Minnesota Red-headed Woodpecker
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments (Psalm 111:10).
When I act in wisdom I will always regard what He wants.
O Lord, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions (Ps. 104:24).
God used great wisdom in His creation.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom (Ps. 90:12).
God teaches us to use our time wisely, so that we may grow in wisdom.
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom (Ps. 51:6).
God desires truth (honesty) in my innermost being; and there He will make me understand wisdom.
My eyes are closely on these election races to keep Republicans in power. We need both the Senate and the House. It is so close. Down to the end. We can pray, but we have to leave it up to God. His plans are final. The nations may fall, but each person is accountable for himself. We do whatever we can and leave the rest to God. We pray for those in power as God wills it. And we pray for peace in the world and for our own holiness. We live in this world and do all things without grumbling so that we may prove to be blameless children of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse world; and we live to appear as light in the world, always doing good (from Phil. 2:14). We are so thankful that He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins (from Col. 1:13-14).
So we pray for our country, do what we can, mourn for the lost, and live joyously for Him without grumbling and with thankfulness to God for all He gives us.
Seek wisdom from God and He will make your paths straight.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
There’s nothing like a crisp cool autumn day to mediate on all that God has provided, to reflect on His goodness and mercy, and to dream of what is to come. God will be good in all the seasons of life.
Jesus taught that prayer must be with faith (Matthew 21:21-22; Mark 11:22-26)
In theses verses I see three aspects of faith in prayer that Jesus teaches. First of all…
(1) Faith must be in God. Matthew 21:22 says, “Have faith in God.” Prayer with faith, therefore, is prayer that believes in God and in the promises that He has given us. Then it is prayer that expects God to answer based on those promises; it is prayer that has a continuing hope for the answer and a lasting energy to pray until the answer comes. Secondly…
(2) Faith must be with obedience. Prayer with faith is prayer that doesn’t just pray and then believe that God will do it by Himself without us; it is prayer that counts on God to help usdo it; it is prayer that stops praying and starts obeying.
In Mark 11:23 Jesus…
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Away from me, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
the Lord accepts my prayer (Ps 6:8-9).