Silence and Centering
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
Gracious God, we confess that we are often dissatisfied with our lives. We recognize the gap that exists between what we are and what we want to be. Lord, like the woman at the well, we know our failures, and we feel guilty because You know them. We feel shame because others also know. Grant that we may hear and believe the Good News, that in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are loved in spite of our failures, forgiven in spite of our guilt, and accepted in spite of our shame. Inspire us by Your love and grace and grant us the spiritual strength to follow and serve You. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Devotional: By Ron Ovitt
I love you, Lord; you are my strength.
Psalm 18:1 (NLT)
Has your faith in God developed to the point where it has gone past a religion to a relationship? Has your belief gone past your head and entered your heart? Has your worship matured beyond the praise songs you sing to where you have told God what David did? The Lord rescued David from Saul and his enemies so David sat down and sang a song to the Lord. The first words out of his mouth were, “I love you Lord.” Have you ever told God that? “I love you Lord.” It isn’t Christianity until you can tell Him. Ask Peter. Peter spent three years with Jesus. He knew Him. He served Him. He pledged his allegiance to Him. But he also denied Him. When Jesus rose again from the dead He only had one question for Peter. Three times He asked, “Do you love me?” When Peter answered Jesus for the third time there was something earnest in his voice. He was moved and said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Both David and Peter used the word “Lord” when addressing God and then they both used the word love. Why? Because, He can’t be your Lord without your love. Today, hear Him ask, “Do you love me?” What is your answer?
Father, I come to You right now and tell You from the bottom of my heart, I love You. I commit my life to You. I truly do love You Lord. AMEN
2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.