I Timothy 6:7-10)
Dear God, money, health, success and being in control mean too much
to me. I cling to them. It scares me even to THINK about losing
them. If I could drop these addictions, what would my life be like?
Would I feel scared and alone, or would I feel free? Would I be
a misfit, or would I be a new, whole person, with more confidence?
Would I be irresponsible, or would I be MORE responsive? God, dare
I give up my addictions, and turn them over to You? In Jesus' name.
November 25, 2014
(Meditation: John 14:25-27)
God, I'm amazed at what happens when I spend time with You. In this
quiet time, You expand my vision and deepen my sense of wonder.
I know myself better. I have new insights into problems. I have
focus, and balance, and harmony. I understand more about life, and
more about You. "Mold me and make me after Your will, while I am
waiting, yielded and still." Thank You, God, for giving me so much
of Yourself. In Jesus' name. Amen.
November 26, 2014
(Meditation: Philippians 1:9-11)
Almighty God, You make all things new (Rev 21:5). How should I change
to be made new? Help me to distinguish between what is good and
timeless, and what is superficial and empty. Which family values
and traditions are worth holding onto, and which are shallow and
selfish? What is genuine and true about my relationships at work,
and what is false? Help me to discern what is truly important. God,
help me to cast-off the evil in my life, and to cling to the things
that YOU value. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
November 27, 2014
(Meditation: Psalm 95:2-5)
God, on this Thanksgiving Day, our hearts overflow with gratitude
and love for our family, for their love for each other, and for
their love for You. We are thankful for our friends who are loyal
and steadfast. We are thankful for our work that energizes us, for
our home that is our refuge, for our country that stands for freedom
and justice, for our church, and for our faith in You. God, our
life is a horn of plenty. May every blessing remind us of those
who don't have what we enjoy. May this bountiful and beautiful Thanksgiving
dinner remind us of those who are hungry. May those sitting around
this table remind us that there are those who are alone and lonely.
May our work remind us of those who are unemployed. May our freedom
remind us of those who sacrifice to keep us free. May our good health
remind us of those who are sick or disabled. May our faith remind
us of those who do not know You. Grant, O Lord, that our thanksgiving
to You will manifest itself in compassion and love, in sharing the
gospel, and in giving and serving. In the name of Jesus Christ,
our Lord. Amen.
November 28, 2014
God, when I pray with a yielded heart, following Your will is no
longer fighting against my own will. It is simply letting go . .
. emptying myself to You . . . trusting You . . . yielding to You.
When I do this, I realize that prayer is not about me, but about
You. You are the Potter, I am the clay. O God, thank You for Your
loving, caring, all-sufficient will. In Jesus' name. Amen.