Promises, Promises

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Matthew 26:35

But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

O-bservation:

These were the words of Peter after Jesus had just told him that he, Peter, would deny Jesus three times that very night. Peter fired back that if it meant his very death with Jesus, he would never deny the Lord. And the rest of the disciples agreed with Peter that they wouldn’t deny the Lord either.

A-pplication:

When you read these words that are now over 2,000 years old, the first thing you think is “Promises, Promises.” Not only did Peter deny the Lord, but it was quite difficult to find any of the disciples standing up for Jesus during His most difficult trial. Before any of us get too down on Peter and the other disciples of Jesus, we should probably take a good look at our commitment. There have been many times I made a promise to the Lord that I regret I went back on. How many times did I make a New Year’s resolution that I would pray for an hour a day every day and then find myself sound asleep on my office floor after about ten minutes on the second day of the fast? There came the point in my life that I began praying, “Lord, help me to elevate my devotional life,” instead of promising Him I would. As I was honest about my desires, Jesus helped me do what I asked Him to help me with. It’s better to ask for the Lord’s help than to make “Promises, Promises” that our personal discipline can’t maintain.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus,

Help me again today, Lord, to be all that You have in mind for me to be. Amen

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