Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 03-16-24

Lenten Series: In Need of The Helper

Lent is a liturgical observance and season of reflection; not a biblical mandate. It is simply a time to remind ourselves and appreciate the abundant grace of Christ’s saving work on the cross. It is a time to press in deeper in submission to Christ’s authority as we prepare our hearts to celebrate, with exceedingly great joy, the resurrection that awaits every believer and follower.

In our Lenten daily devotionals, we will focus on our spiritual needs and desires and how the Helper is our Gift for strength and success if we will bow in greater submission to the authority of our King and the terms of His Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Spirit.

Reflection: Teaching Me to Pray, Pt II

Digging for Truth: A right is defined as a power or privilege held by the general public as the result of a constitution, statute, regulation, judicial precedent, or other type of law. America’s Bill of Rights protects her citizen’s freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, the freedom of assembly and the freedom to petition the government. I am so grateful for my rights as an American citizen and I never want to lose my appreciation for my freedoms, because they are a divine blessing for the nation governed under the authority of God.

I feel doubly blessed, because not only am I proud to be an American citizen under an incredible constitution that I have agreed to honor, I am also a blessed citizen of heaven and child of God while on earth. Blessed to be a blessing! How do I know?
Grace for the Heart: According to Scripture, in accepting and believing in Christ for salvation, we have been given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). When we receive the Spirit, we are adopted as God’s sons and daughters and have the right to call God, Abba Father (Romans 8:15). Believers have already been blessed and this entirely changes our prayer life as we pray for God’s Kingdom of blessings to be revealed on earth!
We come to God with our requests, not begging him to do something, but asking the Helper to intercede for us and open our eyes to see what has already been made available in the Spirit. We are asking for insight or revelation to the reality that already exists in God’s will for us as his sons and daughters. Our challenge is simply “waiting” for spiritual eyesight, because revelation comes from the Helper. God has promised to be with us and guide us as worshipers in Spirit and Truth.

John 1:12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

Ephesians 1:18-20 NLT18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

Challenge: To worship God in Spirit and in Truth is to partake of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). Through the work of the Helper, we begin to see the prayer concerns before us through the eyes of Christ who leads us by faith and trust in our Father’s will. We will know the Truth, because Jesus is Truth!

Prayer: Father, thank you for the rich inheritance that belongs to your children. We must see ourselves and the petitions we place before you as requests to see the insights and revelation of Truth before us. May your highest and best for your children be served today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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