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November 19 – Praying To God Who Is Love

“Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.  In the day of my trouble I call upon You, for You answer me.  There is none like You among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like Yours.”  Psalm 86;6-8

Devotional Thought For The Day

This again is a great example of how people pray who have come to know God, the only True and Living God.  They pray for mercy and grace knowing that we have nothing to commend ourselves to God with, no benefits, blessings, or love that we have earned or deserved. In fact we have “trouble,” and much of it is of our own making.  But knowing that God is merciful and forgiving, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, we humbly turn to Him for help in all times of need – confessing our sin and professing His love.  And God answers prayers, the prayers of those who are His dear children of faith – although not always as we might desire or try to dictate to Him.

God, the only True and Living God, is quite different than “the gods,” all other man-made and humanly invented “gods.”  These false gods have no real love, have no real power, and cannot truly help and benefit those who trust in them. In fact, they do not even exist in reality, as the apostle Paul explains:  “As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.” [1 Cor. 8:4] Sadly, those who pay deference and homage to these other “gods” are actually involved in demon worship, as again the apostle Paul explains:  “No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons.” [1 Cor. 10:20]

Consider how blessed you are to have come to know God, the One True and Living God, when there are so many people who know only some “face god” who is actually demonic.  The psalmist is correct – “nor are there any works like Yours.” Consider the gift of His own beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, His giving of His life into bitter suffering and death for our sins, as “the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.” [John 1:29]  Consider how blessed we are that “He is the blood atonement for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” [1 John 2:2] Consider how “we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” [Eph. 1:7]  Consider how He has blessed us with faith, that we should know and believe the love that He has for us: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” [Eph. 2:8,9]  Consider how He has enriched our lives with His loving purpose: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” [Eph. 2:10]

Yes, He answers our prayers – providing us with exactly what is best for us at all times, working all things together for our good [Rom. 8:28].  Because we know His love we call upon Him at all times, especially in our times of trouble. We humbly praise His gracious mercy and steadfast love – knowing that He is our great Friend and Benefactor, that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of lights with Whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” [James 1:17]  People who know God, who truly know the only True and Living God, pray as the psalmist prayed – “for You answer me.”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom alone we come to know the Father, thanks and praise be to You for Your great love for us, Your mercy and salvation, and Your blessing upon each day of our lives. Remind us in all times of trouble to pray to You, to trust in You, and to praise You for the way in which You deliver us from evil.  For the magnificent blessings You lavish upon us we give You all praise, honor, and glory, now and forever.  Amen.