Day 22 – Jan 22 – Hands up in surrender

Today’s reading:
Psalm 141: 2
“Let my prayer be set before You as incense,
The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” (NKJV)

The act of surrender is generally symbolized by the raising of hands. In the Old Testament, the priests were required to burn sacrifices morning and evening. These included a burnt offering, a grain offering and a drink offering (Exodus 29 :38-41). In Romans 12:1 Paul says, ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship’ (NIV). God does not require sacrifices where animals have to be slain anymore. He wants us. Our total surrender to Him as sacrifice.

It is so easy to get carried away with work & everyday chores. But take a few minutes of your time in the morning & in the evening to surrender yourself to Him and focus on what is really important. If you get the opportunity, don’t hesitate to lift your hands to Him. And please don’t limit it to church services.

I am also reminded of a common scene in sports, after a team has won, the people would carry the players who played key roles in the game. The fans acknowledge them as heroes and the crowd cheer them on. All though God already knows your heart, it doesn’t hurt to be expressive in your worship, by your actions. Lift God with your praise & thanksgiving.

I know I feel good, every time someone takes the time to say hi or say some thoughtful words to me. I feel loved. I feel wanted. And how do you feel when a day goes by without speaking to someone special to you? What do you think God feels when you don’t talk to Him? When your Father in heaven does not hear from you. Let Him know He’s precious to you.

Pray in your own words: Lord, I love you! I worship and adore You. (If you don’t know how to do this, just say those words. Lift your hands to God and simply talk to Him.)

Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 4-6 (Old Testament), Matthew 14:  22- 36 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
(This plan is a yearly plan where you can read the full Bible in a single year.)

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