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Living in Prayer: God, are You listening?

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionGod, are You listening?

In the Word

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16b

Of the Word

Have you ever thought, “Why isn’t God listening to me? I prayed that my life would be changed. Nothing happened.” As weak, sinful humans, we are tempted to blame and accuse. Sometimes we are even tempted to blame God for everything that goes wrong. Could our own human frailties be hampering us, keeping us from hearing God’s good and timely answers to our prayers? Maybe we need to pray with the psalmist: Create in me a pure heart, O God (Psalm 51:10a).

Our loving and merciful God promises to listen and answer even when we are weak and fearful. … call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me (Psalm 50:15).

God’s answers don’t depend upon fancy words or even upon the strong faith of the one who prays. God answers in the right way and at the right time because He loves us.

Walking with my Lord

Dear God, forgive me for doubts and weakness. Strengthen my faith and help me to come to you with petitions that are pleasing in Your sight. Then help me to listen for Your timely answers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 30/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
 

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Living in Prayer: Praise Him! Praise Him!

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionPraise Him! Praise Him!

In the Word

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1

Of the Word

Where in nature have you seen the majesty of God? Niagara Falls? Carlsbad Caverns? Yellowstone? The ocean shore? A starry sky? A glowing sunset?

Or is His majesty shown in smaller ways? The curl of a tiny hand around your finger? The first crocus of spring? The red and gold leaves of autumn?

When we stop to think of the Almighty Creator whose plan and power surround us, we stand in awe and amazement. Who but the Almighty God could design a child, build a mountain, carve a canyon, or plan the changing seasons?

Our God does all that and more. He cares for us moment by moment. He cares so much that He gave His Son to be our Savior.

With the psalmist we can pray: Let me live that I may praise You (Psalm 119:175a).

Walking with my Lord

Lord, help me to see Your majesty in both great and small things. Help me to live a life of praise to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Prayer. Written by 2003-2005 LWML Christian Life Committee. 29/31 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
 

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