“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:9-11)
God loves to communicate with us through His written Word. He wrote Scripture with a purpose, and He intends for us to read it with a purpose—to deepen our passion for Him.
Obedience to what He reveals to us as we read is paramount to knowing Him. His Word is powerful and changes the hearts of people whether they are believers or unbelievers.
–Adapted from The Path Toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune.
Father, help me to live each day according to Your word, for it is Truth! Deepen my passion for Your revealed will and help me to obey all that is written in it so that my heart will be changed, shaped and molded into the image of Jesus. I am grateful to continually know that Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Praise God for his deep compassion for the poor, the suffering, the lonely (Isa. 58:5-7). Give thanks for the times when God has lifted you out of the pit of depression or loneliness or from the mire of circumstances (Ps. 40:2). Confess any times recently when your ears have been deaf to the cries of the poor in your area (Mt. 25:31-46). Commit yourself to becoming more aware of their needs. Ask God to show you his heart of compassion and how it can be revealed in your life (Isaiah 58).
Pray that oppressive governments may learn to respect the rights of all people and that true justice and mercy will prevail in courts and government decisions.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend