It’s Monday and as the summer fades into fall and many young people turn their thoughts to school, it reminds me of how dangerous labels can be. We all face labels, whether people see you as white and privileged, black and dangerous, Latino who some claim are illegals and taking our jobs, or Millennials that they label as entitled and self-centered. None of those labels define who we are, who we were created to be. If we stripped away all the factors that would identify us, our race, heritage, location, GPA at our very core who are we? Apart from Christ, we are sinners in need of a Savior. The world and Satan designed labels to limit what God has planned in advance for us to accomplish. Lord, help us not to let the world define others nor accept those definitions for ourselves. You have called us, your masterpiece. God, you have said we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”Peter reminds us we belong to something bigger than ourselves. We belong to something with an eternal significance, our lives matter. “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession.” You have set us apart for a divine purpose to “proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”1 Peter 2:9 Dear Jesus help us live as children of the light and shine brightly in the darkness. In the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen
As the dawn of a new week rises, I pray today for all pastors and leaders of the church. I am reminded of the conversation our Lord had with James and John when they asked for a place of glory at Your right and left side. You replied, “You will drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left hand isn’t mine to give. It belongs to those for whom my Father prepared it.” While they sought glory, you promised them a baptism of persecution. Put a hedge around your servants Lord to protect them from the Evil One. Surround them with faithful members who will lift them up in prayer. Raise up for yourself praying churches, because as the believers in Acts 12, remind us, there is power in prayer. Never underestimate the power of a praying church to defeat the plans of the Devil. Direct our prayers to hold up and strengthen our leaders. We pray for the clarity of the mission. Lord give us the heart to engage with those disinterested in Your grace. May your church threaten the strongholds of the Evil one, as the victory has already been won through Jesus death and resurrection. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, who has done immeasurably more than we could ever imagine. Amen.
As this new week begins, I am seeking your clear direction for my life. You know Lord that patience is not my natural virtue. I don’t like the unknown. Uncertainty is like fingers on a chalkboard. This new week I find comfort in the words of the Psalmist who so beautifully pinned these soul-enriching words, “3 Lord, in the morning you hear my voice. In the morning I lay it all out before you. Then I wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3 I lay before you Lord all the things in life that cause my soul distress. All those things that create an unsettled and troubled mind. I know that everything will be according to your divine plan, help me Lord lay it all before you and learn to walk away. Whether I can see your plan clearly or not, I know it will be alright. Give me the patience to wait confidently for your will to be revealed. Allow me to remain in the arms of my Savior peacefully and to wait expectantly for you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
It’s Monday and going back to the grind of daily life can be hard. Sunday afforded us an opportunity to reconnect with you and be fed and nourished by you. Now, Monday brings the dance of another week all over again it is the beginning of a work adventure, possibly new challenges, new adventures, or new opportunities. This is a week filled with potential and potholes. So, I pray you would help us to embrace this day and trust in you this day.
Let it be a new day and a beautiful day. Help us to see beyond the clouds and embrace the sunrise. Let us not focus on the rain but the ripples of your grace in the oceans. Create in us a passion for embracing those you created and value them as you do as ones loved by the Almighty. Help us not focus on the tensions and troubles in our lives, but live ours with a spirit of gratitude. Monday need not be the grudge day to be endured but the fun day to be embraced. May this indeed be a happy Monday. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (CEB)
It’s Monday again. This is the beginning of a new week. Spring is in the air and with the blooming of fresh flowers is also the blooming of new hopes and dreams. With everything beautiful comes thorns and weeds. Lord, I pray you don’t let the challenges of life choke out my joy and my contentment. Contentment does not come from what is happening around me it is internal, based on the fact that I am redeemed, loved and, forgiven. Teach me your ways oh Lord that I can live my life as Paul suggests, always rejoicing, praying continually and giving thanks for what I have not what I desire. Lord, keep me inside your will for me this day and every day. And this will be a truly happy Monday. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen.
On this Monday, as we saunter toward the Festival of Pentecost, always enkindle us, eternally, uplift us, let the fire of Pentecost burn brightly in us. May your Holy Spirit repeatedly point us back to where our deliverance lies in your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. For those outside the Light of the World, who have been crushed by the weight of sin, for those whose spirit is lowly may the Holy Spirit resurrect them. For the one who is high and lifted up, who lives forever, whose name is holy, says: I live on high, in holiness, and also with the crushed and the lowly, reviving the spirit of the humble, reviving the heart of those who have been crushed. In the Magnificent Name of Jesus, Amen
Another Monday has arrived. I endured another weekend and look forward to the start of a fresh experience with you. This week we celebrate the Holy Trinity. I can recall consuming way too much time struggling to interpret it to my flock instead of just admiring the roles Your distinct persons play in my creation and development. Dear Father, thank you for uniquely creating me to accomplish something awesome in your kingdom. Jesus, my Savior, thank you for redeeming me, I didn’t and still don’t deserve the sacrifice you made on the cross to make me Your Own. And Holy Spirit, thank you for daily pointing me to a limitless pool of writing material, devotional reflections, incredible ah-ha moments, new perspectives, deeper dives into the work of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What has the Trinity done, created, redeemed and enlightens me. This Monday I stand in awe of you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thank you for all you do. In Jesus Name, Amen.
It is Monday the start of another week, another opportunity to reconnect with you. The struggles of life make it very easy to forget how deeply loved I am by you. Lord, you are there amid my healing you are there when your heart breaks. You are there when Satan tries to convince me I have fallen from grace. You are there when my heart is breaking, and all I see around me is chaos and pain. But you have never abandoned me, you instead have promised me you would never leave me nor forsake me. Let your love, grace and forgiveness wash over me like a tidal wave. Refresh me this week Lord with your Word in our time of prayer and devotion. In Jesus Name, Amen.
As I begin this new week, help me take to heart the words of Paul, “13Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. (Romans 14:13). I know my life does not always reflect the faith I confess. I pray dear Jesus as you are sending me in the world to be a witness to the love and grace I have received that my actions, my words, my life would lead people to ask about the Saviour, who welcomes sinners. Make me ready and able to defend the faith with bold confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
Another Monday morning dawns, this week Lord remind me of your divine protection. Life, like the year, has its season. There are moments when my walk with you seems cold, as life happens at a breakneck pace and situations distract me from the source of my strength and comfort. Other times are like spring, new life, deeper connections, new revelations in our time together. Then you have the times of struggle, uncertainty, trials where it feels like the heat of summer. Life bares down on you like the heat of a Louisiana summer. No matter where you go, no matter what you do the weather, the pressure on life is unbearable. In those moments Lord, I am reminded of the words of the psalmist, “The Lord is your protector; the Lord is your shade right beside you. The sun won’t strike you during the day; neither will the moon at night.” So, dear precious Savior, Jesus Christ, be my shade today, this week, this season. In the name of my protector, Jesus Christ, Amen.
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