I John 4:9-11)
God, one sign of love is a smile. It spreads joy. It spreads love.
And when I smile, I feel better, too. God, give me a smile that
comes from knowing that You love me . . . a smile that reflects
my gratitude . . . a smile that reflects the peace that passes understanding
. . . a smile that radiates Your love. In Jesus' name. Amen.
September 1, 2015
(Meditation: Revelation 21:4)
God, I pray for those who grieve the loss of loved ones. Comfort
them when the "why" questions aren't answered, and pain clutches
their hearts. Hold them close when they watch other, intact, families,
and envy grips their hearts. God, soothe their cycle of questions
with a growing reliance upon You. Dry their tears, and use their
grief to build compassion for others. Ease their pain by bringing
their families closer together. Deepen their calm. Let them rest
in You, for You make all things work together for good to them who
trust in You. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
September 2, 2015
(Meditation: Romans 15:13)
God, when I am depressed I turn to You. And in You, I know that
the power of sin is broken, and I know that you are still God, and
I am not. I know that there IS hope, not because I am an optimist,
but because You are in control! You know how it all ends, and it
ends with You, eternally. I praise You, my God and my King. Through
Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
September 3, 2015
(Meditation: Ephesians 5:28-31)
Dear God, bless our marriage. Help us to renew our vows to love
each other as husband and wife . . . to live together in the covenant
of marriage . . . to comfort each other . . . to honor each other
. . . to love each other in sickness and in health . . . and, forsaking
all others, to be faithful as long as we both shall live. Through
Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.
September 4, 2015
(Meditation: Psalm 38: 17-18)
God, I am a sinner. This sounds right, but generalities don't
often convict. Help me to be specific. My sin of omission, which
I confess now, is ______________. It bothers me, and I know it bothers
You. My sin of commission, which I confess now, is _______________.
It is one You would have me stop. God, when I'm truthful, my list
is specific, my need is great, and my strength is weak. Forgive
my generalities. Help me be specific. In Jesus' name. Amen.