Free To Pray

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Free To Pray By Kirk Hunt

 

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV

 

Jeremiah sat in the prison courtyard, jailed for speaking God’s Word to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. He may have been locked down, but Jeremiah was still free to pray. Speaking with God is always a good use of your time.

 

Too often, we forget to sit and talk with God. We rush from appointment, to event, to activity, without pause. Families, day jobs, or church work crowd out time with the God-who-provides. When we lay awake, too upset or anxious to sleep, we often miss the opportunity to pray.

 

Prayer takes time and intent. Speaking with God is an expression of love, but also an act of discipline. Prayer does not happen by accident, even when it happens in desperation.

 

Prayer should be a Christian man or woman’s main source of spiritual strength, Godly wisdom, and supernatural calm. Spiritual power is no accident. A deep and rich relationship with God is available to any woman or man who cares to spend time speaking with Father-God.

 

God calls to you. Right where you are. Just as you are. Will you not you stop and answer Him?

 

God may take you farther, and faster, than you want to go. He may sit you down longer and more quietly than you like. In either case, He will speak wonders in your ears and majesties in your heart. Your soul will be awestruck, and satisfied, by your time with Him.

 

Think:             Have a conversation with God.

 

Pray:               “Father-God, here I am. Speak with Your child.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2015, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Poppa’s Voice

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Poppa’s Voice By Kirk Hunt

 

The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

Psalm 29:4 NKJV

 

Poppa might repeat a trite phrase until you wanted to scream. He could talk with a pitch and tone that would drill rock. And of course, the more he meant it, the louder he said it. Still, I miss Poppa’s voice.

 

The years have taught me about Poppa’s voice. The trite phrases always said something significant and valuable. Over time I have learned to associate his pitch and tone with real wisdom and deep understanding. And the volume he used was a pale outline of his love and caring, no matter who he was speaking to at that moment.

 

I understand better now. The deep things of God and Scripture sometimes sound trite, but are always significant and beyond valuable. The truth of His Word may cut deep into my soul, but it always leaves behind wisdom and understanding. God’s Word and presence may thunder in my heart and mind, but His tender love and carful nurturing are worth being shaken.

 

God sends the soothing breeze. He is Master of the peaceful water’s edge. My God also sends the raging hurricane. The tsunami goes where He commands.

 

When last did you really stop and listen to the Father’s voice? Did His Word boom in your ears? Did the tone and pitch of His Voice pierce your soul?

 

Fierce or peaceful, know that He speaks with love, care and grace to His children. Especially to you. Especially right now.

 

Think:             A real Father’s voice is full of love and benefit.

 

Pray:               “Father-God, speak to my heart. I yearn to hear Your Voice.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2015, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Giver Of Victory

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Giver Of Victory By Kirk Hunt

 

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Acts 20: 35 NKJV

 

It is my privilege to be a platelet donor. To be a giver, I must endure pin pricks, needle stabs and intrusive questions. Still, I get to literally share my good health with others.

 

Treatment with platelets is a serious business. Serious burn victims receive platelets. Cancer patients receive platelets. Organ transplant patients receive platelets. “I will stay on this end of the donation, thank you.”

 

My platelets are a gift to those who receive them. They are fighting for their lives. I pray my small contribution is just what they need to win the battle.

 

You have a gift, given from God. It is precious and life-giving to those who receive it. Do you give it?

 

There may be some inconvenience in the giving. You may be a little drained after the donation. They are fighting for health, restoration or even just hope. Your contribution may be just what they need to win the battle.

 

There are epic battles being fought around you. Far too often the stakes are greater, and more eternal, than a beating heart. It may not be the literal blood from your veins, but you can spare something they need. I pray your contribution is just what they need to win the battle.

 

Think:             I really am more blessed to give than to receive.

 

Pray:            “Father-God, I thank You for every opportunity to be a giver.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2015, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Here I Am To Worship

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Here I Am To Worship By Kirk Hunt

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.

Isaiah 6:1 NKJV

Song: “Here I Am To Worship”
Original Psalmist: Tim Hughes
Covering Psalmist: Israel Houghton

 

Why did you come? To worship God? To (re-)acknowledge Him as Lord of your life? Really?

 

Isaiah was performing rituals. His tasks and actions, standing in the middle of the original Temple, were intended to be devotion to God. Instead, somehow, he slipped into real worship and made true contact with God.

 

Your actions may be officially sanctioned. Your activities might be correct and proper. That does not make them sincere or authentic. Going through the motions is not the worship that God wants or deserves.

 

Momentum may carry you, but can be insincere. Ritual and habit can hide the authentic. God wants what you give to be from your heart.

 

He does not want the glossy, polished version, if it lacks heart. God wants the real article that comes from the bottom of your heart. Your worship should smell and taste like the real you.

 

Close your checklist. Stop in the middle of the sequence. Push the official and authorized to the side.

 

Look up and see Him. Let your heart fill with Him. Look past the things and people around you and reach out to the God you love and serve.

 

Authorized and sanctioned have their place. Rituals and ceremonies have their meaning. What God really wants is you.

 

Think:             Is this really worship? Is this really why I came?

 

Pray:             “Father-God, You are the reason I came. Really and sincerely.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2015, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.