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21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 4

Psalm 119:2

Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.

01032015 RayPsalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible (a trivia question for sure).  Psalm 119 is the reading for today and you can read it here.  It is the Bible that gives us instruction and teaching about the statues of God – about the character of God.  2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God‑breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.  It is a love for the Word of God that should be in our hearts.  This love for God’s Word should shape our attitudes.  A deep desire to know more of God by knowing more of His Word.

Having a heart for God and for God’s Word is essential.  I will pray this for us during this prayer/fast – that we develop or grow our heart for God’s Word.  I pray for us to always have a heart for God and for His Word!  Search us Lord and know our hearts!  Deepen our love for You and for Your Word.

The Scriptures are filled with challenges to have a heart for God – a heart like God.  Proverbs 23:26 – My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways. If we love God – we will seek His face and desire His grace.  John 14:23 – Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”  Seeking after God with our whole heart is what God desires from us.  Jeremiah 29:13 – You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  Philippians 2:5 (NLT) – You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Today is a short devotional thought – partly because the reading for the day is so long – Psalm 119:1-176.  Today’s message is simple and straight forward.  We need a heart for Jesus – a heart for our God – even the heart of God!  We need to develop a heart for the Word of God too!  We need to grow a passion for the Word of God and for the heart of God.  I for one desire to be more and more in love with Jesus every day!

If we do not look to the Word of God for truth – where will we turn – to our minds – to our reason? That can be so dangerous – since we are sinful people.  We’ve been warned about this in the very Word of God!  2 Timothy 4:3-4 – 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


January 8, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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