05/23/23 An Undivided Heart

READING: 1 Chronicles 29; 2 Chronicles 1-3

I have some non-believing folks I pray for every day. I’ve prayed for them for so long that my prayers sometimes seem repetitive and ineffective. There are days when the words seem rote, the emotions seem routine, the passion seems on hold. It’s then that the Word of God so often gives me encouragement and direction to keep praying. 

Today is one of those good days in the Word. When I don’t know how to pray for, for example, a young man I desperately want to know the Lord, I am reminded today to pray David’s prayer for his son, Solomon: “Give my son Solomon an undivided heart to keep and to carry out all your commands, your decrees, and your statutes, and to build the building for which I have made provision” (1 Chron 29:19). 

An undivided heart, with God as the focus. A commitment to obey, regardless of the cost. A focus on accomplishing whatever God has in His plan—that’s what I want for those for whom I’m praying. That’s what I want for you and me, too. 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Are you praying today for someone deeply caught in the trap of sin? 

DAILY PRAYER: “Father, give me an undivided heart.” 

TOMORROW’S READING: 2 Chronicles 4-7

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