Father, thank You for a good night’s sleep. May whatever this day holds be impacted by You. May I remain faithful to Your calling in everything I say and do. Amen.
Lord, this morning I got no further than my opening prayer. When I read some more of Revelation 2 and pondered it – I went down too many rabbit holes and nothing came together. So here I sit, some 16 hours later.
I am grateful that I was able to make good headway in preparing Sunday’s sermon and other particulars for the worship service. I realize that I am stating the obvious, but I could in no way, shape or form begin to do anything of benefit to anyone, without You. You are why I am able to do what I do – You are the focus and the inspiration. You are what motivates me.
I pray that I am the messenger the You need for the hour. It is unsettling to think that people would follow me. If they do follow me, I wholeheartedly pray that it is because I am following You. I am fallible. I am weak. I stumble. I fall. Isaiah’s exclamation comes to mind,
“It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Isaiah 6:5
And yet…You, the Holy Sovereign of all that is and ever will be, You choose to use…me. You can use anyone who gives themselves over to You and Your direction over our lives.
May a burning coal from Your altar touch my lips as well (Isaiah 6:6-7) and may my “guilt [be] removed, and [my] sins [be] forgiven.” May I be the man that can be used in whatever capacity that You need. Amen.
July 5th, Wed, 6:38 am
It’s one of those hard to focus mornings, Father. My mind is going every whichaway – thunder is booming, the rain is pouring. I can’t seem to get comfortable. Help me to reel it all in. Help me to give You the attention You deserve.
Hebrews 13: 15-16 (<<click here)
“… through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God…”
Lord, trying to wrap my brain around this passage is a bit of a challenge this morning. One thing I need to be reminded of is that the term sacrifice in the Old Testament didn’t always have connections to sin and forgiveness. Burnt offerings, grain offerings, and peace offerings were all voluntary acts of worship. They could express devotion and surrender to God. They could be intended to recognize Your goodness and provision.
Throughout every day, Lord, I should become more and more aware of the importance of giving You praise. Time and time again You are there for me. Your Holy Spirit within me helps me to pause before I speak, to quickly turn the other way the moment temptations present themselves, to be slow to judge and quick to love, to be diligent in my labors and not frivolous with my time. These things and many, many others should bring praise to You from my lips.
Even when the going gets tough and trials come upon me I am still compelled to praise. You are with me all the way, even though the storms may howl about me. When I do so those around me can see who I am in You and I can testify all that You do for me.
Lord, help me this day to keep my focus on You. Help me to offer “a continual sacrifice of praise to” You throughout each and every day. Amen!
July 18th, Mon, 6:26 am