Lord, I pray that throughout my life that I would have the perspective of Paul, torn between joining You (i.e. leaving this earth, it’s hardship and heartache) and staying here to lift up and encourage people on their journey with You.
Reading this passage I cannot help but think of wonderful followers of You who at the end of their earthly lives were so overwhelmed by physical adversity that their only desire was to leave this earth and join You. I could never think poorly of them for they were pillars of faith, mentors, individuals who taught me much of You and things I do in following You I gleaned from their influence (Grandma Provance and Rev. Tom Lasley). But they despaired and questioned why You let them linger here – why You didn’t call them home. You had Your holy reasons and I am sure You understood their responses. It makes me cry even now to thing of their heartache in their last days!
Lord, You know my heart and You surely know my love for them. Help me continue to embrace their great love for You and how they strove to serve You and talked with You for they loved You dearly but I would ask that my heart’s desire, regardless of what would happen to my body or mind – and only You know the possibilities – would be that You would grow me to the point that I would give up being with You, and all that means, so that I could encourage one more person in their walk with You, would say one more prayer lifting up the down-trodden that they would persevere and overcome by standing faithfully by Your side.
I pray here and now that You would give me a heart for the lost, that I would be constrained to have the heart and soul of Pastor Rick Warren’s dad whose final breaths on this earth were “Got to save one more for Jesus!” over and over again! Lord, please give me Your heart, Your love for Your world! At this point it is not me – forgive me! I plead for Your courage to speak exactly what needs spoken! I plead for Your tenacity to never give up on people but to be persistent in pursuing them for Your glory!
“Open My Eyes that I may see!” what You see! Feel what You feel! And act as you would act! Help this to become my overwhelming desire. “Mold me, make me, fill me, use me!” Praise and glory to Your Holy Name!
Father, thank You for answering my prayer. Putting off our time together this morning was not wise on my part. Thank You for making it uncomfortable for me – sort of like being “fidgety” mentally. (haha) I surely don’t need to start getting out of this habit. Once again ALLthe praise goes to You!
Many times I have felt that my time at Kohl’s has been an imprisonment. Lord, forgive me for my bad attitude, fussing and fuming. I do realize that You have placed me there for a reason. Also, I would ask that you forgive me for the many times that I haven’t lived up to Your expectations of me while serving there. As Paul found great joy in his literal imprisonment, help me to do the same in mine, such that it is. Sour attitudes bring no light on You, they just highlight the stink on me. Please, help me to get rid of the stink and to take on the “pleasing aroma of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:15) to those around me. My prayer is that You will use me to draw others to Your saving grace. Zip my lip if what I’m going to spit out is going to soil how people see You.
An inspiring passage that goes back a ways for me and reminds me of Steve Green’s song, “He Who Began a Good Work in You”. You are faithful, Lord, what You have begun you will finish. We are always a work in progress; You always have a work for us to do. We are always to be about becoming more and more like You. Verse 9 says that our “love will overflow more and more, and that [we] will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.” Lord, help me to keep on pressing onward and upward! There is much to do and time is short. You may come at any time, I may go at any time – regardless my life is but a breath and I must be about my Father’s business.
Lord, I know I am far from perfect but I know You, through Your Spirit in me, continue to direct and guide my thoughts and actions. I pray that you will continue to do so, not that you are not willing or able, for You surely are but that I will continue to be faithful and obedient. Truly help my love to “overflow more and more”!
May 12th, Tues, 8:30 am
♪♫♪ He Who Began a Good Work in You ♫♪♫
He who began a good work in you He who began a good work in you Will be faithful to complete it He’ll be faithful to complete it He who started the work Will be faithful to complete it in you
If the struggle you’re facing
Is slowly replacing
Your hope with despair
Or the process is long
And you’re losing your song
In the night you can be sure
That the Lord has His hand on you
Safe and secure
He will never abandon you
You are His treasure
And He finds His pleasure in you
Words and Music by Jon Mohr Copyright 1988 Birdwing Music/Jonathan Mark Music (admin. By The Sparrow Corp.) All Rights Reserved. International Copyright secured. – See more at: http://stevegreenministries.org/product/he-who-began-a-good-work-in-you/#sthash.rJyDEFGg.dpuf
In Paul’s simple greeting he asks that we receive Your grace. Simple, but by no means shallow! Where would I be without Your grace! It is truly AMAZING!! Thank You, that You extend Your favor to me, I definitely don’t deserve it but You give it to me over and over again. When I’m good, when I’m bad, thoughtless, loving, careless, ignorant, when I fail, fall, stumble. When I’m obedient and do what is pleasing in Your sight – You always extend Your grace! I’m grateful – help me to live out my life in gratitude.
Peace – to be complete and sound – a right relationship with God.
Not just an absence of conflict but a completeness found only in a right relationship with You. Lord, I would ask that today, no matter what comes my way, that I would have a peace in my life that can onlybe found and lived out in You. May the peace lived out in my life be a witness to You and bring You glory!