Daily Hope

Jul 13, 2014

For God’s Miracle, Open the Eyes of Your Heart
by Rick Warren

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” (Ephesians 1:18 NIV)

How quickly we forget!

God does something good in our lives — he answers a prayer, he bails us out, he helps us with a miracle — then the next time a problem comes along, we act as if God’s miracle never happened. We have short-term memory. And when we can’t remember past blessings, we start fearing the future. We stop thinking God will do it again, because we forgot he did it the first time.

When we have short-term memory, we start worrying unnecessarily about tomorrow.

Learning to have spiritual vision is absolutely essential to your success, your stress level, your stability, and your strength. The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision … the people perish” (AMP).

Without clear vision, you lose hope. When you don’t have a vision for your family, you lose hope. When you don’t have a vision for your career, you lose hope. When you don’t have a vision for your health, you lose hope.

When you can’t see your way clearly, it means you’ve lost your vision, which means you’re going to lose your hope.

The key to making it through the struggle in your life, no matter how long it lasts, is hope. And you don’t just pull it out of the sky; you get it from God’s vision.

Ephesians 1:18 says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people” (NIV). He’s talking about seeing with spiritual eyes and having spiritual vision.

You get hope from seeing your life from God’s eternal perspective.

If you’re looking for God to do a miracle in your life, ask him to open the eyes of your heart and give you his vision for your life.

Talk It Over

Make a list of the ways God has provided for you over the last year.
What is the vision God has given you for your family, career, and ministry?
How do you anticipate God moving in your life in the future? How does it give you hope?

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This devotional is based on the current Daily Hope radio series at http://www.rickwarren.org.

Rick Warren has helped people live with hope and on purpose for more than 40 years. He’s the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California and author of several books, including “The Purpose Driven Church” and “The Purpose Driven Life,” read by more than 100 million people in 137 languages. He created the PEACE Plan (plant churches of reconciliation, equip servant leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, educate the next generation), which is used by churches in 196 countries. His radio teaching and daily devotional, Daily Hope, is offered across America.

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Jul 7, 2014

Jesus Is Praying for You
by Rick Warren

“Who then is the one who condemns us? No one. Christ Jesus who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34 NIV)

God knows everything that’s going to happen. He is omniscient. He knows the past, the present, and the future all at once. He already knows what’s going to happen in your life this afternoon. He knows what’s going to happen in your life next week, next month, next year, and the rest of your days. This also means he can pray about it before it happens to you.

Wait a minute. God prays? You mean God talks to himself?

You talk to yourself all the time. When God talks to himself, it’s prayer. As a dad, I often talk to myself about my kids, and God talks to himself about you all the time.

The night before Jesus went to the cross, he was with his disciples. Peter was kind of bragging and saying, “Lord, I would die for you!” Jesus loved Peter, but he knew Peter was a little impulsive. He also knew Peter was going to deny him three times before the next morning. Jesus said in Luke 22:32, “I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me” (NCV). Jesus had already prayed for Peter in the storm he was going to go through.

Jesus has already prayed you through what you’re going to go through this year. In fact, right now Jesus is in Heaven, praying for his children. He is interceding for you, meaning he is talking to God on your behalf.

Romans 8:34 says, “Who then is the one who condemns us? No one. Christ Jesus who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (NIV). That’s what Jesus is doing. He’s praying for you to make it through your storms.

It’s great to have people praying for you. I love it when you pray for me! In fact I can feel it. And when people don’t pray for me, I can tell the difference. It’s one thing to have people pray for you, but how would you like to have the Son of God praying for you?

The Bible says no matter what you go through today, next week, or next year, Jesus is praying for you. He’s on your side. If you’ve trusted him as your Savior, he’s interceding for you.

Talk It Over

What attributes of Jesus are evident when you think about the fact that he prays for you?
How does your confidence or attitude change when you consider that the Son of God is praying for you?
What storm are you going through right now? Ask God to help you believe that Jesus has already prayed you through it?

Our Gift: God’s Power To Change Your Life
Discover God’s power to change your life! Rick Warren lays the groundwork for personal transformation, offering biblical insights on what it takes to become more loving, peaceful, patient, and self-controlled.

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When You’re Hoping For A Miracle: Complete Audio Series
You can live for weeks without food, days without water, and seconds without air. But you cannot live without hope! In this series, Pastor Rick shares how the hope of Jesus’ Resurrection means God is still able to do a miracle in your life.

MORE

This devotional is based on the current Daily Hope radio series at http://www.rickwarren.org.

Rick Warren has helped people live with hope and on purpose for more than 40 years. He’s the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California and author of several books, including “The Purpose Driven Church” and “The Purpose Driven Life,” read by more than 100 million people in 137 languages. He created the PEACE Plan (plant churches of reconciliation, equip servant leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, educate the next generation), which is used by churches in 196 countries. His radio teaching and daily devotional, Daily Hope, is offered across America.

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This devotional © 2014 by Rick Warren.