1 Kings 8:35-40

Our devotions this Lenten season have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s devotion is by Daniel Grimmer.  Also, if you would like to join our staff in praying the liturgy for Responsive Prayer/Suffrages just click here.

 

When heaven is shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, and then they pray toward this place, confess your name, and turn from their sin, because you punish them, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk; and grant rain on your land, which you have given to your people as an inheritance. If there is famine in the land, if there is plague, blight, mildew, locust, or caterpillar; if their enemy besieges them in any of their cities; whatever plague, whatever sickness there is; whatever prayer, whatever plea there is from any individual or from all your people Israel, all knowing the afflictions of their own hearts so that they stretch out their hands toward this house; then hear in heaven your dwelling place, forgive, act, and render to all whose hearts you know—according to all their ways, for only you know what is in every human heart— so that they may fear you all the days that they live in the land that you gave to our ancestors. 1 Kings 8:35-40

 

I have come back around from making mistakes in my life. God has put people in my life that have helped me grow. My principles used to be about what can I get out of people or what do I have to lie about next? Those principles have become more about what can I do for the next suffering person? For the broken imperfect person sitting next to me? My life today revolves around honesty, love, and bringing my spirit into my reality.

 

One thing that God has given me is my own destruction.  God has never had to punish me more than I already have done or will do in my life, and I think that others who have been destructive in their lives can relate. God can be there for me when I turn toward him, and ask for his love and his guidance as I go through my life. I ask what would be the next thing that I should do for him, so that I may better understand and practice his will.

 

Let us pray:  Thy will, not mine, be done; however I can best serve thee. Amen.

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