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Praying You to Victory
• Psalm 20
We all struggle, and it can be both heartwarming and strengthening to know that someone is praying for us during those times. Have you ever been in a really tough situation and found yourself just wishing that someone would pray for you? Maybe you didn’t feel like you could even find the strength to pray for yourself, and you just hoped that someone was talking to God about you.
When you are struggling and you want to know the feeling of someone else praying for you, you might be interested in reading the first half of Psalm 20. This is a blessing of sorts, with the writer talking about how he wants God to bless the reader. In the second half of the psalm, the writer proclaims that God can—and does—work things out for His people. And there are other places in the Bible where you can find prayers people have prayed for you. Jesus prayed for all Christians in John 17:20-23. Paul prayed for “all the Lord’s holy people” in Ephesians 3:14-21.
When you are struggling, find someone you can go to who will pray for you. Don’t be ashamed to let others know you are having a hard time and you want prayer. You could also read Psalm 20 and let the words wash over you. No matter what you’re facing, you have a God who loves you, and He will have the victory. Through Jesus’s death and resurrection, He has defeated sin, death, and brokenness forever. And Jesus has promised to raise you from the dead when He returns to make all things new. If you’ve put your trust in Him, you will get to dwell with Him forever in perfect creation. This is the victory Christ offers you. And He will never disappoint. • Emily Acker
• Can you remember a time someone prayed for you? How did it make you feel?
• Who can you pray for today? Consider asking God to bring someone to mind.
Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. Psalm 20:6a (NIV)
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The Holy God Requires Holiness
• James 2:8–11, 1 Peter 1:13–16, Hebrews 12:15
There is a truth that is unfolding before me: God is holy, and He requires holiness of us. For years, I never saw this truth. I became a Christian at age eleven and through the years I have been in church, but I never really considered the issue of holiness. I thought I was okay since I was not committing “big sins.” I had categorized stealing and murder as big sins, while I labeled telling lies, gossiping, and evil imaginations as small sins.
But James 2:10-11 says that the One who commands us not to commit adultery is the same God who commands us not to commit murder. That means if a person avoids one sin and commits another, that person is a sinner. This Scripture opened my eyes to see that all sin is a big deal to God. Whenever I do something that God forbids me to do, I am sinning against Him. I now realize that the things I considered small sins defile a person just as much as those I termed big sins.
By definition, sin is opposite to God’s goodness. Sin hurts everything it touches and points to the brokenness that invaded God’s good creation when humans rebelled against God. But because God loves us, He sent Jesus to put an end to sin, to forgive us, and to heal our brokenness. Jesus—the only human who could be holy—died and rose again for us. If we have put our trust in Jesus, He has forgiven our sins, and He also empowers us to live holy lives, set apart for God’s good purposes.
On my own, I cannot be holy. Yet Jesus Christ is my holiness, and He has made me right with God (1 Corinthians 1:30). If I am to walk forward in holiness, as Jesus calls me to do, I must rely on His strength to resist sin. And when I fail, I can come to the Lord for forgiveness, and He will continue to help me turn away from sin. • Enid Adah Nyinomujuni
• Are there some sins in the secrecy of your life that you’ve thought God overlooks? God promises Christians full forgiveness through Jesus, and He also promises to help us turn away from sin. Who are trusted Christians in your life who could remind you of God’s love and forgiveness and also encourage you to resist the temptation to sin?
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)