God, my heart, like a garden, grows what I plant. When I sow seeds
of love, then flowers of caring grow. When I plant seeds of fear,
then weeds of doubt and anger grow. God, help me to sow seeds of
love. Help me to water the garden of my heart with Your Word. May
the harvest from my garden be love, peace, and joy. Through Christ,
my Lord. Amen.
May 23, 2017
(Meditation: II John 6)
Dear God, I'm grateful that I walk a well-trodden path. Patriarchs
like Abraham and Isaac walked this same path, leaving great legacies,
and You blessed them. Psalmists and wisdom-writers like David and
Solomon walked this same path, leaving songs and proverbs for believers,
and you blessed them. Prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah walked this
same path, speaking Your word to believers, and You blessed them.
Apostles like Peter and John walked this same path, leaving their
letters of faith, and You blessed them. Martyrs through the ages
walked this same path, holding firm in the faith, and You blessed
them. Saints and preachers and missionaries walked this same path,
bearing much fruit, and You blessed them. Unknown but faithful Christians
walked this same path, and You blessed them. What a wonderful heritage!
God, thank You for the great fellowship of believers as we walk
the well-trodden path of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
May 24, 2017
(Meditation: Matthew 5:13-16)
God, Your spiritual truth clashes with the world's logic. Yet it
is true that when I seek to save my life, I lose it; and when I
lose my life for Your sake, I find it. You want me to be salt and
light in the world. You want me, like salt, to spread Your flavor
by dissolving. You want me, like fire, to light the world by sacrificing
my selfishness. God, between consumerism and the spiritual life,
help me to seek Your will and the good of others, like Jesus, Who
came not to be served, but to serve. Amen.
May 25, 2017
(Meditation: I John 4:1)
O God, in some pockets of our culture, tolerance seems to be an
absolute. To some people today, the Old Testament prophets' warnings
about false gods would sound intolerant; so would Jesus when He
said, "No one comes to the Father but by Me." God, teach me when
to be tolerant of the views of others, and when to stand up for
the essential teachings of Your Word. Grant me both good will toward
all, and the courage to stand up for You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
May 26, 2017
(Meditation: I Chronicles 29:11-12)
God, I pray for the Justices of the Supreme Court. Grant them
discernment and wisdom. As they apply constitutional principles
to litigious questions, grant them understanding and good judgment.
Grant them integrity and loyalty to uphold one nation under God,
with liberty and justice for all. In Jesus' name. Amen.