December 31, 2014

Read: Psalm 105:5, 126:3

Lists are always hot  topics in December. “Best songs of the year.” “Most influential people of the year.” “Biggest news stories of the year.” And so on.  Lists can be good reminders.  You may have forgotten about that movie you really liked last January or the book you read on spring break that changed your life.  Those lists encourage us to remember things, events, or people that have been buried under the latest happenings in our lives.

“Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.” ( Psalm 105:5).  What about that list?  What if we made a list of the ways God has worked in our lives during the past year?  The doors He opened and the ones that, thankfully, He closed.  The people He sent our way; the comfort He gave us in low times.  Would we be surprised?  Would such a list keep us from that “so what have you done for me lately?” attitude?

I’m going to give it a try.  I think if I put my mind to it, I’ll have quite a list!  Psalm 126:3 reminds us that “The LORD has done great things for us.”  Let’s be intentional about remembering that divine  list!

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your compassion and love toward others.  Offer prayers for your loved ones and others who do not know Jesus and for those in need.  Ask God to use you to tell others about Him and show His love. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.