Lord, I pray that you will walk with me throughout this day. If the day brings joy, help me to be thankful. If it brings difficulties give me courage to face them sensibly and courageously. If I have to face angry or difficult people help me to stay calm and unruffled. Show me where I can help anyone in need. Through Christ I pray. AMEN
Lord, help those who will assist others involved in accidents today. Help the police to be caring and sensitive with all those they have to deal with. Sustain ambulance personnel and paramedics in the tricky work they have to do with shaken, frightened and injured people. Help them to comfort those who are hurt. In Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, I pray for all who will be involved in accidents today. Help them to recover from the shock they will experience quickly. Help those who are injured and bring assistance to them quickly. If they are critically affected, give them the will to hold on to life and to do what they can to assist those who are seeing to them. In Christ’s name. AMEN
“What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives.”
Galatians 5:16 GNB
Many Christian believers have a far from healthy understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit. Many are afraid of any talk of the Holy Spirit. They have heard of weird, wonderful and way-out things taking place in some believers and they have never experienced anything of the sort. So they wonder if they are true and genuine Christians at all. Others who have enjoyed some of the works of the Holy Spirit think that his duty is to give them “spiritual highs”. This in turn elevates them to a higher level above that of those who have not known such states.
Here Paul underlines the true work of the Spirit. It is to direct the lives of the followers of Jesus Christ. In this world of evil, lies, greed and selfishness, how can the follower of Christ possibly pursue a life of holiness and goodness? The Spirit, always remember, was promised by Jesus Christ and when he comes into a person’s life, his task is to point that person to Jesus and to form Christ within that believing person. He does not come to give us “kicks”. He does not come to make us artificially “pious” or “super religious”. He does not come to whisk us away to live “in another world”. He comes to plant us firmly in this world living in truth, love, hope and goodness. He comes to make us shine like light in the midst of darkness and with uprightness and honesty in the middle of evil and unrighteousness. He comes to direct our lives instead of leaving us to wander and flounder in a world which is opposed to Christ. Ask him to direct you!
Lord, help me to know the direction of the Spirit.
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