Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by Pastor Mark Chun (Radiance Christian Church, S.F.), was originally posted on March 4, 2013.
Devotional Thought for Today
“Why We Don’t Feel Very Thankful”
O Lord, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults! You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah 3 For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head. 4 He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever. 5 His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
One of the dangers that we face in our spiritual lives is not recognizing when God answers our prayers and not giving Him the proper praise when He responds to us. Perhaps we don’t feel as blessed as King David in terms of wealth, power, and vitality but if you look around your life, there are countless things that are a result of God’s answer to your prayers such as the success of your career, a happy marriage, a loving church community, and the list goes on.
The richness of God’s blessings surrounds those who have the right perspective and you will see that God doesn’t withhold anything from those whom He loves. He is faithful to answer the prayers of His children because of His covenant relationship with us.
Think about the good things that you have in your life and offer up a prayer of thanksgiving for the many blessings of God.
Prayer: Father, You are the giver of every good and perfect gift. Give me the eyes to see the many answers to prayer that I may overlook in my daily routine. Purify the desires of my heart so that I can continue to pray your will. Give me faith and patience so that I can wait in bold expectation for your response.
Bible reading for Today: Revelation 2
Lunch Break Study
Read Matthew 7:11 (ESV): If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Questions to Consider
- Is prayer a blank check in which we can ask anything from God? (Matthew 6:10)
- How do we know what to pray for? (Matthew 6:9-15)
- What keeps our prayers from being answered? (James 4:3)
Prayer is one of the most under utilized sources of power in the life of the believer. Through prayer, we can achieve intimacy with Christ, be empowered and filled by the Holy Spirit, and experience the security of the Father’s love.
- The basic focus of the believer’s prayer life should be the kingdom of God. We are told to seek first the kingdom and that all things will be added to us subsequently. We are not told to pray for anything we want but rather to pray for all things with a kingdom mindset. (Matthew 6:32-33)
- The Lord’s Prayer can be used as a standard blueprint on which we can build a life of prayer. We can start with praying for the will of God to be done and pray confidently that His will is to provide for our needs, forgive our sins, and protect us from the schemes of the devil.
- There are several reasons for God not answering prayer but the two most common are His timing and our impure motives. One question that we can ask ourselves periodically is what do I plan to do with the answered prayer. Will I glorify God with it or use it for my own selfish purposes. (James 4:3)
Did you set aside a few moments to quiet your spirit before God? Was there meaningful dialogue between you and God through the reading of scripture and personal time of prayer?