Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
FOR FURTHER REFLECTION: What have you been worrying about lately? What is one thing you are thankful for today? Is there a tree outside your window? Spend a few minutes thanking God for the beauty of his creation. How has this brief time of praise changed the way you feel?
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank you that I can come to you with anything that is pressing on my mind. I praise you that there is no concern too small that you do not care about it. Lord, I believe you are bigger than all of my worries; help my unbelief! When the struggles of this life threaten to choke out joy, help me to deliberately shift my mind to praise. Open my eyes to the wonder of your love. In your name we pray, Amen.
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LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. Psalms 130:3-5
PRAYER: Gracious, merciful God, thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for choosing not to keep a record of my sins. Thank you for offering me full, complete forgiveness through Christ, whose death erased forever the penalty of my sins.
Help me, dear Lord, to live in light of the reality of your grace. May my gratitude and awe move me to serve you, both in what I do and in what I do not do. Give me, I pray, a growing disdain for my sin and a growing desire to offer my whole life to you.
All praise, glory, and honor be to you, God of grace and forgiveness. Amen.
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Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.” Mark 8:29
FOR REFLECTION: Who do you say Jesus is? What difference does this make in how you live each day? What difference might it make if you took more seriously your confession of Jesus’ identity?
PRAYER: Gracious Lord, you know how much I enjoy studying about you. I love discovering more about what your teaching meant and how the kingdom of God was coming into the world through you. I find it fascinating to chronicle the various ways people thought about you and why.
But, in the midst of my thinking about you, all of a sudden you confront me with the core question of life: “Who do you say I am?” By your grace, I have been able to answer that question. I say you are the Messiah, the one through whom God was beginning to reign on the earth. I say you are the best teacher of all, one whose truth I seek to understand and embrace. I say you are the Savior, whose death brings life to me. I say you are the risen one “who triumphed o’er the grave.” And I say that you are, indeed, the Word of God in the flesh, Emmanuel, God with us.
I can say all of these things, Lord. I believe them. But am I living them each day? Am I speaking and acting as if all of this is true? Help me, by your Spirit, to live each day in light of who you are, Lord Jesus. May my action reflect my confession. To you be all the glory! Amen.
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Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalms 90:12
FOR REFLECTION: What helps you to number your days? What helps you to live each day to the fullest? Are there regular activities in your life that you would eliminate from your schedule if you were to number your days wisely?
PRAYER: Gracious Lord, thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for the days you have given me. Thank you for the chance to live with purpose each day, to serve you in every facet of my life.
O Lord, I do need you to teach me to number my days. I can so easily live my life as if it will go on forever. In a sense it will, of course. But I don’t want to waste one moment of my life in this age. I want to experience all that life has to offer and to offer all that I am to you.
So teach me, Lord, to number my days, so that I might grow in wisdom, so that I might live each day in the best possible way. To you be all the glory! Amen.
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FOR REFLECTION: In what ways are you tempted to abandon your convictions? How are you passing on the deep things of life to the next generations?
PRAYER: O Lord, I pray that you will help me to be like the Recabites, so that I might live in a way that honors you all the days of my life. Give me the strength to stand apart from the fallen ways of the world around me. Help me to be faithful to you in all things.
Also, Lord, I ask that you help me to faithfully pass on the faith to the next generations. By my words and deeds, in my relationships and my example, may I help those who are younger than I am to know you and live faithfully according to your Word.
I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.
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