DAY 8 | 08.11

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed”

PSALM 34:18 (NLT) 

Often when we are praying to God, there is a period of waiting for His answer. The enemy would love to discourage us during this time by convincing us that God doesn’t care. However, those who ask in faith are assured their answer is coming. Yet the miracle isn’t so much the answer, it is that God hears our prayers and draws close to us. In the story of Jonah we see that it was better for him to be in the belly of a whale with God than in its belly without Him. The same is true for us; it is better to be in tough circumstances with God than free from them without God.  Cry out to God and He will come close to you!

Discussion Questions

•  Prayer is not just about our lists and answers. Psalm 34:17-18 says that God comes close to us  when we pray. Think about a time when the process of God answering your prayer was better than the answer.

•  Journal a time when God made something good come from someone’s mistake.

• God provides strength for us during tough times. How can we use this strength to pray through brokenness in order to achieve   victory?


Prayer Focus

Instead of praying for specific answers to your prayers today ask God for more of His presence. Ask Him to fill you with the peace that surpasses human understanding. Thank God for being with you in each and every circumstance.

Next Steps

Begin praying that your capacity to love people would increase. As you relate with others throughout the week, be mindful of how God sees them and loves them.