Prayer 556 - Week 2, Thursday
Thursday - A Consuming FIRE
We spend our days consumed with so many competing distractions and desires. Somewhere in our minds we understand that, when it all shakes out, God is the only thing that remains. Most of the things we chase after in life will pass away or be forgotten. This is true for the troubles that consume us as well. The writer of Hebrews gives us some perspective on this truth.
"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.
Scripture promises that God will provide all we need - both now and in eternity. What do you need from God right now? Share those things freely with God this morning.
We give thanks as an act of worship - what can you give thanks for today?
What does God, the consuming fire, need to burn away in your life so that you can experience more of this unshakable kingdom?
you fill all things with your presence.
In your great love,
keep us near you this day.
Grant that in all our ways and doings
we may remember that you see us,
and may always have grace to know and perceive
what things you would have us do,
and give us strength to do the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Source: An Ancient Collect, fifth century
I needed this reminder today. That God always sees us and to have Grace. It’s always amazingly wonderful to me that God speaks to me in the exact way I need when I truly need it. Giving thanks to God for His love, His Grace, His fire in my life.
Today I'm praying that God will help me work through some physical pain I've been experiencing recently, and give me exercises or practices that can help with that. I've been so healthy all my life that I find this very distracting, and pray also for focus to give him the attention he deserves in this time.
I continue my prayer from the start of the new year, for vision, for imagination to see what new things he wants to do in and through me as we come out of the other side of this pandemic quarantine.
And I am grateful for the pause. I am grateful that I can work from home, which already helps strip away some of the busyness and the distraction that comes from always having to be somewhere, at some time. I am also thankful that I found a vaccine appointment for this Sunday afternoon. This will help me overcome some of the anxiety about being around people as I start volunteering with the welcome crew on Sunday mornings.
“One thing remains-Your love never fails...” I am so grateful for Your love. Lord, I want to be emptied of “self consciousness” and filled with You. By Your Spirit, I want to live for You this day and every day. Burn any thing away that seeks to remove You from first place. I want no idols in my life. When I die to self, I sense a flow of Your Spirit. I am in the right place with the right words ( or no words-just presence). “Hurry” would be rare and only by Your guidance. Let The River of Your Spirit flow in me and through me. Thank You Lord. “ Turn my heart O Lord, like rivers of water. Turn my heart O Lord by Your Hand til my whole life flows in the river of Your Spirit and my name brings honor to the Lamb.”