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Open my eyes, Lord!

In my devotions, I read from 2 Kings 6:8-23. Elisha is a man of God that was aiding the King of Israel. The King of Aram opposed Israel – and in so doing, opposed Elisha.

Read the passage in your Bible or online here:  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Kings%206:8-23&version=NLT

What an awesome passage!  (If you didn’t read it yet, do it now!  Come on, it’s only 15 verses!)

Here’s what I can apply from this passage:

  1. The Lord will speak to those who seek. Elisha sought God.  And he found Him.  Everyday.  (see Jeremiah 29:13)
  2. It is good to be around those who hear from God. The King of Israel was blessed by Elisha.
  3. There is much more to our lives than what we see with our own eyes! This is probably the most astounding part of this passage!
  • We live in a spiritual world!  Most times, we are oblivious to what’s going on right around us.
  • Read Paul’s closing words to the church in Ephesus:
    • “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT)

May our prayer be “Lord, open our eyes.  That I may see You and not be naive to the works of the devil.  May I be strong in You and Your mighty power everyday!”

 

 

How to Pray

This is our Week of Prayer.  I wanted to share an outline with you that may help you as you pray.  You can remember it by noticing that the 4 parts each begin with a letter  of the word A.C.T.S. (as in the book of Acts in the Bible).

  • Adoration: Begin & end with worship.  Praise God for who he is!
  • Confession: Confess & repent of all sins.  Be honest & take responsibility for your own actions.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank God for all he’s done.
  • Supplication: Pray for your needs & others.  Be specific & don’t rush.  “Pray through!”
  • You end just like you began: by praising God.

I want to encourage you to spend time in prayer.  As you practice praying, you will get better at it.

Talk to the Lord.  Practice listening to God’s voice.  If you’re not used to it, it may seem hard at first to concentrate.  I promise you, the more you pray, the easier it will become.

It is truly a gift to be able to communicate with the Creator & Savior of the world!

How Christianity is different in China than in the U.S.

I found an interesting thought from author Philip Yancey. CNN interviewed him & asked him how Christianity is different in the US versus in Communist China, where they do not have religious freedom. You can read the article in it’s entirety at http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/09/evangelical-author-philip-yancey-asks-what-good-is-god/

CNN: How is the practice of Christianity different in China than in the U.S.?

Yancey: At my church, when something bad happens, people immediately ask God to fix it: get me a job, heal my aunt, whatever. I pray those same prayers, and I see nothing wrong with them. In China, though, I heard different prayers, not “God, take away this burden,” but “God, give me the strength to bear this burden.” Read More…