DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL: Returning to God in Prayer

  Text: Lamentations 3:40-66 Yesterday we saw hope rising. Today we see hope and faith in action. From despair Jeremiah turns his face to God who can do all things.. He lifts his voice in prayer because he knows that even in his anger, the lord reserves mercy for his beloved. When we have become victims of circumstances in suffering along with others in our community due to repercussions of sin, instead of allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by grief we should rather focus on God. This requires that we must know God personally. Jeremiah has an intimate relationship with God and so, he knows that God will surely hear and answer.  He asks in verse 40-42 that we search out and examine our ways and turn back to the lord. It is only in returning that we will find rest. We must own up to our sins. Confess them before we seek for restoration. He calls on Judah to do just that. And we are also being called to do just that today. What is that matter between you and God? The More you hide it or


  Bible Text: Lamentations 3:19-39 "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceaseth, His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness O Lord" (vere 22-23). This verse is full of hope, assurance and compassion. God is a being we cannot attempt to comprehend with our finite minds. He runs on definite principles that are not in line with the ways of the world. One would expect that as he has gone out to punish Judah, he will never relent. In this study we are rather witnessing the positive confessions of the prophet. He had already sunk deep into grief and depression, but in this hopelessness he remembered God's faithfulness. He recalled that God's punishment doesn't cancel out his faithful commitment to his promises. "For the lord will not cast off forever, though he causes grief" (verse 31). In this hope he arose. He refused to remain down but rather to hold on to the hope that is in God.   The Lord is my portion says m


  Text: lamentations 3:1-18 Jeremiah laments with the lamentations of Job. His laments took on an accusatory stance against God. It is a situation experienced by a man who has known fellowship with God. Now, he feels cut off. He prays but there is no answer (verse 8). God is being accused also of lying in wait like a lion in ambush who turns his prey into pieces (verse 10) these are serious allegations against God by the prophet. He is also aware of the cause of this devastation, why then does he lament in this manner? When afflictions comes as a result of sin to a nation even the righteous also suffer. We live in a fallen world. We all share this space called the earth. What is happening in one end of the earth can affect other areas on the Globe. Therefore there is serious need for intercession. The book of Jeremiah shows us that even the prophet was not exempt from the aftermath of the fall of Jerusalem. He had his own share of the trials. His lament also shows his humanity. No one


 Bible text: 1  Timothy 2:1-3 (New King James Version) 2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 (for kings and  all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, This is the lord's will concerning the nations. Every instituted authority is recognised by God and he instructs that we pray for them. This is the good and acceptable thing to do as believers. Many times we fall into the error of castigating, and judging the people in authority but today God  wants that we rather pray for the salvation of souls. Nothing can change this country or her leaders as much as prayer can. Often we do not consider it a necessary part of our prayer points.  Bible instructs that we pray for the peace of the land where we live. Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach. When the righteous is in


 This is the third and concluding part of this series of articles.  Before reading this post I suggest you see what is the value of sex  and If you are still a virgin . I dedicate this third part to all young people who are aspiring to get it right. If you're married, you can also find help and help others too in their areas of struggle. One man, one woman, for life. That’s the way God designed it. ( Bible references Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5, Ephesians 5:31, 1 Corinthians 6:16). If you believe that, it can change the way you look at sex. So can believing this: God loves you and values you. He has a special purpose for your life. Knowing how God feels about you can inspire you to save your sexual purity for your wedding day. That will become your way of telling your husband or wife: “I love you so much that I loved you even before I met you – by saving myself for you. We will have a life-long adventure of sexual closeness that won’t be ruined by the memories of other sexual partne


Bible Text: Lamentations 2:1-22 The most important verse in this chapter is verse 5 The lord was an enemy, he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces, he hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.  The whole chapter buttressed one point:  the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah was orchestrated by God and God alone. Even though he used the Babylonians, it was his premeditated act from start to finish, so that nobody will make any mistakes about it.  The destruction was thorough and complete. Priests, kings, elders, young, old, youth and babies were all affected. He carefully measured the lines as a master builder to ensure that his destruction left no stone unturned.   God cannot be mocked. He warned and warned, but the people persisted in their sins. Right from the days of Noah down to this desolation of the lamentations, one thing is clear, man always rebelled against God's warning and at the end has himself to blame for the repercussi


God's love over us is beyond measure. He is the lover who never gets tired of giving himself. He is dependable as he is caring. He never goes away. He is committed to our well being from the beginning of time till eternity to come. Love is the greatest attribute of God and his greatest strength. Variously  in the old testament he tried to show this love, to make us understand it. In  Jeremiah 31:3  (New International Version), we read; 3 The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness  And in Isaiah 43:2 (New International Version) 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. God has loved humanity with an eternal kindness. He  did the unimaginable. He gave his only son, just to buttress this fact. In Jesus he gav

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