“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8).
Sometimes while I am meditating on a passage, the Holy Spirit will lead me to another passage that contains the same or a similar idea or concept. That is when I realize that God has my attention! God simply glorifies Himself as He reveals how His Word is consistent and is woven together to show Himself as the Great Almighty Lord of Truth. If allowed, God will continue to expand our comprehension of His greatness and bigness.
Recently I was meditating on James 2:12–13: “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” (emphasis added).
As I was concentrating on that passage, the Holy Spirit transitioned me, along the theme of mercy, to Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need”
I love when God does that. He was reminding me that since I receive mercy I ought also to be giving mercy. Great concept!
–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).
Gracious Father, so often I read Your Word just to satisfy my “quiet time” requirement rather than to know You better. I don’t take time to meditate and seek out the truths You want to teach me. Forgive me for my negligence and grow my desire and passion to meet You in the pages of Your Word!
Praise the Lord, who is able even to weigh your motives (Prov. 16:2). Thank God for times he has brought conviction to lead you to needed change. Confess any sinful actions, words, plans, or motives the Spirit brings to your attention. Commit to the Lord whatever you are planning to do, asking that he then make your plans succeed (16:3).
Pray that the leaders of your church will be motivated by love, faithfulness, and the fear of the Lord rather than pride (16:5-6). Ask God to keep your heart pure toward your leaders and to use you as an encourager for them.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the title for more information about this resource).