November 20, 2014

Read:Luke 12:1-12

Have you ever spent time, effort, and money on a gift, only to have the person be completely ungrateful when they receive it? I know I have. My feelings get hurt, I get angry, and I want to take the gift back, because they clearly don't deserve my gift.

When meditating on the Salvation that God has given us, I can't help but wonder how many times God has felt that way about me. How differently would I act everyday if I focused on showing my gratitude for the Salvation that He, and He alone, provided?

Luke 12 mentions the "yeast of the Pharisees." Since yeast is something that grows, I thought about what grows inside of me that pulls me away from the King. For me, the most common "yeast" is ungratefulness. Ungratefullness for His plan. Ungratefullness for His rule. Ungratefullness for His sacrifice.

As a person in my Sunday school class said this morning, "Seeing the stories of the Old Testament, and how they refused to follow God's commands, helps me to appreciate Jesus and what He did for me on the cross.”

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 to help you be a faithful steward of your time, talents, possessions, and relationships.  Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.  Intercede for your local, state, and national governments.  Pray for spiritual revival in the nation and offer prayers regarding any current events and concerns.