Prayer RequestsPrayer is a spiritual way of describing how we talk with God. It is the way we can respond to God as He calls us to come to Him. God continues to call out to each of His children, every day, drawing us close to Him, wanting us to realize that He truly is just a prayer away. Prayer will allow you to experience intimacy with God."Call to me," the Lord says in Jeremiah 33:3, "and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know."In prayer we get a taste of eternal life, when we will know God intimately. Prayer is not a time to learn or study more about God, but instead, is time spent with God. Prayer allows you to become aware of the strength and love imparted to us by the miraculous presence of God's Holy Spirit in our lives. James 5:16 says," Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."
Discipline Born of Love
Read Ezekiel 25:1 through 28:26
Published: Aug 17, 2017
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered . . . they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God” (Ezekiel 28:25–26).
The Israelites had wandered so far from God, they’d forgotten they were His children. While His punishments of destruction and exile seem harsh, they were necessary to discourage His people from returning to idols for help. In spite of its sin, God loved Israel.
The nations around the people of Israel didn’t understand that Israel’s destruction was an act of God’s love. The people of Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, and Tyre rejoiced as they watched Israel’s destruction. The actions of these mockers resulted in their deaths.
At the end of time, mockers will be condemned to eternal death. But repentant souls will receive God’s grace to live in eternal peace with their Heavenly Father.
Thought for Today: God disciplines His children not out of hatred, but out of a desire to rescue them from the overwhelming power of sin.
Quicklook: Ezekiel 28:24–26
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