Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10
Gracious heavenly Father, the Giver and Author of life, You have loved us with an everlasting love. Everything we have is because of You. Still, we are frequently led astray, rejecting Your will for our lives. Even when we worship and serve, our motives can sometimes be suspect. Instead of praying, giving, and serving for Your Glory, we are often tempted to bring attention to ourselves. In humility, we admit, Father, that we are sinners in need of Your grace. Forgive us, Lord, for desiring our own praise and acceptance more than worshipping You with pure hearts. For the sake of Your Son who died for us, forgive us, cleanse us, and create in us the desire to live every moment for You, and to please You in every way. We pray these things in the Name of our precious Lord and Savior, Amen.
PAUSE FOR 5 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Reading & Devotional:
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3
How are you effected by stress? We all have stress in our life. We have situations that get us down, emergencies that distract us and cause us to fret. Situations that anger us, others cause us grief. We become full of worry and anxiety. What are we to do? Isaiah has a word for us. It is as if God had him look ahead to today and says to us, “God will help you with all your stress. He will give you a peace that passes all understanding, if you do one thing. Keep your thoughts fixed on God.” What a precious promise. What love and concern for us. Today, stop and focus on the Lord. When stress comes keep your eyes on Him. You are not alone. He will keep you in peace.
Dear Father. Help me keep my mind on you. I ask You to keep my heart and my mind at peace today.
5 minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION. Waiting on God (which word or phrase stands out to you. What might God be saying to you?)
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.