Moses understood the importance of prayer. He met with God in a tent outside the camp, where the multitudes dwelt. Before he returned to his daily responsibilities and tasks, he cried unto the Lord, “If Your presence does not go [with us,] do not lead us up from here” (Exodus 33:15). Moses knew there would be difficulties, problems, and trials along the way. He knew that he needed the leadership of God.
Jesus was not teaching the disciples that there would be no struggles for the man of prayer; He was teaching the opposite. He taught the disciples that they needed the leadership of God in the midst of the trials. Otherwise, they would fall into the snare of the devil. Satan is cunning, and he continuously sets traps for the Christian. He does everything within his power to tempt and defeat the Christian. The man of prayer, however, can rest assured of God’s protection.
Faithful Father, how often I try to deal with the problems and difficulties in my life on my own instead of inviting You into the midst of my circumstances. Redeem my struggles as I seek to allow You to lead me through all of my trials and uncertainties, as well as any pitfalls and traps set up against me by Satan. Through You I have the victory as I seek Your face and yield to Your leadership in every aspect of my life. Thank You that I am able to rest in full assurance that You are watching over me as I place my reputation, abilities and even my safety in Your capable hands.
Praise God for the creativity and imagination with which he has gifted you. Thank him for giving you the desire to live for Christ. Confess those times when you have allowed your thoughts and imagination to stray into sin. Commit yourself to setting your mind on all the fullness of God. Ask God to expand your thoughts of him as you consider the width and depth and breadth of his glory.
Thank God for the beauty of his creation throughout the world. Ask that natural beauty will be protected from the harm which sin inflicts on the creation. Pray that people around the world will see and say, “What an awesome God!”
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