August 5 2009
Opening prayer: Rereading the same opening prayer from Chrysostom about not clinging to fleeting things. I think sometimes we shy away from using written prayers too much. How much more I have been convicted each day this week about my addiction to fleeting things for having to re-pray the same words. There is an important balance between using a written prayer, even repeatedly, and using the vain repetitions of the heathen (Matthew 6:7). So, again, Lord, let me not cling to fleeting things, but only to You.
NT Reading: Romans 9:1-5 →Do you love those who are separated from Christ enough that you would sacrifice even your own eternity for them?
Psalm 143:10 →It's hard to get away from this verse. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. Do we cry out to be taught His will? Do we seek it? Do we pray this as hard as our other wants? Somehow I think we're missing something here.
Proverbs 5:3 →Forbidden things seem like a good idea at the time. Few have said “Well, this is going to be completely unpleasant now and later, so I won't bother.” Usually it seems pleasant and exciting to start with. Then the forbidden destroys you, as in Proverbs 5:4
Proverbs 5:18 →”Take pleasure in the wife of your youth” should probably be taken as an encouragement to go ahead and marry, and not put it off until you're “old” as is becoming more common.
1 Peter 3:17 →Which source of suffering do you choose? There's going to be suffering at some point. Do you want it for doing good or doing evil? Where do you want God's hand when you suffer? For you or against you?