Monochrome

Why pray?

One of the purposes of prayer is to make us aware of our own dependence upon the Lord. No concern is too small to bring to Him, and nothing is too big for Him to handle. In fact, we are told to worry about nothing and to pray about everything.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, September 2021.

The Battle

A poem, that only a Christian would understand.

The world presents deceptive philosophies that lure us away from pure devotion to Christ. When we find more pleasure in its offerings than in Jesus, we become vulnerable and can easily be distracted from things that are of eternal value. Whether we realize it or not, this puts us in opposition to God.

If you recognize a hindrance in your life, whether it’s unaddressed sin, selfish motives, or the desiring of things of the world, the solution is clear: Confess and repent of your sinful attitudes, actions, and desires (1 John 1:9). Then thank God and rejoice in His cleansing.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, on James 4:1-10, April 20, 2021.

Seeking Safety

Here’s a hard question: If we know and believe worshipping idols cannot satisfy us, why do we struggle to choose loving God over being devoted to the things of this world? Perhaps one of the reasons we turn away from the Lord is because He requires authenticity and righteousness that our idols don’t. When we construct our idols, we can control them – ultimately, that puts us in charge. But we cannot control God.

In Psalm 135, we read about idols. An idol – which doesn’t issue commands, hold us accountable, or hear if we’re being untruthful – can in many ways feel safer than the Lord. But we have to ask another difficult question: Is false security worth it?

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 18, 2021.