There’s never been a king like Josiah, whether before or after him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, all his being, and all his strength, in agreement with everything in the Instruction from Moses.
2 Kings 23:25
Even though it was enemy armies that attacked Jerusalem and destroyed it the first time, six centuries before Jesus, the evil kings and the faithlessness of the people were the ones really responsible for this great loss. By sinning so greatly, they lost the protection of God from their enemies. It’s as though in a spiritual way, the Temple was destroyed from the “inside” by the people’s abandoning their God for false ones.
Consider the great energy of Josiah! He was devoted to God throughout his whole life, not just for part of it. Will you be like Josiah, and turn to the Lord with all your heart and soul and strength?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
My heart turning to You, Lord 23:25
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
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