Joel’s Perspective on God

The Lord is powerful. He utters his voice before his army; and the heavens and the earth quake (Joel 2:11; 3:16).”

The Lord is also gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love (Joel 2:13).”

Our powerful and loving Lord wants us to pray. He says, “Return to me with all your heart (Joel 2:12).”

The Failed Plot against Daniel

They knew Daniel. So to get rid of him, they outlawed prayer. He continued kneeling on his knees, three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God. as he had been doing previously (Daniel 6:10).”

But they didn’t know how powerful prayer is and they didn’t know how powerful God is. “God delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders in heaven and on earth (Daniel 6:27).”

Daniel’s Response to Answered Prayer

When God answered his prayer, Daniel responded with praise. “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him (Daniel 2:20).”

Daniel also told the king his answer came from “a God in heaven who reveals mysteries (Daniel 2:28).”

Give God credit and praise when He answers prayer.


God’s Father-Love

I cycled past four dads today:
One sprinted behind the jogger that held his infant daughter.
The second plodded slowly, pushing his toddler aged son.
Another followed behind two elementary aged children; all three rode like the wind.
The last rode beside his young daughter, patiently keeping pace with her.

I saw God’s Father-love:
He carries us when we’re young, small, weak.
He goes behind us, inspiring us.
He goes beside us as our Father-friend.
He always includes us.

I want to pray.

A Child’s Prayer

My granddaughter and I were on our way to the store. From her carseat she called to me, “Grandma, I have my cell phone.” (It’s her mom’s old cell phone, that doesn’t work anymore.)

I asked, “Who are you going to call?”

“Jesus,” she answered. I listened to her side of the conversation. She laughed some, she babbled a little, and then she was done.

Pray like her. Make prayer a natural conversation with your friend, Jesus.