September 23, 2014

Read: Luke 6:46-49

Our lives are full. One day may be full of routine tasks and "to do's." The next day may be full of challenges that surprise us, or opportunities that delight us. And, the third day may be completely different, and full of free time (which usually gets gobbled up more quickly than we'd like). What fills our days may be different, but they are no doubt full of tasks, challenges, opportunities, and free time (at least every now and then).

So, how do we live these different days? Consistently faithful? Or carelessly foolish?

Jesus says our preparation makes the difference. His words in Luke 6:46 stopped me in my tracks ... 1) Am I doing what He says? 2) Do I know what He's asking me to do? 3) Am I even calling out to Him?

I tend to think I have the "normal" days under control (wrong!). The challenging days - you know them, the ones like Jesus describes in vs. 47-49 where unexpected storms bring high winds and torrential rain on the day of our outdoor event (oops, I digress) - well, those days prompt me to cry out to Jesus; but at that point, our cries for help might be a little late.  Jesus' direction - His heart's cry to us - is that we hear His words, put them into practice in our lives, and reflect a "well built" life.

Join me in seeking to hear from Jesus daily, so that we might put His words into practice for the benefit of a lost world around us. 

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.