Devotional 23rd May 2019
What is your vision
I urge then, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone; for all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives. This is good and pleases God our Saviour who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1 – 3(NIV)
Society pushes us to fulfil our destiny and spiritually too we are taught to seek God for personal vision. I believe that vision is key to living motivated and effective lives but beyond that, God wants us to commit to his vision of making his kingdom of love and mercy known in our world. At present our world and our nation are in a season of great unrest. The Brexit process is turning everything inside out and the Government seems to be in complete disarray. It is easy to get sucked into the general negativity but God wants us to have a different reaction, for us to catch His vision and realise how much we can influence society with the truth and love of His kingdom.
In these verses in 1 Timothy, Paul is giving us some keys to living godly lives. Firstly he encourages all of us to pray - for everyone! How is your prayer life? I am not great. I pray if I feel burdened for a particular situation but soon stop once the crisis has passed. But do we understand how powerful ongoing prayer for our world is? It releases an atmosphere of godliness, holiness and the very pleasure of God. God’s vision is that all men be saved and come to know him and he has chosen you to be part of that. As this letter shows, prayer is vital. Don’t ever underestimate how important your prayers are. The enemy hates our prayers especially when they come from a heart of trust in Jesus. Every prayer counts and is working towards changing a situation or even the very atmosphere.
Do you feel that you don’t have much to offer? Your value to God is nothing to do with fashion, popularity or success. All God wants is for you to pray his prayers and reach out with his love in your own unique way.
Sometimes I feel inadequate socially because of my deafness and try to hide behind looking good or achievements. Maybe you feel inadequate too? Don’t strive to be noticed, for you already display God’s beauty with your ‘good deeds’ as Paul puts it. God told me once that I was more beautiful to him than everything else he’d made. I’d felt more like a blade of grass than a beautiful flower or majestic mountain, but this word now motivates my prayers and actions, for I long that others understand his amazing love and delight in them too. Like my prayers, when I choose to reach out in His love and kindness, even my smallest actions or reactions will affect the atmosphere and open up a channel for God’s love to be seen and for society to turn to God. Let's choose to be holy influencers and to live and pray into God’s vision – not just in a big meeting where we are inspired and challenged but every day!
Thank you Father, that you’ve chosen me, to be part of your vision to reach this world with your love. Please help me to pray today and do something for someone that will reveal your beauty and begin to change the atmosphere. Amen