But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, ” as I live , says the Lord , every knee shall bow to me , and every tongue shall give praise to God .” So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
Romans 14:10-12 NASB
Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 3:12-13 NASB
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NASB
I’ve been struggling lately with stress and worry about a situation lately. In my head I was giving it to God but my prayers were short, and in passing.
Last night I finally went to my knees in full focus with God, bowing not only my mind and heart, but my body also to Him. Pleading my case, but also accepting His will for this situation.
Immediate calm came over me during my prayer time and this morning this verse popped up in the devotion I’m doing.
Anyone who thinks God doesn’t speak to us, isn’t listening.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3-5 NASB
The past, present, and future all in these verses. Hold on and draw closer to our God.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Colossians 3:16 KJV
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NASB
…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind….
Key phrase there. Lately I’ve found myself so tired from work and daily stress, lack of sleep, that I can’t say my mind has been renewed. Which means, I’m not being transformed. Which means I’m missing out.
It’s time to spend more time in quiet with God, get back to feeling His closeness. He renews my mind and transforms.
Time to turn to Him earlier in my evening, fall asleep in His presence, centered on Him and His Word.
Time to be renewed again.
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I wanted to share this devotion because it made me stop and really think about my prayer life. There was one point in particular that stuck with me, integrating the body, mind and spirit in prayer.
The posture of the body gets left out of the equation as I mostly pray while sitting before meals or during work. Rarely do I sink to my knees or lay face down while praying to God and yet, these are the examples given us in the Bible. How often do we spend trembling before God?
I won’t say I never include the body in prayer but it isn’t my norm. I know that when I do come to God as a whole (body, mind and spirit) it always fills me up more than I can take.
I need to be better at putting God first and give Him more of this time He’s gifted me with each day, 100% of me.