One indication of our love for God is our obedience to what He desires. Jesus’ teachings tell us of the importance of obedience:
• “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15).
• “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love” (John 15:10). Praying humbly flows from and into our obedience.
Jesus goes on to say in John 15:11, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” His joy flows out of our obedience to His commands. Our obedience flows out of our love for Him. If you and I are not experiencing His joy in our daily walk, it is either a problem with our love for Him or our obedience to His commands.
–Taken from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune. (Click on the title for more information about this resource).
Lord Jesus, I long to be an obedient child, but there are so many times I fail to love You enough to do what You command. Please give me a heart of humility so that I might put Your desires above my own selfishness. I want to experience the joy that flows out of obeying You. Over and over again, I know how much You love me, and I long to love You so deeply that this love will overflow into the lives of others. Teach me, Lord. I yield my life to Your gracious heart.
Praise God, who is “holy, holy, holy” (Isa. 6:3). Give thanks for God’s glory, which is seen throughout the whole earth. Confess any sin which keeps you from experiencing the holiness and glory of God. Commit your life anew today to seeking God’s holiness and glory. Ask him to reveal himself to you as you seek his glory in your life.
Pray that your family will have a renewed sense of God’s glory in all areas of your family life—our work, relationships, conversation, leisure time, and so on.
“The ministry of intercession is very demanding. To be serious about intercession is to be ready to give ourselves for the sake of others.” —Maxie Dunnam
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).