Evening Prayer 17

The week is behind us. Perhaps we’ve had a little time to relax today. What is God doing in your life? What is He asking you to do that you find challenging? Perhaps, you don’t know how to answer Him. 

When God told Abraham to go, Abraham packed up and did as the Lord said, leaving his home and community behind. With our creature comforts, this can be difficult to do, even though we love the Lord. Sometimes, He asks us to tackle difficult things. Things we don’t think we can do. But we don’t have to rely on ourselves. We can count on Him.

Prayer: God, give me the strength to seek first your Kingdom and to serve You in a manner that is pleasing to You. 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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Morning Prayer 14 | Goodness

Paul is more concerned with our orientation of selfless and outgoing concern for others than how each portion of the Fruit of the Spirit works out in daily practice. Once we have a Jesus encounter, we are no longer the same. We discover a new focus and orientation that reflects the selfless, outpouring love of God himself.

We can define goodness as constructive action reaching out to others. Goodness is a manifestation of the grace that we have received. Remember, the Fruit of the Spirit demonstrates our character and is seen through our conduct.

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The goodness of God is one of His many attributes. We cannot separate what is good from God. True goodness cannot be understood apart from knowing God and viewing things from His perspective. God is good, just as God is love. God is the source of everything that is good. God does not withhold anything that is truly good from the children whom He loves.

In the same way, we can model God’s goodness toward others. We treat people with the grace that God gives us. We love others the way the Lord loves us.

Prayer: Lord, let your goodness flow through me and shine Your love into the lives of others. Let the joy of the Lord be present in all my interactions today. Empower to bring peace into the lives I enter today. May I deal with everyone patiently and with kindness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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)