O God, revenge against those who have wronged us would be sweet.
But Your Word tells us, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the
Lord" and, "Blessed are the peacemakers." God, teach us the difference
between justice and revenge. Remove from us the anger that wants
to hurt others more than they hurt us. Help us to forgive even the
worst of sinners, for we know our own tendencies toward evil. We
know how much You have forgiven in our own lives, through Your sacrifice
on the Cross. Help us to seek justice for all mankind. Infuse our
nation with a love of justice that restores freedom, and a merciful
heart that restores love. In Jesus' name. Amen.
October 21, 2014
(Meditation: Exodus 20:1-6)
God, I pray for those who confuse what they DO with who they ARE
. . . for those who tie their self-worth to their work . . . for
those who think their work is their life. God, help them to know
that they belong to You, and have no other gods before You. In Jesus'
October 22, 2014
(Meditation: I Timothy 6:17-19)
God, everything we have is Yours. We are only stewards of what You
have entrusted to us. Guide us as we consider what to do with the
money we have. Guide us as we consider our own needs, the needs
of our church, the needs of the poor and those who suffer, the need
to spread the gospel, the needs of schools and charities, and the
need to save for college and for retirement. Help us to know what
portion of our money we should allocate to each of these important
needs. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
October 23, 2014
(Meditation: I Corinthians 13)
God, though I work hard and am successful, and have not love, its
rewards are thin and shallow. Though I have the power to influence
others, and have not love, it is hollow and empty. "Though I have
faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor, and surrender my body to the
flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." God, in everything I
do, fill me with love . . . forgiving love . . . joyful love . .
. serving love. In Jesus' name. Amen.
October 24, 2014
God, thank you for romantic getaways . . . for times together, alone
. . . for holding hands and recalling memories . . . for candlelight
dinners . . . for the voices of our children on the telephone .
. . for sharing our deepest feelings . . . for laughing and crying,
together . . . for rest and quiet, together. God, thank You for
our love, our marriage, our family. Most of all, thank you for YOUR
love. In Jesus' name. Amen.