“The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart…” (Psa. 19:8).
Jesus wants your heart to be filled with joy! He desires you to rejoice and be glad as you follow His precepts and obey His Word. It is not His plan for you to be downcast, defeated, depressed or anxious about anything. The believer’s walk is to be pure and blameless, and regardless of circumstances, it is to be joy-filled. Has your joy been stolen from you by the enemy? Ask the Lord of joy to draw your heart back into a continual season of rejoicing!
Righteous Father, Your precepts bring joy to my heart. When I am feeling defeated or anxious, would You prompt Your Spirit to remind me that I can live a joy-filled life despite anything the devil throws at me? I want my others to see Your life lived out in me, because joy is what draws people to You. I want my life of rejoicing to be a light to those who have given in to desperation and hopelessness. Set me firmly on a joyful path.
–By Kim Butts, author of The Praying Family: Creative Ways to Pray Together. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
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