Esther knew how dire the situation was. She fasted with her people. Esther put her life on the line and went into the king’s presence to plead for the lives of her people. It could have been a death sentence for her.
When the king saw Esther standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. Esther 5:1
You know, God works in miraculous ways. God moved the king’s heart and the Jews were saved and God’s name was glorified. When your life seems grim, and it appears that your story has taken a terrible turn, remember your King has the last word. Go into the presence of the King of kings and plead your case. He will have favor upon you and answer your prayer.
Have you gone a day without eating? Imagine not eating for a week. You will end up weak and ill. The same applies to our spiritual life; the Bible is food for our spiritual development. If we go too long without reading His word, we will feel spiritually weak and sick.
Why do we need the word? Jesus defeated the devil using the word of God. It is the sword of the spirit with which we can defeat the enemy. In times of trouble the Word of God is our stay. It is food for our soul and brings joy and drives out doubt. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. It is life and health to our bones. Jeremiah15:16, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.”
God knows everything about you. He knows every thought you think. Before a word is on your tongue He knows it all. Psalm 139:4
Our Heavenly Father knows us so well. Isn’t it comforting to know that God loves us enough to know us. When you tell Him the deepest matters of your heart He is right there listening to you. Just when you’re struggling to get the words out, He knows exactly what you couldn’t quite say. Words may fail us. But He perfectly understands what we are going through. He looks past our words into our hearts. The deep hurts, the pain, the brokenness is known to Him. Would you trust Him with all the broken pieces of your life?
Jesus encountered lots of children throughout His ministry. He took children in His arms and blessed them. He used the gift of a child’s bread and fish to feed more than 5,000 people. He said that we must become humble like them to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Caring for children is not easy, and it often goes unappreciated. But to everyone who lovingly cares for children and leads them to Jesus, His words remain precious and true: “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My name welcomes Me” (Mark 9:37).
Jesus loves children. He invites us all to be the children of God, and we are safe in His love forever.
In the midst of all that is shifting and changing God assures us that His Word “stands forever!” Anything outside of God’s Word will wither and fade away. God’s word is the final authority. God’s Word is powerful; it can take an unsaved, uninterested, hard-hearted human being and absolutely turn his life around! And it can transform you, too—give you wisdom, bring you joy, dispel the darkness in your life. It shows the way to eternal life through Christ. It gives life meaning and purpose. Have you read His word today?
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him and seek Him.” Lamentations 3:25
For me, waiting quietly for God is difficult. How I wish I could hurry God! My patience keeps running out. I often wonder, “How do I pray better to make Him act?” Maybe, you too feel the same.
When your patience is tested to the limit, remember that the world unfolds according to God’s timetable, not ours.
Prayer: Lord, let me live according to Your plan and according to Your timetable. When I am hurried, Lord, slow me down. When I become impatient with others, give me empathy. Today, Lord, let me be patient, and let me trust in You and Your master plan. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
The Bible says, “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).
In other words “we are His work of art.” The psalmist wrote, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it” (Psalm 139:13–14).
So why are we here on earth? To fulfill a master plan-A plan unique for each one of us. Even before we were conceived in our mother’s womb we were conceived in the heart of God for this very purpose. It’s incredible, but true.
‘Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome!’ Nehemiah 4:14
– In the course of life we get so much advice that it can be confusing.
– But the best advice we could get is to ‘remember the Lord’.
– We need remind ourselves that the Lord is always with us no matter what.
– Remember the Lord today and remind yourself that He has the final say!
PRAYER: Lord, I choose to lift up my eyes today and to focus on You. I will remember that You are with me and You and able to calm my storms and help me with what I am facing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, HE got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.’
– Prayer is our vital link with the Lord.
– The enemy wants to keep so busy that we don’t find the time to pray.
– Prayer is communion with God and we need that in our lives.
– The Lord is calling each one of us into a deeper relationship with Him.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for the example that you set for us in making time with Your Father a priority in Your daily life. We choose to do the same and remind ourselves to pray each day. Amen.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you… (John 14:27).
Peace is something Jesus has given to us as our inheritance. But this doesn’t mean there is no trouble for a Christian. Jesus says, I give peace right in the midst of trouble, right in the midst of distress and turmoil and heartache and pressure. I can impart peace to your heart right there, and not as the world gives. Therefore, the Lord adds, do not let your hearts be troubled. You do not have to be upset and anxious, weary and worried. He will still the storm and quiet the waves. He is with you through it all and He will see you through.