Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Thursday, November 26
“The Lord make his face shine upon you.”
Nu 6:25 NIV
SEEKING GOD’S FACE IN PRAYER (2)
When you study the life of Christ you realize that for Him prayer wasn’t an energy drainer, but an energy giver. And it can be the same for you when you come to see God’s face shining upon you as you talk with Him in prayer. When you’re with a critic who wants to argue, you lose energy. But when you meet with your best friend, you gain energy, and Jesus said, “I have called you friends” (Jn 15:15). Have you ever noticed how people in love sometimes speak to each other in baby talk? It’s immensely intimate and private—and it’s off-putting to a third party. But we do it because it is the tenderest language we know. Jesus’ prayer life demonstrated this intimacy. He called God “Abba,” an Aramaic word much like “da da” or “mama.” (Jesus spoke in Aramaic, and some portions of the New Testament are written in Aramaic rather than Greek.) “Abba” was a Jewish child’s first word, because it was so easy to say. Somehow when Jesus was with God, the tender love that an adult offers to a child to give him strength is what He received from His Father. And you can have that same experience. It’s why Paul wrote: “You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father.’ For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are His children, we are his heirs” (Ro 8:15-17 NLT). Your highest goal in prayer should be intimacy with God.
Friday, November 27
“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”
Ps 90:12 NLT
MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT
The story’s told of a guy who went to heaven and met St. Peter. Peter said, “Tell me what good things you did in your lifetime.” The guy replied, “Well, a gang of Hell’s Angels was beating up an old lady and stealing her purse, so I rushed in and saved her.” Peter said, “When did this happen?” The guy answered, “About one minute ago.” Seriously, unless Jesus comes back you are going to die. The Psalmist wrote, “Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty” (v. 10 NLT). Let’s say you’re sixty, and you live to be eighty. That’s two hundred and forty months! When you begin to think that way, time becomes a precious commodity and a limited resource, and you get serious about making every day count. Each time you say, “I’ll take care of that tomorrow,” you’ve lost another day you can never get back. Here are some questions you need to think about. Have you discovered God’s will for your life and devoted yourself to fulfilling it? If not, why not? Understand these three things: (1) God scheduled the date of your arrival on earth. “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” (Ps 139:16 NLT). (2) God has laid out a track for you to run on. “Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us” (Heb 12:1 NLT). (3) God will reward you for how you’ve lived (See 1Co 3:14-15). So make every day count!