“O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.” (Psalms 131:1–3)
Help me to calm and quiet my soul. Help me to seek the still, small voice in the midst of the turmoil around me. Grant me your peace that passes all understanding.
Make me an instrument of your peace, Lord.
Through Your Holy Spirit, in Your Son’s name, I ask…
…help me choose love rather than resentment
…help me choose joy over bitterness
…help me live peace in a world of turmoil
…help me to be patient with others as You are patient with me
…help me to be known for kindness not harshness
…help me to seek goodness not success
…help me be faithful to You above all
…help me to be gentle, especially with those who disagree with me
…help me practice self-control, letting You control me
May Your Spirit produce His fruit in me.
Lord, give me the boldness to speak truth as I see it, no matter what others think.
Grant me the humility to recognize that the others may be right.
Let me know how to choose my battles, discerning when winning the person is more important than winning the argument.
Help me to recognize your significance and my relative insignificance.
Guide me into truth.
May your glory be my goal.
I want you to think about some of the people you know. I’d like for you to try and think of someone you know who might fit each of these categories:
- Someone showing little interest in God. This might even be someone who is antagonistic toward God and religion in general. Just think of someone that you know that doesn’t seem interested in God.
- Moral person who isn’t involved in a church. It’s okay if you don’t know if this person believes in Jesus or not. Just try and identify someone who seems like a good person but doesn’t seem to be a church goer.
- God fearer. Borrowing a term from the book of Acts, I’m using this to describe people who seem to believe in God but haven’t given their lives to Christ.
- New Christian. This is someone who has recently begun their new life in Christ.
- Long-time Christian who could use some encouragement.
Now here’s what I’d like to ask you to do:
- Pray for this person. Pray for blessings for them. Pray that the Spirit will work in their lives.
- Pray that God will use you to move this person one step closer to Him. Each of these people needs that. Each of us needs that. Don’t worry about whether or not that person will even know how God has used you. Just pray to be used.
While you’re at it, go ahead and add me to that list. I could use your prayers. Feel free to add your name in the comments if you’d like the same.