SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL FOR APRIL 13, 2023 (A CRY FOR HELP )
TOPIC: A CRY FOR HELP
OPENING PRAYER: Oh Lord, fill me with the power of the Holy Ghost as I study your word.
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY: Psalm 44:18-26
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
• Q 1: What does the passage teach about God the Father, or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
• Q 6: Is there any prayer for me to remember?
Sometimes we feel that we do not deserve the suffering we are passing through because we cannot explain the reason for it. The Psalmist felt the same. He wondered why Israel suffered defeat in the hands of her enemies despite being loyal to the covenant (vs.17-19).
Note that his complaint was neither an expression of lack of hope in God nor an arrogant claim of faithfulness; rather it was an appeal of innocence before the God who knows the secrets of all hearts (vs.20-21). What can we learn from v.22?
Although it is not a popular gospel, the truth is that being faithful and obedient to God’s word does not immune us against suffering. In fact, many Christians are being persecuted for their faithfulness (2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 2:21). Thus, suffering may be a mark of our faithfulness to Christ (Romans 8:36-39).
Read vs.23-26 again. Note that v.23 is not a suggestion that God sleeps like men do; rather, it is a metaphor used by the Psalmist to express his emotions and heart cry to God. We also may need to cry with heartfelt earnestness for God’s intervention when in distress and God seems far away.
So: When God seems to be distant, do not relent in your prayers. He is not far from you. Wait for His time.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Dear Lord, help me to remain faithful to you even when I cannot explain the reason for my suffering.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalms 32:7
ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Joshua 5, 6, Ephesian 2.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – Thu, 13-Apr-2023
PRAY ON: DON’T QUIT
But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
– Isaiah 40:31
THANK GOD FOR:
► The plans He has for our lives.
► The Comfort and promises we receive from the word of God that encourages our hearts to go on.
► Strength to continue to tarry and believe God for the desire breakthrough.
► Patience to make us wait and keep praying until something happens(PUSH).
► Faith to believe God rather than the lies of the devil which he brings through fear (False Evidence Appearing Real).
► SU Staff and Pilgrims, organizing committee as they start off Easter Pilgrims Retreat tomorrow.
► Growing weary and discouraged due to unanswered prayers.
► Giving up even when God has promised to satisfy and answer our prayers.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 13 April 2023 Thursday. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.
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