Daily Devotion-January 4, 2023

Daily Devotion-January 4, 2023

Philippians 4:4-8

Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if anything is excellent, and if anything is praiseworthy, think about these things.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Forgive us when we have a hard time rejoicing always. However, is this not your reminder for us? You already know when troubles come our way, and you wait for us to bring those things before you. Forgive us when we allow the world’s concerns to take away from our faith and our holding on to you. Because clinging to you when trouble comes, we find your peace there. Lord, allow us to bring all that is challenging and troubling us today—to you. You know what is on each of our hearts, and when we come to you in prayers, we are not alone, but all the saints in heaven and on earth join us in our prayer. When we pray, “let your will be done,” we are confident your will is that you are our heavenly Father taking all our cares and concerns into you. With confidence, we bring our prayers before Jesus; our prayers go through your Son, who suffered all things on the cross, so that our sins are removed, and we come before you. Jesus restored us so that nothing stands in the way of us calling on you when we are in trouble and hurting.

Lord, I thank you for answering all my prayers and concerns before they have even left my mouth. Father, we thank you for the peace which only comes from you; please give us the mindset and a changed heart to share with others the love and mercy you have for us. So that they, too, will know your love and be utterly dependent upon you. Amen.

Written through Pastor Roger Emmons

Prayer comes from faith and demonstrates your confidence in what you believe. To whom do you pray too? Where is your faith? You have a God in heaven eagerly anticipating you to call on him in every problem; he has already sent his Son to forgive all your sins.