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PRAYER AND THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD

Psalm 27:7   Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;  be gracious to me and answer me!  8 You have said, “Seek my face.”  My heart says to you,  “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”

This is a beautiful prayer. We can learn so much about people's relationships with God by looking at or listening to their prayers. They help us know how we are to relate to God in our prayers. There's some amazing stuff about prayer in this short prayer. Let's look at it and talk about "Prayer and the Presence of the LORD."

One, he cries. Have you ever really cried when praying? Really got down on your knees and called out to the Lord?

Two, he knows he doesn't deserve God to answer, so he says "Be gracious." Grace is getting something you didn't earn or deserve. When we pray do we treat God like He is wronging us if He doesn't answer us in the way we want?

Three, he is seeking, hard. He senses God calling him into a deeper devotion, "You said 'seek my face.'" Maybe God is calling you to seek Him more than you ever have before. I want to grow deeper this next year in my life with God. I was challenged by these two short verses, to really, really spend time seeking God more. I was in a car wreck last week going 70 miles an hour and walked away.  (My car doesn’t look so great.) I’m turning 65 next year. (Most days I don’t feel a day over 90.) I’m a puzzle to my heart doctor. Life just happens to us at high speed. Don’t miss the best part of daily slowing down to enjoy His presence. Do you want to grow deeper with God? Often we have not because we ask not. Are you asking? Is your heart seeking “His Face”? What an invitation He offers to us.

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UNIQUE DESIGN

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jer. 1:5

We sometimes strive to be people we aren’t—we like to think we’re suited for the stage, but the reality is, we’re more effective behind the scenes, or maybe we try our hand at the behind-the-scenes work, but only struggle because we were made to be performing on-stage.

This is because God has given every person unique abilities, passions, and experiences. We’re not the same as our parents, our siblings, our friends, or our co-workers—so we can’t expect to be the same, do the same, or bring passion to the same things. We are intelligently and lovingly designed by a creative God, and He has created every one of us for a different purpose.

So, why do we look to our left and covet the job of our neighbor? Why do we look to our right and allow our hearts to be filled with envy, seeing the success of a friend? Their purpose is not ours, so their path will inevitably look different—and that’s okay. When we become jealous, we can calm any growing resentment with this truth: God knew us before He formed us in our mother’s womb, and before we were born, He set us apart. 

Don’t be afraid of your purpose. Don’t resist the gifts you were given. And don’t covet another’s. Instead, trust the God who knows and will see His purposes come to pass. God created you to do something specific. Before you were a thought in your parents’ minds, He knew you. Before you were born into this world He already set you apart to accomplish something great!

Every one of us is designed to do something specific. You are on this Earth to accomplish a mission no one else can perform. Are you living out that dream? Or are you fighting against your calling, even though you know there is more?

God never calls you out unless He’s willing to help you get it done. He will give you every resource you need to accomplish the mandate He has given you on this earth! Trust Him. Now let’s get to work!

Prayer:  Father, thank You for my unique design. Thank You for trusting me to do Your work on this earth! Give me the courage and the confidence to step out in faith, and with boldness, in Jesus’ name.

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