I John 4:11-12)
God of love, grant Americans a true respect for others. Help us
to treat everyone as a child of God. Help us look at the quality
of others' character rather than at the color of their skin. During
this day, when our country celebrates the ministry of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., may our country also remember what motivated him
-- his Christian faith. Grant us respectful hearts to love every
human being that You created, and every human being that You love.
January 17, 2017
(Meditation: Mark 12:29-31)
God, my chief accomplishments can be seen in my office, my attic,
my closets, my garage, my bank account. But once I have these things,
they no longer mean anything. My life is like a thousand lost golf
balls. God, help me to change, to name You as Number One, so that
my life won't swirl around a hundred competing interests, all of
them without meaning. God, be the One Foundation of my life, unifying
all I do, and giving my life eternal meaning. Through Jesus Christ,
my Lord. Amen.
January 18, 2017
(Meditation: Ephesians 6:18)
God, I pray by name for those who have wronged me: for _________,
and for _________. I pray for those whom I have wronged: for ________,
and for ________. I pray for those who have disappointed me: for
_________, and for__________. I pray for those whom I have disappointed:
for _________, and for ___________. God, forgiveness is a powerful
force. May I forgive as fully, and as often, as You have forgiven
me when I have wronged or disappointed someone. Through Jesus Christ,
my Lord. Amen.
January 19, 2017
(Meditation: Acts 10:43)
God, sometimes I beat myself up with guilt because I'm not worthy
of Your love. God, help me to drop my guilt and understand that
Jesus' dying for my sins IS sufficient. God, help me to accept Your
forgiveness. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
January 20, 2017
(Meditation: Ephesians 5:31)
God, bless my marriage. I'm glad You created us male and female.
I'm glad You decreed that a man will leave his father and mother,
be united with his wife, and they will become one flesh. Forgive
me when I'm not thoughtful of my wife. Give me the courage to ask
her forgiveness when I neglect or hurt her. When we both give more
than we take, then we have an invaluable investment when trials
come. God, thank You for my wife and for her love. When I get through
praying, I'm going to call her and tell her I love her. Amen.