Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 05-11-23

Intro: Every human being requires restoration—the act of returning to our original created state. Restoration means we must be willing to embrace God’s purpose for us while on earth, to increase in our knowledge of him, and to bear the righteous fruit of Christ’s character and nature. Therefore, confession is an ongoing way of living as we move toward the restoration God requires. Lastly, true confession brings with it a desire to stop living in a way we know is wrong. God is not mocked; whatever we sow into or plant, we will reap or harvest (Gal 6:7). God knows our hearts, so we must be transparent with him and ourselves to experience restoration.

In our passage today, the psalmist is singing about the victory that has followed a great battle. He testifies to God’s love and faithfulness in the midst of a terrible fight. When we find ourselves in spiritual battles, we are encouraged to pray, confess our sin and need for restoration, because God listens to the prayers of the humble. If you are fighting a battle and growing weary, continue to pray and press on forward, because God is your Rescuer and Restorer. He is faithful to love you and bring good change to your life.

Psalm 66:8-20 NLT
Come and listen, all you who fear God,
    and I will tell you what he did for me.
For I cried out to him for help,
    praising him as I spoke.
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened.
But God did listen!
    He paid attention to my prayer.
Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
    or withdraw his unfailing love from me.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for bringing restoration to the lives of your children. Thank you for not leaving us broken or troubled. Instead, you lift us from sin and death, bring healing for our souls, and lead us into life abundant and free. We place our trust in you as we confess our need for the restoration only you can bring. Many of your children need a miracle, today, Lord. Please hear our prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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