It is human nature to boast. Some boasting is good but much of it is questionable or simply fleshly. Often behind boasting is the desire to build oneself up or seek approval from others.
Paul says this, “‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (2 Cor. 10:17-18)
Success is defined as one whom the Lord commends not what we or others think.
Take a moment to think through boasting that you might have done these past few days. Talk with the Father about this.
May you and I boast in the Lord.
Jesus came for people from every tribe, nation and peoples. Some of His last words to the Disciples reflect this heart and provided clear focus for their actions.
Jesus said, “… that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47)
Take a moment to ask Abba how He wants you to focus some of your actions toward peoples of the nations.
“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess. 1:11-12)
Take a moment to pray the above for some people the Lord brings to your mind.
In our prayers through the years (and in our weekly Prayer Updates), we regularly see how God answers our prayers. Here is a great verse on this topic.
“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.” (Ps 69:13).
What other verses come to your mind about His answering our prayers?
The point is, He is the One who answers prayers.
He desires that we ask, seek and knock.
But in every case, He is the One who answers.
Take some time to pour out your heart to Him over some troubling needs in your life and ministry.