Category Archives: Daily Devotional

Make prayer a custom

But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. (Daniel 6:10 NLT)

It was Daniel’s custom to pray in front of his window facing Jerusalem.  He had a set time each day.  Even with the threat of death if he prayed, he prayed anyway.  Nothing was going to stop him from praying.  How does this apply to us today?  One day when I was a substitute teacher in middle school I ate my lunch in the classroom because a student asked to make up his homework during lunch time.  I prayed over my lunch as I always did.  The young man later said to me that it encouraged him to pray over his meal when he was in the cafeteria with other students.  Sometimes it feels awkward to pray in front of people when you know they are not Christian.  Daniel had the courage to pray even though it meant going to the lions’ den.

–Diane

Can’t sleep? Don’t count sheep, talk to the shepherd.

I lie awake thinking of You, meditating on You through the night. (Psalms 63:6 NLT)

Ever have one of those nights where you just can’t sleep.  I have no problem falling asleep, I just can’t stay asleep.  This is the best opportunity to relax your mind from the cares of the world by spending time with the Lord in prayer.  You will be surprised how refreshed you will feel in the morning even though you didn’t get your 7 – 8 hours of sleep.

–Diane

Pray in the Evening

After sending them home, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. Night fell while He was there alone. (Matthew 14:23 NLT)

Jesus spent a lot of time in prayer.  He had a very busy schedule, but He took time to pray.  He was constantly under Satan’s attack.  He could not be successful in resisting temptation had He not had spent time in prayer.  Sometimes He prayed all night.  He knew where to get the power He needed.  Prayer is powerful.  Prayer is not just to ask for some material blessing we want.  Prayer is communion with the Father and Christ.  It is developing a relationship.  It is knowing the will of the Father and having the strength to follow it.  It is learning to hear the voice of the Father and being able to recognize it when He speaks in the still small voice.  I need to spend more time in prayer.

—Diane

He Will Wake You Up

The Sovereign LORD has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will. (Isaiah 50:4 NLT)

What better way to start the day by spending time with the LORD in prayer.  Think you are too busy to spend the time?  You will be surprised how well your day will go when you spend time in prayer.  I used to work in Washington, D.C. and had a very busy schedule.  I asked the LORD to wake me up a little earlier so that I could have time with Him.  If you ask the LORD something like this, expect He will do it.  He started with 15 minutes before the alarm went off and increased it up to an hour over time.  I woke up refreshed.  Starting the day with prayer and Bible study makes the day go much smoother.  It gives you the peace you need when you face difficult challenges.  It helps keep you calm when everyone around us is not.

–Diane

The End – No More

Whatever they plot against the LORD he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time. (Nahum 1:9 NIV)

Nahum is talking about the Assyrians that God will destroy them until there is nothing left.  It will be permanent.  This also applies to the final judgment when sin, death, pain, and suffering will be destroyed.  Will sin be a problem a second time?  NO! God says sin will never rear its ugly head a second time.  After sin is destroyed it will not reappear.  This is fantastic news!  I can’t wait.

–Diane

Heaven on Earth

(1) Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
(2) I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
(3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
(4) ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
(5) He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  (Revelation 21:1-5 NIV)

Genesis tells us how God created this world.  It tells us that God saw that it was perfect.  But because of Satan the world became imperfect.  He marred the beauty that God created.  I love the last two chapters of Revelation because it tells how God will re-create the earth just as He is re-creating a clean, pure, and loving heart in us each day.  When sin is destroyed, God will create a new earth and a new heaven.  His capital city will come to earth.  He will dwell with us.  He will wipe away our tears.  There will be no more death, pain and suffering.  It will be so glorious.  God says believe it because it is true, it will happen.  He keeps His promises.

–Diane