April 20, 2022
Ask yourself if you´re being real with the Lord. Remember, He knows the truth of every situation—and He abhors laziness and poor workmanship.
Our Father expects us to do our very best, and He has given us His Spirit to sanctify our efforts and provide the quality of work that He desires.
Matthew 6:16-20 Have you ever thought about what type of rewards you are going to receive when you get to heaven?
The Bible explains the criteria God will use to determine these rewards and what kind of conduct will deserve them.
When we stand before the judgment seat of Christ, we will be judged on the basis of the light we have received—that is, the truth God has made available to us—and what we have done with the opportunities we were given.
Furthermore, we find that some specific actions and attitudes will result in certain rewards. For instance, we are told in the book of Matthew that there is a great reward stored up in heaven for those who are insulted and persecuted for Jesus´ sake (Matt. 5:11-12).
Elsewhere, the Lord tells us that acts of kindness done for His followers will be noted and rewarded (Matt. 25:40). Even a cup of water given to a thirsty disciple will not be overlooked on judgment day (Matt. 10:42).
Included among the rewarded are those whom God calls to leave family and personal possessions for the sake of the gospel. Another action that draws the Father´s special attention is love directed toward our enemies.
For this behavior, there will be a great reward, and we will be called ´sons of the Most High´ (Luke 6:35).
Praying With Scripture
“‘Is not my word like fire,’ declares the Lord, ‘and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?’”
Would you like to have greater faith in prayer? Of course you would. And it stands to reason that if faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, then the Word alone is the source of faith, especially in prayer.
The Word of God is the Christian’s true prayer book. The secret to receiving answers to prayer lies in how we use God’s Word during prayer time — that’s why it’s always a good idea to pray next to an open Bible.
Do you want to tune your words of praise so they will rise like a beautiful worship song to the Lord? Then fill your praises with glorious words from the Song of Songs or verses of adoration from the book of Psalms.
Why is this so important? The psalmist said, “I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have renewed my life.” You bring God’s power to bear in the lives of the people for whom you intercede when you bring God’s Word into your intercessions.
Read portions of Scripture to prime your pump before you pray. Let the Spirit lead you to certain verses to use in your praise and intercessions.
Then, develop personal prayers that are enriched by those same verses. God loves to hear His Word when you pray. It’s like speaking His language.
Today, Lord, I praise You that Your Word is like a hammer that breaks through my unbelief. Your Word is like a fire that sets my heart aflame. Teach me to use all of Your Word as a powerful tool in my prayers.
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