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Promises, Promises

First of all, pray

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made before all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:1-4

What an awesome time I had last night with God before my husband got home.  The house was quiet for the most part - remember, I sometimes suffer from barking dog syndrome - and I had an uninterrupted hour and a half to spend with God.  Sweet.   It was one of those times when I felt that God was speaking directly to me from the pages of my bible.  God's Word truly is a living book.

This time I read through all of 1 Timothy again as well as 2 Timothy.  As I was reading, I kept settling on the passage above and the phrase "first of all".  First of all, Paul says, that we need to pray.  Aha.  Once again, God is drawing me back to prayer.  He knows that I haven't yet "arrived" in this area of spiritual discipline - not that I've mastered any other - so He gave me a subtle reminder that I must not do things in my own strength and wisdom, but allow Him the opportunity to work.  (Note: I have a Women's Ministry planning meeting tonight.  Do you think this was coincidence?)

From 1 Timothy 2:1, God brought me to Ephesians 6:18 through my bible cross references:

Praying always with all prayers and supplication to the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for the saints.

Yes, that was great to hear about prayer again.  After I finished reading and journaling, I spent some time in prayer.  I got the lesson from God yesterday.  Now though, I'll give you the "bonus" I got from Him!

From Ephesians 6:18, my eyes turned on the page to Eph 6:10 as it says, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."  I believe that after all of my reading and the lesson learned once again about prayer, that this is what I sat down with Him for.  God spoke to me here to say that I'm not alone, that I don't have to rely on my own strength and that He is with me.  (Then I was reminded about how yesterday I received an email from an online friend that was a blessing to me).  Yesterday was a good day. 

Questions to think about:

1) Am I doing anything today in my own strength instead of relying on God?

2) Is my day, every day, fully prayed over?

3) Have I taken the time to listen to God speak to me today?  Have I been quiet long enough to hear?