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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Today, we are reading the first portion of Deuteronomy 28 (below). Be warned, you will find these words almost impossible to believe. “This can’t be for me…”

But do not trust your skepticism. Instead. Pray as you read, line by line. Pray, “God, do you mean this? Is this too good to be true, or too good not to be true? I believe, but help my unbelief” Read slowly, pause, pray for faith, listen, then read on, pause and pray again. Make this text a conversation. Don’t hurry. In fact, we will park on this amazing part of the Bible for a couple more days…

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.

You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:

Your towns and your fields
will be blessed.

Your children and your crops
will be blessed.
The offspring of your herds and flocks
will be blessed.

Your fruit baskets and breadboards
will be blessed.

Wherever you go and whatever you do,
you will be blessed.

The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!

The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you.

The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after other gods and worship them.” (Deuteronomy 28).

Amazing! Believe it…

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