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Prayer Tip: “I Will Not Deny You”

Posted Sep 10, 2017

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Daily Scripture

Matthew 26:31-35

Then Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.

Prayer Tip

I’m going to be honest. As much as I try to be humble, I often think pretty highly of myself. When others don’t try something, thinking, "There’s no way I can do that," I tend to think "Of course I can do that!" Some might lament, "No one will ever choose me," and I’m more prone to wonder, "Why wouldn’t they choose me?" I have a good sense of self confidence, but sometimes I question if I might be a little too confident... maybe even conceited.

Several of the passages we’ll look at this week include times when Peter was feeling a little more confident in who he was and how he thought he would react in future situations than he should have. The trouble was that he didn’t understand Jesus’ mind and heart. He didn’t understand God’s will. 

We all like to think we’re in the right and justify our actions and stances but, like Peter, we don’t understand everything either. Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” 

As frustrating as it is to do, we must admit we are not God.

Prayer is a safe place to approach God in humility, not pretending we are completely wretched but admitting we are not perfect. The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector in Luke 18 is a good reminder of two vastly different ways we might approach life and prayer – and which is the better way.

Let’s use Psalm 139:23-24 as our prayer today: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Amen.

 - Angela LaVallie Tinsley, Prayer and Funeral Ministries

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Angela LaVallie Tinsley

Angela LaVallie Tinsley

Angela serves as the Funeral and Prayer Program Director, overseeing on-site funerals and assisting with prayer classes, vigils, walk, retreats, and other events. She began working at Resurrection in April 2007 and in that time has worked with the Singles, Seniors, Young Adults, and Guest Connections ministries.

I’m going to be honest. As much as I try to be humble, I often think pretty highly of myself. When others don’t try something, thinking, "There’s no way I can do that," I tend to think "Of course I can do that!" Some might lament, "No one will ever choose me," and I’m more prone to wonder, "Why wouldn’t they choose me?" I have a good sense of self confidence, but sometimes I question if I might be a little too confident... maybe even conceited.

Several of the passages we’ll look at this week include times when Peter was feeling a little more confident in who he was and how he thought he would react in future situations than he should have. The trouble was that he didn’t understand Jesus’ mind and heart. He didn’t understand God’s will. 

We all like to think we’re in the right and justify our actions and stances but, like Peter, we don’t understand everything either. Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” 

As frustrating as it is to do, we must admit we are not God.

Prayer is a safe place to approach God in humility, not pretending we are completely wretched but admitting we are not perfect. The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector in Luke 18 is a good reminder of two vastly different ways we might approach life and prayer – and which is the better way.

Let’s use Psalm 139:23-24 as our prayer today: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Amen.

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