One Day at a Time Devotional
When I was a child and first taught to pray, it usually went something like this, “Dear Jesus, please bless Daddy, Momma, my brothers and sisters, Nanny, Mama Myers and please bless me. Amen.” This was the extent of my knowledge on prayer and the word “bless” in my mind, as a child, was defined as good health and safety. As a saved adult, I have a greater understanding of and experience with prayer and I no longer pray this way. My prayers are more about my relationship with God, it is more in-depth. It is an opportunity to talk to Him and get to know Him in a similar fashion to how I would try to converse and spend time with my husband or another loved one.
The author of Psalms 103 understood this concept. King David of the Old Testament was known as “a man after God’s own heart.” I don’t believe this was an accident. David knew how to spend time with God. In addition, he was a busy man. How many of us can say that we have been rulers of a nation? Nevertheless, David learned how to govern his time and his schedule and keep the most important appointment he could ever have, his time with God.
David states in Psalms 103:1, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” The word “bless” is defined as: to praise, glorify, exalt, worship, honor, reverence, hallow, or magnify. David’s secret to being called “a man after God’s own heart” was his view of God. David went past the superficial knowledge of God and went to an unshakeable and foundational relationship with Him. David learned that his life here on earth was ALL about God and His goodness and had NOTHING to do with his own achievements. You and I can follow David’s example in his relationship with God by giving Him all the credit. When you pray, go beyond the superficial and praise God for all He has done by using David’s example below from Psalms 103.
- Lord, thank you and help me not to forget everything you’ve done and will do for me. “2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:”
- Lord, you are so good to me.You forgive me of all of my sins and you heal me of all my sickness. “ 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;”
- Lord, you have saved me from hell and from harm. I am so thankful for your mercy, love and kindness. “4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;”
- Lord, you are so good to me! You give me good food to eat and things that I enjoy. I am thankful for the strength and vitality that you bestow upon me every day. “5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
- Lord, when I am persecuted and have been wronged, you are there to defend and help me. “6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”
- Dear Lord, thank you for the examples of those before me and for those you have given me now to guide me in my relationship with you. “7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”
- Lord, I am so thankful for your mercy and grace. Thank you for your patience with me when I am wrong. “8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”
- Lord, I am so thankful that you do not hold on to your anger and that you do not remind me of my past sins. “9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.”
- Dear Lord, you are so gracious to me and you have not punished me as I have deserved! “10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”
- Lord, your mercy is everlasting and stretches further than I can imagine or comprehend. Continue to help me reverence you in the manner that you deserve. “11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.”
- Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for casting my sins far away so that they may never be reached or found. “12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”
Dear reader, there is so much to bless God for! When you are feeling overwhelmed or even unworthy of God’s love, please take the time to bless Him. Remember, to be called “after God’s own heart” is dependent upon your relationship with Him. He is so good to us.
& One Day at a Time Devotional,
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