God, I pray for those who feel betrayed . . . for those who are
angry and resentful . . . for those who are keeping score and looking
for ways to get even . . . for those who are bitter and bear a grudge
. . . for those who are unforgiving and whose heart is a tight fist.
God, unwind their knots. Grant them true repentance and forgiveness.
Give them Your peace. Fill their hearts with the love of Christ,
Who bore ultimate betrayal, a sham trial, and a painful crucifixion.
Yet He bore no anger or bitterness, and He forgave those who persecuted
Him! I pray in His wonderful name. Amen.
October 25, 2016
(Meditation: Ephesians 3:16-19)
O God, when I'm afraid, help me not to lose the perspective that
includes Your providence. Calm my anxious heart and help me to love.
When I'm lonely, help me not to lose the perspective that includes
Your grace. Help me to feel Your nearness and help me to love. When
I'm overwhelmed, help me not to lose the perspective that includes
Your strength. Help me to seek Your guidance and help me to love.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
October 26, 2016
(Meditation: Psalm 46:10-11)
Creator God, You are a mighty fortress, a bulwark never failing.
You are unchanged by our changing world. You are not confused by
the reality of terrorism. You are not afraid just because we are.
You don't share our anger or our impatience. Our disaster isn't
a disaster with You. You turn tragedy into triumph. You did it with
Moses. You did it with Daniel. You did it through crucifixion and
resurrection. And You are the same yesterday and forever. Praise
be to You, O God! In Jesus' name. Amen.
October 27, 2016
(Meditation: I John: 4:18-19)
Almighty and everlasting God, You are perfect love, and You are
in perfect control of our world. Today, my prayer is simple -- help
me to rest in You, without worry and without fear, for perfect love
drives out fear. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. In Jesus' name.
October 28, 2016
(Meditation: Ephesians 2:8-10)
God, it is wonderful to realize that salvation is Your free
gift. It cannot be earned, or bought, or deserved. What a relief
to realize that I cannot save myself. God, thank You that salvation
comes by Your grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Amen.