Devotional: April 29, 2020

God Answers Prayer, Part III

When life is uncertain, it can be good to return to that which is familiar and comforting: favorite songs, familiar prayers, people we can trust, and particularly- God’s Word.

One of the most beloved Scripture passages of all time is the 23rd Psalm. God is depicted as our Good Shepherd, and we are His sheep. It is full of peaceful images like green pastures and still waters.

When you are looking for an answer from God in your prayers, look for the ways God is giving you a sense peace. Maybe even try imagining yourself as a sheep, dependent on your loving shepherd.

Scripture: Psalm 23 (NLT)

A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
    He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord

Devotional Time
Anyone who’s ever spent much time around sheep knows the truth: they are not the finest of creatures, right? They are often dirty and smelly; they make poor choices; and they easily get themselves into trouble, like wandering away from the safety of the group or falling into ditches. In other words, they need help from a good shepherd!

When the Bible refers to us as sheep, please know my friends- it’s not a compliment. But it is a word of hope, because as helpless as we are, the Good Shepherd loves us and promises to care for us, for all eternity.

The blessing of the Shepherd is not only for still waters and green pastures in the here and now. It is goodness and mercy that will be with us in the Lord’s house forever, more evidence that we’re living in the “already but not yet” we’ve talked about numerous times.

Our Father, who is in heaven, glorified be your name. May your kingdom come; and may your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. Give us nourishment for today; and forgive us of our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And keep us from falling into temptation, saving us from evil. Because the whole world is your kingdom, and all power and glory are yours for ever and ever. Amen.