Voices: Prayer

Devotion for Friday, December 9

1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.
Matthew 6:9-18
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

When it comes to our voice, we ought to speak to God. God wants us to talk to Him. 1 Thessalonians commands us to “pray without ceasing.”

What do you think it means to pray without ceasing?

In Matthew 6:9-18 Jesus answers his disciples when they ask him to pray.

Do you think that Jesus meant to say those exact words when it is time to pray?

Is there any kind of an outline to Jesus prayer? Can it be a model of how we should pray?

How’s your prayer life going? Has God heard your voice in a while? Maybe it’s time to talk to God.

Voices: Preaching

Devotion for Thursday, December 8

1 Corinthians 2
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Questions for meaning:
What was Paul telling these Corinthian believers?
What role did preaching have in Paul’s ministry to this church?

Make sure to reference the verses in answering these questions…

Do you think it is important to hear good biblical preaching? Does it have an impact on your life? What role should preaching have in your life?

Voices: the Bible- Day 2

Devotion for Wednesday, December 7

Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.

Like we talked about yesterday, the most imporant voice we need in our life on a daily basis is the voice of God. He has spoken through His Word. What an incredible gift this is! It’s not realistic to think that we’ll be able to look at the Bible every time that we have to make a decision. That is why it is so important to have God’s Word memorized so that we can do what He says and not do what He has forbidden for us.
What a great prayer the psalmist prays in verse 10. He says, “God please don’t let me wander from your commands.” He then follows up with the incredible verse- “I will hide your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Certainly “hiding …in my heart” includes not only knowing the words but also believing, accepting, doing and owning the words of God as well.
Today I was challenged again with hiding God’s Word in my heart. Have you ever memorized God’s Word? Why not try to memorize today’s verse?

Voices: the Bible

Devotion for Tuesday, December 6

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17

The ultimate voice that we need in our life is the voice of God. What is so cool is that He has spoken to us clearly in black and white. Today’s text tells us that all scripture is God breathed and is profitable for 4 thing:

Doctrine: What we are to believe.
Reproof: What not to believe.
Correction: What not to do.
Instruction in righteous: What to do.

What you believe directs what you do. God’s voice needs to be spoken into your life through His Word to help you know what to believe, what not to believe, what to do and what not to do.

Does God’s voice influence what you believe and what you do? Not in theory- in real life…today?