August 16, Friday

Today’s devotional, provided by the staff of Kairos Christian Church in San Diego, led by Pastor Peter Yoon, was originally posted on July 2, 2013.

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“How to Pray for our Sons”

Psalm 72:5, 8, 17

May he endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations. 8 May he rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth . . . 17 May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. Then all nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.

When fathers pray for their sons, their typical petitions do not go beyond praying for their earthly well-being (e.g., “Lord, help my son to get into this great university”).  While nothing is wrong with such prayers in and of themselves, something is missing in such prayers. What’s missing is asking God to help their sons to get right with God (e.g., “Lord, help my son to change so that he may love you more and desire to serve You”).  

With respect to King David, as he continues to pray for his son Solomon, he begins to look beyond his son’s reign as an earthly king to the reign of the King to come through his son’s lineage.  Unlike human kings, this coming King is eternal, enduring as long as the sun and the moon (which is a gross understatement). To this King, a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day (Ps. 90:4).  His reign reaches every corner of the earth, from sea to sea, to the very ends of the earth. There is not one speck of existence which He does not reign over. This King will bless far more than Israel, but all nations.  He will receive praises from all peoples for it is too light a thing that He should receive worship from Israel alone.  

So often we are focused solely on the concerns of today in our small neighborhoods that affect only those in our immediate circles and suddenly even God appears small and inconsequential to us.  Meditate on the greatness of God and ask Him to cultivate awe in your heart today. And pray that your children, despite their early successes, will not be satisfied until they serve the Lord wholeheartedly.  

Prayer: Lord Jesus, my words cannot express your greatness.  My mind cannot comprehend your glory. Forgive me that I am so focused on myself and my life that I lose my sense of wonder before you.  There is none like you, Lord. You alone are worthy and I long for the day when you receive all the glory you deserve from me and from all the nations!

Bible Reading for Today:  Acts 5


Lunch Break Study

Read James 1:5-8 (NIV): If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Questions to Consider 

  1. What should you do when facing trials? 
  2. What character of God is revealed when He answers your prayers?
  3. Ask God for heavenly wisdom when facing trials and difficulties; then, firmly expect that your best wisdom will come only from Him. 

Note

  1. If you find yourself lacking wisdom in your current trials, you should ask God for wisdom.  But we must not confuse wisdom with knowledge. Knowledge is information; wisdom is application. Knowledge is comprehension of facts; wisdom is handling life. Knowledge is theoretical; wisdom is practical.
  2. God is generous as a giver. Also, God does not blame us by finding fault in us. One of the great things about God is that he knows what we are made of; he knows we are mere dust and how very weak we are. He knows how difficult life is for us and understands why we struggle so. Thus, he does not find fault with us for being who we are.
  3. Personal response

Evening Reflection

In what ways did God reveal His greatness to you today, particularly through difficult moments? Can you off this prayer? Heavenly Father, I ask that you generously give me wisdom to face my trials and difficulties. And help me to fully trust that You are working through this trial to accomplish your good purpose in my life. Amen.

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