Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things (Psalm 107:8-9).
Each day of the week I spend a few minutes in the morning striving to settle my heart with God. I am not satisfied with Sunday mornings, Christian radio in the car, or an occasional prayer tossed up to Heaven. I need more.
I long for the joy I have felt when God opens up His word to my heart and shows me something new about His character.
I long for the peace that comes when I am battling through things and thinking I will never have an answer.
I long for the power that comes when I remember to plug into the Holy Spirit and I remember it isn’t what I do but what God does through me.
I long for the blessing of being in full community with Jesus in prayer, silent reflection, and knowing that I am a beloved child of the One True God.
When I do not make time to be with God each day, it’s as if I skip a meal. Well, day-after-day, skipping a meal, skipping the very nutrients that help me move and function in life — it will make me grumpy, make me less gracious. Make me less like the Jesus I want to be.
So I pray.
Father, stir my heart to seek You daily, to honor You in words and actions. To serve others with a willing heart, to forgive quickly and love deeply. I pray for wisdom to understand others who are different than myself and to show Your love before my own selfishness. Thank you for Your mercies each day, may I share them freely with others. Amen.