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A Poor Memory

Description

How quickly we can drift from the Lord after a brief period of spiritual staleness!

2 Chronicles 34

Josiah leads Judah into righteousness.

INSIGHT

It is almost impossible to imagine that the Law could have gotten lost in Jerusalem. The whole nation is to worship the Lord; the dominant building in Jerusalem is the temple. Israel's entire history revolves around the giving and preservation of the Law. How can this happen? Neglect has a poor memory. How quickly we can drift from the Lord after a brief period of spiritual staleness. Consider our nation. The moral fiber we had 20 years ago is nonexistent today. People are people. Israel drifted the same way—but for a longer time. This ought to serve as a warning to us; the same can happen to us as individuals.

PRAYER

The Lord will guard and care for the heart that follows Him and is filled with praise:

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by...
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to You among the nations.
For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth (Psalm 57:1, 9-11).

Pause for praise and thanksgiving.

Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise (Psalm 51:14-15).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.

Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:

Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  • Others to see Christ in you
  • The Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest
  • Your activities for the day

Offer this closing prayer to the Lord:

Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever. Amen (Revelation 7:12).

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