Monday, November 14, 2016
2016 11 14
Holy Spirit, help us recognize and respond to the poor at our gates.
"Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.' " Luke 16:24 (NKJV)
Jesus, the rich man knew who Lazarus was and did not help him, and saw Lazarus as someone who should serve him. Have mercy on us and help us serve the poor among us.
"And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.' " Luke 16:26 (NKJV)
Father, bring the wealthy of this land to repentance; help them know the great gulf fixed between the self-serving wealthy and the poor.
"But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' " Luke 16:31 (NKJV)
Jesus, help the wealthy in this land (including the President Elect) hear Moses and the prophets as well as Jesus.
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us recognize the peril we are in if we do not have both faith and works.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:26 (NKJV)
Jesus, bring us to new life by your Holy Spirit.
"Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me live by faith.
For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding. Psalm 47:7 (NKJV)
LORD, give me understanding.
I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly. Psalm 85:8 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, keep us from turning back to folly.
A word received: Pray for hearts of repentance; pray for hearts turned to me.