Hallelujah, alleluia, or however you want to spell it or say it, in any language–but Happy Resurrection Sunday, or Happy Easter Sunday! If you celebrate this special day, I hope you have enjoyed it. If not, I still hope you had a lovely Sunday!
This post on Easter Sunday wouldn’t be complete without this classic Carmen presentation. I had the privilege of seeing Carman in concert more than once, back in the day–including this particular song and dramatic presentation (though not this specific video or location).
Now onto today’s devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“Too often we get caught up in our own works concerning prayer. Sometimes we try to pray so long, loud, and fancy that we lose sight of the fact that prayer is simply conversation with God.
The length or loudness or eloquence of our prayer is not the issue–it is the sincerity of our hearts and our faith God hears that is important.
We must develop simple, believing prayer. We can depend on God to be faithful to do what we have asked Him to do, as long as our request is in accordance with His will.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“Lord, I praise You for Your sovereignty over the broad events of my life and over the details. With You, nothing is accidental, nothing is incidental, and no experience is wasted. You hold in Your own power, my breath of life and all my destiny.
And every trial that You allow to happen is a platform on which You reveal Yourself, showing Your love and power, both to me and to others looking on.
Thank You that I can move into the future non-defensively, with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead, for You hold the future and You will always be with me, even to my old age…and through all eternity.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
-1- It’s comforting and encouraging to know God just wants to hear from us–we don’t have to say some fancy prayer or use “religious” language. We can just talk to Him! It’s also a good reminder in this devotional, about believing God does answer our prayers “as long as our request is in accordance with His will.” Important distinction!
-2- This one is a good reminder, due to a personal/family situation or two going on right now, especially this line: “Every trial that You allow to happen is a platform on which You reveal Yourself, showing Your love and power, both to me and to others looking on.“ I have to keep this in mind when I get especially discouraged about these situations.
So what are YOUR thoughts on this Easter Sunday? Have you ever heard of Carman or attended his events?
Do you agree that prayer doesn’t have to be complicated or fancy, but rather simply a conversation with our Father God?
What do you think about the idea that there are no accidents in our lives where God is concerned–that everything is some how a part of His greater plan for our lives?