Purpose: With so many people suffering during these tough economic times, I wanted to create a daily devotional that would promote faith in God as a solution to overcoming anger and fear. Each devotional will provide a daily passage of Scripture for you to reflect on throughout the day.
In addition, an “Action Item” will assign a daily, simple task to address your fears with faith.
Thank you and God bless you for reading this devotional!
Faith, Not Fear: A 40 Day Devotional Day 2: Count Your Blessings
Today’s Scripture for Reflection: Hebrews 11:6 (King James Version) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Opening Prayer: Yesterday we closed our devotional with prayer. From this day forward, we’ll begin and end in prayer. Please find a quiet place where you can pray alone. You don’t have to talk aloud if you’re concerned about others who can hear you.
If you’re having trouble getting started with prayer, remember that no matter how long, or short your prayer, you’re having a conversation with God.
In your opening prayer, please pray from someone who is in greater need than you.
Today’s Action Item: Please use the paper from yesterday’s Action Item. Look over what you wrote under “I’m worried about…” Which items on this list now seem silly, or no big deal? Draw a line through those.
Are there any worries on your list that only God can solve? Write the words “Pray About” next to each one. For the remaining 39 days of this devotional you’ll pray about each these God-sized problems.
Any remaining worries on your list? If so, circle them as we’ll deal with that stuff in the coming days. Just remember, there’s always someone who has larger problems than you. For example, someone woke up this morning without food to eat. Someone woke up without a home. Many, many folks didn’t wake up this morning. From now on, whenever you begin to think of your problems, stop for a moment and pray for those who have greater problems.
Okay, enough about your problems : ) . Now for something positive. In your “My blessings…” column, think for a moment about each blessing. If you thought of more blessings please add them to your list.
Turn your paper over. Write the words "Prayer List" at the top of the page. Make a list of people you know with problems. For example, perhaps you have a family member, or friend in need of a job, etc.
In your closing prayer today, and each day forward during this devotional period, please pray for each of those folks on your prayer list before you talk to God about your needs. Add names to this list at any time.
Put the paper aside for tomorrow’s Action Item.
Closing Prayer: After you talk to God about the people on your prayer list, also ask God to help you overcome the God-sized problems on your list. Ask for these things in Jesus’ name. Why? In John 14, verses 13-14 it reads, And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. (King James Version)
Please read the entire 14th chapter of John sometime today. Here's a link: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+14&version=KJV
You are cordially invited to visit my ministry Web site, Bible Study Cafe.com, to download free stuff including a prayer journal.
If you would like a relationship with God, the only way to do it is through His son, Jesus Christ. This is supported in the Bible: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. --John 14:6 (King James Version)
We begin this relationship by first accepting Jesus. Here's a link to more info: http://biblestudycafedotcom.blogspot.com/2010/09/prayer-of-foregivness-and-salvation.html
Until tomorrow, have a blessed day!