Good morning on this first Monday of May 2021!!! We appreciate you and thank you for sharing each day with us as we focus on the truths of God’s Word.
This is the third installment into praying Scripture. The illustration is from Piercing Heaven – Prayers of the Puritans
One of the ways you can utilize Scripture is writing out a verse and personalizing it for your spouse, your kids, your grands, and even your employees.
It’s a great way for your to bring encouragement into the lives of the people in your inner circle.
Lord, may I put on meekness under the greatest injuries and provocations (Colossians 3:12), and, as much as it depends on me, may I live peacefully with all (Romans 12:18).
May I be merciful, as my Father in heaven is merciful (Luke 6:36).
May I speak the truth from my heart (Psalm 15:2) and may I speak it in love (Ephesians 4:15), taking care not to judge severely, as I would not want to be judged. Work in me the kind of disposition you approve. Renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10) and make me a genuine son of Israel (John 1:47).
And while I feast on Christ, as my passover sacrificed for me, may I keep the feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1 Corinthians 5:7–8).
Make me steadfast and immovable, always abounding in your work, knowing that my labor in the Lord will not be in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Keep my heart tender (2 Kings 22:19), easily impressed with your word and providence, touched with an affectionate concern for your glory, and sensitive to every impulse of your Spirit. May I be zealous for you, God (Numbers 25:13), with a zeal based on knowledge and love (1 Corinthians 14:14).
Teach me in your service to join the wisdom of the serpent with the boldness of the lion and the innocence of the dove (Matthew 10:16).
In this way make me, by your grace, a shining image of my dear Redeemer. May I ascribe everlasting honors to him; and to you, O Father of mercies; and to your Holy Spirit, through whose gracious influence I may call you my Father; and Jesus my Savior! Amen. —Philip Doddridge
Elmer, Robert. Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans (pp. 36-37). Lexham Press. Kindle Edition.
There’s no better time than today to start this discipline. I’d love to hear from you and to hear how you took this concept and practiced it.
Living in light of the gospel,
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 12 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
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