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.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HUMILITY – a hallmark of an EFFECTIVE PRAYER

HUMILITY – a hallmark of an EFFECTIVE PRAYER

April 9 Bible Reading: 1 Kings Chapters 7-9

"Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; and he said..." (1 Kings 8:22-23).

Solomon’s prayer of dedication of the temple that he had built in Jerusalem is recorded in 1 Kings 8:23-53, a long and descriptive prayer of thirty verses in which he covered any possible future scenarios that may happen in the life of the children of Israel. It is remarkable to note that Solomon started his prayer (v. 22) standing up and lifting his hands to God in surrender, but he ended his prayer kneeling down with his hands still being lifted up to God in humility. "And so it was, when Solomon had finished praying all this prayer and supplication to the Lord, that he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven" (1 Kings 8:54). Sometime during his prayer, Solomon realized the greatness of God, and his posture changed from standing to kneeling as an act of humility and acknowledging the awesomeness of God.

At the start of his dedication prayer Solomon stood before the altar -- this position was in the court of the people, on a brazen scaffold erected for the occasion (2 Chron 6:13), in front of the altar of burnt offering, and surrounded by a multitude of people. However, during the course of prayer Solomon assumed the attitude of a suppliant, kneeling (1 Kings 8:54; compare 2 Chron 6:24) and with uplifted hands, he performed the solemn act of consecration. This sublime prayer referred to the national blessing and curse contained in the Law of Moses. Solomon specified seven cases in which the merciful intervention of God would be required on the condition of people praying towards that holy place. In this excellent prayer, Solomon did as we should do in every prayer: he gave glory to God. He recalled God's promises and praised God as he pleaded for grace and favor from God. Under one word "forgive" Solomon expressed all that he could ask in behalf of his people. Forgiveness of sin prepares the way to receive goodness from God. A fuller realization of God’s greatness, goodness and mercy drove Solomon to his knees as he spread out his hands in prayer.

Let us understand that humility is a hallmark of an effective prayer. Humility is necessary to the service of God (Micah 6:8) and is a characteristic of the saints of God (Psalms 34:2). Those who have humility are regarded by God. "Though the Lord is on high, yet He regards the lowly" (Psalms 138:6). "For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist" says the Lord. "But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word" (Isaiah 66:2). Those who pray with humility are heard by God as His word assures us: "He does not forget the cry of the humble" (Psalms 9:12)

Let us therefore humble before God in prayer like Solomon, and He will lift us up in due time. "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up" (James 4:10).

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