September 30, 2014

Read: Luke 9:51-62 

Let’s think on this, everyone. We have lots of excuses why we don’t pursue Jesus whole-heartedly. But that’s what they are: excuses. We will all be asked: “What did you do with Jesus?” Sorry, God, too busy. Sorry, God, too hard. Sorry, God, got distracted. Sorry, God, wasn’t sure. Jesus passed by and we missed him. I call these missed opportunities.

But you know what? Where Jesus is going is where I want to go. What he is doing I want to do.

Pray with me:  Jesus, I want to take advantage of the opportunity you give me. I want to find my part in your plan. But Jesus, I am easily distracted and easily discouraged. Today, give me the willpower and the strength to overcome anything that comes between me and you in every part of my life. Thank you that your life and death provided the way for me to do that. In Jesus' name.  Amen.

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.