Father, let us not be so heavenly minded that we are of little earthly use. Let our minds be set on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. At the same time, may that focus make us more engaged here among people. Continue reading
Father, sometimes we find that our mind is blank. We don’t know what to say to others, what to pray, what to plan. It may be a momentary mental blackout, or a depressing phase of life. We’re thankful then that you hear even the simplest cries for help. We’re grateful that you accept us when we say, “God, I don’t know how to pray today, help me, show me!” Continue reading
Our heavenly Father, only under your hand, and only in Christ is it possible to receive a commandment as an obligation to be kept or observed as a joyful celebration of salvation. Thus did Mordechai order the Jews to observe Purim as a festive occasion, and so do we welcome the commands of Christ, to meet together, to serve in love, to forgive our brother, to speak the gospel, to give of our livelihood, to give thanks in our hearts.
Oh, what wisdom that mixes joy with obligation, and command with salvation! May you be praised and glorified among men!
Lord God of your special people, your Son chose followers to be with him, and when he arose, it was to those who had been with him that Mary Magdalene told about seeing him. (1) From this truth we see that you want us to be with our Lord Jesus Christ and through him to be with you. Continue reading
Father, we confess our discontent, our murmurings, our complaints, our dissatisfaction with your provisions. We have sinned! Gratitude has been squeezed out of our hearts by our desire for more, for something different, for something else. Continue reading
For those who have learned the truth but have yet to obey it, Lord, we pray. Possession of the truth is precious. So few have heard the gospel. To be blessed by someone sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Continue reading
Thank you, God above, for small victories. Let us not overlook them as we wait for the greater triumph. Help us to make the small victories accumulate until they lead to the ultimate one.
What is there not to say in prayer,
O Lord, to you who knows all things,
Who reads the heart’s covert intent,
The baseless fears to which man clings? Continue reading
Unknown the evil face behind
Those gentle words and pleasant smiles;
So make me see, where others are blind,
The hidden intent of the devil’s wiles. Continue reading
This life will end, O Lord, when the cloud
Transports the Savior here below;
When the angel blows the trumpet loud,
I want to rise to Him and go Continue reading
Father, your glory shows your nature. Although we get only a glimpse of your power and might, yet what we do see reflects your true self.
We also want others to see who we truly are as your children, as redeemed people, as saints concerned to do right, as those who reject evil and embrace righteousness. Continue reading