Silence: 2 minutes /Spend time in prayer and silence with God, asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.
“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10
Lord God, we rejoice in your resurrection and in your promise to return. Help us live today as people who await the fulfillment of your kingdom. We confess we often look for comfort outside of you. Bend our knees to the hard work of prayer, worship, repentance, and intercession. Throughout history you have used the seemingly weak to nurture justice, to fight poverty, and to walk bravely toward human thrones of power proclaiming another way. Help us find comfort and hope in our afflictions, knowing you are present with us always. In the name of Jesus, our Savior, Amen.
Reading & Devotional
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT)
In his book The Power Of Habit, Charles Duhigg talks about “keystone habits.” A keystone habit is a habit that brings about a cascade of changes resulting in a considerable outcome. Exercise is a keystone habit. It affects our energy, attitudes, health, body image, many things that can result in a significant change in our life. The practice of planning our day the night before can cause many small behaviors that result in a substantial change. Thankfulness is a Spiritual Keystone Habit. Can you imagine what would happen in your life if you created a habit of gratitude and thankfulness? You would be more open to God’s direction. You would stop letting anger, worry, and fear derail your life. You would be more optimistic and open to opportunities to move through your situations instead of getting stuck in them. Thankfulness is a spiritual discipline that will change everything! But more than that, giving thanks in all our circumstances is God’s will for your life! Today begin to develop the keystone habit of thankfulness.
Father, how often I react to life with negativity and discouragement. I know that You want me to give thanks in all things, but so often I fail. Today, help me Lord build the habit of gratitude and thankfulness so my life will glorify 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.