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.”
Eternal God, Your love extends into every area of our lives. Your goodness surpasses all expectations. You deserve our most joyous, sincere, and reverent daily worship. But instead we are lackluster disciples of Jesus. Our attention to You and Your Word has lost its focus. Our devotion to You and Your Kingdom has lost its intensity. Our commitment to You and Your mission has lost its sincerity. We are halfhearted creatures, too often going through the motions. Forgive us and set us free from the sin that entangles us. Create within us new hearts filled with Your joy and purpose. Enable our lives to overflow with Your grace and mercy. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple; 8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. 13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Today Lord, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ that they
would be strengthened deep within their very being, with power from the Holy
Spirit, to live like Jesus. (Ephesians 3:16)
I lift up those among us who are struggling with doubt, unbelief or depression
and ask that you would keep the light of the Holy Spirit burning in their
hearts. May joy, peace and hope through the Holy Spirit, be poured out on
them. (Psalm 18:28; Romans 15:13) (Pray for those you know, by name.)
13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest. 19 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20 you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.