Monthly Archives: August 2014

We Belong to God’s Household

When reading the names of Jacob’s descendants, we can imagine our names being written as having significance and belonging. “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  (Eph. 2:19)

You and me, we are included in God’s registry of family members,  What a comforting thought.

DAILY PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, assist me to walk today as a representative of Your family.  You are my father, I am your child.  Heal your children who need a miracle.

DAILY READING:  Gen. 36-8; Luke 18

Face Your Fears

Jacob feared his brother Esau, yet he had few other options but face him on his journey home.  (Gen. 33)

He cowardly sent his gifts, wives and children ahead of him, but ultimately did the right thing by facing the man he feared.  Meanwhile, God had tempered Esau’s heart toward his brother.

I have found that once I made the decision to do the right thing, God would pour in His grace and courage to follow through on my commitment.  Grace is God working in us, “Both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”  (Phil. 2:13)

DAILY PRAYER:  Lord, forgive me for my lack of courage to do what’s right. I WILL DO YOUR WILL with the strength and courage You give me today. Father, in Jesus’ name, touch Rebecca Bryan today with Your comfort and healing.

DAILY READING:  Gen.33-5, Luke 17

God Uses the Nights

God spoke to Jacob through dreams and even wrestled with him. These encounters changed Jacob and were turning points in his life.

After wrestling with “The Man,” Jacob was bent on the outside but straightened on the inside.  Encounters with God leave us more Godly and more blessed than before.

Nighttime takes on a whole new significance.

DAILY PRAYER:  Lord, we need Your visits in the night. Let Your rest, strength, instruction, and blessings come to us each nightWe need you.

DAILY READING:  Gen.31,32; Luke 16

You Reap What You Sow

Jacob’s father-in-law, Laban, was deceitful with him, thereby reinforcing God’s law, “Whatever a man sows, that’s what he will reap.” (Gal. 6:7)

When instructing children, this is a wise principal to keep in mind.  It can be a healthy deterrent to inappropriate behavior when they are warned of the consequences to their actions.  

DAILY PRAYER: Father in Heaven, give me the wisdom and guidance of Your Holy Spirit as I conduct the tasks of this day.  Stir me to sow seeds of righteousness and teach others to do so.

DAILY READING:  Gen. 29,30;  Luke 14,15

 

 

 

Working with Deceivers

Jacob was a deceiver.  Under his mother’s guidance, he stole the birthright from his brother, Esau.  (Gen 27)

Educators sometimes feel they have some “Jacobs” in their class.  Although he began as a little deceiver, he turned out to be a great man and the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.  He was actually given the name Israel, which means “Prince with God.”

A prince is a king in the making.  As educators and parents, we are training up little kings and queens.  Let’s be patient and allow God’s design for their lives to be in the driver’s seat.  He sees their end, while we only see how they are now.  DON’T GIVE UP!!!

DAILY PRAYER:  Lord, give me the necessary patience to keep pouring into my students and my own children.  Let me see the potential You see.  Thank you for allowing me to be an influence upon them.

DAILY READING:  Gen. 27,28;  Luke 13

 

Pray Out Loud

When possible, try praying out loud.

It must have been David’s practice when we read, “My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, Lord.  In the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee.”  (Ps. 5:3) “Evening, morning, and at noon will I pray and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.”  (Ps. 55:17)

I’m not advocating waking up the entire household.  Try praying aloud in your vehicle.  Then, some day, try singing your prayer.  It’s amazing!

DAILY PRAYER:  Lord, I want my prayer life to please You.  Thank You for the amazing way You invite us to communicate with You.

DAILY READING:  Gen. 26,27;  Luke 13

Providential Prayer

Abraham sent his trusted servant to the homeland to find a wife for Isaac.  As the servant was in the process of asking the Lord to let a specific sequence of events happen for Isaac’s future wife to be identified, Rebecca’s actions were simultaneously answering his prayer.  (Gen. 24)

God knows what we need before we ask.  His pipeline is in place and the perfect answer is already on the way.  Such love and care is nearly incomprehensible.  Glory to God.

DAILY PRAYER:  Lord, Your care and ability to send answers to our prayers overwhelmingly shows us Your love.  Thank You.

DAILY READING:  Gen. 24,25; Luke 12