Ask God to orient or reorient you to Himself. Confess any known sin. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Be still and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s Word. Pray for others in your life that they, too, would know and love God today.
Psalm 107: 10-16
“10 Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, 11 for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. 12 So He subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. 13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. 14 He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. 15 Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, 16 for He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.”
Here the psalmist thanks God for releasing those who were held in bondage in prison. In this passage, he likens the seventy years in captivity to being in prison. Their time in Babylon was like a dark and gloomy dungeon. This is a symbol of the misery of exile. It’s because of the people’s rebellion against God and spurning His word that they were sent off into exile. The time of imprisonment was not the end of the story, though. The people turned and cried out to God and He saved them from their distress. This led them to give thanks to the Lord for His unchanging love and the works He did for them.
I hate to admit this, but even in my own life there are times I willfully rebel and sin. I think my way is better; I want to be in control. Even as I write this, I shudder because I know how foolish it sounds; but nevertheless, it’s what I do at times. Sin enslaves us, controls us, and dominates us if we let it. It imprisons us and holds us in bondage. It leads to isolation and despair.
This is not where God wants us to be. Jesus tells us in John 8:34 that when we sin, we become a slave of sin. The good news is that we’re not left without any hope! Jesus can free us from the slavery that keeps us from becoming what God has created us to be. Jesus breaks the power of sin in our life! Paul understood this. In Romans 7 he laments, “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Don’t let the enemy hold you captive because of sin. If you’ve messed up, confess it and move toward Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. He is our only hope. He’s the one who has set you free; and, if He has set you free, you will be free indeed!
“Give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.”
(Personalize this prayer today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.)
Ask God to lead you through His Spirit as you go through your day. Ask Him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell Him “Yes” to His will and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today. KEEP PRAYING THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY.Page Break