Today I read:
- Genesis 16
- Psalm 19
- James 3
- Matthew 14
My meditation was: Write a prayer to God using elements from each of the verses.
Father, I like to go my own way sometimes, like Abram and Sarai (Genesis 16). Even though this choice always has negative consequences, you so often bless my errors by bringing good out of them. You have provided a path on which we can walk with surety, if we will only follow it (Psalm 19).
7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The commandments of the Lord are right,
bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
giving insight for living.
9 Reverence for the Lord is pure,
The laws of the Lord are true;
each one is fair.
10 They are more desirable than gold,
even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
even honey dripping from the comb.
11 They are a warning to your servant,
a great reward for those who obey them.
12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt
and innocent of great sin.
14 May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Teach me your sort of wisdom and make me into the man you created me to be: pure, peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others; full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds, showing no favoritism always sincere; a peacemakers who plants seeds of peace and reaps a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:17-18)
Swap out my tired, dying life for the life of Jesus, so that I will be like him, turning to you in times of trouble (Matthew 14:13a), never lacking compassion (v13b), trusting in you for provision (v15ff), and equipping others and then trusting them to serve you well (v16).
Jesus, you are my good friend. May I be a friend to others!