Silence, Stillness, and Centering before God (2 minutes)
Gracious and merciful God, Your love toward us is relentless, Your compassion toward us is abundant, Your benevolence toward us is extravagant. As Your children, we abuse what You give. As Your stewards, we hoard what You entrust. As Your servants, we lust for more and more. We are sinners, justly deserving Your punishment. We have lost sight of Your Kingdom, and have embraced values that dishonor You. Hear our confession, O God. Cleanse our hearts, renew our minds, reverse our direction, and draw us close. Forgive our sinfulness and make us whole. Thank You for Jesus, who died in our place so that we might be redeemed and restored. In the Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (NLT)
Christianity is a way of life. It is so much more than church on Sunday and a few “quiet times.” God cares about our every moment. Our emotions, our thoughts, our actions. In his book, “Walking With God,” John Eldredge writes about our heart being central to the Christian life and that we are invited into a conversational intimacy with God. This is what Jesus was talking about. We remain in Him with our heart not our head. He remains in us as we are involved with Him in intimate conversation. It is a deep relationship, one that demands that we focus on Him. He is there. And as we remain in Him and He remains is us, we will produce the spiritual fruit that we were born to produce. Why? Because He made us that way! That is why Jesus said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.”
Jesus, I realize that apart from You I can do nothing. Forgive me for cutting myself off from the deep intimacy that You desire. Revive my heart, I pray. Bring life back to my soul and help me remain in You. In Your matchless name I pray.
Here is a simple easy to remember method for praying for those around you, even if you don’t know their specific needs. The five requests are based on the word “B-L-E-S-S”.
B – Body – For health, safety, and physical needs.
L – Labors – For the success and prospering of their work and/or studies (Jeremiah 29:7).
E – Emotions – For peace and joy to replace fear and anxiety (Matthew 10:13).
S – Social life – For family’s to function well together in their community.
S – Salvation – For each to understand salvation in Jesus Christ, and come to know Him personally and grow in their spiritual lives.
The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.
Conclude with 2 minutes of Silence