images (37)Our prayers bring us into God’s presence

Where do we find God’s presence?

Open for me the gates where the righteous enter; and I will go in and thank the Lord. Those gates lead to the presence of the Lord, and the godly enter there. I thank you for answering my prayer and saving me!

Psalm 118:19-21 NLT

The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him sincerely.

Psalm 145:18 NLT

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come fearlessly into God’s presence, assured of his glad welcome.

Ephesians 3:12 NLT

Prayer brings us to His presence

[Psalm 118] pictures a victorious yet battle-weary king at the helm of a throng of grateful people entering the gates of the temple to thank God for saving them. During those times, the temple represented God’s presence — the place where followers would go to pray to the Lord. Today, we enter into God’s presence in a car, at work, or in the aisles of a grocery store — wherever we take time to pray to him. We can be sure God hears our prayers and answers each one wherever and whenever they are uttered. And by doing so, he gives us even more reasons to pray.

Just like the victorious king in this psalm, we should enter God’s presence by thanking him for answering prayers. What answers to prayer are you thankful for today?

Adapted from The One Year Book of Bible Prayers (Tyndale House) entry for November 28


JUNE 18, 2013 When and how do you pray?

Blessings come from obeying God

When and how do you pray?


It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by the harp and lute and the harmony of the lyre. You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.


Giving thanks morning and night


What a way to start the day! The verses in Psalm 92 represent one of the first prayers on the priests’ lips on the Sabbath day: “You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!” 

What if before you read your morning paper, before you head out the door, before you start the countless tasks you have to do for each day, you determine that you’re going to start your day with praise for how God has “thrilled” you? Right now, you have the chance to start afresh. A new day is before you. Why not start things off right with a regimen of praise instead of the old routine? In prayer today, proclaim his unfailing love, and tonight, before going to bed, praise him again for his faithfulness. 

Adapted from The One Year Book of Bible Prayers (Tyndale House) entry for May 15


Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House


April 10, 2013 Word of The Day

God will help you understand his Word

How do you respond to God’s Word?

Let the godly sing with joy to the Lord, for it is fitting to praise him. Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing new songs of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp and sing with joy. For the word of the Lord holds true, and everything he does is worthy of our trust. He loves whatever is just and good, and his unfailing love fills the earth.

Psalm 33:1-5 NLT

Praising God’s Trustworthiness

What does it mean to be trustworthy and true? In a society that insists that all truth is relative, many people have given up looking for truth, much less basing their lives on it. But Scripture declares that there is something that is completely true — no matter what angle you look at it, no matter what perspective you come from. God and his Word will always remain true. That facet of God’s character is what this psalm celebrates. It encourages believers everywhere to shout for joy, for their lives are securely established on God’s eternal truths.

Take a moment to reflect on how few things are certain in this world and how much change is a normal part of life. Then think about how God and his Word are forever trustworthy and true, and give him praise.

Dear God, your Word holds true, and everything you do is worthy of my trust.…

From The One Year Book of Bible Prayers , Tyndale House Publishers (2000), entry for October 7

Now what is food for the inner man: not prayer, but the Word of God; and here again not the simple reading of the Word of God so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.