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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Connection Between Purpose and Prayer

In review of Jeremiah 29:11-12, it says, ”‘I know what I am planning for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you a hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you’” (NCV).

Today’s verse is Jeremiah 29:11-12. In it God is telling Jeremiah that he has a plan for he and the people of Judah. The plan is for their good and not ultimate disaster. It should give them hope and a future. During those days, when they pray, He will be listening.

I know I'm encouraged by a leader who stirs me to move ahead, someone who believes I can do the task he has given and who will be with me all the way. God is this kind of leader. He knows the future, and his plans for me are good and full of hope. As long as God, who knows the future, provides me his agenda and goes with me as I fulfill his mission, I can have boundless hope. This does not mean that I will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship, but that God will see me through to a glorious conclusion.

In times of deep trouble, it may appear as though God has forgotten me. But in these times God is preparing me, as he did the people in Jeremiah's time, for a new beginning with him at the center.

God can’t deny himself. He can’t be evil. God is good, so by nature, he cannot do bad things. Everything God does is good. And so, because God is good, God’s plans for my life will always be good.

Jeremiah 29:11-12 says, “‘I know what I am planning for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you a hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you’” (NCV).

The key is seeing the connection between prayer and God’s plans for my life? I am not an accident. God has a purpose for my life. God planned me, and he wants me alive. Now, God didn’t have to create a plan for my life. He could have just let me be born and then wander around aimlessly. But God has never made anything without a purpose. Everything has a purpose and a plan. God gave me a plan for your life, because he loves me. He is a good God, so he put a lot of thought into creating me.

So how do I know God’s plan for me?” God’s plans for my life is revealed and realized through prayer. The more I pray, the more I’m going to understand God’s plan for my life. When I pray to him, he listens, and he answers and reveals more of himself to me.

Bottom Line:
God knows and has a plan for you. It is for good and not evil, and it will provide you a future and a hope. When you pray, He will listen.

What this means to me:
God knows the plans he has for me. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give me a future and a hope. In those days and times when I pray, He will listen.

In summary, it's encouraging to have a leader who will stir me to move ahead, someone who believes I can do the task, and who will be with me all the way. God's plans for me will be revealed and realized through my prayers. When I pray, he listens, he answers and he reveals more about himself.

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