Tick, tick, tick…10 and 9, 8 and 7, 6 and 5 and 4 call upon the Savior while you may; 3 and 2 coming through the clouds in bright array, the countdown’s getting lower every day!
Heavenly Father I come before you today to receive my daily dose of you and to ask you to not let me allow the clock to get down any lower before I take the right steps of obedience towards you. I also lift up a prayer and blessing upon our Nation and the leaders you have placed within it. I pray for guidance in their decision making and that they look to you for help and answers and not to themselves. May I choose to obey and respect them as you commanded me too in Romans 13. Thank you for being the ultimate authority in my life and for being available to speak to and praise your name 24/7.
I thank you for the overwhelming lessons scattered throughout these passages on your love and your commands to me to share that love to each person that I come into contact with. I ask for a humble heart combined with this love and that I may be a forgiving person to those who have brought me pain and frustration just as Joseph loved and forgave his brothers in Genesis 43 for the wrong they had done to him. Life is too short to hold a grudge, dear Lord, so please take my present anger and cast it as far as the East is to the West!
Your word is filled with promises and reminders that this world is not my final home and as you tell me in Mark 13 “No one knows the day or hour when you will return” so my prayer is that I continue to keep short accounts with you and if my faith is tested, such as Job’s was that I would not assume that you were out to destroy me and I would not begin wallowing in self pity, but rather that I would see the trial you have placed before me through your eyes and not mine, and I will stay faithful and at peace that you are strengthening and purifying me and using me as a testimony to others.
In Romans 13:14 you tell me to let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of me and it’s evident from these scriptures today that you desire for me to redress myself in clean righteous clothing, just as you reclothed Joseph in splendor after his dirty and blood stained jacket was shed, so, I give you my dirty laundry Lord and full reign over my life and I ask for guidance and wisdom in honoring and glorifying your name and serving you.
Thank you again Father for making your word so readily available to me and for offering free salvation and love for all who will receive it! I pray this in your awesome precious name. Amen.
Erica (guest on 66 Books)
From the archives. Originally published February 10, 2013.