TODAY'S WORD FOR TODAY
He’s a God of Restoration (1)
‘I will restore to you…’Joel 2:25
Whatever life has taken from you, God can restore. He may not give you exactly what you want, but He will give you what’s best. And even when you fall under His corrective hand through disobedience, if you repent, He will reinstate you to a place of blessing. You say, ‘But what about the time I’ve wasted, the opportunities I’ve squandered, and the mess I’ve made of my life? Sometimes I wonder if I’ve fallen so low that even God cannot reach me.’ No, there’s hope for you. The Bible says, ‘Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear’ (Isaiah 59:1 NKJV). After wasting all that he’d inherited from his father, the Prodigal Son returned home, penniless and embarrassed. All he wanted was three square meals and a job in the servants’ quarters. But the moment he said, ‘Forgive me,’ his father called for the best robe, the fattest cow, the newest shoes, and a ring of son-ship restoring him to his rightful place as a member of the family. Even under the crushing weight of the Old Testament Law, with demands that no one could live up to, God said, ‘If a man steals an ox or a sheep…he shall restore five oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep’ (Exodus 22:1 NKJV). Now if God would do that for those who lived under the Law and on the wrong side of the cross, how much more will He do for those He has redeemed? So you can go to Him today with confidence, knowing He’s a God of restoration.
TODAY'S PRAYER - FROM PRAYER FOR TODAY MAGAZINE
YOUR KINGDOM COME
Father, I pray today for the place where I live. May Your Kingdom come and Your will be done here in my community. Please come in Your power and set the captives free; bring freedom for those imprisoned in sickness and addiction, and release those oppressed by their circumstances. Father, thank you that You’ve made me good news to those who are poor. Help me to restore sight and hope to those blinded by fear and shame. Source: Bible SocietyAbout Prayer for Today
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