November 18, 2014

Read:Luke 15:8-10

Have you ever lost something that was valuable?  The value of the item may not have been monetary, but sentimental instead.  In this parable, the woman lost one of her ten coins.  To others, the coin didn’t seem valuable, as she had plenty.  But, to the woman, the coin could not be replaced.
 
Yes, she had likely been irresponsible when losing the coin.  But, once she realized it was lost, she set out to find it. The coin’s value was demonstrated by the woman’s diligence as she searched. She must have felt great guilt upon losing the coin - others may have questioned her responsibility. However, the woman was willing to light the room and get on the filthy floor to find the coin. Certainly, the coin’s value to the woman didn’t change because it was dirty.  She asked others to celebrate with her when it was found.

Do you know a dirty, lost coin in your life--a person you value? The coin likely does not realize its value to others, and likely doesn’t know it is lost.  No matter how dirty the coin is, the value to its owner is the same.  How diligent will you be to help a lost coin be found?  God has a plan for every coin, no matter the value on earth.

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 spiritual insight and understanding of His Word.  Ask Him to help you know what is His direction and purpose for your life.  Intercede for other believers, personal friends, those in ministry and those who are oppressed and in need. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.