God, too many times my prayers are like a check-list. But God, You
have shown me that true prayer is not a check-list. True prayer
is holding others in my heart, lifting them up lovingly to You by
name, feeling their need, yielding them to You. God, thank you for
showing me again that true prayer is a deep relationship with others,
and with You. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
August 15, 2017
(Meditation: Luke 15:17-19)
God, like the prodigal son, help me to be still . . . to look back
. . . to recollect . . . to remember . . . to repent . . . to confess
. . . and to come home to You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
August 16, 2017
(Meditation: Ephesians 5:1-2)
God, if I knew that Jesus would come back today, what would I change?
What thoughts? . . . what habits? . . . what attitudes? . . . what
relationships? God, help me to be more Christ-centered, living as
if every day is my last, as if Jesus were returning today. Amen.
August 17, 2017
(Meditation: I John 4:19)
God, my relationships with others reflect my relationship with You.
When I know that You love me and accept me, I am free to love and
accept others. When I know that I am a child of God, I am free to
love others as brothers and sisters. Thank You for Your abiding
love -- may it be seen in my relationship with others. In Jesus'
August 18, 2017
(Meditation: Matthew 20:26-28)
God, the bumper sticker read, "If You Like Your Freedom, Thank
A Vet." It reminded me how thankful I am for those who serve in
our country's armed forces today and those who have retired from
military service. Many times we forget that our freedom was won
and is maintained by those who wait to be called up and shipped
out at any moment, and by those who gave their lives that we might
live free. Be near those who are in harm's way today. Bless them
and their families. Grant them a place of honor in the thoughts
and prayers of all Americans. Amen.