Read Charles Stanley In Touch Daily Devotions 13 July 2022 and be blessed
TOPIC: Avoiding Obstacles to Effective Prayer
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Psalm 28:1-9
To You, O LORD, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit.
Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
Do not drag me away with the wicked And with those who work iniquity, Who speak peace with their neighbors, While evil is in their hearts.
Requite them according to their work and according to the evil of their practices; Requite them according to the deeds of their hands; Repay them their recompense.
Because they do not regard the works of the LORD Nor the deeds of His hands, He will tear them down and not build them up.
Blessed be the LORD, Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
The LORD is their strength, And He is a saving defense to His anointed.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever. (In Touch Daily Devotions 13 July 2022)
In Touch Daily Devotions 13 July 2022 MESSAGE
Today’s psalm records one of King David’s prayers. It reveals how he praised the Lord, cried out about his troubles, and asked God to “hear the sound of [his] pleadings” (v. 2) and not be silent. We all want to pray effectively, but to do so, we must avoid certain hindrances:
Wavering faith (James 1:5-8). Doubts about God’s character or dependability diminish our trust in Him. In our uncertainty, we’re more likely to be tossed back and forth by our feelings instead of being grounded in truth.
Wrong motives (James 4:3). God wants us to pray for His will to be done—not for selfish desires to be granted.
Conflict in relationships (1 Peter 3:7). We can’t expect the Lord to answer our prayers if we’re not treating other people as He says we should.
Indifference to God’s Word (Proverbs 28:9). If we’re unwilling to listen to the Lord and obey His commands, our prayers become an abomination to God.
A strong prayer life comes with a godly pattern of seeking to know and please the Lord, not ourselves. Consider whether any of the above issues need correction. Then, start by personalizing the prayers you read in the Psalms or elsewhere in God’s Word.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Proverbs 19-21
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Don’t let these common pitfalls hinder your prayers.
In Touch Daily Devotions 13 July 2022 By Dr. Charles Stanley. He is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God.