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Our Unchanging God

Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “We are living in the period of greatest change ever known in the history of the world.” Amid all the changes and decay of life, it is encouraging to know that God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6). How so?

First, God is unchanging in his demand for meaningful worship.

Cheap sacrifices and empty formalism never have and still don’t satisfy him. Religious observances cannot substitute for right living. We are not to leave off church attendance and prayer, but they are all sheer futility and mockery if they are not accompanied by right moral conduct. God still demands good moral conduct from his people.

Second, God is unchanging in his hatred for sin.

Sin is anything contrary to the will and word of God. God always has and always will oppose sin because of what it does to people. Every law from God has been for our benefit and well-being. Sin is like sand in the ball bearings of the human personality. It creates friction and eventually total ruin wherever it is found. The whole Bible story is a record of God’s actions to remove sin and restore humanity to our original perfect state. 

Third, God is unchanging in his plans for the future.

He plans to return to the earth again to distinguish between good and evil and reward people accordingly. Any view of life that does not take into account the future and final judgment of God and our accountability to him is an inadequate view. 

Amid this changing, uncertain world the Bible reminds us to take courage. All things are not passing away. Some things remain unchanged. God and his Son Jesus Christ are the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

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Today's Devotional

What Is Prayer?

What is prayer?

First, it is asking God for what we need. Jesus taught us to ask for things (Luke 11:2). If God is really our father and we are really his children, it cannot be wrong to ask him for things.

Second, it is praising God for who he is. Jesus often turned to God for gifts, but at times he turned to him just for the sake of fellowship. Prayer is not merely asking God for things. We do not make our human friendships mere matters of convenience, approaching a friend only when we desire a favor from him and never going near him at any other time. No friendship could survive long under these mercenary terms. Nor can our friendship with God survive on this basis.

Third, prayer is thanking God for what he has done. Gratitude and praise often drove Jesus to his knees. His prayers were not marked by quarrels, protests, and aggravations.

Prayer must go beyond our own needs. Jesus taught us to pray for others. He prayed for little children, for his disciples, for Judas, for Peter, and even for his enemies at the cross.

We aren’t trying to coerce God. Instead we are trying to be open with him. We are not telling God what to do—we are telling him what we think we need. Prayer is not an effort to change God but it is loving communication with him. God has linked himself to prayer and works in response to it. And he is pleased when we pray.

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