Thursday, March 22, 2018

Today We Pray

Dear Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; I give You thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by Your will, may be righteous in Your sight. I pray that You will fill my heart with the blessing of Your Holy Spirit.

Grant me this day the strength to be temperate in all things, diligent in my duties, and patient under my afflictions. Direct me in all my ways. Give me grace to be just and upright in all my dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all people, according to my abilities and opportunities. 

I know I am not alone saying these prayers or reading Your Word this morning, but many people unknown to me, from all stations of life, have joined together in this brief moment of devotion. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always. Through Christ our Lord, I pray.


Today's Godly Reminder - 2 Corinthians 2:14

In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. 

But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Be grateful that God always makes it possible for Christ to lead us to victory. God also helps us spread the knowledge about Christ everywhere, and this knowledge is like the smell of perfume.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Daily Grace - Full Sun

I know better, but I still keep trying. The instructions on the label are clear: "Needs full sun". Our yard has mostly shade. It is not suitable for plants that needs full sun. But I like the plant. I like its color, the shape of the leaves, the size, the scent. So I buy it, bring it home, plant it, and take really good care of it. 

But the plant is not happy at my house. My care and attention are not enough. It needs sunlight, which I cannot provide. I thought I could make up for lack of light by giving the plant some other kind of attention. But it doesn't work that way. Plants need what they need. And so do people. Although we can survive for a while in less-than-ideal- conditions, we can't thrive. In addition to our basic physical needs, we also have spiritual needs that can't be met by any substitute. 

Scripture says that believers are children of light. This means that we need to live in the full light of God's presence to thrive (Ps. 89:15). If we try to live in darkness, we will produce nothing but "fruitless deeds" (Eph. 5:3-4, 11). But if we are living in the light of Jesus, the Light of the world, we will produce the fruit of His light, which is good, faithful and true. Children of the Light walk in His light.

Today We Pray

Dear God, I know You are with me now. I know You are with me any time I call on You, or even think about You. Let me remember, every minute of every day, that You are with me, watching me, ready to help, protecting my soul even when the things of this world give me pain.

Let my every minute be lived in Your presence. Let my every action be an offering of love to You. Let my every word be a prayer.

And now let me go forth praising You, O Lord, with all my heart, telling of all Your wonders, with my words and in my actions. I will be glad and rejoice in You this day. I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.


Today's Godly Reminder - Colossians 3:2

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Focus on the Lord. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the heavenly things. Do not focus to much on things that are on the earth, which have only temporal value.

Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Daily Grace - Gentle Witness

Years ago, I was hospitalized, following a life-threatening, 38-foot fall from a bridge. While I was there, the wife of the man in the next bed stopped to speak to me. "My husband just told me what happened to you", she said. "We believe God spared your life because He wants to use you. We've been praying for you".

I was stunned. I had grown up going to church, but I had never imagined that God would want to be involved in my life. Her words pointed me to a Savior I had heard of but did not know - and marked the beginning of my coming to Christ. I cherish the memory of those words from a gentle witness who cared enough to say something to a stranger about the God whose love is real. Her words conveyed care and concern, and offered purpose and promise.

Jesus challenged His disciples - and us - to tell others about the love of God: "You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Through the Holy Spirit our words and witness can have the power to make an eternal difference in the lives of others. A caring word can accomplish more than we could ever imagine.
- Bill Crowder

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, thank You for redeeming me and giving me a new life. Help me to live as a child of the Light. Let the whole earth also worship You, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless You, and men and women everywhere love You and serve You in peace.

I pray for Your blessing on all who, following in His steps, give themselves to the service of their fellow men. Endue them with wisdom, patience, and courage, that they may strengthen the weak and raise up those who fall. And, being inspired by Your love, may worthily minister in Your name to the suffering, the friendless, the lost, and the needy.

Inspire them with perseverance; when they feel unappreciated, comfort them in knowledge of the blessing they earn by their service. And to those who teach, let Your Holy Spirit guide them in their teaching, that they always know and speak the truth of Your Word. For the sake of him who laid down his life for us, the same thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.