God, turn the thorns of my heart into thrones. Turn the thorn of
suffering into the throne of compassion. Turn the thorn of hate
into the throne of forgiveness. Turn the thorn of fear into the
throne of trust. Turn the thorn of envy into the throne of contentment.
Turn the thorn of pride into the throne of gratitude. These things
I ask in the name of Jesus, Who turned His thorns on the Cross into
the throne of eternal life. Amen.
June 27, 2017
(Meditation: I John 4-13-16)
God, through the eyes of faith I can tell what is temporary and
perishable, and what is eternal. Through the eyes of faith I can
see You in the beauty of nature. Through the eyes of faith I can
hear the strumming of celestial music through tumult, weeping, and
bewilderment. Through the eyes of faith I can see that the world
is not dead and demonic, but Yours alone. O God, my God, thank You
for giving me the eyes of faith! Through Jesus Christ, my Lord.
June 28, 2017
(Meditation: Matthew 11:28)
God, may I rest until You come, for You never come too late. When
impatience churns my heart, and waiting is a torment, in Your time,
You come. When my vain thrashing seems endless, in Your good time,
You come. God, grant me the patience to wait upon You, for always,
in Your perfect time, You come. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
June 29, 2017
(Meditation: Matthew 6:19-21)
God, life is a paradox. Today we scientifically control more and
more of the world, but the world seems more and more out of control.
Speed is paramount, but the roses we want to smell are ever more
remote. There are more leagues, richer players, and bigger stadiums,
but they have less loyalty and respect. We wait for the bowl games
or the sweet sixteen to notice who is playing. And the next week,
we forget. God, is Jesus being crucified in the rat race? Help me
to be still every day, to feed on Your Word, and to listen to Your
Spirit in silence. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
June 30, 2017
(Meditation: Romans 12:3)
God, dismantle my perceived power, unravel my pride, and unwind
my hubris, for they take Your place in my heart. In Jesus' name.