1 Chronicles 20:1-24:31
“When David prayed, the Lord answered him” 1 Chronicles 21:26
Sorry this is so late! I went to turn on my computer yesterday and when I pushed the power button the battery light flashed five times. So I plugged it in and pushed it again, battery light flashed five times. So I flipped the laptop over and took the battery out, put it back in, flipped it back over, pushed the power button and the battery light flashed five times, nothing. No whirring to life. No little beeps or noises, just silence. And that’s what you got from me yesterday, silence.
I would greatly appreciate your prayers for my writing and for my poor lifeless
baby computer because just like 1 Chronicles 21:26 says, God bears our prayers. Ok, that’s a typo, “bears”was supposed to be “hears” but I think auto correct may have just gotten something right for a change! He does bear our prayers. He takes those things that we pray about that burden our hearts and our minds and He bears them for us. Thank you auto correct!
The other morning, and most mornings since, when I say my Morning Prayer the Holy Spirit speaks two simple words to me that mean SO MUCH. He says, “every morning”.
Now I love how He can speak so little and say SO MUCH at the same time. So much so that sometimes it’s impossible to put it all into words; but I’ll try. When He says “every morning” He’s pointing out my faithfulness in prayer to see Him in everything, to hear Him everywhere, to know Him more, to live Him more by receiving His love for ME more, to speak His TRUTH with boldness and clarity more than I did yesterday, to cling to Him and His Truth while simultaneously letting go of ANYTHING that may be holding me back from all those other things I just mentioned. Every morning I ask for Holy Spirit to fill me to the point of overflowing so that I can overflow onto everyone I come into contact with. And every morning I ask Jesus to help me because I trust Him. (Some, ok most mornings, that’s a reminder statement for me TO trust Him. ;-)) This is a prayer I MEAN when I say it. I don’t just ask with my mouth I’m asking these things with every fiber of my being. So when He says “every morning” He’s also pointing out HIS faithfulness to my faithful petition. If I’m asking these things of Him every morning, how would He not answer this prayer every morning? And further more, how could I not trust that He is answering it? Even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.
He is SO amazingly good to me and yet I doubt His faithfulness constantly! Why?!? He has NEVER given me a reason to doubt His faithfulness, not to His Word, nor to me. And yet still I doubt.
If I can be faithful enough to Him to read His Word of the Day for me and to then write about it every day, then how much MORE faithful can He be to me for having done that?
1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” And Hebrews 6:10 says, “For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how you have shown your love to Him by caring for other believers, as you still do.”
Every morning I ask. And every morning He answers. How can He not? I ask EVERY MORNING! And it’s not like I’m asking for a pony every morning, I’m asking to see Him and to hear Him and for Him to work through me no matter WHAT I’m doing. What parent wouldn’t respond to that kind of a request? Yet I doubt my effectiveness in ministry? I ask EVERY MORNING. HOW could He not answer with a resounding, “YES”?
I am a piece of work!
**As I’m rereading this and looking for other auto correct fun (I’m writing this on my phone after all) all I can think of is how desperately I want to hug you all and see your faces. And since a digital hug just isn’t the same I’ll settle for your faces. Will you pay me a TREMENDOUS kindness and send me a selfie? I won’t post them online unless you want me to. I just want to print them out and put them in frames on my desk. You fuel me up, you keep me going and to see your smiling face when I sit down to write would be oh so wonderful! Please email your beautiful face to tamarknochel at gmail dot com. THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!