“But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.”

Psalm 88.13

The word “prevent” here means, “to meet, hasten, or to be in front of”, and the Psalmist here is speaking to the Lord from his heart in saying that his prayer is going to be in front of the Lord.  It is going to go meet the Lord.  His prayer is going to be going early in the morning to the Lord!

Could we start praying as soon as we wake up in the morning?  However we wake up, or for whatever reason, could we start praying immediately when we wake up?

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

James 4.7b

The Bible tells us a few things about the devil, and one of them is that he is a counterfeit, and the master of disguise.

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14

The devil is the master of half-truths and deception.  At the very beginning he questioned the Word of God, deceiving Eve.  Then he tempted our Lord Jesus by trying to throw doubt on Who He was as well as throwing doubt on the Word of God itself.

“Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.”

Deuteronomy 17:16

Don’t go back!  The Lord was reminding the Jews that they had been freed from captivity in Egypt – don’t go back!

It’s the same when a person becomes a born again Christian.  Free from captivity to sin, free from the sin of bad habits, bad attitudes, sadness, selfishness, loneliness, and a life full of trouble!

The song says it so well, “Free from the law, Oh happy condition! Jesus hath bled and there is remission! Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall - Christ hath redeemed us, once for all!”

“The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul.”

Whenever I come across this verse, I find that I need it!

There are times when we seem to go, go, go!  But we wonder whether we are getting anywhere.  Sometimes we give a lot of ourselves doing what we believe the Lord has asked us to do - and we are worn out!

Sometimes we may wonder, are we like Martha to whom the Lord said, “Martha, thou art careful (full of care) and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  Mary chose to listen to Jesus. (Luke 10:41-42)

“...they did not choose the fear of the LORD.”

Proverbs 1.27

I used to read this verse like it said, “...they would not choose...”  Kind of like they were honestly still thinking about it.  But it says, “they did not choose…”  Basically they had already made their decision!

“...they did not choose...”

Sometimes when we have a choice to make we tell ourselves, “Well, I’m thinking about it…” or,  “I would if I could...”  But the truth is that we have made our choice and God is NOT our choice!

“…the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

Romans 8:26

The story is told of a grandfather who was walking through his yard when he heard his granddaughter repeating the alphabet in a tone of voice that sounded like prayer.

He asked her what she was doing.

The little girl explained: “I’m praying, but I can’t think of exactly the right words, so I’m just saying all the letters, and God will put them together for me because He knows what I’m thinking.”

“changed”

2 Corinthians 3.18

This is a great promise!  It comes when we become a born again Christian and it continues for the rest of our lives!

“changed”

Just like a newborn baby will grow and change, so will Christians!

“changed”!

The whole verse says this: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 3:18

“that ye may know that ye have eternal life”

1 John 5.13

An older gentleman and I were having a friendly religious banter.  He was very religious, but his church taught that you couldn’t know for sure that you were going to heaven.  I shared the above verse with him, saying that we can know for sure - right now - that we are saved, that we have eternal life, and that we can know that we’re going to heaven.

“atonement”

Romans 5:11

“At one”

We don’t use the word atonement much today, but it is a great Bible word!  An easy way to remember what this word means is the think “at one”… “at-one-ment”.  “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Romans 5:11)

A while ago a Pastor friend of mine, Greg Albright, noted that this thought of “at-one”, is an old English definition for the word atonement.  What a great picture!

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

James 1:2-3

One morning recently I woke up discouraged.  It was kind of like, I “got out on the wrong side of bed”!

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