Sunday, March 05, 2017
2017 03 05
Lord, your church is a patch-work quilt of shrunk and unshrunk cloth, and its fabric is tearing. Have mercy on us.
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins." Mark 2:22 (NKJV)
Jesus, let the new wine of your Holy Spirit find appropriate containers in your church.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NKJV)
God, thank you for the cross.
For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 (NKJV)
Father, help me preach Jesus.
Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV)
LORD, I choose your "foolishness" over the wisdom of men.
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young-- even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God. Psalm 84:3 (NKJV)
Lord, let your little ones find a place by your altars. Help your church welcome all who come seeking you.
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. Psalm 84:5 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, set me on the pilgrim's path.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11 (NKJV)
Father, help me walk uprightly in your ways.
A word received: You are in my care; don't be afraid.