Saturday, February 01, 2014

February 1, 2014 … God hears!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 32

Devotional Song: Go to this link  – Please take your time to see a video of an anonymous acapella version of the old hymn, Sweet Hour of Prayer, reminding Christians how special it is to come before God’s throne of grace … whenever, wherever, and for whatever we might need Him to hear our needs.

Highlight Passage #1 – NKJV: 1st Samuel 1: 13  [NKJV] … [He hears the heart.] …
13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard.
Context for Highlight Passage: 1st Samuel, Chapter 1, Verses 9-20 [NKJV] … Go to this link ... 

Reference Passage #1: Jeremiah 17: 10 …  [NKJV] … [God reads the heart.] …
10 I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.

Reference Passage #2: Matthew 6: 8, … 31-32 [NKJV] … [God knows.] …
8 “Therefore do not be like them [i.e., the Pharisees]. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. … 
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

My Journal for Today: The picture today is yours truly at one of the most beautiful places God has ever given me to have a quiet time with Him. It is at a lake resort in Kentucky where our church has gone for years for a retreat; and I set up a camera to take an auto-shot of me meditating and praying in this quite place as the sun rose over the lake. I think probably more than any other place and time in my life did I learn the value of the song to which I’ve linked readers today – the old hymn, Sweet Hour of Prayer.

The scripture passages today also remind us that when we choose to come humbly before God’s throne of grace in prayer, He hears the heart, even when we’re praying silently, as did Hanna when she prayed for God to give her a child (see the highlight passage above). And Jeremiah (in Chapter 17, Verse 10) relates, for God, that our Lord searches our heart for our desires and our motives. So, as Jesus taught (see Matt. 6 passages above), we need to remember that God knows all and we should avoid worrying about what we want and lay our needs out for God to hear our heart’s needs. Have we take the time, whenever that might be, to go quietly to God – even today – and be utterly vulnerable and let God read our hearts. He already knows it; but He wants to hear it from us.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, You know my heart even this morning. And it is to know You more today than yesterday and even more deeply tomorrow than today. … Amen

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