A friend checking my voluntary cleaning at a Bible Retreat left me miffed. Then the Lord pointed out that I’m doing the same nitpicking about someone else’s spiritual progress.
Thank You Father, for Your gentle ways, how I should remember what You’re trying to teach me before I react. How other people are mirrors to us.
Help us to build up and edify our brothers and sisters, not just nitpick. Help us to take the ‘log’ out of our eyes first, before attempting to remove a ‘splinter’ in their eyes. And help us to see the humor in situations like You do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Jesus in Matt 7:5 (KJV)
Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
Luke 2:34-35 (NKJV)
Pierce our hearts O Father, for what pierces Yours. We’re not just made for the moment, promotion, season, but we’re made to worship You forever. Sing songs in worship forever and ever.
We need You to teach us so that we’re not ashamed.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV).
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV).
“Even the little dogs get the crumbs that fall from the table.
“Then Jesus answered her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” Matt 15:27-28.
We get one clue at a time to follow God’s plan. Sometimes it feels like Hansel & Gretel following breadcrumbs in the forest. But Father God, we trust You though we don’t have the whole plan. You Who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it!
Don’t get dissuaded because of the news or personal circumstances. Stay on course.
“And behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12 (KJV).
“Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with our God” Micah 6:8.
Father, You have those who’ve submitted to You & gone before us. They’re with You in Paradise. Bless and comfort us who’ve lost loved ones. Empower us to walk in faith to serve You and others, in Jesus name.
Prayer For Children Father, I come before You in the name of Jesus, with a fervent prayer request on behalf of all children. I pray that they will come to understand your love for them. I pray that they will learn to trust you with their hearts, and lean not on their own understanding. May […]
“Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” Ephesians 1:5 (KJV).
“In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will:” Ephesians 1:11.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11.
“Even every one that is called by My name: for I have created him for My glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:7.
Great praiseworthy news! Baby Scott that we prayed for last year, who was born healthy despite doctors’ warnings, has robust lungs and heart. He was cleared from monthly pulmonologist (in January)and cardiologist visits (two weeks ago) to only an annual heart check!! Praise You Lord Jesus!