Thursday, 19 April 2018

Dangers that threaten us

"O God, I know that there are certain dangers which are always threatening me. 

Keep me from taking people and all that they do for me for granted, and help me to show them how much I value them, and how much I appreciate all that they do for me.

Keep me from allowing myself to become satisfied with less and less, from lowering my standards, from forgetting my ideals as the days go on.

Keep me from taking sin less and less seriously, from allowing myself things which once I would have refused, from accepting as inevitable things which once would have shocked me.

Help me to walk looking unto Jesus, that I may see all things in the light of his life and of his Cross, so that I may strive to be always on the upward way.

This I ask for your loves sake. Amen." - William Barclay

May this pray help us to avoid the quiet dangers that lurk out there and threaten to derail our relationship with others and with God.

"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty." - Proverbs 22:3

Living in Grace

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A Prayer by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"God of the day and the night,
in me there is darkness,
but with you there is light.
I am alone, but you will not leave me.
I am weak, but you will come to my help.
I am restless, but you are my peace.
I am in haste, but you are the God of infinite patience.
I am confused and lost,
but you are eternal wisdom
and you direct my path;
now and forever. Amen." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This is such an inspiring prayer that I don't want to mess it up by adding any more words to it. If you are interested in reading a scripture that could go with this prayer then read Psalm 73:23-26

Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

Living in Grace

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A second Prayer

"Thanks be to You, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which You have given us,
for all the pains and insults which You have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know You more clearly,
love You more dearly, 
and follow You more nearly, 
day by day." - Richard of Chichester

Three things about this prayer stick out for me:

Knowing God more clearly...
Loving God more dearly...
Following God more nearly....

If we could only do this, how different would our lives be?

Matthew 7:24 - “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.

Living in Grace

Monday, 16 April 2018

Prayer - Give me strength

More times than we care to admit we find that praying can be a struggle for us. We can't seem to find the right words or even a good place to begin, yet in the back of our minds, we realise our need of prayer.

For this reason, I am planning to share a few prayers over the next couple of days. It is my hope that they would help you to begin your times of prayer and to inspire you to speak to our Lord.

Today's prayer comes from John Wesley - I have slightly altered his prayer to make the English a little more understandable:

"Give me your strength;
Give me your love;
and be the motive behind my understanding, 
my affections,
my senses, 
my health, 
my time,
and whatever other talents I have received from you.
Then will I be able to fulfil your command of loving you with all my heart, 
and mind, and soul and strength. Amen."

If you would like to read a scripture to go with this prayer, then perhaps turn to Colossians 3:23.

Living in Grace

Friday, 13 April 2018

Squeeze out all the juice you can

If you have ever made home made orange juice you will know the delight of squeezing every bit of delicious juice (and pulp) out of the orange. It makes the best juice ever!

Sometimes we come across a passage in the Bible, that just keeps coming up again and again. Perhaps there is a reason for this and it is worth checking to see if God wants you to squeeze all the "juice" out of that passage. If this is happening to you at the moment, then stick with that particular passage; pour over it again, and enjoy every ounce of the life-giving juice that flows from these precious scriptures.

This is the one passage that I have been "squeezing" a lot recently.
2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Living in Grace

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Whose strength?

I came across this wonderful scripture the other day and it spoke to me of our natural tendency to do things in our own strength. However, when this doesn't work out for us then we have to rely on the power of God. I don't know why we keep trying to do it ourselves, but it seems to be part of our human nature. For Paul and his friends, it was only when they had stopped relying on their own power that they learnt to rest in God's strength.

"In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead." - 2 Corinthians 1:9

So, here is the big question for all of us today:
In whose STRENGTH are you going to live today?

Living in Grace

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Waiting for the Sun

As I write this post today I have noted that the morning sun doesn't come anywhere near my office at all. However, as the mid-afternoon moves closer towards the evening, the sun begins to shine directly onto my desk - it is a wonderful gift to be able to feel the sun upon my face.

So this random little fact got me thinking:
Just because I can't see the sun shining into my office (in the morning) doesn't mean that the sun doesn't exist or that it won't shine into my world later on in the day. Likewise - just because I can't sense God in my life today, doesn't mean that God doesn't exist or that God won't show up later!

Psalm 72:17 - "May the king’s name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun shines. May all nations be blessed through him and bring him praise."

Have a lovely day. May the sunshine of God's grace fall upon you.

Living in Grace