God, all too often success is measured by possessions, popularity
and power, and not whether we want to be like You. God, forgive
us for turning Your Word upside down. Help us to know the joy of
giving rather than grasping, and serving rather than being served.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
September 27, 2016
(Meditation: Matthew 19:4-6)
God, in our society, sex is no longer seen as Your plan for marriage.
It has been separated from marriage and from responsibility. To
serve ourselves instead of You, we have invented terms like "safe
sex," and "consenting adults," and "partners." God, forgive us for
using Your gifts to satisfy our lustful desires. In Jesus' name.
September 28, 2016
(Meditation: Colossians 3:15)
God, sometimes I'm afraid. I feel fragile and vulnerable. Tension
grinds away in the pit of my stomach when my identity is based on
worldly things, because my success, my health, and my income can
be taken away from me in a flash. But when my identity is grounded
in You, I let go, relax, and live in peace and love. God, help me
to give myself and all that I have completely to You. In Jesus'
September 29, 2016
(Meditation: Nahum 1:2-3)
God, I don't know if America can hold together without shared values
and without the Bible that established those values. "One nation
under God" and "In God we trust" are under attack. If they are eliminated,
the people of America will no longer be reminded of the values that
founded and sustained our nation. God, I pray for America. I pray
that You will rule and overrule to bring about Your will. In Jesus'
September 30, 2016
(Meditation: Colossians 3:12-14)
God, I am grateful that humility does not mean belittling myself,
but forgetting myself. It isn't thinking less of myself, but thinking
of myself less. God, those who are not self-conscious and who forget
themselves are always the ones who love the most, serve the most,
and laugh the most. Make me like them -- forgetting myself, and
loving, serving, and laughing. In Jesus' name. Amen.