Daily Devotional – 6/22/20 “Trust Your Father!”

On yesterday, I have the privilege to deliver God’s word at our church. Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS. I spoke from Genesis 22, when God instructed Abraham to offer his only son Isaac, whom he loved, as a burnt offering. A burnt offering that meant, whatever was being placed on the altar was to be burned in its entirety. Can you imagine what Abraham must have felt? Could you imagine being in his place?

However, here’s the blessing of the text. Isaac trusted his father. We can surmise that Isaac was of age where he could have fought being tied down to an altar. Yet, bible says in Genesis 22:9, “…Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.” Why would Isaac go along with this, knowing what was about to happen? He trusted his father. Why? He’d never let him down before and his father told him, “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son.” He trusted his father.

Today, will you trust your Father God, the one who’s never let you down. Will you, child of God, who has been praying but on the verge of giving up, trust your father? For you, who woke up, fed up, messed up and tired; will you trust your father. For you who feel as if nothing you do, works and no matter how you pray, you cannot seem to get ahead; will you trust your father. Because here’s the truth of the matter, you may not be carrying the wood, on your way to the mountain but you’re carrying worry. You may not be carrying the thing to start the fire, but you’ve been fighting. God may not have asked you to offer yourself as a burnt offering but baby, some of y’all feel like you’ve been through hell’s fire and racked over the coals of condition, circumstance and struggle.

Here’s what I need you to do … pray, fast, faith this thang, get up and trust your father. Why should you? Because He’s never let you down. Yes, you may blame Him for some things that have happened in your life (it’s okay), you may be questioning Him about some more things (you can), you might be mad at Him about this & that (it’s okay); but if you’d take a real good look, you’d see that God has never left you. God, your father, is still right there and if you call Him, He’ll answer.

Pray, fast, faith this thang called life, get up and trust your Father.

Daily Devotional – January 22, 2020 “Prayer”

Our Father,

God, as I come petitioning your throne, I first thank you. Thank you, God, for another day, for keeping grace and sustaining mercy, for forgiveness and repentance and for protection and provision. Now Father, I need your ear to attend to the cries of our land and your hand to rest upon your children. God, I feel like Solomon when he prayed at the dedication of the temple. For he said in Second Chronicles 6:19, “Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you.” Here am I, oh God, pleading for you to hear my prayer and plea. I may not be outside or within a temple but hear me from where I am because we need you.

When innocent babies are being gunned down in our city, we need you. When homicide rates are on the rise, we need you. When uplifting each other is being replaced with bullying, we need you. When worship places are no longer following your word, we need you. When prophets, prophetess, intercessors and healers are quiet; we need you. When your people are being led astray because they won’t study and pray, we need you. When we complain more than we cry loud, we need you. When abuse, anger, bitterness, selfish actions, suicidal thoughts and sin are overshadowing our thoughts and service, we need you.

Father forgive us. Forgive us of our sins. Forgive us for taking you for granted and hear our pleas. Forgive us, oh God and don’t allow your wrath to burn against us. Forgive us and heal the land. I know things happen, evil is present, and we sometimes must endure but your word says, if I pray and ask in faith, it shall be. God, comfort the brokenhearted and the grieving families. God be a present help for those who are sick. God, rescue those who are lost. God, protect those who are in the cold without shelter. God, stop the senseless murders, protect our children and bring swift judgment to those responsible.

Father, my list of asks could go on and on, like that of Solomon but you know the cry of my heart and mouth. So, all I’ll ask is for you to read the prayer within the beats of my heart and tears that I shed. We need you, God to let the manifestation of your power be seen. Raise up a people who will lay down on their face for an entire nation. Raise up a people who will fast to see your glory touch their city. Raise up a people who aren’t ashamed to pray, even in hostile environments knowing you’ll show up. Start with me, God. Use me, in thy service for I’m willing and I believe.

By faith,
Amen.