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God asks us to learn something … He desires mercy more than sacrifice

Good morning Heavenly Father. I welcome a new day with you. Thank you for letting me start each day anew, fresh, and not from where I left off the prior night. Thank you for the truths that you have taught me. Please help me to remember them. And thank you for the scriptures for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:12-13)

Jesus was referring to what was said in Hosea:

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. (Hosea 6:6)

Lord, I’m here again. I’m here to sit with you. And right now I would like to lift up Lindsey to you. She is your daughter you love and delight in. Lindsey, today’s scriptures are interesting in what they are NOT asking of us. Jesus quoted from Hosea to make a point to the Pharisees who had just been mumbling to themselves about how Jesus was sitting and eating with tax collectors! Jesus knew they remembered to offer sacrifices to God, and that was good. However, Jesus reminded them that God was asking more than just sacrifices. God was asking them to show mercy to sinners. And so I pray for us both today. I pray that we would not discontinue making sacrifices for our God, but that we would remember that showing mercy to others is something God desires from us as well. Lord, help us in this. Help us to be kind and merciful to those around us, even when we might think they don’t deserve it. Help us to learn what this means! We need you Lord. Please expand our knowledge of you and your ways. And we will give you the glory. The glory is all yours. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

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(G) Gomer – Loved even when undeserving of love

Lindsey, today’s scripture regarding Gomer is a hard one for me. But it seems that perhaps it is pointing out to us how God has purchased us out of slavery with the blood of his only Son Jesus. Gomer was an example of a woman who was loved even when she did not deserve to be loved, and she was purchased back. Likewise there were name changes that refer back to her two children – “not loved” was shown love and “not my people” became God’s people. I pray that you will find ways to remind people that God loves them.

Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for all the many “God co-incidences” that you have let me be part of! And thank you for the scripture around Gomer, the woman for the letter G:

Then said the Lord unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: (Hosea 3:1-2)

Lord, I’m here again. The scripture is intriguing so I ask your help in this prayer. I ask that you give me the words! Lindsey, today I am praying that you would watch for ways that you can show those around you how God loves them. I pray that they not only would see Jesus in you, but that they also would experience God’s love for them, regardless of how bad their past has been. And we will give the glory to God. All the glory is his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

Gomer:

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