Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | December 9, 2015

December 9, 2015 “The Gift of each New Day”

“And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, as each day requires” (1 Kings 8:59)

Good Morning and Blessed New Day Everyone!

More and more, I am coming to understand the reality that each day is a gift of God. Not one of us is guaranteed a day on this earth beyond the one we are currently living. This was dramatically illustrated once again by the tragic event that transpired last week in San Bernardino, California, and less dramatically but just as poignantly a few days ago when I received news of the passing of a dear friend. Each day we live is a gift from God, and time spent with God each day makes that gift all the more precious.

Jesus prayer directive was, in part, that we petition God to “give us this day our daily bread.” God has given us this day, which happens to be December 9, 2015,in which to live, to honor Him, serve Him, love Him, proclaim Him, depend on Him, pray to Him, and worship Him. Solomon had requested wisdom from God, which was granted to him. This prayer demonstrates that wisdom in his prayer life, for hundreds of years before Jesus’ teaching on prayer, he is praying in such a fashion. His prayer taught the Israelites of his time, as it instructs us this day, that we should pray for God’s help to meet each day’s need. Look at it and ponder it once more…Solomon prayed, “may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need.”  In this prayer, Solomon understands (1) It is important to pray each day throughout the day.(2) Dependence on the Lord rather than on ingenuity or human design. (3) That it is important to seek God’s help for the day’s specific needs. Today, as we pray, let us understand these things and confidently make our requests for this day known to God throughout this day He has given us. Let’s pray!

Loving God:  Guide and direct us throughout this day. May the communication line be opened continuously as we come to you seeking your help to live this day You have granted us according to Your most perfect will. May all we say and do honor you. This we pray in Jesus’ blessed Name. Amen!

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