April 18, Tuesday

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

“Overcoming Hindrances to Prayer as God’s Children”

Ephesians 1:3-8

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

In yesterday’s devotional, we talked briefly about George Muller, a great hero of the faith. Through fervent prayer and faith in God and His provision, Muller was able to care for over 10,000 orphans during his lifetime. When describing what had to happen to become effective in prayer, Mueller mentioned two things: Firstly, Muller had to die to what he thought about himself, as he wrote, “You really can’t live for God’s glory…if you are thinking about what you think about yourself.” Secondly, Mueller mentioned that he had to die to what others thought about him.

In today’s digitized world, it is easy to manage our image through social media, blogs and other platforms. What we think of ourselves and what others think of us can lead us to act as spiritual orphans and cloud the most important opinion: what God thinks of us. Thankfully, prayer is the tool that is readily available to recalibrate our thoughts. Through prayer, we are reminded that we are not orphans but sons and daughters of the King (Eph. 1:5); we are reminded that we have every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3) and are chosen to be holy and blameless in His sight (Eph. 1:4); and that we are given redemption and forgiveness through God’s lavish grace (Eph. 1:8).

Because we are human, there will be times when we distinctly feel God’s presence in an undeniable way, but there will also be times when He feels incredibly distant. In those times, prayer not only reminds us of the truth of Scripture but also helps us demolish the barriers that hinder our fellowship with God. Perhaps there are certain sins that are leading to our estrangement from God and need to be confessed. Perhaps there are certain emotions such as resentment, anxiety, fear or bitterness that prevent us from seeing God’s grace.

Oftentimes, we come to our devotional time routinely to check off one of many tasks for the day. However, prayer is a great time not to achieve but to receive—to receive the truths that God has for us. Let’s do so today.

Prayer: Father, thank You that You love me and that I can come to Your throne of grace with confidence, receiving mercy and grace in my time of need (Heb. 4:16). I confess that I often forget what You think of me. I confess that I look to my opinion and others’ opinion of me instead of Your opinion. Bring me back to You today. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Leviticus 10


LUNCH BREAK STUDY

Read Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Questions to Consider

  1. Why do you think God commands us not to be anxious?
  2. Why do you think God’s remedy for anxiety is prayer?
  3. What are you anxious about today? What can you surrender to Him in prayer? Give it a careful thought.

Notes

  1. Anxiety reveals self-centeredness. Through anxiety, we declare our lack of faith in God’s ability to provide.
  2. Through fellowship with God in prayer, He helps us to discern whether our desires and ambitions are ours or His. Through prayer, God reveals to us His heart and will. Through prayer, we can be transformed so that our hearts desire His will, bringing us perfect peace (Phil. 4:7).
  3. Personal response.

EVENING REFLECTION

What truths about yourself did God remind you of today? How did He remind you of His love and His grace for you? Journal it so that it may serve as one of your spiritual stones (Jos. 4:1-9).

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