Thursday, February 8, 2018

PIVOTAL PRAYING!

Today’s¬†Reading: Jeremiah 32

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Today’s reading says, “Look, the siege mounds!” None of these mounds remain at the walls of Jerusalem. Here is the mound built for the assault on the fortress of Masada following the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Jeremiah 32:16b-17

I prayed to the Lord, saying: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You…”

 

The statement in today’s reading, “THERE IS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR YOU” (32:17B), and the question, “IS THERE ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR ME?” (32:17), should encourage us to expect God to accomplish, as Ephesians 1:11b says, “the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will!”

The fact is that Jerusalem was, at the time of Jeremiah’s writing of these words, under siege by the army of Nebuchadnezzar. This should have proven to King Zedekiah and his court that Jeremiah was a true prophet of God. Over and over again Jeremiah had foretold that this would happen. Rather than humbling themselves and repenting before God for their sins, they threw Jeremiah into jail. The countryside around Jerusalem, including Jeremiah’s hometown, Anathoth, had been conquered and plundered already. Therefore, land values would have been almost nothing. Yet in an act of faith for the future in obedience to God, Jeremiah purchased land from a relative who had lost all hope. In this way Jeremiah showed that although his prophecy of 70 years of captivity in Babylon would come to pass, God would bring His people back home where they would again occupy the land which He had given to His people. How about all of us saying out loud if possible, “THERE IS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR GOD!”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I’m thinking just now of something (a private matter) that is definitely too hard for me, but I’m doing as Jeremiah said he did, “I prayed to God!” I ask You, Lord, to turn it around according to Your purpose. I pray these mercies in the Name of the most pivotal Person in human history, Jesus Christ (Messiah), Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I re-read recently the book book¬†Pivotal Praying, by former Crossroads CEO Dr. John Hull. PRAYER can be the “pivot” on which our lives and the lives of those around us will turn around and go God’s way rather that our own way. In basketball, a team will lose the ball if they move too soon what is called their “pivot foot.” It’s called “travelling.” In order to move from the pivot spot, the player must either pass the ball or begin dribbling (bouncing the ball). I have a picture in my mind of all of us on God’s team. Our pivot foot must not move until we decide to take action. We turn around with that foot firmly planted in one place. If that pivot foot moves before passing or dribbling the ball, the referee blows his whistle and the opposing team takes over. Prayer is like that; we stay put, that pivot foot immovable, until we decide the right way to proceed and then we make our move confident that God will, as Proverbs 3:6b says, “Direct your paths” (straight to the basket). Do this and win!!!

Yours for being as 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord!”

David

When Norma-Jean and I spend time in Florida, I like to watch the Southeastern University basketball games. In this photo, The SEU “Fire” player has the ball. His pivot foot is planted just behind him and he has obviously made a decision to begin dribbling the ball and running around the opposing player.

14 thoughts on “Thursday, February 8, 2018

  1. Amen to today’s scripture, prayer and message. There is nothing too hard for our Lord God. We believe in You and are transformed by Your love for us, God. Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord.

    Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8 ESV

    Psalm19:1-6 Song “The Heavens Declare” – Esther Mui (Scripture Praise Song)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m1TLw7BJw0

  2. Amen, there is nothing too hard for God and I stand on your Word Lord Jesus. An angel of mercy just blew me all out with his big tractor and snowblower. I rejoice in your goodness Lord for taking care of me like this. Jeremiah showed great obedience to the Lord like our dear Pastor David in doing this blog as well as you Ron, Ann, Reynold and Norma Jean. Thank you again and for your fellowship and care in the faith dear bloggers. “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice.” (Phil. 4:4).

  3. Lord we wait for you, standing firm with our pivot foot planted firm, until you guide us into making the right move. Thank You Jesus; leaning on the everlasting arms of the Lord. Trusting in Your guidance in all we do. For You are the light and the way. In You we live and move and have our being!
    Isaiah 55:8 – Your thoughts and ways are higher than ours. PRAISE YOUR HOLY NAME!! AMEN and AMEN!!

    • Ruth you hit the nail right on the head,
      I have been praying daily for our leaders, God knows what is happening and I pray for the Holy Spirit to enter the hearts of all our leaders and give them grace, mercy, wisdom, patience, insight,a willingness to listen,good health, to acknowledge their short comings and that our leaders would put pride aside and admit their mistakes and ask God to forgive them and to ask for God to guide and lead them to look after the people who voted for them and to be willing to engage in conversation with other leaders….
      I pray the Holy Spirit enter their hearts and give our leaders the time needed to meditate on affairs that affect the people…in Jesus Name we Pray amen

  4. prayers for Dana, she is dealing with mental illness, court cases regarding rent, she is working on getting her addictions under control and one day to be completely free from these nightmares, she is a loving mom, very giving heart, may God bless her mom and uncle, that their health be good and that the resources are plentiful…in Jesus Name we Pray amen
    Prayers of healing for Fred and his beloved wife, Sylvia, pray for complete healing in Fred`s lungs…TY Lord
    Prayers for Kim to walk away from the smokes, get thyroid checked, grant him good health and a good time with his grand child..TY Lord amen

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