Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10
Merciful God, we have done a lot of running this week, but much of it was not in Your direction. We have run in circles because we did not pause to ask Your guidance. We have run in loneliness because we did not run in love for others. We have tripped because the cares of this world captured our attention. We have run with great fatigue because we moved by our own power. Through Your Holy Spirit, show us those things that keep us from running the race marked out for us. Forgive us, Lord. Nourish and instruct us, that we may run in the path of Your commands, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the One who calls us by His Name and claims us by His love. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. – Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)
God made us for fellowship. It is wired into our brain. We need God and other people. Relationships play a pivotal role in our Christianity. We must attune ourselves to God and to each other. If we don’t, then we isolate. And when we isolate, we start to ruminate on our inner thoughts with no checks or balance. What starts out as a hurt can fester into a deep wound if there is no one there to encourage us. Anger becomes revenge, sadness becomes despair, temptation become sins, all because we had no one to listen, to correct, to pray for us. Fellowship with our Lord and each other is crucial to our everyday life and it begins with us. We must choose not to isolate. We must choose to be someone else’s encourager. Today, find someone to encourage you and then go and encourage others.
Father, I confess I have fallen to the deceitfulness of sin because I have forsaken the encouragement of others. Help me not to isolate. Help me truly fellowship with other believers so I can be encouraged and then, help me encourage others.
Space for Reflection (take 2-3 minutes to be silent or write out your thoughts or prayers from the scripture passage or devotional)
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.