We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service.
WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER
Gracious God, I need to be led by you. I like to believe that I know right and wrong, but as I grow older, more and more often the decisions seem more difficult. Things don’t seem as black and white, and I am more often than not ambivalent about decisions in front of me. I need a shepherd to guide me, God. And even when I know what is right, I am not always able to do it. Like St. Paul, the very thing I hate is what I find myself doing. But you have promised me that you will be my shepherd, and you sent your son to show me the right pattern for life. He lives within me and clothes me with his righteousness. Only let me live up to that which I have already attained! (Phil 3:16). I pray that I might let him have all of me, so that your name might have all the glory. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
KEY VERSES FOR THE WEEK
Psalm 23:2 – “He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” Read the whole scripture for this Sunday’s sermon here: Psalm 23.
QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION
How do you decide what is right and what is wrong? Is it more difficult for you to know what is right or to actually do what is right?
SOME THOUGHTS TO SHARE
Do you find yourself stuck in a place where you need to make a hard decision? Or is there something you know is the right thing to do but can’t seem to do it? The 23rd Psalm is a great simple pattern for how to live our lives. Last week, we talked about seeing ourselves as blessed, and being grateful. This week, we will talk about being led by God, the shepherd, to know what is right, and to do it. Come and join us!
Sunday, April 10
God, thank you for giving us an amazing church where we can come and worship you in peace and safety. Open our hearts to your love and give us understanding of your ways. Guide our steps this week and fill our lives with opportunities to serve you. Amen.
Monday, April 11
Father, walk with me today. In everything I do, help me remember to show your love and patience. In every decision, give me wisdom and discernment. In every thought, help me to focus on you. Help me to remember that all of my work is for you and that you are my eternal boss. Amen.
Tuesday, April 12 | Personal Prayer Day
Pray for your friends at church. Pray for people in your Sunday School class. Pray for people in your small group. Pray for your children’s Sunday School friends. Pray for them by name and ask God to take care of them and bless them.
Wednesday, April 13
God, there are so many people who are in need around us. Open my eyes and show me ways to help them. Give me opportunities to serve them. Help them to see your love abiding in me. Amen.
Thursday, April 14 | Personal Prayer Day
We live in a busy world. Pray for God to clear your schedule for daily prayer time. Pray for the desires of your heart; your most fervent prayer. Then, be still and listen for God.
Friday, April 15 | Tax Day
Heavenly Father, you see the struggles in our country and you know what we need. And, we know that all things are possible with you. We pray God, that you would be with the leaders of our country, and we ask that you would be at work in them and help them continually guide our country back to you. Amen.
Saturday, April 16
God, we pray that your presence will be with us always. We pray that you will send us out into your world as your disciples to do amazing things in your name for your glory. Amen.