Sunday, November 17, 2019

Rescue requests

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Finally, they cried out to the Lord for help, saying, "We have sinned against you because we have abandoned you as our God..." ~ Judges 10:10 (NLT)

He rescued us from the control of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. He set us free through the Son and forgave our sins. ~ Colossians 1:13-14 (CEB)

God responds to our rescue requests.
Thank you, God, for being so responsive to our need for rescue. I am especially grateful that you sent Jesus into the world to set us free from the forces of darkness. I confess that I am slow to ask for help and I'm not as responsive to you as I should be. Help me to live fully according to the unique freedom that rolls in with your kingdom agenda. I'm going to live! Amen.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

King and Judge

You will judge the whole earth and give power and strength to your chosen king. ~ 1 Samuel 2:10 (CEV)

When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all of his angels, he will sit on his royal throne. The people of all nations will be brought before him, and he will separate them, as shepherds separate their sheep from their goats. ~ Matthew 25:31-32 (CEV)

The fact that Jesus is sovereign over all will become apparent.
Alighty King! You are worthy of all recognition. Even though I'm half-hearted in the way that I currently honor you, I ask that you would give me guidance so that I'm living now in a way that is consistent with your coming ascension to the throne. I'm going to be fully with you when you do your judging. Amen.

Friday, November 15, 2019

My words

The more you talk, the more likely you are to sin. If you are wise, you will keep quiet. ~ Proverbs 10:19 (GNT)

With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on. ~ James 3:9-10 (MSG)

If we want to honor God we have to cut way back on how much we talk and govern what we say when we do.
Lord, thank you for speaking. I value your Word -- your direction and guidance. But I still talk too much. Help me to control my mouth. I want the words I do speak to bless you and everyone around me. Amen.

Thursday, November 14, 2019


Lord, please save us! Lord, please let us succeed! ~ Psalm 118:25 (CEB)

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. ~ Philippians 2:13 (NLT)

Our success in life totally depends on God.
Powerful God, thank you for working in my life. I want to be a part of what you're doing but I get all caught up in circumstances and go rogue at times. Help me to stay calm and to trust you to work things out. I'm going to be one of YOUR success stories. Amen.