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“If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” Luke 10:36

My Father,

I stand before you completely exposed, for nothing escapes your notice. I long for my entire being to be flooded with light – the light of Your dear Son. Cleanse and refresh every dark corner of my mind, heart, and soul. As the cockroaches scatter when the light is revealed, let everything in me that doesn’t spring from your love be obliterated by your power and by your grace.

Search me, Oh God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.*

Amen

*Psalm 139:23,24

O Lord of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord? You are entirely faithful. Psalm 89:8

God is a faithful Father who knows how to bless his people who have entered into covenant with Him. The best comparison to covenant is marriage. When we give our lives over to God, we are, in a sense, married to Him for life.

This covenant comes with conditions. Some of those conditions are summed up in Deuteronomy 28:47 – “Serve the Lord your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received.” We are required to devote ourselves to God joyfully and willingly and energetically! It’s a great way to live! And in return for our efforts to love him, He proves himself ENTIRELY FAITHFUL to us!

O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

As I worship you today and show your love to each person that comes into my life, I trust in you to fight my battles. There is no other source of power like you! And you are entirely faithful to me, night and day, day by day, world without end! I choose the joy of the Lord today! And I choose to trust you for the challenges I am currently facing, for you will be entirely faithful to me as I relinquish control and activate my faith in your promises, for you are good!

In Jesus’ Name Amen

“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. Now go…” Luke 10:2,3

Looking for work? God has posted a job that you qualify for if you have given yourself over to the leadership of Jesus. As He often did, Jesus spoke here in a metaphor. No doubt, he and his disciples just happened to be walking past farmers in a harvest field. He makes the observation that this time in history is likened to a harvest.

People are hungry for the message of hope that Jesus brings. But who will speak that message? There is a window of opportunity at harvest time when the fruit in the fields is ripe. If no one is there to pick it, it will fall to the ground and rot.

Be the answer to your own prayer for Kingdom workers in the field of those you love and care about: Go yourself. Draft yourself! Volunteer as a worker in the lives of people who desperately need the Good News of the Kingdom of God. You might not be able to reach the people you are praying for, but you can reach the people others are praying for! And God will see to it your loved ones are reached as you (to mix in another farmer metaphor) sow seeds of God’s love into the lives of others.

Father,

I hear your call for volunteer workers in the “fields”. You can count on me to make myself available to be an answer to somebody else’s prayers – to work, teach, touch, encourage, and come alongside anyone who needs hope today, offering them your great love out of my own personal experience as I have encountered and enjoyed your forgiveness and power and grace.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed. For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23

Life’s struggles can consume us when we focus on them. The challenges we face are real as is the suffering that often accompanies them, but we have a choice to turn our thoughts away from the problems that overwhelm us, toward the love of God. His love never fails. His acts of compassion in our lives can rejuvenate our joy every morning when we awake. His faithfulness knows no bounds.

Father,

I choose to be consumed by You today, not the challenges that I’m facing. I choose to fix my thoughts on You and on what is true and lovely and worthy of praise. You are all those things, and your compassion is working in my life today, bringing about miracles that my worrying and fretting can never accomplish. I will be full of faith today, believing that you are faithful to me in every area of my life as your Word says you are. I will praise you today in advance for delivering me from being overwhelmed by trouble, grief, sorrow, regret, loneliness, despair, defeat, or anything the devil tries to throw at me.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

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