Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Quiet Reflection...

From Praying Through the Tough Times by Lloyd John Ogilvie:

Almighty God, ultimate judge of my life, in this moment of quiet reflection, I hold up my motives for Your review. I want to be totally honest with You and with myself about what really motivates my decisions, words, and actions. Sometimes I want You to approve of motives I have not even reviewed in light of Your righteousness, justice, and love. There are times when I am driven by self-serving motives that contradict my better nature.

Most serious of all, I confess that sometimes my motives are dominated by secondary loyalties: ambition blurs my vision; combative competition prompts manipulative methods; negative attitudes foster strained relationships. I ask You to purify my motives and refine them until they are in congruity with Your will and Your vision for my life. When I put You first in my life, You bring results I could not achieve by human methods alone. I thank You in advance for performing these miracles.

Sovereign God, You are my help in all the ups and downs of life, all the triumphs and defeats, and all the changes and challenges. You are my Lord in all seasons and for all reasons. I can come to You when life makes me glad or sad. There is no circumstance beyond Your control. Wherever I go, You are there waiting for me. You are already at work with people before I encounter them. You prepare solutions for my complexities, and You are always ready to help me resolve conflicts even before I ask.

My only goal is to please You in what I say and accomplish. Give me Your strength to endure and Your courage to triumph in things great and small that I attempt for the good of all. In Christ’s name. Amen.


Search me, O God, and know my heart;

    Try me, and know my anxieties;

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

  And lead me in the way everlasting.

                                    Psalm 139:23-24

Have a Terrific Tuesday, Dear Friends...

Love and Hugs...
ELC

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