November 4, 2014

Read: Luke 10:38-42

As I get ready to become an empty nester, I’m facing the dilemma of what to do in this next phase of my life.  I can think of a career I’d like to pursue, but I don’t want to go back to school; I just want to do it.  I guess that’s not so unusual.  College athletes want to go pro - but don’t want the extra practice.  Students want to make honor roll - but don’t want to study.  Preparation is important.  Without it, lofty goals are rarely met.

The same can be said in the Christian walk.  Give me a to-do list, and I’ll get it done!  I won’t procrastinate, and I won’t be late.  But honestly, I may not be prepared.  I may be so anxious to get started on the actual work that I forget the most important part - spending time with God.  Without that preparation, how will I be on the right task?  How will my motives be pure?  How will I know exactly what He wants me to do and how He wants me to do it?  Will my works  “... glorify (my) father which is in heaven”?  (Matthew 5:16)  

This week, let’s “Be still and know that [He is] God.” (Psalm 46:10) before we tackle anything new.  Without that preparation, our results will be less than worthy of our God.

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 character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength.  Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have.  Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources.  Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.