Joshua 21:1-22:20 ~ Luke 20:1-16 ~ Psalm 89:1-13 ~ Proverbs 13:15-16
Today is April 20th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you today. How are you feeling? I trust all is well with you and I know that we’ve come to the right place. We’ve come to the scriptures. We’ve set aside some time to step out of all of the busyness that surrounds us and threatens to strangle us at times. We’ve set aside this little place that we have for a little time of orienting our hearts back to God through his word. So I am ready for this. I need this as much as you do. I’ve got a nice cup of coffee and I’ve got a microphone and off we go. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week, Joshua chapter 21, verse 1 through 22, verse 20 today.
Father, as the psalmist today gave us language and words about your steadfast love, we too affirm and declare your steadfast love and we rest in your steadfast love. Father, help us, by the power of your Holy Spirit, never to deny your steadfast love. So often we find ourselves wondering about that, about your faithfulness that endures forever, about your mercies that are new every morning, about your steadfast love, but that is not on you. That is on us and we’re sorry. Your steadfast love endures forever. Forever and ever, which includes the entire span of our lives. There will never be a day that your steadfast love is not available to us. So we rest in that right now. We rest in that. In all of the chaos, in all of the disruption and all of the things that are going on that are pulling us in a myriad of directions, your steadfast love is in the center. So we invite your Holy Spirit to bring your steadfast love into our realities, into our hearts, and may we be constantly reminded that you love us. You love us steady. Steady and true and constant. This is steadfast love. Father, we want to love you back the same way. We want our steadfast love for you to endure forever, but we get so distracted, so we invite your Holy Spirit into that. We invite you into our confusion, our doubt, our difficulties, our hardships, our joy, our suffering, our victories, our valleys. Our steadfast love endures forever for you. That is what we want to be true of us because steadfast love given by each of us is unstoppable forever and ever. So come, Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit, and bring your steadfast love and show us how to love you with our heart, mind, body, strength, soul, will, actions, everything. Show us how to love you in and with everything that we are and ever will be because this is the way that you love us. Come, Holy Spirit, we pray. In the mighty name of Jesus, amen.
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Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports
Daily Audio Bible family, what a pleasure it is to be able to call. I’ve been listening for… This is Michael and I’ve been listening for about a year and a half, my wife and I both, and have been incredibly blessed. I haven’t called in even one time because I just find it very hard to do this. I’m calling for my brother Greg and his wife Shanna who has got very serious cancer, very life-threatening cancer. They’ve been married for a long time and it is very, very hard for my brother to deal with this. So please, family, pray for Shanna. Pray for Shanna, that she would be very comfortable as well as we just pray for her healing. I know it’s asking a lot because she has cancer throughout her whole body, but nothing is too big for God. So we need a miracle and we need for them to be encouraged. We pray for their encouragement. Love you so much and Brian, thank you for bringing this to all of us. What a blessing. What an incredible blessing. Thank you so much. You all have a great and wonderful day.
Hi family. This is Sheila calling from Texas. Today is April 15th. I’m calling to ask for prayers upon every marriage in this daily community. The cries of many hurting and broken marriages have reached the ears of God and Jesus Christ is crying with you. He feels your pain. I’m asking if there is anyone among us committing adultery or fornication to please stop it. We are all one body and when one part of the body hurts, then the entire body hurts. I’m very happily married and I feel bad when I hear people calling in with your pain. I feel the pain with you, so we know many, many marriages are ___ for different reasons and as a body we need to join hands and cry out to God our Father to heal the wounded hearts and restore marriages that need to be restored. I feel led to ask you all as a body to commit to pray during the week of April 23rd to April 29th. This is going to be the marriage prayer week for the DAB community, so that is what I feel led by the Spirit of the Lord to do. Also during this period I’m asking us to declare a fast for the whole week. I’m not saying that you’re going to fast the entire week, but choose one day out of this week to fast. If you’re not able to fast the entire day, choose one meal to skip or two meals, just depends on what your body can tolerate. So let us bear each other’s burdens and help each other. Let us all cry out to God to heal our marriages, to heal our families, those broken hearts. May God hear our prayers and heal our land. I love you guys. God bless you and thank you for praying. Bye.
Hi. This is Easter Sunday and Alex S. from Jacksonville. I want to call in today to say thank you, dear Lord Jesus, for dying on a cross for us so many years ago and you forgive our sins. I have many shortcomings and I want you guys to pray for me. My wife recently told me that she wants to get divorced and I need everybody’s help here in taking that evil from our marriage and our family. So Daddy, please, please stay with me, please forgive me, and thank you for forgiving me of all my sins, Dad, for all my shortcomings when you died so many years ago on a cross. Thank you for being there for me and thank you for guiding me through this process. Please take all the evil, all the bad thoughts, and bad thoughts in my mind away. Please let me show my wife how much I love her, how much I desire her, how much she needs to be in our family, how she is loved and how much she is needed. I was not standing up for her in our past and please, dear Lord, forgive me for doing so and for my wrongs that I’ve done against her. Please give me strength to do your will and not my will, but to be the man of the family, to protect our family and my wife and make her feel wanted and loved and everything that you have in store for us as a family. Please restore our family, dear Lord Jesus. Thank you. I love you guys. Appreciate everybody who prays for me and our family. My name is Alex from ___. I love you. Bye.
Hi there. This is Daisy from Florida. Today is Monday, April 17th. This message goes out to Kevin from South Carolina. You called saying you had a lot of doubts about your salvation and I just wanted to encourage you and tell you that I’ve been there, but rest assured that God doesn’t have an eraser or whiteout. You’re in the book of life and that’s it. God is not going to take away your salvation. It’s done. I was really encouraged when somebody said to me that even if I had been the only person on the face of this earth, God still would have sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for me. So Kevin, know that to be true for you. Know that to be true for you, that when Jesus was on the cross, he thought about you. He thought about you by name. You. If you had been the only person, if Kevin would have been the only person on the face of this earth, God still would have sent Jesus to die on the cross for you. So just be encouraged, brother. There is a verse in Lamentations, 3:23, that says his mercies are new every day and I hang onto that every day. Every day. Because I condemn myself a lot for my sins and I know that there is forgiveness and I try to remember every day, take every day as a new day with God. He has forgiven me. He has given me another chance because he loves me that much. God is love. If you need to maybe recommit your life to the Lord, that’s fine too. I don’t know if you’ve been baptized. After committing your life to Christ, if you need to do that too, do that too. Regardless, again, you are loved and God is yours, so stand firm in that, brother. Have a great day.
Hi there. I’m just calling to ask for prayer for my marriage. I just feel like I’m having such a struggle in seeing eye to eye with my husband. I’ve got a perfect husband. He just does everything and will be everything, he’s awesome, but I’m not and I __ I have these outbursts of anger and frustration and I just can’t receive love and I don’t know why. I just want to be good for him, but I’m just not good. I love the Lord and do all my prayers and go to church and do all that kind of stuff, but I just don’t know how to make all this work. I’ve had past failures in marriages and I just feel like that woman at the well where Jesus just talked to that woman and knows everything and she celebrated what he knew about her. I just want to be celebrating. I just want to be celebrating ___ in my life and that he could do a good work in me, but it’s so hard just choosing ___. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what’s the matter with me. I just ask for prayers to have someone step in and show me how to be… These past hurts just sometimes surface and come up and then I just feel there is a lack of trust. I just want prayers for ___ husband.
This is Bill from Garland. A while back a grandmother called to ask for prayers for her grandson who will be going for an operation on April 18th for seizures. Sister, I will join you in your prayers for your grandson. I will also join in your fast by doing a partial fast that day dedicated to your grandson’s recovery. I apologize for not noting your names, but I expect you know who you are. I also apologize for delaying in sending this message. You will hear it after the surgery, though we know God will hear everyone’s prayers for your grandson regardless of time. This is a wonderful community and I am thankful that the Lord led me here. Thank you very much.