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I pray today for people who will receive the results of medical tests which will confirm their worst fears. Help the doctors to talk with them in kindness and gentleness. Surround them with people who will be sensitive and caring. Help them to approach their future with trust in you and with courage. In Christ’s name I ask it. AMEN
Lord, I am going to need to have my wits about me today. I am going to have to make difficult decisions, and I may well get blamed for other people’s mistakes. Help me to keep calm under pressure and to think carefully. Assure me that you are with me all the way and bring me to evening with a sense of achievement. In Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord I pray for those people whose marriages will end in a law court today. May it always be remembered as a day of sadness because of that. Help them to move forward to a new life of hope and reconstruction. May each one know themselves better because of what has happened and live more maturely. Through Christ. AMEN
“Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort”.
1 Cor 15:58 EHP
Some things are a waste of time. A young man was conscripted into his country’s military at the age of eighteen. There was no war, but the government deemed a military threat to be possible. After the mandatory two years was over he said, “What a silly waste of time. That was the longest, slowest, most boring two years I’ve ever spent. We had one day’s real work about once in two or three weeks. We spent a lot of time trying to find something to do so that we weren’t caught doing nothing. I spent more time drawing up charts to mark the passage of the days than I did doing work. Heaven only knows what it cost the government to pay for it all”.
Good churches are alive and are constantly making demands on their members. Christian disciples need to choose which, of all the options available to them would serve the Lord the most effectively. For many disciples the problem is how not to get so involved that they neglect family life and even personal devotions. Many of the roles to be filled in the Christian community become very fulfilling. A man with financial expertise was once asked to take over the duty of Church treasurer. He did it conscientiously. Three years later he said, “You know, I find that I have grown spiritually since I’ve been doing this task”. A few years later he volunteered to become a lay preacher and conducted services. The more enthusiastically you work for the Lord, the fuller and richer your life will become.
Lord, fill m y life with meaningful ministry and service.
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