For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Thought for the Day: Ask God how you are to serve Him.
“Prayer is one way we have of serving God. It is not our means of getting God to do our will.” These are the first words in today’s “The Upper Room” devotion, and they really hit me in a thought provoking way. In the midst of a time when I am searching for a new teaching position for the next school year, these words have instantly made me begin thinking about how I have been praying. Have I been so wrapped up in getting what I think I want that I haven’t seen where He might be leading. I want to serve God and I want to do His will, but when I think I know what His will is do I hear Him when He is trying to tell me something different. The devotion also reminds us that we must ask in order to receive. My thought about this is that I need to listen to God first and pray to hear His will for me. Then, I can ask to receive. I feel that I have been asking for a lot recently. Although I have been saying the words, “Speak, Lord, I am listening”, I have still put my personal wants ahead of what He wants for my life.
Today, I want to listen more to God where I can know what to ask for. Today, I know that God’s will is better than mine, and that God’s wisdom to know what I need is much better than anything I can come up with in my heart and mind. I want to serve God, so I will pray. I want to do God’s will, so I will pray. I want to listen to God, so I will pray. God is the only voice I need to listen to today.
Prayer: God, thank you for words of wise people to bring attention to how we need to pray. Help us pray in a way that will lead us to the service You would have us do. Amen.