Unashamed to Proclaim

Father, as my heart turns to You this morning so many needs come to mind… and this is a small cross section of the physical issues, anther who is in need of equipment for better access to her home due to physical problems, a young child finishing up a week of very aggressive chemo with a pending stem cell transplant, a dear friend who is fighting Stage 4 cancer along with recovering from a broken hip, a college friend who recently lost her father… and the list could go on. Father, I am so grateful that You are with each of these people and that though the world may storm about us we are never alone.

 2 Timothy 1:8 (<<click here)

“…never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.”

Jesus, I must say that I am not ashamed to tell others about You but must admit that I struggle. Sometimes I am fearful… will they still like me, will my sharing hinder future interactions? Sometimes I am clueless, an opportunity presents itself and my brain doesn’t grasp it until they have moved on. Lord, from the pulpit I have no problem with sharing You but face to face in my daily life I know I can do more… I know I can be more effective.

Lord, I need Your help. Give me courage. Give me wisdom, Give me boldness. Enable me to be Your messenger to a world that needs You so desperately.

Oct 16th, Fri, 6:37 am

Fan into Flames

Father, I have a full day ahead of me and I lay it in Your hands. Help me to focus on what is truly important and to apply myself to accomplish the tasks at hand. Direct my thoughts, helping me to keep them in line with Your thoughts. As I prepare for worship this Sunday, help me to listen to where You would have me go. I am Your instrument – use me as You will. Amen.

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (<<click here)

Oh, Lord, You have given me specific spiritual gifts, talents and abilities uniquely blended just for me. Others may have similar gifts but none are just like mine. Help me, this day, to use them effectively. As Paul says may I continue to “fan into flames” those gifts. May I never let them grow cold from lack of use. May they glow with warmth that draws others to You from the chilly, and sometimes out right cold, world in which we find ourselves.

And, Lord, I would also pray that You would embolden me. You have not given me a “spirit of fear and timidity.” But You have given me “power” to accomplish whatever task is before me if it is routine or formidable. You’ve given us a spirit of “love” so that how we discharge our duties are flavored differently than the world. The “salt” we apply takes the blandness of life away and fills it with flavor. Then lastly, Lord, as You have already bent my mind to in my opening prayer, may the spirit of “self- discipline” make my work profitable for You and Your glory. Use me to impact the world for You!

Oct 15th, Thurs, 7:31 am

Onward and Upward

As I sit here, Father, and consciously note my breathing I give You praise. So many today will wake up and have difficulty doing that today. I say a prayer for them. Some may not be challenged to breath but every breath is accompanied by pain or grief. I pray for them, as well. Some are waking today with no physical struggles but where they are, they may wonder if they will live to the end of it. Military and law enforcement, people in war torn lands, many may be praying for a day of safety. May I not forget them in my prayers throughout the day. Father, thank You for where I am, help me not to take it for granted – I am truly blessed.

2 Timothy 1:5 (<<click here)

Lord, as I look back over my life I am reminded of the great spiritual heritage with which I am blessed. Godly parents and grandparents all have lived lives faithful to You and Your calling on their lives. All of them prayed that I would place my faith in You as well. Saying I am blessed is truly an understatement!

I am grateful that You instilled in them a “genuine faith” and that as with Timothy “that same faith continues strong in [me]!” I know that all of us have struggled, that none of us have been perfect but all of us have been diligent – all of us have persevered. None of us were satisfied with status quo spirituality. All of us sought an ever-deepening relationship with You – onward and upward!

Lord, as my grandparents devoted their lives to You and as my mom and dad continue to do so, may I – each and every day – give myself over to You. Help me to continue to faithfully be the torch of Your great love for all.

Oct 14th, Wed, 7:28 am

Sharing the Burden

Father, a lot has transpired in the last few days. Thank You for being with us through it all, guiding and directing us through it all. Thank You for good doctors and nurses, individuals wise in their areas of expertise, because of Your gifts to them in their lives. Please continue to be with Karen as she continues the healing process.

2 Timothy 1:3-4 (<<click here)

So often, Lord, we think of prayer as a last resort – “I’ve tried everything to rectify this situation and nothing has worked, I guess all that there’s left to do is pray.” And then we cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Lord, I am so grateful that mindset shows itself less and less in my life. I’m sure I still do too much and overthink way too much. But more and more You are teaching me to give things over to You first in prayer and then to do and to think as You would have me to.

I realize I have a long way to go but, Lord, You have truly helped me tremendously with my prayer life. In today’s passage Paul consistently prays for Timothy. In fact he says, “Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.” And though it is not recorded, I’m sure that Timothy prayed for Paul, too.

Every day we come together I pray for many people and situations. Even on days when I don’t sit down with You, I try to remember people and lift them to You in prayer. Some, for whom I pray, I see almost every day, some I speak with on the phone regularly, some I rarely see, some I have only maybe met but regardless I can touch them because I pray for them. My prayers make a difference. It’s amazing that You use me to impact others. Lord, help me to not forsake my coming to You. Help me to lift up others to You, to be diligent in doing so. Help me to be more passionate. Help me to rejoice, and weep to be overcome with Your presence and with what You are accomplishing in my life and in the lives of others. Lord, I am so appreciative that You share my burdens with me but I would ask that You would let me share Your burden as well – to see what weighs on You, Use me to accomplish Your will here on this earth. I truly wait to do all You ask of me, through prayer, through action – whatever You need. It’s the least I can do.

Oct 13th, Tue, 6:32 am

Diligence

Today is a new day, Father – one of endless possibilities. Help me to use it wisely. May my preparation for Sunday worship be fruitful. Though it will be limited to breakfast, lunch, and supper, help me and Karen to make the most of our time together. And lastly, enable me to do my very best at work – working hard and loving people. Amen.

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

Lord, You surely know what is best. As You do with us all You know who we are but You also known who we can be and most often it is more than we ever thought possible. Paul is an excellent example. Even as a young man he took his relationship with God very seriously. He did some awful things to early followers of You for he was way out of alignment but early on You got involved and opened his eyes. And because of his willingness to yield to Your Lordship he impacted the early church in a mighty way – and continues to do so today.

As I begin reading 2 Timothy, I realize that this is Paul’s last writing before his impending death. Yet even in his last moments of life, he is reaching out to encourage. He is thinking of others. At this moment he is not asking for prayer, he is giving himself to Timothy. He is a true reflection of his Savior.

Lord, I do not know what this day holds. I would pray that I have many more ahead of me, for there is much yet to be done, but today could be my last. Only You know. Help me to be diligent to do what really needs done today. Help me to follow Your lead and to truly reflect my Savior.

Oct 7th, Wed, 7:20 am

Doing it right for once.