Begin this new day by praying this prayer out loud. As you are able, consider kneeling as a physical expression of your commitment to Jesus as Lord of your life and the one you desire to lead you this day. Alternatively, you might consider placing a hand over your heart as you pray this prayer.
God of rescue and restoration, thank You for Your great and beautiful mission in the world. Here I am Lord, fill me with Your Spirit and send me.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
The sun doesn’t always shine. The stars will be obscured by clouds sometimes. The winds will blow like a Texas “Norther” or a Gulf hurricane. When any of this happens, as it will, how can we stand? How can we prevail against the darkness, the storm, the winds, and the floods of life?
We stand by building on a strong foundation, by tying the house of our security to that foundation. What is that foundation? It is God, the God revealed to us in Holy Scripture, in Jesus, and in the Holy Spirit.
But knowing this is not enough. We must connect every member of the structure of our life to God, to Jesus, and to the Holy Spirit. To maintain our connection, we must connect daily. Even on sunny days, the starry nights, and in calm winds, we must not neglect our foundation.
Am I faithfully connecting and maintaining my connection daily?
When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer.
Father, help me to live this day to the full,
being true to You in every way.
Jesus, help me to give myself away to others,
being kind to everyone I meet.
Spirit, help me to love the lost,
proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.
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