As Joyce Meyer points out, ‘God always puts us around someone who is like sandpaper to smooth off our rough edges… a testing that takes place before we get promoted. If you want to lead you must first serve in circumstances that may not be ideal and learn to behave wisely. This prepares us to be greatly used by God.’
As St Catherine of Siena put it: ‘Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.’
Praying in Jesus’ name is about aligning yourself with Jesus. As you do this, your prayers harmonise with God’s desires for your life and you can pray that his will be done. You cannot do this on your own. You need the Holy Spirit.
Lord, I pray for your church. Forgive us where we have fallen asleep and are giving off a bad odour. We know you are deeply moved by the situation, that you weep over the church, and that you will act out of love.
Lord, would you bring new life. May we see the church come alive all across the nations.
Your Hope in Times of Trouble (Day 140) #BiOY
Lord, I come to you today. Fill me again today with your Holy Spirit, with streams of living water to bring life to everyone I encounter.
As I prayed this, I wonder if often I got it wrong by “trying” to be this “life-bringer”. I try hard not to say the wrong hurting words; not to be easily annoyed; not to be brash; to love others despite! And I felt dejected when I failed yet again.
Dear self: If anything good were to come out of me, it will be the work of the Holy Spirit, never from my striving.
Father, thank you for your amazing kindness to me. Thank you for redeeming me. Give me courage to honour you always and to seek to do the right thing even when that is difficult.
In a relationship with Jesus, you find meaning, purpose, fulfilment, peace, forgiveness, and life in all its fullness. #BiOY
Your life and all the details matter to God. Your life counts. #BiOY
Real love is often hard, inconvenient and costly; but true happiness only comes to those who care about others at some cost to themselves.