The School Pictures (#jammed daily devo, day 242)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 242: Smile and wait. 

Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He August 30threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. Exodus 15:25

Picture day. Hair cuts …check. Coordinating outfits …check. Appropriate shoes …check. Pre-picture day pictures before school …check.

Every year, it seems I have all of my ducks in a row before they leave …but I still never know what I’m going to get. My little one is a stink. Every year, when I get those pictures, I say a little prayer before I open the envelope.

Today’s verse tells of Moses receiving a direct answer to prayer. I think that sometimes we get so used to our prayers not looking like the answers we expected …we’ve primed ourselves for the possibility that we’ll never know how they were answered at all …that we forget that God is capable of an immediate yes. Unlike the ‘wait and see’ expectations of the picture day envelopes, we can lift our prayers up to God and know that He hears us …right now.

God intervened in response to Moses’ cry, and Moses obeyed God.- NIV Study Bible Notes

He may not answer immediately in the direct way that we want Him to, but let’s not count out that fact that He might …and then miss it! Jesus died to give us the freedom to speak to God everyday, all day, and anytime. The more we get to know Him, through the movement of the Spirit in and out of His Word, the more we realize that God is not unpredictable. He is dependable. Trustworty. Love.

When we surrender our agenda in exchange for His will, we start to pray for His timing over our prayers.

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Father, Praise You for hearing us, in a way that only You omnipotently could. Thank You for answering our prayers and allowing us to lift our prayers up to You through Jesus’ Your Son. Please forgive us for praying in hopes of our agendas being fulfilled over Your will for our lives, and bless our hearts to be moved by the Spirit as we study Your Word to know the difference. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Praying,

Megs

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