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Ask for Wisdom

As I sat here, Father, and read through another prayer in The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, I am once again touched. I could never write so eloquently or encompass my thoughts in such a concise manner but if could have I would have. One short line of it speaks volumes.

“There is no comfort in anything apart from enjoying thee and being engaged in thy service…”

I would say, Amen.

James 1:5 (<<click here)

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God…”

I am truly dependent upon You for wisdom, Lord. You have blessed me with experience and knowledge but it is not enough to accomplish tasks at hand if I do not yield myself to You seeking Your wisdom as to how to use what You have given me. Sometimes the difficulty lies in sorting through all the ramblings of my mind, shifting through them, to glean what is the most important or most beneficial for the need of the moment.

Writing sermons is a prime example of this. I have many pieces and parts in my mind, reading Your Word gives me inspiration, combing through commentaries can give my structure but only You can give me the wisdom to bring it all together in such a way that it will speak to those who will listen. Only You can put in those little extra things, of which I may not even be aware, that will speak to specific people in my congregations.

I surely cannot do it without You. For that matter, I can’t do life without You. The quote from today’s prayer is so true!

July 27th, Wed, 6:27 am

Going through the Backpack

Thank You, Father, for the wonderful day yesterday. Even the constant rain could not dampen our spirits! Thank You for Your presence in worship and watching over us as we spent some family time together. We are truly blessed!

Hebrews 6:1-3 (<<click here)

Lord, when we were in school and had a big test we didn’t spend our test time going through our backpacks. We took the knowledge we had and applied it.

When it comes to You and Your Word there comes a time when we have to stop rummaging about and start applying it. We either know it or we don’t, more studying isn’t going to help, leafing through the textbook to review what we already know is counterproductive. We must move forward. We’ve got to get what we’ve learned out. It’s the best way to see if we’ve got it down.

Lord, I have sat at Your feet for many years. I realize that there is a lot yet to learn but there are many things that I have learned that simply need to be lived out. Every day there are a multitude of opportunities to show the world Who I know and because of that relationship I can impact those around me by responding, not as the world does, but as You do. I can live my life with joy… and peace… and love… and patience – things of which the world sees way too little.

Lord, give me the wisdom to know what to say and do when I need to say and do. Fill me with Your presence so You can touch the world through me.

Mar 14th, Mon, 5:21 am

Consistent Practice

In the quiet of this morning hour, Father, may I hear You speak to me. May Your words resonate with my soul and may they be branded upon my heart to carry with me for the rest of my life.

Titus 2:1-2 (<<click here)

Lord, I may be leaning a bit more into the “older men” category of which Paul speaks but these are all traits that everyone should be emulating, “self-control…worthy of respect…live wisely…sound faith…filled with love and patience.” v2

As my study Bible* alludes to this “whole teaching” leads us to combine “correct knowledge and understanding with consistent practice.” Your Word, Lord, should be our source of “correct knowledge” and time spent with You in contemplating Your Word will bring “understanding.” Consistently practicing doing these things will greatly impact us and the world around us.

Why are we so reluctant to invest energy and effort into reading our Bibles and talking with You, Lord? I realize that some things in life cannot be avoided – work, family, home, etc. but all of us have a certain amount of time to do with as we wish. And we fill that time with all kinds of things – some more honorable than others. If we want a relationship to grow, we invest in it. If we want our relationship with You to grow it is no different. When we do so the results are innumerable! Our lives are changed for the better – they’re literally impacted eternally! AND we impact others! Paul’s list of characteristics for “older men” are things that can bear a wonderfully positive influence on others both in this life and in our lives beyond this time on earth!

Lord, continue to draw me to Your side – more and more may it become a passion of mine!

Jan 23rd, Sat, 7:18 am

*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible

Longing for Good

Oh my, what a week – it seems like forever since I’ve sat down with You, Father! And, boy, do I feel it! The world has been none to kind – crazy work schedule and weariness has made coming together easier to say “no” to and my defenses are not as sharp so things lurking in the shadows have tripped me up. Thank You, Father, for once again helping me to my feet and in your forgiveness, to march steadily onward. (The journey of John Bunyan’s, Christian in The Pilgrim’s Progress, comes to mind)

2 Timothy 3:17  (<<click here)

Lord, I was ready to forge on ahead to chapter 4 but my eyes fell upon the last footnote for chapter 3 in my Study Bible* and I had to pause.

“We should not study God’s Word simply to increase our knowledge… We should study the Bible so that we will know how to do Christ’s work in the world. Our knowledge of God’s Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good.”

Lord, help Your Word to not just fill my brain – though that is important – but may it fill my life; may it be fleshed out in daily tasks from beginning to end. The truth of Your Word is not meant to be something that I keep to my self – it is to be shared. Your Word is fully able to “equip” me “to do every good work.”

And isn’t this for what the world is longing? Don’t we all crave and long for “good”? – love, acceptance, security, beauty (real beauty), peace, joy. And aren’t all of these things found in You. The world offers plenty of knock offs but only You offer the genuine article. May I be a purveyor of “good work.”

December 19th, Saturday, 6:19 am

*The New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible