WITH MY WHOLE HEART!
Suggested Reading: Psalms 9-10
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Key Verse: Psalm 10:17
Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear.
Yes! God will cause His “ear to hear.” Let us make personal the prayers found in our reading. Here are examples of what we may say when we pray. The shepherd king begins his prayers with praise and worship. He writes in the first two verses the four actions he is taking. For our devotional exercises today, why not meditate on these statements, expand on them, and do as it says.
The cries of the needy stand out! David speaks of “the oppressed,” of people in “trouble,” of “the cry of the humble,” of “the needy,” of “the poor,” of “the helpless,” and of “the fatherless.” Let us name before God the names of people we know personally who may fit these descriptions. Most certainly those in war-torn lands where it seems that human cruelty knows no boundaries.
Let us never forget that Jesus issued a press release in advance of His second coming. The words this King of the Universe will utter when He will sit on “the Throne of His Glory” have to do with way we have, or have not, cared for the needy (see Matthew 25:31-46). We pray fervently and then we are moved to help God answer our prayers. Amen!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
“Arise O Lord! Do not let man prevail” (9:19a). “Arise O Lord! O God, lift up Your hand!” (10:12a). “Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more” (10:17-18). Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Today I am here in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a meeting of the Board of Directors of Crossroads USA. I’m praying fervently that God will release the vast potential of the wealthiest country in the history of humanity, for His purposes, in a greater way than ever. I pray the same for my country, Canada. May God give us wisdom and may He be Lord over every decision. I pray for our Chairman, Don Simmonds, for our Chief Executive Officer, John Hull, for our Exectutive Director of Crossroads USA, Jerry Johnston, for our Chief Financial Officer, Ken Pellisaro, and for each Director. May God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Yesterday, the Chairman of our Boards of Directors, both in Canada and the USA, spoke with our new International CEO on the 100 Huntley Street telecast. I encourage all my fellow bloggers to check out their conversation (click here). Please pass this on to anyone who you think might be interested. I believe that God is more interested in His cause here on earth than all of us put together could ever be! Let’s pool our resources and get the job done! Amen!!! Billy Graham lives here in North Carolina. He’s now 94 years old. The prayer in our reading is “Arise O Lord!” Billy surely arose with God and did his part magnificently. Now it’s our turn to “Arise” with the Lord, and do the job that He has called us to accomplish!
Yours for reaching a needy world with His love, His provision, and His Gospel,
P.S. Billy Graham appeared several times on the 100 Huntley Street telecast. Here’s a picture from 1978. That day he challenged Canadians to experience a great spiritual renewal and thus bless the whole world. His associate, John Wesley White, is a Canadian from Saskatchewan. For years I’ve considered John a member of our team as well as a member of Billy’s team.