God’s Trying to Talk to You
By Rick Warren
“Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NLT)
Prayer is a conversation, not a monologue. When you pray, don’t do all the talking! You can't build a friendship with God if you don’t let him talk to you.
How do you let God talk to you? Through the Bible. Everything God wants to say to you, is already in his Word. People are always looking for some sign, thinking “I wish God would tell me what he wants me to do. I wish he would write it in the sky.” God is not going to write his will in the sky because he's already written it in a Book!
Stop looking for a sign, and start looking at Scripture. Stop looking for a vision, and start looking for a verse. God's will is in God's Word. The more you read his Book, the more you're going to know what to do.
King Jehoshaphat was facing three enemy armies that teamed up and advanced against him and Israel. Israel knew they didn’t have the strength to fight them. They knew that, in their own power, they would be defeated. So they prayed for help. This is what God said to them through one of his people:
“‘Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s . . . You will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!’ Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the LORD” (2 Chronicles 20:15-18 NLT).
Imagine an entire nation getting on the ground, bowing down on their knees, and worshiping God because he told them, "I'm going to take care of it."
When you pray a breakthrough prayer of surrender like Jehoshaphat did, God will say the same thing to you. So don't be afraid or discouraged! It's God’s battle, and he’ll handle it. Keep serving in your position. Wait, and watch what God does.
God has so many more amazing promises for you. But you’ll never know about them until you open the Bible and start reading.
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Fill Your Home with Joy and Hope this Christmas!
With Christmas right around the corner, we want to help you spend the holidays worshipping instead of worrying. Slowing down and reconnecting with God. And expressing gratitude for the true meaning of the season.
That’s why Pastor Rick and his wife Kay created the Daily Hope Advent devotional booklet with a companion calendar. This 2-part resource is the perfect way to prepare your heart for the real celebration.
Praise God for the gift of Jesus and build joyful anticipation as Christmas draws near with the 24-day devotional booklet, featuring a special family activity each Sunday. And enjoy the beautiful, custom artwork of the Advent calendar, with a special door for every day of December that opens to reveal a hidden image and encouraging Bible verse.
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