No Cajoling Necessary

IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008

I’ve been talking to myself recently about the things I talk to DADDY GOD about. Well, not so much the things I talk to Him about but the way I phrase what I want to talk to Him about. And today I said to myself, or was it The Holy Spirit who said, “You don’t have to beg. He is more than willing and able to do that.” I quickly rephrased my request to a positive anticipation. We should never approach our Father in prayer as if we have to beg Him or ‘twist His Arm’ to get Him to respond to us. We don’t have to cajole Him to give strength to a sister or brother who is hard hit with adverse situations. Would it not build our own faith if we said Father, You know what has happened and I know You have a plan in this and I know You are willing and able to give _______ strength and courage to overcome; thank You for what You are doing for her even now and Holy Spirit thank You that You are empowering her to receive Your help.
And when we are concerned for a lost friend, would it not build our own faith to rather than pray as if we have to coax Father to save them but praise Him for what He is doing to draw them to Himself; to praise Him for the mercy and grace He is pouring out upon them; to thank Him for every witness and circumstance that He is using to convince your friend of his or her need of salvation. It is my goal to be positive in my praying; to pray with thanksgiving, to pray Father’s Word back to Him and KNOW He will answer. You know that too, don’t you?

One more thing: a line from one of the songs we sang this past weekend is a nugget worth holding on to: I have hope today because the Sovereign God of the heavens loves me.
Meditate on that today; get the arms of your heart around it, embrace it and make it your own.

Philippians 4: 6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 3: 9 The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.

Father, I know You are watching over each of our IDOKs today and everyday. I know You are taking Your Word and empowering it to do that which You have ordained for Your Glory and the good of these listed here. Thank You for the protection You have continually given to our IDOK Troops and we pray for Your Protection again today, mind, body and spirit. And we thank You that You love them even more than we. We pray for a successful conclusion to these wars; we pray for the repentance of America; thank You for the mercy and grace You show this nation every day. Thank You for the plans You have for America and thank You for all the encouragement You give us to embrace Your Plans. We continue to obey You in our prayers for the Peace of Israel and to intercede for the Church, that we will holy and blameless for Your Sake, Lord Jesus. Alla Mae. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. Oprah. Chris B. Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Odessa H. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Tonya and family. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Chuck. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance and Baby. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew. Cindy, Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Kyle. Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III. Bay N.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside:
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
Civilian in Country – Lee.

As I post this it is 90°F and with light haze in Kuwait, KW & the time there is 9:01 AM AST – on April 29, 2008

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