Silence, Stillness and Centering before God (2 Minutes)
Scripture Reading & Devotional:
I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.
Psalms 40:17 (NIV)
Every once in a while, we need comfort, don’t we? The news is worst than we thought; the pain is overwhelming; the pressure is tough; the fearful thoughts are relentless. What are we to do? The Psalmist remembered God. We should remember God too. He is our help and deliverer. Even if we are poor and needy, God’s hand can still extend to our aid. Paul writes, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.” Come to Him today and let Him comfort you. He knows your need. He will be your help and deliverer.
Question to consider: Which word or phrase stands out to you. What might God be saying to you?)
Prayer: Conclude with Silence (5 Minutes)
Father, I come to You, poor and needy. Help me today. Comfort me with your grace, love and mercy. AMEN
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.
The smile of the Father shines on me – I am approved of; [i]
I have the mind of Christ – I have important things to say; [ii]
Upon me is the anointing of the Holy Spirit – I am empowered. [iii]
Jesus is my Lord and Savior and I dwell in his Kingdom of the Heavens; [iv]
He is my Teacher and I am his beloved apprentice – [v]
I urge people to join me and be with Jesus to become like him. [vi]
The Word of God is alive and active and it dwells richly in me [vii]
And the Holy Spirit reminds me of Jesus’ words of truth and grace – [viii]
So I can minister the Word of life to others and it will not return void. [ix]
The Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in me [x]
So I do not speak with human wisdom or worldly excitement [xi]
Or rely on my own strength – I count on the power of Almighty God.[xii]
As I teach I listen to the voice of God and invite others to listen too; [xiii]
As I serve I join the intercessions of the Holy Spirit, [xiv]
Praying that we all cry out with the Spirit, “Abba Father! Jesus is Lord!” [xv]
The Lord is glorious in all things and captivates me continually;
So I do not draw attention to myself, but to Jesus Christ alone;
Nor do I base my identity on what people say about me.
I am Christ’s Ambassador; [xvi]
My citizenship is in heaven’s kingdom; [xvii]
My message is simply: “Follow me as I follow Christ!” [xviii]