I remember the week after my wife Julie died, I asked the Lord for help on how to survive the grieving time. Then the verses came to mind on rejoicing always, giving thanks in all things and praying without ceasing. (See videos)
As the months passed I had to intentionally practice these things, as it wasn’t something that felt normal. I have to admit the benefits are amazing!
Then I began to discover many things we should fill our lives with always. So I compiled 31 super-short devotionals I would like to send you.
This is a story not many people know. It is a love story about how God put Julie into my life. Anyone that had the privilege of knowing Julie understood that I married out of my league! She was an amazing woman of God that I was allowed to share life with for 35 years. My last words to her before the Lord took her home were, “You were the best wife a man could have ever had.”
The following is my story of God’s search and rescue mission to save me. Forty years ago I chased a girl to summer Bible camp. What I was about to find out was that God was chasing me too. Watch my story below or click on the button.
When I spend time making my requests known unto God, the main thing I want is to pray the will of God to be done on earth as it is in heaven. The Bible is full of instructions on how to pray for fellow believers. So what does the scripture say about praying for the unbeliever?
1. Jesus tells us
Love your enemy.
Bless those who curse you.
Do good to those that hate you.
Pray for those that use you and persecute you.
2. Two things God does not desire
He is not willing that any perish.
He does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked.
3. Two things God desires
That all would come to repentance.
That the wicked would turn from their evil ways and live.
Lord I pray for my unsaved family. I know you are not willing that any would perish, but desire that all would come to repentance. And I thank you that you do not take pleasure in the death of the wicked, but desire them to turn from their evil ways and live. Give them a heart to know you. Give them a desire to serve you. Amen.
Andrew Murray was a South African missionary in the 19th century. He is best known for writing 250 books on the devotional life. He also had the privilege of being used by God in the South African revival of 1860. I have extracted from one of his books a 31 day guide called, Helps in Intercession.
Today I want you to sign up for a 31 day challenge to give your prayer life a boost!
When you sign up, I will send you an email once a day for the next 31 days. Each letter will instruct you WHAT to intercede for and HOW to pray. It will take less than 60 seconds to read, although you can spend as much time praying as you want!
Sign up here and I will send you the first lesson within three minutes.
(If you have signed up for this course previously, you must register with a different email this time.)