April 17, Monday

The AMI QT Devotionals from April 17-20 are provided by Jabez Yeo.  Jabez, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, is currently working in NYC and serving at TRPC-E.  He hopes to become a missionary.  His devotionals are based off material from Serge’s Sonship program. You can click here for more information.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY

Fellowship with the Father as God’s Children

Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

When thinking about great heroes of the faith, George Muller should be considered on anyone’s list. Born in 1805 in modern day Germany, Muller established several orphanages in England, which cared for over 10,000 orphans during his lifetime. Despite exorbitant costs, Muller never made requests for financial support to anyone except God. Yet time after time, God’s provision of financial support would come at exactly the right time. Muller’s incredible faith and prayer life inspired other “faith missionaries” such as Hudson Taylor, who would go on to establish China Inland Mission (now known as Overseas Missionary Fellowship).

Learning about men like George Muller may lead us to wonder how some can reach such incredible levels of faith and prayer, especially when we have orphan-like tendencies. For some of us, our prayer lives are non-existent. For others, we realize that we use our prayers as a way to manipulate God for our own pleasure. We “delight in God” so that He may give us what we want, and we continue to “delight in Him” as long as our desires are being fulfilled. The apostle James notes that this tendency is a form of adultery and warns that such living signifies friendship with the world (James 4:3-4).

The saddest thing is that God, our Heavenly Father, eagerly desires to converse with us (Zeph. 3:17). He longs to capture our hearts so that we would be more like Him, allowing us to live life to the fullest (John 10:10). When we receive, by faith, God’s delight in us through prayer, we as His children will begin to delight in Him. And as God becomes our utmost desire, our desires slowly but surely align with His, leading to the ultimate fulfillment of Psalm 37:4.

It is only through prayer that we lose our self-will and receive power to do God’s will God’s way. It is only through prayer that the kingdom of self is demolished and the kingdom of heaven is glorified. Rather than asking God to change our circumstances, can we ask God to change us? Let’s do so today.

Prayer: Father, thank You that You love me and long to have fellowship with me. I confess that my time with You has been lacking or has primarily been about me. Father, I want to live the life that You want me to live. Change me from the inside out, help me to become more like You and to desire what You desire. May You be lifted high in my life. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Leviticus 9


LUNCH BREAK STUDY

Read Romans 8:26-7: We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

Questions to Consider

  1. What is the hope in which we are saved?
  2. Oftentimes, we have trouble knowing what to pray for. How does God help us in this?
  3. How does this truth comfort you in the midst of your struggles?

Notes

  1. The redemption of our bodies, which our adoption to sonship will eventually bring. We no longer have to live as orphans as we have the Holy Spirit in us.
  2. The Holy Spirit helps us and intercedes for us in accordance with God’s will.
  3. Personal response.

EVENING REFLECTION

How has God been speaking to You today? What are some of your desires that are not aligned with His? Only God can bring change or even the desire to change. Let’s ask that He would empower us for the next day.

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