told them He would be leaving. The disciples had relied on Jesus for so long that they feared being without Him. He had provided all their resources. He was their beloved friend and their spiritual, theological, and economic resource. He was their future as well as their present. They panicked at the thought of His leaving, but He left them and us the promise of John 14:13—whatever we need and ask for in His name, He will do.
If thou canst believe, all things are possible. to him that believeth – Mark 9:23
Seldom have we heard a better definition of faith than was given once in one of our meetings, by a dear old colored woman, as she answered the question of a young man how to take the Lord for needed help.
In her characteristic way, pointing her finger toward him, she said with great emphasis: “You’ve just got to believe that He’s done it and it’s done.” The great danger with most of us is that, after we ask Him to do it, we do not believe that it is done, but we keep on helping Him, and getting others to help Him; and waiting to see how He is going to do it.
Faith adds its “Amen” to God’s “Yea,” and then takes its hands off, and leaves God to finish His work. Its language is, “Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in him; and he worketh.’ —Days of Heaven upon Earth
“I simply take Him at His word,
I praise Him that my prayer is heard,
And claim my answer from the Lord;
I take, He undertakes.”
An active faith can give thanks for a promise, though it be not as yet performed; knowing that God’s bonds are as good as ready money.
Passive faith accepts the word as true
But never moves.
Active faith begins the work to do,
And thereby proves.
Passive faith says, “I believe it! every word of God is true.
Well I know He hath not spoken what He cannot, will not, do.
He hath bidden me, ’Go forward!’ but a closed-up way I see,
When the waters are divided, soon in Canaan’s land I’ll be.
Lo! I hear His voice commanding, ’Rise and walk: take up thy bed’;
And, ’Stretch forth thy withered member!’ which for so long has been dead.
When I am a little stronger, then, I know I’ll surely stand:
When there comes a thrill of heating, I will use with ease My other hand.
Yes, I know that ’God is able’ and full willing all to do:
I believe that every promise, sometime, will to me come true.”
Active faith says, “I believe it! and the promise now I take,
Knowing well, as I receive it, God, each promise, real will make.
So I step into the waters, finding there an open way;
Onward press, the land possessing; nothing can my progress stay.
Yea, I rise at His commanding, walk straightway, and joyfully:
This, my hand, so sadly shrivelled, as I reach, restored shall be.
What beyond His faithful promise, would I wish or do I need?
Looking not for ’signs or wonders,’ I’ll no contradiction heed.
Well I know that ’God is able,’ and full willing all to do:
I believe that every promise, at this moment can come true.”
Passive faith but praises in the light,
When sun doth shine.
Active faith will praise in darkest night—
Which faith is thine?
“Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” ~ 1 CORINTHIANS 10:31
Proclaim God’s Glory
Whatever? Whatever. Let your message reflect his glory.
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NIV).
Let your salvation reflect God’s glory. “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13–14 NIV).
Let your body reflect God’s glory. “You are not your own. . . . Glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20 NASB).
Your message, your salvation, your body, your struggles, your success—all proclaim God’s glory.
—IT’S NOT ABOUT ME
Gracious Father, we pray that every facet of our lives would bring glory to you. We want to honor you with every struggle we face as well as every success. May our words and actions uplift your name. May the testimony of our own salvation draw others to you. May our lives be consistent proclamations of your glory. You deserve all the honor and praise, amen.
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. ~ COLOSSIANS 3:17 NASB
Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. ~ GALATIANS 5:16
If you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. ~ ROMANS 8:13