Good morning, Father! I am so glad to see You and to have You with me. No matter how much wrong there is in this crazy world, it does not deter from the fact that Your will will ultimately be done “on earth, as it is in heaven.” And even out of the worst of circumstances, You can bring joy and peace. You and You alone are worthy of my Praise!
Hebrews 13:17-19 (<<click here)
As You well know, Lord, spiritual leadership is a challenge. Proclaiming Your word and leading Your people is a heavy burden to bear. It is a very weighty responsibility. It would be so much easier if we were perfect…but we are not. Hence, the great importance of verse 18.
“Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do.”
I’m sure I speak for most spiritual leaders when I say that we covet people’s prayers. We need the strength to carry through the task at hand – there’s a lot to get together every week to feed the flock. We need discernment to weed through all that comes across our path – sometimes the loudest or brightest things clamoring for our attention are the least important and it’s the quiet and thoughtful things that we need to focus on. We need love to flavor everything we see and do – sometimes mean people are really just hurting people. We need the Holy Spirit to direct us and enable us to do His will – quite often it’s not about my agenda or our agenda but it is always about His agenda. May we listen and act.
Lord Jesus, I know people pray for me. I realize that even when we don’t know what to pray that Your Holy Spirit helps us and intercedes for us (Romans 8:26). May I trust You, Lord, with my all. I give You everything that I am. Amen.
July 22nd, Fri, 6:40 am
Sitting in Your presence this morning this old song came to mind: “Father, I adore You, lay my life before You, How I love You.” It is a simple truth to begin my day, but one laden with profound possibilities.
1 Timothy 6:3-5 (<<click here)
Reading this passage my mind is a swirl with all the opinions and mindsets of this world. Many are quick to proclaim what they hold to be truth and many of those are just as quick to condemn all who do not hold to the same “truth.” What I struggle with, Lord, is… if they read Your Word and I read Your Word and it is the same Word – how can our interpretations be so vastly different?! We cannot all be right.
Lord, I strive to follow You. My daily goal is to read Your Word and to abide by it faithfully. As Paul says here to Timothy, “Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ,” v.3
Things I hear, things I read many times just don’t fit – they out and out contradict Your “wholesome teachings” Lord! I pray that you will reveal Your truth to me. Help me to clearly see Your reality. Help me not to bend and twist Your Word so that it fits my mindset – my agenda. Paul speaks the truth when he state that these mindsets “stir up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander and evil suspicions…” and they “…always cause trouble.” Boy, do they ever!!
Lord first and foremost I pray that You and You alone would be my source for what truth really is. And as I know that truth that I would live that truth. And when my life intersects with all the other, so called “truths” that I would respond as You would – if they are lost – with love and the utmost of patience and if they are “believers”- with firmness and courage! Help me to be Your ambassador.
Sept 25th, Fri, 5:58 am
Father, Your are so faithful and I praise Your holy name! I am so undeserving but You love me despite my failings. Thank You for waking me this morning – You help me in so many ways – You deserve all of my love!
Philippians 2:19-24 (<<click here)
Where I am at at this time this passage is difficult to workout. Lord, it seems that it is dealing with a mindset of passing on the mantel of responsibility at church, at work and for the most part at home. I really don’t have anyone to pass on to. Help me to see if there is and if not bring individuals into my life that I can mentor.
To some degree, there may be some at work, not so much to pass along skills of the trade but otherwise – a couple names come to mind and possibly others. Lord, please help me to take advantage of “teachable” moments – even with other people with which I interact. Guide my thoughts and motives and actions by Your directions. Use me as would benefit Your kingdom and Your agenda.
May 24th, Sun, 6:13 am