GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Friday, April 18, 2014

God ALWAYS listens to SINCERE prayers

God ALWAYS listens to SINCERE prayers

April 18 Bible Reading: 2 Kings Chapters 13-15

"So Jehoahaz pleaded with the Lord, and the Lord listened to him; for He saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them. Then the Lord gave Israel a deliverer, so that they escaped from under the hand of the Syrians; and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents as before." (2 Kings 13:4-5)

Jehoahaz became king over Israel in Samaria and ruled for seventeen years during which time he did evil in the sight of Jehovah, and continued all the wrongful religious institutions of Jeroboam in making Israel to sin before God. Under his government, which pursued the policy of his predecessors regarding the support of the calf-worship, Israel's apostasy from the true God became greater and more confirmed than in the time of his father Jehu. God became angry at the increasing apostasy of King Jehoahaz and people of Israel, and allowed Syria to dominate over them. Under the domination of Syria, Israel was oppressed. It is at that time that Jehoahaz sincerely prayed to God for the first time in seventeen years, and God listened to his prayers and delivered Israel from the Syrian oppression.

God always listens to any person who prays sincerely for mercy after removing the iniquity from the heart. "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer." (Psalms 66:18-19). Further down in 2 Kings chapter 13 we get another insight that God was gracious to Israel because of His ancient covenant with the patriarchs: "But the Lord was gracious to them, had compassion on them, and regarded them, because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not yet destroy them or cast them from His presence." (2 Kings 13:23)

We see many examples in the Bible about God listening to sincere prayers even from very wicked people like Ahab (1 Kings 21:27-29) and the people of Nineveh during the time of Jonah the prophet (Jonah 3:5-10).

God is now looking across the earth to find those whose hearts are totally committed to Him.  As it is written “The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the whole earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. (2 Chronicles 16:9, NASB).

When we approach the throne of God, let us sincerely seek Him in prayer. God will surely reward us for our sincerity. “It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists, and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NLT)

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