Daily Devotion Monday, February 4th

Monday, February 4, 2013 – Psalm 62; Isaiah 51:17-23; Galatians 4:1-11 and Mark 7:24-37

Psalm 62 – 1   For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2   He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken. ….

8   Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.      

Phyllis heard an interesting poll either yesterday or leading up to the Super Bowl game. The question was, does God play a roll in who wins a sporting event? She was amazed at the number of people who said yes. I found the poll and 27% of those polled believe that God affects who wins a sporting event. Maybe if I’d prayed a harder Denver would have got another 1st down and won our playoff game against the now Super Bowl champions – Baltimore Ravens. Maybe the Ravens won because their fans where the ones praying harder and that’s why they tied the game and it went into overtime and then they got the interception and won the game with the field goal. I really don’t believe God cares who wins the Super Bowl, but God does care about how we play the game; a sporting game or the “game of life”.

I bring that up because in our reading from Psalm 62 the Psalmist calls for us to “pour out your heart before God.” For me this is a call for us to pour hearts out to God about the big stuff of our days. To lift up to God the major concerns that are before us, our family members, our nation and the world. Yesterday in worship a mother who has two sons in the military shared that her son who was scheduled to go to Afghanistan would not be going there, because he might be going to Syria. Syria and the many hot spots around the world are reasons to pray for God’s guidance and the miracle of a new day and a new way. My prayer is that we not send in our troops but that another way be found to bring in that new day for the people of Syria.

What are you concerned about? What is upon your heart? Pour out your heart before God, seeking God’s healing touch, guiding hand, God’s grace. I end a lot of my prayers, especially those where I have a particular desire with, “yet thy will be done.”

May we pour out our hearts before God today and know we can at any time, any place.

O God, I give thanks that you so love us that you want us to share all our burdens with you. As you hear the prayers of your people, may you guide them, bless them, minister to them and may thy will, which is what will ultimately give new life, be done. Amen.

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