Tag: Pour out your heart
Scripture reading for March 27th: Luke 18, Psalm 62, Proverbs 31
Key Scriptures: Luke 18:2-8 “He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night?. . . I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?””
Jesus told this story to call His disciples to faithfulness in prayer. Prayer calls for trust in God and His desire and ability to answer His people. Jesus is concerned about finding His people living by faith when He returns for them.
Faith Confession: Lord, I know that you hear and answer prayer. You do it in a timely manner–‘speedily!’ I want to be found in faith when You return for Your people. I will pour out my heart to You alone!
Psalm 62:7-8 “On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty Rock, my refuge is God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”
Scripture reading for February 18th: Mark 7
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Mark 7:26-30 “First let the children eat all they want,” He told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then He told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.”
Jesus was approached by a Syrophoenician woman in need of healing for her demon-possessed daughter. His response to her could have been taken as offensive and highly partial. He told her that the deliverance she was seeking belonged first to the Jews–they were God’s children! A reply like this today in our culture would have been a terrible offense that could result in prosecution!
But this woman was not offended, but countered Jesus’ statement with a deep faith that healing and deliverance would be for all who sought Jesus out. Her reply, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” brought a positive response from Jesus! She would not be denied or deterred, but persevered and received what she was believing for!
Observations for over-comers: God is honored when we persistently pour out our hearts to Him for help, even when we don’t understand why obstacles or delays appear to hinder us. “I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before Him; before Him I tell my trouble.” (Psalm 142:1-2)