My Morning Prayer/ Quiet Time With God
Today begins a new week with new pages in my life’s story. I invite You to walk beside me and guide my footsteps. Help me to put my pencil into Your hand and be the author of my days.
There have been moments in days past where I’ve let the actions and thoughts of others influence my thoughts and actions. You’ve placed conviction on my heart for those moments. For those moments, I ask that You cover me with Your grace and forgiveness. Make me ever so mindful of conversations I attend and to respond with seeking Your wisdom and truth. Help me to remember and remind others the mission is not about what I or they desire but what You desire for each one of us as Believers.
You never promised I would encounter perfect situations or perfect days. But You do promise that You are always with me. You are my strength when I face challenges. It’s in the challenges where I am given opportunities to allow You and Your grace to shine through my words and actions. It’s in the challenges where You are molding me into Your likeness. Forgive me when I have failed You in the midst of challenges.
There have been times when words or actions from others have hurt me. In those moments I’ve had the choice to be bitter or to extend grace. I confess I have reacted as bitter at times and by doing so I’ve let the enemy have the upper hand. The moments I’ve sought to forgive and extend grace are the moments I’ve experienced Your peace that exceeds understanding. And, I ask for Your forgiveness when my words or actions may have hurt others.
For one reason or the other I have many friends that are facing decisions, and/ or difficulties. I place each one of them at Your feet at this moment. Surround each one with Your mighty presence. I pray you give guidance and wisdom to those seeking answers to questions, who are trying to figure out what the next step of faith should be or simply trying to discern Your voice from the voices of the enemy and the world.
Please wrap Your arms around those who are facing difficulties. Some are dealing with illnesses of their own. I ask You lay your healing hands, Your peace and love on them at this moment. May they feel the warmth of Your embrace holding them ever so close to You.
Others are caregivers to loved ones going through difficult situations. I ask that You make Your presence known to them. Give them the strength they need to do the things they need to do to help their loved ones. Place people in their lives who will walk with them, pray with them and demonstrate who You are in the midst of their storms.
I pray for the leadership of the church I attend and my church family. Give wisdom and guidance so that the church where You’ve placed me will continue to extend grace to one another love each other as You love us. It is my prayer that newcomers will experience Your love, grace and peace when they walk in the doors of the church. It’s a blessing to be in a Family of God where there is so much love to be shared and given.
As I go through my week, fill me with Your Holy Spirit. May Your light, love and grace shine through me for others to see. Help me remember that the people You place in my path are a Child of God. Some have accepted Your Son, Jesus into their lives and others are searching to fill that hole only You can fill. It is my prayer that as I go out into the world this week that people will know who You are through not only by the words I speak but through my actions, too.
Father God, You are the author of my story. Help me to surrender ALL to You so that as I live out my story others will see and know Your story of Jesus. The story of Jesus who paid it all so I and all who know Your Son, Jesus will have eternal life. I invite You to walk with me, talk with me and whisper in my ear the Words of Your truth in the days ahead. ‘ You ARE my All in All…. my strength.’
In Jesus Name
Written by April Hawkins
February 24, 2020