Morning Prayer 17 | Self-Control

Self-control is the final fruit of the Spirit Paul lists. Self-control is the ability to master oneself.  What does it mean to master oneself? How do we do that?

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Depending on your present situation, the term self-control brings forth different images dancing in your mind. We might think of overcoming powerful habits that dominate our lives, like overindulging, being too glib, or gossiping. It may bring to mind overcoming addictions or harmful behavior. The lack of self-control is a basic characteristic of immaturity. As we mature, we grow in our ability to master ourselves.

Self-control is demonstrated when we don’t give in to every whim of our appetites, practice fidelity, and deal with others honestly.  A deep relationship with the Lord manifests itself through self-control. Over time, this ability to master ourselves branches out to every aspect of our life.

Prayer: God, help me deepen in my walk with You so that I can grow in my ability to master myself, doing that which is pleasing to You, in a manner bringing You praise.
Amen.

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Evening Prayer 16 | Accounting for My Day

The end of the day provides us the opportunity to spend time with the Lord. We review the events of the day, what went wrong and what went right, prayers we promised we’d make on others behalf, and how our walk matched our talk. We can thank God for His goodness and watch-care for us. We can ask Him for forgiveness where we fell short. We can ask Him to hear about the needs of others as well as ourselves. 

I sleep better when I pray before my head hits the pillow. I don’t toss and turn as much. I wake up better rested and at peace, ready to face a new day.

How about you? How does prayer impact your life?

Prayer:

Father God, thank you for the divine encounters you put in my path today. I pray for those who shared their burdens and cares with me. I give them over to you and lift up those who need you. Forgive me where I fell short today. Help me do better next time. Give me a good night’s rest so I can face the day ready to honor and glorify You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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31 Days of Praise| Day 19 The God of All Comfort

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (ESV)

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This passage served as one of my late friend Mark’s favorites. He and I prayed through it together numerous times. We prayed it over people who needed to experience God’s comfort because of a difficult situation they faced. He and I prayed it nearly daily as we walked through a season of great loss, where it seemed like one of us was always attending, speaking, or officiating a funeral.

I have learned praying God’s Word during times of trouble that helps people navigate times of great suffering. Prayer is often the best response when we can’t find the right words to say. Rather than trying to formulate just the right words, love on someone by praying for them, over them, and with them.

God is praiseworthy because we can count on Him during times of distress, suffering, and trouble. Through toils and snares, the Lord provides us strength and encouragement. Whatever we may be going through, our God is big enough to supply for every need. He is our Great Comforter.

May your day be filled with the Lord’s abundant blessings.

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