SILENCE AND CENTERING (2 MINUTES)
Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
“Be still, and know that I am God I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
Lord Jesus, You call us to follow You. You desire us to keep in step with You, and to love You with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We hear Your voice and we read Your Word, but we hesitate to make Your pace, our pace. We feel like running ahead, or even away, from You. Yet You keep calling. Forgive our stubborn ways, and our self-sufficient hearts. By Your body broken on the cross, mend us. By Your Holy Spirit, mold us that we might joyfully follow You both now and forevermore. Amen.
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry. 16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all. 20 He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken. 21 Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
Renew our minds I pray. May we as Your people turn from the
philosophies and entertainment of the world and truly think on things that are
true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy –
may this be the standard for what we allow into our minds and hearts.
Father, You have said that friendship with the world is hatred towards You.
Teach us by Your Spirit the balance of living in the world, but not belonging to
the world. Keep our hearts from the love of the things of this world. (James 4:4;
John 15:19; 1 John 2:15) (Pause and pray for those you know of by name from FCC, that
they will have hearts that long for Jesus above all else.)
Father, may we act increasingly just in all of our actions and interactions with
others. Increase our love of mercy, and empower us by Your Holy Spirit, to
walk humbly with You. (Micah 6:8)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.
James 1:2-3 (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faithproduces perseverance.