What gives us greater joy- celebration, honour, popularity, achievements? How will we express that we give priority to someone’s walk with the Lord over attaining success or honour? How do we communicate our joy when we see our children walking in the truth? 2 John 4; 3 John 3-4.
Lord, there are a lot of things to find delight in this world but let us find greater joy in that which heaven rejoices-when our sons and daughters repent and they continue to walk in repentance.
Lord, a lot of things crowd our hearts to give us joy-success, popularity, honour in our children’s lives but our greater joy is always to see our children walking in repentance.
Do our spiritual eyes seek to see what God is doing now or to hear what He is speaking now? If we are immersed in the things of the physical realm, who will communicate God’s plan to the world? How can we encourage others to become a community who long to “do what the Father is doing?” Zech 1-4
Lord, forgive us we often get engrossed in the mundane things so that things of this earth grow fairly bright, thus blinding our eyes from You.
Lord, let there be a heart cry among Your people to be Your spokesman and spokeswoman who clearly see and hear You as they choose to see the things of this earth as strangely dim.
Will we have a burden for His work, if our life is perfect? What if there is nothing special to notice or no one gives credit, will we continue to serve in His house? If we work only after His nudging, will He grant His presence to empower us? Hag 1, 2
Lord, let the zeal to serve Your house and Your people consume us not only because You delight in it but also because we are amazed at Your mercy through which You have promised to empower even those who begin to work only after You have nudged them.
Lord, You always surprise us with Your mercy and love-You empower those who were once apathetic to serve in Your house with the promise of Your presence to strengthen them towards a task which You will make glorious at the end.
How often we feel that there is no human support while we obey God? How often do we feel like being left alone in every step? What caused our patriarchs and matriarchs to bear the loneliness as they stood for God? Heb 11:1-6
Lord, I guess the feeling of left alone as we obey You and take steps of faith need to lead us to examine whether we are in the faith instead of compromising our convictions.
Lord, thank You for the lives of our foremothers and forefathers who took steps of obedience in faith even as the world around them moved in the opposite direction; thus they lived as strangers in the land of living.
When pride wells up in our hearts, do we think how God sees us? When we feel lowly, how does God perceive us? When the anger of foes rise up in the midst of trouble, how do we see the work of the hand of God? Ps 138:6-8.
Lord, our Savior and our Sustainer we believe that we don’t have to be anxious of anything in our lives but have to be careful to please You in every thought and action.
Lord, we want to see not only Your hand moving in favor of us when we are in danger but also the radiance of Your face because we are considered lowly and we choose to be lowly.
How can the magnificent Temple become a rubble? Is God not pleased with just the beauty and the decoration of the structure? Was God in pain to see His people in rebellion and then in distress? Jer 52:12-30
Lord, before we showcase our artifacts or monuments which we created or preserved for Your name sake, we commit to order our lives so that we will delight in You and obeying You.
Lord, we do not want to be blind to believe that only our great achievements or monuments display Your glory rather we admit that we glorify You when we complete the work You have given us.
How will we face desertion? What if it is when we are in a limiting situation? Will we continue to do what we have been doing: equipping and encouraging others to follow Christ without any remorse? 2Tim 1:13-18
Lord, when others dear to us have deserted us, we continue to stand by You to fulfill Your calling on our lives; help us to persevere with joy in the Lord.
Lord, when others walk away from us out of fear or shame, we commit to stay close to You, the faithful One, who will complete the work for which You have called us.