Friday, November 6, 2015

Praying for 30 days- day 6

Today's scripture from my book Today I Pray by Stonecroft ministries is Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
"On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea.  And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”...Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;  yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.  But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Lord, I ask You, through Your power and _______'s circumstances, to prepare ________ to hear and receive the Word of God.

The parable of the Sower shows me that God is all knowing and all powerful when it comes to our salvation but that He still gives us the free will to reject His words in the Bible.  Let's first review the four soils that the seeds land in
1. The seed thrown to the wayside- hears the word, don't understands it so doesn't receive it
2. The seed thrown on stony ground- receives word  with joy but then life happens and only endures for awhile
3. The seed thrown among the thorns- hears the word but the cares of the word snatch him up
4. The seed thrown on good ground- hears and understands the word and bears fruit

There are many people out there in the world every day that hears the word of God. What they do with it is their choice. God promises anyone who reads His word their lives will be changed. I believe that the desire to read God's word comes from God preparing one's heart but they still need to keep reading it. Once someone takes the time to read God's word continuously they can become the good soil. The word of God and the supremacy of God dictates what soil our hearts are to be. I thankful that He has given us His word and free will and uses our circumstances to bring us to Him.

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