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Just For Today Daily Devotional

Saturday, August 30

“Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get.”
Eph 5:15-16 TM


Following a plan is like using a GPS device (Global Positioning System). If it knows where you are, you tell it where you want to go, and it creates a personalized road map. The difference between a GPS and you, is you have to create all your own turn-by-turn directions. Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting the first one.” To reach your destination you must ask yourself three questions: (1) What’s my present position? It’s impossible to ignore the reality of where you are right now and still be successful. The former CEO of General Electric observed, “Strategic management is trying to understand where you will sit in tomorrow’s world, not where you hope to sit; it’s assessing where you want to be, and where you can be.” (2) What’s my desired destination? Write down what your dream will look like when you’ve achieved it. Henry J. Kaiser, founder of Kaiser-Permanente health care system, said, “The evidence is overwhelming that you cannot begin to achieve your best unless you have some aim in life.” (3) What are the in-between steps? Don’t expect them to be quick or easy. Creativity is messy. It’s far from an exact science. But unless you know where you want to go and identify the steps that will get you there, ten years from now you’ll still be where you are today. So the word for you today is: “Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get.”

Sunday, August 31

“Pray without ceasing.”
1Th 5:17


When the Bible says, “Pray without ceasing,” that means pray every day, not just periodically or when you’re in trouble. “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (Jas 5:16 NKJV). The word “fervent” means passionate, persistent, and determined. It’s not the arithmetic of our prayers, how many they are; nor the rhetoric of our prayers, how eloquent they may be; nor the geometry of our prayers, how long they may be; nor the music of our prayers, how sweet our voice may be; nor the logic of our prayers, how argumentative they may be; nor the method of our prayers, how orderly they may be; or even the theology of our prayers, how good the doctrine is, that God responds to. Fervency of spirit is what “avails much.” The most powerful thing you can do is pray! And when you join with a prayer partner, your potential is awesome. “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that [you] ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” (Mt 18:19 NKJV). It works like this: the less you pray, the less you want to pray; the more you pray, the more you want to pray. Nothing will motivate you to pray like answered prayer. But you can’t start with the answer; you’ve got to start with the prayer! Here’s a fact of life: we only keep doing what rewards us. So the key to building a great prayer life is to pray until you get answers. Think how deeply rooted doubt can become in our hearts when we’re actually surprised to find our prayers answered! So pray in faith and expect God to answer!