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“Change Your hearts and stop being stubborn.” Deuteronomy 10:16

A stubborn soul refuses to see the need to change. A person who is stubborn can certainly see areas where others need to change but will stop short of seeing the need for adjustment or conversion in him or herself. Today we will put stubbornness away, asking for a change of heart – or better yet, a new heart.

Father,

I’m done with being stubborn and unwilling to see my need for change. Give me a new heart. Put a right spirit within me. Take my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh. Speak to me today about the state of my heart, and I will listen, repent, and obey…

In Jesus Name Amen

“I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you. I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

If you obey all the decrees and commands I am giving you today, all will be well with you and your children. I am giving you these instructions so you will enjoy a long life… (Deuteronomy 4:40)

My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10)

The promises above are almost too good to be true, but we can’t claim them unless we meat the criteria: obeying ALL the decrees and commands of the Lord… That is a tall order and one that is impossible to satisfy. Jesus boiled all the commandments down to basically one: Love the Lord Your God and love your neighbor as yourself. I can’t step out of his commands unless I step out of love in my thoughts, words, or deeds.

Let’s major in love today! I want things to go well with me and my children, don’t you?!

Father,

Please teach me to walk in love! Help me to love my family (especially when they irritate me), my co-workers (especially the ones that irritate me), my neighbors (particularly the ones that irritate me), and everyone I come into contact with (especially when they irritate me).

Help me become the kind of person that isn’t easily irritated! Teach me to love like You love.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

“I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” (Luke 5:32)

Jesus hung around folks that weren’t church-goers. He associated with broken people, people who were considered “sinners” by the religious elite. I was once among that religious lot until the hand of the Lord got ahold of me (Jill) and showed me my self-righteousness and pride. I was easily offended, holier than thou, and generally a religious snob. But praise God, He set me free! And now, in my brokenness, I qualify to be the kind of person Jesus feels comfortable with!

Once I became self-aware of my sinfulness, I struggled with condemnation. But after applying Romans 8:1 to my heart over and over, I can now rejoice that, as a redeemed sinner, I gave Jesus a really good reason to come to earth! I grieve for the suffering I caused Him, but He found me worthwhile enough to take it on. Let’s pray that we would be the very people Jesus would love to talk with, walk with, share with, eat with, go to weddings with, pray with, simply hang out with… and die for.

Father,

Please root out all religious snobbery from my soul. Help me to understand myself, to be aware of my attitudes that aren’t in line with your Word and the essence of Love, and please set me free from all self-righteousness so that I can be of use in Your Kingdom and in this world.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

“All of my children are taught by the LORD, and great is their peace.” Isaiah 54:13

Peace is a comprehensive concept in Scripture. The Hebrew meaning for shalom encompasses every possible blessing we can imagine. Let’s take the definition of shalom and apply it in prayer to the lives of our children today. Remember that faith calls things that are not – to our physical senses – as though they actually were. Faith denies, in a sense, what our physical senses discern, for faith knows that reality is much more than meets the eye!

Father,

I thank you for the promise of your Word that declares that you are teaching my children. Because they are educated by You, they are experiencing peace in every dimension of their lives. I declare that their shalom is great – established, expansive, extensive, and extraordinary! I thank You that their peace is strong in every capacity. Thank you that you are prospering them financially so that all their needs are fully supplied by Your riches. I thank you that they are experiencing health in their bodies, the supernatural healing and strength that come from you. I appreciate your protection over their physical lives, giving them safety from storms both physical and metaphysical. I thank you that they are experiencing contentment in every area of their lives. I praise you that they are walking in peace with me, with our family, and in every human relationship including their enemies. Thank you that soundness of mind is theirs and that you have given them the mind of Christ, a mind that is quick to learn, quick to remember to follow you, quick to obey you, quick to forgive others, and free from all fear. Thank you for teaching my children and for watching over their welfare today and every day! I thank you that you are transforming them into whole, complete, mature individuals that are truly alive.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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