The Secret to Continually Having the Lord with Us

Daily Devotional

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

It is typical for us as Christians to pray for God to be with us and while it is an important prayer to pray, we must accept that prayer alone is not enough for it to happen. There is a requirement that we must meet; Jesus revealed it in John 8:29 when he said, “the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him”.  What Jesus was telling us is that what he did to have the Father with Him always is to consistently act in a manner that pleases Him; the same is required of all of us.

The secret that Jesus made known to us in John 8:29 was practiced by other notable Bible characters who achieved the same result. One such person was Joseph, concerning whom the Bible said four (4) times in Genesis 39 that the Lord was with him. He too consistently acted in a manner that pleased God even though he was in Egypt where sin was rampant. An example of this was when Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with him; his response was “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? His response revealed that his primary focus was on pleasing God; that was evident by him being more concerned about sinning against God than anything else.

Now that we know that to consistently have the Lord with us, we must seek to please Him at all times, how can we do this? It starts with making pleasing God our priority, that is something that we can learn from both Jesus and Joseph. Only when we make pleasing God our first priority will we consistently do His will or what His word says and what will ensue from that is that He will abide with us.

Life Application: Have the Lord with you at all times by making pleasing God your first priority.

Prayer: Father, my aim is to always please you in all that I do and say. I crave your presence and need you to abide with me always. Give me the strength and willpower to remain steadfast in your word so that I may please you always. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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